I am not sure if the mine was in Oklahoma, Arkansas, or Missouri, but my Grandfather did not stray far from Oklahoma until he got married. He worked with explosives is all I know about his actual duties. As the family story goes, on the morning of September 27, 1929, George E. Rogers woke from a dream that told him to never enter the mine again. He called in to his supervisor and quit that morning. About 4:40 PM that day an accident at the Covington Coal Mine killed 8 men that were on what should have been my Grandfather's shift.
A handwritten note from what I believe was the shift supervisor (or mine manager?) lists the names of the 8 that died. The script is difficult to read, but my best guess is:
"Covington Lane 9-27-29
Accident - 94
On the Above date, 8 men met their deaths about 4:40PM in mines NOT of the Covington Coal Cos... A blown out or windy shot seems to have been the cause of the accident.
The names and Occupations of the unfortunates are
James Howard Age 29
Bill Catis " 45
Bob Hanson " 32
Joe Udo/Machine Man " 43
Hunton Smith " 33
Willoby/Well Driller & Short Lighter " 40
Jeff Sheton/Coal Loader " 35
Hamon Cureton/Rofi (??) Rider " 25
Signed: F....McGuire" (or something close - I am guessing at the uire)
The back of the note says
"No. 7 - Explosion
Sept 27 - 29"
If anyone has any cooroberating information or places that I can research...? Just confirming that the mine exists is a great start, Please help.