Contributor doklanbeh at ancestry.com this page on William Messner: http://person.ancestry.com/tree/16028549/person/19053129926/facts, which includes a link to the newspaper report of his death: http://goo.gl/SAHSnn
An unusual number of accidents ocurred [sic] in the mining regions yesterday [Friday, February 8, 1878]. An explo- sion at Plank Ridge colliery burned three brothers, Theodore, Henry, and Isaac Isen- bauer, the latter seriously.
William Messner was instantly killed at No. 4 Gangway, Short Mountain Slope, near Lykins, [Lykens] by a fall of coal. [8 Feb 1878, Short Mountain Slope Colliery, near Lykens, Dauphin, Pennsylvania]
At the Continental colliery, Centralia, Brian Kilker was crushed beneath a mass of falling coal and seriously injured, and at Potts' colliery, Locustdale, Daniel Lletwil- ler fell from a high trestle work and was badly hurt. - - - His age at death from his headstone: AGED 30 YRS. 10 MO. 10 D, then calculates to a birth date of Monday, March 29, 1847.
Rhodes If you are interested I have a little more info on this family. Brenda D. asked I limit edits so I have stopped. Any one in Worth County that you might be interested in ( no kin here) please let me know. gail