|A B Thomas|
|Death: ||Jan. 13, 1926|
He died at the No. 21 Degnan mine accident on Jan. 13, 1926. He is buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Hartshorne, OK.
When we went to press last week, all the bodies had been removed from mine 21 but six, and it was Tuesday before the last one, that of Alonzo Franklin, was removed from the pit. It was a difficult matter to extricate the last six men, as tons of debris and rock pinned their bodies in a fashion that it was almost impossible to remove them.
Saturday saw the burial of more than half of the blast victims. The clouds were heavy and the whole atmosphere about Wilburton was saturated with a grief and a despondency that is inexpressible. At one time, in the improvised morgue, more than fifty caskets containing bodies were arranged in three rows the entire length of the building. All day crowds surged about the front door; not all of them were curious for there were many relatives who had come from afar to view the remains of deceased miners and to take charge of their bodies. Truck load after truck load of caskets were removed, some to the homes of the miners, some to churches, and some direct to the City cemetery. At the latter place, Saturday morning there were fifty or more open graves waiting the reception of these bodies. All Saturday morning was given over to the burial of the negro dead. Many of the scenes were heart-rending when the negro women were torn from their homes, so suddenly, stalwart husbands and bread-winners, and their were many instances of fainting and hysteria, and loud shrieks on the part of these poor people at the graveside.
Robert Lucas was buried at Center Point, Perry Johnson at Damon and Allen Cox at Wilburton Friday, and many attended those funerals.
Jack Evans was interred at McAlester and A. B. Thomas at Hartshorne. Barney Dailey and his son, Bernard, and Alix Hovonick were buried Saturday morning in the presence of a large number of people, as were Roy Greenfield and Ben McFadden in the afternoon.
The funeral of Sam Wilson and his two sons was indeed a very sad one, as was that of Alick Domnick and his young son, Michael.
Louis Endruzzi left an expectant wife and five little children. A few of the negro dead were removed to neighboring town from whence they had come to work in the ill-fated mine. Henry Phillips, who was one of the rescued, saw four of his sons buried.
The last body was put under the sod Wednesday afternoon, just one week and a few hours after the disaster occurred. The last act of the rescue men was to send to the top Wednesday morning, "Sam" the lone surviving mule of the several in the mine when the explosion occurred. Ropes were girded about his body and when the reached the top and was unlaced, he appeared little worse for the experience. It required no one to lead him to the barn, but sniffing the fresh air and realizing his freedom had been affected from an underground prison for 168 hours, he kicked up his heels for joy, with a bray of delight, ran at a breakneck speed to home at the mine barn.
(The Latimer County News Democrat - January 22, 1926)
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