John Sanford Thomas Galloway

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John Sanford Thomas Galloway

Kentucky, USA
Death 1905 (aged 29–30)
Indiana, USA
Burial Clinton, Vermillion County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 21689238 · View Source
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Lilian May Galloway Fletchall 1896 - 1979
Eva Galloway Pierce 1898 - 1987
Ernest Galloway 1900 - 1979
Josephine Galloway 1904 - 1905
John Galloway 1905 - 1974

Married 6 Nov 1895 in Vermillion Co., IN

The Daily Clintonian
January 6, 1905

A terrific dust explosion took place in the new Buckeye mine, west of this city, about four o'clock Wednesday evening. There were but two shot firers in the mine when the explosion took place, John Galloway and Charles Houser. The men were in No. 1 room on the first west on the north side when the explosion occurred.
Galloway was about ten or fifteen feet from the entry in the full force and Houser was near the face of the room, about ten yards apart. The boys had eight shots lighted and it is thought that it was the first one, which was on the second west entry, that caused the explosion.
As soon as the explosion occurred, Houser shouted, "John, John, John", but did not get any answer from Galloway. After that Houser laid down until he counted the seven shots, after which he again shouted to Galloway, but again received no answer. He then followed the rail to the entry and then followed the rib to the air course and followed the rib to the bottom of the shaft. He then shouted for help and Jack Dowdy was lowered to the bottom of the mine by means of a rope. The two men started back in the mine to endeavor to find Galloway. They had gone about 70 yards when Dowdy could stand the smoke no longer and started to return. Houser also returned, saying that their efforts would be useless. The men were lifted to the top of the mine and three other men lowered to endeavor to locate Galloway.
They could stand the smoke for only five minutes and gave up. Three men were then lowered but their efforts were useless. Canvas was then secured and so arranged so that the fan could drive the air down into the mine. After this was done it was found possible to enter the mine.
The dead body of Galloway was found about 12:30 A.M. in the No. 2 room, first west, on the north side, about 30 feet from the entry. He was lying on his face. He was brought to the top of the shaft and from there taken to the morgue where he was washed and dressed, after which he was taken to his home on East Bridge Street.
Galloway would have been 30 years old the 26th of next August. He is survived by a father, four brothers and one sister and a wife, and four small children. He does not carry any life or lodge insurance of any kind. He formerly carried $200 Insurance in the A.O.U.W. lodge but allowed it to become delinquent.
Galloway had quite a bruise on his left temple, a small cut on the right hand and a skinned knuckle on the left hand. His body was considerably bruised from lying on the coal and was quite red from the heat. Houser is unhurt but the ordeal he went through was trying in the extreme.
The funeral services will be held at the home today at 1:30 P.M. after which the remains will be laid to rest in the Riverside Cemetery.
The damage done to the mine is about $500. The buntins and braddishes were torn asunder. The tipple was completely wrecked.

Bio by: Harrison Pierce

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  • Maintained by: Harrison Pierce
  • Originally Created by: Mark W. Neice
  • Added: 21 Sep 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21689238
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Sanford Thomas Galloway (Aug 1875–1905), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21689238, citing Riverside Cemetery, Clinton, Vermillion County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Harrison Pierce (contributor 47097901) .