Community Response

The Kemmerer Republican, 17 August 1923, page 1.

Every organization in Kemmerer rose to the saddest occasion that ever clouded the City of Kemmerer, following the explosion in No.1 Mine last Tuesday morning, and the mine workers of the entire district, all members of the UMW of A (United Mine Workers Association), without exception, came to the rescue of the loved ones of the departed in a magnificent spirit of brotherly love.  For every task, and there were many, that was presented following the tragic affair, there were volunteers without number--even the grave-digging, where the work was not completed until this morning, when seven yawning graves, each capable of receiving eight caskets, await the dead this afternoon.  Cumberland No. 1 mine crew finished the last relay at the graveyard, while members of the other locals worked all day yesterday.  Besides these, there are enough more graves finished, scattered here and there, to receive the remainder of the charred and blackened bodies in the two cemeteries--the City and the Catholic.

The first official meeting after the explosion was of Frontier local union, with which every one of the departed was affiliated.  The was Wednesday afternoon.  A relief committee for the families and another to secure clothing for the corpses, which were brought to the morgues dressed as they were found in the mine, were named.  

Wednesday evening the executive boards of every mine workers' local of the Kemmerer sub-district gathered in Kemmerer and prepared the way for a community service today.

Last evening the executive boards of every mine workers' local of the Kemmerer sub-district gathered in Kemmerer and prepared the way for a community service today.

Last evening the fraternal organizations of the city met and arranged for proper burial, with ritualistic services, for their departed brothers, every organization in the city having lost members in the tragedy.

The executive boards of the miners' locals again met last night and approved the order of services outlined by the fraternal organizations.
The Kemmerer Republican, 17 August, 1923, page 1.

U.M.W.A. Officials Send $10,000 Relief
President Harry W. Fox, of the Wyoming State Federation of Labor who is in the city assisting in final arrangements following the disaster of Tuesday, late yesterday received a telegram from James Morgan, secretary of the State U.M.W.A., stating that he would arrive in Kemmerer today on O.S.L. train No. 17.

The message also carried the gratifying news that the National Headquarters of the Miners' Union at Indianapolis had sent $10,000 for the relief of the families of the 99 martyrs to industrialism.  This money, while there is no apparent immediate need, may assist in relieving some of the families, although all will receive compensation under the state law.

Locally nothing is being overlooked in relief of the bereaved families, and the prompt brotherly action of the International Union is in keeping with the local spirit.

The First Meeting
The first meeting of Frontier Local Union, UMW of A, with which every miner in No. 1 was affiliated, was called for Wednesday afternoon, with only a handful present of the once flourishing local.  The purpose of the meeting was to plan the funerals and get arrangements started.  The remaining members of the union, with Kemmerer and Frontier citizens, mainly women, formed into one large relief society and have done wonderful relief work.

The Kemmerer Republican, Friday, August 17, 1923.

A Liberal Deed
Frontier Local, U.M.W. of  A., asks that its deepest appreciation and thanks be extended to Dr. M.J. Goldberg of Kemmerer, who has been attending many of the families of the victims.  Immediately following the accident he ordered receipted bills for his services sent to the survivors, cancelling all charges.  Several cases totaled over $300.  All of the bills contracted before the explosion.
The Kemmerer Republican, 24 August 1923, page 1.
Grateful to Merchants
The committee in charge of the relief fund of the U.M.W. of A is grateful to Kemmerer merchants for a liberal discount that is being given for all provisions and clothing purchased for the families of the victims of the mine disaster.
The Kemmerer Republican, 24 August 1923, page 1.

Miners and Operators Grateful for Service
Owners, directors, union presidents and the miners themselves of the Frontier mining community near Kemmerer, Wyoming, where a recent explosion killed 99 men, are unanimous in their praise of the Red Cross, according of Thomas Temple, Wyoming field representative, who acting upon division directions, hurried to the scene of disaster.  John Kemmerer and P.J. Quealy, owners of the mine, were high in their praise of the ability and readiness of the Red Cross to act in emergencies.  Thomas Conroy, president of the Frontier Local 2360, United Mine Workers of America, thanked the Red Cross for its efforts and urged the men to refer their problems to the local chapter, assuring them that is was one organization which carried on until a job was done
the Kemmerer Camera, 28 September 1923, no pagi listed.

 Red Cross Field Man in Kemmerer
Thos. M. Temple, Wyoming field representative of the American Red Cross, with headquarters in Chicago, left Kemmerer last Tuesday morning, after spending a week in Kemmerer and Frontier.  Mr. Temple was ordered to report here for service among the people who lost their relatives in the recent mine disaster.

Mr. Temple and his mother were spending their vacation on a Wyoming ranch, when word was received of the accident.  Encountering a cloudburst and muddy roads, it took him two days to drive in.

He states there was nothing for the Red Cross to do in the way of relief measures during the accident, as local people and the coal company had provided substantially for that.  Their work here at this time was to investigate into the family conditions, so that future suffering might be alleviated.  He recalls the Cherry mine disaster in Illinois, many years ago, and says that relief is still being accorded the families, who lost husbands and fathers at that time.  The children are being sent to school and educated to grapple with the problems of life.  Such measures will be provided here and the Red Cross will be sure that no suffering will come to those families in the future.

Mrs. Steinkrauss, of Cheyenne Chapter of the Red Cross, was here several days last week, doing a wonderful work among the women and children.

It is interesting to know that the Green River Cheyenne, Laramie, Rawlins, Rock Springs, and many other chapters of the state pledged their entire resources to the stricken families of the dead miners.
The Kemmerer camera, 24 August 1923, no pagi listed.