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ICE
March 13, 194746, A. J. Ice, of West Frankfort, brattice man, aged 70 years, married, died from injuries received the previous day, March 12, 1947, in a fall of coal in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's New Orient mine. He leaves a widow.
 
INMAN
August 23, 195149, Henry Inman, cutting machine operator, aged 53 years, married, was killed when he was crushed by a falling crossbar in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
IPSAN
April 3, 19052, Stif. Ipsan, 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 two children in Velika Croriza. Croatia, Hungary.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
ISAACS
January 20, 191815, Arthur Isaacs, of Benton, laborer, age 28 years, married, was killed by a piece of rock falling from bucket, striking him on the head, in Franklin County Mining Company's No. 1 mine, Benton. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
December 1, 192928, Henry Isaacs, of West Frankfort, triprider, aged 25 years died in an explosion of gas that occurred in No. 8 mine, Old Ben Coal Corporation. He leaves two dependents.
See : Explosion in Old Ben No. 8
 
IVANOFF
January 10, 19096, Stefane Ivanoff, of Zeigler, laborer, aged 33 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
 

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JACK
September 22, 191311, John E. Jack, of Benton, miner, aged 44 years, married, lost his life by falling coal, while working in the Hart-Williams Coal Company's mine at Benton, Franklin County. Deceased and his partner were drawing pillars, when a large piece of top coal broke loose and fell on him, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow.
 
JAMES
September 13, 192323, William James, of Valier, machine man, age 54 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Valier Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
JANELLO
September 2, 193736, Joe Janello, of Christopher, miner or dust man, aged 55 years, married, crushed under cars in mine No. 14 of the Old Ben Coal Corp., leaving wife and seven children.
 
JANKANSKAS
May 16, 192322, Petras Jankanskas, of West Frankfort, miner, age 37 years, married, was killed in C. W. and F. Coal Company's Orient Mine No. 1. Deceased attempted to get in a car on the side where the trolley wire was and coming in contact with the wire was electrocuted. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
JANKOWICH
April 3, 19052, Peter Jankowich, of Zeigler, miner, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, leaving a widow, previously deserted, residence unknown, also a cousin in Philadelphia, Penn. Buried at Zeigler.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
JANOSKI
May 16, 191613, Victor Janoski, of West Frankfort, miner, age 28 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 9 mine. West Frankfort, Franklin County.
 
JANUS
February 2, 19118, George Janus, of Sesser, miner, aged 44 years, married, employed in the Sesser Coal Company's mine, Sesser, was killed. The driver brought a car out of room No. 20, and was back-switching it, when deceased came out of room No. 19 to get his empty, and was caught between the loaded car and the rib.
 
JENKINS
September 17, 191210, Olney Jenkins, of Murray City, driver, aged 22 years, single, lost his life while working at Mine No. 1 of the Franklin Coal and Coke Company at Royalton. Deceased was delivering powder which became ignited and resulted in an explosion, causing his death.
 
JOHNSON
March 27, 194342, Bert Johnson, of Plumfield, repairman, aged 61 years, single, died from injuries received on March 10, 1943, when he was caught by a car of sand in Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company's No. 1 mine.
 
December 7, 1950 48, Bryan Johnson, of Herrin, clean up man, aged 53 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
December 21, 195149, Guy Johnson, of Macedonia, triprider, aged 42 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 27, 191412, Jim Johnson, 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
 
JOHNSTON
On February 14, 195854, about 9:20 a.m., Mr. Herman Johnston, of Macedonia, age 48, married, one dependent child, came to his death due to a fall of rock and coal at the Old Ben Coal Corporation, Mine No. 14, Buckner, Franklin County, Illinois, where he was employed as a main line track layer. He had worked at this mine for 8 years.
      The face boss, on the second shift, had held over his cutting machine men to cut a new loader head in the second crosscut from the face. They cut the loader head from inside the mouth of the crosscut across the 11 south entry 14 by 9 feet wide, starting under the top coal and angling the cut into the roof until they reached a height of 2 feet 8 inches at the end of the cut. They cleaned up the coal and rock, and the boss left a note to the mine manager saying that the new loader head was cut and cleaned and needed to be roof bolted.
      In the morning, the mine manager told Frank Lethiot, a roof driller, to take Herman Johnston and go into the 11 south, 15 northeast and bolt the new loader head. The roof drillers drilled and set two roof bolts in the south side of the loader head and moved the machine over to the north side of the loader head to start drilling when a piece of rock, weighing about one ton, fell on Herman Johnston, knocking him down, causing injuries from which he died while being taken out of the mine.
 
JOINER
December 8, 19075, Edward Joiner, of Sesser, miner, aged 34 years, married, employed at the mine of the Franklin County Collieries Company, Sesser, was fatally injured. The miners were double shifting entry work and had four shots prepared, three in the face and one on the right hand lib, to shoot skip off. The four shots had been lighted, three with fuse and one with squib. Deceased and others had gone to the mouth of the entry and thinking that all the shots had been heard to explode returned to see what the shots had accomplished. When Joiner got opposite a skip shot, it exploded blowing him against the rib, breaking his leg and bruising him so badly that he died four days later. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
JONES
January 9, 192827, Albert Jones, of West Frankfort, machineman, aged 40 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 four children.
See : Explosion at Peabody No. 18
 
January 9, 192827, Carl Jones, of West Frankfort, face boss, aged 35 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 two children.
See : Explosion at Peabody No. 18
 
November 29, 191715, D. J. Jones, of Christopher, laborer, age 30 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
 
October 26, 193534, Elmer Louis Jones, of Herrin, repairman, aged 36 years, married, crushed by motor in mine No. 5 of Franklin County Coal Corp., leaving widow and one child.
 
April 3, 19052, Everett Jones, of Zeigler, miner, single, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County. Buried at Mulkeytown, Illinois, the home of his parents.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
January 10, 19096, Gilbert Jones, 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
 
September 16, 194443, John Jones, of Herrin, Joy helper, aged 64 years, married, was killed by electrocution in Franklin County Coal Comapny's No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
February 22, 194140, Luther S. Jones, of West Frankfort, foreman, aged 50 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 and three children.
See : Shot Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 1
 
February 16, 19096, Orvie Jones, 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
 
December 21, 195149, Rolla Jones, of Benton, Airdox shooter, aged 48 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
JOPLIN
January 31, 192019, Elmer R. Joplin, of Benton, machine helper, age 28 years, married, was killed by being crushed by mining machine in United States Fuel Company's mine, Benton. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
JORDAN
August 10, 194544, Geo. W. Jordan, of West Frankfort, motorman, aged 51 years, married, was killed in a rock fall in Peabody Coal Company's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
JUHIS
October 27, 191412, Louis Juhis, of Royalton, miner, aged 27 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
 
JURISIK
February 28, 192120, Rudolph Jurisik, miner, age 31 years, single, was killed by falling coal in No. 11 mine, Old Ben Coal Corporation.
 
JURMAN
October 29, 192323, Lewis Jurman, of Zeigler, miner, age 34 years, single, was killed by a fall of coal in Bell and Zoller Mining Company's No. 1 mine.
 

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KACHAN
August 4, 19086, Tom Kachan, of Zeigler, miner, aged 37, married, working in the Zeigler Coal Company's mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, was killed instantly. He had just begun loading a car when in some manner the chuck was evidently knocked from under the wheel and Kachan followed the car trying to get it stopped until he came to a place where there was no clearance between the car and rib and in this manner he was crushed.
 
KALLARD
May 9, 191411, Oscar Kallard, or Orient, trip rider, aged 38 years, married, employed at Mine No. 1, of the Chicago, Vermilion & Wilmington Coal Company, Orient, Franklin County, was killed by empty pit cars while making a flying switch. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
KAMOSKI
March 18, 193635, William Karnoski, of Benton, laborer, aged 62 years, widower, killed by being struck by rope while recovering material in Mine No. 2 of the Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Co. No dependents.
 
KARBER
September 17, 191715, Joe Karber, of Orient, electrician, aged 31 years, single, was killed on man cage when counter-balance left the guides at Orient mine of the C, W. & F. Coal Company.
 
KARKACINAS
February 7, 19085, George Karkacinas, of Zeigler, loader, aged 29 years, married, employed in the mine of the Zeigler Coal Company, Zeigler. Deceased while working off a piece of loose coal, it gave way and crushed him underneath. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KARLOVECK
September 28, 191816, John Karloveck, of Royalton, miner, 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
 
KARNES
December 21, 195149, Roscoe Karnes, of Benton, motorman, aged 55 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
KAROSKY
January 18, 193635, Walter Karosky, of Benton, driller, aged 48 years, married, killed by car in mine No. 1 of Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Co., leaving widow.
 
KASKI
November 19, 191210, Simeon Kaski, of Zeigler, timberman, aged 19 years, single, was killed by falling rock in Bell & Zoller Mining Company's Mine, Zeigler, Franklin County.
 
KASSAY
January 10, 19096, John Kassay, of Zeigler, laborer,aged 27 years, single, was killed in an explosion in the Zeigler Coal Company's mine at Zeigler, Franklin County.
See : Explosion at Zeigler
 
KAYS
January 9, 192827, Paul Kays, 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
 
KAZAR
October 27, 191412, John Kazar, of Royalton, miner, aged 34 years, married with five 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
 
KELLER
November 29, 191715, Ed. Keller, of Christopher, miner, age 35 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
 
March 2, 191815, W. P. Keller, of West Frankfort, electrician, age 37 years, married, died from injuries received nine days before when machine fell on his foot necessitating its amputation. The accident occurred in No. 8 mine of the Old Ben Coal Corporation. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
KELLEY
June 25, 193231, Bernard Kelley, motor boss, age 39 years, married, was killed at the Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine. Mr. Kelley was assisting in placing a seal on top of the mine after an explosion had caused a fire underground. The seal was about completed when another explosion occurred, blowing the concrete and steel rails which made up the seal in every direction. Deceased was at the rear of the shaft and received the full force of the explosion through an opening in the wall surrounding the shaft. He leaves a widow and one child.
The mine, not being in operation, this fatality is not charged to the industry.
 
KENT
December 23, 195149, Ralph Kent, of Marion, bratticeman, aged 47 years, married, died from injuries received on December 21, 1951, 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
 
KERLE
October 27, 191412, John Kerle of Royalton, miner, aged 40 years, married with three 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
 
KERN
January 29, 192625, Loyd Kern, of Benton, loader, age 27 years married, was killed in a gas explosion in C. W. & F. Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
See : Gas Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company, Orient No. 2
 
November 29, 191715, Phill Kern, of Mulkeytown, motorman, age 25 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
 
KERR
January 10, 19096, Robert Kerr, of Zeigler, laborer, aged 39 years, married, was killed in an explosion in the Zeigler Coal Company's mine at Zeigler, Franklin County. He leaves a widow and six children.
See : Explosion at Zeigler
 
KERRY
June 3, 194443, Frank Kerry of DuBois, triprider, aged 27 years, married, was killed when he was caught between cars in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KEWALLA
October 10, 192121, Walter Kewalla, of West Frankfort, loader, age 28 years, single, came in contact with the trolley wire and was electrocuted in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's Orient mine.
 
KILLGROVE
December 7, 193433, Arlie Killgrove, of Zeigler, track-helper, age 20 years, single, was killed by being caught between the rib and bumper of a derailed motor which had broken an axle and was in turn bumped by a following motor in Mine No. 1 of the Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Co.
 
KLIMOS
October 25, 191919, Joe Klimos, of Sesser, loader, age 35 years, single, was crushed to death between car and rib in Southern Gem Coal Corporation's No. 2 mine, Sesser.
 
KIMBALL
February 9, 19096, Ben S. Kimball, of Zeigler, mine examiner, aged 33 years, married, was killed in a gas explosion occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company's mine, Zeigler, Franklin County. He leaves a widow.
See : Gas Explosion
 
KIMONT
December 8, 194443, William Kimont, of Sesser, timberman, aged 49 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
KING
February 21, 195552, Mr. Robert Junior King, of Dowell, age 29, married, two dependent children came to his death by fall of rock at Old Ben Coal Corporation Mine No. 9, at West Frankfort, Franklin County, February 21, 1955, at about 11:15 P.M. He had 6 years experience at this time.
 
KINLEY
September 23, 194241, Earl Kinley, of Herrin, trip-rider, aged 32 years, married, was killed when he was struck by a pit car while re-railing in Franklin County Coal Corporation's No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
KLANICH
December 6, 192726, John Klanich, of West Frankfort, loader, age 43 years, single, died from injuries received three days previous by being caught by a fall of coal, in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine.
 
KLENOSKI
February 8, 191815, John Klenoski, of Logan, machine runner, age 35 years, single, was killed by a fall of coal at face in Logan mine of the Black Star Coal Company.
 
KNAPP
November 3, 193231, John Knapp, of West Frankfort, motor boss, age 45 years, married, was killed by a motor running over him in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
KNIGHT
May 26, 192019, Ralph Knight, of Orient, laborer, age 25 years, married, was killed by pit-cars in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's mine, Orient. He leaves a widow.
 
KNOTT
November 29, 191715, Proctor Knott, of Rend, machine runner, age 28 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Rend mine of the W. P. Rend Collieries Company. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
KNOX
June 13, 195149, Ronald Knox, of Royalton, repairman, aged 29 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Franklin County Coal Corporation's No. 15 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KNOYER
October 17, 193635, William Knoyer, of Nason, timberman, aged 54 years, married, killed by fall of rock in mine No. 15 of Old Ben Coal Corp., leaving widow and one child.
 
KOBLACK
December 14, 191412, Steve Koblack, of Buckner, master mechanic, married, age 28 years, came to his death by being struck with a steel cable at mine No. 2 of the United Coal Mining Co., Buckner, Franklin County. The railroad cars at this mine are moved by a stationary engine and steel cable. Deceased was standing near the slackened cable while signaling to the engineer to move the cars. The cable, upon tightening, killed him instantly. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KORCO
December 22, 191614, Louis Korco, of Christopher, miner, age 45 years, single, was killed by a motor in Christopher Mining Company's No. 2 mine, Christopher, Franklin County. Deceased was traveling along the main haulage way on his way to work when he was overtaken by a motor and stepped in front of it. In spite of the efforts of the trip rider, who was riding on the front end of the motor, to push him off the track, he was run over and death resulted ten hours later.
 
KOSIMER
February 19, 191411, Joseph Kosimer, of Freeman, track layer, aged 32 years, single, died from injuries received in the Southern Illinois Coal & Coke Company's Possum Rdge mine. Freeman. Franklin County, January 26, from an explosion of gas. Deceased had been notified of the gas and cautioned not to enter the place, but did so, receiving burns which resulted fatally.
 
KOSKI
April 3, 19052, Capi. Koski, of Zeigler, miner, single, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County. Buried at Zeigler. Nothing known of the relatives of Capi. or John Koski.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
April 3, 19052, John Koski, of Zeigler, miner, single, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County. Buried at Zeigler. Nothing known of the relatives of Capi. or John Koski.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
KOSTICH
November 16, 192827, Andrew Kostich, loader, age 41 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock on roadway while riding in man trip in Bell and Zoller Coal & Mining Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
KOSTICK
April 3, 19052, Andrew Kostick, of Zeigler, miner, married, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, leaving a widow and one child in Berek, St. Miklos county, Hungary. Buried at Zeigler.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
April 3, 19052, Frank Kostick, of Zeigler, miner, married, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, leaving a widow and one child in Berek, St. Miklos county, Hungary. Buried at Zeigler.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
KOVICH
November 29, 192827, Eli Kovich, of Zeigler, loader, married, died from injuries received three days earlier, when struck by falling face coal in Bell and Zoller Coal and Mining Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
November 13, 192524, Joe Kovich, of Christopher, trip rider, age 19 years, married, was killed in Bell and Zoller Mining Company's No. 2 mine by a pit car running over him. He leaves a widow.
 
KOWACH
April 3, 19052, B. Kowach, of Zeigler, miner, married, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, leaving a widow and three children at Mandock. Hungary. Buried at Zeigler.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
KOWACHICH
April 3, 19052, Ivan Kowachich, of Zeigler, miner, single, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County. Relatives at Nagy, Kanisa, Hungary. Buried at Zeigler.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
KOZAKIAVICH
March 31, 192019, Joe Kozakiavich, of Rend, loader, age 45 years, single, was killed in W. P. Rend Collieries Company's mine, Rend, by a fall of rock.
 
KRAGULIK
September 28, 191513, Anton Kragulik, of Benton, miner, age 36 years, married, employed in Benton Coal Company's mine, Benton, Franklin County, was killed by falling coal. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
KRAINOVICK
January 6, 192221, Dan Krainovick, of Zeigler, miner, age 25 years, single, was killed by falling coal in Bell and Zollar Mining Company's mine No. 1.
 
KRATKUS / KRATHUS
April 16, 192120, Mat Kratkus, machine runner, age 39 years, single, was killed in Bell & Zoller Mining Company's No. 1 mine by a fall of coal.
 
KROCESKY
September 2, 192625, Peter Krocesky, of West Frankfort, trip rider, age 19 years, single, died from injuries received January 29, in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 9 mine. Deceased was sitting on his motor waiting for starting time, when without warning, coal fell on him breaking his back.
 
KUCEWSKI
December 21, 195149, John Kucewski, of Benton, loading machine operator, aged 37 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
 
KUPRASAITIS
August 21, 191919, Andrew Kuprasaitis, of Orient, machine helper, age 39 years, was killed in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's mine, Orient. Deceased was running his machine when loaded cars ran back into his room and caught him between cars and coal face. A loader had changed the switch which allowed the cars to run into room.
 
KURZ
September 17, 191715, Alfred Kurz, of Orient, miner, age 22 years, single, was killed on man cage when counter-balance left the guides at Orient mine of the C, W. & F. Coal Company.
 
February 7, 192120, Paul Kurz, trapper, age 17 years, single, was killed by being thrown off a pit-car in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's mine.
 

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LACKEY
December 5, 193938, George Lackey, of West Frankfort, wireman, aged 51 years, married, electrocuted in mine No. 2 of the Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Co., leaving widow.
 
LANDERS
January 10, 192322, Henry Landers, of West Frankfort, machine runner, age 49 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine.
 
LANG
November 11, 19075, William Lang, of Christopher, driver, aged 37 years, single, employed at the United Coal Company's mine, Christopher, while coming with a trip down a hill, whistling for another driver, he was seen to fall off of the tail chain in front of the loaded car and was rolled under it and dragged to the foot of the hill before the car was stopped. His leg was fastened to the mule tail chain which was hooked to the car.
 
LANSFORD
September 14, 192625, Frank Lansford, of Cambria, machine runner, age 44 years, single, was killed by falling coal in Western Coal & Mining Company's mine. He leaves two children.
 
LAROCK
January 17, 191815, John Larock, of Freeman, miner, age 43 years, married, died from being injured by a fall of coal on January 9 in mine No. 5 of the Taylor Mining Company. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
LARWOOD
February 26, 193837, J. Robert Larwood, of Benton, machine man, aged 53 years, married, died from injuries received on January 7 when crushed between machine and face in mine No. 2 of the Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Co., leaving widow and three step-children.
 
LAUGHRON
December 30, 19108, James Laughron, of Benton, driver, aged 21 years, single, employed in the mine of the Benton Coal Company, Benton, lost his life. He was coming out of the fifth east north entry with a trip and had to pass through a curtain. After going under the curtain he raised his head and struck a cross bar which knocked him off and under the car. He never regained consciousness and died the next day.
 
LAURENTI
October 4, 194140, Joe Laurenti, of Royalton, triprider, aged 31 years, was killed when he fell in front of a locomotive in Franklin County Coal Company's No. 7 mine.
 
LAWRENCE
January 9, 192827, Kelly Lawrence, of West Frankfort, loader, aged 31 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 two children.
See : Explosion at Peabody No. 18
 
July 17, 19119, N. Lawrence,of Cardiff, driver, aged 35 years, married, employed at W. P. Rend Collieries Co.'s No. 1 mine, Rend, Franklin County, was killed. While his mule was turning round, the tail chain caught on a prop pulling it out, letting about two tons of top coal and slate down on him, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
April 13, 191916, William Lawrence, of Mulkeytown, triprider, age 31 years, married, was killed while coupling cars in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine, Christopher. He leaves a widow and his mother, dependent.
 
LAZAR
December 16, 194645, August Lazar of Zeigler, shot firer, aged 51 years, married, died from injuries received in a fall of rock on December 10, 1946 in Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
LAZZARAS
August 10, 192524, Ed. Lazzaras, of Christopher, timberman, age 35 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 12 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
LEAMAN
April 17, 194241, Robert Leaman, of West Frankfort, Joy helper, aged 42 years, married, was killed when rock from the roof fell on him in Peabody Coal Company's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
LEDFORD
September 28, 193130, Harry Ledford, of Zeigler, triprider, age 27 years, single, was caught between pit cars and killed in Bell and Zoller Mining Company's No. 2 mine.
 
LEE
September 28, 191816, John Lee, of Royalton, miner, age 34, 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
 
March 29, 191916, William Lee, of Zeigler, miner, age 66 years, single, was killed by falling coal in Bell & Zollar Mining Company's mine, Zeigler.
 
LEIGH
November 29, 191715, Cal Leigh, of Christopher, laborer, age 25 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
 
LEMASTER
January 21, 192120, Harvey Lemaster, miner, age 27 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
LEMMONS
May 19, 194241, Hugh Lemmons, of Benton, miner, aged 50 years, married, was killed when he was hit by a flying cardax shell in Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
LEVGUE / LERGUE
November 20, 191715, Clement Levgue, triprider, age 18 years, single, was killed by being crushed between loaded cars in No. 14 mine of the Old Ben Coal Corporation, Buckner.
 
LEWIS
December 21, 195149, Otis Lewis, of Benton, triprider, aged 28 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
 
May 31, 193534, Thomas Lewis, of West Frankfort, miner, aged 53 years, married, died from injuries received lifting chunk of coal in mine No. 8 of Old Ben Coal Corp., leaving widow and one child.
 
LIGON
November 14, 191816, Elmer B. Ligon, of Orient, laborer, age 33 years, married, was killed in C. W. & P. Coal Company's No. 1 mine, Orient, by railroad car which had been derailed by running into an open switch. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
LINDSAY
July 28, 198377. Mr. Robert B. Lindsay, of Benton, age 31, married, three dependents, was electrocuted at approximately 4:00 A.M., July 28, 1983, while in the performance of his duties as repair foreman at Old Ben Coal Company No. 26, Sesser, Franklin County, Illinois.
      Mr. Lindsay had gone to the Long Wall No. 1 unit located in the 40th North off of the 16 East section of the mine to check on an electrical problem with the stage loader. Mr. Lindsay removed the electrical compartment cover for the stage loader to locate the malfunction. He stated to Steve McKinney that he would wait and remove power to fix the problem when the longwall reached a certain point. But in the mean time Mr. Lindsay had to reverse the stage loader and told Mr. McKinney that he knew what the problem was and was going to repair it. Upon reaching into the electrical compartment of the stage loader Mr. Lindsay came in contact with an energized electrical lead resulting in his electrocution. CPR was administered after de-energizing of stage loader, however, Mr. Lindsay was pronounced dead on arrival at Franklin Hospital in Benton.
 
LINDSEY
July 9, 191816, James Lindsey, of Logan, trackman, age 58 years, married, was killed by falling slate in Black Star Coal Company's mine, Logan. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
April 3, 19052, John Lindsey, of Zeigler, miner, married, was one of the rescuing party, after a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, and was overcome by after-damp. He leaves a widow. Nothing given as to family. Buried at Mulkeytown. Illinois.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
LIPSEYR
December 21, 195149, Lafet Lipseyr, of Benton, motorman, 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
 
LITKAS
October 27, 191412, Harry Litkas, of Royalton, miner, aged 35 years, married with six 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
 
LITTLE
August 13, 191715, Milton Little, of Plumfield, triprider, age 19 years, single, was killed by being crushed with motor trip in Orient mine of the C, W. & P. Coal Company, Orient.
 
January 7, 191512, Roy Little, of Tilton, trip-rider, married, age 29 years, was found dead under the fifth last car of a motor trip of empty cars in the Dering Coal Company's mine No. 11, West Frankfort, Franklin County. It is assumed that he was climbing from one car into another while the trip was moving, and slipped. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
October 12, 192020, William Little, motorman, age 26 years, married, was killed by motor in C. W. & F. Coal Company's mine. Deceased was coming with his motor and disregarding the danger signal, collided with motor on main line. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
LITTLEFAIR
September 27, 195552, Mr. Joe Littlefair, age 51, married, no dependent children, 35 years experience at this mine came to his death due to an accident at the Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 9 mine at West Frankfort, Franklin County, where he was employed as Superintendent.
      The accident occurred on September 23, 1955, at 9:00 A.M. The deceased was caught under a fall of top coal which was about 13 feet long, 12 feet wide and had a thickness of about 5 inches to a feathered edge. The coal weighed approximately 400 pounds.
      Mr. Joe Littlefair was badly crushed, both legs broken, ribs broken, and he suffered internal injuries. He was taken to the Franklin County Hospital, at Benton, Illinois where he died about 10:00 A.M. on September 27, 1955.
 
LOCKABY
October 31, 192222, Audie Lockaby, of Frankfort Heights, laborer, age 21 years, single, was run over by a loaded railroad car and killed. He was employed by the Old Ben Coal Corporation at No. 15 mine.
 
LOCKHART
December 21, 195149, Mynett Lockhart, of West Frankfort, loading machine operator, aged 49 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
 
LOGAN
January 18, 192928, John G. Logan, of West Frankfort, miner, age 27 years, married, was caught between pit car and coal rib and crushed to death in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
LOKATAS
January 24, 192625, Andy Lokatas, of Sesser, miner, age 46 years, married, was killed by coming in contact with a trolley wire in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
LOLOVICH
May 25, 192928, William Lolovich, of Zeigler, machine man, age 40 years, single, was killed in Bell & Zollar Mining Company's No. 1 mine by a fall of coal.
 
LOMAN
January 15, 191714, James Loman, of Benton, driver, age 23 years, single, was caught between two pit cars and crushed to death in United States Fuel Company's mine, Benton, Franklin County. Deceased helped support his father, mother and three sisters.
 
LORENTI
October 27, 191412, Dominec Lorenti, of Royalton, miner, aged 27 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
 
LORENTO
December 9, 191210, Joseph Lorento, of Royalton, miner, aged 41 years, married, was killed in the Franklin Coal and Coke Company's Mine, Royalton, Franklin County, being struck by a trip of loaded cars. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
LOVE
September 14, 193130, Lawrence Love, of Royalton, triprider, age 24 years, single, was caught between car and rib and instantly killed in Franklin County Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves his father and mother dependent.
 
LOVREK
April 3, 19052, Mike Lovrek, of Zeigler, miner, single, Austrian, relatives unknown, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County. Buried at Zeigler.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
LOW
November 14, 191311, George Low, Jr., of Buckner, trip rider, aged 21 years, married, was killed while working in the United Coal Company's Mine No. 2, Buckner, Franklin County, by pit cars. Deceased was in the act of coupling a trip of loaded cars, which was standing on a curve, when a gathering motor came from the inside with a trip of loaded cars and ran into them, crushing his leg and breaking his collar bone, and from such injuries he died 10½ hours later. He leaves a widow.
 
LOWERY
September 10, 193635, Clarence Lowery, of Benton, motorman, aged 36 years, married, killed by fall of slate in mine No. 2 of Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Co., leaving widow and two children.
 
LOWRY
April 16, 192322, Chalon Lowry, of Valier, laborer, age 38 years, was caught between the car and coal rib and killed in Valier Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
LUCAS
December 23, 193635, Joe Lucas, of Benton, machine man, aged 42 years, married, electrocuted, in mine No. 14 of Old Ben Coal Corp., leaving widow and three children.
 
LUKE
August 24, 192020, George Luke, timberman, age 35 years, married, was killed by falling rock in United States Fuel Company's mine. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
LUKIS
October 6, 19097, Mike Lukis, of West Frankfort, miner, aged 35 years, married, was killed by falling roof. He was loading a car in room No. 10, first stub off the fourth northeast in mine No. 11 of the Brazil Block Coal Company, West Frankfort. A large piece of rock from the roof gave way, crushing him to the floor. The accident happened about 9:00 o'clock a. m. His partner, who was loading on the other side of the car, said he sounded the roof when they first went to work in the morning and it appeared safe. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
July 12, 191513, Simon Lukis, of West Frankfort, miner, age 50 years, married, employed in the No. 11 mine of the Dering Coal Company, (now Producers Coal Company No. 19) was caught between the pit car and coal rib and killed. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
LUNDAK
December 23, 191614, Wm. Lundak, of Logan, trackman, age 44 years, single, died from burns received from an explosion of a pocket of gas on the 13th, in John A. Logan Coal Company's mine, Logan, Franklin County. This was the same explosion that caused the death of Thomas Foster, noted above. Deceased leaves one dependent.
 
LUSSOGLIO
December 30, 194544, Cres Lussoglio, of Sesser, repairman, aged 42 years, married, was killed by poison gas in Valier Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
LUSTER
December 7, 192323, James Luster, of Logan, miner, age 35 years, married, was killed by falling roof in Black Star Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
LUTASTANSKI
October 27, 191412, Dom Lutastanski, of Royalton, miner, aged 24 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
 
LYNN
January 20, 192019, James Lynn, of Willisville, laborer, age 20 years, single, was crushed to death between motor and concrete wall in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 16 mine, Sesser.
 

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