I don't have his birth certificate or death certificate. I am planning to get his death certificate from Colorado as a starting point as parents' names and origin should be listed.
I believe his parents were (but have not confirmed): Joseph and Betsy Gartside of St. Clair, IL. Joseph, Sr. was also a coal miner. Betsy"s maiden name may have been Siddel. I am in the process of confirming this information.