|Birth: ||Sep. 4, 1892|
|Death: ||May 15, 1926|
The Cherokee Sentinel, May 21, 1926, page 1:
GAS EXPLOSION AT CIGARET MINE
On Friday Afternoon About 2:00 O'clock Blast Occurred
FOUR MEN ARE KILLED
Whole Family – Father and Two Sons – Three of Those Who Were Killed
Our city was shocked on Friday afternoon when an explosion which was felt all over town occurred at the Cigaret mine just south of the city limits, which is owned by the Lightning Creek Coal Co. Men, women and children rushed to the scene. James W. Jameson was instantly killed and geo. J. Hollis was so badly injured that he died soon after being taken home. These men were working on top, and persons in the neighborhood whose attention was called to the blast say that the men were hurled higher than the tree tops, which was 50 feet or more, and that the timber which was in the derrick was hurled even higher and scattered over much territory.
Harold Halley Jameson and John Crockett Jameson, brothers and sons of James Jameson, were working in the mine, on a platform some twenty feet below, and when rescuers first arrived it is said that they could hear Crockett calling for help, but it was some time before assistance could be given them. Smoke and gas was coming from the mine, but T. J. Rogers with but a wet handkerchief over his mouth and nostrils, was let down. Although the air was very bad he stayed until he had secured Crockett Jameson to a rope so that his body could be removed. Crockett was dead when he reached the surface.
The mine rescue car had then arrived, but the men did not seem to know what to do. They waited around for a long period and finally one of their number was let down and came up immediately and said the mine would have to be pumped before the body of Hallie (sic) could be found. Bill Barnard told them to let him down and he would find Halley, and in less than 10 minutes the body was on the surface.
The Rev. Geo. J. Hollis, aged 33 years, 8 months and 10 days, was a miner-preacher of the Pentecostal church.
He was born in Arkansas September 4, 1892. He is survived by his widow and five children, Marie, 13; Harvey, 12; Monroe, 10; Georgia, 8; Milo, 7; his father, W.J. Hollis of Minden, Mo.; a brother, Charles Hollis of Rock, Kan.; a half- brother, Bert Wright of Berryville, Ark.
He came to Kansas from Arkansas eight years ago. Since the meetings held by the Pentecostal people here more than a year ago, he has been living in Cherokee, working during the week and preaching on Sundays. He was a fine man and beloved by many.
Funeral services for the Rev. Hollis were held at the M.E. Church on Sunday at 1 o'clock by Rev. White of the Pentecostal church. Interment was made in the Cherokee cemetery. Contributed by Cheryl White
Maintained by: Cheryl White
Originally Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Oct 08, 2008
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