Dispatch notes difficulty in clearing mine
Recovering the victims of the Milford Mine disaster would take nine months
On Feb. 25, 1924, the Dispatch chronicled the efforts to clear the mine.
Only those who understand such operations can begin to realize the magniture of the task that faces the Milford mine people in getting the bodies of the 41 miners lost in the disaster Feb. 5 out of the mine some 200 feet under the ground.
Itr is probably the biggest problem of its kind ever put up to a minign company in the northwest. The shaft is choked with mud, weeds and small roots which make the pumping extremely difficult.
Just what will be found in the two levels is a matter of conjecture. It is thought, however, that the underground workings have stood the rush of the water and that as soon as the water is pumped out, a number of the bodies will be found near the bottom of the shaft.
At the lake, the pump has water in the center down to a depth of seven feet. When the pumps started the lake tested 17 feet deep in the center. The work will be continued as rapidly as possible.
More than $300,000 is expected to be required from insurance companies in settling 41 claims growing out of the Milford Mine disaster at Crosby, Feb. 5, according to reports received by the Minnesota industrial commission Saturday night.
Settlements are being made on the basis of $7,500 for each death of the miners who were on duty when waters flooded the working of the mine, taking a toll of 41 men. Payments are to be made on a weekly basis to the dependents. The payments range from $8 to $20 a week and are to continue until the maximum has been paid for the deaths.