Nelson Creek Coal Company's Nelson Mine was rocked by an
explosion on February 16, 1926, taking the lives of seven men -- three
instantly. There had been 130 men at work in the mine that day. A
more serious tragedy was averted because the most of the men had just left the
mine, or were emerging at the time of the explosion.
The explosion was caused when a shot blew out while the shot
firers were shooting on the solid. Apparently the shot set off a pocket of
methane gas. Killed instantly were Pete Huter, George Brandon and Mathew
King. Five other men died during the attempt to rescue the others.
They included Leonard and Archie Huter, Gabe Woodruff and Thomas Richardson.
The three Huter men are buried side by side in Nelson Creek
Excerpt taken from www.on-the-square.com/muhlenberg_ky/b_and/bio/tragic.htm