2 RED JACKET MINERS KILLED 10-20-1954
The bodies of a mine foreman and a loader operator were recovered from a slate fall in the Junior Mines of the Red Jacket Coal Corp., yesterday afternoon during a search that extended over a nine hour period. The first victim's body, that of WESLEY HALE, 41 of New Town, was found around noon, but the body of Grant Henson, 56, of Red Jacket, the foreman, was not recovered until about 5 p.m. Inspectors from the State mines Department were expected to investigate the cause of the slate fall today. Frank Davis, superintendent of the Red Jacket mines, said the men were killed when the roof apparently caved in about 8 a.m. yesterday. Mine employees had to remove tons of slate and debris for a distance of 25 to 30 feet before they reached the body of Hale. Not until five hours later was Henson's body recovered from beneath slate measuring 30 to 40 inches in thickness. The bodies were located about 10 feet apart. Both men had large families. Hale had eight children and Henson six. The bodies are at the Chambers Funeral Home where Arrangements were incomplete today. The funerals probably will take place on Saturday, a funeral home attendant said. Names of immediate survivors of the two men were not complete today. Among Hale's survivors are his wife and the following children: Loretta, Dorothy, Raymond, Earl, Aretta, Thelma , Douglas and Lois. Mr. Hale was born March 13, 1913 in Maggoffin County, KY., a son of Tandy Hale, of Marton, KY., and the late America Bailey Hale. He was married to the former Madgie Music, Feb 11, 1937, and was a member of the Blue Spring Free Will Baptist Church at Ransom, KY. Funeral services for Hale will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Mouth of Rush Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Sycamore Cemetery at Nippa, KY. Paintsville Herald 10-1954
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