Thursday, May 18, 2017

Giants and Unexplained Artifacts in Heavener Oklahoma?

I am submitting this because some have accused me of lying about my Grandfather’s statement about the mine, and all have misquoted my name. My name was never W.W. I have my Grandfather’s signed statement about the mine, and I can prove the signature for any of the slanderers who have the guts to stand up. I was at Abilene Christian College (now University) in 1968-1969 when I shared the statement with a professor there. I thought he ignored it. Only recently did I become aware that it had gotten any attention, and then I learned that some were calling it a fabrication. I’m here to take you slanderers on. I live in Lindale, TX. My real name is W.A. McCormick. If any of you had looked for Atlas Almon Mathis in any genealogical records, he was there!!!!!! I was there with him!!!!!
(Written by W.A. McCormick as stated by Atlas A. Mathis. W.A. McCormick{signature} 3-22-68)
In the year 1928 I, Atlas Almon Mathis, was working in coal mine No. 5 located two miles north of Heavener Oklahoma. This was a shaft mine and they told us it was two miles deep. [I have since learned that this mine had two levels: One level at 1800 feet and the really deep one at 2 miles] The mine was so deep that they let us down into it on an elevator. The elevator was released at the top and fell so fast that I was weightless and my dinner bucket would turn upside down and the bail would hold it to my arm, however, the gallon of water in the bottom of it would not spill spill out. This elevator would fall at least several seconds [he told me “several minutes” and I thought that would be enough time to travel several miles, not 2 miles, so I reasoned with him and got the change to “at least several seconds”] at that rate, and then they gradually slowed the elevator till it stopped at the bottom. They pumped air down to us, it was so deep. [He told me many times about the huge steam engine that pumped the air. He told me that mules were also let down at the same speed, and that they panicked hysterically every time.]
Tom Davidson was in charge of the mine. Lee Elders, Mont Claiborn, Bill Gusky, Oat Dawes, John Raiborn, and a young fellow by the name of Mattox were working there also.
One night I shot 4 shots in room 24 of this mine and the next morning there were several concrete blocks laying in the [Page end] signature – Atlas. A. Mathis
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room. These blocks were about 12″ cubes and were so smooth and polished on the outside that they would serve as a mirror on all 6 sides yet they were full of gravel because I chipped one of them open with my pick and it was plain concrete inside. As I started to timber the room up, it caved in and I barely escaped. When I came back after the cave-in, a solid wall of these polished blocks was left exposed. [On another occasion Atlas told me that he looked through the hole he had blasted in the wall, and there was open space beyond. He did not have time to explore it.] About 100 to 150 yards further down our air core another miner struck this same wall or one very similar. Immediately they pulled us out of this wing of the mine and forbade us to tell anything we had seen.
This mine was closed in the fall of 1928 and the crew went to Kentucky and I think they were in No. 11 there. In the summer and fall of 1929 they won a prize for being such good miners and their pictures came out in the paper. I don’t remember what town it was near or the name of the paper.
Also before I started working on this crew they had a similar experience in mine 24 at Wilberton, Oklahoma in about the
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year 1926. They said they dug up two odd things: One was a solid block of silver in the shape of a barrel and the other was a bone that was about the size of an elephant. I don’t know if they meant only in diameter or if in diameter and in length, but they did say it had nuckles on each end. This silver block had the prints of the staves one it and the saw that first struck it cut off a chip on the edge at one end. The miners saw the silver dust the saw was pulling out and went about to dig out the block. What was done with these things I do not know. In the case of the blocks in my room in No. 5, I don’t think any were kept.
W.A. McCormick
Box 195 F-HC
Henderson, Tenn
A.A. Mathis
Rt. 1
Water Valley, Miss. 38965
signature – Atlas. A. Mathis
Grandson of Atlas Almon Mathis.
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