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RAVISO
November 13, 190924, Joe Raviso, miner, additional information not reported, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
REDMOND
August 25, 18938, Thomas Redmond, of Ladd, driver, aged 24 years, married, employed by the Whitebreast Fuel Company, at Ladd. Bureau county, as a miner and driver, the latter occupation being only temporary. He was caught between loaded pit-cars and the side of the entry. His back was so seriously injured that he died November 5, 1893, two months and eleven days after the accident. He left a widow but no children.
 
REID
February 8, 190519, James Reid, of Cherry, sinker, aged 27 years, single, was killed by being struck on the head with a sinking bucket, in the new shaft being sunk by the St. Paul Coal Co.. Cherry, Bureau county. Deceased was at work at the bottom of the shaft. 230 feet from the surface: the top of the shaft was protected by the usual folding doors, with two topmen in attendance. The empty bucket had been lifted from the doors, and the top-man in charge of the signals had raised his half of the doors, the other attendant had not gotten his half raised, when the signal was given to the engineer to lower: the bottom of the bucket struck on the edge of the half raised door, tipped over, and the safety hook, so called, became detached, the bucket falling to the bottom of the shaft, with the result as stated.
 
REPSEL
November 13, 190924, Joseph Repsel, of Cherry, miner, aged 29 years, married, with one child, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
November 13, 190924, Martin Repsel, of Cherry, miner, aged 36 years, married, with four children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
RHINEHART
April 3, 18937, Emil Rhinehart, age 36 years, married, leaves a widow and four children, was killed instantly by falling down shaft No. 3, operated by the Spring Valley Coal Company, at Spring Valley, Bureau county.
      Rhinehart was employed as a company man and working on the night shift in this mine. He had finished his work for the night and with three companions was being hoisted out of the mine. When opposite the upper or main landing, the cage still in motion, Rhinehart stepped off, and in some manner slipped under the cage and down the shaft, falling a distance of about 500 feet.
 
RICCA
November 13, 190924, Cega Ricca, miner, aged 30 years, additional information not reported, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
RICHARDS
November 13, 190924, Thomas Richards, of Cherry, miner, aged 21 years, married, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
RIMKUS
November 13, 190924, Joseph Rimkus, of Cherry, driver, aged 27 years, single, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
RITTLE
November 13, 190924, Frank Rittle, of Cherry, miner, aged 37 years, married, with two children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
RIVA
November 13, 190924, Joseph Riva, of Italy, miner, aged 27 years, single, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
ROBEZZA
November 13, 190924, Joseph Robezza, driver, single, additional information not reported, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
RODGERS
September 19, 190217, Martin Rodgers, of Marquette, miner, aged 55 years, married, was severely crushed on the breast and back by a fall of coal at the face of his working place in the Marquette Coal company's mine at Marquette, Bureau county.The deceased was in the act of undermining, when a piece of coal 5 feet long, 3½ feet wide and 15 inches thick, suddenly fell, striking him on the breast and squeezing him against the building. If the deceased had taken the precaution, and set a sprag against the piece of coal, as should have been done, this accident would not have taken place. He leaves a widow and one child in Russia.
 
RODONIS
November 13, 190924, Joseph Rodonis, of Cherry, miner, aged 33 years, married, with four children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
ROLLAND
November 13, 190924, Victor Rolland, miner, aged 18 years, additional information not reported, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
ROMAGNOLLI
September 7, 191732, Domenico Romagnoli, of Cherry, laborer, age 33 years, married, was killed by a pit car in St. Paul Coal Company's No. 2 mine, Cherry, Bureau County. Deceased was shoveling dirt and stepped out of the way of an empty car but did not notice a car of rock coming behind the empty. This car struck him and dragged him several feet, killing him almost instantly. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
ROMANISKY
August 6, 190318, August Romanisky, of Seatonville, miner, aged 47 years, married, was killed instantly by a fall of roof at the switch of his working room, in Spring Valley mine No. 4, located at Seatonville, Bureau county. The driver had pulled a loaded car from the face of the room in which the deceased was working; in coming around the curve at the switch the car struck against the outside rib or building and lodged there; the driver went away and left the car; on examination it was evident that the deceased had been trying to get the car loosened and that a large mass of roof had suddenly fallen crushing his head, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and one child in Russia.
 
ROSETTE
December 3, 191530, Alex Rosette, of Cherry, miner, age 32, married, was killed in the St. Paul Coal Company's No. 2 mine, Cherry, Bureau County, by falling rock. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
ROSSMAN
November 13, 190924, Robert Rossman, of Cherry, trapper, aged 17 years, single, supporting mother and five children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
ROVOROCK
On February 10, 189610, at No. 2 shaft of the Spring Valley Coal Co., Spring Valley, Bureau county, George Rovorock, of Spring Valley, an Italian miner, aged 54, unmarried, was killed at the bottom of the shaft while waiting to be hoisted after his day's work. He was in a sitting position between two timbers, about four feet from the shaft, and while the cagers were cross-caging a trip of empty cars from the south to the north side of the shaft, the trip being being pulled by a mule team, jumped the track and caught deceased's head between it and the timber, killing him instantly. Deceased had been told several times by the cager and others, to get to a more safe place, but being anxious to get on the cage as soon as he could, would not leave.
 
RUBIS
June 27, 190620, John Rubis, of Cherry, miner, aged 38 years, married, had his back broken by falling roof at the face of his working room in the St. Paul Coal Company's mine No. 2, Cherry, Bureau county. Deceased, in partnership with his brother, was working in a room in the above mine. He had set up a drilling machine on the right hand rib near the face, and was making preparations to drill a hole, when a mass of roof, weighing about 1,600 pounds, suddenly fell, crushing him underneath. He was removed to the hospital at Streator, the home of his family, and lingered until July 19, when he died from the injuries received. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
RUGGESIE
November 13, 190924, Gailamyo Ruggesie, of Cherry, miner, aged 25 years, additional information not reported, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
RUGGESIE
November 13, 190924, Gailamyo Ruggesie, of Cherry, miner, aged 25 years, additional information not reported, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
RUTKA
April 16, 190317, John Rutka, of Spring Valley, a company man, aged 38 years, single, was killed instantly by a fall of rock in the Spring Valley Coal company's mine No. 2, Spring Valley, Bureau county. The deceased in company with four or five other company men, was engaged in taking about four feet of shale or rock from the side of an entry to make, what is know as, a "lye" or double parting. The shale was hanging quite loose from the side of the entry in large masses. From some cause or want of due caution, the deceased stood in front of the loose mass, when a large block of it suddenly fell, knocking him down and completely covering him over. When extricated, life was extinct; his neck was broken and body severely crushed.
 
RUYGIESI
November 13, 190924, Frank Ruygiesi, of Cherry, driver, aged 21 years, single, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 

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SANDEEN
November 13, 190924, Olaf Sandeen, of Cherry, miner, aged 50 years, with four dependent children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
SARBELLE
November 13, 190924, Julius Sarbelle, of Cherry, miner, aged 28 years, married, with one child, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
SARGINTO
November 13, 190924, August Sarginto, of Cherry, miner, aged 25 years, married, with three children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
SAVANT
May 26, 191731, Anton Savant, of Dalzell, trapper, age 17 years, single, was killed by a motor in the No. 5 mine, Springvalley Coal Company, Springvalley, Bureau County. He leaves three dependents.
 
SCOTLAND
November 13, 190924, William Scotland, of Cherry, miner, aged 32 years, married, with three children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
SEITZ
November 13, 190924, Edward Seitz, of Cherry, miner, aged 28 years, married, with four children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
November 13, 190924, Paul Seitz, of Cherry, miner, aged 24 years, married, with two children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
SEMBOA / SEREBA
November 13, 190924, J. Semboa (or Sereba), of Cherry, miner, additional information not reported, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
SESTAK
November 13, 190924, Jonathon Sestak, miner, aged 25 years, single, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
SHAY
March 3, 18875, Edward J. Shay, employed as a door-tender, aged 14 years, was instantly killed by being crushed under loaded pitcars at his trap-door in shaft No. 1, located at Spring Valley.
 
SHEMIA
November 13, 190924, Jonathon Shemia, of Cherry, miner, aged 40 years, married, with six children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
SHEPPARD
April 28, 190923, William C. Sheppard, of Marquette, a hoisting engineer, aged 38 years, was severely scalded by the bursting of a steam trap or separator in the dynamo room, at the Marquette Coal Company's mine No. 1, located at Marquette, Bureau county. Deceased was employed as an engineer at the above mine. About 5 o'clock, a. m., on the above date, he was just in the act of turning on the steam and starting up the dynamo, when the steam separator located about 10 feet above the floor suddenly burst, and a steam pipe 7 inches in diameter fell on deceased, pinning him to the floor. As soon as he could be extricated he was taken to his home, and from there to the hospital at La Salle, where he died from the injuries received about noon, 7 hours after the accident. He was married, and leaves a widow and five children, the oldest a boy, a little over 16 years of age, employed as a trapper in the Marquette mine.
 
SHERRA
October 6, 189813, Mathias Sherra, of Ladd, a miner, aged 42 years, single, was crushed by a fall of roof while in the act of brushing the roof of his working place in the Whitebreast Fuel Company's mine, located at Ladd, Bureau county. The piece of coal that fell on Sherra would weigh about 600 pounds, was cone shaped, about one foot thick at the center and perfectly smooth all around the cone except one side, which was formed by the natural break in the roof, which takes place every two or three feet in long-wall mines. This might be justly termed an accident, as, according to the evidence, there was nothing prior to the casualty to indicate the dangerous condition of the roof. Sherra died about one hour after being injured.
 
SIAMON
November 13, 190924, Andrew Siamon, miner, aged 34 years, married, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
SMITH
November 13, 190924, John W. Smith, of Cherry, miner, aged 46 years, married, with three children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
SOPKO
November 13, 190924, Cantina Sopko, miner, aged 24 years, single, additional information not reported, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
SPADDACCINI
March 24, 190923, John Spaddaccini, of Ladd, a driver, aged 25 years, single, was killed instantly by being crushed between two loaded pit cars and the rib or cog in the third vein of the Illinois Coal Company's mine No. 1, located at Ladd, Bureau county. Deceased was employed as an extra driver in the above mine, that is, he took the place of a regular driver when the latter was absent from duty. On the morning of the accident he was driving in a run where the working places were going to the raise quite rapidly; it was customary for the drivers to run the loaded cars from the face to the entry switch by gravity, using sprags to hold the cars. Deceased and a miner, were taking a loaded car down, when a miner in an adjoining room or branch, started another loaded car to follow them, and when part of the distance had been covered, the sprag broke, and the miner lost control of the second car, it ran down the entry and caught deceased between the loaded cars and cog, crushing him through the body, causing almost instant death.
 
SPEIR
November 13, 190924, James Speir, miner, aged 34 years, married, with six children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
SSERMEL
November 13, 190924, Antone Ssermel, miner, aged 36 years, married, additional information not reported, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
STAM
November 13, 190924, Antone Stam, of Spring Valley, timberman, aged 44 years, single, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
STANCHEZ
November 13, 190924, Frank Stanchez, miner, aged 30 years, married, with two children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
STASZESKI
November 13, 190924, Tony Staszeski, of Cherry, miner, aged 33 years, married, with one child, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
ST. CATHERINE
May 24, 193852, Louis Joseph St. Catherine, of Spring Valley, miner, aged 60 years, married, killed by fall of rock in Union mine of the Union Coal Co. leaving widow.
 
STEARNS
November 13, 190924, James Stearns, of Cherry, miner, aged 40 years, married, with one child, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
STARK
November 13, 190924, John Stark, of Cherry, miner, aged 35 years, married, with three children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
STEELE
November 13, 190924, Peter Steele, of Streator, miner, aged 24 years, single, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
STEFENELLI
November 13, 190924, Dominick Stefenelli, of Cherry, miner, aged 39 years, married, with five children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
STETTLER
November 13, 190924, Harry Stettler, of Cherry, miner, aged 24 years, married, with two children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
STEWART
November 13, 190924, Harry Stewart, of Cherry, laborer, aged 28 years, married, with four children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
SUBLICH
November 13, 190924, Charles Sublich, of Cherry, miner, aged 32 years, married, with two children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
SUFFEN
November 13, 190924, John Suffen, , of Cherry, miner, aged 39 years, married, with two children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
SUHE
November 13, 190924, John Suhe, of Cherry, miner, aged 17 years, single., died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
November 13, 190924, Mike Suhe, of Cherry, miner, aged 44 years, married, with two children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
SUKITUS
November 13, 190924, Joseph Sukitus, of Russia, miner, aged 30 years, married, with three children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
SWEENEY
On January 13, 189610, at Marquette Coal Co.'s mine, Marquette, Bureau county, Edward Sweeney, of Marquette, miner, married, aged 37 years, was fatally injured by a fall of coal in his room. He was setting a prop when the 'sprag' that was supporting the coal gave way, allowing the coal to fall on him. He lived until the 19th. Deceased leaves a wife and four children. One boy able to work.
 
SZABRINSKI
November 13, 190924, Jonathon Szabrinski, known as Smith, Joh, of Cherry, cager, aged 29 years, married, with one child, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 

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TALIOLI
November 13, 190924, Eugene Talioli, of Cherry, miner, aged 38 years, married, with four children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
TAMARRI
November 13, 190924, Pasquale Tamarri, miner, aged 25 years, married, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
TAMASHANSKI
November 13, 190924, Joseph Tamashanski, of Old Country, miner, aged 28 years, single, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
TELESPERO
February 27, 190519, Lolli Telespero, of Spring Valley, miner, aged 44 years, married, was killed instantly by a fall of coal at the face of his working place in shaft No. 1, of the Spring Valley Coal Co., Spring Valley, Bureau county. Deceased was in his regular working place and in the act of cutting a sprag to let down the coal, when a large mass of coal and roof suddenly fell, crushing his head. The mass of coal and roof that fell would weigh about one ton. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
TESZONE
November 13, 190924, George Teszone, of Cherry, timberman, aged 28 years, married, with two children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
THOMPSON
March 11, 18959, James Thompson, of Spring Valley, miner, aged 61 years, widower, having three married sons, was killed instantly by a fall of coal in No. 4 mine of the Spring Valley Coal Company, at Spring Valley, Bureau county. He was in the act of putting a prop to the roof about two feet from the road head in his room, at about 10 o'clock in the morning, when the coal fell and caught him against the building. Only one sprag had been holding up the coal and the weight caused tlie coal to break from over the sprag, liberating it. The lump of coal that fell on him was about 15 feet long, 3½ high, and 2 feet thick. Would weigh about 4 tons. Before going to timber, he should have taken the coal down or put at least two more sprags to it to keep it from falling.
 
TINKO
November 13, 190924, Andrew Tinko, of Cherry, spragger, aged 17 years, single, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
November 13, 190924, Joseph Tinko, Jr., of Cherry, miner, aged 28 years, married, with five children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
November 13, 190924, Joseph Tinko, Sr., of Cherry, miner, aged 51 years, married, with three children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
November 13, 190924, Steve Tinko, of Cherry, miner, aged 24 years, single, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
TOMASKEY
September 19, 18938, John Tomaskey, of Seatonville, miner, aged 41 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in the mine operated by the Chicago, Wilmington and Vermilion Coal Company, at Seatonville, Bureau county. The deceased was taking out the ''sprags'" to let the coal down, when it fell suddenly and caught him between the coal and a prop. He died before he could be extricated. He left a widow and seven children.
 
TONNELLI
November 13, 190924, Emilia Tonnelli, of Cherry, miner, aged 30 years, married, with four children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
TONNER
November 13, 190924, John Tonner, of Cherry, trackman, aged 47 years, married, with two children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
TOSSETH
November 13, 190924, Frank Tosseth, of Cherry, miner, aged 29 years, married, with one child, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
TOWROSA
December 29, 190621, Anton Towrosa, of Spring Valley, miner, aged 29 years, single, was severely crushed through the abdomen by falling coal at the face of his working room in the Spring Valley Coal Company's mine No. 2, Spring Valley, Bureau county. Deceased was in the act of lying down, undermining the coal, when a large mass, that would weigh about 1,500 pounds, suddenly fell, crushing him through the abdomen, from the effects of which he died twenty-six hours after the accident. Neglect to properly sprag up the coal may be given as the cause of this accident.
 
TREONIS
March 9, 192741, Matt Treonis, of Spring Valley, miner, age 64 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal, in Spring Valley Coal Company's No. 3 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
TROMPINSKI
November 7, 190217, Joseph Trompinski, of Spring Valley, miner, aged 46 years, married, was struck on the head and shoulders by a fall of roof at the face of his working place, in the Spring Valley Coal company's mine No. 3, Spring Valley, Bureau county; he died from the injuries six days after the accident. The deceased was working with his son, a young man about 17 years of age; a piece of roof about 300 pounds in weight, fell from between the props striking the deceased with the result described. It was not thought that this accident would terminate fatally but, with other complications, his death ensued. He leaves a widow, presumably in Russia, and two sons in this country.
 
TURCHI
November 13, 190924, Nocenti Turchi, of Cherry, miner, aged 31 years, single., died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 

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UGO
November 13, 190924, Flippe Ugo, of Cherry, trackman, aged 28 years, married, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
UMBERTO
March 8, 191832, Chiarelle Umberto, of Spring Valley, miner, age 55 years, married, was killed in Spring Valley Coal Company's mine No. 3, Spring Valley, Bureau County. There were no eye witnesses to this accident. Circumstances indicate that he was struck on the head with either the coal or the prop which the coal knocked out. The coroner's verdict was, "Came to his death by being accidentally struck by a fall of coal in his room." He leaves a widow and three children.
 

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VALAVINIES
October 30, 190520, Michael Valavinies, of Spring Valley, miner, aged 38 years, married, was severely bruised on the back by falling roof at the face of his working place in the Spring Valley Coal Company's shaft No. 2, Spring Valley, Bureau county. Deceased was mining in his room when a fall of roof took place, striking him on the back and seriously bruising him. The injury was such that no thought was entertained that it would have a fatal termination, but he failed to rally, and other complications setting in, as a result of the injury, he died two months after the accident. He leaves a widow and one child in some foreign country, probably Russia.
 
VALENTINE
June 2, 190923, William Valentine, of Chicago, a structural steel worker, aged 45 years, was killed instantly by falling from a temporary scaffold, erected on the steel tower of the Spring Valley Coal Company's mine No. 4, located atSeatonville, Bureau county. Deceased was employed with four other structural steel workers, including a foreman in repairing the hood over the tower, at the above mine. They were working on a temporary wooden scaffold erected by themselves for the purpose of making the repairs. They had been at work about two hours when a plank in the scaffold suddenly broke, and deceased fell to a sloping roof of the tower, and from there to the ground; he was dead when picked up. Deceased was married and a resident of Chicago where he leaves a widow and three children. It is questionable whether or not this casualty should be charged up to the coal mining industry of the State; but the fact that he was actually in the employ of the Spring Valley Coal Company at the time of his death, is the cause of it being recorded as a mining accident.
 
VERANDO
December 6, 18927, James Verando, a miner, age 32 years, single, had his leg severely crushed by a fall of coal at the face of his working room in shaft No. 1, operated by the Spring Valley Coal Company, at Spring Valley, Bureau county. Fatal results were not expected in this case, but complications arose, and Verando died 14 days after the accident.
 

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WAITE
November 13, 190924, Charles Waite, of Cherry, mine examiner, aged 42 years, married, with one child, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
WEBERSKI
July 24, 191126, George Weberski, of Spring Valley, miner, aged 33 years, married, employed at the No. 3 mine of the Spring Valley Coal Co., Spring Valley, Bureau County, was killed by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
WELKAS
November 13, 190924, Anthony Welkas, of Cherry, miner, aged 29 years, married, with one child, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
WHITE
November 13, 190924, George White, of Cherry, miner, aged 54 years, married, with two children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
June 23, 190822, Thomas White, of Cherry, miner, aged 28 years, married, was killed instantly by being struck on the head by a heavy fall of roof at the face of his working place in the No. 2 mine operated by the St. Paul Coal Company was employed in driving the 8th south entry in the mine, and was in the act of building up a loaded ear with lumps of coal, when suddenly a large mass of roof fell, striking him on the head and crushing him against the side of the pit car. He had been notified of the dangerous condition of the roof by the assistant mine manager about an hour previous to the accident, but had evidently neglected to make it safe at the proper time. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
WILLIAMSON
April 20, 18906, Jacob Williamson, of Spring Valley, roadman, aged 39 years, married; leaves a widow and five children. Three men, (N. P. Akeyson, John Eustice & Jacob Williamson), lost their lives while attempting to extinguish a mine fire in Shaft No. 2, operated by the Spring Valley Coal Co. at Spring Valley, Bureau county.
      The actual cause of death in this case was inhaling the fumes and gas given off by the fire, probably carbonic oxide
(C. O.), known generally as "white damp."
See : Mine Fire at Spring Valley on April 20, 1890
 
WYATT
November 13, 190924, William Wyatt, of Cherry, timberman helper, aged 35 years, married, with five children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 

Y
YACOBER
November 13, 190924, Frank Yacober, of Cherry, miner, aged 47 years, married, with two children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
YAGOGINISKI
November 13, 190924, Frank Yagoginiski, of Cherry, driver, aged 34 years, married, with five children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
YANISH
May 1, 194256, Joseph Yanish, of Spring Valley, miner, aged 53 years, married, was killed when he fell and dynamite exploded in Peru Deep Vein Coal Company's No. 3 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
YANNIS
November 13, 190924, Peter Yannis, miner, additional information not reported, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
YARANKA / ZARANKA
December 9, 190823, Alexander Yaranka, of Spring Valley, a miner, aged 45 years, was killed instantly by a fall of coal at the face of his working place in Spring Valley shaft No. 1, operated by the Spring Valley Coal Company, Spring Valley, Bureau county. Deceased was employed as a miner in the above mine. He was working alone, and as no one was present when the accident took place, the exact cause can only be conjectured. From all appearances, deceased had removed the sprags and was in the act of taking down a break of coal, when a mass suddenly fell and caught him between the falling coal and the side of the building. The coal that fell would weigh about 1,200 pounds. His neck was broken by the fall, and he was dead when found about 15 or 20 minutes later. He was married, leaves a widow but no children.
 
YEARLEY
November 13, 190924, Joseph Yearley, of Spring Valley, driver, aged 20 years, single, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
YERLEY
March 31, 190216, Gus Yerley, of Spring Valley, driver, aged 19 years, single, was severely crushed about the head and back by being caught between the top of a loaded pit-car and the roof of the entry, in shaft No. 3, operated by the Spring Valley Coal Co., located at Spring Valley, Bureau county, and died from the injuries 30 hours after the accident. Deceased was employed as a driver in the above mine, he was drawing a loaded car from the face of a working place, and, as is the custom, riding on the front end of the car. The entry had an average height of about 5 feet, at certain points it was a little lower than this, and at others a little higher. It seems evident, that at one of the lower places on the entry, his head or shoulders or both were caught between the top of the car and the roof. He was dragged a distance of about 12 feet to a higher part of the entry where he was released and fell in front of the car where he was found. A post-mortem examination disclosed the fact that his spine was severely crushed.
 
YURCHECK
November 13, 190924, Antone Yurcheck, of Cherry, miner, aged 32 years, married, with four children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 

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ZACHERRIA
November 13, 190924, Giatano Zacherria, of Cherry, miner, aged 40 years, married, with three children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
ZARANKA See : YARANKA
 
ZEIKELL
November 13, 190924, Pat Zeikell, of Cherry, miner, aged 28 years, married, with three children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
ZEKUIA
November 13, 190924, Joseph Zekuia, of Cherry, miner, aged 33 years, married, with seven children, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
ZINKIS
February 16, 190721, George Zinkis, of Spring Valley, miner, aged 50 years, married, had his leg broken and otherwise severely crushed by falling coal at the face of his working room in the Spring Valley Coal Company's mine No. 2, Spring Valley, Bureau county. Deceased, with a partner, was engaged in taking down coal and throwing it out to the roadhead. While so engaged a mass of coal, about half a ton, suddenly fell, breaking his leg and bruising him generally. His injuries were not considered serious at the time, but, according to the opinion of the attending physician, the shock to the system and a naturally weak heart combined caused his death four and one-half days after the accident. He leaves a widow, no children.
 
ZLIEGLEY
November 13, 190924, Thomas Zliegley, miner, aged 27 years, additional information not reported, died in the mine fire at the St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County.
      See : The Cherry Mine Disaster - Fire of November 13, 1909
 
ZOLINAS
March 31, 190418, Anton Zolinas, of Spring Valley, miner, aged 38 years, single, was killed by falling into the sump or cage seat at mine No. 3, operated by the Spring Valley Coal Co.. Spring Valley, Bureau county. It is customary at the Spring Valley mines for all miners to be out of the mine at 4:30 p. m. About that time a blacksmith went to the bottom of the shaft to repair a water pipe. Shortly before six o'clock deceased came from the inside workings to the shaft bottom, but could not be hoisted because of repairs being made there. He was advised to go to the escape shaft, about 300 feet from the main shaft, in which there is a good stairway. He left the bottom of the main shaft seemingly for the purpose of going to the escape shaft: this was the last seen of him alive. On the following day he was reported missing from his boarding house. A searching party was organized at once, going into the mine. They failed to find him in his working place; when they returned to the shaft bottom they found his dinner bucket in the north cage seat and his dead body in the south one. It seemed evident that the deceased had returned to the main shaft after the blacksmith had gone and that he had attempted to climb up the buntons, as the marks of his hands and feet could be traced for a distance of about 75 feet up the shaft where, in all probability, he had slipped, falling to the bottom. It may be added that the sump or cage seat is about ten feet deep, as double-decked cages are in use at this mine.
 

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