Thomas Ross of Springhill

Amherst Daily News, Wednesday, January 14, 1953, pg. #1; Reel #2704, NSARM,
Halifax, N.S.
Thomas Ross, 54, Dies In No. 2 Mine After Being Struck By Trip
Springhill, Jan. 14 (Staff Special) Tragedy struck once again in Springhill
yesterday when Thomas Ross, 54-year old miner was killed almost instantly
while working in No. 2 mine. The well-known Springhill man was working as a
"Trapper" at the 10,000 level in the mine and was struck by a trip. He was
pronounced dead, then brought to the surface as a result of severe head and
chest injuries. It was the first fatality of the 1953 season and an
investigation will be carried out by mining authorities. The accident
occurred during the afternoon and the mines were closed in accordance with
the tradition followed by all miners when one of their fellow employees is
killed. The duty of a "trapper" is to open and close a wooden door when a
trip approaches to go through, either coming or going from the coal face.
These doors are located in a mine to contain the air ventilation that is
most necessary in mining operations. If these doors were not opened at
certain intervals in the mine, it would be impossible to regulate the air
freely to the mine and it would all stay at one level. In some manner the
trip (a string of boxes locked together) struck the deceased just as he was
opening the door. He was killed almost instantly and pronounced dead when
brought to the surface by Doctor Adams. Cause of death it is reported was
severe chest and head injuries. On December 13, 1950, Mr. Ross was injured
and at that time lost several fingers on his right hand. At that time he was
off work for approximately three months. Mr. Ross is survived by his wife,
the former Alfreda Matthews. There are no children. The deceased was a
member of the Baptist Church. He was a keen and active bowler. In the winter
just past, was Captain of one of the teams in the town league. This is the
first fatality of the 1953 mining year, and it is just one year ago
yesterday that Allie Goode was killed at the 11,000 level on the back slope
of No. 2 mine. Mr. Goode was hit by a rake and he was also working as a

Source: Dave Winter, 5 Oct 2011
Note: Article was in the first left column and part of the first letters of
each sentence are in the fold or crease and missed during microfilming, thus
I'm guessing at a few words.
Springhill¹s Moss Journal;
Ross, Thomas January 13, 1953 September 16, 1898 54 y Matthews, Alfretta h/w
HC b. Moncton, NB s/o Thos. "Killed #2 mine, Pleasant St."