George ESSMAN(1,2) was born on 5 June 1888 in Wellston, Ohio to John Essman and Mary Miechler.(3-7) He appeared in the census in 1900 in Wellston with his parents and siblings.(6) George next appears in the 1910 census, living with his parents and siblings, working as a coal miner while his father was working in the coal mine as an inspector.(8) George and his family moved to Wyoming where George submitted draft registration cards for WWI on 5 June 1917 in Kemmerer where he was working for the Kemmerer Coal Company as a coal miner.(7) George was tall, medium build, with blue eyes and black hair.(7) He appeared in the census in 1920 in Kemmerer with his parents and siblings, both George and his father were working in the coal mine as coal miners.(9) On 3 September 1921 George married Katie Crosland in Millard, Utah.(10) George died in a gas explosion in Frontier No. 1 coal mine on 14 August 1923 at the age of 35 in Frontier, Wyoming.(3-5)
From the newspaper the Herald in Louisville, Kentucky and reprinted in the Kemmerer Republican was the following account of George’s siblings who were traveling at the time of his death:
The Arm of tragedy reached from a mine disaster in Wyoming yesterday to a home in Louisville to cast sorrow over a family and end a happy vacation trip and reunion in bitter grief.
Saturday Misses Ida and Clara Essman, Kemmerer, Wyo., and their brother Clarence, of Montpelier, Ida., arrived in Louisville to visit their uncle, Mr. William Drislane, at 2428 Ransdell avenue. They had made the long journey with the happiest anticipations.
Tuesday evening, they received a telegram that their brother, George Essman, had lost his life in the mine disaster at Kemmerer. He was the rope splicer at the ill-fated Frontier mine No. 1. The telegram stated that he was one of the last to enter the mine, and is believed to have been one of the first to perish.
The Misses Essman and their brother left last night on the Pan-American for Cincinnati in order to make connection for home as quickly as possible. It will be two days before they arrive. The three were overcome by grief when the news was received yesterday afternoon just as they returned from a drive. They had planned to visit also the family of their aunt, Mrs. W.P. Lee, 1703 Edenside, wife of the local manager of the Remington Typewriter company.(10)
Also printed on the same day in the Kemmerer Republican was the following card of thanks:
We take this means of conveying our heartfelt thanks to the kind neighbors and friends for their many manifestations of sympathy during our bereavement in the loss of our son and brother, George, in the mine tragedy of last week. Especially do we thank the donors of the beautiful flowers and to the Loyal Order of Moose; in fact, everyone who by word or deed, showed their friendly sympathy.
JOHN ESSMAN AND FAMILY
MRS. GEORGE ESSMAN(10)
George was buried on 18 August 1923 in the Kemmerer City Cemetery, Kemmerer, Wyoming.(3,4)
1. Kemmerer Republican, (Kemmerer, Lincoln, Wyoming), 24 August 1923, page 1, microfilm; Lincoln County Library, 519 Emerald Street, Kemmerer, Lincoln, Wyoming 83101.
2. Sneddon Robert T. Inspector (Dist 1) & Robert V. Hotchkiss Inspector (Dist2), "State Coal Mine Inspectors Of Wyoming, Districts No. 1 and 2," year: 1923; report, 1923; , Wyoming State Archives on microfilm, Cheyenne, Wyoming.
3. Cemetery-Headstone, Kemmerer City Cemetery, Kemmerer, Lincoln, Wyoming. Personal photograph, property of and in possession of Roberts Roots & Branches, of headstone taken between 2000 and 2003., Geoge, headstone.
4. George Essman, death certificate file no. 1452 (14 August 1923), State of Wyoming, Wyoming State Archives, 2301 Central Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001.
5. George Essman entry, Ancestry.com. Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1774-1973 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011., FHL Film Number: 301032: index, "Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2011. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.
6. 1900, population schedules, Year: 1900; Census Place: Wellston Ward 2, Jackson, Ohio; Page: 17; Enumeration District: 0058, George Essman; digital images, Ancestry.com (online : online digital 7 March 2018); Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004..
7. "U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," digital, Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005., Ancestry.com (: online digital 7 March 2018), George Essman; citing United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.:, Registration State: Wyoming; Registration County: Lincoln; Roll: 2022241.
8. 1910, population schedule, Year: 1910; Census Place: Wellston Ward 2, Jackson, Ohio; Roll: T624_1198; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0072; FHL microfilm: 1375211, Ggeorge Essman; digital images, Ancestry.com (: online digital 18 July 2011); Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
9. 1920, population schedule, Year: 1920; Census Place: Kemmerer, Lincoln, Wyoming; Roll: T625_2027; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 56, George Essman; digital images, Ancestry.com (: online digital 18 July 2018); Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
10. George Essman, (3 September 1921), Utah, Marriages, 1887-1966. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.: FHL Film Number: 482022, Bk C p152 Lic #305; Ancestry.com. Utah, Select Marriages, 1887-1966 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, 2014.
11. The Kemmerer Republican, 24 August 1023, page 5, accessed online at Wyoming Newspaper Project at newspapers.wyo,gov, Wyoming State Library.