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1913: CLARKDALE; Gravel Slide Buries 4 Men, August 28.

"DEATH EXTRACTS AWFUL TOLL WHEN GRAVEL WALL COMES DOWN ON CLARKDALE LABORERS."

"Caught unawares by the treacherous slide of a gravel embankment, four men employed by the Snider Contracting Company in Clarkdale, on Thursday morning, were smothered to death. The awful scene, occurred within full view of twenty-five fellow workmen, who first gazed with awed eyes and dulled brains and a few minutes later with grim determination written upon their countenances to dig, dig, dig in an effort to save the unfortunate men buried alive."

"Those dead are: C. GALARDO, PERHONILO MADUENO [Petronilo Madueno], APOLINDOR PASQUEZ [Apolonio Vasquez], and PEDRO ALONZO."

"A gang of thirty men were engaged in digging gravel from a twelve-foot enbankment for road construction for the United Verde Copper Company. Suddenly, without the least warning, a small portion of the enbankment caved in. The four victims were vertably buried alive. There was not the slightest chance in the world for them to make a fight for their lives."

"The crash of the cave-in attracted the attention of the other employees, who were strung out for a distance of about 200 feet."

"Maddened with the horror of the awful scene, the surviving members of the work gang organized a rescue corps. Some with their fingernails, others with pick and shovel, worked like Trojans to remove that mound of gravel which marked the untimely graves of the four men. One laborer fainted in his maddening efforts to make more speed, but that didn't deter the others."

"The hope turned to despair. A spade struck leather. Swarthy arms flung several more shovels full of gravel away and then tenderly lifted the unconscious form to the sunlight."

"Within five minutes the second victim was discovered. Then the work of rescue continued more slowly but surely. In an hour's time the mound of gravel had been removed."

"The widows of two of the victims rushed to the scene and fell, mumbling prayers and crying, across the still forms."

"The four still forms were placed side by side and covered, while Coroner S. F. Dennison was summoned from his office in Jerome. The Coroner arrived about two hours after the accident occurred. After a thorough investigation he exonerated the employers from any blame."

"The deaths have cast a pall of gloom over the working camp. Work upon the enbankment has been suspended, pending the funeral of the four victims, which will be held today."

(Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; September 3, 1913; page 3.)

The men who worked as day laborers on the railroad construction crew are:

C. GALARDO, about 23 years old, was born in Mexico about 1889. He died near Clarkdale on August 28, then was buried in Valley View Cemetery on August 29, 1913.

PETRONILO MADUENO, about 28 to 30 years old, died near Clarkdale on August 28, then was buried in Valley View Cemetery on August 29, 1913.

APOLONIO VASQUEZ, about 32 years old, was born in Mexico about 1881. He died near Clarkdale on August 28, then was buried in Valley View Cemetery on August 29, 1913. Cemetery records list his name as A. Bascus.

PEDRO ALONZO, about 52 years old, was born in Mexico about 1871. He died near Clarkdale on August 28, then was buried in Valley View Cemetery on August 29, 1913.

(Certificates of Death; Sharlot Hall Museum Library and Archives.)

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