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Ira Strickland
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Birth: Apr. 18, 1808
Death: Nov. 24, 1903
Sebastian County
Arkansas, USA

November 24, 1903 -
Ira and 13 others were killed in Bonanza, AR in a coal mine expolision. Central Coal and Coke owned the mine and all were their employees. 5 men in the Crew were family.

John Wesley Pettit, wife & 7 Children - buried -????

Mike Walkie - wife & 4 Children - buried in Fort Smith (Calvery Cemetery),

Ira Strickland - (His uncle was John Wesley Pettit - His Mother was Lucy Ann (Pettit) Strickland - buried in Fort Smith (City Cememtery)

Fred Arnold - (Brother of Laura Ellen Arnold) buried - ???

Grandpa Brown - (Father in Law to Ellie Strickland Brown. Ellie was Ira's Sister) - RICH HILL, MISSOURI CITY (Betty) says his name was Bruce - SHe said he was buried in Green Lawn Cemetery with grandchild - Paul Whitman - it say they were killed by Explosion per their records.

Bob Drysdale - wife & 5 children - buried - ????

WIlliam Kehoe - wife and 9 children - buried - ????

Joe Carr - buried in Fort Smith with Ira and Mike Walkie per newspaper

Paul Walton - buried - ????

Good afternoon,

I have been searching most of the day for the information you wanted on John Wesley Pettit and the others who died in the Bonanza mine. Do you perhaps know what the names of his children were? How did you know that his wife Julia Ann went to California? And that he had 7 kids?

In looking in our Funeral Home records I see the following:

Brown, John age 70 . Birnie Funeral Home handled him and sent his body to Lick Hill, Mo.
Drysdale, Robert age 45 buried in the City Cem handled by Birnie Funeral Home
Strickland, Ira age 35 buried in the City Cem handled by Birnie Funeral Home
Whittman, Paul R. age 38 buried in Motrose, Mo. handled by Birnie Funeral Home
Carr, Joe age 25 buried in the Catholic Cem by Putnam Funeral Home
Valcor, Mike age 34 buried in the Catholic Cem by Putnam Funeral Home(this could have been Mike Walkie)

Wish I could have found more.


William (W.D.) Moore - Born - August 25, 1878 - buried (White Bluff Cemetery), Fort Smith, Arkansas, Sebastian County, Just North of Bonanza (479) 646-4917

Paul Witten - RICH HILL, MO in Green Lawn Cemetery age 23 and grandchild of Grandpa Brown.

4 died from explosion, 6 died from no air.

1 December 2010 - Mrs. Sherry Woods of the Fort Smith Library found that Ira is listed as being burie by Birnie Feneral Home here (in Fort Smith) and buried in the "City Cemetery in Fort Smith. Or so the records say. Birnie Funeral Home does not list survivors. It does say that a George Henley paid for his funeral. 
Oak Cemetery
Fort Smith
Sebastian County
Arkansas, USA
Created by: Gary L. Pettit
Record added: Dec 01, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62407681
Ira Strickland
Added by: Gary L. Pettit
Ira Strickland
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- Lisa Trevino(pettit)
 Added: Jan. 8, 2011
rest in peace.
- Gary L. Pettit
 Added: Dec. 1, 2010

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