Told by Dulcie Taylor to Linda C Butler, 1990s
I was swimming with the other kids when I heard the nine blasts of the mine whistle and I knew that there had been an accident at the mine. We hurried from the water, grabbed our towels and ran home. Word quickly spread that Fred Rickey had been killed underground.
Fred had planned to leave Herb Lake. His bags were packed and he had worked his last scheduled shift the day before, however, his travel plans changed and he decided to go back to the mine for one more shift.
They were dynamiting underground and somehow the gasses were not properly vented. Fred collapsed and by the time help arrived, he had died. Fred had been studying to write examinations and was dreaming of a bright future away from the mines, but it was not to be.