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 Joseph Irving Bodily

Joseph Irving Bodily

Vernal, Uintah County, Utah, USA
Death 8 Mar 1924 (aged 24)
Castle Gate, Carbon County, Utah, USA
Burial Vernal, Uintah County, Utah, USA
Plot L91_S3
Memorial ID 30192071 · View Source
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Irving Bodily killed in Castle Gate Accident. Vernal Called to Mourn The Loss Of Four Of Her Citizens In Mine Catastrophe.

In what will go down in history as one of the major mine accidents of the country. Vernal loses four of her citizens Saturday when the Castle Gate No. 2 mine owned by the Utah Fuel Company was blown up by three terrific explosions and 175 lives snuffed out.

The first explosion occurred about 8:00 o'clock Saturday morning and with such force as to hurl the iron door of the mine one half mile across the canyon and timers as far as a mile away, sending the entire concrete front far out. The 18 foot entrance was enlarged to a 50 foot hole.

The cause of the explosion will never definitely be known as there will probably not be a survivor of all who were in the mine. Nearly every one of the victims are married men. There are seven fathers and their sons who perished in the mine.

Besides J. Irving Bodily from Vernal there are O. E. Sander and two sons, who are well known in the Ashley valley having worked for several years at the Pack-Allan coal mine here. Having no relatives here they will not be brought home for burial.

The remains of Bodily were found at 11 o'clock Tuesday night and arrived home Thursday evening. His wife, a Miss Smith, he married after going to Castle Gate to work shortly after arriving home from a mission. Mrs. Bodily also lost two brothers in the disaster all her living male relatives in America, as she is a native of England. Mr. Bodily had been working there for about two years.

Word has been received from Joseph Bodily, the father, who is now in California, that he would arrive for the funeral. He is there for the health of one of his sons and notice had not reached him at first. The time of the funeral which will be held in the Maeser Ward Chapel, cannot be determined until it is known when Mr. Bodily will arrive which will be probably some time Sunday or Monday.

-Vernal Express, March 14, 1924, transcribed by Rhonda Holton

Joseph Irving Bodily was the son of Mary Alice Fisher Bodily and Joseph Henry Bodily.

One of the largest funeral services held in Maeser was that for Joseph Irving Bodily, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Bodily, who was one of the victims of the Castle Gate explosion, Sunday at 3:00 o'clock at the Maeser Ward Chapel under the auspices of the Maeser Ward bishopric, with Bishop Sylvannus Colett presiding.

The floral tributes from the many friends and relatives were profuse and beautiful and more than covered the casket of the departed.

Music was furnished by the Maeser ward choir, rendering the following numbers, "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" with Warren Jones, soloist and "Oh My Father." A male quartet consisting of Leslie Thacker, Roy Carroll, Warren Jones and Wells Ashby sang, "I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go" and Mrs. Leo Calder sang a special number, "Face To Face."

Consoling remarks were made by Ray Stringham, John L. McConkie and President Wallace Calder. Mr. Stringham and Mr. Bodily were missionary companions and Mr. Stringham told of the excellent work the departed did while in the field and of the unusual amount of praise he received while there. The other speakers told of the integrity and sterling character of the departed. The opening prayer was by President Ernest Eaton and the benediction was pronounced by A, Theodore Johnson.

A large cortege followed the remains to the Maeser cemetery where interment was made with President Wallace Calder dedicatng the grave.

J. Irving Bodily came of sturdy stock, having been born on a farm in Maeser, January 3, 1900, the son of Joseph H. and Alice Fisher Bodily. He grew to manhood in Maeser and Moffat, Utah.

In October 1919 he was called on a mission, laboring in California twenty-six months, where he accomlished a great work.

When he returned from his mission he served as second counselor to Ray Stringham in the Maeser Sunday School superintendency. He went to Castle Gate in July 1922, and had only been there six weeks when he was appointed Sunday School Superindent of Castle Gate Ward. He worked in the Mutual and other organizations also. March 15, 1923, he was married to Florence Smith of Castle Gate.

Besides his widow, father and mother, he leaves the following brothers and sisters to mourn his untimely death: Reed F. Bodily, Sterling, Carl, Owen, Keith and Wilda. One little sister, Alice preceded him three years in death.

His father, Joseph H. Bodily, went to California early last winter taking his son Reed for the purpose of gaining his health and could not leave Reed at this time and was not present at the funeral.

The bereaved young wife was unable to attend her husband's funeral, two of her brothers were also victims of the mine disaster. And her father having died a year ago, leaves she, her mother and sister-in-laws, without any male support.

Mr. and Mrs. Clair Hacking of Lapoint, Mr. and Mrs. John G. Hacking, Chris and daughter Sylvia and Levi Bodily, all of Gusher, relatives of the deceased, were present.

The sympathy of the entire community go out to the bereaved family.

-Vernal Express, March 21, 1934, transcribed by Rhonda Holton

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