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QUAYLE
December 21, 195149, John Quayle, of West Frankfort, triprider, aged 25 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
 
December 21, 195149, Joseph Quayle, 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
 
QUEEN
February 10, 194443, Lyle Queen, of Tamaroa, tracklayer, aged 39 years, married, died from injuries received on February 7, 1944, when rock fell on him in Valier Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
QUILLMAN
August 26, 194847, John Riley Quillman, of Benton, loading machine operator, aged 54 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Valier Coal Compnay's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 

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RABBY
April 3, 19052, A. Rabby, of Zeigler, miner, married, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, leaving widow residing at Witnyed, County Sopron, Hungary. Buried at Zeigler.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
RABSCHINI
January 4, 191310, G. Rabschini, of Rend, miner, aged 30 years, single, employed at W. P. Rend Collieries Company's Mine, Rend, Franklin County, was killed by falling rock.
 
RAMPRONI
June 13, 191310, Charles Ramproni, of Freman, driver, aged 19 years, single, employed at the Southern Illinois Coal & Coke Company's Mine No. 1, Freeman, Franklin County, was found in the sump underneath the cage, dead. Deceased was working on night shift; just as shot-firers came up on the cage, he reached over to get a light, and in doing so let his lamp fall down the shaft. He got a lamp from one of the shot firers and went down to get his own. The rest of the shift went down a few minutes later and found him in the sump under the cage, dead. It is thought that he fell in the sump and the cage came down on him.
 
RAMSEY
December 21, 195149, Alexander Ramsey, of West Frankfort, cutting machine operator, 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
 
March 12, 193534, John Ramsey, of Christopher, timberman and track layer, aged 67 years, married, died from causes unknown in mine No. 1 of the Valier Coal Co., leaving widow.
 
RANBACK
June 21, 192928, Frank Ranback, of West Frankfort, machine man, age 21 years, single, was killed by a fall of coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 15 mine.
 
RAND
March 23, 191512, Charles Rand, of West Frankfort, brake-rider on the surface cars, single, age 44 years, came to his death by being rolled under the journals of a C. & B. I. Railroad car which was bumped by a runaway car which had deficient brakes. He was facing the car which knocked him down and was rolled over backwards in a space of about 8 inches in height. He was employed at the Old Ben Mining Corporation's mine No. 8, West Frankfort, Franklin County. He leaves a dependent mother.
 
RASHANCE
April 3, 19052, Mike Rashance, 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 one child in Torchich, Croatia. Hungary.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
RATKOR
June 5, 194443, Mike Ratkor, of Zeigler, machineman, aged 55 years, single, was killed by being crushed between cars in Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company's No. 2 mine.
 
RAYBURN
April 3, 19052, James Rayburn, of Zeigler, miner, married, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, leaving widow and one child at Carterville. Buried at Carterville.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
RAYMOND
July 24, 194746, George Raymond, of West Frankfort, clean-up man, aged 60 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
 
September 13, 193433, William Raymond, of Freeman Spur, miner, age 63 years, widower, was killed by a new fall of coal while cleaning up a previous fall in Mine No. 5 of the Franklin County Coal Company. His injuries were received on September 12, 1933. He leaves two dependent children.
 
REA
December 1, 19108, Charles Rea, of Sesser, machine runner, aged 25 years, single, employed at the Sesser Coal Company's mine, Sesser, was killed while running a puncher machine in No. 19 room in the 5th west, northwest entry. He was on the fourth board when a piece of loose coal fell from the face, striking him on the head and breaking his neck. He leaves a widow.
 
REACH
December 21, 195149, Ellis Reach, Jr., of West Frankfort, foreman, 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 five children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
December 21, 195149, Ellis Reach, Sr., of West Frankfort, cutting machine operator, aged 57 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
REED
November 5, 19086, George Reed, of Rend City, shotfirer, aged 31 years, married, was killed in the explosion of the W. P. Rend Colliery Company's mine, RendCity, Franklin County. He leaves a widow.
See : Explosion
 
December 8, 194746, Paul Reed, of Christopher, shaft repairman, aged 48 years married, died from injuries received when he fell down the haft on the previous day, December 7, 1947, in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
REES
December 21, 195149, Earl Rees, of Elkville, repairman, aged 38 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
REEVES
May 26, 192120, William Reeves, miner, age 16 years, single, was struck by pit-car and killed in Franklin Coal & Coke Company's No. 1 mine.
 
REID
September 22, 194544, B. H. Reid, of West Frankfort, trapper, aged 50 years, died from injuries he received the previous day, September 21, 1945 when he was ran over by a motor in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
RENDLEMAN
September 13, 192625, Lawrence Rendleman, of West Frankfort, wireman, age 34 years, married, died from injuries received the day before in C. W. & F. Coal Company's No. 2 mine by pit cars. He leaves a widow.
 
RENFRO
December 13, 191715, Pleasant Renfro, of Royalton, laborer, aged 49 years, married, was killed by being crushed with railroad car, mine No. 1 of the Franklin Coal & Coke Company. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
RENTFRO
January 27, 192322, Ransom Rentfro, of Christopher, check puller, age 23 years, married, was killed while in the employment of the Old Ben Coal Corporation at mine No. 14. Deceased was up in the tipple and as they had dumped the last car he was hurrying to get down. It had been raining and the steps were wet and he slipped on the top step and fell over the banister. He leaves a widow.
 
REVAK
December 21, 195149, Joe Revak, of Benton, motorman, 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
 
REYNOLDS
October 22, 197469, Mr. Mark E. Reynolds, of West Frankfort, age 20, single, came to his death by being pinned between the two frames of a Bobcat Loader Bucket, at approximately 10:15 a.m., while in the performance of his duties as Bottom Laborer at the Old Ben Coal Corporation, Mine No. 26, Benton, Franklin County, Illinois, October 22, 1974.
      Robert Hitt, Shift Mine Manager sent Carlo Arnone and Mark Reynolds, Classified Bottom Laborers to M-7 Section, located in the 13th North off the First East North. After arriving on the Section, they moved the Bobcat Loader on power to the Utility Jeep that was to be used to transport the Bobcat. After raising the bucket, the power de-energized and the Belt Hanger Chain was then connected in the center of both vehicles for towing, and manilla rope was connected on both sides for stability. After making connection, Mark Reynolds climbed into the cab of the Bobcat and Carlo Arnone operated the Utility Jeep, pulling the Bobcat 600 feet. When arriving at the intersection of the 13th North, Carlo attempted to turn the jeep left into the First East North Entry, at which time the tow chain snapped. Mr. Arnone put the jeep under the bucket and then blocked the Bobcat with a roof bolt block and the jeep with a lump of coal. Mr. Reynolds decided to get in the cab of the Bobcat Loader to connect the chain, he laid face down in the floor of the Bobcat and had the upper part of his body between the frame and the cross frame of the bucket. Arnone stated that the jeep or Bobcat moved and the bucket lowered, pinning Reynolds between the two frames. Mr. Arnone tried to lift the bucket physically but could not release Mr. Reynolds, he then ran back in on M-7 Section to get help. David Rone and Darrell Kerley ran back out with Arnone to the Bobcat and David lifted the bucket, trying to keep the pressure off Reynolds. When other help arrived, they physically raised the bucket enough to pull Mr. Reynolds down through the front of the loader. Mark Reynolds was then put on a stretcher and brought to the surface, where an ambulance was waiting to take him to the Franklin Hospital in Benton, Illinois, where Mr. Reynolds was pronounced dead by Dr. James Durham.
 
RICE
December 21, 195149, Guy Rice, of Mulkeytown, 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 two children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
December 21, 195149, Robert Rice, of Mulkeytown, 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 eight children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
October 9, 193534, William R. Rice, of Mulkeytown, driller, aged 57 years, married, electrocuted in mine No. 2 of the Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Co., leaving widow and four children.
 
RICH
April 17, 192019, Cecil Rich, of Christopher, motorman, age 22 years, married, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporations's No. 10 mine, Christopher. Deceased was coming around curve with a trip when the two last cars left the track causing motor to stop suddenly, throwing motor man under the motor killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
August 14, 192121, Harry Rich, of Frankfort Heights, assistant night boss, age 35 years, married, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 9 mine by falling rock. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
RICHARDS
December 6, 192726, Terry Richards, of West Frankfort, trip rider, age 40 years, married, was struck by a motor and killed in Industrial Coal Company's mine No. 18. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
RICHARDSON
January 10, 19096, Joe Richardson, of Zeigler, laborer, aged 38 years, single, was killed in an explosion in the Zeigler Coal Company's mine at Zeigler, Franklin County.
See : Explosion at Zeigler
 
October 22, 197469. Mr. William Brian Auten, of Benton, age 20, single, and Mr. Eugene Richardson, of Tamaroa, age 33, married, four dependent children, came to their death at approximately 5:20 a.m., October 22, 1974, from crushing injuries caused by a roof fall, while in the performance of their duties as Miner Operators at the Old Ben Coal Company, Mine No. 21, Sesser, Franklin County, Illinois.
      Mr. Auten and Mr. Richardson had been working for Frank Wehmeyer. Section Foreman and J. W. Merrell, Mine Manager, when they were trapped under a roof fall on lOCM-5 Section. The roof fall occurred in the 146 Lift Room 34 off 4A South Entry. Support was installed to help control the roof, additional roof control props and crib material were brought into the section, should they be necessary. With systematic workmanship by all concerned the body of Eugene Richardson was discovered at approximately 8:50 a.m., he was put on a stretcher at 9:00 a.m., and at that time pronounced dead by the Doctor who was waiting underground. At approximately 10:15 a.m. Mr. Auten's body was discovered, he was pronounced dead by the Doctor at 10:20 a.m.
 
August 18, 192323, Joseph Richardson, of Benton, driver, age 19 years, married, fell under pit car and killed in United States Fuel Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
RICHERSON
August 4, 1950 48, Joe L. Richerson, of DuQuoin, timberman, aged 50 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
RIGO
January 10, 192322, James Rigo, of Christopher, machine runner, age 35 years, widower, was killed by a fall of rock in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine. He leaves two children.
 
RILEY
May 1, 197972. Mr. William R. Riley, of Sesser, age 41, married, two dependents, was fatally injured by electrical shock at approximately 12:15 P.M., Tuesday, May 1, 1979, while in the performance of his duties as Maintenance Foreman at Old Ben Coal Company, Mine No. 26, Sesser, Franklin County, Illinois.
      William Riley was called by Dwight Bailor and Larry Clark to assist with an electrical problem in the 29th South, West South Section. William Riley arrived on the scene at about 11:30 A.M. Not knowing where the problem was, the covers of the transformer were removed and a visual check of the Double Switch Gear Air Breaker on the 7200 volt side of the transformer was made. William Riley returned to the transformer after the visual check for further tests. The oil switches of the transformer were de-energized, however, the electrical leads on the primary side of the lightening arrestors and oil switches of the transformer were still energized from the double switch gear. William Riley, with 6 inch channel locks, reached inside the transformer and evidently came in contact with the high voltage leads thus causing his electrocution. First aid was immediately administered to William Riley and during transportation to "C" Shaft Bottom. A doctor waiting at the bottom pronounced William R. Riley dead.
 
RIVA
September 27, 192827, John Riva, of West Frankfort, miner, age 43 years, married, was killed in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's No. 2 mine, by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
November 14, 194039, Matt Riva, of West Frankfort, timberman, age 46 years, married; killed by fall of rock at Mine No. 1 of the Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Co., leaving a widow and one child.
 
ROBERTS
October 30, 191513, Charles Roberts, of West Frankfort, motorman, age 24 years, married, was killed by pit cars in Producers Coal Company's No. 18 mine. West Frankfort, Franklin County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
January 29, 195250, Harry Roberts, of Herrin, driller, aged 60 years, married was killed by a fall of rock in Franklin County Coal Corporation's No. 15 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
May 26,193635, Irvin Roberts, of Johnston City, locomotive crane fireman, aged 62 years, married, run over by car at mine No. 1 of Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Co., leaving widow.
 
February 22, 19107, Leon Roberts, of Rend City, driver, aged 25 years, married, employed in mine No. 1, W. P. Rend Collieries Company, Rend City, Franklin County,was killed while going in the fifth southeast entry with an empty car, which collided with an empty car left on the track the previous trip, and whichthe loader had failed to push into his room. The accident occurred about1:30 p. m. and he died at 9:15 p. m. He was a widower with one child.
 
June 6, 191916, Tom Roberts, of Christopher, miner, age 40 years, single, was killed by an explosion of gas in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine, Christopher.
See : Gas Explosion at Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 10
 
December 21, 195149, Tom Roberts, of West Frankfort, triprider, aged 43 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
ROBINSON
April 3, 19052, C. B. Robinson, of Zeigler, miner, married, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, leaving a widow at Crawfordsville. Indiana. Buried at Crawfordsville. Indiana.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
ROBY
April 15, 194645, Daniel J. Roby, of West Frankfort, face boss aged 34 years, married, died from injuries received on April 10, 1946, caused by haulage, in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 15 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
ROCHE
January 29, 192625, Jerry Roche, of West Frankfort, loader, age 30 years, married, was killed in a gas explosion in C. W. & F. Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
See : Gas Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company, Orient No. 2
 
RODDEN
October 15, 194140, Daniel Ivan Rodden, of Johnston City, motorman, aged 46 years, married, was killed when he fell off of a locomotive and was run over in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
ROGERS
June 15, 191815, A. B. Rogers, of Orient, triprider, age 29 years, single, was killed by falling in front of motor in the Orient mine. of the C, W. & F. Coal Company.
 
September 10, 193029, Andy Rogers, of West City, loading machine man, age 30 years, married, was killed in C. W. & F. Coal Company's No. 2 mine by a fall of coal knocking him against the machine with such force as to cause his death in about twenty minutes. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
June 23, 192322, Ed Rogers, of Rend, laborer, age 36 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in the Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 16 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
ROLAND
December 21, 195149, Claude Roland, of Carterville, motorman, aged 46 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
 
ROMANI
October 31, 193635, Victor Romani, of Sesser, rock loader, aged 48 years, married, killed by motor in mine No. 11 of Old Ben Coal Corp., leaving widow and three children.
 
ROMANSKI
June 4, 192928, Frank Romanski, of Zeigler, loader, age 42 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Bell & Zollar Mining Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
June 8, 19129, Joseph Romanski, of Royalton, miner, aged 35 years, married, employed at the Mitchell mine of the Franklin Coal and Coke Company, Royalton, Franklin County, was killed by a fall of rock. The deceased had been loading a car with coal from beneath a large piece of rock, which had fallen the night before on his coal pile. The rock was 20 feet by 10 feet and 14 inches thick. When he had gotten a distance under it, a large piece broke off and fell on him and killed him instantly. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
ROPER
April 3, 19052, John Roper, 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 four children in Chisholm, Minnesota, where he owned property.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
ROSE
December 21, 195149, Charles Rose, 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.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
ROTH
November 29, 191715, W. J. Roth, of Christopher, laborer, age 55 years, married, was killed in an explosion at No. 11 mine of the Old Ben Coal Corporation, Christopher. He leaves widow.
See :Explosion in Old Ben Coal Corporation's Mine No. 11
 
ROTRAMEL
February 18, 192928, Robert Rotramel, of West Frankfort, triprider, age 29 years, single, was killed by pit cars in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's No. 2 mine.
 
ROWATT
October 17, 192323, David Rowatt, of Streator, machine man, age 41 years, married, was caught between car and rib and killed in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
ROWE
December 17, 192625, Oliver Rowe, of Sesser, machine helper, age 42 years, married died from injuries received the previous day in Bell and Zollar Mining Company's No. 1 mine, when he was caught by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
ROWLAND
June 13, 193534, George Rowland, of Christopher, shot firer, aged 46 years, married, killed by rebounding cardox shell in mine No. 1 of the Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Co., leaving widow and two children.
 
RUFFOTO
May 17, 192019, Victor Ruffoto, of Christopher, miner age 42 years, married, died from injuries received October 30, 1919, in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine, Christopher. Deceased was mining off a shot of coal when coal fell from the face breaking his leg. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
RUKIS
June 24, 194847, Frak Rukis, of West Frankfort, timberman, aged 60 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's mine.
 
RUNNELS
December 21, 195149, Thomas Runnels, of Benton, motorman, aged 34 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
 
RUSSEL
February 4, 192625, Joseph Russel, of Hurst, loader, age 28 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Western Coal and Mining Company's mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
RUSSELL
July 27, 193635, Guy C. Russell, of West Frankfort, trapper, aged 60 years, married, killed by cars at mine No. 18 of Peabody Coal Co., leaving widow.
 
April 11, 192625, Ross O. Russell, of Bush, machine repair man, age 45 years, married was stuck by a jack pipe while unloading a machine and killed in Western Coal and Mining Company's mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
RUTHERFORD
September 30, 194039, Ed Rutherford, of Carterville, loading machine helper, age 33 years, married; killed by fall of rock at Mine No. 18 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving a widow and one child.
 
RUTHSKE
August 10, 192524, Henry Ruthske, of Orient, blacksmith helper, age 33 years, was killed in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 1 mine. Deceased was inside the drum of the hoisting engine helping to take up the rope, his head between the spokes, when the drum turned around catching his head between the spokes and frame of the engine. He leaves a widow.
 
RYAN
September 13, 191816, Dave J. Ryan, of Christopher, bratticeman, age 50 years, married, died from injuries received the day before when caught between coal and car in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 12 mine, Christopher. He leaves a widow, and two children.
 

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SAATHOF
October 6, 191919, James Saathof, of West Frankfort, driver, age 19 years, single, fell off cage to bottom of shaft -- a distance of 100 feet -- and instantly killed, in West Frankfort Coal Company's mine (now Southern Gem No. 1), West Frankfort.
 
SABOLICH
April 3, 19052, Steve Sabolich, of Zeigler, miner, married, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, leaving a widow and two children in Godala, Croatia. Hungary. Buried at Zeigler.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
SADEL
May 16, 191613, Eddie Sadel, of West Frankfort, miner, age 34 years, single, an employee of the Old Ben Coal Corporation, No. 9 mine, West Frankfort, was killed by falling rock.
 
SADOSKI
December 21, 195149, John Sadoski, Jr., of West Frankfort, motorman, 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 one child.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
SALINA / SALENI
May 27, 194241, Joe Saleni Salina, of Freeman Spur, clean up man, aged 55 years, married, was killed when rock from the roof fell on him in Franklin County Coal Corporation's No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow and one other dependent.
      The name was misspelled in the records. Joe Salini's wife was Maria and son was Bruno; he also had a married daughter, Rena.
 
SALVETTI
June 4, 194140, John Salvetti, of Christopher, driller and shooter, aged 54 years, married, died from injuries received the previous day, June 3, 1941, when a cardox shell hit him in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
SAMMONDS
July 10, 191513, Frank Sammods, of Christopher, miner, age 28 years, married, was killed by falling coal in the No. 1 mine, Christopher Coal Mining Company, Christopher, Franklin County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
SAMPSON
November 8, 19119, Ben Sampson, of Virden, machine runner, aged 35 years, married, employed at W. P. Rend Collieries Company's mine. Rend, Franklin County, was killed. Deceased was cutting a room, which was seven runs wide, and while cutting the last run, the machine became charged, and he fell on a skid, which was under the machine. Before his partner could get the cable disconnected he was dead. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
SANDERS
January 29, 192625, Arlie Sanders, of Benton, loader, age 36 years, married, was killed in a gas explosion in C. W. & F. Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
See : Gas Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company, Orient No. 2
 
March 6, 194039, Walter A. Sanders, of Herrin, triprider, age 27 years, married; crushed by cars at Mine No. 2 of the Bell and Zoller Coal and Mining Co., leaving a widow and one child.
 
December 21, 195149, William Sanders, of Benton, Airdox line layer, aged 27 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
 
SANDUSKY
December 21, 195149, Stanely Sandusky, of West Frankfort, safety-first man, aged 48 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
 
SANTROSI
February 3, 194241, Pete Santrosi, of Royalton, machine man, aged 51 years, single, was electrocuted in in Franklin County Coal Corporation's No. 7 Mine.
 
SARBUBSKI / SABENSKI
March 26, 191916, Jacob Sarbubski, of Witt, miner, age 70 years, married, was killed in Benton Coal Company's mine, Benton. Deceased was loading a car and, when about two-thirds full it ran off slide rails and crushed him against the coal. He had not taken the proper precaution in spragging his car as he had been instructed. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
SATONA
October 26, 191210, John Satona, of Christpher, laborer, aged 33 years, single, employed at mine No. 1 of the Zeigler District Colliery Company, Christopher, Franklin County, was killed by pit cars.
 
SAVAGE
November 2, 192827, Ben Savage, of West Frankfort, miner, age 56 years, married, employed in Brewerton Coal Company's No. 21 mine, was electrocuted by coming in contact with trolley wire while attempting to get out of car in which he was riding. He leaves a widow.
 
SCARLETT
August 12, 193736, Ray Scarlett, of Herrin, skinup man, aged 47 years, married, killed by fall of coal in mine No. 2 of the Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Co., leaving wife and two children.
 
SCHAUBERT
November 22, 194039, Russel Schaubert, of Energy, loading machine helper, age 36, married; killed by fall of face coal at mine No. 5 of the Franklin County Coal Co., leaving widow and two children.
 
SCHOOF
January 25, 192019, Herman Schoof, of Buckner, laborer, age 28 years, married, was killed at Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine, Buckner. Deceased was cleaning ashes out of combustion chamber in boiler when it is assumed, the chamber got hot and he turned on cold water. The steam generated, suffocated and scalded him so that he died five hours later. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
SCHRIVANICH
April 4, 191714, Natale Schrivanich, of Zeigler, trip rider, age 28 years, single, was caught between end of car and coal rib and killed in Bell and Zollar Mining Company's mine, Zeigler, Franklin County.
 
SCHROERS
April 14, 191714, Peter Schroers, Jr., of West Frankfort, trip rider, age 18 years, single, employed in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's mine, Orient, Franklin County, was killed. Through a misunderstanding of signals two motor trips were meeting: deceased jumped to where the rib was very close to the track and was dragged and rolled about three car lengths, resulting in almost instant death.
 
SCROGGINS
April 8, 194241, Louis Scroggins, of Benton, top laborer, aged 29 years, was killed when a brick wall fell on him at Peabody Coal Company's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
SEBBEN
July 24, 194746, John Sebben, of Johnston City, timberman, aged 57 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
 
SEGHI
October 17, 194443, Paul Van Seghi, of Zeigler, triprider, aged 45 years, married, was killed when he caught his head between loaded cars in Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
SELLS
January 14, 19041, Charles Sells, hoisting engineer, married, was instantly killed by the explosion of the boiler, at the mine of the West Frankfort-Big Muddy Coal Co., West Frankfort, Franklin County. The pumps had failed to work, deceased and others were trying to repair them in order to feed the boilers; no one was able to tell how much water was in the boiler when it exploded.
 
SEMANSKI
December 12, 191715, Wm. Semanski, of Zeigler, miner, age 36 years, single, died from burns in an explosion December 5, in Bell & Zoller Coal Company's mine.
See : Explosion at Bell & Zoller Coal Company Mine
 
SEMIVAN
April 3, 19052, Louis Semivan, of Zeigler, miner, married, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, leaving a widow and two children in Nagy, Kanisa, Hungary. Buried at Zeigler.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
SENKUS
December 21, 195149, Mike Senkus, of West Frankfort, bratticeman, aged 63 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
 
SERETTI
November 19, 194039, Pete Seretti, of Herrin, timberman, age 41 years, married ; killed by fall of rock at Mine No. 18 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving a widow and two children.
 
SESSOCK
December 3, 192928, Mike Sessock, of Buckner, machine runner, age 37 years, married died from injury received the day before by a fall of coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
SHABLOSKY
December 10, 193433, August Shablosky, of Royalton, timberman, age 58 years, married, was killed when struck in the head by a piece of coal which knocked him head first into a safety prop in Mine No. 7 of the Franklin County Coal Co. He leaves a widow.
 
SHAKSLY
October 27, 191412, Lewis Shaksly, of Royalton, miner, no age given, 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
 
SHANDER
October 27, 191412, Steve Shander, of Royalton, miner, aged 38 years, married with one child, was killed in a gas explosion that occurred in the Franklin Coal and Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton, Franklin County.
See : Gas Explosion at Royalton
 
SHARKNAS
September 27, 196157. Mr. Joe Sharknas, of West Frankfort, age 45, married, three dependent children, came to his death from a roof fall in the south end of the 12th east south entry at the Old Ben Coal Corporation Mine No. 9, located at West Frankfort, Franklin County, Illinois on September 27, 1961, at 7:00 p.m. He was operating a continuous miner at the time of the accident. He was employed as a Face Boss and had had five years experience at this mine.
      The piece of rock that fell on Mr. Sharknas (victim) was about 7 feet long, 3½ feet wide and about 1 foot thick. It was triangular in shape with the pointed end striking the victim, crushing him to the floor while the other end rested on the machine near the controls. There were 8 props standing at the tail of the machine which were placed there before the victim's body could be safely removed. The victim was killed instantly.
 
SHEFFER
January 17, 194241, James C. Sheffer, of Zeigler, mechanic, aged 42 years, married, died from being suffocated in coal dust in Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
SHELTON
November 19, 193635, John Shelton, of West Frankfort, tracklayer, aged 50 years, married, killed by motor in mine of Frankfort Coal Corp., leaving widow.
 
November 27, 192827, Otis Shelton, of Valier, loader, age 22 years, single, was killed in Valier Coal Company's mine, by a fall of coal.
 
SHERUBA
Mach 2, 192827, Max Sheruba, of Buckner, miner, age 41 years, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine. Deceased was walking along the haulage road and stopped in cross-cut to let a trip of loaded cars pass. The trip had come uncoupled, and not noticing it, when the motor and four cars had passed, he resumed his walk on the track, was run down by the other cars and almost instantly killed. he leaves a widow and six children.
 
SHERWOOD
July 29, 1912,10 William Sherwood, of West Frankfort, miner, aged 33 years, married, was killed by pit cars at the Ohio Valley Mining Company's Mine No. 8, West Frankfort, Franklin County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
SHICKLES
March 19, 192120, Irwin Schickles, laborer, age 22 years, married, was run over by pit-car and killed in No. 8 mine, Old Ben Coal Corporation. He leaves a widow.
 
SHIVER
March 3, 192827, John Shiver, of West Frankfort, miner, age 52 years, married, died from injuries produced by a fall of rock the day previous in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
SHOLLER
October 27, 191412, A. Sholler, 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
 
SHORT
November 29, 191715, O. Short, of Mulkeytwon, 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
 
SIETRIC
October 27, 191412, Felix Sietric, 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
 
SIMPKINS / SIMPSON
July 7, 191715, Charles Simpkins, of Benton, machine runner, age 29 years, single, was killed by electric shock in Middle Fork mine of the United States Fuel Company, Benton.
 
SIMON
January 3, 19041, Salvador Simon, laborer, married, employed by the Leiter Coal Co., at Zeigler. Franklin County, was instantly killed by falling to the bottom of the sump, which was about 33 feet from the main shaft. Simon was employed to give signals to the engineer; some shots were fired in the main entries and in attempting to get out of danger he fell into the stamp.
 
SIMONS
January 9, 192827, Oral Simons, of West Frankfort, loader, 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.
See : Explosion at Peabody No. 18
 
SINKOVICH
February 4, 194645, Mike Sinkovich, of Buckner, face boss, aged 31 years, married, died from injuries received in a fall of rock on January 25, 1946 in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
SKAVION
August 12, 193130, Andy Skavion, of Royalton, laborer, age 50 years, single, was killed by a fall of coal in Franklin County Coal Company's No. 7 mine.
 
SKENDER
March 2, 191411. Nick Skender, of Eldorado, laborer, aged 32 years, single, was killed by falling down the shaft of the United Coal Mining Company s No. 2 mine Buckner Franklin County. Deceased was sending down rails when in some unknown manner he fell into the shaft. He leaves three dependent children.
 
SKRINGER / SHRINGER
December 9, 19119, Jake Skringer, of Zeigler, trip rider, aged 35 years, married, employed at the Bell and Zoller Mining Company's mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, was killed while riding on a motor with a motor man. Deceased was coming off an entry with a 10 car trip. Just before coming to the curve the motor jumped the track and swung about half way around, catching and crushing him, causing his death instantly. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
SLAVIN
July 5, 191715, Peter Slavin, of Zeigler, assistant mine manager, age 40 years, married, was killed by runaway cars, which broke f rom trip, in the Bell & Zoller mine, Zeigler. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
SLEIPEVICH
November 24, 193736, Marko Sleipevich, of Buckner, loader, aged 63 years, married killed by fall of rock in mine No. 14 of the Old Ben Coal Corp, leaving wife.
 
SLINGER
May 11, 192019, Thomas Slinger, of Valier, machine runner, age 44 years, employed in Valier Coal Company's mine, Valier, fell in front of his machine while in motion and was crushed so badly the he died in few hours. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
SLOH
April 3, 19052, Joseph Sloh, of Zeigler, miner, single, an Austrian-Pole, relatives in that country. He died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County. Buried at Zeigler.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
SMART
September 6, 192323, W. H. Smart, of West Frankfort, trackman, age 37 years, married, was killed by gas explosion in Old Ben Coal Corporation No. 9 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
SMIDDIE
October 27, 191412, Sam M. Smiddie, of Royalton, miner, aged 55 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
 
SMITH
December 21, 195149, Chalon H. Smith, of Benton, cutting machine operator, aged 26 years, married. He leaves a widow and two children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
December 21, 195149, Charles R. Smith, of West Frankfort, motorman, 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 two children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
November 17, 191614, Clifford A. Smith, of West Frankfort, motorman, age 24 years, married, was struck by a falling prop and fell in front of his motor which ran over him, killing him instantly, in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's mine, Orient, Franklin County. He leaves a widow.
 
December 21, 195149, Earl H. Smith, of West Frankfort,laborer, aged 53 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
 
December 21, 195149, George R. Smith, of West Frankfort, loading machine helper, aged 44 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
February 9, 19096, Joe Smith, of Zeigler, laborer, aged 32 years, married, was killed in a gas explosion occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company's mine, Zeigler, Franklin County. Reported as having gone into the mine and his body not recovered. He leaves a widow.
See : Gas Explosion
 
March 28, 192120, Joe C. Smith, miner, age 32 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Western Coal Mining Company's mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
October 27, 191412, John Smith, of Royalton, miner, aged 21 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
 
February 20, 197368. Mr. Kermit Smith, of Benton , age 22, married, 1 dependent, came to his death at about the hour of 2:45 a.m. on February 20, 1973 from electrical shock while in the performance of his duties as a Miner Operator at the Old Ben Coal Corp., Mine No. 21, Benton, Franklin County, Illinois, where he had been employed for 3 years.
      Mr. Kermit G. Smith was operating a Ripper Type Miner in the 1st West, 39 North, 1st East South; loading a shuttle car when loss of electrical power to the shuttle car occurred. Mr. Keith Roberts, operator of the shuttle car, went to the distribution center to restore the power. The switch of the shuttle car conveyor was inadvertently left in the "on" position, and when the power was restored the conveyor began to run. Mr. Smith, Mr. Roy Feltmeyer, (Miner Operator), and Mr. Kenneth Irwin (Clean Up Machine Operator) were standing near the shuttle car when the conveyor started and Mr. Smith hurried to turn it off. When Mr. Smith turned the conveyor off, his right foot was on the shuttle car cabdeck and his left foot on the mine floor near the cable of the continuous miner. When he touched the shuttle car with his hands, he shouted "its got me." Kenneth Irwin ran toward the distribution center shouting for the power to be turned off. In a few seconds the power was off and the deceased fell from the shuttle car. Mr. Feltmeyer was trying to remove the deceased from the shuttle car, first by kicking his feet and pulling on his clothing from which he received a shock. Artificial respiration, mouth to mouth, was administered by Mr. Feltmeyer and Paul Genesio without revival. He was brought to the surface and pronounced dead.
 
October 31, 191210, Lee Smith, of Buckner, cager, aged 27 years, married, employed at the United Coal Mining Company's Mine No. 2, Buckner, Franklin County, was killed by a machine jack falling down the shaft. Deceased and his partner had been working with two jacks on a loaded car, which had been stuck before it landed on cage. They left the jacks close to the cage pit, and after caging about seven more cars one of these jacks fell down the shaft striking him on the head and shoulder, throwing him into the cage pit, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow.
 
January 9, 192827, Leonard Smith, 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 four children.
See : Explosion at Peabody No. 18
 
January 31, 194039, Lester Smith, of Christopher, top laborer, age 37 years, married; crushed by railroad cars at the No. 2 Mine of the Bell and Zoller Coal and Mining Co.. leaving widow and seven children.
 
July 28, 192121, Roy Smith, of West Frankfort, motorman, age 26 years, married, was killed by being run over by a motor in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's Orient mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
January 26, 193736, Samuel Smith, of West Frankfort, loader, aged 24 years, married, killed by fall of top coal in mine No. 8 of the Old Ben Coal Corp., leaving wife and one child.
 
March 29, 191714, Stanley Smith, of Buckner, laborer, age 18 years, single, was killed by railroad cars at mine No. 2, United Coal Mining Company, Buckner, Franklin County. Deceased had just finished pinching a partly loaded car back to its proper position under the tipple and was leaning against the front end of the car when it was struck by four empties knocking him down and crushing him against the ground.
 
December 21, 195149, William R. Smith, of West Frankfort, tracklayer, aged 33 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
July 24, 194746, Willie Ray Smith, of Thompsonville, driller, aged 46 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
 
SMOTHERS
May 1, 195552, Cecil Smothers, of West Frankfort, age 41, married, one dependent child, came to his death as a result of a fall of top coal at Old Ben Coal Corporation, Mine No. 9, on April 28, 1955, death occurred on May 1, 1955. The deceased had 9 years experience at this time.
 
January 10, 19096, Chas. H. Smothers, of Zeigler, laborer, aged 34 years, married, was killed in an explosion in the Zeigler Coal Company's mine at Zeigler, Franklin County. He leaves a widow and seven children.
See : Explosion at Zeigler
 
SNIDER
August 3, 193736, Harvey Snider, of Mulkeytown, machine operator, aged 37 years, married, killed by fall of face coal in mine No. 2 of the Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Co., leaving wife and four children.
 
SNYDER
November 8, 192726, Lester Snyder, of Herrin, miner, age 23 years, married, was instantly killed in Franklin County Coal Company's No. 5 mine, by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow.
 
SOBA
September 30, 192222, Frank Soba, of Sesser, miner, age 32 years, single, was killed in Southern Gem Coal Corporation's No. 2 mine. Deceased was working on the night shift and was coming to the shaft bottom. Instead of traveling the manway he came down the loaded track and was crawling between the loaded cars when he touched the trolley wire and was electrocuted, dying instantly.
 
SOLO
August 4, 191614, Charles Solo, of West Frankfort, miner, age 51 years, married, died from the effects of injuries received July 26, when two runaway cars from a motor trip struck an empty he was pushing in Producers Coal Company's mine No. 18, West Frankfort, Franklin County. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
SOMA
August 12, 193332, Jack Soma, of West Frankfort, loading machine man, age 46 years, married, was caught between pit car and coal face and killed, in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
SOPER
February 23, 192928, Dyer Soper, of Zeigler, triprider, age 28 years, married, died from injuries received the day before by a shot explosion in Bell & Zollar Mining Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
SOUTHERN
December 21, 195149, Charles T. Southern, of Benton, foreman, aged 43 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
SPARKS
December 20, 194544, John Sparks, of Benton, repairman, aged 61 years, was killed when he was ran over by a motor in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
SPENCER
December 21, 195149, Burton Spencer, of Whittington, Airdox shooter, aged 34 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
 
December 21, 195149, Wayne Spencer, of Whittington, Airdox line layer, 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 two children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
STAEL
June 28, 191815, John Stael, of West Frankfort, miner, age 45 years, married, was killed by falling off the cage at No. 8 mine of the Old Ben Coal Corporation. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
STAGNER
July 24, 194746, Curtis O. Stagner, of West Frankfort, motorman, aged 43 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
 
STANLEY
August 29, 193029, Elmer Stanley, of Valier, loading machine operator, age 23 years, single, was killed by a fall of coal in Valier Coal Company's mine.
 
STANOVICH
June 12, 193736, Dominic Stanovich, of Herrin, loader, aged 51 years, married, killed by fall of coal in mine No. 15 of the Old Ben Coal Corp., leaving wife and one child.
 
STARKES
November 18, 192625, Thomas Starkes, of Herrin, driver, age 32 years, married, was instantly killed by being crushed between pit car and coal rib, in Franklin County Coal Company's No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
STANKO
November 29, 191715, John Stanko, of Christopher, miner, age 21 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
 
STARMANT
August 1, 191816, Frank Starmant, of Christopher, trip rider, age 21 years, married, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine, Christopher. Deceased was making a flying coupling and had his head crushed between two cars. He leaves a widow.
 
STEELE
November 30, 192625, Guy Steele, of Christopher, car repairer, age 46 years, married, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine by falling from thecage down the shaft, a distance of 618 feet. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
STEEN
October 2, 191614, Robert Steen, of Diveron, trackman, age 38 years, married, died from injuries received three weeks before in Christopher Coal Mining Company's No. 2 mine, Christopher, Franklin County. Deceased was laying track in a room-neck when he was struck by a car which the motorman was pushing in. He was knocked down and dragged 15 or 20 feet, resulting in death as stated. He leaves a widow.
 
STEGER
April 7, 194746, Homer Steger, of Herrin, machine operator, aged 52 years, married, died from injuries received on March 28, 1947, in a fall of rock in Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
STEINHEIMER
January 3, 191714, Loren O. Steinheimer, of Benton, blacksmith, age 23 years, employed by United States Fuel Company, Benton, Franklin County, was found dead in his shop. His regular shift was from noon until 8 p. m.; a bright light in his shop at 10 p. m. attracted the attention of the night men, who upon investigation, found him lying upon the floor near the drill press. which was run by a small alternating current motor of 220 volts, stepped down from a high tension wire. No marks of violence or burns were found upon the body and although a verdict of electrocution was returned by the jury, there is no certainty as to the real cause of death. He leaves a widow.
 
STEVENS
November 5, 19086, Perry H. Stevens, shotfirer, aged 28 years, married, was killed in the explosion of the W. P. Rend Colliery Company's mine, RendCity, Franklin County. He leaves a widow.
See : Explosion
 
July 24, 194746, Raymond C. Stevens, of Benton, machine helper, aged 32 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 two children.
See : Explosion at Old Ben Coal Corporation Mine No. 8
 
STEWART
July 7, 192323, Tim Stewart, of West Frankfort, driver, age 24 years, single, died from injuries received June 13, when kicked by a mule in Industrial Coal Company's No. 19 mine.
 
December 21, 195149, Silas Stewart, of Benton, cutting machine operator, aged 60 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
 
STONE
January 9, 192827, Aubra Stone, of Marion, loader, aged 25 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
 
STORME
September 11, 194241, Charles Storme, of Herrin, timberman, aged 61 years, was killed when rock from the roof fell on him in Franklin County Coal Corporation's No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
STORRIE
September 28, 191816, Archie Storrie, of Royalton, mine examiner, age 62, 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
 
STORY
June 24, 194342, Joseph D. Story, of West Frankfort, machine operator, aged 24 years, married, was electorcuted in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
STRATMAN
September 11, 193332, Fred Stratman, of West Frankfort, loader, age 56 years, married, was killed by a fall of face coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 15 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
STRICKLAND
February 29, 193231, Floyd Strickland, of West City, triprider, age 32 years, married, was run over by a motor and killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 19 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
STROKUS
June 6, 19085, Gus Strokus, of Zeigler, miner, aged 26 years, single, employed at the mine of the Zeigler Coal Company, Zeigler, was standing under a part of the roof that had peeled off, looking at the roof and it was supposed he was about to prepare props to be placed in position, when the roof fell, burying him underneath and causing his death.
 
STROUD
September 28, 191816, Warren L. Stroud, of Royalton, miner, age 24, married, was killed in an explosion occurred in Franklin Coal & Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton. He leaves one dependent.
See : Gas Explosion at Franklin Coal & Coke Co., Royalton
 
STRUGER
December 5, 193029, James R. Struger, of Zeigler, motorman, age 35 years, married, was killed in Bell and Zoller Coal Company's No. 1 mine. Deceased either jumped or was thrown from the cab, going under the motor. No one saw the accident, and when found, he was under the motor and the motor was off the track. He leaves a widow.
 
STRUTZMAN
September 12, 192625, Albert Strutzman, of West Frankfort, motorman, age 28 years, married, was killed by pit cars in C. W. & F. Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
STUBBLEFIELD
December 21, 195149, Carrol Stubblefield, of Johnston City, laborer, 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
 
STUFFIN
June 20, 191916, John Stuffin, of Orient, miner, age 46 years, married, was killed by falling rock in C. W. & P. Coal Company's No. 1 mine, Orient. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
SUKE
April 3, 19052, Mike Suke, miner, single, so far as known, a native of Austria,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
 
SUMMERS
January 10, 191613, D. E. Summers, of Thompsonville, miner, age 38 years, married, employed in the John A. Logan Coal Company's mine, Logan, Franklin County, was killed by falling rock. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
July 24, 194746, Giles C. Summers, of Benton, tracklayer, aged 46 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
 
December 21, 195149, Hearstel Summers, of Benton, tracklayer, 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 two children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
December 21, 195149, Leon Summers, of West Frankfort, motorman, aged 35 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and six children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
March 24, 194746, Wallie Summers, of Thompsonville, machine helper, aged 44 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 9 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
SUNKOVICH
October 2, 191919, George Sunkovich, of Buckner, miner, age 32 years, married, was crushed between coal rib and moving pit cars, in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine, Buckner. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
SUSIN
July 28, 194443, John Susin, of Orient, tracklayer, aged 45 years, married, was killed when a motor ran into a truck of rails in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
SUSOCK
January 8, 191613, Joe Susock, of Zeigler, trip rider, age 26 years, single, was killed by a motor in the Bell and Zoller Mining Company's mine, Zeigler, Franklin County.
 
SUTHERLAND
August 17, 192323, Nobel Sutherland, of West Frankfort, switch liner, age 19 years, single, was caught between pit car and rib and killed, in Southern Gem Coal Corporation's No. 1 mine.
 
SWAFFORD
July 27, 191513, Everett Swafford, of Christopher, miner, age 45 years, married, was killed in an explosion in the United Coal Mining Company's mine No. 1, Christopher, Franklin County. He leaves a widow and four children.
See : Explosion
 
SWAIN
June 26, 191916, Ross Swain, of Benton, trip rider, age 23 years, married, was killed by pit car in Franklin County Mining Company's mine, Benton. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
SWARTZ
November 11, 19053, Charles Swartz, of West Frankfort, pumpman, aged 40 years, married, employed at the Dering Coal Co.'s mine No. 11, West Frankfort, Franklin County, was engaged in making repairs on a pump near the bottom of the shaft. The carriage had been stopped at the lower landing to send down tools. In putting on a grip bar it missed the car and fell down the shaft, striking Swartz, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow.
 
SWEET
September 20, 193231, L. H. Sweet, of Thompsonville, laborer, age 42 years, married, was struck by a hook attached to a steel rope used as a car retarder and killed in the yards of the Chicago. Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
SWEETEN
January 4, 193938, Michael Sidney Sweeten, of West Frankfort, loader, aged 46 years, married, killed by fall of rib coal in mine No. 8 of the Old Ben Coal Corporation, leaving widow and eight children.
 
SWEETIN
June 24, 193029, William Sweetin, of Nason, laborer, age 42 years, married, was killed in C. W. & F. Co.al Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
SZYMZYK
October 20, 193433, John Szymzyk, of Royalton, loader, age 51 years, married, died of injuries received, on October 18 by a fall of face coal in Mine No. 7 of the Franklin County Coal Co. He leaves three dependent children.
 

T
TABOR
December 1, 192928, James Tabor, of West Frankfort, assistant night boss, aged 36 years, died in an explosion of gas that occurred in No. 8 mine, Old Ben Coal Corporation. He leaves three dependents.
See : Explosion in Old Ben No. 8
 
TAGGERT
March 6, 192827, Joseph Taggert, of West Frankfort, machine runner, age 41 years, married, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine, when caught against machine frame by a large lump of coal falling from roof. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
TAKACO
July 27, 191513, Julius Takaco, of Christopher, miner, age 38 years, married, was killed in an explosion in the United Coal Mining Company's mine No. 1, Christopher, Franklin County. He leaves a widow.
See : Explosion
 
TAMALIA
September 28, 191816, Frank Tamalia, of Christopher, loader, age 52 years, married, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine, Christopher. Deceased went into his room to draw top coal. Because of bad roof he was told to drop back one rail length to begin; instead of obeying he went to work at the face where the roof was bad, and slate fell on him. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
TANNER
January 9, 192827, S. Tanner, of Marion, 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
 
TAPLEY
December 21, 195149, Ted Tapley, of West Frankfort, motorman, 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
 
TARNS
April 22, 194342, John Tarns, of West Frankfort, duster, aged 61 years, married, died from injuries received the previous day, April 21, 1943, when coal fell on in in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
TAYLOR
December 5, 194847, James F. Taylor, of Benton, timberman, aged 22 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
 
December 21, 195149, Paul Taylor, Sr., of Benton, cutting machine operator, aged 51 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
 
August 1, 196964. Mr. Ralph Taylor, of Sesser, age 21, married, two dependent children, came to his death on August 1, 1969, as a result from injuries sustained while in the performance of his duties as a miner operator at the Old Ben Coal Co., Mine No. 21, Benton, Franklin County, Illinois on July 31, 1969 at 8:45 p.m., where he had been employed for 22 months.
      This accident happened at the 6 West North, where chain and barrier pillars were being mined. A crosscut had been driven between the 6th and 7th West North entries for a shuttle car haulage road to the miner, in the barrier pillar off the 7th West. This crosscut in the 100 ft. pillar was roof bolted with exception of 32 ft. of top coal. The roof that was not bolted had been judged as safe by all personnel until just before the accident.
      Mr. Cecil Eickleman, repairman, was operating the shuttle car during the lunch period. Mr. Eickleman was on his way to the conveyor belt with a loaded shuttle car when he noticed a thin slab of top coal in the unbolted area fall. He went back on foot to the miner and notified the section foreman, Mr. Byron Brueggeman. Mr. Brueggeman and Mr. Eickleman then went to this area. The foreman said that he would have this top roof bolted before this crosscut could be used for a haulage road. Mr. Brueggeman ran the shuttle car through the area to prevent the car from being blocked by the roof bolt machine. While doing so, some top coal and about 2 inches of rock fell on the back half of the shuttle car from under the fall. The cars were then taken to the belt to be unloaded.
      At about this time, Mr. Ralph Taylor, deceased, returned from lunch. He and Mr. Brueggeman went to the south edge of the fall and decided that the mining machine would be brought from the face and some of the fall loaded from the North side to bolt the area. The exposed rock was reasonably smooth and by vision looked safe. Mr. Taylor was standing along the left rib, about 6 ft. from the bolted area, and Mr. Brueggeman stood some 5 ft. behind him and toward the center of the crosscut, when some rock fell on Mr. Taylor and struck Mr. Brueggeman on the head and left side. The rock that fell on Mr. Taylor was about 4' x 8' x 5" thick. Mr. Brueggeman then called for help, and along with the other crew men using a wood prop, pried the rock off of Mr. Taylor and removed him from under the fall. Mr. Eickleman called for an ambulance and the doctor. Mr. Taylor was placed on a stretcher and transported to the surface, where Dr. L. L. Love and the ambulance were waiting. After examination and emergency treatment by the doctor at the mine, Mr. Taylor was rushed to the Miners Hospital in Christopher, Illinois. He died the next day at 6:53 a.m.
 
May 30, 197267. Mr. Robert L. Taylor, of Benton, age 40, married, 2 dependent children came to his death at 4:05 p.m. on May 30, 1972 from crushing injuries received in a machinery accident while in the performance of his duties as a machine operator at the Old Ben Coal Corp., Mine No. 26, Sesser, Franklin County, Illinois where he had been employed for about 2 years.
      Mr. Robert Taylor had worked all shift on his regular job the day of this fatal accident. He was asked to work an hour overtime for the next on-coming shift. He had trammed the machine from the face back to the last open crosscut where the roof bolter was installing bolts. To have proper clearance, he stopped the machine to wait on the roof bolters to complete their cycle. The Section Foreman told Robert Taylor and John Toms to proceed to service the machine which they did. After the machine was serviced the roof bolter moved to provide enough clearance. Robert Taylor was told to back the machine beyond the last open crosscut to provide proper ventilation. The bottom bar was against the rib and Mr. Taylor tried two times to clear the rib so he could back the machine. On the third try he split the tram cats causing one cat to pull forward and the other to reverse. As a result of this, the back of the machine moved quickly crushing him against the coal rib. Mr. John Toms stated that he saw this happen and immediately shut off the pump motor switch to stop the machine. He had to remove Mr. Taylor's hands from the controls and reverse them before he could start the machine to release him from this condition. Mr. Taylor was then put on a stretcher and removed from the mine. Doctor David P. Richerson was called to the mine and when Mr. Taylor was brought to the surface, he was pronounced dead as a result of head injuries and broken neck. He was then taken to Brayfield Funeral Home in Sesser, Illinois.
 
August 18, 193635, Thomas Taylor, of West Frankfort, tracklayer, aged 50 years, widower, killed by fall of coal in mine No. 18 of Peabody Coal Co. No dependents.
 
TEAGUE
November 10,193130, Albert Teague, of West Frankfort, mine manager, age 56 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
August 4, 194746, George Teague of West Frankfort, botom laborer, aged 63 years, married, died from injuries received in a fall of rock on July 14, 1947, in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
TEAMON
March 28, 191714, Charles Teamon, of Christopher, laborer, age 23 years, married, was killed at mine No. 2, Christopher Coal and Mining Company, Christopher, Franklin County. Deceased was taking refuse from the picking table. This table is moved slowly by means of a 3-foot cog wheel and 10-inch pinion. While in the act of shoveling the refuse onto the rock table he fell or was drawn into the cogs and killed almost instantly. He leaves a widow.
 
TEEL
August 6, 192827, Buell Teel, of DuQuoin, trip-rider, age 21 years, single, was caught between pit-car and coal rib, in Bell and Zoller Mining Company's No. 2 mine and killed. He leaves his sister and grandmother dependents.
 
TEFFERTILLER
November 29, 191715, Alfred Teffertiller, of Christopher, laborer, age not given, married, was killed in an explosion at No. 11 mine of the Old Ben Coal Corporation, Christopher. He leaves widow and two children.
See : Explosion in Old Ben Coal Corporation's Mine No. 11
 
THETFORD
April 17, 192019, William E. Thetford, of Hurst, miner, age 16 years, single, was killed in Western Coal and Mining Company's mine, Bush. Deceased was working with his father drawing top coal and pillars. After knocking the props to let down the top coal they neglected to secure the roof and slate fell killing him instantly.
 
THIERY
October 15, 191715, Arthur Thiery, of Christopher, trapper, age 16 years, single, was killed by motor in No. 11 mine of the Old Ben Coal Corporation, Christopher.
 
THOMAS
September 8, 191715, Charles Thomas, of Benton, coupler, age 25 years, single, was killed. Attempting to jump on motor he fell and was crushed to death in the Hart-Williams mine of the C, W. & F. Coal Company. He leaves two children.
 
December 21, 195149, John D. Thomas, 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
 
THOMPSON
November 29, 191715, Rex Thompson, of Christopher, miner, age 30 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
 
THORPE
August 19, 192625, Dewey Thorpe, of Plumfield, motorman, age 28 years, married, was killed by falling rock, in Bell and Zollar Mining Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
TINAN
April 3, 19052, David Tinan, of Zeigler, miner, single, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County. He leaves a brother and sister, residence unknown. Buried at Zeigler.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
TIPPLING
February 27, 192221, George Tippling, of Benton, motorman, age 21 years, single, was killed in Benton Coal Company's No. 1 mine when the motor on which he was riding collided with another one.
 
TOLISKI
October 22, 191614, George Toliski, of West Frankfort, driver, age 20 years, single, died from the effects of injuries received by being caught between pit cars and coal rib on October 16, in Producers Coal Company's No. 19 mine. West Frankfort, Franklin County.
 
TOMASINI
September 27, 192827, John Tomasini, of Coello, loader, was killed by a fall of face coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
TOMZIK
October 5, 191210, John Tomzik, of West Frankfort, miner, aged 32 years, married, was killed at the Ohio Valley Mining Company's Mine No. 8, West Frankfort, Franklin County. Deceased was loading a car of coal when a piece of loose coal fell from the face, striking him on the back and throwing him against a tie on the track, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow.
 
TORICHI
October 27, 191412, Jack Torichi, 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
 
TOTE / TOTH / TATE
January 10, 19096, Joe Tote, Hungarian, of Zeigler, laborer, aged 25 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
 
TRAPPANI
June 14, 195149, Phillip Trappani, of Johnston City, timberman, aged 63 years, was killed by a fall of rock in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 15 mine.
 
TRAPPER
December 21, 195149, Louis Trapper, of Benton, trapper, aged 45 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
TREGOING / TREGONING
August 17, 192020, George Tregoing, trip rider, age 26 years, single, was killed in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's mine by being caught between two pit-cars while coupling them. He leaves his father and mother dependent.
 
TRIMCOELI
September 7, 19075, B. Trimcoeli, of West Frankfort, miner, aged 22 years, single, was killed in a gas explosion in the Dering Coal Company's No. 11 mine. West Frankfort.
See : 1907 Gas Explosion
 
TULO
April 24, 193433, John Tulo, of Benton, loading machine operator, age 38 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
TUNINIC
January 19, 192019, Paul Tuninic, of Zeigler, miner, age 28 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Bell and Zoller Mining Company's No. 1 mine, Zeigler. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
TURNER
August 30, 192020, Charles Turner, trackman, age 33 years, widower, was killed in No. 6 mine, Old Ben Coal Corporation. Deceased was standing near the track on which cars were passing; one car left the track, knocked out a prop which fell on him, killing him instantly. He leaves two children.
 
November 29, 191715, Harvey Turner, of Christopher, miner, age 35 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
 
TWITTY
September 11, 193332, Bert Twitty, of West Frankfort, timberman, age 42 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Bell & Zoller Coal and Mining Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 

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