My grandfather, Johann Sluga (aka John Schluge)also immigrated to Mineral Springs Cherokee Co, Kansas and then to Ringo, Crawford Co, Kansas about that time too. Ringo was a small coal town that died when the mine closed. There were many mines in Crawford Co. Do you know what town your family lived in? My husband visited the area not long ago and went to several of the towns that still existed... soaking up some of the great local history. We also went to Pittsburg Kansas public library and found much in the way of mining history in the archives.
Did your family leave Kansas in about 1919-1921? Many did, as my family did. Many of those miners moved to Illinos coal country. My family settled in Virden IL.
Those years were rough times in the southeastern Kansas; miners did not obey John L Lewis' order to go back to work. There was a famous "march of the amazon women", where miners wives traveled from mine to mine, throwing pepper into the strike breakers eyes, laying the flag on the ground at the gate, daring strike breakers to cross it and other acts of civil disobedience.
My grandfather eventually left the United Mine Workers and was joined the Progressive Miners Union. Do you know if your relatives were involved with the progressives?
The names Tomsic and Gorsek sound familiar to me... but cannot tell you how.