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MABIER
January 9, 192827, George Mabier, of West Frankfort, loader, aged 42 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.
 
MACELLO
September 25, 192827, Mike Macello, of Ezra, miner, age 40 years, married, was instantly killed by being caught between car and rib, in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 15 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
MACHER
August 5, 19119, William Macher, of Marissa, a driver, aged 30 years, married, employed in the W. P. Rend Collieries Co.'s mine. Rend, Franklin County, was killed by being crushed between a pit car and the coal rib. Deceased was coming out of the second northwest to the first northeast, and apparently got off the car on the wrong side, as on the opposite side of the car there was from 6 feet to 9 feet of space. No one saw him when the accident occurred and he was dead when found. He leaves a widow.
 
MACKY
April 3, 19052, Oscar Macky, of Zeigler, miner, single, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County. Relatives unknown. Buried at Zeigler.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
MACLIN
March 18, 1930, Oran Maclin, of Christopher, miner, age 31 years, married, was killed in Valier Coal Company's mine, by an explosion of gas. He leaves a widow and one child.
See : Explosion in Valier Mine
 
MADGE
August 25, 191513, George Madge, of Sesser, machine runner, age 30 years, single, was killed by falling coal in Sesser Coal Company's mine, Sesser, Franklin County.
 
MAGOULA
January 10, 19096, Gaul Magoula, Hungarian, of Zeigler, laborer, aged 22 years, married, was killed in an explosion in the Zeigler Coal Company's mine at Zeigler, Franklin County. The body was not recovered as of July 1, 1909, owing to the dangerous condition of the mine, as it is on fire. He leaves a widow and one child.
      The body was recovered on July 20, 1910, after Bell and Zoller Mining Company had leased the mine and began recovery in May of 1910.7
See : Explosion at Zeigler
 
MAHLEY
October 30, 191210, Mike Mahley, of Zeigler, miner, aged 28 years, single, was killed by a fall of coal in the Bell and Zoller Mining Company's mine, Zeigler, Franklin County. Deceased was taking out a prop from under some loose top coal and while he was striking it with his sledge the prop broke, letting down about twenty tons of coal, which caught him before he could get In the clear.
 
MAHON
October 15, 193534, John Mahon, of Zeigler, trip rider, aged 27 years, married, crushed between car and rib in mine No. 2 of Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Co., leaving widow.
 
July 25, 193534, Michael Mahon, of Buckner, track layer, aged 75 years, married, killed by fall of top coal in mine No. 14 of the Old Ben Coal Corp., leaving widow and two children.
 
MAJORS
March 12, 192423, Oscar Majors, of West Frankfort, car cleaner, age 35 years, married, was crushed between two railroad cars at Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
MALIN
October 25, 193332, Elvis Malin, of West Frankfort, conveyor loader, age 45 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
MALLORY
February 15, 194342, John Mallory, of Buckner, driller, aged 53 years, married, was killed when he was crushed between a motor and rib in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MALLORY
January 7, 196460. Mr. Samuel Edgar Mallory, of Christopher, age 48, married, 2 dependent children and Mr. Ted Divor Potepan, of West Frankfort, age 55, married, came to their deaths on January 7, 1964 from injuries sustained while working underground in the Old Ben Coal Corporation, Mine No. 21, caused by a rock fall. Mr. Mallow was employed as a Continuous Miner Operator and had had 27 years experience at this mine. Mr. Potepan was employed as Assistant Mine Manager and had had 19 years experience at this mine.
      The accident occurred at 5:50 a.m. The boring type continuous mining machine had cut number 21 Room just past the location of a north bleeder place. The machine was then moved out of Room 20 into Room 19. Room 19 was then driven east parallel with Room 20, leaving the regular thickness of pillar between the rooms (about 8 feet) to a depth corresponding to Room 20. The machine was then turned at a 45 degree angle and a Crosscut was driven through to Room 20. The machine was then moved across Room 20 and started to cut into the north rib of Room 20 to drive a north bleeder. After starting to cut, the top coal was seen to be working and small pieces of coal dropping. Potepan ordered the machine stopped and two props were set on the right side of the machine. While this was being done, Alva Darrough, the machine runner, was trying to pull the coal down with a coal bar. It was seen to be working on the left side of the machine. Then Mr. Potepan and Mr. Mallory went to that side of the machine and tried to pull the top coal down with a pick. Unable to do this, the coal bar was passed to Mr. Potepan who started to work on the coal with the bar. The coal started to work more.
      Mr. Hosea Thomas, a shuttle car operator, stated that he saw Mr. Potepan and Mr. Mallory move back in to No. 20 Room. The coal worked a short interval and fell. With the top coal a large rock fell across the machine. The rock broke into several pieces, the largest of which one end rested on the machine and the other end on the floor. Both Potepan and Mallory were caught under the end of the rock resting on the floor. Mr. Mallory was soon recovered from under the rock and was sent out of the mine. It took some time to recover Mr. Potepan from under the rock, as jacks had to be brought from the bottom. Both men were apparently dead when taken from under the rock. A doctor pronounced them both dead when they arrived at the surface.
 
MALTMAN / see WALTMAN
 
MANAVICH
September 23, 192020, Stanley Manavich, machine runner, age 29 years, single, was killed by falling coal in Bell & Zoller Coal Company's No. 1 mine.
 
MANDORENO
May 24, 192019, Rosco Mandoreno, of Freeman, miner, age 59 years, married, was instantly killed by a fall of rock in Taylor Coal Company's No. 5 mine, Herrin. He leaves a widow.
 
MANNING
January 30, 194544, Wm. Manning, of Zeigler, cutting machine operator, aged 34 years, married, was killed in a rock fall in Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
MARCI
October 27, 191412, Alex Marci, 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
 
MARCONI
September 4, 191210, Gustav Marconi, of West Frankfort, miner, aged 30 years, single, was killed by falling from cage at Dering Coal Company's Mine No. 18, West Frankfort, Franklin County. Deceased was coming up shaft with nine others at quitting time and when some distance up the shaft from some unknown cause he lost his balance and fell from the cage to the bottom of shaft.
 
MARINCEZ
September 29, 191513, Adam Marincez, of Zeigler, blacksmith, age 40 years, married, was killed by being caught between motor and car in the Bell and Zoller Mining Company's mine, Zeigler, Franklin County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MARION
November 4, 192827, William Marion, of Royalton, loader, age 50 years, married, died from injuries received three days previous in Franklin County Coal Company's No. 7 mine. Deceased was caught between car and prop while spragging. He leaves a widow.
 
MARKAM / MARKAN
July 12, 192020, Mike Markan, machine runner, age 37 years, married, was killed in Bell & Zoller Coal Company's mine by coming in contact with a trolley wire. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
MARKO
December 5, 194847, Andy Marko, of Orient, foreman, aged 51 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
See : Roof Fall Accident
 
MARLOW
July 24, 194746, Louis Marlow, of Herrin, tracklayer, aged 43 years, single, was killed in an explosion of methane gas at Old Ben Coal Corporation's Mine No. 8, West Frankfort, Franklin County, Illinois.
See : Explosion at Old Ben Coal Corporation Mine No. 8
 
MAROS
April 3, 19052, John Maros, of Zeigler, miner, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County. His body was not recovered or identified.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
MARROW
September 27, 19086, Ottis Marrow, of Rend City, electric chain machine runner, aged 30 years, employed by the W. P. Rend Collieries Company's mine, at the time of the accident was shoveling machine cuttings from the front end of the machine when the coal at the face of the room fell upon him breaking his back; he was removed to the hospital at Belleville, Ill., and died about one week later. He leaves a wife.
 
MARSHALL
June 15, 193433, Hiram J. Marshall, of West Frankfort, loading machine operator, age 38 years, widower, died from injuries received on the 10th by a fall of rib coal in Peabody Coal Company's No. 18 mine. He leaves four children.
 
MARTIN
October 1, 194241, David H. Martin, of West Frankfort, track layer, aged 51 years, married, was killed when rock from the roof fell on him in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
October 12, 192020, Lee Matin, trip rider, age 19 years, married, was killed in No. 9 mine, Old Ben Coal Corporation. Deceased was passing under descending cage when it caught him. He leaves a widow.
 
November 7, 193736, Moses Martin, of West Frankfort, tracklayer, aged 72 years, widower, crushed between motor and loaded cars in mine No. 8 of the Old Ben Coal Corp. No dependents.
 
MARVEL
January 29, 196359, Charles J. Marvel, of Thompsonville, cutting machine helper aged 43 years, married, seven dependents, was killed in a fire at the Freeman Coal Company's Orient No. 5 Mine, near Logan, Illinois.
See : Fire at Orient No. 5 Mine
 
MASNOS
September 15, 192121, Tony Masnos, of Buckner, loader, age 28 years, single, was killed by a fall of coal and rock in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine. He leaves his father and mother dependent.
 
MATCHEK
February 11, 194645, John Matchek of Royalton, driller, aged 55 years, married, died from injuries received on January 28, 1946, caused by haulage, in Franklin County Coal Corporation's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
MATECHEVICH
October 7, 191210, Joseph Matechevich, of Zeigler, machine runner's helper, aged 36 years, was killed at the Bell and Zoller Mining Company's Mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, by falling coal.
 
MATELIC
December 21, 195149, John Matelic, of West Frankfort, motorman, aged 40 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
 
MATHIS
October 19, 193130, Andrew J. Mathis, of West Frankfort, loader, age 56 years, widower, was killed by a fall of coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 15 mine. He leaves one child.
 
MATSON
September 10, 191311, Matthew Matson, of Zeigler, loader, aged 29 years, married, was killed by falling coal while employed in the Bell & Zoller Mining Company's mine at Zeigler, Franklin County. Deceased was loading a car at the face of his room, when some loose coal rolled over on him, crushing his head and neck, causing his death instantly. He leaves a widow.
 
MAUZY
July 12, 194443, Jack Mauzy, of West Frankfort, haulage foreman, aged 45 years, married, was killed when he was ran over by a car in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's New Orient mine. He leaves a widow.
 
MAXWELL
June 17, 192120, John Maxwell, laborer, age 44 years, married, was killed by railroad car at No. 10 mine, Old Ben Coal Corporation. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
McALLISTER
August 30, 192928, Edward McAllister, of West Frankfort, laborer, age 67 years, was killed by a fall of shale in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine.
 
McCARTY
September 12, 192323, John McCarty, of Christopher, trip rider, age 18 years, single, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 12 mine, when he fell in front of a pit car, which ran over him.
 
McCLANAHAN
January 20, 194746, Howard McClanahan, of West Frankfort, motorman, aged 39 years, married, was killed in a haulage accident in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 9 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
McCLARY
June 1, 195552, Eli J. McClary, of Logan, age 52, married, no dependent children, met his death by accidentally falling into a trolley wire at the Freeman Coal Mining Corporation's Orient No. 2 mine at West Frankfort, Franklin County, Illinois. He leaves a widow.
      The deceased, and Don Felkins had started to unload a car of 8 ft. props. Both men were standing in the car, throwing the props out. After throwing ten props out of the car, they sat down to rest. After resting about five minutes, they got up to start to work. The deceased either slipped or lost his balance on the props and his head came in contact with the trolley wire. The deceased was in contact with the wire for about a minute before he fell.
      Artificial respiration was performed on the deceased from the time the accident happened, 1:20 A.M., to 3:00 A.M., when the doctor arrived and pronounced him dead. Mr. McClary had 11 months experience at this mine.
 
McCELLAN
December 7, 193837, George McClellan, of West Frankfort, night motorman, aged 33 years, married, killed by explosion of gas in mine No. 15 of the Old Ben Coal Corp., leaving widow and two children.
 
McCLEARY
September 28, 191816, E. McCleary, of Royalton, miner, age 24, 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
 
McCLELLAN
February 21, 193938, Oscar McClellan, of Johnston City, motorman, aged 36 years, married, killed when caught between car and sand box of motor in mine No. 11 of Old Ben Coal Corporation, leaving wife and five children.
 
McCLINTOCK
September 8, 191614, Sanford McClintock, of Benton, miner, age 48 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Taylor Collieries Company's No. 6 mine, Benton, Franklin County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
McDANIEL
December 21, 195149, Bill McDaniel, of West Frankfort, motorman, aged 19 years, single, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
McDERMOTT
December 1, 192928, Thomas McDermott, of West Frankfort, mine examiner, age 60 years, died in an explosion of gas that occurred in No. 8 mine, Old Ben Coal Corporation. No dependents.
See : Explosion in Old Ben No. 8
 
McDONALD
March 7, 193534, Ed McDonald, of Benton, driller and shot firer, aged 52 years, married, killed by premature explosion of shot in mine No. 14 of the Old Ben Coal Corp., leaving widow.
 
December 30, 192625, John W. McDonald, of West Frankfort, machine man, age 38 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in C. W. & F. Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
October 4, 192323, T. J. McDonald, Jr., of Valier, trip rider, age 18 years, single, was run over and killed by pit cars in Valier Coal Company's mine.
 
McDOUGAL
August 8, 192323, John McDougal, of West Frankfort, shot firer, age 37 years, married, was killed by a windy shot in Franklin Co. Coal Company's No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
McDOWAL
June 17, 192019, William McDowal, of Bush, timberman, age 49 years, married, died from effects of a shot explosion three days previous in Western Coal Mining Company's mine, Bush. He leaves a widow.
 
McELYEA
April 28, 193635, Paul McElyea, of West Frankfort, triprider, aged 35 years, married, killed by cars in mine No. 21 of West Mine Coal Corp., leaving widow and six children.
 
McGINNEY / McGINNES
November 14, 191715, Joe McGinney, of Frankfort Heights, bratticeman, age 21 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in mine No. 9 of the Old Ben Coal Corporation, West Frankfort.
 
McGOWAN
January 8, 192726, Debs McGowan, of West Frankfort, trip rider, age 20 years, single, was killed in Industrial Coal Company's No. 18 mine. Deceased was found lying by the side of his trip with his skull fractured, and it is supposed he was in the act of cutting his car and got caught between the car and tail light.
 
McKAY
August 29, 192323, Charles McKay, of Benton, motorman, age 20 years, single, was killed in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's Benton No. 1 mine, by a fall of rock.
 
McKEAN
February 5, 193433, John McKean, of West Frankfort, loader, age 71 years, married, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 15 mine by a fall of rib coal. He leaves a widow.
 
McKENZIE
April 3, 19052, Andrew McKenzie, of Zeigler, miner, single, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, leaving brothers and a sister. Buried at Zeigler.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
April 3, 19052, William McKenzie, of Zeigler, miner, married, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, leaving a widow and four children; location not given.. Buried at Zeigler.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
McKILLOP
October 26, 194342, James McKillop, of West Frankfort, trip rider, aged 42 years, single, was killed when caught between cars and rib in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 1 mine.
 
McLAUGLIN
September 28, 191816, Harry McLaughlin, of Royalton, miner, 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
 
McMAHAN
June 1, 193433, Kenneth McMahan, of West Frankfort, pumpman, age 28 years, single, was killed in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's No. 1 mine, when run over by a motor.
 
McMANANON
December 12, 19086, John McMananon, of Rend City, shotfirer, aged 24 years, single, was killed by an explosion of carbon monoxide gas, in the W. P. Rend Colliery Company's mine at Rend City, Franklin County.
See : Explosion
 
McMURPHY
April 10, 191714, S. Noah McMurphy, of West Frankfort, fireman, age 35 years, married, was killed by explosion of a boiler at Old Ben Coal Corporation's mine, No. 8, West Frankfort, Franklin County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
McNEAL
December 23, 194342, Robert P. McNeal, of Herrin, motorman, aged 33 years, married, was killed when a motor ran over him in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's New Orient mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
February 12, 191613, Thomas McNeal, of Christopher, mine manager, age 38 years, married, was caught between car and tie and killed in No. 2 mine, Christopher Coal Mining Company, Christopher, Franklin County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
McNEILL
September 6,192928, David McNeill, of Sesser, loading machine helper, age 37 years, married, died from injuries sustained August 31st, by a fall of coal in Brewerton Coal Company's No. 22 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
McPHAIL
January 9, 192827, Dan McPhail, of West Frankfort, trapper, aged 26 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.
 
McPHERON
July 24, 194746, Thomas McPheron, of Johnston City, timberman, aged 64 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 nd one child.
See : Explosion at Old Ben Coal Corporation Mine No. 8
 
McQURAY
February 16, 19096, Chas. McQuray, of West Frankfort, shotfirer, aged 45 years, married, 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. He leaves a widow and two children.
See : Explosion
 
MEDDERS
November 29, 191715, D. Medders, of Christopher, laborer, 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
 
MELCHOIR
October 29, 192726, Dominic Melchoir, of Sesser, wire man, age 54 years, married, was caught between a car and coal rib and instantly killed, in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
MELLINI
December 16, 192625, Ercoli Mellini, of West Frankfort, miner, age 47 years, married, was caught between pit car and coal face and killed in C. W. & F. Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MENAR
March 12, 192726, John Menar, of Valier, miner, age 55 years, married, was caught between pit-car and coal face and crushed to death, in Valier Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
MENGELIS
October 27, 191412, B. Mengelis, of Royalton, miner, aged 39 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
 
METLOCK
August 22, 19042, Enos Metlock, of Zeigler, miner, aged 69 years, single, was killed by falling slate.
 
MEYER
April 10, 193029, Frank Meyer, of Sesser, trackman, age 50 years, married, was caught between a pit car and the coal face and killed, in Brewerton Coal Company's No. 22 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
MEYERS
October 8, 193029, W. H. Meyers, of West Frankfort, electrician, age 35 years, single (divorced) was killed by pit cars in Brewerton Coal Company's No. 21 mine. He leaves four dependent children.
 
MEZO
March 21, 194645, Logan Mezo, of Macedonia, machine helper, aged 38 years, married, died from injuries received on March 9, 1946, caused by haulage, in Valier Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
MICHITICH
October 27, 191412, Philip Michitich, of Royalton, miner, aged 42 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
 
MICKANNEY
March 13, 191411, Joseph Mickanney, of Hanaford, miner, aged 31 years, single, was killed by a fall of top coal in the Benton District Coal Company's No. 1 mine, Hanaford, Franklin County.
 
MICKNER
April 23, 191714, Mike Mickner, of Orient, shot firer, age 43 years, married, was killed in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's mine. Orient, Franklin County, by being crushed between a pit car and side of cage. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
MIDGETT / MIDYETT
October 28, 191614, P. Z. Midgett, of Benton, miner, age 28 years, married, was killed in Taylor Coal Company's No. 6 mine, Benton, Franklin County, by falling coal. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MIKESIE
April 3, 19052, T. Mikesie, of Zeigler, miner, married, native of Croatia, Hungary, 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, whereabouts unknown.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
MIKUTIS
February 6, 192726, Charles Mikutis, of West Frankfort, loader, age 42 years, married, died from injuries received the previous day in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's No. 1 mine, by being caught between the coal rib and pit-car. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
MILLER
January 29, 196359, Harold Glen Miller, of Sesser, repairman, aged 37 years, married, five dependents, was killed in a fire at the Freeman Coal Company's Orient No. 5 Mine, near Logan, Illinois.
See : Fire at Orient No. 5 Mine
 
February 14, 192322, Mike Miller, of Benton, timberman, age 35 years, single, was killed in Franklin County Mining Company's No. 1 mine.
 
December 21, 195149, Wallace Miller, of Benton, repairman, aged 29 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
 
MILLIGAN
December 21, 195149, Claude Milligan, of West Frankfort, Airdox, aged 40 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
 
MINGENI
January 17, 193534, Paul Mingeni, of Royalton, machine helper, aged 36 years, married, crushed by cars in mine No. 7 of the Franklin County Coal Co. Inc., leaving widow and two children.
 
MINKIS
July 10, 191816, Joseph Minkis, of Royalton, miner, age 42 years, married, was caught between car and coal rib and killed in Franklin Coal & Coke Company's No. 2 mine, Royalton.
 
MINTON
August 18, 192827, James Minton, of Buckner, laborer, age 57 years, married, fell into conveyor and was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
MITCHELL
October 4, 192625, Fred Mitchell, of Energy, driver, age 31 years, married, was killed in Franklin County Coal Company's No. 5 mine. Deceased was dead when found and no one saw the accident but from the evidence presented to the Coroner's jury it is believed that he was run over by a car. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
April 29, 193029, Harry Mitchell, of Galatia, laborer, age 20 years, single, was run over by railway cars and killed, at C. W. & F. Coal Company's No. 1 mine.
 
November 19, 19086, Joe Mitchell, of Benton, shotfirer, aged 35 years, married, died November 21, 1908, from the effects of 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 one child.
See : Explosion at Benton
 
December 12, 192524, John Mitchell, of Bush, laborer, age 30 years, married, and Raymond Eaves, of Bush, laborer, age 24 years, married, were killed in Western Coal and Mining Company's mine. These men were grading a hill to lower the track and had set some props under overhanging coal. When they reached this place with their grading work, they knocked out a prop and the coal fell on them. Mitchell leaves a widow and three children and Eaves leaves a widow and one child.
 
January 9, 192827, John Mitchell, of West Frankfort, loader, 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 seven children.
See : Explosion at Peabody No. 18
 
December 21, 195149, Warren Mitchell, of Benton, triprider, aged 24 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
 
March 27, 194544, William H. Mitchell, of Herrin, triprider, aged 48 years, married, was killed when he was ran over by a car in Franklin County Coal Corporation's No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
MIYOL
September 5, 191816, Frank Miyol, of Christopher, miner, age 42 years, married, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine, by being crushed between a car and coal rib. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
MOLOSKY
October 27, 191412, Adam Molosky, of Royalton, miner, aged 34 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
 
MONDINO
August 31, 193231, John Mondino, of West Frankfort, loader, age 59 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
MONSTELLA
June 22, 191916, Julius Monstella, of West Frankfort, miner, age 38 years, married, was killed in By Products Coke Corporation's No. 19 mine. West Frankfort, by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
MOONEYHAM
August 4, 192222, Walter S. Mooneyham, of Benton, laborer, age 41 years, married, was killed while in the employment of the C., W. and F. Coal Company at Benton No. 1 mine. Deceased was hauling timbers from the air shaft to the main shaft, the wagon wheel dropped into a hole in the road, causing him to fall off, and two wheels passed over his back. He leaves a widow.
 
MONTAGUE
May 16, 191916, Creed Montague, of Christopher, trackman, age 62 years, married, was killed in some unknown way in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine, Christopher. He leaves a widow.
 
MONTGOMERY
April 19, 194746, Lester C. Montgomery, of Sesser, faceman, aged 43 years, married, was killed by a fall of top coal in Valier Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
December 21, 195149, Sam Montgomery, of Sesser, timberman, 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
 
MOORE
September 3, 19075, Charles Moore, of West Frankfort, sinker, aged 24 years, single, employed at mine No. 18 of the Dering Coal Company, West Frankfort, Franklin County, was killed by falling 500 feet out of a hosting tub. The accident was caused by the rope slipping off of the drum.
 
November 13, 192020, Edward Moore, laborer, age 20 years, single, was killed in No. 11 mine, Old Ben Coal Corporation, by falling coal.
 
February 9, 192221, Harold Moore, of Benton, trip rider, age 21 years, single, died from injuries sustained two days before in Benton Coal Mining Company's No. 1 mine. Deceased was making a flying coupling when he was caught between two cars.
 
April 24, 193433, John Moore, of Johnston City, loader, age 59 years, married, died from injuries received the day before from falling coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
MORETTI
April 3, 19052, David Moretti, of Zeigler, miner, single, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, leaving a cousin. 623 N. 6th St., St. Louis, Mo. Parents in Milan. Italy. Buried at Zeigler.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
MORETTO
March 26, 194443, John Moretto, of Herrin, laborer, aged 48 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's New Orient mine. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
MORGAN
January 10, 19096, Fred Morgan, of Zeigler, laborer, aged 25 years, single, was killed in an explosion in the Zeigler Coal Company's mine at Zeigler, Franklin County.
See : Explosion at Zeigler
 
MORRIS
September 26, 192121, George Morris, of Benton, laborer, age 63 years, narried, was struck by a steam valve and killed in Benton Coal Mining Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
January 15, 194746, Roy Morris, of West Frankfort, trip rider, aged 52 years, married, was killed in a haulage accident at Peabody Coal Company's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
MORISSEY
November 23, 193736, William L. Morissey, of West Frankfort, skinup man, aged 25 years, married, electrocuted in mine No. 18 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving wife and mother dependent.
 
MORRISON
June 24, 192928, Grant Morrison, of West Frankfort, timberman, age 67 years, single, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 15 mine by a fall of coal.
 
MORTHLAND
December 21, 195149, Harry Morthland, of West Frankfort, loading machine helper, aged 52 years, single, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
MOSCHINO
June 8, 192928, Edigo Moschino, of Coello, brattice man, age 19 years, single, was caught between cage and bunton and instantly killed in Valier Coal Company's mine.
 
MOSES
December 21, 195149, Clyde Moses, of Marion, Airdox shooter, aged 39 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
 
MOSLEY
November 29, 192726, Carl Mosley, of West Frankfort, trip rider, age 23 years, married, was killed by being run over by a motor in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MOZZELLA
October 27, 191412, Guy Mozzella, of Royalton, miner, aged 32 years, married with four 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
 
MULKEY
July 16, 192928, William Mulkey, of Royalton, trip rider, married, was run over by pit cars and killed in Franklin County Coal Company's No. 7 mine.
 
MULLEN
October 27, 191412, Neal Mullen, of Royalton, miner, aged 19 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
 
MUNDINGER
August 21, 191614, Frank Mundinger, of Freeman, miner, age 36 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Taylor Mining Company's Possum Ridge mine, Freeman, Franklin County. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
MUNDY
December 21, 195149, Edward Mundy, of West Frankfort, cutting machine operator, aged 40 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
 
MURPHY
September 1, 19119, Alex. Murphy, of Benton, trapper, aged 17 years, single, lost his life in the Hart-Williams mine, Benton, Franklin County, by falling coal.
 
December 12, 19086, Wm. Murphy, of Rend City, shotfirer, aged 36 years, single, was killed by an explosion of carbon monoxide gas, in the W. P. Rend Colliery Company's mine at Rend City, Franklin County.
See : Explosion
 
MURRAY
April 14, 1950 48, Fred Murray, of Coello, motorman, aged 55 years, married, was killed when he was crushed by a motor and pit car in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
October 26, 1950 48, Norman Murray, of Buckner, motorman, aged 52 years, married, was killed when he was crushed by a motor and pit cars in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 15 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
August 31, 194443, Tas. Jay Murray, of Benton, loading machine operator, aged 58 years, married, died from injuries received on August 26, 1944, when rock fell on him in Valier Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
MYATT
January 26, 193837, Arthur J. Myatt, Jr., of West Frankfort, motorman, aged 26 years, married, killed by fall of rock in mine No. 15 of the Old Ben Coal Corp., leaving widow and five children.
 
MYERS
February 14, 191714, Henry Myers, of Plumfield, loader, age 43 years, married, was killed by failing coal in Bell and Zoller Mining Company's mine, Zeigler, Franklin County. He leaves a widow and three children.
 

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NAYLOR
November 29, 191715, Bert Naylor, of Mulkeytown, laborer, age 18 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
 
August 23, 192020, Cecil Naylor, trip rider, age 17 years, single, was run over by a pit-car and killed in No. 11 mine, Old Ben Coal Corporation. He leaves his father and mother dependent.
 
NEAL
February 17, 19063, E. E. Neal, of Benton, shot firer, aged 38 years, married, employed in the Benton Coal Co.'s mine No. 1, Benton, Franklin County, was killed by the explosion of two shots that were improperly prepared. Upon investigation it was found that one of the shots was overcharged with powder. He leaves a widow.
 
August 9, 192020, John Neal, laborer, age 65 years, married, fell from picking tipple to the ground and killed, at the mine of Old Ben Coal Corporation No. 11. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
NEALON
August 15, 196863, James Nealon, of West Frankfort, age 45, Surface Mechanic, Orient No. 5, No dependents, was killed instantly in an explosion that occurred at Freeman Coal Corporation's Orient No. 5 mine.
See : Explosion at Orient No. 5 Mine
 
NEIBEL
December 21, 195149, Roy L. Neibel, of West Frankfort, loading machine helper, aged 50 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
 
NEWBERRY
January 26, 194544, James C. Newberry, of Valier, loader helper, aged 58 years, married, was killed in a rock fall in Valier Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
NEWELL
December 21, 195149, R. L. Newell, of West Frankfort, cutting machine operator, aged 47 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
 
NICHOLSON
February 22, 194140, Ike Nicholson, of Orient, shift man, aged 58 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
 
August 12, 193938, Matthew Nicholson, of West Frankfort, timberman, aged 51 years, divorced, killed by fall of rock in mine No. 18 of the Peabody Coal Co., no dependents.
 
NICKELVICH
July 24, 194746, Adolph Nickelvich, of West Frankfort, driller, aged 36 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
 
NINA
March 11, 193130, Angelo Nina, of West Frankfort, conveyor loader, age 56 years, married, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine by falling coal. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
NINNIS
January 8, 192625, J. W. Ninnis, of Zeigler, miner, age 50 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Bell and Zollar Mining Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
NINIZ
December 19, 193130, Otto Niniz, of West Frankfort, loader, age 57 years, married, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
NOLAN
April 3, 19052, J. T. Nolan, miner, single, 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 mother.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
NOLEN
December 21, 195149, Max Nolen, of West Frankfort, motorman, aged 34 years, married. He leaves a widow and two children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
NOREIKO
August 23, 194645, Frank Noreiko, of Johnston City, timberman, aged 62 years, married, was killed in a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
NORWEATHER
January 10, 19096, Frank Norweather, of Zeigler, laborer, aged 25 years, single, was killed in an explosion in the Zeigler Coal Company's mine at Zeigler, Franklin County.
See : Explosion at Zeigler
 
NOVA
September 24, 195149, Louis Nova, of Herrin, loading machine helper, married, was killed by a roof fall in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
NOVAK
December 21, 195149, George Novak, of Benton, driller, aged 40 years, married. He leaves a widow and three children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
NOVISKY
February 4, 192322, William Novisky, of Bush, timberman, age 62 years, married, died from injuries received two days earlier in Western Coal and Mining Company's No. 2 mine. Deceased stepped off the track to allow a car to pass, but the space between the track and wall was not large enough and he was crushed so badly that he died as stated above. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
NOWASKE
September 18, 196258. Mr. Felix Nowaske, of Christopher, age 55, married, came to his death at the Franklin Hospital in Benton, Illinois on September 18, 1962 at approximately 4:30 p.m. from injuries sustained in a fall of rock and coal while he was working at the Freeman Coal Mining Corporation, Orient No. 5 Mine. The accident occurred about 2:00 p.m. September 17, 1962. Mr. Nowaske was employed as an Assistant Mine Manager and had one year experience at this mine.
      A continuous mining machine had been covered by a fall of slate and coal on the previous shift. Nowaske was directing the work of getting the machine out from under the fall. The place had been roof bolted with three rows of bolts while driving the place. After the fall occurred, the place was reinforced with props up to the end of the rear conveyor of the miner. The Joy Loader was cleaning the fall outby and on the left side of the place, which was about 12 feet wide. Nowaske and the loading machine helper were standing near the end of the conveyor of the miner near the right rib. Rib coal fell from the right rib and caught Nowaske, knocking him down. He was found in a doubled up position. The piece of coal that struck him was about one foot wide by two feet long by six inches thick. He suffered a broken vertabrae and other back and chest injuries. He was taken to the Franklin County Hospital where he died about 4:30 p.m., September 18, 1962.
 
NYARA
July 18, 195250, James Nyara, of Zeigler, motorman, aged 59 years, married, was killed when he was struck by a runaway trip in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 15 mine. He leaves a widow.
 

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OBROKTA
November 10, 192524, John Obrokta, of Logan, miner, age 42 years, married, was killed by a powder explosion in Franklin County Mining Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
ODLE
November 26, 192323, Harry Odle, of West Frankfort, miner, age 23 years, single, and I. B. Hamilton, of West Frankfort, miner, age 20 years, single, were killed by an explosion of gas in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 1 mine. Odle leaves one dependent, his mother.
 
December 21, 195149, Marion Odle, 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.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
OFEALD
April 13, 192322, Joe Ofeald, of Christopher, miner, age 28 years, married, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 12 mine. Deceased was working in the escapement shaft repairing the stairway when the stairway collapsed and he fell to the bottom.
 
OGDEN
September 3, 194140, Columbus F. Ogden, of Carterville, timberman, aged 64 years, married, died from injuries received the previous day, September 2, 1941, when rock fell on him in Franklin County Coal Company's No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
OGELVIE
April 3, 191411, John Ogelvie, of Sesser, timberman, aged 52 years, married, died from injuries received January 2, 1914, by a fall of rock in the Sesser Coal Company's mine, Sesser, Franklin County. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
OGILIVIE
October 25, 191919, Charles Ogilivie, of Sesser, miner, age 16 years, single, was killed while uncoupling cars in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 16 mine, Sesser.
 
OGLIVE
January 29, 191815, John Ogilvie, of Sesser, bratticeman, age 41 years, married, was killed by a motor in No. 1 mine of the Sesser Coal Company. He leaves a widow and eight children.
 
OGOLINI
October 27, 191412, Dominec Ogolini, of Royalton, miner, aged 26 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
 
OLAT
January 10, 19096, Joe Olat, of Zeigler, laborer, aged 35 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
 
OLIVER
February 16, 19096, Geo. Oliver, of West Frankfort, shotfirer, aged 30 years, married, 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. He leaves a widow and two children.
See : Explosion
 
OLIVETTA
September 30, 191210, James Olivetta, of West Frankfort, miner, aged 26 years, married, employed by West Frankfort Coal Company, West Frankfort, Franklin County, was killed by an explosion of dynamite caps and a box of permissible explosives. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
OLLOSKY
October 27, 191412, Tony Ollosky, of Royalton, miner, aged 45 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
 
OPTIC
March 10, 191512, Dan Optic, of Sesser, miner, married, age 40 years, came to his death by an unknown cause at the upper end of the cage room at the mine of the Sesser Coal Co., Sesser, Franklin County. Deceased had an artificial leg and was traveling along the haulage road instead of the mainway, probably being easier for him to do so. While crossing a trip of cars, it is very likely that he came in contact with the trolley wire, due to the rigid artificial leg, and was electrocuted. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
ORLENTO
October 27, 191412, B. Orlento, of Royalton, miner, aged 26 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
 
ORRIS
July 23, 192323, Louis Orris, of Zeigler, miner, age 17 years, single, cam in contact with trolley wire and was electrocuted, in Bell and Zoller Mining Company's No. 1 mine.
 
O'RUARK
January 31, 192625, Darwin O'Ruark, of Zeigler, laborer, age 21 years, single, was killed in Bell & Zollar Mining Company's No. 2 mine, when the rope on the cage on which he was riding broke allowing the cage to fall to the bottom of the shaft.
 
OTTINO
February 14, 192322, Joe Ottino, of Coello, machine helper, age 40 years, married, died from injuries received by a fall of rock the day before in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
OTZWIRK
October 5, 192928, Tony Otzwrik, of Sesser, triprider, age 26 years, single, was caught between car and motor and crushed to death in Brewerton Coal Company's No. 22 mine.
 
OVERTURF
December 21, 195149, Earl Overturf, of Benton, timberman, aged 40 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
 
December 21, 191210, Quincy Overturf, of Buckner, weighman, aged 42 years, married, was killed by falling down the shaft of the United Coal Mining Company's No. 2 Mine, Buckner, Franklin County. After tlie men had all gone down deceased was taking the checkboard up in the tipple, riding on top of the cage. The cage was stopped just before going into the dump and he handed the checkboard to the checkweighman, who was standing on the runway, which was 4 feet from the cage; he then stepped from the cage onto an angle bar which was between the cage and the runway, and from some cause he lost his hold and fell, hitting another cross-bar, which threw him directly over into the shaft. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
OWENS
July 24, 194746, Louis F. Owens, of Johnston City machine man, aged 51 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
 
July 6, 191715, Walter Owens, of Benton, loader, age 23 years, married, was instantly killed by a fall of rock in Middle Fork mine of the United States Fuel Company, Benton. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
OWSLEY
September 16, 197469. Mr. Harry Owsley, of Orient, age 48, married, came to his death at about the hour of 5:05 a.m., from electric shock, while in the performance of his duties as Machine Operator at the Old Ben Coal Corporation, Mine No. 26, Benton, Franklin County, Illinois on September 16, 1974.
      The fatal accident occurred in the 250' 60 degree crosscut between 1 and 2 bleeders off 48 (A) North off First East South. Mr. Owsley had loaded one-half shuttle of coal when power was lost on the shuttle car. During that time Carl Sims had gone to the transformer to engage switch, Mr. Owsley left the machine and walked back out by the shuttle car where the helper, Roy Edward Schafer, Classified Roof Bolter was standing. Carl Sims walked back to the shuttle car after engaging power and discovered the shuttle car was grounded by the shock received by contacting the light guard with the back of his hand. He stated then that the shuttle car was hot and he was going to the transformer to disengage the power. While he was enroute to the transformer, Harry Owsley walked toward the machine and contacted the front of the shuttle car with his left hand. Roy Schafer stated that he heard a noise like a groan and turned around in time to see Mr. Owsley's body fall down between the shuttle car and machine, with his left arm sliding down the frame of the shuttle car. He then yelled to Carl Sims who was about half-way out to the Section Foreman, Darrell Mitchell, who was at the Power Station, to knock the power off. As soon as the power was off, Roy immediately went to Mr. Owsley and pulled him out, while others were bringing stretchers to the scene of the accident. Mr. Owsley's body was brought to the surface at 5:35 a.m., where an ambulance was waiting, at which time Mr. Owsley was pronounced dead.
 
OYSTEN
October 15, 191210, James Oysten, of Benton, laborer, aged 56 years, married, was killed in the Benton Coal Company's Mine, Benton, Franklin County, by being run over by empty cars. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 

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PADJEN
June 23, 194241, Nick Padjen, of Buckner, loader operator, aged 44 years, married, was killed when coal from a rib fell on him in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
PAGE
September 27, 193433, Albert Page, of West Frankfort, mule driver, age 52 years, widower, was killed when he fell in front of moving cars in Mine No. 19 of the Peabody Coal Co.
 
PALIC
December 21, 195149, John M. Palic, of West Frankfort, trapper, 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 three children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
PALMER
July 24, 194746, Thomas M. Palmer, of West Frankfort, triprider, aged 41 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 child.
See : Explosion at Old Ben Coal Corporation Mine No. 8
 
PALO
September 17, 191715, Andy Palo, of Orient, miner, age 30 years, married, was killed on man cage when counter-balance left the guides at Orient mine of C, W. & F. Coal Company. He leaves a widow and five children
 
PARKER
February 15, 193736, Clarence Parker, of Logan, timberman, aged 47 years, married, killed by Tail of rock in mine No. 18 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving wife.
 
June 6, 191916, Ellsworth Parker, of Christopher, miner, age 42 years, married, was killed by an explosion of gas in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine, Christopher. He leaves a widow.
See : Gas Explosion at Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 10
 
March 11, 192221, Sherman Parker, of Buckner, laborer, age 33 years, married, was killed by pit cars in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
PARKS
July 27, 191513, John Parks, of Christopher, miner, age 55 years, single, was killed in an explosion in the United Coal Mining Company's mine No. 1, Christopher, Franklin County.
See : Explosion
 
PARROT
October 27, 191412, Philip Parrot, of Royalton, driver, aged 30 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
 
PARROTT
April 12, 191714, Ureis Parrott, of Royalton, laborer, age 46 years, married, was killed by railroad cars in Franklin Coal and Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton, Franklin County.
 
PASKAVICH
December 13, 192121, Joe Paskavich, of Valier, trapper, age 16 years, single, was run over and killed by a motor in Valier Coal Company's mine.
 
PASLEY
December 21, 195149, Shelby Pasley, of West Frankfort, triprider, aged 40 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
 
PATKUS
September 17, 191715, John Patkus, of Orient, miner, age 34 years, single, was killed on man cage, when counter-balance left guides and struck cage, in the Orient mine of the C, W. & F. Coal Company.
 
PATOVITCHI
July 24, 191412, William Patovitchi, of Zeigler, machine runner, single, age 28 years, lost his life in the escapement shaft of the Bell & Zoller mine, Zeigler, Franklin County. He had attempted to get up on the mid forenoon cage (10 a. m.), but, having been late, began to walk up the stairway of the escapement shaft. At about this time a fire broke out in the fanhouse and the fumes were carried down the shaft, it being the downcast. Deceased was found under a pile of debris at the bottom of the escapement shaft and it is assumed that he attempted to rush up through the fumes and was overcome.
 
PATTERSON
January 10, 19096, James Patterson, of Zeigler, laborer, aged 40 years, married, was killed in an explosion in the Zeigler Coal Company's mine at Zeigler, Franklin County. He leaves a widow and three children.
See : Explosion at Zeigler
 
November 21, 193938, Walter Patterson, of Coello, mine foreman, aged 35 years, widower, killed by fall of rock in mine No. 11 of the Old Ben Coal Corporation, leaving one dependent child.
 
PATTRONI
October 27, 191412, Charles Pattroni, of Royalton, miner, aged 40 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
 
PATSOVICH
December 21, 192625, John Patsovich, of West Frankfort, loader, age 48 years, married, was killed by coming in contact with a trolley wire, Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 9 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
PAYNE
December 21, 195149, Earl Payne, of Buckner, Airdox shooter, aged 42 years, married. He leaves a widow.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
PEAK
October 5, 191816, Labon Peak, of West Frankfort, driver, age 48 years, married, was killed by pit cars in West Frankfort Coal Company's mine, West Frankfort.
 
PELESKI
February 25, 191815, Joe Peleski, of West Frankfort, miner, age 35 years, married, died from injuries that he received from motor in No. 8 mine of the Old Ben Coal Corporation, on February 12. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
PENROD
January 4, 192726, Ethan Penrod, of Benton, driver, age 38 years, married, was run over by pit car and killed in Franklin County Mining Company's mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
PERCONI
September 7, 19075, Joe Perconi, of West Frankfort, miner, aged 36 years, married, was killed in a gas explosion in the Dering Coal Company's No. 11 mine. West Frankfort. He leaves a widow and four children.
See : 1907 Gas Explosion
 
PERGOR
March 21, 193231, Frank Pergor, of West Frankfort, loading machine operator, age 43 years, married, died from injuries received the day before by coal falling from rib in Peabody Coal Company's mine No. 18. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
PERPICH
April 4, 191714, Sam Perpich, of Sesser, loader, age 42 years, married, was killed in Sesser Coal Company's mine, Sesser, Franklin Councy. Deceased was assisting timbermen to make safe a dangerous place in the roof. The roof began to chip and show signs of falling and in running away he tripped and fell and was covered with several tons of coal and shale. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
PERRYMAN
April 3, 19052, Frank Perryman, of Zeigler, miner, married, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County. He deserted wife in Jackson, Miss, seven years ago. relative of Dr. Stam, Holly Springs, Miss. Buried at Zeigler.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
PESKA
December 21, 195149, Andy Peska, of Benton, timberman, aged 61 years, single, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
PETKOFF
January 10, 19096, Jakin Petkoff, of Zeigler, laborer, aged 28 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
 
PETRO
December 28, 192222, Charles Petro, of Buckner, miner, age 45 years, married, was killed by coming in contact with a trolley wire in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
PETROFF
December 21, 195149, Pete Petroff, of Johnston City, driller, aged 56 years, married. He leaves a widow and one child.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
PETERS
March 24, 193837, Guy Stanley Peters, of Christopher, mechanic, aged 45 years, married, crushed between loading machine and brake wheel of motor in mine No. 1 of the Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Co., leaving widow and one child.
 
PETERSON
June 8, 192827, S. R. Peterson, of West Frankfort, blacksmith, age 57 years, married, was killed in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's No. 2 mine. Deceased was helping to repair the cage in the tipple. The engineer, receiving a signal from the bottom, moved the cage, throwing him to the ground, striking the landing gate, causing instant death. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
PETTUS
April 2, 193534, Ed D. Pettus, of West Frankfort, track layer, aged 48 years, married, died from cerebral hemorrhage from injuries received in mine No. 8 of the Old Ben Coal Corp., leaving widow.
 
PHEGLEY
March 18, 192221, Howard Phegley, of Benton, machine helper, age 35 years, married, was electrocuted in United States Fuel Company's Middlefork mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
PHILLIPS
May 13, 194342, Henry Phillips, of Benton, loader, aged 58 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
January 10, 19096, James Phillips, of Zeigler, laborer, aged 39 years, single, was killed in an explosion in the Zeigler Coal Company's mine at Zeigler, Franklin County.
 
January 10, 19096, John Phillips, Hungarian, of Zeigler, laborer, aged 26 years, married, was killed in an explosion in the Zeigler Coal Company's mine at Zeigler, Franklin County. The body was not recovered as of July 1, 1909, owing to the dangerous condition of the mine, as it is on fire. He leaves a widow and one child.
      The body was recovered on July 20, 1910, after Bell and Zoller Mining Company had leased the mine and began recovery in May of 1910. 7
See : Explosion at Zeigler
 
PICH
December 7, 192121, Andy Pich, of Zeigler, loader, age 35 years, widower, was killed by a fall of coal in Bell and Zollar Mining Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves five children.
 
PICHESON
May 23, 193231, E. C. Picheson, top boss, age 38 years, married, died from injuries received three days earlier in C. W. & F. Coal Company's No. 1 mine. Deceased was superintending repair work in the tipple, when he slipped and fell to the ground, fracturing his skull. He leaves a widow and two children.
This fatality is not charged to production, as the mine was not in operation.
 
PIERCE
February 21, 191714, John W. Pierce, of Benton, dock boss, age 44 years, married, was killed by railroad cars at United States Fuel Company's mine, Benton, Franklin County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
PIERSON
December 21, 195149, Thomas J. Pierson, of Benton, cutting machine operator, 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
 
PIPER
August 13, 194342, Sam Leslie Piper, of Valier, examiner, aged 53 years, married, was killed by a collision of two mine motors in Valier Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
PIRCENTINI
July 24, 194746, Domenico Pircentini, of West Frankfort, tracklayer, aged 67 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
 
PLESHA
September 5, 191816, John Plesha, of Buckner, miner, age 42 years, married, was run over and killed by a motor in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine, Buckner. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
PLUSNIK
October 27, 191412, Tony Plusnik, of Royalton, miner, aged 43 years, married with four 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
 
POE
February 4, 192423, Grover C. Poe, of Christopher, asst. mine manager, age 35 years, married, was run over and killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
POLISKIS
June 10, 192120, John Poliskis, loader, age 29 years, single, was killed in No. 9 mine, Old Ben Coal Corporation, by falling coal.
 
POLKAC
October 27, 191412, Mike Polkac, of Royalton, miner, aged 30 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
 
POLLOCK
December 21, 195149, George Pollock, of West Frankfort, triprider, aged 25 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
 
POMA
April 5, 193029, Mike Poma, of Orient, loader, age 42 years, single, was run over by pit cars and killed in C. W. & F. Coal Company's No. 1 mine.
 
PONZI
December 2, 192928, Peter Ponzi, of West Frankfort, loader age 66 years, widower, died from injuries received August 9, in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. Deceased was loading coal when some coal fell, and, in getting out of the way of the fall, he fell down. He was not struck, and resumed his work. He became dizzy and then unconscious, was taken out of the mine, and then to a hospital in St. Louis, where he died.
 
PORTIOSKI
July 12, 193433, William Portioski, of Sesser, dustman and sprinkler, age 64 years, married, died of injuries received on July 6 when he was squeezed between a pit car and the rib at Valier Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
POTEPAN
January 7, 196460. Mr. Samuel Edgar Mallory, of Christopher, age 48, married, 2 dependent children and Mr. Ted Divor Potepan, of West Frankfort, age 55, married, came to their deaths on January 7, 1964 from injuries sustained while working underground in the Old Ben Coal Corporation, Mine No. 21, caused by a rock fall. Mr. Mallow was employed as a Continuous Miner Operator and had had 27 years experience at this mine. Mr. Potepan was employed as Assistant Mine Manager and had had 19 years experience at this mine.
      The accident occurred at 5:50 a.m. The boring type continuous mining machine had cut number 21 Room just past the location of a north bleeder place. The machine was then moved out of Room 20 into Room 19. Room 19 was then driven east parallel with Room 20, leaving the regular thickness of pillar between the rooms (about 8 feet) to a depth corresponding to Room 20. The machine was then turned at a 45 degree angle and a Crosscut was driven through to Room 20. The machine was then moved across Room 20 and started to cut into the north rib of Room 20 to drive a north bleeder. After starting to cut, the top coal was seen to be working and small pieces of coal dropping. Potepan ordered the machine stopped and two props were set on the right side of the machine. While this was being done, Alva Darrough, the machine runner, was trying to pull the coal down with a coal bar. It was seen to be working on the left side of the machine. Then Mr. Potepan and Mr. Mallory went to that side of the machine and tried to pull the top coal down with a pick. Unable to do this, the coal bar was passed to Mr. Potepan who started to work on the coal with the bar. The coal started to work more.
      Mr. Hosea Thomas, a shuttle car operator, stated that he saw Mr. Potepan and Mr. Mallory move back in to No. 20 Room. The coal worked a short interval and fell. With the top coal a large rock fell across the machine. The rock broke into several pieces, the largest of which one end rested on the machine and the other end on the floor. Both Potepan and Mallory were caught under the end of the rock resting on the floor. Mr. Mallory was soon recovered from under the rock and was sent out of the mine. It took some time to recover Mr. Potepan from under the rock, as jacks had to be brought from the bottom. Both men were apparently dead when taken from under the rock. A doctor pronounced them both dead when they arrived at the surface.
 
POTTS
February 15, 192625, W. L Potts, of West Frankfort, machine man, age 31 years, married, came in contact with a trolley wire and was killed in C. W. & F. Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
POZLE
September 16, 191919, Joe Pozle, of West Frankfort, miner, age 26 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's mine, Orient. He leaves a widow.
 
PRICE
March 3, 191613, John Price, of Mulkeytown, laborer, age 23 years, single, employed at Christopher Coal Mining Company's No. 2 mine, Christopher, Franklin County, was caught between railway cars and killed. He leaves two dependents.
 
December 30, 192020, Kelly Price, trip rider, age 18 years, single, was killed in No. 14 mine, Old Ben Coal Cororation. Deceased was uncoupling cars when the motorman without giving any signal, started the motor, pulling the car over him.
 
February 14, 194746, Noble Price, of Thompsonville, load rider, aged 33 years, married, died from injuries received the previous day, February 13, 1947, when he fell in front of a car in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's New Orient mine. He leaves a widow.
 
PRICHETT
December 21, 195149, Vallie Prichett, of Benton, Airdox shooter, aged 39 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
 
PRUDENT
June 30, 192928, Richard Prudent, of Zeigler, face boss, age 28 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Bell & Zollar Mining Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
PRY
October 2, 192625, Leonard Pry, of West Frankfort, trip nder, age 25 years, married, was run over by motor and killed in Industrial Coal Company's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
PRYE
July 30, 191715, Barney Prye, of Frankfort Heights, driver, age 26 years, single, was killed by trip of cars in mine No. 9 of the Old Ben Coal Corporation, West Frankfort.
 
PRZHOPZANSKI
December 11, 192625, Henry Przyhopanski, of West Frankfort, trip rider, age 34 years, married, died from injuries received October 30, in Bell and Zollar Mining Company's No. 2 mine, by being run over by pit cars. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
PUCKETT
January 10, 19096, Seeber Puckett, of Zeigler, laborer, aged 20 years, single, was killed in an explosion in the Zeigler Coal Company's mine at Zeigler, Franklin County.
See : Explosion at Zeigler
 
PUGH
May 6, 19107, Charley Pugh, topman, of Royalton, aged 28 years, married, employed at the Franklin Coal and Coke Company's mine at Royalton, came to his death by falling down the shaft. He was working on the bottom part of the cage and had put some boards across the shaft on which to stand. One of the boards broke, precipitating him into the shaft, which is about 350 feet deep.
 

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