On the morning of Monday, May 19th 1902, at 7:30 just after all the men had entered Fraterville mine, there occurred in that mine one of the most disastrous mine explosions that has ever occurred in America. Out of all the men and boys who were then in the mine, numbering somewhere from 180 to 200, not a single person escaped with his life. Some were killed instantly, some were shut-up in small passages and rooms and probably lived but a short time, while a goodly number were able to escape to the headings and entries in parts of the mine away from the explosion, and there exist for several hours, until death came from suffocation and after damp. Probably the longest any lived was from seven to eight hours, while most of the men died within a much shorter time. The presence of unbearable heat and of after damp in the mine, prevented the escape and caused the death of all those who were not injured in the explosion.
The list of dead hereon printed, and statements herein made are in no way to be considered as official nor as having the sanction of the employing company, nor of any labor union, but is the statement gotten up by the program committee of the citizens meeting held on the evening of May 23rd, and is published by said committee as the most correct list which they have been able to procure from all available sources.
R. B. ADKINS,
E. F. FOSTER,
REV. J. W. CARNES,
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ADVANCE PUBLISHING COMPANY, JELLICO, TENN
At a meeting of citizens, surviving miners, business men and ministers of the gospel, held at Coal Creek, Tenn., on Friday evening, May 23rd, 1902, for the purpose of considering some suitable plans for paying a last tribute of respect to the many noble men and boys who lost their lives in the terrible mine disaster at Fraterville mines, Coal Creek, Tenn. After due consideration, the following was adopted:
RESOLVED FIRST: That the second Sunday of June next, which will be the 8th day of the month, be designated and set apart as a day on which memorial services are to be held in memory of the deceased and that on that day the survivors of the families, the relatives and friends of the deceased, and the public generally are hereby requested to assemble at the various places of religious worship below designated, at the hour of 10:30 o'clock a. m., and there hold a religious service in memory of the deceased.
SECOND: That the friends and relatives of those buried nearest each place of worship take charge of the exercises at said place of worship, secure the most available minister to conduct the services, and in every way have full control and management of the same.
THIRD: That at each service held the full list of the names of the deceased hereon printed, be read for the reason that this service is to be considered a service in memory of all those who died, and not of those only who are buried in any particular cemetery.
FOURTH: That the program of Memorial Exercises printed on this paper is recommended as a suitable and fit form of service, but those in charge of the various services are fully empowered to change or modify the exercises to suit the time and occasion.
FIFTH: The Memorial Services herein directed is in no way to be considered or construed to be a funeral service for the deceased, nor to take the place of any church or lodge Memorial Service that these organizations or the friends of the deceased may wish to have held for the deceased on account of their connection with any church or fraternal society.
SIXTH: That if the condition of the weather or other unforeseen circumstances should render it not feasible or practical to hold these said Services at any point upon the day and hour above designated then those in charge of the service may Postpone the same until the following Sunday which will be the third Sunday in June at 10:00 a. m.
On the above date and hour it is recommended that these Memorial Services be held at Beech Grove Baptist church, colored Baptist and colored Methodist churches at Coal Creek, Baptist and Methodist churches at Briceville, Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian churches at Coal Creek, Longfield, Macedonia, Indian Creek, Blowing Springs, Clinch River, Pleasant Hill, and the churches at Clinton, Heiskell, Jacksboro, and at any other places near which any of the deceased may have been interred.
SEVENTH: That upon this day and hour it is recommended that Memorial Services be held in any and every place of religious places of worship or church of any and every denomination, religion or sect in the State of Tennessee, who may feel it their duty to do so in keeping with the plan herein stated.
Names Of persons authorizing this Memorial Service:
E. L. FOSTER, CHAIRMAN, FOR BUSINESS MEN
E S. DICKSON, FOR METHODIST CHURCH
C. A. WATERS, FOR PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
REV. JOHN HENDERSON, F0R LONGFIELD BAPTIST CHURCH
WM. TUTTLE, FOR BEECH GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
DR,. B. ADKINS, FOR PHYSICIANS
REV. J. W. CANINES
J. E. HIGHTOWER
E FOSTER, SECRETARY
J. W. HOWE, FOR UNITED MINE. WORKERS
RUEBEN JOHNSON, COLORED CITIZENS
"We are shut up in the head of the entry with of little air and the bad air is closing in on us fast and it is now about 12 o'clock. Dear Ellen, I have to leave you in bad condition. But dear wife, set your trust in the Lord to help you raise my little children. Ellen take care of my little darling Lily. Ellen, little Elbert said he had trusted in the Lord. Chas. Wood said he was safe if he never lives to see the outside again, he would meet his mother in heaven. If we never live to get out we are not hurt but only perished for air. There is but a few of us here and I don't know where the other men is. Elbert said for you all to meet him in heaven, All the children meet with us both."
"Alice, do the best you can. I am going to rest. Good bye Alice.
Elen, darling Good Bye for us both. Elbert said the lord had saved him. Do the best you can with the children. We are all praying for air to support us but it is getting so bad without any air. Horace, Elbert said for you to wear his shoes and clothing. It is now 1/2 past 1.
Powell Harmon's watch is now in Andy Woods hand. Ellen, I want you to live right and come to heaven. Raise the children the best you can. Oh! how I wish to be with you. Good Bye to all of you Good Bye. Bury me an Elbert in the same grave by little Eddy. Good Bye Elen Good Bye Lily Good Bye Jimmie Good Bye Horace. We are together. Is 25 minutes after Two. There is a few of us are alive yet JAKE & ELBERT.
Oh God for one more breath. Ellen, remember me as long as you live. Good Bye Darling
I have found the Lord. Do change your way of living God be with you Good Bye
MY DEAR WIFE AND BABY
I want you to go back home and take the baby so good Bye. I am going to heaven. I want you to meet me there. JAS. A. BROOKS
To Geo. Hutson's Wife--If you dont see me no more bury me in the clothing I have. I want you to meet me in Heaven Good Bye Do as you wish.
DEAR DARLING MOTHER, BROTHERS, AND SISTER:
I have gone to heaven. I want you all to meet me in heaven. Tell all your friends to meet me there and tell the Church I have gone to heaven. Oh dear friends, don't grieve over me for I am in sight of heaven. Oh dear stay at fathers or your fathers and pay all I owe if possible. Bury me at Pleasant Hill if it Suits you all. Bury me at black. This is about 1-1/2 o'clock. So good bye dear darling father, mother, Brother and friends. I have not suffered much yet, your boy, your brother JOHN HENDREN.
DEAR WIFE AND CHILDREN:
My time has come to die. I trust in Jesus. Teach the children to believe in Jesus. May God bless you all is my prayer. Bless Jesus it is now 10 minutes till 10 and we are all almost smothered. Don't know how long we will live but it is our time to go. I hope to meet you all in heaven. May God bless you all wife and children for Jesus sake good bye until we meet to part no more. POWELL HARMON.
My Boys, Never work in the coal mines. Henry and Condy be good boys and stay with your mother and trust for Jesus sake.
1 SONG--"Rock of Ages."
2 SCRIPTURE READING--90th Psalm.
4 SONG--"Nearer my God to Thee".
5 READING NAMES OF DECEASED.
7 SCRIPTURE READING--1st Cor. 15 Chapter.
8 MEMORIAL SERMON.
9 SONG--"God be With You."
10 CLOSING PRAYER.
The above program may be changed as provided for in sectlon 4, of Resolutions printed on previous page.
|Names of Deceased||Place of Burial||Names of Deceased||Place of Burial|
|1 Geo. W Adkins||Longfield||94 James E. McDonald||Beech Grove|
|2 Conda Adkins||Longfield||95 William Morgan||Beech Grove|
|3 Paul A. Adkins (F)`||Leach||96 David P. O'Dell||Leach|
|4 Chas. Adkins (S)||Leach||97 Charles R. Orben. Jr.||Leach|
|5 Robert H. Allen||Leach||98 Hillery C. Pitman||Leach|
|6 A. Hamilton Alred||Leach||100 J. Taylor Pratt||Big Valley|
|7 Wm. A. Alred||Leach||100 J. Taylor Pratt||Big Valley|
|8 Enoch H. Alred||Leach||101 Thomas Prince||Longfield|
|9 Wm. B. Angel||Knoxville||102 Robert Price||Beech Grove|
|10 Henry C. Brooks||Leach||103 Oscar Reynolds||Longfield|
|11 Jas. A. Brooks||Leach||104 Wm. Reynolds||Longfield|
|12 R.S. W. Brooks (F)||Leach||105 J. Franklin Reynolds||Longfield|
|13 Charley Brooks (S)||Leach||106 Andrew J. Reynolds||Longfield|
|14 James F. Bennett||Longfield||107 Levi Riggs||Longfield|
|15 Conda Bennett||Wilson||108 Roy Riggs||Longfield|
|16 Charles Bennett||Wilson||109 Porter Roberson||Longfield|
|17 Wm. Brymer||Leach||110 Walter Roberts||Leach|
|18 John Bullock, Jr.||Murrayville||111 Wm. H. Roberts||Leach|
|19 Henry C. Beach||Longfield||112 Edgar Sorrells||Pleasant Hill|
|20 Roscoe Brantley||Leach||113 David H. Stansberry||Longfield|
|21 John C. Chapman||----||114 David H. Stansberry||Longfield|
|22 Chas J. Chapman||Leach||115 "Red" John Smith (F)||Leach|
|23 Scott Chapman||Island Ford||116 Forrest Smith (S)||Leach|
|24 William Curnutt||Leach||117 Robert Smith (Mst'n)||Briceville|
|25 P.C. Childress (F)||Heiskell||118 R. H. Smith||Leach|
|26 Wm. C. Childress (S)||Leach||119 Edward Smiddy||Longfield|
|27 John Childress (S)||Heiskell||120 Joseph Smiddy||Longfield|
|28 James Childress (S)||Heiskell||121 Andrew stooksberry||Longfield|
|29 Richard N. Cox||Peably||122 Charles R. Seivers||Leach|
|30 John L. Cooper||Indian Creek||123 Alex B. Scott||Wiley|
|31 James F. Cooper||Indian Creek||124 Jacob Sharp (F)||Macedonia|
|32 Thomas Cooper||Indian Creek||125 Roscoe Sharp (S)||Macedonia|
|33 Charles Carden||Disney||126 Benjamin Sharp (S)||Macedonia|
|34 John D'Zern||Leach||127 Alex Sharp||Leach|
|35 David D'Zern||Leach||128 Frank Sharp||Wilson|
|36 Samuel D'Zern||Leach||129 James D. Strickland||Leach|
|37 Car D'Zern||Leach||130 Wm. H. Slover (F)||Leach|
|38 George D'Zern||Leach||131 John B. Slover (S)||Leach|
|39 Noah Daugherty||Leach||132 Samuel H. Slover (S)||Leach|
|40 Thomas Davis||Leach||133 James Slover (S)||Leach|
|41 A.T. Dabney||Longfield||134 Samuel Logan Slover||Leach|
|42 Samuel M. Disney||Leach||135 Milburn Turner||Wilson|
|43 William Evans||Island Ford||136 Jacob L. Vowell (F)||Longfield|
|44 Edward Evans||Disney||137 Elbert Vowell (S)||Longfield|
|45 Charley Evans||Island Ford||138 Bannister Vowell (F)||Leach|
|46 Wm. John Evans||Leach||139 George Vowell (S)||Knoxville|
|47 S.T. Eckardt||Leach||140 Wm. H. Vowell (S)||Leach|
|48 John Elliot||Leach||141 Levi Vowell (S)||Leach|
|49 James Elliot||Leach||142 Charles Vallalay||Leach|
|50 Wm. Fielden||Wilson||143 Chesley V. Vandergriff||Leach|
|51 Mack C. Foust||Leach||144 James Vandergriff||Longfield|
|52 P.C. Green||Leach||145 Andrew Woods (F)||Longfield|
|53 James S. Green||Longfield||146 Charles H. Woods (S)||Longfield|
|54 Richard Green||Longfield||147 Joel Woods (F)||Longfield|
|55 W. B. Goodman||Leach||148 John Woods (S)||Longfield|
|56 Wm. F. Gross||Indian Creek||149 John M. White||Leach|
|57 F. Oscar Goans||Leach||150 Elijah M. Weaver||Knoxville|
|58 Wm. R. Goans||Leach||151 Sam Weaver||Pleasant Hill|
|59 Bart D. Hightower||Leach||152 Marion Wilson||Indian Creek|
|60 James P. Hightower||Leach||153 R. C. Wilson||Wilson|
|61 Powell Harmon||Longfield||154 Ernest Wilson||Leach|
|62 John Henderson||Pleasant Hill||155 Huston M. Webb (F)||Longfield|
|63 Thos. W. Henaren||Clinton||156 Eli Webb (S)||Longfield|
|64 W. Scott Hutson||Leach||157 W.K. Webb||Longfield|
|65 George S. Hutson||Indian Creek||158 Conda Webb||Longfield|
|66 Charles Hutson||Indian Creek||159 Wm. J. Webb||Longfield|
|67 Levi Hatmaker||Longfield||160 James R. Whitton (F)||Leach|
|68 Wm. O. Hatmaker||Leach||161 Henry Whitton (S)||Leach|
|69 George Hill||Leach||162 John Webber||Leach|
|70 Alphonso Henley||Leach||163 Rufus Webber||Leach|
|71 W. W. Hays||Clinton||164 Chas. A. Wallace||Leach|
|72 James M. Leach||Leach||165 John C. Wallace||Leach|
|73 James E. Leinart||Leach||166 W. Earnest Wallace||Concord|
|74 Charles A. Leinart||Leach||167 W.G. Wallace||Concord|
|75 Wm. Leach||Leach||168 Wm. E. Wallace||Leach|
|76 Luke Leach||Leach||169 Wm. Henry Wallace||Leach|
|77 Thos. Luttrel||Leach||170 James H. Wallace||Leach|
|78 Houston C. Miller||Longfield||171 William Witt||Leach|
|79 Leon C. Miller||Jacksboro||172 Marvin J. Witt||Leach|
|80 John C. McKamy||Wilson||173 James R. Wallace||Leach|
|81 Andrew McCamy||Wilson||
|82 William McCamy||Wilson||174 James Davidson||Welsh|
|83 James McKamy||Wilson||175 Frank Gibbs||Welsh|
|84 J. Clay McKlin||Leach||176 Preston Griffitts||Knoxville|
|85 Levi McKlin||Leach||177 James Kindman||Welsh|
|86 Thomas Melford||Longfield||178 Thomas Mack||Welsh|
|87 James W. Martin||Leach||179 Sampson McClain||Welsh|
|88 Dan Martin||Leach||180 Jas. P. Massengill||Knoxville|
|89 Thorton McGhee||Leach||181 Robert M. Rhea||Welsh|
|90 B.M. McGhee||Leach||182 John Redick||Clinton|
|91 Wm. Murray||Leach||183 Wm. Spears||Welsh|
|92 Oscar Murray||Leach||184 Joseph Yett||Welsh|
|93 Nicholas Massengill Jr.||Leach||----|
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