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Bond County, Illinois

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      Bond County is a county located in the central pat of the state of Illinois.
As of the 2000 census, the population is 17,633. In 2006, the population is 18,055.
 
      Bond County was formed in 1817 out of Madison County.
It was named for Shadrach Bond, who was then the delegate from the Illinois Territory to the United States Congress, and who thereupon became the first governor of Illinois, serving from 1818 to 1822.
 
      The county seat is Greenville.
 
      Bond County has nine townships :
            Burgess, Central, Lagrange, Mills, Mulberry Grove, Old Ripley, Pleasant Mound, Shoal Creek, Tamalco
 
Coal Mines       Fatalities       Non-Fatal Casualties       Sources

Miss Valley Coal Mine

 
The legal description lists this as :    Bond County - Township 5 North, Range 2 West, Section 8

Mine Name Operated By Years
Somers Mine   Joseph Somers   1884 - 1886
Smithboro Mine   Smithboro Coal Company   1886 - 1892
Enterprize Mine   Enterprize Coal Company   1892 - 1896
Enterprize Mine   idle or abandoned   1896 - 1907
Miss Valley Mine   Mississippi Colliery Company
Mississippi Valley Coal Company
  1908 - 1910
[Source - No. 1, Index 2004]
 
1893 Annual Coal Report3
New Mines
      The Enterprise Coal Co., of Smithboro, Bond county, abandoned its shaft one year ago; a new company has been formed and are now taking out the water with a view of opening out the mine, and sinking to a lower seam of coal, which is known to be at a certain depth by the prospecting drill when the coal-field was first prospected.
Abandoned Mines
      Only one steam colliery has been abandoned during the year, The Enterprise Coal Co., of Smithboro, Bond county.
 
1894 Annual Coal Report4 Abandoned Enterprises
      At Smithboro, Bond county, a company organized to reopen the mine at that place. It was abandoned before taking out all of the water.
 
1896 Annual Coal Report5
New Mines
      At Smithboro, Bond county, the shaft there was sunk to the lower vein, but it was found to be too thin to be profitable, do the working of it was abandoned, and the work in the upper vein was resumed, which had been abandoned some time previous.
 
1908 Annual Coal Report10
Improvements
      The Mississippi Colliery Company, Smithboro, Bond county, has opened up the old mine at that place, taking the water out and retimbering both shafts; putting in large first motion engines; large boilers, new engine and boiler house, with a new and substantial tower and out buildings.
 
1909 Annual Coal Report11
Abandoned Mines.
      The mine at Smithsboro, Bond county which has been abandoned for several years has again been put in operation, under the name of the Mississippi Colliery Company. A new tower, engine and boiler house has been erected, shafts retimbered, and new pumps installed.
 

Pocahontas Coal Mine

 
The legal description lists this as :    Bond County - Township 4 North, Range 4 West, Section 3

Mine Name Operated By Years
Pocahontas Mine No. 1   Pocahontas Mining Company   1906 - 1930
Pocahontas Mine No. 1   Bond County Coal Company   1930 - 1931
Pocahontas Mine No. 1   Pocahontas Mining Company   1931 - 1932
Pocahontas Mine   Illinois Pocahontas Coal Company   1932 - 1942
[Source - No. 1, Index 218]
 
1907 Annual Coal Report9
Improvements
      The Pocahontas Mining Company, Pocahontas, Bond county, has finished the escapement and air shaft to its mine during the year. The work has been well done and includes a suitable stairway. A cage will be kept at the air shaft to be used at any time for repairs. A very substantial tower has been erected at the hoisting shaft with shaking screens and dump cages. Two new boilers have been installed, each 150 horse power. A Norwalk compressor and five mining machines have been installed, The hoisting engines are double, first motion, 22 x 36 inches. The engine, boiler and compressor houses are built very substantial and are intended to be fireproof.
 
1910 Annual Coal Report12
Improvements
      The Pocahontas Mining Company at Pocahontas, at its No. 1 mine. Bond county, has erected a new Sullivan eight-foot fan, which will supply the mine with plenty of air for some time to come.
 
1918 Annual Coal Report17
Improvements
      The Pocahontas Mining co. has made extensive improvements at shaft bottom -- replaced the timbers with 12-inch by 15-inch by 16-feet I-beams for 175 feet on both sides, installed on e 10-ton General Electric trolley motor and an electric box car loader.
 
1932 Annual Coal Report23
Change of Name
      Pocahontas Mining Company to Illinois Pocahontas Mining Company
 
1933 Annual Coal Report24
Idle Mines
      Illinois Pocahontas Mining Company
 

Sorento Coal Mine

 
The legal description lists this as :    Bond County - Township 7 North, Range 4 West, Section 31

Mine Name Operated By Years
Sorento Mine   Sorento Coal Company   1884 - 1992
Sorento Mine   Sorento Prospecting and Mining Company   1892 - 1899
Sorento Mine No. 6   Illinois Collieries Company   1905 - 1908
Sorento Mine No. 6   idle   1909
Sorento Mine No. 6   Illinois Collieries Company   1910 - 1911
Sorento Mine No. 6   Sorento Collieries Company   1911
 
No further information concerning operation under this name or operator :
North Illinois Mine   Northern Illinois Coal & Supply   1911 - ?
Northern Mine   Northern Coal & Supply   ? - 1915
[Source - No. 1, Index 2005]
 
1893 Annual Coal Report3
Improvements
      In Bond County, the Sorento Coal Co., has put in a plant to mine the coal by machinery, an Ingesoll compressor and Ingersoll coal-cutting machines. Two new boilers have been added to the plant.
 
1894 Annual Coal Report4
Improvements
      The Sorento Prospecting and Mining Company, Bond county, has put in a 15-foot fan.
Mining Machines
      Owing to a scaricty of water for steam purposes the machines owned by the Sorento Prospect and Mining Company were not operated after December 7, 1893.
 
1898 Annual Coal Report6
Labor Troubles
      The mine of the Sorento Prospecting and Mining Company, Sorento, Bond county, has not been worked for the last two months.
 
1899 Annual Coal Report7
Improvements
      The Sorento Prospecting and Mining Company, Sorento, Bond county, has added to its plant two electric mining machines, put in by the Link-Belt Electric Company.
 
1909 Annual Coal Report11
      The Illinois Collieries Company's No. 6 mine of Sorento, Bond county has not been operated during the year.
 
1910 Annual Coal Report12
Abandoned Mines.
      The Illinois Collieries Company's mine at Sorento, Bond county
 
1911 Annual Coal Report13
Change of Name
      The Illinois Collieries Company's mine at Sorento, Bond county, is now operated under the name Sorento Collieries Company.
 
1915 Annual Coal Report16
Abandoned Mines. - Bond County
      This mine was not operated this year and is permanently closed or temporarily closed : Northern Coal & Supply Company, Sorento.

Bond County, Illinois
Coal Mine Fatalities
BOOTH
April 16, 191817, Charles F. Booth, of Pocahontas, miner, age 23 years, married, was killed in Pocahontas Mining company's mine by falling clod. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
CAMPBELL
July 20, 191114, Frank Campbell, of Sorento, laborer, aged 56 years, married, was caught between the cage and timber and killed. Deceased was employed in the Northern Coal and Supply Co.'s mine, Sorento, Bond County. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
October 25, 191315, Fred Campbell, of Troy, mine examiner, aged 60 years, married, employed in Northern Coal & Supply Company's mine, Sorento, Bond County, was making examination of the mine when he ignited a body of gas and was killed. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
CASE
August 23, 194127, Marion Case, of Pocahontas, loader, aged 62 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Illinois-Pocahontas Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
CROSSMAN
July 28, 18862, Smithboro Coal and Mining Co., Smithboro, Henry Crossman, a married man aged 26 years, was killed July 28, 1886, by a mule. He was driving down a slight grade, and it was supposed the mule ran away with him. He was found dead at the entrance of a room his head having been crushed against a rock building.
 
DOLZADELLI
May 1, 194026, Charles Dolzadelli, of Pocahontas, bottom blocker, aged 19 years, married, crushed between motor and prop at the Illinois-Pocahontas Coal Co., mine, leaving widow.
 
DOYLE
December 14, 19007b, George Doyle, of Sorento, driver, aged 24 years, married, employed at the mine of the Sorento Prospecting and Mining company, Sorento, Bond county, was caught between the top of a loaded car and the roof, causing his immediate death. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
FRITZ
August 29, 192319, John Fritz*, of Pocahontas, machine man, age 44 years, single, was killed in Pocahontas Mining Company's mine by a fall of coal.
* also listed as Joe Fritz
 
GILLESPIE
January 22, 192218, George Gillespie, of Pocahontas, miner, age 52 years, married, was killed in Pocahontas Mining Comapny's mine by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
JARMAN
May 29, 19017b, James Jarman, of Sorento, miner, aged 52 years, married, employed by the Sorento Prospecting and Mining company, Sorento, Bond county. He had fired a shot, and went back to put up some timbers when a large boulder gave way, falling and killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
LOGSDON
January 16, 192921, Edward Logsdon, of Litchfield, driver, age 25 years, single, died from injuries received the day before in Pocahontas Mining Company's mine. Deceased was riding on front end of car when the tail chain became unhooked, caught on a timber and threw him against a prop.
 
NOVAC
July 19, 193925, John Novac, of Pocahontas, motorman, aged 41 years, married, killed by falling from motor in mine No. 1 of the Illinois-Pocahontas Coal Co., leaving wife and one dependent child.
 
PRICE
December 29, 193122, Thomas Price, of Pocahontas, miner, age 41 years, single, was killed in Pocahontas Mining Company's mine when he came in contact with an electric cable.
 
SANDERSON
February 4, 18986, J. C. Sanderson, of Smithboro, a loader in the Smithboro Coal Company's mine, met his death while in the act of loading a car with coal at the face of the main entry, in the top seam. A large piece of rock gave way, falling on him, from the effects of which he died shortly afterward. He was 30 years old and leaves a widow and two children.
 
SHIPLE
January 17, 193122, Sylvester Shiple, of Pocahontas, machine runner, age 36 years, single, was caught in bits of cutting chain and killed, in Bond County Coal Company's mine. [Pocahontas Mining Company]
 
STEELE
April 10, 19058, Roy Steele, miner, aged 25 years, married, employed in the Illinois Collieries Co.'s mine, Sorento, Bond county, was killed by the explosion of a shot. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
VACCA
April 9, 192620, Frank Vacca, of Pocahontas, track man, age 46 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate Pocahontas Mining Company's mine. He leaves a widow and two children.


 


Bond County, Illinois
Non-Fatal Casualties

July 1, 1923 - June 30, 1924 & July 1, 1925 - December 31, 1925
BISTER, Henry age 32 years, Laborer, employed by Pocahontas Mining Co.
18 Sep 1925 - Ribs broken, railway cars - Time lost - 69 days
 
BRENDELL, Valentine age 31 years, Driver, employed by Pocahontas Mining Co.
16 Jul 1925 - Arm broken, pit car - Time lost - 88 days
 
BRUNO, Pete age 38 years, Miner, employed by Pocahontas Mining Co.
1 Jul 1925 - Back sprained, loading coal - Time lost - 46 days
 
FRHLIK, Joe age 34 years, Machineman, employed by Pocahontas Mining Co.
7 Oct 1925 - Toe broken, falling bar - Time lost - 32 days
 
KESCHA, John age 50 years, Single, of Pocahontas
21 Mar 1924 - Hand injured, shoveling coal - Time lost - 34 days
 
KOOS, John age 42 years, Married with 4 children, of Pocahontas
24 Oct 1923 - Foot broken, falling slate - Not returned to work
 
LUCCO, Lorenzo age 46 years, Miner, employed by Pocahontas Mining Co.
8 Sep 1925 - Rib broken, fell on rail - Time lost - 31 days
 
MAY, Robert age 28 years, Married with 4 children, of Pocahontas
24 Mar 1924 - Back broken, falling coal - Time lost - 98 days
 
MECHELLA, Joe age 36 years, Cager, employed by Pocahontas Mining Co.
24 Jul 1925 - Body injured - Time lost - 68 days
 
MELOSI, Joe age 52 years, Married with 3 children, of Pocahontas
16 Nov 1923 - Knee injured, pushing car - Not returned to work
 
MOGLIE, Anton age 51 years, Single, of Pocahontas
28 Apr 1924 - Hip injured, loose coal - Time lost - 63 days
 
MONNAHAN, E. age 37 years, Miner, employed by Pocahontas Mining Co.
28 Sep 1925 - Finger mashed, falling slate - Not returned to work
 
OSSOLA, John age 39 years, Driver, employed by Pocahontas Mining Co.
24 Oct 1925 - Foot mashed, cage - Not returned to work
 
OTLINA, Dom. age 40 years, Married with 2 children, of Pocahontas
28 Dec 1923 - Eye injured, flying coal - Time lost - 54 days
 
SCHULTZ, Martin age 61 years, Single, of Pocahontas
13 Mar 1924 - Leg injured, falling slate - Time lost - 109 days
 
SOUSTELLI, S. age 37 years, Single, of Pocahontas
17 Sep 1923 - Back injured, moving machine - Time lost - 34 days
 
STERBINE, John age 46 years, Miner, employed by Pocahontas Mining Co.
22 Sep 1925 - Toe broken, cage - Time lost - 70 days
 
WARD, Charles age 50 years, Single, of Pocahontas
20 Mar 1924 - Arm cut, loose coal - Time lost - 32 days
 

Sources :
 
1 Coal Mines in Illinois, Bond County
                Illinois State Geological Survey, 615 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL. 61820

2 Statistics of Coal in Illinois, 1887
                A Supplemental Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics
                Springfield, ILL.; H. W. Rokker, State Printer and Binder, 1887

3 Statistics of Coal In Illinois 1893
                Twelveth Annual Report
                Springfield, ILL.; H. W. Rokker, State Printer and Binder, 1894

4 Statistics of Coal In Illinois 1894
                Thirteenth Annual Report
                Springfield, ILL.; Ed. F. Hartman, State Printer, 1895

5 Fifteenth Annual Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1896
                Springfield, ILL; Phillips Bros. State Printers, 1897

6 Seventeenth Annual Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1898
                Coal in Illinois
                Springfield, ILL; Phillips Bros. State Printers, 1899

7 Eighteenth Annual Report Prepared by the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1899
                Springfield, ILL; Phillips Bros. State Printers, 1899

7b Twentieth Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1901,
                also the Second Annual Report of the Illinois Free Employment Offices, for the Year Ended
                October 1, 1901, David Ross, Secretary; Springfield,
                Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1902

8 Twenty-Fourth Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1905,
                also the Seventh Annual Report of the Illinois Free Employment Offices, for the Year Ended
                September 30, 1905, David Ross, Secretary; Springfield,
                Springfield, Illinois State Journal, State Printers, 1906

9 Twenty-Sixth Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1907,
                also the Ninth Annual Report of the Illinois Free Employment Offices, for the Year Ended
                September 30, 1907, David Ross, Secretary; Springfield,
                Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1908

10 Twenty-Seventh Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1908
                Springfield, Illinois; Illinois State Journal Co.. State Printers, 1909

11 Twenty-Eighth Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1909
                Springfield, Illinois; Illinois State Journal Co.. State Printers, 1910

12 Twenty-Ninth Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1910
                Springfield, Illinois; Illinois State Journal Co.. State Printers, 1911

13 Thirtieth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1911
                State Mining Board
                Springfield, Illinois; Illinois State Journal Co.. State Printers, 1912

14 Thirtieth-First Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1912
                State Mining Board
                Springfield, Illinois; Illinois State Journal Co.. State Printers, 1913

15 Thirtieth-Third Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1914
                State Mining Board
                Springfield, Illinois; Illinois State Journal Co.. State Printers, 1914

16 Thirty-Fourth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1915
                State Mining Board
                Printed by authority of the State of Illinois
                Springfield, ILL, Illinois State Journal Co., State Printers, 1915

17 Thirty-Seventh Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1918
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Printed by authority of the State of Illinois
                Springfield, ILL.; Illinois State Journal Co., State Printers 1918

18 Forty-First Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1922
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Illinois Printing Co., Danville, ILL., 1922

19 Forty-Third Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1924
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Illinois Printing Co., Danville, ILL., 1924

20 Forty-Fifth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1926
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Illinois Printing Co., Danville, ILL., 1927

21 Forty-Eighth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1929
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Journal Printing Co., Springfield, ILL., 1930

22 Fiftieth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1931
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Illinois Printing Co., Danville, ILL., 1932

23 Fifty-First Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1932
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Journal Printing Co., Springfield, ILL., 1933

24 Fifty-Second Coal Report of Illinois, 1933
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

25 Fifty -Eighth Coal Report of Illinois, 1939
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

26 Fifty -Ninth Coal Report of Illinois, 1940
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

27 Sixtieth Coal Report of Illinois, 1941
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

 

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