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ABBOT
December 14, 192625, Oscar Abbot, of Herrin, miner, age, 45 years, married, was killed in Franklin County Coal Company's No. 7 mine, by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
ADAMS
December 21, 195149, Arthur Adams, of Benton, repairman, aged 43 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
October 6, 198675. Mr. W. E. Gilbert Adams, of Herrin, age 55, married, one dependent, was fatally injured from a fall down a shaft at approximately 4:00 P.M. Monday, October 6, 1986, while in the performance of his duties at Old Ben Coal Company No. 26, Sesser, Franklin County, Illinois.
      The victim and foreman, Bob Woodring, entered the cage at B Shaft to begin their shift. Work had been performed on the cage on the previous shift which added a creep mode before accelerating to normal travel speed. The victim, however, thinking the cage was defective attempted to jump from the cage and losing his grip fell to the shaft bottom 700 feet below.
 
ADKINS
August 17, 19097, Parker Adkins, of Mulkeytown, driver, aged 20 years, single, was killed at Rend City in the mine of the W. P. Rend Collieries Company. About 9:00 a. m. Herman Gibson, who was working, near, saw a flash of light and heard a man scream. Rushing to the spot he saw the deceased lying on the wires just south of No. 1 room in the first northwest entry. Deceased had been trying to remove a sprag from the car wheel, and in some way came in contact with the wires, which were down. At the place where he was killed there was a pile of slate, some of which had fallen on the wires. Apparently this slate had knocked the wires down.
 
AKINS
December 21, 195149, Bill Akins, of Benton, repairman, aged 30 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
ALDERSON
June 6, 191310, Adam Alderson, of Freeman, miner, aged 56 years, married, employed at the Southern Illinois Coal & Coke Company's Mine No. 1, Freeman, Franklin County, was killed by falling coal. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
ALEXANDER
April 20, 193938, Tony Alexander, of Zeigler, night motorman, aged 47 years, married, crushed by cars in mine No. 2 of the Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Co., leaving wife and one child.
 
ALRICH
January 17, 192726, Joe Alrich, of West Frankfort, shot firer, age 51 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine.
 
ALVIS
September 28, 191816, W. H. Alvis, of Royalton, assistant mine manager, age 33, married, was killed in an explosion occurred in Franklin Coal & Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton. He leaves two dependents.
See : Gas Explosion at Franklin Coal & Coke Co., Royalton
 
AMBRIZAT
February 16, 19096, Caspar Ambrizat, of West Frankfort, shotfirer, aged 25 years, single, was killed in an explosion at the Dering Coal Company's No. 18 mine, West Frankfort, Franklin County. This mine caught fire and is still closed and the body is in the mine.
See : Explosion
 
ANDERSON
July 27, 194039, Roy Anderson, of Sesser, loader, age 47 years, married; crushed by motor at Mine No. 8 of the Old Ben Coal Corporation, leaving a widow and seven children.
 
ANDREJOFF
January 10, 19096, Apostle Andrejoff, of Zeigler, laborer, aged 24 years, married, was killed in an explosion in the Zeigler Coal Company's mine at Zeigler, Franklin County. He leaves a widow.
See : Explosion at Zeigler
 
ANGLE
June 12, 191916, Elza Angle, of Sesser, motorman, age 27 years, married, was killed by pit cars in Modern Coal Company's mine, Sesser. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
ANNEAR
January 7, 192726, Ross Annear, of Christopher, trip rider, age 30 years, married, died from injuries received December 30, when he was caught between car and trap door, in Bell and Zollar Coal Mining Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
ANTONACCI
October 27, 191412, Joe Antonnacci, of Royalton, miner, aged 41 years, married with one child, was killed in a gas explosion that occurred in the Franklin Coal and Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton, Franklin County.
See : Gas Explosion at Royalton
 
ARLIDGE
November 25, 191210, John Arlidge, of Christopher, driver, aged 30 years, was killed in the Zeigler District Colliery Company's Mine, Christopher, Franklin County, while he was riding on a timber truck. The motor was pushing a trip of eighteen cars, with timber truck between motor and trip, when the truck jumped the track, knocking out four sets of timbers, which let about ten tons of dirt and rock fall, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
ARMS
September 20, 193130, William Arms, of Marion, driller, age 53 years, married, died from injuries received three days before in Peabody Coal Company's No. 18 mine by a piece of coal falling from the roof. He leaves a widow.
 
ARMSTRONG
January 22, 194443, Silas Armstrong, of Benton, triprider, aged 32 years, married, was killed when he was crushed between a pit car and rib in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's New Orient mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
ARNOLD
March 4, 194746, Carl Arnold, of West Frankfort, motorman, aged 50 years, married, was killed in a haulage accident at Peabody Coal Company's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
ASANCIAICH
November 22, 192827, John Asanciaich, of Zeigler, bratticeman, age 42 years, married, died from injuries received five days earlier by falling rock on roadway while riding in man trip with Andrew Kostich, noted above, in Bell and Zoller Coal & Mining Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
ASHMORE
December 21, 195149, R. E. Ashmore, of Carterville, driller, aged 61 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
ATESS
January 17, 195955, Mr. Leonard Atess, of Herrin, age 62, married, no dependent children came to his death January 17, 1959, of injuries sustained on December 11, 1958, at the Old Ben Coal Corporation #22, located at Valier, Franklin County, Illinois, at 9:30 p.m. Mr. Atess was employed as a roof bolter and had 8 years experience at this mine.
      This accident occurred on the second shift in the face of a 45 crosscut from the third east to the second east entry off the 13 north main east. The 45 crosscut was 14 feet wide and 9½ to 10 feet high. The roof was irregular rock and had slip formations. The place was roof bolted and the roof bolts varied from 2½ to 4 feet apart in rows of three and four. There were 25 roof bolts in a distance of 25 feet by 14 feet area.
      Mr. Atess and Mr. Contri had completed the roof bolting and folded the arms on the roof bolting equipment preparing to tram out of the place when a piece of rock fell from between the second and third row of bolts from the face, striking Mr. Atess on the head. The result of this accident caused his death. The rock that fell was 24 inches long and 14 inches wide, featheredged on both ends and was five inches thick through the center across the width and weighed approximately thirty pounds.
 
ATKINSON
April 3, 19052, William Atkinson, State Inspector of Mines for the Seventh District, whose home was at Murphysboro, led the first rescuing party to enter the mine, and was soon overcome by gas or after-damp. This was following the violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
AURED
April 3, 19052, C. O. Aured, miner, of Zeigler, father living, no other near relatives known, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County. Buried at Zeigler.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
AUSTIN
December 21, 195149, Fay Austin, of Benton, timberman, aged 52 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
September 6, 191919, William Austin, of West Frankfort, miner, age 17 years, single, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 9 mine, West Frankfort, by falling rock. He leaves his mother dependent.
 
AUTEN
December 13, 192928, Mault Auten, of Benton, laborer, age 36 years, married, was killed by being caught in the tipple machinery, in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
October 22, 197469. Mr. William Brian Auten, of Benton, age 20, single, and Mr. Eugene Richardson, of Tamaroa, age 33, married, four dependent children, came to their death at approximately 5:20 a.m., October 22, 1974, from crushing injuries caused by a roof fall, while in the performance of their duties as Miner Operators at the Old Ben Coal Company, Mine No. 21, Sesser, Franklin County, Illinois.
      Mr. Auten and Mr. Richardson had been working for Frank Wehmeyer. Section Foreman and J. W. Merrell, Mine Manager, when they were trapped under a roof fall on lOCM-5 Section. The roof fall occurred in the 146 Lift Room 34 off 4A South Entry. Support was installed to help control the roof, additional roof control props and crib material were brought into the section, should they be necessary. With systematic workmanship by all concerned the body of Eugene Richardson was discovered at approximately 8:50 a.m., he was put on a stretcher at 9:00 a.m., and at that time pronounced dead by the Doctor who was waiting underground. At approximately 10:15 a.m. Mr. Auten's body was discovered, he was pronounced dead by the Doctor at 10:20 a.m.
 
AVERY
August 14, 193130, Noah Avery, of West Frankfort, triprider, age 22 years, married, died from injuries received four days earlier, in C. W. & F. Coal Company's No. 2 mine by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
AZEL
December 10, 191715, Walland Azel, of Zeigler, miner, age 45 years, single, died from burns received in an explosion December 5, in Bell & Zoller Coal Company's mine.
See : Explosion at Bell & Zoller Coal Comapany Mine
 

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BABINCAK
April 3, 19052, Babincak, Mike, of Zeigler, miner, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, leaving a widow and two children in Maltza. Hungary, Austria. Buried at Zeigler.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
April 3, 19052, Babincak, Paul, of Zeigler, miner, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, leaving a widow and three children in Maltza, Hungary, Austria. Buried at Zeigler.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
BABICH
October 27, 191412, John Babich, of Royalton, miner, aged 36 years, married with five children, was killed in a gas explosion occurred in the Franklin Coal and Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton, Franklin County.
See : Gas Explosion at Royalton
 
BAILEY
December 28, 193635, A. J. Bailey, of Benton, clean up man, aged 54 years, widower, killed by fall of coal in mine No. 2 of Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Co., leaving three dependent children.
 
BAILOR
March 5, 194140, Roscoe Bailor, of Valier, loader helper, aged 39 years, married, was killed by a fall of top coal in Valier Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BAITY
April 7, 193635, J. 0. Baity, of Zeigler, machine operator, aged 31 vears, married, killed by fall of slate in mine No. 2 of Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Co., leaving widow.
 
BAKER
December 1, 192928, Dewey Baker, of West Frankfort, motorman, aged 31 years, died in an explosion of gas that occurred in No. 8 mine, Old Ben Coal Corporation. He leaves three dependents.
See : Explosion in Old Ben No. 8
 
December 1, 192928, Jewel Baker, of West Frankfort, triprider, aged 29 years, died in an explosion of gas that occurred in No. 8 mine, Old Ben Coal Corporation. He leaves three dependents.
See : Explosion in Old Ben No. 8
 
October 15, 191412, Lewis Baker, of Rend, driver, single, age 26 years, was killed at mine No. 1 of the W. P. Rend Collieries Company, Rend, Franklin County, while driving from the interior of the mine toward the bottom. From some unknown cause he was caught between the car and the coal rib, his head being so badly crushed that death was instantaneous.
 
December 5, 194140, Thomas Baker, of Johnston City, loading machine helper, aged 46 years, married, was killed when top coal fell on him in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's New Orient mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BALAZENTIS
December 16, 192625, Joe Balazentis, of West Frankfort, miner, age 42 years, married, died in C. W. & F. Coal Company's No. 2 mine from cause unknown. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BALDASSAR
July 25, 195149, Joe Baldassar, of Christopher, electrician repairman, aged 59 years, single, was killed when he was caught between a loading machine and motor in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine.
 
BALES
April 19, 194544, Chas. M. Bales, of Marion, triprider, aged 18 years, married, died from injuries received the previous day, April 18, 1945, in a rock fall in Peabody Coal Company's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BALKO
August 23, 192928, Tony Balko, of Orient, wireman, age 28 years, married, was killed by a motor, in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BALLESTRI
January 21, 192726, Ettore Ballestri, of West Frankfort, machine man, age 42 years, single, died from injuries received the day previous, by being struck with a bar while helping to move a machine, in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine.
 
BALONUS
November 18, 192524, George Balonus, of Christopher, miner, age 49 years, single, was killed by a fall of coal, in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 12 mine.
 
BALSIS
October 27, 191412, George Balsis, of Royalton, miner, aged 35 years, single, was killed in a gas explosion that occurred in the Franklin Coal and Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton, Franklin County.
See : Gas Explosion at Royalton
 
BANLET
January 9, 191310, Henry Banlet, of Christopher, miner, aged 23 years, married, was killed by an explosion of gas, while working in the United Coal Mining Company's Mine No. 1, Christopher, Franklin County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BARCLAY
October 27, 191412, John Barclay, of Royalton, miner, aged aged 20 years, single, was killed in a gas explosion occurred in the Franklin Coal and Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton, Franklin County.
See : Gas Explosion at Royalton
 
BARDISONO
October 27, 191412, Pete Bardisono, of Royalton, miner, aged 33 years, single, was killed in a gas explosion occurred in the Franklin Coal and Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton, Franklin County.
See : Gas Explosion at Royalton
 
BARNES
August 4, 1950 48, Urey K. Barnes of Carterville, miner, aged 58 years, married, died from injuries received the previous day, August 3, 1950, by a fall of coal in Franklin County Coal Corporation's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BARRELL
January 4, 194443, Cecil Barrell, of Zeigler, dispatcher, aged 42 years, married, was killed when he was caught between cars in Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BARTA
October 27, 191412, Bardo Barta, of Royalton, miner, aged 45 years, married, was killed in a gas explosion that occurred in the Franklin Coal and Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton, Franklin County.
See : Gas Explosion at Royalton
 
BARTELLA
August 17, 191816, Lawrence Bartella, of Rend City, trapper, age 19 years, single, was caught between the trapdoor and car and killed in W. P. Rend Colliery Company's mine, Rend City.
 
BARTLEY
December 21, 195149, Oscar Bartley, of Johnston City, loading machine helper, aged 30 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
BARTON
January 15, 192120, James Barton, fireman, age 30 years, married, was killed at No. 14 mine, Old Ben Coal Corporation. Deceased was fireman on a locomotive at the mine and was making a running with with empty cars, the switch split, the engine derailed causing empties to run into engine, catching him between them and crushing him to death. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
BARTONI
December 21, 195149, Charles A. Bartoni, of West Frankfort, Airdox shooter, aged 38 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
BARTTA
October 27, 191412, Wm. Bartta, of Royalton, miner, aged 30 years, single, was killed in a gas explosion that occurred in the Franklin Coal and Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton, Franklin County.
See : Gas Explosion at Royalton
 
BATTUE
September 8, 192524, John Battue, of West Frankfort, miner, age 48 years, single, died from injuries received ten days earlier by falling coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 9 mine.
 
BAXLEY
October 16, 191311, Ray Baxley, of Buckner, miner, aged 24 years, married, was killed in the United Coal Company's Mine No. 2, Buckner, Franklin County. It was thought that the deceased came in contact with a live trolley wire and was electrocuted. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BAXTER
April 3, 19052, Baxter, William, of Zeigler, mine manager, leaving a widow and one child, a daughter, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County. Buried at Ladd, Illinois
See : 1905 Explosion
 
April 3, 19052, Baxter, William A., of Zeigler, miner, married, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, leaving a widow. Buried at Ladd, Illinois
See : 1905 Explosion
 
BEAMER
November 29, 191715, J. W. Beamer, of Christopher, electrician, age 50 years, married, was killed in an explosion at No. 11 mine of the Old Ben Coal Corporation, Christopher. He leaves widow and three children.
See :Explosion in Old Ben Coal Corporation's Mine No. 11
 
November 29, 191715, Warren Beamer, of Christopher, electrician, age 16 years, single, was killed in an explosion at No. 11 mine of the Old Ben Coal Corporation, Christopher.
See :Explosion in Old Ben Coal Corporation's Mine No. 11
 
BEAMES
December 2, 193636, Kenneth Beames, of West Frankfort, night shift man, aged 27 years, single, crushed by motor in mine No. 2 of the Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Co., leaving father and mother dependent.
 
BEASLEY
February 2, 193635, William M. Beasley, of West Frankfort, loader, aged 39 years, married, died from blood poison from injuries received in mine No. 21 of West Mine Coal Corp., leaving widow and four children.
 
BEATTIE
July 8, 191210, James Beattie, of West Frankfort, timberman, aged 55 years, married, lost his life in Dering Coal Company's Mine No. 11, West Frankfort, Franklin County. Deceased was taking out some low timbers when he was caught by falling rock and killed instantly. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
BEATY
December 21, 195149, Roy Beaty, of Benton, loading machine helper, aged 33 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
BECK
September 28, 191816, J. E. Beck, of Royalton, miner, age 27, single, was killed in an explosion occurred in Franklin Coal & Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton. He leaves three dependents.
See : Gas Explosion at Franklin Coal & Coke Co., Royalton
 
BEDFORD
January 27, 191411, Ben Bedford, of West Frankfort, miner, aged 30 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in the Dering Coal Company's Mine No. 11, West Frankfort, Franklin County. Deceased was making preparations to take down the loose coal when it fell on him, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BEGOSH
August 10, 19119, Steve Begosh, of Freeman, track layer, aged 38 years, single, employed at the Possum Ridge mine of the Southern Illinois Coal Company, Franklin County went into room No. 5, first south entry to lay track. There was a conspicuous mark at the mouth of the room which said, "Keep out, bad top,"but he went in and slate fell on him breaking his leg and causing other injuries from which he died five hours later.
 
BELL
August 31, 193231, Daniel Bell, of Sesser, miner, age 42 years, married, was killed in Valier Coal Company's mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
December 21, 195149, Lawrence Bell, of Benton, triprider, aged 32 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
December 21, 195149, Wilburn L. Bell, of West Frankfort, motorman, aged 31 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
December 21, 195149, William W. Bell, of Benton, motorman, aged 38 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
BELLAMY
October 27, 191412, Charles Bellamy, of Royalton, miner, aged 28 years, single, was killed in a gas explosion that occurred in the Franklin Coal and Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton, Franklin County.
See : Gas Explosion at Royalton
 
BELLIVICH
June 21, 191815, Andy Bellivich, of West Frankfort, miner, age 50 years, single, was killed by fall of slate in No. 19 mine of By-Products Coke Corporation.
 
BELSKA
October 29, 191513, Frank Belska, of West Frankfort, loader, age 28 years, married, was killed at Orient, Franklin County, by pit cars in the mine of Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company. He leaves a widow.
 
BENNETT
December 21, 195149, John F. Bennett, of Thompsonville, foreman, aged 35 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
BENETTI
March 13, 192019, Battisto Benetti, of Rend, machine runner, age 35 years, married, was killed by falling coal in W. P. Rend Collieries Company's mine, Rend. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BENGUENGA
October 27, 191412, Louis Benguenga, of Royalton, miner, aged 36 years, married with two children, was killed in a gas explosion that occurred in the Franklin Coal and Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton, Franklin County.
See : Gas Explosion at Royalton
 
BENNET
March 22, 192827, George Bennet, Sr., of Freeman Spur, miner, age 57 years, married, was instantly killed, in Franklin County Coal Company's No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BERDON
December 1, 192928, E. E. Berdon, of West Frankfort, motorman, aged 34 years, died in an explosion of gas that occurred in No. 8 mine, Old Ben Coal Corporation.He leaves three dependents.
See : Explosion in Old Ben No. 8
 
BERRA
July 24, 194746, Clesta Berra, of Herrin, timberman, aged 60 years, married, was killed in an explosion of methane gas at Old Ben Coal Corporation's Mine No. 8, West Frankfort, Franklin County, Illinois. He leaves a widow.
See : Explosion at Old Ben Coal Corporation Mine No. 8
 
BERRY
August 6, 192524, Albert Berry, of Benton, miner, age 59 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Franklin County Mining Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BESSE
May 5, 191411, Victor Besse, of Benton, miner, aged 39 years, single, was injured in the Hart-Williams Coal Company's mine, Benton, Franklin County, by falling coal. Deceased was loading coal when a piece of coal fell from the face and caught him, breaking his ankle and fracturing his left thigh, from which injuries he died two days later.
 
BESTONIS
February 22, 193130, Charles Bestonis, of West Frankfort, conveyor loader, age 67 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BETTIS
November 30, 191614, Floyd R. Bettis, of Benton, loader, age 19 years, died from injuries received on the 28th, in Middle Fork Mining Company's mine, Benton, Franklin County, by being caught between a car and the coal face. He leaves one dependent -- mother.
 
BIAMA / BIONA
January 5, 191512, A. Biama, loader, married, age 33 years, was killed instantly while handling permissible powder in the W. P. Rend Coal Company's mine No. 1, Rend, Franklin County. Deceased was preparing his powder for charging the holes when, for some unknown cause, the powder exploded. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BIDWELL
July 24, 194746, Herbert D. Bidwell, of West Frankfort, electrician, aged 49 years, married, was killed in an explosion of methane gas at Old Ben Coal Corporation's Mine No. 8, West Frankfort, Franklin County, Illinois. He leaves a widow.
See : Explosion at Old Ben Coal Corporation Mine No. 8
 
BIGGS
April 27, 19118, Eddy Biggs, of Royalton, machine helper, aged 34 years, married, employed at the Mitchell mine of the Franklin Coal & Coke Company, Royalton, was killed by falling coal from the face. Deceased and the machine runner had been waiting some time for the loaders to clean up a room neck. As soon as this was done they moved in and proceeded to undercut it. They had about completed the undercut when about one thousand pounds of coal fell from the face, part of which fell on him. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
BILL
August 25, 192222, Joe Bill, of Frankfort Heights, machine helper, age 38 years, single, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 9 mine, by falling coal.
 
BIRD
August 23, 191412, William Bird, of West Frankfort, married, driver, age 29 years, was killed at Dering Coal Co., mine No. 11, West Frankfort, Franklin County, while delivering machine picks on the night shift preceding August 23. Deceased came to his death due to burns and suffocation, presumably caused by gas explosion. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BITTLE
September 4, 194342, Oscar Bittle, of West Frankfort, cleanup man, aged 44 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BLACK
December 21, 195149, James L. Black, of Carterville, foreman, aged 57 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
October 6, 192222, Mark Black, of Coello, machine runner, age 47 years, married, died from injuries received August 28, by being struck by a fall of coal from the face in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BLAEZKOVICH
March 29, 192726, Buel Blaezkovich, of Zeigler, loader, age 50 years, married, was struck by a piece of coal rolling from the face and killed, in Bell and Zollar Coal and Mining Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BLANKENSHIP
May 13, 193130, Barney Blankenship, of West Frankfort, machine man, age 43 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Peabody Coal Company's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
June 25, 198273. Mr. Glenn Blankenship, of West Frankfort, age 58, single, was fatally injured from electrocution at approximately 8:25 P.M., Friday, June 25, 1982, while in the performance of his duties as Chief Electrician at Old Ben Coal Company No. 21, Sesser, Frankhn County, Illinois.
      Mr. Blankenship, was contacted to repair a high voltage air switch that had begun smoking. Investigation of the switch found a fuse blown. The air switch was denergized so that work could be conducted on the blown fuse, however, while Mr. Blankenship, was gone to pick up a new fuse a portion of the air switch was in advertently energized. Upon Mr. Blankenship's return he proceeded to replace the fuse and his touching the transformer resulted in his electrocution.
 
BLUYUS
April 3, 194443, John Bluyus, of West Frankfort, loading operator, aged 42 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BOATMAN
September 28, 191816, W. J. Boatman, of Royalton, miner, age 25, single, was killed in an explosion occurred in Franklin Coal & Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton.
See : Gas Explosion at Franklin Coal & Coke Co., Royalton
 
BODEK
as listed in the records :
BODDESH / BODDESK
January 8, 19129, Joe Boddesh, of Christopher miner, aged 35 years, married, was killed in the Zeigler District Colliery Company's mine No. 1, Christopher, Franklin County. Deceased was pulling down top coal when a large mass fell breaking his back and causing his death one hour later. He leaves a widow and five children.
Josef BODEK, was 38 years of age when he was killed in the mine.
He immigrated to the USA in December 1905, first locating in Sopris, Colorado before coming to Illinois.
His wife and four children immigrated 18 months later in mid 1907.
Their fifth child was born in Staunton, Macoupin County, Illinois in 1909.
The name of BODEK was Americanized to BODECK and this was used by the children and future generations.
      This information is courtesy of Deborah Brothers
Josef BODEK married Theresa Jurden
Their five chilkdren were :
      Amelia Bodeck Schulz
      Stephanie Bodeck Kotlas
      Charles Bodeck
      Joseph Bodeck, Jr.
      John Rudolph Bodeck, born May 24, 1909 (grandfather of informant).
      This information is courtesy of Robyn Williams

 
BOGART
July 25, 194645, Lea Bogart, of West Frankfort, motorman, aged 42 years, married, died rom injuries received on July 22, 1946, caused by haulage, in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BOGGIO
September 28, 192928, John Boggio, of West Frankfort, machine runner, age 38 years, married, died from injuries received February 21, by a fall of coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 15 mine. Deceased had finished cutting his room and knocking out jack pipe, which had been set on some loose coal; the coal fell, breaking his back. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BOLINSKY
October 27, 191412, Steve Bolinsky, of Royalton, miner, aged 31 years, married with one child, was killed in a gas explosion that occurred in the Franklin Coal and Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton, Franklin County.
See : Gas Explosion at Royalton
 
BOLLASINA
March 28, 195552, Mr. Joe Bollasina, of Herrin, age 56, single, no dependents, came to his death in the Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 1 Mine at Orient, Franklin County, Illinois, on March 28, 1955. He had 11 years experience at this time.
      The roof, consisting of coal with the exception of a few feet on the entry where rock was exposed, was considered very good roof and appeared to be well supported with timbers. However, a rock measuring approximately 6 feet by 8 feet by 2 inches to 14 inches in thickness, with a hidden slip on one side, was loosened, possibly by the breaking down of coal in the adjoining rooms, permitting it to override the timber. In falling, it struck the deceased and a trip of empty cars that were standing on entry track.
 
BOLTRUS
August 4, 191715, Frank Boltrus, of Royalton, timberman, age 26 years, single, was killed by timber falling from cage at South mine, Franklin Coal & Coke Company.
 
BONATZ / BENATZ
April 13, 192322, Tony Bonatz, of Zeigler, trackman, age 37 years, married, died from injuries received six days previous in Bell and Zollar Mining Company's No. 1 mine, by being crushed between the wall and a pit car. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BONDERA
March 13, 194544, Joe I. Bondera, of Herrin, driller and shot firer, aged 46 years, married, died from injuries he received on March 7, 1945 that was caused by explosives in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BONDI
October 1, 192928, Anton Bondi, of Zeigler, loader, age 42 years, married, was killed in Bell & Zollar Coal & Mining Company's No. 1 mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
October 27, 191412, V. Bondi, of Royalton, miner, aged 36 years, married with 2 children - 4 dependents, was killed in a gas explosion that occurred in the Franklin Coal and Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton, Franklin County.
See : Gas Explosion at Royalton
 
BONDOLLI
November 2, 192928, Peter Bondolli, of West Frankfort, loader, age 46 years, widower, was killed by a fall of coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. He leaves one child.
 
BONINI
February 19, 194443, Mike Bonini, of Herrin, tracklayer, aged 50 years, died from injuries received the previous day, Febraury 18, 1944, when rock fell on him in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BONOLI
April 3, 192322, John Bonoli, of Sesser, miner, age 39 years, single, was run over by pit cars and killed in Southern Gem Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves his father and mother dependent.
 
BONZAINAI
October 27, 191412, Tony Bonzainai, of Royalton, miner, aged 30 years, single, was killed in a gas explosion that occurred in the Franklin Coal and Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton, Franklin County.
See : Gas Explosion at Royalton
 
BORIS
April 20, 191815, Joe Boris, of West Frankfort, miner, age 33 years, married, was killed in mine No. 1 of the West Frankfort Coal Company. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BORMANN
May 26, 193433, Edward B. Bormann, of Royalton, miner, age 38 years, married, was struck by a pit car and killed in Bell & Zoller Coal and Mining Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BORROUGHS
August 17, 192625, Charles Borroughs, of Herrin, trackman, age 52 years, married, died from injuries received three days previous by a fall of rock, in Franklin County Coal Company's No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BOSSOLONI
July 31, 19097, John Bossoloni, of Christopher, miner, aged 50 years, married, working in the mine of the Zeigler District Colliery Company, Christopher, while engaged in pulling down top coal, was crushed beneath a large piece, which gave way without warning. He leaves a widow and two grown children.
 
BOUCHER
May 5, 19063, Florini Boucher, of Christopher, sinker, aged 26 years, single, employed in United Coal Co. s mine at Christopher, Franklin County, when a loaded bucket had nearly reached the top landing it overturned, the contents falling to the bottom of the shaft. Part of the slate struck deceased on the head, causing instant death.
 
BOWER
July 24, 194746, Thomas F. Bower, of West Frankfort, tracklayer, aged 25 years, married, was killed in an explosion of methane gas at Old Ben Coal Corporation's Mine No. 8, West Frankfort, Franklin County, Illinois. He leaves a widow and one child.
See : Explosion at Old Ben Coal Corporation Mine No. 8
 
BOWERS
April 20, 193837, Fenton Bowers, of Orient, track boss, aged 69 years, widower, crushed by railroad cars in yards of mine No. 1 of the Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Co. No dependents.
 
BOWLIN
February 26, 19107, Isham Bowlin, of Christopher, shot firer, aged 30 years, married, employed at the mine of the United Coal Mining Company, Christopher, Franklin County. Deceased, when entering a room to fire the shots, ignited a pocket of gas, receiving burns from which he died the next day. He left a widow and two children.
 
BOWMAN
January 6, 194645, Charles W. Bowman, of Marion, driller, aged 46 years, married, died from injuries received on December 27, when his neck was boken by a cross-bar at Peabody Coal Company's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
December 20, 196762. Mr. James C. Bowman, of West Frankfort, age 23, married, one dependent child, came to his death December 20, 1967 at approximated 4:15 p.m. at the Old Ben Coal Corp., Mine No. 21 near Sesser, Illinois. Mr. Bowman had worked at this mine for two years and nine months.
      Mr. Bowman was operating an 8CM Joy Miner at the face of the 3rd West 81st North Main West, when the shuttle car at the machine lost its power and the shuttle car cable was observed short-circuiting in a water hole 35 feet from the shuttle car. Mr. Bowman was walking by the water hole with Mr. Leo Litton, face foreman, and Mr. Joe Wozniak, machine operator, in front of him when he received the fatal shock by stepping on or near the cable or by attempting to remove it from the water hole.
 
BOYD
December 21, 195149, Charles E. Boyd, of Marion, driller, aged 53 years, married, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
BOYER
June 26, 19085, Clinton Boyer, of Sesser, car trimmer, aged 21 years, married, employed in the mine of the Franklin County Collieries Company, Sesser. Deceased was riding on a flat car and fell off on to the rails. The car passed over him cutting him in two. He leaves a widow.
 
BOYETT
August 24, 196863, Robert Boyett, of West Frankfort, age 55, Ass't. Preparation Engineer, Freeman Coal Corp., leaves one dependent, wife of West Frankfort, Illinois. He died from the result of injuries received on August 15, 1968, in an explosion that occurred at Freeman Coal Corporation's Orient No. 5 mine.
See ;Explosion at Orient No. 5 Mine    &    Obituary of Robert Charles Boyett
 
BOYLE
September 17, 191715, James Boyle, of Orient, miner, age 30 years, single, was killed on man cage when counter-balance left the guides at Orient mine of C, W. & F. Coal Company.
 
BRACCO / BROCCO
December 13, 192020, Steve Bracco, miner, age 35 years, married, was killed by falling slate in Southern Gem Coal Corporation's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BRADLEY
December 21, 195149, Estel Bradley, of Logan, motorman, aged 44 years, married, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
January 9, 192827, Lloyd Bradley, of West Frankfort, machineman, aged 39 years, married, was killed in a gas explosion that occurred in Industrial Coal Company's No. 18 mine (now Peabody Coal Company's No. 18). He leaves a widow and one child.
See : Explosion at Peabody No. 18
 
December 21, 195149, Oral Bradley, of Logan, motorman, aged 26 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
BRAN / BEAN
October 17, 191816, Dewey Bran, of Benton, driver, age 20 years, married, was killed in Benton Coal Company's H. W. mine, Benton. Deceased was taking out a car of rock and, intending to make a flying switch, he stooped over to unhook his mule, when the mule kicked him, knocking him off the tail chain and under the car. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BRANDON
January 19, 192827, W. Brandon, of Marion loader, aged 41 years, married, died from injuries received on January 9, 1928, in a gas explosion that occurred in Industrial Coal Company's No. 18 mine (now Peabody Coal Company's No. 18). He leaves a widow and four children.
See : Explosion at Peabody No. 18
 
BREIMER
December 20, 192222, John Breimer, of Buckner, loader, age 40 years, married, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BRIDGES
December 21, 195149, Carroll Bridges, of Benton, bratticeman, aged 41 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
BRIGHAM
August 28, 191412, William Brigham, of Zeigler, a trip rider, single, age 19 years,was killed instantly by a heavy fall of top coal while riding on the rear end of a motor trip at the Bell & Zoller Mining Company's mine, Zeigler, Franklin County.
 
BRIGHT
December 12, 193938, Marion Bright, of Valier, cutting machine operater, aged 62 years, married, killed by fall of coal in mine No. 1 of the Valier Coal Co., leaving widow.
 
BRITTON
February 14, 193029, William M. Britton, of West Frankfort, age 67 years, married, was killed by electrocution in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BROCK
July 12, 191311, Floran Brock, of Christopher, miner, aged 46 years, married, was instantly killed in the United Coal Company's Mine No. 1, Christopher, Franklin County, by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
February 25, 194241, Mark Brock, of Johnston City, loader operator, aged 37 years, married, died from injuries received the previous day, February 24, 1942, when rock from the roof fell on him in Peabody's Coal Company's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BROWN
July 31, 191715, A. D. Brown, of West Frankfort, laborer, age 19 years, single, was killed by being run over by a railroad car at mine No. 1 of the West Frankfort Coal Company, West Frankfort.
 
November 19, 19086, Alex Brown, of Benton, shotfirer, aged 52 years, married, was killed in an explosion and was overcome by afterdamp from shooting "dead holes", in the Benton Coal Company's mine at Benton, Franklin County. He leaves a wife and five children.
See : Explosion at Benton
 
March 18, 197670. Mr. Carl Eugene Brown, of Johnston City, age 59, married, one dependent, came to his death by being pinned against a coal rib by a conveyor, at approximately 12:20 P.M., Thursday, March 18, 1976, while in the performance of his duties as Utility Tractor Operator at the Old Ben Coal Company, Mine No. 24, Benton, Franklin County, Illinois.
      Mr. Brown was staggering David Easley through his regular lunch period. The No. 2 Bleeder had been mined with a Joy 10CM with a cutting width of 12' 10" to a depth of 301' and at the time of the accident, the operators, Donald Gray and Carl Brown were in the process of moving the machine out to notch a crosscut at the 279' station. Mr. Gray stated that when he started to move out of the face area, he swung the conveyor to the right. This is customary so that the cable can be placed over the tail to prevent slack cable from being run over by the machine. He also stated he had encountered difficulty in moving back, and had done considerable maneuvering to get the location of the notch.
      At the time of the accident a shuttle car operated by Tom Adkins, Repairman, was going through the last open crosscut on his way back to the machine when he saw the reflection of Mr. Brown's light flagging him to stop. He continued through the crosscut and upon stopping in the entry, noticed that Mr. Brown was pinned against the coal rib by the conveyor.
      Mr. Brown was immediately placed on a stretcher, then placed on the Emergency Motor and taken to the bottom, placed on the cage and removed to the surface where an ambulance was waiting. Mr. Brown was taken to the Christopher Hospital and was met by Dr. T. Castro, and Dr. E. Siroy. Dr. Castro pronounced Mr. Brown dead at 1:30 P.M.
 
March 15, 191411, David Brown, of Royalton, motorman, aged 21 years, single, received injuries by falling under his motor in the Franklin Coal & Coke Company's Mine No. 1, at Royalton, Franklin County, from which he died March 19, 1914.
 
February 22, 194140, Jess Brown, of Orient, loader operator, aged 38 years, married, was killed when a shot exploded prematurely in the Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
See : Shot Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 1
 
January 9, 193332, Joseph Brown, of West Frankfort, trip rider, age 30 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 15 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
February 22, 195653. Mr. Lacy Brown, of Sesser, age 43, married, 3 dependent children, came to his death on February 22, 1956, at Old Ben Corp. No. 22, Valier, Franklin County, Illinois, where he was employed as a shuttle car operator.
      At approximately 11:15 A. M., the loading machine in 21 and 22 S. M. E. had finished loading in 22 S. and was moving over to 21 S. The deceased. Lacy Brown, had pulled the last buggy of coal from the machine before the machine was moved. When the machine went through the door between entries, the face boss was at the door and closed the door. He heard the deceased call for help. He ran to where Brown was and saw he was caught between the buggy and rib. He called for the other men on the entry for help. They set a jack and pushed the buggy away from the rib, and lifted the deceased out. They saw he was badly hurt, gave him what first aid they could, and then put him on a motor where he was taken to the bottom. He died enroute to the hospital in Benton.
      No one saw the accident. The entry was 13.5 feet wide, was clean and free from anything that would cause unsafe operation of the buggy. The buggy was checked and found to be in good working condition. It is assumed from evidence that the buggy cable was anchored to a door hinge placed loosely in an airdox drill hole near the loader head. The deceased started to follow the loading machine with his buggy to the place where they were going to load. The door hinge that the cable was anchored to, must have come out. The deceased apparently stood up and turned around to see what had happened. As he did so, the buggy must have swerved toward the rib, catching him between the fender of the buggy and the rib, causing injuries that led to his death soon after.
 
April 17, 192019, Loren Brown, of Mulkeytown, trapper, age 17 years, single, was killed by pit cars in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 12 mine, Christopher. He leaves his father, mother, two brothers and three sisters dependents.
 
April 4, 1950 48, William Gobel Brown, of Christopher, prop setter, aged 50 years, married, was killed by a fall of rib coal in Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BROWNING
June 3, 19085, Eli Browning, of Pierce, shot firer, aged 42 years, married, employed at the mine of the Big Muddy and Carterville Mining Company, Pierce. Deceased had lighted a squib and thought the shot had exploded, when he returned to the hole to needle it, just as the shot exploded, the flying coal striking him in the head causing his death. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
January 26, 194544, Joe Browning, of West Frankfort, assistant loading machine operator, died from injuries received on January 22, 1945, caused by machinery in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
August 10, 192625, Roy Browning, of Zeigler, laborer, age 34 years, married was run over by a railway car and instantly killed, at Bell and Zollar mining Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BRUNLICK
April 3, 19052, Brunlick, Gustaff, of Zeigler, miner, single, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, leaving a father and mother, possibly also brothers and sisters. Buried at Zeigler.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
BUCHAM
January 29, 19096, Henry Bucham, of Zeigler, Draeger helmet work, aged 23 years, single, in the employ of the Zeigler Coal Company, Zeigler, Franklin County, had on a helmet and thought it was too tight and he attempted to loosen it thus allowing himself to breath the poisonous gases. He died on February 9, 1909.
 
BUCHANAN
December 28, 191412, Walter Buchanan, of West Frankfort, miner, married, age 59 years, was instantly killed at Dering Coal Company's mine No. 11, West Frankfort, Franklin County, while mining a standing shot. His death was caused by top coal which fell after it had been sufficiently loosened. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BUCKLEY
January 15, 191512, John Buckley, or Orient, cager, married, age 31 years, was caught by a cage which was being taken away while he was pushing off an empty car. He was taken up into the shaft about 80 feet and was lodged between the side of the shaft and the empty car. He died a few minutes after the accident. The accident occurred in the Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's mine at Orient, Franklin County. Deceased leaves a widow and two children.
 
BUEHNE
July 6, 191919, William Buehne, of Centralia, laborer, age 24 years, married, was killed instantly in Bell and Zoller Mining Company's No.. 1 mine, Zeigler, when he came in contact with trolley wire. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BUFFORD
December 21, 195149, Aston L. Bufford, of Benton, driller, aged 40 years, married, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
BUKNER
September 20, 191513, Fred Bukner, of Sesser, machine helper, age 28 years, single, was killed in Sesser Coal Company's mine, Sesser, Franklin County, by falling coal.
 
BULNAR / BUBNAS
October 26, 191513, John Bulnar, of Zeigler, miner, age 27 years, married, was killed in Bell and Zoller Mining Company's mine, Zeigler, Franklin County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BUNTING
November 26, 191715, Frank Bunting, triprider, age 20 years, single, was killed by being run over by motor trip in No. 12 mine of the Old Ben Coal Corporation, Christopher.
 
BUNTON
March 7, 196762. Mr. Arthur Edward Bunton, of Sesser, age 62, married, no dependent children, came to his death on Tuesday, March 7, 1967 at 10:50 p.m. while working underground as a repairman at the Old Ben Coal Corporation, Mine No. 21 located in Sesser, Franklin County, Illinois where he had been employed for twenty-four years.
      Mr. Bunton's regular employment was Shop Repairman (troubleshooter). Prior to the accident, the deceased had been working in the 5th West North group of entries. His locomotive was parked at the 82nd South.
      Lowes Baldwin, Bert Taylor and Robert Woll were working in this area rerailing an empty material car. Asking them to switch out so that he could use his locomotive to go to the secondary inside shop about 4000' outby the 5th West North, Mr. Bunton left, not indicating whether or not he was going to return.
      After rerailing the material cars, Lowes Baldwin started to the shaft bottom pushing two empty material cars and pulling one car. The mine in this area was hilly due to faults and irregularities of the coal seam. The material car trip was traveling down a 7.9% grade, and Mr. Bunton was traveling back toward the inside, when his motor and the motor cars operated by Mr. Baldwin collided just inby the 72nd North Panel. It is believed that Mr. Bunton had turned the trolley pole and reversed the controller of his locomotive with the intention of moving away from the approaching trip, thus trying to avoid a wreck when he saw the trip coming down the grade. The jar of the impact was such that it derailed the car next to him and threw him against the car, at the same time causing him to open the controller of his locomotive to the side open position.
      It was unable to be determined how many wheels crossed the victim's legs, causing an amputation of the right leg, fracture of the left leg, and crushing injury to the left rib cage. He was found under the second car. It was believed that the severe injury to the chest was probably due to the victim striking the edge of the material car. Mr. Bunton was removed from underneath the material car, placed on a stretcher and transported to the shaft bottom, then removed to the surface. He was pronounced dead on arrival to the surface, cause of death being attributed to shock and hemorrhage due to injuries sustained when he was run over by a material car.
 
BURBANKS
January 16, 19118, Ed Burbanks, of West Frankfort, driver, aged 21 years, single, was injured by being kicked by a mule. Deceased was handling a car loaded with timber at the time and had stopped to throw some rock off the track, when the mule kicked him in the stomach. He died five days later.
 
BURLISON
May 16, 193534, Louis Burlison, of Benton, tracklayer, aged 55 years, married, crushed between car and door post in mine No. 2 of the Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Co., leaving widow.
 
BURNETT
December 22, 192121, Robert Burnett, of Zeigler, trip rider, age 21 years, single, was crushed to death between car and rib in Bell and Zollar Mining Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves his father and mother dependent.
 
August 14, 191412, William Burnett, of West Frankfort, driver, married, age 28 years, was instantly killed by a loaded mine car at the West Frankfort Coal Company's mine. West Frankfort, Franklin County. Deceased was coming down grade on the front end of his trip when his mule turned suddenly, letting him fall and allowing him to be squeezed between the car and coal rib. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BURTON
January 28, 192423, Vernon Burton, of West Frankfort, motorman, age 30 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 18 mine by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BUTLER
October 3, 192827, A. L. Butler, of West Frankfort, machineman, age 36 years, single, was killed by a fall of coal in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves three children.
 
May 24, 191613, Em. Butler, of Orient, miner, age 47 years, married, was killed by being caught between motor and coal rib in the C. W. and F. Coal Company's mine, Orient, Franklin County. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
December 24, 192827, John Butler, of Benton, machineman, age 32 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
February 6, 193029, Lawrence Butler, of Zeigler, loading machine helper, age 32 years, married, was killed in Bell and Zoller Coal and Mining Company's No. 1 mine by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
BUTZEK
November 27, 194342, Anthony Butzek, of Thompsonville, driller and shooter, aged 36 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 15 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 

C
CAGLE
April 13, 1950 48, Claude Cagle, of Herrin, motorman, aged 52 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Franklin County Coal Company's No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
April 26, 193029, Crate Cagle, of Herrin, trackman, age 56 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Franklin County Coal Company's No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
CAIREL
December 21, 195149, L. J. Cairel, of Logan, machine operator, aged 37 years, married, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
CALCATERRA
September 18, 194241, Paul Calcaterra, of Herrin, timberman, aged 55 years, married, was killed when rock from the roof fell on him in Franklin County Coal Corporation's No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
September 4, 194645, Tony Calcaterra, or Herrin, timberman, aged 59 years, married, died from injuries received in a fall of rock on August 30, 1946 in Franklin County Coal Corporation's No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
CALLOWAY
December 22, 191919, Roy Calloway, of Rend, trapper, age 18 years, single, was killed in W. P. Rend Coal Company's mine, Rend. Deceased was on his way to his working place, had stepped into refuge hall to allow motor to pass and while passing attempted to jump on to it. He wa thrown under the motor and dragged about 50 feet, causing his death about one hour later.
 
CAMPBELL
April 3, 19052, Campbell, Rolla, of Zeigler, miner, married, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, leaving a widow, no children, at Christopher. Illinois. Buried at the Harrison Cemetery.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
CAMUS
January 23, 192928, Joseph Camus, of Zeigler, miner, age 40 years, was killed in Bell & Zollar Mining Company's No. 1 mine, by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow.
 
CANDORA
June 10, 19129, Gioconeo Candora, of Christopher, miner, aged 24 years, single, was killed while working at the United Coal Mining Company's mine, Christopher, Franklin County. The deceased had loaded a car and pushed it out. He then went back into his room and a large piece of slate fell on him, killing him instantly.
 
CANEFF
December 20, 193433, Tony Caneff, of Benton, machine man, age 49 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Mine No. 2 of the Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Co. He leaves a widow.
 
CANFIELD
April 3, 19052, Canfield, Mike, of Zeigler, miner, married, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County. His body was not recovered or identified. He leaves a widow and six children, who will remove to Sheffield, Illinois.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
CANTRELL
December 21, 195149, James O. Cantrell, of West Frankfort, foreman, aged 44 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
CAPPO
January 5, 192120, Carlo Cappo, miner age 53 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Taylor Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
CAPPS
September 28, 191816, Grover Capps, of Royalton, assistant mine manager, age 33, married, was killed in an explosion occurred in Franklin Coal & Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton. He leaves four dependents.
See : Gas Explosion at Franklin Coal & Coke Co., Royalton
 
May 6, 193736, Henry Capps, of West Frankfort, loader, aged 44 years, widower, died from injuries received on May 29, 1936 when he was crushed between car and rib in mine No. 15 of the Old Ben Coal Corp., leaving three children.
 
August 29, 192020, M. M. Capps, driver, age 50 years, married, was caught between car and prop and crushed to death in United States Fuel Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
CAPSTICK
September 28, 191816, A. E. Capstick, superintendent, of Edwardsville, age 36, married, was killed in an explosion occurred in Franklin Coal & Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton. He leaves eight dependents.
See : Gas Explosion at Franklin Coal & Coke Co., Royalton
 
CARAWAY
January 9, 192827, C. P. Caraway, of West Frankfort, loader, aged 23 years, was killed in a gas explosion that occurred in Industrial Coal Company's No. 18 mine (now Peabody Coal Company's No. 18). No dependents.
See : Explosion at Peabody No. 18
 
CARDWELL
July 17, 19053, J. E. Cardwell, of Zeigler, mine examiner, aged 25 years, married, was killed by falling down the air shaft of the Zeigler Coal Co.'s mine at Zeigler, a distance of 417 feet. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
CARLISLE
September 2, 192121, Milas Carlisle, of West Frankfort, laborer, age 34 years, married, fell between railroad cars and was killed at Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's Orient mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
CARSEGA
July 27, 191513, Mike Carsega, of Christopher, miner, age 25 years, single, was killed in an explosion in the United Coal Mining Company's mine No. 1, Christopher, Franklin County.
See : Explosion
 
CARTER
August 8, 194342, Charles Carter, of DeSoto, timberman, aged 56 years, married, died from injuries caused by a fall of rock on August 6, 1943, in Peabody Coal Company's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
CARUSO
September 7, 19075, Joe Caruso, of West Frankfort, miner, aged 21, single, was killed in a gas explosion in the Dering Coal Company's No. 11 mine. West Frankfort.
See : 1907 Gas Explosion
 
CASEY
October 14, 192928, L. F. Casey, of Herrin, miner, age 56 years, married, was killed in Franklin County Coal Company's No. 5 mine by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
CASH
February 12, 195149, Edward Cash, of Johnston City, tracklayer, aged 57 years, married, died from a pulmonary embolism from a leg injury received in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
CASTLE
December 10, 191715, Paul H. Castle, of West Franfort, age 44 years, married, killed by being run over by two loaded cars in mine No. 19 of By-Products Coke Corporation, West Frankfort. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
CAVILLO
November 9, 192928, August Cavillo, of West Frankfort, machine man, age 37 years, married, was killed in Bell & Zollar Mining Company's No. 1 mine, by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow.
 
CHAFLINSKI
April 29, 19085, Charles Chaflinski, of Zeigler, miner, aged 29 years, married, employed in the mine of the Zeigler Coal Company, Zeigler. He was drilling a hole in the face of a pillar, under overhanging loose coal on the rib. The loose coal gave way, falling cm him and crushing his skull, causing instant death. He leaves a widow.
 
CHAMNESS
August 5, 192625, Erwin Chamness, of Herrin, driver, age 23 years, married, fell off the car and was run over and killed, in Franklin County Coal Company's No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
CHANCE
October 26, 19119, Joseph Chance, of West Frankfort, laborer, aged 41 years, married, working at the No. 18 mine of the Dering Coal Co., West Frankfort, Franklin County, was switching empty cars at steam lift, when an empty car was about half way on, the steam lever was opened, and the lift raised up, raising the car and leaving it standing on end. He seemed to have fallen in front of the car, when it fell back on him injuring him internally and causing his death the same day. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
CHANCEY
February 7, 197871. Mr. Dennis W. Chancey, of Benton, age 30, married, three dependents, came to his death by electrical shock at approximately 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, February 7, 1978, while in the performance of his duties as Electrical Inspector at Old Ben Coal Company, Mine No. 21, Sesser, Franklin County, Illinois.
      Dennis Chancey, Joe Borgra and Randy Jones went into the longwall section to work on the transformer. The power was off on the transformer when they got inside. Randy Jones went back out to the oil switch and reset the switch and returned to the longwall. The power went off again, so Dennis Chancey and Randy Jones went back out to the oil switch and Randy Jones pulled the power and adjusted the trip. When Dennis Chancey and Randy Jones went inside the power had once more gone off so they returned to the oil switch. Joe Borgra was waiting for Dennis Chancey and Randy Jones to call to report that the power was on when Randy Jones called saying that Dennis Chancey had gotten into the power. Joe Borgra called the men on the section to get the stretcher and blankets and proceed to where the accident had happened to help Randy Jones in giving CPR and mouth to mouth resuscitation to Dennis Chancey. First aid treatment continued by the men at the scene until the ambulance arrived. Mr. Dennis Chancey was pronounced dead on arrival at Franklin Hospital at Benton.
 
CHARITINO
February 26, 19085, John Charitino, of Christopher, miner, aged 22 years, single, employed in the mine of the Zeigler District Colliery Company, Christopher. Deceased with nine other men were being hoisted to the ground landing; when at a distance of about 90 feet from the bottom, Charitino apparently fell to the bottom of the cage; in some way his body caught on a bunting and he was pulled between the cage and side; the cage continued ascending when he fell to the bottom and was killed.
 
CHARON
February 25, 194443, Joe Charon, of West Frankfort, foreman, aged 53 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
CHASTAIN
October 29, 194140, Fulsom Chastain, of Sesser, motorman, aged 33 years, married, was killed when rock from the roof fell on him in Valier Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
CHIARO
September 23, 191210, Barney Chiaro, of Christopher, miner, aged 22 years, single, was killed at the United Coal Mining Company's Mine at Christopher, Franklin County. Deceased went down with a cage load of men and while the men were getting off the cage was taken away; catching him between cage and timbers and throwing him back into the sump.
 
CHILDERS
July 24, 194746, J. Martin Childers, of West Frankfort, clean-up man, aged 74 years, married, was killed in an explosion of methane gas at Old Ben Coal Corporation's Mine No. 8, West Frankfort, Franklin County, Illinois. He leaves a widow.
See : Explosion at Old Ben Coal Corporation Mine No. 8
 
CHITWOOD
July 24, 194746, Hiram B. Chitwood, of Johnston City, tracklayer, aged 22 years, single, was killed in an explosion of methane gas at Old Ben Coal Corporation's Mine No. 8, West Frankfort, Franklin County, Illinois. He leaves a dependent mother.
See : Explosion at Old Ben Coal Corporation Mine No. 8
 
CHRISTMICK
January 4, 19129, Mike Christmick, of Zeigler, trapper, aged 26 years, single, was killed at No. 1 mine of the Bell and Zoller Mining Company, Zeigler, Franklin County. Deceased was trapping at mine door, and opened the door for the motor to go through. The trip had broken and after five cars and motor had gone through, deceased went to shut the door when the balance of the trip came running into the closed door and caught him, crushing both his legs. He was taken to a hospital where he died three hours later.
 
CIACETTO
June 8, 192928, Morris Ciacetto, of Buckner, miner, age 45 years, married, was instantly killed by a fall of coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
CLAPP
March 28, 1950 48, Harry R. Clapp, of DuQuoin, timberman, aged 39 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
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Harry Raymond Clapp
May 30, 1910 - March 28, 1950
Harry Clapp, 39, Killed in Rock Fall, At Buckner Mine
Ex-Old Du Quoin School Director Employed There Only Short Time
      Harry Clapp, 39, former member of the Old Du Quoin rural school's board of directors, was killed last night in an accident at the Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine at Buckner, where he had been working only a short time.
      Clapp, a timberman, and three fellow workers were caught in a small rock fall while they were putting up a crossbar for roof support, according to company officials.
      They said the men were about 20 feet from the working face at the time, approximately 8:15 p.m.
      Clapp was crushed about the chest and died soon after the accident.
      Two of his buddies escaped injury, but Jack Greenwood suffered a fractured arm and scalp wound.
      Clapp had formerly worked at the Valier Coal Company mine at Valier, which was bought by the Old Ben Company, then abandoned.
      He had been employed on the night shift at the Buckner mine only long enough to draw one short pay, according to friends of the family.
      He is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth House; a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Gledith) Hayes of Old Du Quoin; and one son, Elzie Dean, at home.
      Funeral arrangements were incomplete this afternoon.
      An inquest will be conducted by Franklin County Coroner David Clayton of Benton.
 
Services Friday for Harry Clapp, Mine Accident Victim
      Funeral services will be conducted from Old Du Quoin Baptist Church at 2:30 p.m. Friday for Harry Raymond Clapp, 39, who was fatally injured Tuesday night in an accident at Old Ben No. 14 mine, Buckner.
      Rev. Eugene Kaufman will deliver the sermon and burial will be in Old Du Quoin cemetery. The body has been removed from Schroeder Funeral Home to the family residence in Old Du Quoin, where friends may call.
      Clapp, a mine timberman, was crushed beneath a rock fall at eh Old Ben colliery where he had been working only a short time.
      The accident victim was born in Alexander county on May 30, 1910, and had resided in Old Du Quoin for 22 years. He was the son of William and Ada Clapp of Sesser. His marriage to the former Elizabeth House occurred in Old Du Quoin on Christmas day, 1928.
      Besides his wife and parents, he is survived by one daughter, Mrs Gledith Hayes, and one son, Elza Gene Clapp, both of Du Quoin; three sisters, Mrs Harold Bossle, Bellwood, Mrs. Eddie Bunton, Sesser, and Mrs. J. L. Martin, Chicago Heights; two brothers, Byrl and Eugene Clapp both of Sesser; and one granddaughter, Donna Jean Hayes.

 
CLARK
August 20, 194746, C. H. Clark, of West Frankfort, driller, aged 53 years, married, died from injuries received in an explosion on August 14, 1947 at Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 (New Orient) Mine. He leaves a widow.
See : Explosion, The Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 Mine
 
December 21, 195149, Thomas Clark, of West Frankfort, foreman, aged 45 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
November 29, 191715, W. T. Clark, of Christopher, laborer, age 45 years, married, was killed in an explosion at No. 11 mine of the Old Ben Coal Corporation, Christopher. He leaves widow and one child.
See :Explosion in Old Ben Coal Corporation's Mine No. 11
 
CLELLAND
February 10, 192423, Robert Clelland, of West Frankfort, night boss, age 55 years, married, died from injuries received the day before by a fall of rock in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
CLEM
December 23, 193938, Jesse Clem, of Herrin, airdox shooter, aged 44 years, married, killed by fall of top coal in mine No. 2 of the Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Co., leaving widow and two children.
 
CLEMENTS
August 20, 194746, Walter Clements, Jr., of West Frankfort, machine man, aged 32 years, married, died from injuries received in an explosion on August 14, 1947 at Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 (New Orient) Mine. He leaves a widow.
See : Explosion, The Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 Mine
 
CLERICO
December 19, 19097, Joe Clerico, of Rend City, timberman, aged 50 years, married, was at work timbering the main west parting in W. P. Rend Collieries Company's mine No. 1, Rend City, when slate fell from the cross bars, knocking him down and pinning him underneath. He died from the injuries on the morning of December 22, 1909. He had five ribs fractured, one ear badly cut, three scalp wounds and a cut on the neck. He leaves a widow and five children, two of them adults.
 
CLIFTON
March 10, 193029, George Clifton, of West Frankfort, loader, age 60 years, single, was killed by a fall of face coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine.
 
COATS
December 21, 195149, Paul Coats, of Herrin, bratticerman, aged 33 years, married, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
COCKRUM
July 26, 197871. Mr. Harold L. Cockrum, of Marion, age 45, married, two dependents, came to his death from rib fall, at approximately 1:35 A.M., on Wednesday, July 26, 1978, while in the performance of his duties as Roof Bolter at Old Ben Coal Company, Mine No. 21, Sesser, Franklin County, Illinois.
      Mr. Harold Cockrum and Mr. Norman Jackson were spot bolting the 2025 crosscut in the 120 foot barrier pillar. This was a new break-through to get a pillar in by the 7th and 8th East North Entries. The Face Foreman examined the 2025 foot break-through at the start of the shift -- about 12:45 A.M. He went to the transformer where the workmen were and told them he had examined the face area and had found no methane or other hazards at that time.
      The workmen went to the face area and examined both rooms visibly and sounded the rib with a small brass hammer. The miner operators asked Mr. Cockrum and Mr. Jackson to install some extra bolts in the 2025 foot break-through because of the rock top and a slip in the rock, Mr, Cockrum spotted some bolts and extended the boom of the bolter as far as the link of the bolter. He then retracted the boom and Mr. Jackson moved the bolter up. At this time Mr. Jackson started installing the bolts. (This bolter was a single boom bolter). He extended the boom as far as the bolter boom would reach. He then went back to the operating cab to move the bolter and Mr. Cockrum told him that he wanted to put up one more bolt. He sounded the rib and prodded out a part of the bottom of the rib, turned around and started the roof bolter stem to the roof when the stem touched the top. The rib turned over and hit Mr, Cockrum pinning him against the bolter.
 
COLEMAN
May 9, 191714, Samuel Coleman, of Royalton, driver, age 32 years, married, employed in Franklin Coal & Coke Company's No. 2 mine, Royalton, Franklin County, was killed by being kicked by a mule. The accident was not considered serious at the time but he died in a few hours. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
COLICH
March 21, 191916, Basco Colich, of Zeigler, machine runner, age 30 years, single, was instantly killed by a fall of coal in Bell & Zollar Mining Company's mine, Zeigler.
 
COLLINS
August 15, 196863, Charles H. Collins, of Crystal Lake, age 49, Service Eng., Gen. Kinematics Corp., Barrington, leaves two dependents, wife and son (age 17) of Crystal Lake, Illinois, was killed instantly in an explosion that occurred at Freeman Coal Corporation's Orient No. 5 mine.
See : Explosion at Orient No. 5 Mine
 
September 18, 196964. Mr. Hubert Collins, of Herrin, age 27, married, 2 dependent children, came to his death at approximately 4 p.m. on September 18, 1969, at the Old Ben Coal Corporation Mine No. 26 in Sesser, Franklin County, Illinois. Mr. Collins was squeezed between the tail of a continuous miner and the deck of a material jeep, on which he was operating.
      Mr. Collins, a repairman, was working overtime servicing the loading machine and he had apparently finished the job, and was loading grease cans, buckets and tools onto the jeep and was getting ready to leave the area.
      Mr. John Corso and Mr. Richard Bennett were operating a roof bolter in the same entry, 120 feet out by the loading machine and stated they heard a loud noise which they thought could have been a fall. Looking toward the loading machine they saw the victim's cap light pointing toward the roof and they knew something was wrong. They immediately ran to the machine where they found Mr. Collins, whom they assumed dead, pinned between the tail of the machine and the deck of the jeep. The jeep was against the bumper of the machine and the wheels of the jeep were still turning. They unplugged the power on the jeep and not being familiar with the machine, Mr. Bennett ran for help while Mr. Corso phoned to the surface reporting the accident.
      At the mouth of the panel, Mr. Bennett found Mike Griffin and Bob Sanders, whom he summoned to help. Mr. Sanders and Mr. Griffin ran to the area of the accident and Mr. Griffin raised the tail of the machine and trammed the machine forward approximately six feet. Mr. Sanders stated that he noticed the foot tram pedal on the jeep stuck in an "on" position, which he immediately released by hand. He also noticed that the direction control lever was in a position which would cause the jeep to move towards the machine instead of away from it. The control lever was still in this position at the time of the investigation.
      The men then loaded the victim, Mr. Hubert Collins, on a stretcher and carried him to the mantrip, traveled to the shaft bottom and up to the surface where Dr. William Chamberlain pronounced him dead.
 
COLTRAN
December 4, 192524, Frank Coltran, of Herrin, miner, age 53 years, married, was killed in Bell & Zoller Mining Company's No. 1 mine. Deceased ran out of his room to throw a switch and ran in front of the trip: one car ran over him. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
COMBS
August 13, 193837, Walter Combs, of Herrin, machine man, aged 50 years, married, died from injuries received on August 6 from fall of face coal in mine No. 7 of the Franklin County Coal Corp., leaving widow.
 
CONGER
November 7, 196056. Mr. Kenneth Conger, of West Franfort, age 39, married, came to his death on November 7, 1960, from injuries to the head caused by a roof bolting machine drill at the Freeman Coal Mining Corporation, Orient Mine No. 5, located at Logan, Franklin County, Illinois, at 8:20 a.m. Mr. Conger was employed as a miner helper and had worked at this mine one month. He is survived by his widow.
      Mr. Conger was fatally injured by a bent roof bolting machine drill auger, striking him on the left side of the head. A hole, 47 inches deep, had been drilled on the right side of the place by the drill that Mr. Conger was operating. The drill auger, from some unknown cause, became bent at an angle of about 45 degrees about 6 inches above the driving chuck. As the drill turned the bent auger, the cutting end of the auger struck him on the left side of the head. Apparently the drill had been turning the auger as it was being lowered out from the hole. When the men working on the opposite side of the machine got to Mr. Conger's side of the machine, they found the drill shut off.
      Inspection of the machine showed the drill turret to be locked in position, the machine had not moved back, hydraulic pressures were not excessive, and the machine to be electrically safe. Drill steel was tested by applying hydraulic pressure to the drill while placed against the roof by trying to bend the auger steel and trying to straighten the bent auger. Cause of the auger being bent has not been determined.
 
CONNOLLY
November 8, 193433, Edward Connolly, of West Frankfort, face boss, age 31 years, married, was killed by being squeezed between an empty car and a loaded trip which caught the end of the empty and swung it around in Mine No. 15 of the Old Ben Coal Corp. He leaves a widow and three dependent children.
 
CONNOR
October 3, 192827, Frank Connor, of Benton, loader, age 35 years, married, was killed by a shot explosion, in Franklin County Mining Company's mine. Deceased, it is presumed, was drilling out a shot that had failed to explode and struck detonating cap. He leaves a widow.
 
April 7, 193635, Herbert F. Conner, of Benton, skin up man, aged 42 years, married, killed by falling rock in mine No. 2 of Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Co., leaving widow.
 
March 2, 192019, Jeff Connor, of Benton, driver, age 22 years, single, was killed by pit-cars in Benton Coal Mining Company's No. 2 mine, Benton.
 
December 21, 195149, Jesse Connor, of Zeigler, Airdox shooter, aged 39 years, married, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
CONTI
June 26, 194544, Aldo Conti, of West Frankfort, triprider, aged 31 years, married, was killed when he was ran over by a motor in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
COOK
December 27, 192222, Henry Cook, of Benton, miner, age 43 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in the C. W. and F. Coal Company's Benton No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
March 10, 191310, William A. Cook, of West Frankfort, miner, aged 42 years, married, was killed at the Dering Coal Company's Mine No. 18, West Frankfort, Franklin County. Deceased was timbering when a large piece of rock fell on him, breaking his neck.
 
COOPER
August 30, 192020, Alex Cooper, miner, age 73 years, married, was killed in Taylor coal Company's mine by falling rock. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
May 25, 195149, Emanuel Cooper, driller, aged 52 years, married, was killed by an accidental discharge of a permissible explosive in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. he leaves a widow.
 
CORBIN
November 7, 192625, Earl Corbin, of West Frankfort, foreman, age 43 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 9 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
CORNELLI
October 27, 191412, Pete Cornelli, of Royalton, machine runner, aged 38 years, married with one child, was killed in a gas explosion that occurred in the Franklin Coal and Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton, Franklin County.
See : Gas Explosion at Royalton
 
COSTAGNO
October 13, 19108, Pierro Costagno, of Christopher, miner, aged 25 years, single, working at the United Coal Mining Company's mine at Christopher, was killed by falling coal in his room. Deceased was taking down top coal, which in falling, knocked out a prop that struck him on the head, knocking him down and killing him.
 
COUNCIL
May 14, 191714, Robert Council, of Benton, cager, age 32 years, married, was killed in Taylor Collieries Company's No. 6 mine, Benton, Franklin County, by pit cars. He leaves a widow.
 
COURSEY
October 6, 191816, J. A. Coursey, of Sesser, miner, age 47 years, married, was killed in Sesser Coal Company's mine, Sesser. Deceased had loaded a tub in the shaft and sent it away. The tub was overloaded and as it was being hoisted a piece of rock fell off and struck him on the head killing him instantly.
 
COVERT
January 29, 192625, Ed Covert, of West Frankfort, loader, age 40 years, married, was killed in a gas explosion in C. W. & F. Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
See : Gas Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company, Orient No. 2
 
CRABOSKY
October 9, 191210, Charles Crabosky, of West Frankfort, timberman, aged 41 years, married, was killed in mine No. 18, Dering Coal Company, West Frankfort, Franklin County, by falling rock. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
CRAIN
September 16, 192222, Lloyd Crain, of Herrin, trip rider, age 19 years, single, was killed by pit cars in Taylor Coal Company's No. 5 mine.
 
CRAMMER
February 28, 192221, Thomas Cramer, of Frankfort Heights, miner, age 33 years, married, died from injuries sustained the day before in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 9 mine. Deceased was taking down top coal when it gave way and in falling struck the handle of his pick, driving it through his stomach and completely severing the small intestine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
CRANE
January 30, 191815, Ervy Crane, of Freeman, driver, age 30 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in mine No. 5 of the Taylor Mining Company.
 
CREMEENS
December 16, 194140, Geo. H. Cremeens, of Benton, skinup man, aged 60 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company's No. 2 mine.
 
CRONE
November 19, 19086, Tom Crone, of Benton, shotfirer, aged 40 years, married, died four days after the explosion, and was overcome by afterdamp from shooting "dead holes", in the Benton Coal Company's mine at Benton, Franklin County. He leaves a wife and two children.
See : Explosion at Benton
 
CULBERTSON
September 19, 194342, Jess Culbertson, of West Frankfort, trip rider, aged 60 years, married, died from injuries received on September 6, 1943, when he was caught between loads in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
CULLEN
August 23, 191412, John Cullen, of West Frankfort, single, driver, age 21 years, was killed at Dering Coal Co., mine No. 11, West Frankfort, Franklin County, while delivering machine picks on the night shift preceding August 23. Deceased came to his death by burns and suffocation, presumably caused by a gas explosion.
 
CUNNINGHAM
December 21, 195149, Andrew Cunningham, of West Frankfort, laborer, aged 26 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
November 26, 193433, James Cunningham, of Herrin, triprider, age 30 years, married, was killed by being run over by a trip of empty cars when he fell in front of them while alighting from the trip in Mine No. 2 of the Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Co. He leaves a widow and three dependent children.
 
CUTRELL
March 1, 192423, Sherman Cutrell, of Buckner, loader, age 58 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow.
 

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