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Thomas R. Holman
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Birth: Oct. 13, 1869
Death: Aug. 24, 1899
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

Article found in the Carthage Weekly Press
Thursday, week of August 31, 1899


Victims of the Marguerite Explosion Laid to Rest

Funeral services were held yesterday over the remains of Henry Gilbert, one of the unfortunate men who were blown up in the Marguerite Mine explosion at Carterville Thursday.
The funeral was under the auspices of the Knights of Pythias, assisted by the I.O.O.F. and Woodmen of the World lodges, of which he was a member. A delegation from Carthage K.P. lodge went down to attend the funeral. They were John Henkle, F. T. Sober, H. L. Shannon, George Thomas, Alex Hill and C. A. McCubbin.
The services were held in the Carterville Methodist Episcopal church, conducted by Rev. I. N. Galbreath, who delivered a touching address. An immense throng gathered at the church. Music was furnished by a special choir. After the services the funeral procession drove to Joplin, where the interment was a Fairview Cemetery. The lodge members went to Joplin on the electric and joined the funeral cortege at the cemetery.
The funeral of Thomas Holman, the engineer, who were the worst mangled victims of the explosion, were held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Holman's funeral was at the Christian Church in Carterville and the interment was in the Carterville Cemetery under the auspices of the I.O.O.F to which order he belonged. His wife was greatly affected and bowed with grief and required the constant care of attendants to keep her from swooning away during the services.
Owing to Huddleston's mangled condition, there were no formal funeral services at the house, but short exercises were held at the Oronogo Cemetery, where the interment occurred, under the auspices of the Woodmen of the World.
David James St. Clair's remains have been sent to Duluth, Minnesota according to instructions from his relatives. He was a Knight Templar, a 32nd degree Mason, and a Knight of Pythias. His wife, who is an invalid, summering with her little son at Greensboro, N.C., telegraphs that she will meet the remains at Duluth.
The funeral of C. H. Robbins took place Saturday morning from the rooms of the Joplin Undertaking and Embalming Company and the interment was at Fairview Cemetery at Joplin.
There has been a great excitement all through this mining section over the explosion, and large crowds have gathered at the scene of the wrecked plant every day to view the shattered remnants. All that remains is the iron work of the machinery and the boilers and boiler walls, which were left intact, with a carpet of ashes on the ground surrounding them.
It is learned that there was a fire insurance policy for $2,500 or $3,000 on the plant and that there was a clause in the policy permitting not over ten boxes of powder to be carried in the engine room. This is unusual in a policy and will enable the mine owners to get their insurance, notwithstanding the circumstances causing the destruction of the plant. The company also carried a $10,000 causality insurance on the lives of their employees. H. H. Beckwith, of this city, a partner in the mine, had gone to New York only a few days before the accident, and so far all efforts to reach him have been in vain. Word is expected from him every day.
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Note: No Missouri death certificate found.
Carterville Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section 1B, Lot 217
Created by: Deb64030
Record added: Sep 09, 2009
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Thomas R. Holman
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Sadly, Thomas was the ground boss at the Marguerite Mine in Carterville and lost his life due to an explosion at the mine. Other men, Henry Gilbert, Frank Huddleston, David J. St. Clair & C. H. Robbins also met the same fate.
- NJBrewer
 Added: Jan. 9, 2014

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