Charles C. Colgan

(September 3, 1923 - April 7, 1927)

The Lusk Herald
April 7, 1927

Lance Creek Boy Dead of Asphyxiation

Charles Colgan, Age 4, is Gassed While Playing in Yard

Charles Colgan, 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Colgan, of Lance Creek oil camp was found dead by his mother at noon today, a victim of asphyxiation from a leak in a gas line while playing in the yard of the Colgan home.

It is believed that the boy while playing in the yard discovered the leak in the line by the hissing sound of escaping gas. A small hole had been dug down in the line preparatory to repairing the line, and it is supposed the youngster stuck his head down in the hole to investigate and was overcome by the fumes. He had thrust his head down into the hole up to the shoulders, thus cutting off the air.

When the mother found him he had apparently been dead for some time and all efforts to revive him were futile.

County Coroner Armstrong and County Attorney Frank A. Barrett left Lusk at 2 o'clock this afternoon to hold an inquest.

Mr. Colgan is an employee of the carbon black plant at Lance Creek. The boy is survived by his parents and an older brother.

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