Mansfield Iron Mine Disaster 1893

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Date: 28 Sep 1893 [unknown]
Location: Crystal Falls, Iron County, Michiganmap
Surnames/tags: Mining_Disasters Michigan Disasters
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History and Circumstances

Name* Sourced Bio Connected Category
Christ (John) Arcangelo
Oley Carlson, married
Angelo (August) Cologna
Oderrssa (Od.) Constanti
Nicolo Fonbana (Nick Fortono)
Roscalo Fortunati
Mike Harrington
John Holmstrom (Holstrum)
Frank Johnson
Samuel Johnson (Sam Johnson)
Swan Johnson
John Kirppu (Kirshe)
Jakob Kulla (Jakob Kullar), married
Oscar Lundquist (Lindquist)
Celesti Negri
Sam Peters, married
W.H. Pierce, married
Charlie Pohl, married
John Regula (Randala)
Frank Rocco (Rocke)
Antoni Shrpana (Anto Stefano)
James Shongman (Strongman), married
Alfred Fonsani (Al Torssani)
Peter Tury (Turry)
John Warmer (Warner)
Vigalice Jodra (Virgilis Zadra)
Sheltono Zodra (Shelling Zadra)(alt. name: Shellimo Zadra)
  • Names are as they appear on the monument. Those in parentheses are the names found on some of their records.

Identifying the Miners

Newspaper reports were slow in reporting the disaster due to the 6 mile distance to Crystal Falls, Michigan. As a result, there were contradictory reports of the number of miners killed in the Disaster. An early article claimed that 45 of the 60 miners working that night had died. Other papers later reported 27 or 28 dead. Some reports mentioned that the majority of Miners were Cornish men and had large families. When in reality, the majority of victims were most likely Italian and Swedish. The facts are difficult to confirm and may never be known.

Due to the confusion and horror of the situation many of the correct names of the miners were lost. Thus, resulting in records with many different and confusing spellings of their names.

Rescue Efforts

Because the mine was quickly inundated with water no one was able to retrieve any of the bodies. A few of the miners, fifteen, on lowest level of the mine were able to escape. The other 27 miners were drowned and no feasible attempt to retrieve the bodies was made.

In , one of the miners bodies was recovered.

Results and Findings

Museums & Memorials

Mansfield Memorial - Christmas 1999
Memorial Names of Victims

Further Reading




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The Mansfield Mining Disaster link is broken. Do you need any help completing the bios for the victims? I’m happy to help create a few profiles. Just let me know how you’d like me to proceed.
That was a link to the old GenDisasters site, which no longer exists. Thanks for letting me know!

Profiles for victims would be great! Whichever ones you'd like to work on. If you'll send me a PM with your email address, I can add you to the page's Trusted List so you can link them as they're done. Or, if you'd rather, I can link them for you. Just let me know.

posted by Nan (Lambert) Starjak
My 2nd Great-grandfather, Sam Peters, died in this disaster. I’m currently researching Samuel and hope to add to his existing profile. Peters-10683
posted on (merged) by Jennifer (Merritt) Jordan