Smith Mine Disaster message

1985 38 01 ( side 1).jpg

Title

Smith Mine Disaster message

Subject

Coal mine accidents--Montana
Coal miners

Description

Trapezoidal-shaped piece of wood. Bottom edge is smooth and straight. The other three sides are not and appear to have been broken off. There is a message written in chalk on each side of the board. Much of the writing is very faint and hard to read. There is a knothole in the upper center and a split in one corner. Five black tacks have been stuck in each side -- one in each corner and one in center.

Labels: One side of the board reads "Its 5 mins. pass 11 o'clock dear Agnes and children I'm sorry we had to go this [sic] God bless you all Emil with lots kisse [sic]"

The other side reads: Frank Painick Fred get out John Sudar and Joki We try to do our best but we couldn't (Note: "Joki" was Walter Joki. The only "Fred" was Fred Rasborscheck.)

Creator

Anderson, Emil
Painick, Frank
Rasborscheck, Fred
Sudar, John
Joki, Walter

Date

1943

Relation

Montana's Territorial Legacy Exhibit

Identifier

1985.38.01
/1985 38 01 (side 1).tif

Materials

Wood/Chalk

Height (inches)

6

Width (inches)

12.75

Depth (inches)

.87

Source

Montana Historical Society Museum Collection

Credit

Gift of Elmer Anderson