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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (T)
Hugh Thompson


Thanks to Christine A. Ramseier for sending this in.

Hi, my name is christine ramseier---thompson----i had inherited some great things from my great great grandfather by his daughter janet thompson-maiden-daughter of hugh thompson.  they came over on a boat to ellis island when she was 7 yrs of age.


My great great grandfather was a lochgelly pit hero who was presented by the men of the lives he had saved at the "mary pit mine disaster.   he was 80 years of age of his death feb 6th 1941 in usa, mt. olive, il  in which i reside this is the article info and other things that i have:

hugh thomson, a personality that was know to all lochgelly folks of the last generation.  he was 80 yrs of age.
 
mr thomson was the 2nd son of the late james thomson, baltie cottage, lochgelly.  like his father, he was a keen volunteer and took prominent part in rifle competitions.  hew was a long member of lochgelly's famous rifle team and was a memeber of it when it accepted a challenge fromthe Queen's (edinburgh) marksmen; and beat them--i have a metal that she presented him with this info on it:rifle association scottish it has in the center a lion standing up. the metal itself is shapped like an arrow head with a crown top piece on it.  then if have a gold type medalion that reads around it: caledonian challenge shield   1863 the center has a sheild with lions crest. the article proceeds: he emigrated to the us in 1913 a country he had twice previously stayed in.  at that time he was a checkweighter at glencraig colliery.
 
40 years ago he was the hero of on of those ever dangers present to mine workers.  in june of that year the pithead of the mary pt, belonging to lochgelly iron and coal co  went ablaze.  iot spread to the framework of the pulleywheels and to the shaft.  meme were working below ground, and there was only one way of escape.  the position for them was one of great dxdanger.  thomson got word at the pit bottom of the situation and at once set off through the workings warning all the mem and refused himself to go to the surface till his mission was completed.  before reaching safey the miners had to dash through the blazing pithead buildings and thomson was amoung the last to get clear.  he sustained severe burning injuries.  his hands were so severly injured that several of his fingers fell away from the joints.  it was truly a brave act and in keeping with the great tradition of self-sacrifese in the mines.  thomson-at mount olive, il u.s.s on 6th february, 1941 hugh thomson, late of lochgelly husband of christine(lister and son of the late james thomson, baltie cottage, lochgelly____________(can't read the word)- 81st year. 

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