|Death: ||Mar. 11, 1911|
AVALANCHES BRING DISASTER,
DESTRUCTION AND DEATH
Nine lives Lost
Relief Parties Are Searching for Bodies of Unfortunate Victims
BUILDINGS OF PACIFIC POWER COMPANY AT
COPPER MOUNTAIN ARE DEMOLISHED
Electric Plant at Crystal Lake Gold Mining Company at Lundy is Buried Under a Mountain of Snow
Like a thief in the night, the mountainside came to the valley, took the lives of those in its path, leaving broken hearts and desolate homes in its wake. As soon as the news of the calamity was known willing hands took up the work of rescuing those who perchance might be alive or the bodies of those beyond human aid. The minds of Bodie are closed and an army of shovelers are opening a road to Copper Mountain, 20 miles distant. Meantime the rescue work at the power plant is progressing rapidly.
Mrs. R. H. Mason. Yesterday the rescue party found Mrs. Mason alive and she was taken to J. A. Conway's, where every care and attention is being given her. With her husband she occupied one of the cottages that was destroyed and for nearly 60 hours was entombed in the wreckage. Reports this morning indicate that she will recover.
A miner, who was occupying a cabin a short distance from the power plant.
The Rescue Party Is Making Good Progress and Expects To Find The Other Bodies Today
The storm this week has been the most destructive to the life and property of any in history of the county-so far nine lives being lost in snow slides.
About 2 o-clock Wednesday morning the power and light went off at Bodie and investigation proved that a snow slide had demolished the building of the Pacific Power Company at Jordan and that eight lives were lost in the disaster.
Those dead are: R. H. Mason, H. M. Weir, E. M. Peacock, Harold Hardy, Ben Pessner, John Sullivan, Patrick Stromblad. As soon as the news of the terrible accident reached Bodie Thursday forenoon relief parties were organized and in a few hours nine men on snowshoes started for Copper Mountain.
Later in the day another party left for the scene of the disaster in an effort to relieve the situation. Linemen, Paul Greenleaf, of the Pacific Power Co. and L. A. Larson of Bodie were the first to learn of the catastrophe. Wednesday morning they left Bodie to locate what was supposed to be a break in the line and traveled the entire distance to the power plant, which was found wrecked and covered with slide.
They went to Mono Lake in an endeavor to communicate with headquarters, but found the telephones at Mattley's and Hammond's out of commission. Going to C. W. Bogt's place they finally reached the Bodie office by the way of Mono Mills Thursday morning.
The scene of the accident is 20 miles from Bodie where a power plant of 200 horsepower was installed last year by the hydro electric Company and turned over to the Pacific Power Company at the first of the year. The pipeline from Lundy, a distance of seven miles, carries the waters of Mill Creek along the north side of the canyon and around to the east side of Copper Mountain where there is a fall of 1500 feet to the power house.
The building was a one story concrete structure and the machinery therein was the most modern. Two concrete cottages were built to accommodate the employees and the slide demolished these as well as the power house.
Under ordinary conditions the buildings would be considered safely situated as they stood nearly 1000 feet from the steep part of the mountain, but the unusually heavy snow upset all calculations and the catastrophe arrived.
While the buildings were wrecked, the machinery was but slightly damaged. At one time a smelter was in operation there in a building that has stood there since 1879, was destroyed by the big slide, as were several other structures nearby that had been erected 30 years.
The lines were furnishing power and light to Bodie, Lucky Boy and Hawthorne and would be supplying the mines and mills of Wonder, Nevada. It is believed that the plant will be in operation again soon.
Saturday March 18, 1911
Clearing Up Wreck Of The Disaster
The terrible snow slides of last week that destroyed the life and property at Jordan, Lundy and Masonic are the worst ever known in the county. The power plant at Jordan, where the greatest loss of life took place, was only erected last summer and the current was turned on last Christmas Day furnishing light and power for Bodie, California, Aurora, Lucky Boy, Hawthorne, Fairview and Wonder, Nevada.
Jordon-Lundy 1911 Avalanche Victims Cemetery
Created by: KRW
Record added: Dec 15, 2007
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