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Near Layland in Fayette County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Layland Mine Disaster

Layland Mine Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 14, 2019
1. Layland Mine Disaster Marker
Inscription.  Site of largest mine disaster in Fayette County history. On 2 March 1915, coal dust in Layland #3 ignited, killing 112 men; 42 of 53 survivors were rescued 6 March, one mile inside 10th left section behind barricade they built.
Erected 2016 by the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and the West Virginia Division of Archives and History.
Location. 37° 54.533′ N, 80° 57.459′ W. Marker is near Layland, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is on Stanaford Road (West Virginia Route 41) 3.8 miles from Meadow Bridge Road (County Route 41), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Prince WV 25907, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fayette County / Summers County (approx. 6.8 miles away); Camp Washington-Carver (approx. 6.9 miles away); Camp Washington Carver (approx. 6.9 miles away); Fayette County / Raleigh County (approx. 7.2 miles away); Thurmond Depot (approx. 7.4 miles away);
Layland Mine Disaster Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 14, 2019
2. Layland Mine Disaster Marker
The small sign reads, “a special thanks to Bobby Ayers II for his many hears of research, for the Layland Miners’ Memorial.”
Thurmond, West Virginia (approx. 7.4 miles away); Thurmond’s Decline (approx. 7½ miles away); The Heart of Town (approx. 7½ miles away).
Also see . . .  Fayette Tribune March 11, 1915, article. Excerpt:
All were startled by the appearance of the first group of five to come out of the mine alive and still more surprised when told that there were 42 more live men coming behind them. The rescue workers hastened to meet them. All were coming slowly together, the weaker being supported by the stronger of the survivors. Only one man was carried out, “Dad” Whalen, aged 72, who was weak from hunger. Of course there were some wild and joyous scenes about the mine mouth. The men were taken in charge by the doctors and after a few hours treatment allowed to go to their homes.

The surviving miners were at work in the 9th and 10th entries about a mile and a half from the mine mouth when they felt the explosion. They were uninjured by the shock. Knowing the danger of attempting to force their way out Jas. Whalen, Wm. Derange and others of the more experienced men forced all hands to retreat to the 10th entry where they barricaded and bratticed themselves in a space over 200 feet long where the air was good and plentiful. A stream of water was found and the greatest suffering was occasioned by hunger.
Layland Miners’ Memorial image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 14, 2019
3. Layland Miners’ Memorial
Some of the men chewed their shoe tops and bark from the mine timbers. Their dinner pails had been left in the main entry.

The mental anguish of the entombed almost caused many of them to become insane. Constant watch kept about the brattice to detect a change of air or hear some sound of rescue party. A note was shoved out in the entry telling of the location of the imprisoned miners. Rescue parties were along the main entry beyond them a number of times but never discovered them.

Credit for saving the lives of these 47 men is due, mostly to Wm. Derange and John Whalen, both young men. Derange was the hero of the Eccles disaster having saved half a dozen lives in No. 6 shaft by bratticing off a room. He had gone to work in Layland mine for the first time on the morning of the explosion.
(Submitted on October 3, 2019.) 
Additional comments.
1. Photo No. 5: In Memory of the Men Who Died, and All Fallen Miners
A.P. Ponton • Abe Myers • Abner Cooper • Alex Auren • Alex Procapolis • Alfred Salvatori • Ames Kincaid • Andre Gregovitch • Andy Bencic • Andy Bottini • Andy Clobuchar • Anton Rokesky • Arthur Caldwell • Avske Malorice • Ben McDaniels • Benedict Faderve • Carlo Zoffinette • Charles McDaniels • Charles Muziato
Center Panel, Layland Miners’ Memorial image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 14, 2019
4. Center Panel, Layland Miners’ Memorial
“Leyland #3. Through This Portal 112 Men Stepped Into Eternity ...”
• Clarence Quick • Constan Kostukervitz • Dallo Gagento • Daniel Potapo • Dave. Fudlowitz • David Laird • Dennis Hurley • Dick Bryant • Edward Donnelly • Edward Gilkeson • Everitt Simmons • Florry Perry • Frank Baird • Frank Pochelo • Frank Saric • Fred Bennet • G.O. Weeks • George Bencic • George McDaniels • Giusappa Garrelano • Henry Lowen • Henry Richards • Hobart Osborne • Homer Goddard • Ignatz Cato • Immanuel Lopez • James Hornsby • Joe Fleger Jr. • Joe Marincci • Joe Mushick • Joe Petroskey • John Atkinson • John Fleger • John H. Smith • John Harard • John Joseina • John Knopick • John Koppo • John Kussel • John L Wimmer • John McMillan • John Miller • John Moody • John Pronilp • John Recce • John Salosky • John Saul • John Spolore • Lige Gibson • Louis Prodovitz • Louis Spolaritz • Luther Shaffer • M. Ferris • Mahood Hassen • Martin Lynch • Metro Kussel • Michele Mariano • Mike Bozacn • Mike Fadil • Mike Legeri • Mike Ollo • Mike Wehaus • Milka Zapaska • Mos Suceri • Paul Klobuchar • Paul Morris • Pete Bencic • Pete Tsetse • Robert Perri • Ross Attina • Salvatore Rotolo • Sebastian Potani • Stanton Arthur • Steve Plesha • Tanayp Propco • Tom Sandy • Tom Saul • Tom Sidaranko • Tom Spolaritz • Tony Chapparo • Tony Delatz • Tony Delio • Tony Weber • Tora Caroll • Valley Fitzpatrick • Virgil Lacy • Walter Gill • William Fitzpatrick • Wilson Kessel • Wilson Narisky • Wilson
Layland Miners’ Memorial, Right Panel image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 14, 2019
5. Layland Miners’ Memorial, Right Panel
“In memory of the men who died and all fallen miners”
Susky • Wilton Dorsey • Wiltse Bolsock
    — Submitted October 3, 2019.

2. Photo No. 6: Dedicated to the 53 Men That Survived the Mine Explosion on March 2, 1915.
Andrew Bozzarello • Angelo Aliprandi • Astradi Agostino • Bal. Clendenin • Barolo Perry • Ben McDaniel,Jr. • Carlo Marciano • Caro Tullio • Charles Caldwell • Charles Kornosky • Dom Jumbo • Dominick Crucci • Earl Aurentz • Frank Jenony • Frank Paccinini • Frank Rodini • G.H. Henson • Geatano Rodini • Geatano Maurello • George Parker • Griffanti Carlo • Groce Marco • Guiseppe Baird • Howard Huggard • Hugh McMillan • Jack Foreman • Jack Vasilefsky • Jake Solok • Jim Pino • Joe Caldwell • Joe Jumbo • Joe Provenzanc • John Fitzpatrick • John Perry • John Plesha • John Whalen • Kozytof Fannsy • Lester Fitzpatrick • Lorence Noe • Luigi Perry • Mike Bosco • Mike Solok • Peter Zanisky • Phillip Paganini • Prov. Merinvio • Sam Huggard • Sam Morrison • Stanley Malaga • Thomas Whalen • Toney Abbatia • Toney Jenony • Victoria Perry • William Derange
Layland Miners’ Memorial, Left Panel image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 14, 2019
6. Layland Miners’ Memorial, Left Panel
“Dedicated to the 53 men that survived the mine explosion on March 2, 1915”
    — Submitted October 3, 2019.

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 52 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 3, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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