The memories that remain in my mind of my father are still a haunting memory. It was January 1944 that we children returned to our home in Bean Fork, Kentucky. There we found that our father had been taken to the Middlesboro, Ky hospital. No information was given to the children, but our mother was at the hospital. My mother returned home early in the morning and we found that our father had passed away.
From information that has been given to me, Jack P. Hise was killed right at the end of the work day when he knocked out a prop after blasting had taken place earlier. A large piece of slate fell on him and crushed his body. As I searched for records, there are only the newspaper obiturary and death certificate available.
If anyone from Garmeda, Kentucky or Bell County has a memory of this accident or the work that took place in the Garmeda mine, I would love to hear from them.