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UHLS
November 13, 193130, William Uhls, of Buckner, driller, age 35 years, married, was killed by a gas explosion in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
URBAIN
December 20, 192827, Louis Urbain, of Zeigler, loader, age 44 years, married, died from injuries three days earlier, when struck by a pit-car in Bell and Zoller Coal and Mining Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
URMAN
December 5, 194847, John Urman, of West Frankfort, timberman, aged 61 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
 
UTLEY
January 14, 194342, Bert Utley, of Buckner, empty railroad car runner, aged 48 years, married, was killed when he was ran over by a railroad car in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow.
 

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VAMES
April 16, 191815, Stanley Vames, of West Frankfort, driver, age 20 years, married, was killed by being crushed by a car running onto him in mine No. 1 of the West Frankfort Coal Company. He leaves a widow.
 
VANCOUVWELERT
December 21, 195149, Alberic Vancouvwelert, of Johnston City, driller, 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
 
VANSACK
July 26, 191715, Alexander Vansack, of West Frankfort, trapper, age 17 years, single, was killed by an explosion of gas in mine No. 18 of the By-Products Coke Corporation, West Frankfort.
 
VAN SEGHI see : SEGHI
 
VAN ZANDT
April 5, 195149, Thomas J. Van Zandt, of Zeigler, timberman, aged 35 years, married, died from injuries received the previous day, April 4, 1951, by a fall of rock in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
Southern Illinoisan
Carbondale, Illinois
Friday, April 6, 1951
courtesy of Peggy A. Rowe-Snyder
West Frankfort Miner Killed in Rock Fall
      Thomas J. (Jess) Van Zandt, 35, died yesterday of injuries suffered in a rock fall at the Old Ben No. 9 mine at West Frankfort.
 
Zeigler Miner Fatally Injured
      Thomas J. VanZandt, 35, Zeigler, a timberman at the Old Ben No. 9 mine at West Frankfort died early yesterday of injuries suffered Wednesday when he was struck by a fall of coal.
      Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist church at Zeigler, with Rev. Yates Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Vernon Bethel Memorial cemetery.
      Friends may call at 208 South Pine street.
      Mr. VanZandt died at the Christopher Miners hospital at 1 a.m. Thursday after he was injured at 7:30 p.m. the previous night.
      He had been a resident of Zeigler since 1949 with the exception of three months he lived in Texas. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the navy four years.
      Mr. VanZandt leaves his wife, the former Louise McElroy; his mother, Mrs. Delphia Stewart, Zeigler; two children, Marietta, 10, and Lenita, 5, at home; two sisters, Mable Swalls, Plumfield, and Lorine Coop, San Franciso, Calif.; eight step-sisters, and three step-brothers.
VARGA
October 27, 191412, M. Varga, 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
 
VEACH
July 11, 195149, Eugene Veach, of Sesser, tracklayer, aged 47 years, married, died from injuries received the previous day by a fall of rock in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
VEGH
July 28, 194443, Mike Vegh, of West Frankfort, tracklayer, aged 57 years, married, was killed when he was ran over by a car in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
VERHOVICH
December 13, 192726, John Verhovich, of Ezra, miner, age 41 years, single, was instantly killed by a fall of rock, in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 15 mine.
 
VINAR
April 3, 19052, George Vinar, of Zeigler, miner, single, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County. Relatives living in Pothering County, Porek, Hungary. Buried at Zeigler.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
VIOLISKI
March 27, 191411, Mike Violiski, of Freeman, machine helper, aged 30 years, single, was killed at the Southern Illinois Coal & Coke Company's Possum Ridge mine, Freeman, Franklin County, by falling coal.
 
VONISH
October 28, 192020, Mike Vonish, laborer, age 41 years, married, was killed by falling rock in No. 16 mine, Old Ben Coal Corporation. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
VUKOVICH
August 2, 192323, Frank Vukovich, of Zeigler, wireman, age 36 years, single, was run over by pit car and killed, in Bell and Zoller Mining Company's No. 1 mine.
 

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WALDROP
November 13, 192625, Oscar Waldrop, of Freeman, miner, age 34 years, single, was killed by falling coal, in Franklin County Coal Company's No. 5 mine.
 
WALKER
August 15, 196863, David Asher Walker, of Royalton, age 45, Welder, Orient No. 5, leaves one dependent, wife of Royalton, Illinois, died from the result of injuries received in an explosion that occurred at Freeman Coal Corporation's Orient No. 5 mine.
See : Explosion at Orient No. 5 Mine
 
June 19, 19118, John H. Walker, of Plumfield, driver, aged 25 years, married, employed at the Southern Illinois Coal Company's Possum Ridge mine, Freeman, was caught between two pit cars and killed. His brother, also a driver, who preceded him, lost a car from his trip. Deceased, not knowing this, came along the entry at a rapid gait and crashed into the standing car. With the single exception of John Goff, examiner at No. 3 mine, Harrisburg, no deaths from dust or gas explosions occurred in the district during the year.
 
WALL
December 21, 195149, Howard Wall, of West Frankfort, tracklayer, 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
 
WALLACE
June 5, 191916, Samuel Wallace, triprider, age 19 years, single, was run over by pit car and killed in Bell & Zoller Mining Company's mine, Zeigler. He leaves one dependent -- father.
 
WALLER
September 14, 192121, James Waller, of Benton, miner, age 28 years, married, was killed in United States Fuel Corrroany's Middlefork mine. Deceased was moving his tools to another place and was riding on a car, the car jumped the track, knocking out timbers and allowing rock to fall on him. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
WALTMAN / MALTMAN
December 29, 193029, William Waltman, of West Frankfort, loader, age 29 years, single, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine by a fall of face coal.
 
WALTON
July 24, 194746, Horace M. Walton, of West Frankfort, triprider, aged 44 years, single, was killed in an explosion of methane gas at Old Ben Coal Corporation's Mine No. 8, West Frankfort, Franklin County, Illinois. He leaves a dependent mother.
See : Explosion at Old Ben Coal Corporation Mine No. 8
 
WANSKI
April 23, 192625, Mike Wanski, of Royalton, miner, age 58 years, married, was killed in Franklin County Coal Company's No. 7 mine, by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow.
 
WARDLE
April 6, 196762. Mr. James William Wardle, of Benton, age 46, married, father of two dependent children, after having worked for 2½ years as a Continuous Miner Operator Helper, died from injuries sustained on April 6, 1967, when he was trapped bv a fall of rock at the Freeman Coal Mining Corporation, Orient No. 5 Mine located at West Frankfort, Franklin County, Illinois.
      The accident happened about 8:45 p.m. on April 6, 1967, when Mr. Wardle, acting as Helper with Mr. Paul Gower who was operating the continuous miner in C Entry in the 16 East Section, started to drive a lift to the left in an entry pillar in C Entry and had mined into the pillar about 6 or 8 feet. Mr. Govver said he heard someone yell "look out", and the top slate across the entry, over about the center of the machine, started to fall. Both men started to run back toward the rear of the machine, and Mr. Wardle was caught and pinned under the slate about 5 feet from the edge of the fall. He died before the slate was removed and his body was recovered about an hour later.
 
WARNER
January 28, 195552, Mr. Joe Warner, of Herrin, age 61, married, one dependent child, came to his death from injuries received while working at the Old Ben Coal Corp. Mine No. 14 at Buckner, Franklin County, January 27, 1955, while riding on front end of motor and collided with empties. He died January 28, 1955, at Miners Hospital in Christopher, Illinois. He had 18 years experience at this time.
 
January 10, 19096, Wallace Warner, of Zeigler, laborer, aged 57 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
 
WATHEAU
August 2, 19064, Matt Watheau, of West Frankfort, shot firer, age 35 years, married, was killed by a shot blowing through a pillar, while working in the Dering Coal Company's mine at West Frankfort. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
WATKINS
November 1, 193534, John T. Watkins, of West Frankfort, mine examiner, aged 61 years, married, crushed by motor in mine No. 8 of Old Ben Coal Corp., leaving widow.
 
WATSON
November 16, 193029, Thomas Watson, of West Frankfort, miner, age 55 years, married, died from injuries received three days earlier, by a premature shot, in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
WATTS
September 28, 191816, Robert Watts, of Royalton, miner, age 35, married, was killed in an explosion occurred in Franklin Coal & Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton. He leaves four dependents.
See : Gas Explosion at Franklin Coal & Coke Co., Royalton
 
WAWRZYNIAK
December 21, 195149, Max Wawrzyniak, of West Frankfort, driller, 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
 
WAYMAN
December 11, 192625, J. S. Wayman, of Benton, trip rider, age 23 years, married, died from injuries received the day before in C. W. & F. Coal Company's No. 2 mine, when he was run over by pit cars. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
WEAVER
April 11, 195552, Mr. Leo Weaver, of Herrin, age 60, married, no dependent children, met his death in an accident which occurred at 3:05 P.M. April 11, 1955, in the Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 Mine, at West Frankfort, Franklin County. He had 29 years experience at this time.
      Leo Weaver, motorman, Herbert Treece, triprider, and Clyde Stewart, haulage foreman, went in the 25 E. N. with a fifteen-ton motor to take 6 cars of rock to the bottom. As they were coming out the 25 E. N. haulage, which is down hill from the 8 S. to the 4 S., they were traveling at a high rate of speed. As they approached to within 200 feet of the bottom of the hill, they noticed a motor pushing a material truck coming towards them. This eight-ton motor was operated by Earl Shaffer. John Thomas and Melvin Bigham, cableman, were riding the material truck.
      As this motor went over the hill at the 3 S. and started down hill towards the 4 S. Melvin Bigham saw the light of the trip coming out. He tried to stop Earl Shaffer. Earl Shaffer reversed his motor and jumped off. John Thomas and Melvin Bigham also jumped. Clyde Stewart jumped off the motor with the trip, and Herbert Treece, triprider, stayed on the motor until the motors collided.
      Leo Weaver, the deceased, was found in the middle of the track at the point where the motors collided, between the first and second car. It is not known if the deceased jumped or was thrown off the motor at the point of collision. Evidence shows that the trip traveled west three car lengths and then two car lengths back east after the collision. The deceased was hit with the first car and run over with the second and third cars.
 
WEBB
July 28, 194443, M. V. Webb, of West Frankfort, tracklayer, aged 60 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
November 29, 191715, Wm. Webb, of Sesser, pumpman, age 45 years, 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
 
December 23, 194645, Wm. Huston Webb, of Zeigler, face boos, aged 64 years, married, died from injuries received on December 18, 1946, caused by haulage in Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
WEIMAN
May 26, 195351, John Weiman, of West Frankfort, driller, aged 47 years, single, was killed by a roof fall in in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 15 mine.
 
WELLS
November 27, 193736, Herbert Wells, of Mulkeytown, top laborer, aged 33 years, married, crushed between coal box and clam shell at mine No. 7 of the Franklin County Coal Co., Inc., leaving wife.
 
WEMMER
February 14, 193837, William Wemmer, of Herrin, loader, aged 60 years, widower, killed by fall of face coal in mine No. 5 of the Franklin County Coal Corp. No dependents.
 
WENTE
August 29, 194746, Frank Wente, of Johnston City, top laborer, aged 71 years, married, was killed in a conveyor accident on top, in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
WESTRAY
December 21, 195149, Roy Westray, of West Frankfort, machine operator, aged 36 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 21, 194140, Wayne Westray, of West Frankfort, triprider, aged 23 years, married, was killed when he was caught between a locomotive and a rib in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
WEVILKOSKY
June 13, 19074, Bousilar Wevilkosky, of Zeigler, trip rider, aged 21 years, single, employed at the Zeigler Coal Co's, mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, was killed. The power gave out. delaying his trip; when the power came on the motorman started the motor, at the same time he cautioned Wevilkosky about holding his head so high, but the trip rider did not heed the warning and was struck by wire causing almost instant death.
 
WHALEY
November 30, 197065. Mr. Alvis Whaley, Sr., of West Frankfort, age 64, married, no dependent children was fatally injured November 30, 1970 at 7:55 p.m., at the Old Ben Coal Corporation's Mine No. 24, Benton, Illinois.
      The fatal accident occurred after the No. 16 room had been driven from the 31st South and a crosscut turned. The machine was moved from the No. 16 room out of the 31st South for a distance of 72 feet and into the 90 degree crosscut between the 31st South and 32nd South and opposite Room No. 14, off of which a diagonal was to be driven to intersect the crosscut from No. 16 room. Mr. Whaley's first attempt to back the machine into the 90 degree crosscut failed and he moved the machine forward to reposition. This time he was able to tram into the crosscut but without providing sufficient clearance for himself.
      Mr. Lloyd Stout, Foreman, Mr. Robert Hines, Roof Bolt Machine Operator, Mr. Troy Simpson, Shuttle Car Operator, Mr. Walter Norcross, and Mr. Ivan Harris, Repairmen, were in the vicinity of the accident. After the top trim chain bar had cleared the cable, Mr. Stout and Mr. Hines retreated through the crosscut outby in an effort to reach the other end of the machine. They were walking up the 32nd South toward the machine when they heard the machine conveyor start. As this was an unusual occurrence when not mining, the men in the area realized something might be wrong. Mr. Norcross called to Mr. Simpson to investigate. Upon arriving at the location, Mr. Simpson found the deceased was caught between the machine and coal rib. Mr. Kenneth Patterson, the other machine operator, returned from lunch and moved the machine away from the rib releasing the deceased. Mr. Patterson found the tram and conveyor controls in the neutral position. Mr. Whaley was placed on a stretcher and transported to the surface where Dr. L. L. Love and the ambulance were waiting.
 
February 27, 191714, George Whaley, of Benton, driver, age 24 years, single, was killed in W. P. Rend Collieries Company's No. 1 mine, Rend. Franklin County. Deceased was driving and while hooking the tail chain onto moving cars stepped onto the bumper; the cars ran against the mule, shoving the driver off the car against the rib. The mule then pulled the car, squeezing him between the car and coal rib.
 
WHITE
January 9, 192827, Andy White, of West Frankfort, loader, aged 20 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.
 
August 15, 19042, G. H. White, of Zeigler, electrician, aged 32 years, married, was killed by a gasoline torch explosion. He leaves a widow.
 
April 24, 198273. Mr. Jess White, Jr., of Sesser, age 47, married, two dependents, was fatally injured from a fall down a shaft at approximately 12:20 A.M., Saturday, April 24, 1982, while in the performance of his duties as foreman at Old Ben Coal Company No. 26, Sesser, Franklin County, Illinois.
      Mr. White, had completed working the 4:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M. shift and was staying to assist in a fire check of the mine. He told the mine manager that the material motor was too close to the cage and he was going to move it.
      At 12:15, Terry Hill, Stockroom Clerk, saw the motor moving toward the shaft and ran into the washroom for help. When he and others returned to the shaft the cab had broke off the motor and was caught between the gate and the collar of the shaft. The rest of the motor was down the shaft about 50 feet wedged in the stairway. Mr. White, was found at the bottom of the shaft.
 
January 10, 192726, Malcolm White, of Benton, machine runner, age 35 years, married, came in contact with trolley wire and was electrocuted, in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
July 28, 192020, Phillip White, superintendent, age 41 years, married, was suffocated in By Products Coke Corporation's mine No. 18. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
July 10, 192827, Ross White, of West Frankfort, laborer, age 43 years, single, was run over and killed by railway cars at Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's No. 2 mine.
 
WHITED
January 17, 192827, Ben Whited, of Marion, night boss, age 39 years, married, died from injuries received the day previous in Valier Coal Company's mine. Deceased was caught between two motors and had one leg cut off and the other badly injured. he leaves a widow.
 
WHITESIDE
December 8, 192625, F. G. Whiteside, of Caldwell, miner, age 69 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock, in Industrial Coal Company's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow and one grand child, dependent.
 
WHITFIELD
February 8, 193231, Henry Whitfield, of Buckner, loader, age 62 years, single, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine by a fall of slate.
 
WHITLOW
December 21, 195149, Charles Whitlow, of Benton, triprider, aged 52 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
WHITTINGTON
May 26, 193332, Frank Whittington, of Ewing, loader, age 50 years, married, died from injuries received the day previous from a fall of coal in Peabody Coal Company's No. 19 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
April 22, 192827, Silas Whittington, of Whittington, timberman, age 40 years, married, was killed in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's No. 2 mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
January 3, 194140, Stanley Whittington, of Benton, machine man, aged 48 years, married, was killed by coal falling on him from the face in Peabody Coal Company's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
WICKER
July 24, 194746, Robert W. Wicker, of West Frankfort, clean-up man, aged 62 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
 
WIESLKA
November 14, 192121, John Wieslka, of Zeigler, trip rider, age 32 years, married, was crushed to death between motor and coal rib in Bell and Zollar Mining Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
WILBURN
December 3, 191715, Canty Wilburn, of Benton, miner, age 23 years, married, was killed by a motor in Benton Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
WILKERSON
October 31, 191816, Everett Wilkerson, of Benton, driver, age 27 years, married, was killed in Franklin County Mining Company's mine, Benton. Deceased was sitting on top ledge of mine car and while passing under a cross bar was caught between bar and car. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
March 29, 194544, Oscar Wilkerson, of Benton, triprider, aged 58 years, married, was killed when he was ran over by a car in Peabody Coal Company's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
WILLARD
December 16, 194241, Glenn Willard, of West Frankfort, trip-rider, aged 33 years, married, was killed when he was caught between a car and rib in Peabdy Coal Company's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
July 24, 194746, Willis Willard, of Marion, machine man, aged 41 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 six children.
See : Explosion at Old Ben Coal Corporation Mine No. 8
 
WILLIAMS
December 21, 195149, B. R. Williams, 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 one child.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
December 21, 195149, Carl Williams, of West Frankfort, laborer, aged 36 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 8, 192726, Herbert Williams, of Ezra, loader, age 21 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 15 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
December 21, 195149, James H. Williams, of Thompsonville, laborer, aged 57 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's Orient No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
October 27, 191412, W. D. Williams, of Royalton, miner, aged 35 years, single, was killed in a gas explosion that occurred in the Franklin Coal and Coke Company's No. 1 mine, Royalton, Franklin County.
See : Gas Explosion at Royalton
 
WILLIAMSON
August 6, 191513, John Williamson, of West Frankfort, electrician, age 29 years, married, was electrocuted in the Dering Coal Company's No. 18 mine, (now Producers Coal Company No. 18) West Frankfort, Franklin County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
WILLIS
September 21, 191715, Frank Willis, of Rend,driver, age 27 years, married, was killed by a car in the W. P. Rend Collieries Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
WILLMORE
November 17, 192726, Herbert Willmore, of West Frankfort, machine helper, age 32 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
WILSON
February 10, 192322, Harry Wilson, of Frankfort Heights, motorman, age 26 years, married, was suffocated by smoke in Peabody Coal Company's No. 18 mine (By-Products No. 18). He leaves a widow and one child.
 
July 24, 194746, James T. Wilson, of West Frankfort, machine operator, aged 37 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
 
October 22, 194544, Paul Wilson, of Benton, motorman, aged 30 years, married, was killed when he was ran over by a car in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
December 21, 195149, W. E. Wilson, of West Frankfort, triprider, aged 55 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
 
June 16, 193837, William I. Wilson, of Valier, machine man, aged 60 years, married, killed by fall of coal in mine No. 1 of the Valier Coal Co., leaving widow.
 
WINN
May 28, 192625, John Winn, of Valier, trip rider, age 22 years, single, died from injuries received the day before by being run over by a pit car in Valier Coal Company's mine.
 
WISART
March 10, 19118, John Wistart, of Rend, miner, aged 28 years, single, employed by the W. P. Rend Collieries Company, was killed in a peculiar manner. He was working in room No. 1, fourth southwest. Stooping over to clean some sulphur out of the coal a small piece of coal fell from the face, striking him on the head. He staggered back, stumbled, and sat down hard on his pick, which was leaning with the point up against a piece of coal. The pick entered the rectum causing injuries from which he died in about three and a half hours.
 
WISNEIWSKI / WISNIEWSKY
August 6, 191412, Nick Wisneiwski,of Royalton, miner, married, age 42 years, was fatally injured by a fall of top coal in the Franklin Coal & Coke Company's mine No. 1 at Royalton, Franklin County. Deceased knocked a prop out, allowing about four tons of top coal to fall upon him and crushing him about the legs and body. He died six hours later at the Zeigler Hospital. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
WITHROW
September 25, 192323, A. H. Withrow, of Coello, miner, age 42 years, single, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's mine No. 11, by a fall of rock.
 
April 3, 19052, H. M. Withrow, of Zeigler, miner, single, died in a violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, leaving brother and sister at Newton Upper Falls, Mass. Buried at Newton Upper Falls, Mass.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
WOJKIEWICZ
March 3, 191512, Maitis Wojkiewicz, of Royalton, cager, married, age 48 years, was injured at the Franklin Coal & Coke Company's mine No. 1, Royalton, Franklin County, by being caught between the front car of a loaded trip and the car he was about to cage, resulting in a compound fracture of the left leg below the knee. He died unexpectedly about five hours later at the hospital. He leaves four children, none of whom were dependent upon him.
 
WOOD
April 3, 19052, J. O. Wood, of Zeigler, machinist, single, was killed while working in the tower for a Construction Company, during the violent explosion that occurred in the Zeigler Coal Company mine, Zeigler, Franklin County, Buried at Cleveland, Ohio, nothing known of relatives.
See : 1905 Explosion
 
WOODWARD
December 21, 195149, W. L. Woodward, of Johnston City, 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
 
WOOLFOLK
January 10, 19096, Finis Woolfolk, colored, of Zeigler, laborer, aged 24 years, single, 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.
      The body was recovered on October 2, 1910, after Bell and Zoller Mining Company had leased the mine and began recovery in May of 1910.7
See : Explosion at Zeigler
 
WOOTLES
March 18, 191411, Antonie Wootles, of Rend, miner, aged 45 years, single, was killed by falling slate in the W. P. Rend Colliers Company's No. 1 mine. Rend, Franklin County.
 
WRIGHT
January 5, 194645, James A. Wright, of DuQuoin, sumnp cleaner, aged 29 years, married, died from injuries received from being electrocuted on January 3, 1946 in Valier Coal Company;s No. 1 mine. He leaves a child dependent.
 
October 11, 191816, Leo Wright, of Christopher, motorman, age 30 years, married, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine, Christopher. Deceased had brought out his motor in violation of instructions. The road is down grade and the power was shut off, consequently he had no light, and could not be seen by the main line motorman with whom he collided. He leaves a widow.
 

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YAPP
August 17, 19097, William Yapp, of England, miner, aged 32 years, married, working at Benton, in the Benton Coal Company's mine. Deceased, while walking through an open crosscut, tripped and fell upon a coil of live wires hanging on a prop near the rib. He was unable to extricate himself and died before assistance could reach him. He leaves a widow and one child. A curious coincidence in connection with this death is the fact that it occurred at about the same hour and from the same cause as that of Parker Adkins, described above.
 
YATES
September 29, 193938, Rolla Yates, of Herrin, skinup man, aged 57 years, married, killed by fall of rock in mine No. 5 of the Franklin County Coal Corp., leaving widow.
 
December 21, 195149, Zell Yates, of West Frankfort, Airdox line layer, 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 four children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
YATTONI
July 24, 194746, John P. Yattoni, of West Frankfort, triprider, 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 one child.
See : Explosion at Old Ben Coal Corporation Mine No. 8
 
YONKANSKIS
February 6, 191512, Frank Yonkanskis, of West Frankfort, miner, married, age 36 years, was killed by being crushed between a car and coal rib at a room neck while attempting to get around a car through too narrow a space at the Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's mine, Orient, Franklin County. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
YORK
October 24, 192323, Glen York, of Bush, miner, age 17 years, single, was killed in Western Coal and Mining Company's mine by being run over lay pit cars.
 
YOUKUBAITIS
May 3, 191815, Wm. Youkubaitis, of Zeigler, miner, age 39 years, single, was killed by fall of rock in Zeigler mine of the Bell & Zoller Coal Company.
 
YOUNG
October 27, 191412, Pete Young, of Royalton, miner, aged 21 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
 
YOUNKIN
December 21, 195149, Victor Younkin, 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 two children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 

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ZADOROZANY
June 15, 1950 48, Anthony Zadorozany, of Benton, timberman, aged 55 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine.
 
ZANZUCHI
December 21, 195149, Louis Zanzuchi, of West Frankfort, 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 one child.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
ZDIBAK
September 1, 192020, Mike Zdibak, miner, age 52 years, married, was run over and killed by pit car in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 12 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
ZEBOSKI
December 21, 195149, Joe Zeboski, of West Frankfort, 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 three children.
See : Explosion at Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company Orient No. 2
 
ZENINI
July 2, 194342, Pete Zenini, of Buckner, machine helper, aged 52 years, married was killed by a fall of coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
ZEVENOKIS
September 29, 191513, Uladas Zevenokis, of West Frankfort, loader, age 31 years, single, was killed by pit cars in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 9 mine. West Frankfort, Franklin County.
 
ZIMMER
August 30, 194039, George Zimmer, of Christopher, driller and shooter, age 51 years, married; killed by fall of rock at Mine No. 14 of the Old Ben Coal Corporation, leaving widow and one child.
 
ZIZICH
February 13, 192221, George Zizich, of Coello, miner, age 38 years, single, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine by falling coal.
 
ZUCCO
September 9, 191311, Mike Zucco, of Assumption, driver, aged 28 years, married, was killed in the Hart-Williams Coal Company's mine, Benton, Franklin County. Deceased was pulling, a loaded car out of a room and just as he got in a few feet of the mouth of the room a mule kicked him and he fell on rail, the car ran on to him crushing him about the shoulders, head, and breast, causing his death 8#0189; hours later. He leaves a widow.
 
ZUPKO
May 8, 1950 48, John Zupko, of West Frankfort, timberman, aged 60 years, single, was killed by electricity in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's No. 2 mine.
 
ZURICICH
December 17, 191412, John Zuricich, of Christopher, laborer, married, age 35 years, was fatally injured while riding on top of a motor at the Zeigler District Collieries Company's mine, Christopher, Franklin County. Deceased was riding to his work to bail water, when, coming to a low projection in the roof, he was struck on the head, causing injuries which resulted in his death on December 19, 1914. He leaves a widow and two children in Europe.
 
ZUTICH
August 7, 191919, Maxsim Zutich, of Sesser, motorman, age 22 years, single, was caught between trap door and motor and killed Old Ben Coal Corporations's No. 16 mine, Sesser. He leaves his parents dependent.
 

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