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A partial obit for Edward Newcombe

"He was a man of unusually fine physique, a kind friendly man and a
couteous officer. He was known, particularly during the dangerous
period of "the bumps" in No. 2 mine for his great personal courage.
Men recall during those days many incidents in which he played a
leading in the rescue of injured and dead in mine accidents. He was
never known to hold back, but rather insisted. It is recalled that in
one particularly dangerous incident, he spoke to one of the men. "You
stand back, I have to pay my dues to the Man Above. Let me go there."
With him it was all in his day's work. Many of these rescues
surpassed in bravery and difficulty the work of the Moose River crews,
and yet it rarely went further than the streets and the homes of the
town. Once in a while it became public knowledge, as for example, a
brief notice in the local paper, under date of March 16, 1926.
"James Gabriel and a German named Bruhn were injured in a bump in
their working place in the East 5400 mine board. The accident occurred
shortly before eleven o'clock and a rescue crew summoned from their
places on the main level worked until two o'clock before Gabriel was
brought out. Edward Newcombe, one of the rescue crew had to crawl
through a small opening and make his way down to where Gabriel was
buried. Crisscrossing of timbers saved the buried man from serious
injury but he was held by weight of rock and stone on one foot.
Newcombe reaching down unlaced the boot and dragged Gabriel to safety
- just in time, for a few minutes later tons of rocks fell in the
place he had been. This was the eleventh man Newcombe had saved from
a similar predicament."
Perhaps the most spectacular rescue of all took place when "Bobby
Wheaton was caught in the 4700 West, in a fall which completely
blocked the level. A passage was driven down from a higher level, and
living chain of men was formed with Eddie Newcombe at the head to
cover depth of 15 feet, Held only by his feet, he was let down to the
trapped man, whom he freed and held until drawn back to the others.
Wheaton had waited in his dangerous place while the crew was working
to reach him. These things will always be remembered in Springhill.
For a number of years Eddie was on the Draeger Crew. He was for many
years a worker and a former bandmaster in the local Salvation Army
Corps., and also a member of the Orange Lodge. During his most recent
years, he gave a good account of himself in his duties under Chief


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