Christian Smith, Ben Keffer and Levi Jefferson “Jeff” Mathias, all relatives, were opening a new coal mine near Tuscarawas in 1908 when a 10-ton rock and a quantity of earth fell on them.
Christian Smith was crushed by the rock and killed and Ben Keffer was badly bruised and barely able to get around. Jeff Mathias was not injured. The accident was called the worst mine accident to occur in the Tuscarawas area.
The mine where the accident occurred was located on the Parker Schupp farm which was located near Tuscarawas and was being opened by George Mathias, Jeff’s brother.
Deputy mine inspectors viewed the mine and ordered it closed permanently.