The Renovo Record -Thursday November 8, 1888:

The Cook's Run Mine Disaster



The disaster which took place, near Cook's Run, this county, on the Kettle Coal and Mining company's mines, last Saturday afternoon, has already been detailed so minutely in the daily press that we will but add the result of the Coroner's Jury.


Michael Curran, age 37 years. He eaves a wife and seven children.

Patric Donley, age 55 years. He leaves a wife and seven children.

Chas. Alman, aged 25.

John Carlson, aged 25.

John Anderson, aged 20.

Martin Pierson, aged 20.

Aaron Carlson, aged 35.

John Beckus, aged 28.

George Beckus, aged 32.

Michael Marcy, aged 22.

Sylvester Marcy, aged 19.

Dom Closkey, aged 40.

George Mellets aged 35.

Maurice Yanks, aged 27.

One unknown, aged 24.

The injured are Wesley Smoke. Aaron Anderson and John Anderson, all of whom, though badly cut and bruised, are likely to recover. Many of the dead were terribly disfigured and mangled.


The testimony at the inquest all went to show that the mine was properly ventilated and that no blame belongs to any one except the miners themselves. Their familiarity with the dangerous explosives which they used in their daily vocations, had no doubt rendered them careless in the manner of handling it and led to the disaster, which resulted in their deaths. The force of the explosion must have been terrible, as every particle of clothing was stripped from many of the dead bodies.


Coroner Mader empanneled as a jury Messrs. Hugh McLeod and Theodore Runion of Lock Haven, Jos. Seel of Renovo, Mr. Gleason and Mr. Bunnell of North Bend, and James Smith of Westport. The testimony of a number of witnesses was heard and a verdict was rendered. The Coroner stated that the testimony went to show that the explosion was caused by dynamite. The miners were were known to have had a considerable quantity of dynamite in the mines, and shortly before the explosion occurred one of the men called at the supply store and obtained a quantity of fuse with which he returned to the mine. The Coroner states that the testimony of the man from whom the fuse was obtained , was to the effect that the explosion occurred within fifteen minutes after. There was a double explosion, owing to the fact that the powder used by the miners was kept in different places.

Anson Smoke, one of the injured miners, died yesterday, which makes 18 victims from the sad disaster.

The bodies of three Sweedish miners who have relatives living in town, were taken to North Bend on Teusday, and interred in the cemetery of that place. Eight of the victims were buried in Drury's Run cemetery; one was taken to Snow Shoe in Centre county.