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 Bell & Zoller Safety Orchestra 1936

Courtesy of Dean Rebuffroni
  October, 1937
December, 1941


Bell and Zoller
Mine No. 2
Dedicated To Safety
March 30th 1936
Bell & Zoller Safety Orchestra
Photograph courtesy of Joan Gipson-Fredin
On the back is written, "Bell & Zoller Safety Orchestra 1936" and "ABC Always Be Careful"
Robyn "Bob" Gipson, (standing on the right), sang tenor and played rhythm guitar.

  Volume 7   October, 1937   Number 11  

Bell & Zoller Safetygram Cover Oct 1937
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      Born to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Neibch, 100 Easling Court, Pekin, Ill., on Wednesday, September 29th, a son. Mre. Neibch is a machinist at Crescent No. 6 Mine.
      Born to Mr. and Mrs. Ira Appleton, a son, at the West Frankfort Hospital on September 20, 1937. Mr. Appleton is a motorman at Zeigler No. 1 Mine.
      On September 16, 1937, a seven pound son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jule Riviere, 114 Elizabeth St., Pekin, Ill. This is their first child and has been named Arthur Russell. Mr. Riviere is a loader at Crescent No. 6 Mine.
      A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Waremburg of Pekin, Illinois on September 6th, 1937. Mr. Waremburg is a loader at Cresecent No. 1.
      On Sunday, September 19th, 1937, a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Pete Rebuffoni, 1002 Somerset St., Pekin, Ill. The young lady was named Gloria Joan. Mr. Rebuffoni is a gang man at Crescent Mine No. 1.
      Mr. Edward G. Lewis, known among his many friends as Ted, age 65, passed away very suddenly at Seelyville, Indiana on September 21st. Death was due to heart trouble. He was born in Merthr Tydvil, Wales, July 8th, 1872. during his many years in coal mining he has served as Supt. of Chicago-Sandoval Coal Co. at Sandoval, Franklin County Coal Co. at their mines in southern Illinois, and at one time was Supt. at the Groveland Coal Mining Co., Mine No. 2 in East Peoria. At the time of his death, Mr. Lewis was President of the Shady Lane Coal Company of Seelyville, Indiana, where he has resided for the past few years.
      Miss Venetta Lewis, Secretary to Mr. Paul Weir, in Chicago is a daughter and Mr. William Lewis, top foreman at Centralia No. 5 Mine, is a son.
      Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Rosedale, Indiana, September 23rd, with burial in Rosedale Cemetery.
      On September 4th, 1937, Mr. Fred W. Selburg, age 53, passed away at the St. Francis Hospital, Peoria, Ill. Funeral services were held at the Wilton Mortuary Chapel on September 6th, with interment in Parkview Memorial Park. Mr. Selburg has been a loader at Crescent Mine No. 6 for a number of years.
      Mrs. Joe Hancock, 1105 Highland Ave., Pekin, Illinois age 52 years, passed away on September 12th, 1937, following a heart attack. Mrs Hancock was the wife of Joe Hancock, a loader at Crescent No. 6 Mine and a sister-in-law of Mr. Roland Snedden, an electrician at Crescent #1.
      Edgar George Mitchell, only child of Mr. and Mrs. James Mitchell, Mapleton, Illinois, died in the St. Francis Hospital, September 19th, 1937. The child was born April 1st, 1937. The body was taken to the home of the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Mitchell, 1328 N. Capitol St., Pekin, Ill. Funeral services were held in the Kuecks Funeral Home at Pekin. Mrs. James Mitchell and Mr. Archie Mitchell are both loaders at Crescent No. 1 Mine.
      Miss Margaret Bodie, age 20, of Pekin, Ill. died at the St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Oct. 2nd. Death was caused by an infection. The funeral was held Monday afternoon, October 4th, in Pekin with burial in Lakeside Cemetery. Two of the brothers work at Crescent Mines. Louis is a driver at No. 6 Mine and Tony is a tracklayer at No. 1 Mine.
      Mrs. Robert McManus, died at the St. Francis Hospital in Peoria on September 18th, 1937. Mrs. McManus was the daughter of Mr. John Osborne, a loader at Crescent Mine No. 6.
      Mr. John Callear and Miss Minnie Fornay, were united in marriage on Saturday, September 11th, 1937, at the home of Mr. Callear, 207 Garden St., Peoria, Ill. Mr. Callear is a gangman at Crescent Mine No. 1.
      Edward Warfel and Madge Berry of Royalton, were married on September 18th, 1937. Edward is employed as a sampler in our Zeigler laboratory.
      Jack Belcher and Nell Mundell were married in Kentucky on September 4th, 1937. Jack is a machine runner at Zeigler No. 2 Mine and a prominent member of local #40, U.M.W. of A.
Pass State Examinations
      Mr. Harry Nierman, face boss, and Mr. Pete Ferrari, fireman at Centralia No. 5 Mine, took the State examinations held at Springfield on September 14th. Both were successful. Mr. Nierman has received his certificate for Mine Manager and Mr. Ferrari has received his for Hoisting Engineer. Congratulations!!!
Bright Sayings
      Frank Bentley, 3 years old, was visiting his uncle in a hospital. A nurse attempted to entertain him by showing him the Tribune Sunday comics. "Do you like Moon Mullins?" she inquired. No, but I like Water Mullins and Musk Mullins," the youngster replied.
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  Volume 12   December, 1941   Number 1  

Bell & Zoller Safetygram Cover Dec 1941
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      Born to Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Walker, Jr., a son, at the Herrin Hospital on Wednesday, November 12th, 1941. The newcomer has been named William Allan Walker. He is the first grandson of W. A. Walker, Sr., Bell and Zoller Special Agent at Zeigler.
      A daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Miller on Tuesday, November 4th, 1941 at the Herrin Hospital, passed away shortly after birth. Mr. Miller is employed at Zeigler No. 1 Mine.
      Born to Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Novak, a son, on November 17th, 1941. Mrs. Novak is the daughter of Joe Semanski, prop setter at Zeigler No. 2 Mine.
      Miss Lena Marie Ensinger, 12 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Ensinger of Christopher, passed away enroute to the Children's Hospital in St. Louis on Monday, on Monday, November 17th. Funeral services were held on Thursday, November 20th at the Christian Church in Six Mile Township with Rev. Hosea Borum officiating. Interment was at Mulkeytown. Mr. Ensinger is employed in the boiler room at Zeigler No. 2 as a fireman.
      Tony Starolitis passed away at the Zeigler Hospital on Sunday, November 16, 1941 after a long illness. Funeral services were held in Zeigler on Wednesday, November 19th, 1941. Mr. Starloitis was employed at the Zeigler Washery prior to his death.
      Albert Cerruti, 55 years of age, motorman at Zeigler No. 2 Mine, dropped dead at his work at about 9 o'clock on October 29th, 1941. Funeral services were held from the Thompson Funeral Home in Zeigler on October 31st with interment, at Benton. Cerruti was born in Italy, coming to this country in 1911. He has lived in Zeigler for 25 years.
      Mrs. Lizzie Keeling, 77 years of age, of Sesser, Illinois, died on Thursday, November 13th, 1941. Funeral services were held at the White Church in Perry County on November 16th. Mrs. Keeling was the mother of Emmert Keeling. track man at Zeigler No. 1 Mine.
      Mrs. Pauline Berry Ray, 40 years of age, passed away at her home 3 miles east of Marion following a three months illness. Funeral rites were observed on Sunday, November 23rd from the Lake Creek Baptist Church south east of Johnston City with the Rev. C. O. Sheeley of Creal Spring officiating. Mrs. Ray was a sister of Oda Berry, Zeigler No. 1 Mine lamphouse attendant.
      Mr. William Sutliff, 80 years of age, passed away at his home in Peoria, Illinois on November 26th, 1941, after a prolonged illness. Funeral services were held at the Wilton Mortuary on November 28th, with Rev. A. A. Finders officiating. Interment was held in Parkview Cemetery. Mr. Sutliff was the father of Ralph Sutliff, a driver at Crescent No. 1 Mine.
      Mrs. Ida Bender passed away in Centralia, Ill. on November 24th, 1941. Funeral services were held in Centralia on November 26th. Mrs. Bender was the mother of Leslie Bender, Zeigler No. 1 Mine Bonder.
      Mrs. H. Coots passed away Wednesday night, November 19th, 1941 at the home of her son in Zeigler. Short funeral services were held in Zeigler on November 21st, after which the remains were removed to Golconda, Illinois for burial. Mrs. Coots was the mother of Hiram Coots, fireman on the Zeigler washery switching engine.
      Miss Flo Barbaro of West Frankfort and Mr. Charles G. Barnhill of Zeigler, were united in marriage at Jackson, Missouri on November 11th, 1941. Mr. Barbhill is employed as Bell and Zoller locomotive engineer.
      Miss Billie Dean Meshew and Mr. Don Barnhill were inited in marriage on Sunday, October 26th, 1941 in the rectory of the Catholic Church in Zeigler by Rev. Father Charles Seifert. Mr. Barnhill is a brother-in-law of Les Hazen, Zeigler Chemist.
      Miss Mary Prahin and Corporal Alfred Nelson were married Sunday, November 2nd, 1941 at the First Methodist Church in Zeigler. Corporal Nelson was on furlough from Camp Forest, Tennessee. Mr. Nelson, prior to his entry into the service, was employed at the warehouse at Zeigler No. 2 Mine.
      Miss flora Bray of Christopher and Mr. Nick Cavilli of Benton, were united in marriage on Sunday, November 3rd, 1941, in St. Louis, Mo. The bride is the sister of Irwin Bray, truck-driver at Zeigler No. 1 Mine.
      Miss Sara Agerone and Mr. Vincent Wisneiwski were united in marriage in Chicago bu Rev. Father Charles Seifert of Zeigler on Thanksgiving Day, November 20th, 1941. Mr. Wisneiwski is the son of John Wisneiwski, propsetter at Zeigler No. 2 Mine.
Wedding Anniversary
      On Monday, October 27th, 1941, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Jourdain of Zeigler, Illinois, celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary. Mr. Jourdain is employed at Zeigler No. 1 Mine as Joy Foreman
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St., Zeigler, Illinois, celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary at their home on Sunday, November 9th, 1941. Mr. McFarland is employed at Zeigler No. 2 Mine as a car repairman.
      Mr. and Mrs. Romas Padovich of St. David, Ill. celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary recently with a dance and buffet supper for members of their family. Thirty-seven family members attended the party, at which a large anniversary cake decorated the table. Mr. Padovich is a timberman at Crescent No. 1 Mine.
      Mr. and Mrs. D. R. Scholler celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary on November 26th, 1941. Mr. Schooler is mining engineer at Centralia No. 5 Mine.
      Mr. and Mrs. James Church celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary at their new home at 108 Prairie St.., Zeigler, Ill. on Tuesday, Dec. 2nd, 1941. Jimmie is the Cost Clerk in the Zeigler Main Office.
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News Item
      Many Zeigler lads in military service were home recently on a 15 day furlough. some of the former B&Z boys visiting here during the first two weeks in November include, Don Breeze, No. 2 Zeigler timekeeper, Corp. Johnny Smith, washer employee, Corp. Alfred Nelson, No. 2 warehouse, Ed Prudent, Zeigler laboratory, Orval Williams, No. 2 motorman, Delbert Williams, No. 2 triprider and Jim Haskins, Zeigler Billing Department.
      Illinois produced 4,446,480 tons of coal during October, 1941. Franklin County produced 842,043 tons of coal from 12 shipping mines employing 6,345 men for an average work day per month of 13.8 days.
      According to the National Safety Council, during the first three quarters of 1941, 27,860 men, women and children lost their lives as a result of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. This represents a 17% increase over the first nine months of 1940. During September alone 3,770 persons were killed in such accidents. It was the 14th consecutive month to show an increase over the corresponding month in the previous year.
      Mr. Troy Parsons, Zeigler machine man, has recently resigned that position at No. 1 Mine to become legal investigator for the U. M. W. of A.
      Mr. Ray Yates has resigned as driller at No. 1 Zeigler Mine to accept employment as Cardox demonstrator with the Cardox Corporation.
      Embro Harvath discovered a 24 pound mushroom on October 30th, 1941, while in the woods near Zeigler. This is one of the largest mushrooms ever known in this vicinity and it evoked considerable comment. Mr. Harvath is employed at Zeigler No. 1 Mine as timberman.
      Mrs. Fern Mason, clerk in the Zeigler main office, was elected on Monday, November 3rd, 1941 Worthy Matron of the Zeigler Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Other officers include: H. M. Coots, Worthy Patron, Mrs. Paul Johnson, Associate Matron, Kenneth Deriskson, Associate Patron, Mrs. Andy Ferketich, Secretary, Mrs. Robert Knight, Treasurer, Mrs. Ben Barnhill, Conductress, Mrs. Ray Yates, Associate Conductress.
      Mr. William Lang of Peoria, Illinois assumed the duties of local sales clerk at Crescent No. 1 Mine on November 3, 1941.
      Ernest Dozier, Zeigler No. 2 Mine Joy Helper, has given up that position to accept employment with the CIO as Organizer. His duties are effective immediately.
      John Fitch, Zeigler No. 2 Mine cage repairman, has been confined to his home near Zeigler for the past several weeks due to illness. His condition, though unchanged, is not considered serious.
      James L. Haskins, son of Zeigler No. 1 Mine Superintendent Lee Haskins, has been released from military service with the army at Camp Forest, Tennessee. Jim was employed at the Zeigler Billing Office prior to his entrance into service in April of this year.
      Willard Denton Caldwell of Zeigler. left West Frankfort, Wednesday night, November 26th, for a Chicago Induction Center, where he will be inducted into service in teh United States Army. He is the son of Frank Caldwell, Zeigler Section man.
      Places on the United Press in 1941 Illinois Intercollegiate Conference Football Team were awarded two players from Southern Illinois Normal Teachers College at Carbondale. Both players were Zeigler boys. William Guiney, Jr. was given an outstanding mention by coaches, sportswriters and officials and was placed at tackle position on this mythical All-Star selection. William O'Brien was given Honorable Mention at half back. Guiney is the son of Bill Guiney, Zeigler No. 2 Mine Manager.
      Captain A. J. Mason, ex-Bell and Zoller No. 2 storekeeper, more recently in the service of Uncle Sam, stationed at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis, has been transferred to Keesler Field at Biloxi, Mississippi. Captain Mason is in the air corp.
      Jack Lyons, Safety Engineer at our Zeigler Mines, was awarded first prize for a photograph showing 25 individual photographs of West Frankfort men who have grown whiskers in the "Whisker Growin' Contest" for the recent King Coal Festival held at West Frankfort. The 25 photos were mounted on one card and showed the "Whisker Champion", Mr. Harold Kaiser, Billing Clerk for Old Ben Coal Corp. in the Center. The photo contest was sponsored by the West Frankfort Camera Club and the Reed Drug Company.
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Days Of Operation
      The following table gives the number of days of mine operation for each of the Bell and Zoller Mines for the first eleven months of 1939, 1940 and 1941:
    1939   1940   1941
Zeigler No. 1 Mine   128   140   144
Zeigler No. 2 Mine   125   134   151
Centralia No. 5 Mine   100   119   101
Crescent No. 1 Mine   167   164   204
sons of Len Faull
Meet Charles Franklin Faull, 9 years of age, shown in the snapshot at the left, and George Len Faull, 20 months, shown in the snapshot at the right. Both are the sons of Len Faull, billing clerk at Zeigler.
First Aid For Injured
      Your first idea, when a man is injured, may be to rush him to the hospital. But there are a few situations where minutes are so vital.
      Prompt first aid action is necessary in all cases. It may be urgent to employ artificial respiration, or to stop severe hemorrhage immediately, or to apply a splint to a broken bone at once.
      If hospital aid is indicated, don't rush. The victim may lose more vitality in a fast ride saving, perhaps, only a few minutes, than he would in a smooth ride taking several minutes longer. Quick stops and sudden bursts of speed are nerve-racking to the injured. There is also the danger of traffic accident.
      Get an ambulance if possible. Call up the hospital; say you are on your way with a patient and tell them briefly how he is injured. Take time to drive safely and without shock to the patient. Usually it is best to delay moving a person with a fracture until he can be moved in comfort.
- - -The Safe Worker      
Go Half Way
      Just how do you feel about the safety program where you work?
      From your own selfish viewpoint, do you really appreciate the things that are done and the rules that are laid down for your protection?
      Did you ever, voluntarily, go at least half way in an effort to cooperate with the foreman and others to make the safety program successful for everyone in the department?
      Put your safety program on the spot with the question, "What can it do for me?
      When he's out of a job, a man's first concern is to get a job. Once he's got it, his first concern is to keep it. If he's hired in the first place, there's not much doubt that he can perform the work. The only other things that beat him out of a full pay check are illness or accident.
      Look at it this way and the plant's safety and health programs loom up just about one-two on your list of assets.
- - -The Safe Worker      
Now, Miners!
      The Scotch miner's wife, tired of waiting up for her man, retired to her bedroom, having securely locked all the doors of the house. Before long she heard a violent hammering on the front door, which was accompanied by an emphatic request for admittance.
      She opened the window and asked her husband how and where he had been spending the evening.
      "Ah've bin at t'club, lass," he began. "I was tellin' t'lads aboot t'strike."
      "Then tha can go back," came the reply, "an tell 'em about t'lockout."
- - -Employees Magazine      
      When driving your car these winter days, beware of carbon monoxide gas. It's colorless and odorless. Keep your garage doors open if the motor is running. Have the exhaust system, checked for leaks.
"Wha'd you do last winter?"
"Oh, I worked in Des Moines"
"Coal, I presume?"
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I've Seen Them Die
As a rural delivery driver for a Milwaukee newspaper, Joe A. Erwin is on the road seven days a week, all year 'round. In the past eight years he has seen many accidents and much needless bloodshed and suffering. In the hope his experiences might bring about more careful driving, he sent to the National Safety Council the following unsolicited article.
      Did you ever come on the scene of a three-car collision and see a girl with blood streaming down her face, her leg caught in the wreckage, and hear her call a boy's name over and over. . . . and see that boy lying dead just a few feet away?
      Did you ever see a man writhing in pain, his eye gouged out and hanging by a tiny thread of skin against his cheek?
      Did you ever find a bad wreck late at night and listen to the drooling of the driver trying to tell just how it happened - when one whiff of his breath explained everything?
      Did you ever stand on a lonely road in the eerie red light of a fusee and listen to the tortured moans of a man until death mercifully ended his suffering?
      Did you ever see a woman hopelessly trapped in the wreckage of an overturned car . . . and you had sent for help . . . and there was nothing you could do but listen to her screams grow fainter and fainter, until she finally begged you to call a priest?
      Those are only a few of the things I have actually seen in nearly half a million miles of driving. And don't think it can't happen to you! It happens to even the best of drivers.
      J. P. one of my old schoolmates, was a master driver. It was a pleasure to just watch that boy back his big truck into a narrow alley, and he was just as good on the open road.
      But in his own car the accelerator had just one position - on the floorboard.
      J. P. lost control on a curve one day and his car sailed out in a a freshly plowed field and rolled over. Only a few scratches, and J. P. walked away laughing.
      But another day, on a long straight stretch, it was a different story. Just a sudden shower and a little loose gravel washed on the pavement. You would hardly notice it at ordinary speed. But J. P. wasn't traveling at ordinary speed.
      J. P. didn't laugh that time. He didn't even walk. They buried him two days later.
      With few exceptions, our narrow, winding highways, with countless intersections, private driveways, steep hills narrow bridges and sharp curves, just aren't built for speeds of 70 and 80 and 90 miles and hour. Why don't you slow down - and live?
- - -Public Safety      
Bank Days
      The Bank Day periods and winners for the month of November were:
Zeigler No. 1 Mine - Oct 13th - 22nd
  Elmer Butler
George Biby
Wayne Stone
Ted Hancock
  Thos. Maloney
Ben Rak
Zollie Summers
Tony Malpocker
Zeigler Washer - Sept. 18th - Oct 31st
  Andy A. Clark
Ed G. WArfel
Thomas Zivalyvich
Chas. T. Smith
  Eddie Gill
Jas. K. Dougherty
Earl W. Dunlap
Victor Garvich

Santa Claus and Christmas
      St. Nicholas was known and honored in many parts of Europe long before white men set foot on the shores of the New World. This benevolent bishop, dating back from the Middle Ages, never was more loved than by the boys and girls of Holland and Flanders whom he visited each December 6th on St. Nicholas' Day to distribute his rewards to those who had been good. And when the early Dutch settlers came to America, 'tis said they brought St. Nicholas with them.
      In the New World St. Nicholas took on new ways. He shortened his name to Santa Claus. He dropped his bishop's garb and put on a suit of bright red trimmed with fur from his head to his feet. He grew chubby and plump and his complexion took on a rosy hue. Reindeer and and sleigh took the place of his famous gray horse. He even forsook his own day on December 6th and adopted Christmas Eve as the time for distributing his gifts and presents. No longer does he mete out punishment to naughty children, but by his jolly, twinkling, laughing manner has come to represent the spirit of Christmas itself.
      Christmas is both a time for rejoicing and thanksgiving and here in America, this Christmas we have much to be grateful for: For peace, for our jobs, for means of security against life's uncertainties. And so as this joyful season draws near, let's give three cheers for Santa Claus and Christmas!
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Accidents in November
Zeigler No. 1 Mine
      On Nov. 10th (Frank Kilgrove) Jack Memetsky, age 61, triprider on night supply motor, reported that while getting off the motor, the bumper caught his foot, causing it to turn back between the bumper and the rail. There was a contusion and swelling to the left instep.
      On Nov. 12th (Walter Bayless) Charles Kawinski, age 35, triprider, reported that he sustained injuries to his right collar bone and shoulder blade, when he was squeezed between the ends of two cars, as he and his buddy were attempting to rerail a loaded car.
      On Nov. 18th (Floyd Barrell) Cecil Barrell, age 40, empty dispatcher, reported that when stepping, on the bumpers of some empty cars to cross thru to the other side of the track, he felt a severe pain in the right groin.
      On Nov. 18th (Ernest Prudent) John Lauder, age 53, repairman, reported that he was testing the reel motor of a locomotive and had placed one end of his testing wire on the live trolley wire. The other end he had intended to contact some part of the reel motor, but the wire accidentally touched the locomotive frame, causing a short circuit. The flash from it flashed into his eyes.
      On Nov. 27th (Norton Ragland) Charles Richards, age 52, Joy operator, reported that the machine jack pipe pulled out at the foot, causing it to fall and strike him on the left ear and the scalp.
Read Safety Posters regularly - it pays!!
Zeigler No. 2 Mine
      On Nov. 10th (George Hall) Steve Sortal, age 25, main line triprider, reported that he received a fracture of the two bones in the lower right leg, also lacerations and contusions to the left ankle, when the last empty of a trip in which he was riding derailed just after passing through a spring switch. The end door of the car, jumping up and down after the derailment, struck Sortal's legs.
Work Safely
Zeigler Washer
Centralia No. 5 Mine
      On Nov. 6th (Theo Carriaux) Henry Goforth, age 29, shuttle operator, reported that he was injured when a piece of rock fell from the roof and struck him.
      On Nov. 18th (Grover Wilkinson) John Cassoloni, ae 55, timberman, reported that his finger was injured, as it was caught between two pieces of rock.
      On Nov. 19th (Theo Carriaux) Charles Oestreich, age 55, motorman, reported that his shoulders were pinched, when cars standing on a grade rolled up on him as he was coupling.
      On Nov. 27th (Nola Crain) Charles Woolbright, age 60, helper on a cutting machine, was injured by a piece of coal falling from the rib.
Don't Get Hurt
Crescent No. 1 Mine
      On Oct. 30th (E. Zahners) August Tassart, age 27, driver, reported that he hurt his back as he lifted an empty car on the track.
      On Nov. 13th (Wm. H. Brown) Peter Helmig, age 44, electrician, reported that while oiling the gathering head chain, a lump of coal moving up the conveyor, caught his head between the lump of coal and the roof. If it necessary to oil chain while loader is running, loading head should be pulled back from the coal face.
      On Nov. 18th (P. Filtcroft) Earl G. Bankert, age 46, driver, reported that as he was stepping on to a car, his foot was caught under the bumper of the car.
      On Nov. 24th (J. Bettison) Albert Doakie, age 45, driver, reported that he bumped his leg, against a mine car as he was switching the car.
Safety First
Injury and Illness
      Injury and illness cost the American Industrial Worker each year an approximate billion and one half dollars in income lost. A good portion of this amount is lost through accident and injury. An even greater portion is lost through sickness. On of the most common offenders is what we like to call the "Common Cold" which it seems isn't common at all except in its universal ravaging of mankind. With the coming of winter this type of annoyance, the sniffles, the red nose, the watery eyes, become more and more prevalent. Watch yourself closely. Get plenty of fresh air. Get plenty of rest. Eat a well balanced diet. Take care of yourself. Another thing . . . a man with a cold, while he may be able to work, his mind is not apt to be on much of anything else but his own miserable existence and then. Presto! . . . . you have an accident in the making.
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Bank Days
      The Bank Day periods and winners for September were:
Zeigler No. 1 Mine - Sept. 8th - 14th, incl.
  Ed Connor
Lee Sanders
Richard Painter
Albert Bailey
  Roy Cook
John Brandon
C. J. Cairel
A. Bianchini
Zeigler No. 1 Mine - Sept. 21st - 28th, incl.
  M. Browning
Robert Eubanks
Joe Orlovich
Lemont Hamby
  Walter Yates
Clarence Durall
E. Waldron
Albert Martin
Zeigler No. 2 Mine - August 30th - Sept. 22nd
  W. R. Thompson
J. E. Naylor
Charles Clark
Floyd Bell
  Otto Jones
Carl Rush
J. C. Oldini
W. E. Vantrease
Centralia No. 5 Mine - Aug. 14th - Sept. 2nd
  Perl Mahan
Joe Altadonna
John M. Gutsler
Nick Reggo
  Henry Lichtenfeld
Ed Petrea
Ernest Atchison
John Faiss
Crescent No. 1 Mine - Aug. 25th - Sept. 2nd
  Ed. Potter
Ed. DeTrempe
Richard Bowen
William Pieper
  Phillip Schindler
John Davison
Everett Haynes
Henry Loew
Crescent No. 1 Mine - Sept. 8th - Sept. 16th
  Joe Wake
Fred Wagnaar
John Hicks
Rudolph Schott
  Roland Turner
Chas. Longden
Tom Vlahovich
Baptista Pasini
      The following table gives a comparison of the number of Bank Days at each mine for the periods of January 1st, last year and this year:
      1936   1937
  Zeigler No. 1 Mine   10   9
  Zeigler No. 2 Mine   4   7
  Centralia No. 5 Mine   3   4
  Crescent No. 1 Mine   5   6
  Crescent No. 6 Mine     6     8
      28   34

      Since March 1st, 1937, the date of the inauguration of Bank Days at the Zeigler Washer, they have had three.
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 Crescent Mine No. 6 Top Crew
Above is a picture of the Top Crew at Crescent Mine No. 6. Back row - left to right: Allen Cowser, H. Probyn, D. Cowser, E. Behrends and H. Gerdes. Front row - left to right: H. Burbridge, L. Stranz, C. Coats and C. Blandin.
      Congratulations to Crescent Mine No. 6 Top Crew. They have completed nine months of 1937 without a single lost time accident.
What Do We Mean by "Safety Minded"?
      It means locking the barn door before the horse is stolen. It means to think ahead for safety in everything you do.
      In other words, to be safety-minded means to have the habit of always trying to see an accident before it happens, so that you can act in the right manner under the circumstances and thus avert a mishap.
      This habit of always thinking ahead for safety is not hard to form and it is a mighty useful habit to have.
- - Delco News Braker            
Practice Safety yourself - others will follow you.
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Henry Lichtenfeld
Henry Lichtenfeld
      Henry Lichtenfeld, trapper at Centralia No. 5 Mine, was born in Minden, Germany, December 9th, 1868. He attended school in Germany until the age of fourteen, at which time he came to the United States with his parents. He completed his schooling in Centralia and southwest Missouri.
      Henry started working in old No. 1 Mine at Centralia, bur after two years, gave up mining and worked on a farm in Missouri for six years. He returned to Centralia in 1888 and has been employed as a miner since that time. During the summer months he does odd jobs of plumbing and brick laying, a trade he learned from his father.
      Henry has always been very aggressive as to mining. He introduced the first carbide lamp used in the mines in the Centralia District in 1907. He was the agent for the manufacturer of carbide lights and sold many of them to displace the old oil burning lamps.
      September, 1937 marked the 55th anniversary of his work in the mines and he has never had a lost time accident. Until 1932 he spent his entire time loading coal but is now employed as a trapper at Centralia No. 5. During these 55 years he has never missed a days work because of injury. His nearest approach to this was being overcome with powder smoke some years ago when the miners lit their own shots. He says that he has failed to "load the turn" many times because how would not work in a place which he considered unsafe. His is a record of which to be proud, and he is an example of what is possible if each and every man will not work in a dangerous place except to make it safe.
      Mr. Lichtenfeld was presented with a Joseph A. Holmes Certificate and Medal of Honor in 1932, for having worked 50 years without having lost a time accident.
      He is an "old timer" who recognizes progress in mining and is a booster for any improvement in production or safety methods.
 Charles Whennan
Charles Whennan
       Charles Whennam, a loader at Crescent No. 1 Mine, was born in Gilitzen, Pa. on May 13, 1871. He came to Illinois in 1878 and started to work in a mine near Norris. He has worked in and around various mines in the northern part of Illinois for the past 59 years.
      Having started to work at the age of 7 years, he obtained his education through night school and a course in mining in the Scranton School of Mines. He mastered his studies sufficiently to start a school of mining and has the distinction of having William Kidd and Walter White as two of his students, both of whom are well known in this vicinity as they served as State Mine Inspectors.
      During the slack seasons in the coal mines, Mr. Whennan has worked at other occupations. He worked for the Rock Island Railroad in the baggage department in Chicago during the World's Fair, was a building contractor in Oglesby and spent a short time in Pennsylvania as a contractor for sinking slopes, tunnels and shafts.
      At the age of 18 he was married to Miss Ellen Waite. They are the parents of three boys, Walter and Charles who work at Crescent #6, and Floyd, who is employed at Crescent #1.
      During his many years in and around the mines, he acted in capacities ranging from trapper to superintendent. He has never had a serious accident, safety being his motto both as a worker and manager.
      He assisted in the rescue work during the great Cherry Mine disaster, in which Mrs. Whennan lost a brother and brother-in-law.
      Mr. Whennan has served in all offices of Locals in Canton, Peoria and Oglesby. He was a member of the Scale Committee for 2 terms and at present is Vice President of the Local Union at Crescent No. 1 Mine. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and Red Men, being a Past Chief and Deputy Great Sachem of the latter organization.
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Miners at Zeigler No. 1 Coal Mine
      Above is a snapshot taken at Zeigler No. 1 Mine. Front row, seated left to right: Raymond Howell, Ralph Dixon, Wayne Rush, Robert Reddy, Jack Hardin, Olin Berry. Back row, left to right: Lee Voxcaro, Charles Connoway, Glen Hawkings, Thomas Kerrone, Monroe James.
Miners at Zeigler No. 1 Coal Mine
      Above is a snapshot taken at Zeigler No. 1 Mine. Front row, seated left to right: John Lewis, Pio Bondi, Lancy Shannon, Oscar Stephens, Howard Myers, Williford Martin. Back row, left to right: John W. Nickens, Joshua Lefler, Guido Ferrari, George Forbes, Buster Bagwell.
Report of November Accidents
Frequency Rate - Lost Time Accidents
per l.t.a.
To Date
This Yr.
To Date
Last Yr.
Zeigler Washer
Zeigler No. 2
Zeigler No. 1
Crescent No. 1
Centralia No. 5
All Mines
This month last year
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Frequency Rate - No Lost Time Accidents
No Lost-Time
per l.t.a.
To Date
This Yr.
To Date
Last Yr.
Zeigler Washer
Crescent No. 1
Centralia No. 5
Zeigler No. 1
Zeigler No. 2
All Mines
This month last year
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Severity Rate - Lost Time Accidents
To Date
This Yr.
To Date
Last Yr.
Zeigler Washer
Crescent No. 1
Zeigler No. 2
Zeigler No. 1
Centralia No. 5
All Mines
This month last year
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Think of These Things
When You are Hurt -
  Who undergoes the physical pain and mental suffering?
Who runs the risk of impairment causing permanent disability?
Who suffers loss of morals which comes with serious disablement?
Who loses one-third of his wages even if compensated for injury?
Who has the status of his family disrupted by reduced income?
Who must regulate his expenditures to make up for this deficiency?
No Compensation Check -
  Can ease your suffering on a bed of pain.
Can allay the grief of your family and your friends.
Can retrieve the loss you suffer as a result of idleness.
Can eradicate the bitter memories of suffering and sorrow.
Can compensate you for the loss of an eye, an arm or a leg.
Can restore the mental attitude toward life and your job that you once had.
Much depends -
  On how surely you recognize the hazards of your work.
On how faithfully you utilize the precautions for your safety.
On how completely you are imbued with the spirit of safety.
On how consistently you exercise thoughtfulness and carefulness.
On how fully you recognize the fact that the best way is the safe way.
On how thoughtful you are of others as well as yourself.
Your Safety -
  Is a matter of your own personal responsibility.
Is a matter of personal thinking on the hazards confronting you.
Is a matter of abiding by rules intended to safeguard your welfare.
Is a matter of not only how safely you work, but also how safely you work with others.
Is a matter of mutual responsibility on the part of your employer and yourself.
Is a matter of serious economic importance to you and your family.
Is a matter of concern to society, and to the community in which you live.
Just Remember -
  That the worth while things in life itself and happiness.
That one moment of thoughtlessness may mean a lifetime of regret.
That nature does not provide mankind with any spare parts.
That no compensation check is big enough to relieve an aching heart.
That it profits you to be on the payroll instead of on the compensation roll.
That few men have ever negotiated the ladder of success on crutches.
That the road to Easy Street does not lead through first aid stations and hospitals.
- - - General Electric News            
Christmas Lights
      At Christmas time even ordinary things take on a mysterious glamour. Enveloping the world is a strange atmosphere which exhilarates and stimulates us. We seem to work on a higher ground.
      As we walk the streets amid the falling flakes of snow we see in many yards the evergreens of lighted Christmas trees through the windows of the homes we pass.
      Lighted Christmas trees are an integral part of Christmas. They are, it seems to me, especially symbolic of the message of Christmas. The green lights suggest that the plants of faith and hope are coming up again in humanity's garden. The red lights are symbolic of life more abundant - of laughter and happiness. The blue lights, color of the sky, bring the message that a man may reach again towards the stars, and make his dreams come true. The white lights suggest ideals - the ideals of human service, neighborliness, peace, sacrifice.
      On who has grasped the true spirit of Christmas looks at the shining trees and resolves to light again in his own personality those radiant qualities in noble living - of which the Christmas lights are symbols.
- - - McGill News            
Christmas is a happy time
With holly, mistletoe,
And candle's burning softly
. . . Let's keep it always so.
Christmas is a merry time
With gaily falling snow
And joyous shouts and laughter
. . . Let's keep it always so.
Christmas is a wonder time
As all good children know
A time for good St. Nicholas
. . . Let's keep it always so.
Christmas is the best of time
When our hearts overflow
With peace on earth for every man
. . . Let's keep it always so!
F. H. Clark
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New Items
      On Friday, October 31st, 1941, an operation was performed at the Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. removing the eye of 11 year old Jimmie Crompton, who was accidentally shot in the eye on September 12th with a BB shot from an air rifle. Jimmie is the son of James Crompton, Sr. employed at the Zeigler washery.
      Teddy Mitchell of West City was elected Alternate Board Member for Franklin and Williamson Counties on Tuesday, November 18th, 1941. Mr. Mitchell takes the place vacated by Joe Shannon, who recently became Board Member. Candidates for the job were Harvey Hand, West Frankfort, Ray Williams, Herrin and Jack Belcher, Zeigler.
      Mr. Alva Nash, clerk at the Crescent Mining Company, is recovering nicely from an operation performed at the Methodist Hospital on November 25th, 1941.
      Marguerite Neu of Zeigler has been elected President of the Franklin County Republican Club for the coming year. Election was held Friday, November 14th, 1941 at Benton. Mrs. Neu is the daughter of Oda Berry, Zeigler No. 1 Mine lamphouse attendant.
      A burning fire, in the stove, heater, furnace or fireplace, not properly burned . . . when combustion is incomplete, liberates a deadly gas which is called Carbon Monoxide. Each year Carbon Monoxide picks off its share of victims. It is a deadly insidious gas. The human body cannot endure a concentration of over 100 parts gas per million parts air. It acts quickly when this proportion is exceeded. Now is the time to look over your stoves and furnaces and flues and chimneys. Any leak becomes a potential menace to you and your family.
  Breathes there a woman
With soul so dead
Who should have signaled right
But signals left instead!

      Mr. Floyd Hall left Centralia on Sunday, Nov. 22nd, 1941 for Chicago, where he was inducted into the U.S. Army. Floyd has been employed at the tipple at Centralia No. 5 Mine.
      Melvin Stonecipher has returned to his job at Centralia No. 5, since being released from the army at Fort Leonard Woods.
Limerick Contest
      Here are the winners of Limerick No. 14, which we are reprinting as follows:
  A forceful young feller named Gray
Accustomed to having his way
Very loudly opposed
The new Safety Toes

      The winner of the first prize of $5.00 is Miss Pearl Curry, Zeigler, Illinois, daughter of Pat Curry, triprider at Zeigler No. 1 Mine. Her last line was "But after a broken foot; from Safety Shoes he will never stray."
      The next five winners of $1.00 each were:
      Mrs. August Sailly, 601 N. Emma St., Zeigler, Illinois, wife of August Sailly, motorman at No. 1 Zeigler Mine. Her last line was "Now Gray is minus some toes, they say."
      Mrs. Barney Taylor, 601 Baggot St., Zeigler, Illinois, wife of Barney Taylor, machine helper at Zeigler No. 2 Mine. Her last line was "Well Mr. Gray, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, they say."
      Mrs. Lena Hogg, Colp, Illinois, wife of Oscar Hogg, Joy helper at Zeigler No. 2 Mine. Her last line was "Five toes was the price that he paid."
      Mrs. Ida Hodge, 113 Mongoose St., Zeigler, Illinois, wife of Jim Hodge, material motorman at Zeigler No. 2 Mine. Her last line was "Now minus a toe he wants Safety Toes put on display."
      Mrs. Glen Hawkins, 711 Coxspur Ave., Zeigler, Illinois, wife of Glen Hawkins, mainline motorman at Zeigler No. 1 Mine. Her last line was "What a price poor Gray had to pay."
      Our congratulations to the winners and our thanks to the many other contestants. Here is another one. Try it!!
  Safetygram Limerick No. 15
Now every day to work there went
A very patronizing gent
"Goggles", he cried
"Are a pain in the side"
Safetygram Limerick No. 15
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Address ____________________________
Relation to Employee _________________
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Allie Watkins
Allie Watkins
      Mr. Allie Watkins, surface employee at Zeigler No. 1 Mine, was born March 5th, 1873 south of Herrin, Illinois. When Allie was eight years of age his family located near what is now Zeigler. His schooling was received at the old Minor School.
      Leaving school at the age of 13, Allie began working on local farms. He followed this work until 1909, when he worked for a year and a half on the surface. He came to Zeigler No. 1 in November, 1911, and has with the exception of three months loading coal at Zeigler No. 2 Mine in 1935, worked continuously on the surface at Zeigler No. 1, since 1911.
      He joined the United Mine Workers of America in 1901 and has been a loyal member of this union ever since.
      Allie is a booster for Safety, having taken the 100% First Aid training in 1930 and 1934, He wears Safety hat, goggles and safety shoes. He qualified for the 7 year No Accident Button and his personal safety record is reflected in the fact that since starting to work, he has had only one lost time accident and lost only a few days time, due to stepping on a nail. This is a very good record, when you consider that all his work has been around railroad cars.
      On September 25th, 1895, Mr. Watkins married to Miss Ollie R. Browning of Mulkeytown. they had 7 children, 3 boys and 4 girls. Mrs. Walkins passed away in 1912. On February 14th, 1921, he married Mrs. Jane Miley of Christopher. They own their home in Zeigler.
Pete Rebuffoni
Pete Rebuffoni
      Pete Rebuffoni, Joy helper at Crescent No. 1 Mine, was born in Cerveno, Italy on October 14, 1896. He attended school until he was 12 years of age. At that time he started to work on his Mother's farm.
      Shortly after the beginning of the 1st World War, Pete was called into the army. In May, 1915, Italy declared war on the Central Powers and Pete was sent to the front. Here he stayed until October 28, 1918, when he received a serious shrapnel wound to his left leg, which put him in the hospital until December 11, 1918. After his recovery, he joined his 5th Alpine Regiment in Insbruck. He remained there until November 1919, when he was discharged from his Country's military services. Pete still has his army discharge which shows his service record with honorable mention.
      Pete, like many other European people, decided to come to America and try his luck. This he did in November 1920. After several years of residence in the United States, he thought he would like to become naturalized and six years after arriving, became a citizen of the U. S. A.
      Mr. Rebuffoni first settled at Christopher, Illinois, where started to work in the Old Ben No. 11 Mine. During the next few years, he worked at Buckner No. 14 and for the Black Star Coal Co.
      In 1929 he moved with his family to Pekin, Illinois. He started a trucking business and followed this kind of work until 1934. The urge to return to the mines got the best of Pete and he started to work at Crescent No. 1 Mine.
      Pete is a firm believer in doing his work safely. He wears one of our six year safety buttons.
      He was married to Miss Mary Lunini and they are the parents of two children, one boy and one girl.
38th Anniversary
      October 17th, 1941 was the 38th anniversary of the uncovering of coal at Zeigler No. 1 Mine.
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We Are Eleven Years Old
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Eleven years ago this month the first issue of the Safetygram was printed and distributed to the employees of the Bell and Zoller Companies. The purpose of the Safetygram as set forth in that issue continues to be the motive for carrying on not only the Safetygram but our other forms of accident prevention work. We feel it is appropriate that we reprint the policy of the Safetygram as set forth in the first issue:
      The Monthly Safetygram is born of a sincere desire of the Bell and Zoller Coal and Mining Company and its affiliated companies to contribute to the safety, to the health and to the well being of its employees. It is convinced that accidents can be prevented by education, supervision and discipline. It does not subscribe to the theory that man must be killed or maimed to get satisfactory production standards. It believes that the most good can be accomplished by presenting information in an unbiased manner, in fastening the causes of accidents where they belong and in shielding no one whose errors of commission or omission have contributed to an accident. The policy of this magazine is the same as the policy of the companies who publish it.
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Bell & Zoller Safetygram Back Dec 1941

Bell & Zoller Coal Company
Bell & Zoller Mining Company
Bell & Zoller Coal Mining Company
Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company
Bell & Zoller Coal Mines in Illinois
Mine Name Location Years of Operation Operated As
Bell & Zoller Coal Mine No. 1 Franklin County, Illinois 1909 - 1925
1925 - 1948
Bell & Zoller Mining Company
Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company
Bell & Zoller Coal Mine No. 2 Franklin County 1919 - 1951 Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company
Bell & Zoller Coal Mine No. 2
Buckhorn Coal Mine
Zeigler Coal Mine No. 4
Williamson County 1919 - 1951
1954 - 1959
1960 - 1970
Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company
Bell & Zoller Coal Company
Bell & Zoller Coal Company
Bell & Zoller Coal Mine No. 3 Williamson County 1948 - 1952
1953 - 1956
Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company
Bell & Zoller Coal Company
Bell & Zoller Coal Mine No. 15
Previously was Consolidated No. 15
White City
Macoupin County
1951 Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company
Murdock Coal Mine Douglas County 1946
1948 - 1952
1953 - 1954
Bell & Zoller Coal Mining Company
Bell & Zoller Coal Company
Bell & Zoller Coal Mining Company
Bell & Zoller Coal Company
Nason Coal Mine No. 20 Jefferson County 1951 Bell & Zoller Mining Company
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Centralia Coal Company
Centralia Coal & Mining Company
Centralia Mining & Manufacturing Company
Centralia Coal Mines in Illinois
Mine Name Location Years of Operation Operated As
Centralia Coal Mine No. 1 Marion County 1892 - 1894 Centralia Coal Company
Centralia Coal Mine No. 2 Marion County 1883 - 1907 Centralia Mining & Manufacturing Company
Centralia Coal Mine No. 3 Marion County 1907 - 1910 Centralia Coal & Mining Company
Centralia Coal Mine No. 5 Marion County
Washington County
1909 - 1948 Centralia Coal Company
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Crescent Coal Company
Crescent Mining Company
Crescent Coal Mines in Illinois
Mine Name Location Years of Operation Operated As
Crescent No. 1 Coal Mine Peoria County 1908 - 1922 Crescent Coal Company
Crescent No. 2 Coal Mine Peoria County 1922 - 1924 Crescent Coal Company
Crescent No. 2 Coal Mine Tazewel County 1925 - 1930 Crescent Coal Company
Crescent Coal Mine Peoria County Unknown Crescent Coal Company
Glasford No. 4 Coal Mine Peoria County 1924 - 1925 Crescent Coal Company
Lamarsh No. 1 Coal Mine Peoria County 1922 - 1943 Crescent Mining Company
Lamarsh No. 2 Coal Mine Peoria County 1923 - 1940 Crescent Mining Company
Lamarsh No. 5 Coal Mine Peoria County 1923 - 1930 Crescent Mining Company
Lamarsh No. 6 Coal Mine Peoria County 1923 - 1940 Crescent Mining Company

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