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Thomas Bush
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Birth: Feb., 1861, Ireland
Death: Apr. 22, 1914
Allegany County
Maryland, USA

On April 21, 1914, Thomas Bush (51)was killed in the mining accident in Consolidated Mine No.1 in Ocean, Maryland.

Also killed were Thomas' nephew Joseph (21)and another relative Isaac Cavanaugh (21).

April 21, 1914 Mine Inspector’s Annual Report 1913-14

Isaac Cavanaugh, John D. Scalley, Joseph Busch and Thomas Busch
The most distressing inside mine accident of the year, or I may say, in the history of mining in the George’s Creek Valley, occurred at Consol Mine No.1, of the Consolidation Coal Co., located at Ocean, Md.
On Tuesday night, April 21, at 9:30 P.M., four men were instantly killed by a pillar fall of coal and rock. It required almost four days of incessant toil to recover the bodies from beneath the heavy mass of rock and slate. The four men were engaged in taking out pillar coal and were in the act of loading their last car when the roof fell without warning, crushing them to death. The work of rescue was immediately begun by competent and practical miners.
The body of Isaac Cavanaugh, miner, age 21, single, residing at Ocean, Md., was the first recovered at 11:30 P.M., two hours after the fall occurred. The body of John D. Scalley, miner, married, age 26, residing at Frostburg, was recovered at 1:30 A.M., four hours after the fall occurred. The body of Joseph Bush, miner, single, age 20, residing at Ocean, was located at 4:30 P.M. the following afternoon and was recovered at 7:10, 22 hours after the accident. Slide after slide of rock occurred, interfering with the work of rescue. The body of Thomas Bush, miner, single, age 51, residing at Ocean, was located at 7:30 P.M. on April 23 and recovered at 3:10 A.M. on April 24 the last two bodies found were crushed in a fearful manner. So heavy was the fall that it was necessary to tunnel through the rock and debris over forty feet. The fall occurred so suddenly that the body of Thomas Bush was found in a standing position at the working breast. He apparently did not have time to move before the fall caught him. Mr. Bush was considered a good practical timberman, but the nature and condition of the roof and rock is very dangerous at this point where the accident occurred. Pillaring coal in the Pittsburg or Big Vein is a very hazardous occupation and our most practical and expert miners are sometimes injured or killed.
I was immediately on the scene and rendered all possible aid in the rescue. Mr. H.V. Hesse, general manager of the Maryland Division, Consolidation Coal Co., deserves special commendation for the splendid service he rendered in comforting the bereaved families and remaining with the rescue parties day and night, looking after their comfort and safety. Mr. Thomas McFarlane, mine foreman, also rendered splendid service, remaining at the scene almost the entire time, three days and four nights.
Family links: 
  Rose Kenny Bush (1830 - 1910)
  Thomas Bush (1861 - 1914)
  Michael Bush (1861 - 1926)*
  Patrick Bush (1872 - 1893)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Michaels Cemetery
Allegany County
Maryland, USA
Maintained by: Don Humbertson
Originally Created by: Shawn McGreevy
Record added: Mar 12, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 106588262
Thomas Bush
Added by: Don Humbertson
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Killed by a roof fall at Consolidated Coal Mine #1, at Ocean, Md. Three other miners were killed in the same accident.
- Bucky Schriver
 Added: Jan. 22, 2015

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