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ACKERSON
October 26, 192232, Joseph Ackerson, of St. Augsutine, miner, age 34 years, married, was suffocated by smoke in the Sherman Babbitt's local mine, near St. Augustine, Fulton County. The top buildings caught fire and there being no air or escape shaft, the deceased was suffocated by smoke descending the main shaft. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
ADAMS
November 19, 192837, John Adams, of Alpha, miner, age 42 years, married, was killed in Galesburg Mining Company's mine. Deceased was riding in the man trip to his working place. The trip, running faster than usual, he thought was running away, and he jumped over the side of the car and was caught between the trip and coal rib. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
ANDERSON
September 20, 191527, Curtis J. Anderson, motorman, age 24 years, married, was killed in Big Creek Coal Company's No. 4 mine, Dunfermline, Fulton County. Deceased was driving the motor when the car next to the motor left the rail, catching him between them. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
October 31, 190315, three men were killed in an accident in the Newsam Co. mine at Farmington, Fulton county, Myron McKann, of Farmington, aged 35 years, miner; Ernest Anderson, of Farmington, aged 21 years, miner; and Jack Williams, of Farmington, aged 30 years, miner.
The men were riding in a pit-car drawn by a mule. In making a turn near a switch the car jumped the track and ran into the side of the entry, knocking down a prop, thus letting down a portion of the roof on the men. McKann and Anderson were instantly killed and Williams died a half hour later. McKann leaves a widow and five children; Williams a widow and two children; Anderson was a single man.
 
November 9, 192736, Harry Anderson, of Cuba, laborer, age 53 years, married, was killed in United Electric Coal Company's mine. Deceased was working under the steam shovel when the dipper handle spacer broke and fell, striking him on the head, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow.
 
ATKINSON
December 14, 192232, Thomas F. Atkinson, of Cuba, miner, age 64 years, married, was killed by falling slate in the John Walsh mine. He leaves a widow.
 

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BALAGNA
December 22, 193948, Lester Balagna, of Farmington, miner, aged 41 years, married, killed by fall of slate in mine of Illinois Colliery Co., leaving widow and one dependent child.
 
BARCO
December 27, 194049, Howard W. Barco, of Cuba, oiler, aged 22 years, single, killed when he fell from cab of drag line, in the Cuba Mine of the United Electric Coal Co., no dependents.
 
BARETICH
January 11, 193443, Armond Baretich, of Farmington, electrician, age 22 years, single, was electrocuted by coming in contact with electric wires in Midland Electric Coal Company's mine No. 2.
 
BARKMAN
July 6, 191325, Frank Barkman, of Astoria, miner, aged 19 years, single, was killed by flying coal in the Eclipse Coal Company's mine, Astoria, Fulton County.
 
BAXTER
April 25,193140, James G. Baxter, of Canton, driver, age 49 years, married, was killed in Rawalt Coal Company's mine by pit cars. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
August 25, 195059, Robert Baxter, Sr., of Canton, driller, age 59 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Rawalt Coal Company's Rewalt mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BECK
December 19, 198074. Mr. Frank Beck, Jr., age 62, married, one dependent, was fatally injured by a blow to the head at approximately 12:32 A.M., Sunday, December 14, 1980, while in the performance of his duties as a Groundman on a 1650 Shovel at Freeman United Coal Mining Company, Buckheart #17 Mine, Canton, Fulton County, Illinois.
The 1605 Shovel is located in the South Pit. Approximately ten minutes prior to finding Frank Beck, Jr., he was seen by the crew, Mr. Pat Duncan, Mr. Robert Smith and Mr. Carl Simpson. Mr. Darrell Pierce and Mr. William Talley, cat skinners, were approximately 60 yards away and saw Mr. Beck crawling by the #1 crawler, from the high wall side toward the center underneath the 1650 Shovel. The 1650 operator blew the horn twice for Mr. Beck to move the machine, and approximately 1 minute later blew the horn twice again to move the machine. After approximately 1 minute the operator rang the horn in the possum belly to attract Mr. Beck's attention, and this time the crew members observed Mr. Pierce and Mr. Talley running toward the machine. Mr. Smith, Mr. Pierce, and Mr. Talley arriving at about the same time found Mr. Beck in a semi-reclining position, supporting himself with his left elbow. Mr. Beck was found near the trailing cable on the coal in the center of 1650 Shovel. His hard hat was still on his head. Mr. Beck's appearance was described as pale white with heavy perspiration, saliva coming from the mouth, and the right eye was watering. This was noted by Mr. Smith, Mr. Pierce and Mr. Talley. Mr. Beck was conscious when found. He appeared coherent and responsive.
There was a large chunk of dirt, approximately 3' x 4' x 1 ½' thick that had rolled from the spoil side through the center of the underneath of the machine, stopping between the two crawlers on the opposite side of the machine. Mr. Beck's glasses were found inside crawler #1, approximately 10 feet from where Mr. Beck was found.
Mr. Smith and Mr. Pierce helped Mr. Beck get to a bench in the possum belly of the 1650 Shovel. Both men noticed that Mr. Beck was having difficulty moving his right leg as he walked. Mr. Beck was examined at the site by EMT Harlan Vallary. Mr. Vallary noted the right side of Mr. Beck's face was cold, and also observed that he had no movement at all with his right limb when asked to use his right hand to squeeze. The left limb gave a normal response. Mr. Beck then appeared to be in a semi-conscious condition. The ambulance arrived and transported Mr. Beck to the Graham Hospital in Canton, Illinois. Mr. Beck was treated in the emergency room, where a small laceration was found behind the right ear. Mr. Beck was x-rayed by Dr. Lee and found to have a concussion and skull fracture. Mr. Beck, having no response at this time, was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Illinois. Frank Beck, Jr. died at 1:20 A.M. on December 19, 1980, at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, lUinois due to the injuries he sustained on December 14, 1980.
 
BECKELHYMER
May 7, 194756, Carlton A. Beckelhymer, of Cuba, waterman, age 70 years, married, was killed when he was hit by a railroad car in United Electric Coal Corporation's mine No. 9. He leaves a widow.
 
BERRY
February 25, 192231, William Berry, of Ellisville, miner, age 44 years, married, and Raymond Palmer, apprentice miner, age 16 years, single, were killed in Spoon River Colliery Company's mine by a fall of clod. Berry leaves a widow and three children.
 
BLOCK
March 24, 191728, Herman Block, of Farmington, top foreman, age 39 years, married, employed by the Maplewood Coal Company at mine No. 1, Farmington, Fulton County, was killed by railroad cars. Deceased was pinching down two cars and was standing between them on the switch. When the cars were started he attempted to step from between them but his foot caught in the switch-frog and the rear car ran over him, causing injuries from which he died in a few hours at St. Mary's Hospital, Galesburg. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
BRANSON
September 5, 193645, Ronald Kenneth Branson, of Cuba, aged 24 years, top man, married, killed by fall of coal chute at mine of United Electric Coal Co., No. 9, leaving wife and child.
 
BRUKETTA
January 24, 195963. Mr. Frank George Bruketta, of Farmington, age 33, divorced, one dependent child, died of a cardiac tampomede and cardiac arrest when he was accidentally caught between a coal car and the stabilizing braces of the mine cage at the Bruketta Coal Company mine tipple on January 24, 1959, at 10:30 a.m. He was employed as a hoisting engineer at the Bruketta Coal Company #1, located at Norris, Fulton County, Illinois, and had 15 years experience at this mine.
Mr. Bruketta was working alone in an unsafe manner, trying to release the automatic mine car dumping platform at the dumping point in the tipple. The deceased, who was also operating the electrical hoisting equipment, had hoisted a car of coal into the cage dump. After the coal was dumped from the car, the cage would not return to normal position for lowering into the shaft. The deceased then set the brake on the hoisting drum and proceeded to climb the tipple stairway to the dumping point of the cage. He had attached a manually operated coffing chain hoist to a horizontal beam of the tipple and the bottom of the cage platform and apparently placed tension on the hoist. Since the platform was at the dumping point, the deceased had to be operating from the horizontal tipple beam supports.
There were no eye witnesses but it appeared that the victim moved to the east side of the cage and got on the east end of the empty coal car on the tilted platform. It would be possible at this instant, with a slight amount of slack in the hoisting cable, that the weight of his body applied to the tilted cage platform caused same to return to normal position, pinning the victim at the midsection between the cage stabilizer braces and the empty coal car.
 
BUDWEIL
January 28, 191021, Joseph Budweil, miner, aged 25 years, single, was severely burned by the explosion of a keg of powder, in the Maplewood Coal Company's mine No. 2, located near Farmington, Fulton county. Deceased from the meagre and belated details furnished by the company poured some powder out of a keg into an open can. He had a new coil of fuse, and in order to test it, lighted a small piece, and threw it from him, the burning fuse fell into the can, exploding the powder, which in turn, exploded the powder in the keg. He was severely burned about the head, arms and body, and died from the burns January 31, three days later.
 
BUHL
April 14, 18934, Fred Buhl, of Farmington, miner, was in the act of firing a blast in the Maplewood Coal Co.'s mine at Farmington ; believing his fuse had gone out he concluded to enter the room and relight it, but when directly opposite his room and while still on the entry the shot went off, coal from the blast striking and killing him instantly. He was 35 years of age and single.
 
BULLOUGH
January 5, 190718, John Bullough, of Norris, miner, aged 66 years single in the employ of the Norris Coal Mining Company, Norris, was instantly killed by falling rock. The deceased was wedging down some top coal, when the rock which had been loosened by a shot and was partly held by the coal, suddenly fell, crushing him beneath.
 
BUYON
February 3, 192837, Peter Buyon, of Brereton, miner, age 51 years, widower, died from injuries received the day before, when struck by a railroad car. Deceased had finished his day's work in the Canton Coal Company's mine and was walking on the railroad track, returning to his home. When he reached a point about 500 feet from the shaft, he was struck by an empty car that was being switched to its place for loading. He leaves six dependent children.
As this was not an accident occurring in the line of duty, it is not charged against the coal production.
 
BYBEE
March 9, 194049, Clyde Bybee, of St. David, groundman, aged 26 years, married, killed by fall of strip bank, in the Little Sister Mine, of the Central States Colliery Co., leaving a widow.
 

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CARSON
December 14, 191224, Walter Carson, of Bryan, driver, aged 32 years, married, was instantly killed by mine cars in the Big Creek Coal Company's Mine No. 2, St. David, Fulton County. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
CARUTHERS
May 12, 194150, Bruce D. Caruthers, of Canton, timberman, age 27 years, single, was killed in the Blakely Coal Company's mine No. 1, when rock fell on him. No dependents.
 
CEPUHAR
December 14, 18979. John Cepuhar, of Dunfermline, aged 24 years, a miner and single, was killed December 14, 1897, in the Whitebreast Fuel Co.'s mine '' C," at Dunfermline, Fulton county. Peter C. Shadick was his partner in the mine, and left him at 3 o'clock p. m. There were two shots to be fired in their place, and Cepuhar agreed to wait till 5 o'clock to fire them, as they were not allowed to fire till that time. At 5:30 o'clock Shadieh became alarmed because Cepuhar did not come home, and he went into the mine to look for him. He found him lying in his roadway, about five yards from the face of his room. When found he was dead; the flying coal from the shots had struck him; his head was bruised all over and he was otherwise badly cut. From all the surroundings it appears that after lighting his shots he had lost his light and became confused, and thus failed to make his escape to a safe place of refuge.
 
CHARANGO
September 7, 190921, Wm. Charango, top laborer, aged 31 years, married, was hurt internally by falling astride of a rail on the dirt dump at the top of the mine at the Alden Coal Company's shaft No. 6, located near Norris, Fulton county. Deceased was employed as an outside laborer, he was engaged in unloading a car of dirt on the dirt dump, this dump is elevated about four feet above the surface of the ground; by some means he lost his balance and fell astride of the rail receiving internal injuries. He was removed to the hospital at Peoria the 8th and operated on, and died from the injuries sustained September 20, thirteen days after the accident. Deceased was a Lithuanian by birth; he leaves a widow and three children in the Old Country.
 
CLINE
March 19, 18978, James Cline, of London Mills, aged 53 years, miner and operator at London Mills, Fulton county, while mining off a standing shot of coal in his room in his own coal mine, which is a local shaft situated three miles west of London Mills, had his left side so severely bruised by a piece of roof slate that he died nine days later through inflammation setting in at the seat of his injuries. The piece of roof that fell on him measured 6 by 5 feet in area and 8 inches thick, and it was liberated from the roof by a horseback or roll that run across his room. Deceased and his son and a helper were the only employees of the mine. He left a widow and five children.
 
CLOSE
March 19, 191021, Alexander Close, miner, aged 28 years, married, was severely burned about the head, arms and body by the explosion of a keg of powder in the National Coal Mining Company's mine No. 1, located at Middle Grove, Fulton county. Deceased at 3:30 p. m. on the above date, went into an adjoining room, in which Mike Moretto worked to borrow a charge of powder, Moretto had a full keg unopened and took a pick and deliberately struck it into the full keg of powder, a spark was generated by the steel point of the pick coming in contact with the keg and of course an explosion followed. Close died from the burns received March 24th, five days after the accident. He leaves a widow and one child. Moretto was severely burned and for some time his life was despaired of, but later accounts are that he is improving and will ultimately recover.
 
CONLIN
September 16, 191829, John Conlin, of Ellisville, miner, age 52 years, married, was killed in Spoon River Coal Company's mine, Ellisville, by a fall of clod. Deceased was cleaning loose coal away to set a prop, when, without warning, clod fell from roof. He leaves a widow, two children and his mother who were dependent upon him for support.
 
CORFIELD
December 26, 1918, James Corfield, of Farmington, assistant mine manager, age 49 years, married, died from injuries received nine days previous in Maplewood Colliery Company's mine, Farmington, by pit cars.
 
COURTNEY
June 8, 197072. Mr. Donald Courtney, of Farmington, age 58, married, no dependent children who was employed by the Peabody Coal Co. at the Bright Star Mine, Fairview, Fulton County, Illinois as a tractor operator, received injuries resulting in his death on June 8, 1970 at 3:35 p.m. while performing duties assigned to him by the pit foreman. The foreman had requested Mr. Courtney to take the D-8 caterpillar tractor he was using to level spoil bank areas to the end of the 10-50 pit to cut a travel ramp grade from the surface ground level to the pit coal seam level, which he was doing at the time of the accident. The ramp grade was approximately 250 feet long being cut down through virgin soil and was nearly completed. About half way down the grade, where Mr. Courtney's tractor was traveling alongside of the grade wall, (which was at this point 12 feet below the surface level) a section of the walls topsoil broke loose. It rolled down striking Mr. Courtney, apparently causing the injuries resulting in his death.
The coal loading crew, working some distance away in the pit, observed that something had occurred on the grade and went to investigate and found Mr. Courtney on the seat of the tractor with some loose dirt around his legs and the lower part of his body. Mr. Courtney was breathing so they removed him from the machine and administered oxygen, however, he did not respond and was later pronounced dead at the scene by a physician who had been called.
The failure to slope the grade wall at a sufficient angle to prevent possible breaking and sliding, and the absence of a protective cover over the operators seat were apparently contributing factors to the injuries which caused the mans death.
 
CRAWFORD
February 8, 189910, John Crawford, of Marietta, a miner, aged 24 years, single, was killed while working in W. Sherwood's mine, two miles east from Marietta, Fulton county. In the forenoon W. Sherwood, John Crawford and Richard Snyder were all working together in a room close to the mouth of the mine. The room was worked in about 25 feet, and was about 16 feet wide. There were three props in the room, but the roof being soft near the crop of the coal, these props were not sufficient to hold it up and the roof fell on all of them, pinning the three men fast in a short time. One of the miners outside hearing their cries, brought assistance, but it was about two hours before they were all gotten oat. Crawford was the last to be brought out and was found to be dead; the other two men were not seriously injured. When I visited the mine and made an examination I considered it unsafe and had it closed down, and it has remained closed to the present time.
 
CRAMBLET
August 1, 195059, Gordon M. Cramblet, of Cuba, bulldozer operator, age 42 years, single, died from injuries received on July 27, 1950, by a fall of clay from a spoil bank at Fairview Collieries Corporation's Flamingo mine.
 

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DAGEN
November 11, 192837, Fred Dagen, of Galesburg, laborer, age 49 years, married, died from injuries received one week earlier in Galesburg Mining Company's mine, when he fell from tipple to ground. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
DAY
November 8, 194857, Arthur A. Day, of Canton, shuttle car operator, age 36 years, was killed by a fall of rock in Pschirrer & Sons Coal Company's mine No. 3. He leaves one dependent.
 
DELFORGE
December 22, 193948, Andrew Delforge, of East Galesburg, miner, aged 64 years, single (widower), killed by fall of clod in mine of Bushnell Mining Co., no dependents.
 
DELL
February 27, 190011, William Dell, of Astoria, miner, aged 41 years, married, was instantly killed while working in the Astoria Coal Company's mine, Astoria, Fulton county. Deceased was mining out a shot that he had fired the night before. The shot had cut the coal at the top and bottom, but had to be mined. he was mining in a seam in the coal about 12 inches from the bottom; he was warned by the man in the next place that the coal would fall on him if he continued lying under it; he did not heed the warning, but continued his work; in a very short time the coal fell on him, killing him instantly. The place was only 12 feet from the entry, and two shots wide, the room was just turning, and was only 10 feet wide; deceased was considered to be a good practical miner. He leaves a widow and six children, four of them dependent.
 
DEMKO
November 25, 196670. Mr. Peter Demko, of Farmington, age 44, married, three dependent children, died of injuries received in an accident at No. 6 Pit of the Midland Electric Coal Corp., Middlegrove Mine located at Farmington, Illinois on November 25, 1966. Mr. Demko was employed as a Pit Foreman and had one year's experience at this mine.
The accident occurred on November 25, 1966 at 4:20 a.m. and was caused when a piece of rock weighing approximated two tons, clumped from the bucket of the 5761 stripping shovel onto the spoil bank, rolled down the sloping spoil bank, and came underneath the shovel between the left rear crawler and the standing platform frame, striking Peter Demko who was just leaving the shovel after making a shift check on the machine. Hearing a call for help, the shift shovel operating crew, who all were at this time on the upper deck of the machine, came to the ground to investigate and found Mr. Demko was pinned to the ground by the rock. The rock was removed by them with the use of a jib line. A call was sent over the machine's intercom for a doctor and ambulance which arrived thirty minutes later. Mr. Demko was given medical assistance and taken to the Canton Graham Hospital where he died while undergoing surgery at 6:45 a.m. the same day. There were no eye witnesses to the accident.
 
DONNA
December 3, 190315, Henry Donna, miner, aged 43 years, single, working in the mine of the Norris Coal Co., Norris, Fulton county, was killed while going back to a shot that he was doubtful about having exploded; when within a few feet of the face of the room the blast exploded killing him instantly.
 
DORICK
July 28, 191426, David Dorick, driver, age 24 years, single, employed at mine No. 2, Big Creek Coal Company, St. David, Fulton County, was caught between the rib and a loaded car and crushed to death.
 
DUBOIS
February 26, 192938, Phillip Dubois, of Galesburg, miner, age 57 years, married, died from injuries received three days previous in Galesburg Mining Company's mine by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
DUNNIVANT
July 11, 194251, Atha A. Dunnivant, of St. David, pumpman, age 29 years, married, was killed by being electrocuted in Central States Collieries Compnay's Little Sister mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
DYNJEWIC
May 21, 190516, Joseph Dynjewic, of Farmington, miner, aged 31 years, single, was killed in the Maplewood Coal Co.'s mine No. 2, Farmington, Fulton county. One of the drivers, being desirous of laying off from work in the afternoon, the deceased was employed to drive a mule the rest of the day. He made one trip on the west side, bringing the loaded cars to the bottom of the shaft. The mule, in turning out of the track, turned to the right instead of the left. Dynjewic got in front of the cars and attempted to stop them, but was pushed under the descending cage, which killed him.
 

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EBANY
March 14, 194352, John A. Ebany, of Galesburg, motorman, age 41 years, married, died by falling in the shaft at Thermal Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
ENTWISTLE
December 19, 190618, John Entwistle, of St. David, miner aged 44 years single, in the employ of John Wilson, at Colchester, was instantly killed by falling rock on the roadway of his room about 36 feet from the face; the deceased had finished his day's work and was pushing his car out of the room when the rock which had been loosened by a clay slip suddenly fell on him; the rock was about 7 feet long, 5 feet wide and six inches thick.
 
ETTER
June 5, 197072 . Mr. Henry Etter, of Cuba, age 60, married, no dependent children came to his death at 3:15 p.m. on June 5, 1970 from crushing injuries received in an accident at the United Electric Coal Cos., Mine #9, Cuba, Fulton County, Illinois. Mr. Etter had worked at this mine for 26 years. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by an attending Physician. He was employed at this mine as a Utility Truck Driver. Mr. Etter was crushed underneath a log mat measuring 18 feet long, 17 feet wide, 2 feet thick and weighing approximately 8 tons.
The log mats were being used under the crawlers for ground support of a 950-B stripping shovel being traveled overland to a new stripping pit opened in the No. 6 coal seam. After two weeks of travel the machine had arrived at the entrance to the No. 6 pit and before moving into the pit it was decided to dig a water sump between the mats traveled over the pit highwall at the rear of the machine. The shovel operator swung the digging bucket around to the rear of the machine to dig the sump. Some passes were made and then the heel of the digging bucket caught on the second mat laying at the rear of the machine alongside of the sump hole, pushing this end of the mat downwards causing the other end of the mat to tilt upwards, and causing Mr. Etter, who was standing on the other end, to become unbalanced, and fall, striking the edge of the next stationary mat. He apparently rolled underneath the tilted mat, and the operator of the shovel not observing what had happened at the other end of the mat, continued the digging cycle. This released the mat caught under the heel of the bucket permitting the tilted mat to fall into its original position on Mr. Etter, who was on the ground underneath the falling mat.
The deceased man was not one of the crew engaged in the moving of the machine but had arrived a short time earlier, parked his truck about 50 feet up the haulage road grade, and walked down behind the machine and was standing on the end of the traveled mat out of view of the shovel operator, watching the digging of the sump at the rear of the machine. All other members of the moving crew were in front of the machine and did not observe the accident. The only witness to the accident was the Master Mechanic, Donald Tippy, who was standing up the grade of the road traveled over behind the machine. He raised the alarm and he and others hooked on the lifting cable of the mat with the shovel and raised the mat off of Mr. Etter. Mr. Etter was examined by an attending Physician and pronounced dead at the scene.
 

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FARRIS
February 27, 196165. Mr. Ross Farris, of Canton, age 64, married, was fatally injured at the United Electric Coal Company Mine No. 9, Cuba, Fulton County, Illinois on February 27, 1961, at 12:10 p.m., when he was run over by a loaded railroad coal car from which he apparently fell. Mr. Farris was employed as a track man and car dropper and had 28 years experience at this mine.
Mr. Farris started his work as load car dropper at the usual starting time on February 27, 1961, and with two other car droppers had worked until noon when it was decided to drop three loads in on No. 1 track. One load had been dropped in on this track and was standing about 400 feet below the scale house with brakes set. These loads have to be taken over the scale one at a time for weighing. Mr. Farris dropped the first of the three cars over the scale, stopping this car approximated 150 feet below the scale and walked back over the scale, released the brake and dropped the second car calling to Merle Ford, another car dropper, to bring the third car in behind his car which Mr. Ford did. Mr. Farris then took all three cars down track No. 1 to the standing car already there, a distance of about 175 feet. Mr. Ford observed that Mr. Farris had the cars under good control and moving slowly down the track. Ralph Croxville, T. P. & W. car inspector and repairman, standing by the first car brought in, stated Mr. Farris brought his three cars down and they coupled to the standing car with hardly any impact. He proceeded to check the journals of the front wheels of the first car and then walked back to the rear journals to do the same when he heard groaning and looking between the cars saw Mr. Farris lying on the track in front of the wheel of the second car. He tried to move him but the wheel was holding him fast. He then called the switchman and T. P. & W. switching crew who were standing on the main line. The train crew backed the locomotive down and hooked a cable onto the cars releasing Farris. The doctor and ambulance had arrived and the doctor pronounced Farris dead.
Investigation showed Mr. Farris had two brakes he could apply from his position on the cars. These brakes were set and were in good mechanical condition. The load yards were clean and no obstructions observed in the yard. There were no eye witnesses and it is not known how Mr. Farris got under the wheel of the car.
 
FENGEL
May 17, 197773. Mr. Ray B. Fengel, of Canton, age 46, married, two dependents, came to his death by electrical shock at approximately 6:59 P.M., Tuesday, May 17, 1977, while in the performance of his duties as Welder at Freeman United Coal Company, Buckheart #17, Canton. Fulton County, Illinois.
Mr. Fengel was welding in box beams of the 950B stripping shovel, 10 feet, 6 inches above the ground on a staging board. He was welding a crack in the bulk head. While welding, he made contact with 4160 volts-fuse blocks with exposure at top and bottom. Scuff marks on the bulk head indicate he slid to the right, falling face up.
 
FERNETTI
August 14, 197072. Mr. William Fernetti, of Bryant, age 45, married, 1 dependent child came to his death on August 14, 1970 at 12:40 p.m. from injuries sustained in a truck collision while in the performance of his duties as a truck driver for the Truax-Traer Coal Company, Norris Mine, Norris, Fulton County, Illinois.
This accident occurred approximately 1½ miles south of the mine tipple. A coal haulage truck, driven by Mr. Russell Vandyke, collided with a road water spray wagon, driven by Mr. William Fernetti, who was serving as a substitute driver in the absence of the regular driver on this day. Mr. Vandyke, the only witness to the accident, stated that he was traveling an empty coal truck down the south haulage way to the 55-61 pit to be reloaded in front, and traveling in the same direction. Both trucks were approaching an East intersection to the 58-60 pit. Mr. Vandyke stated that he slowed his truck down assuming that the water wagon might be going to turn onto the East haulage road, however, Mr. Fernetti did not turn, but continued south and in the right lane of travel. Mr. Vandyke then increased his speed to pass the slow moving water wagon, and was almost parallel with the water wagon when Mr. Fernetti for some unknown reason started to pull over into his left lane.
Road conditions and visibility was good and the width at this point was approximately 60 feet wide. Mr. Vandyke stated that he pulled to the left to try and avoid a collision, however, the trucks impacted, it appeared, at the rear wheels of the trucks tractor section, causing both trucks to travel left into a ditch 4 feet deep at the left side of the road. Both trucks stopped in an upright position about 12 feet apart. Mr. Vandyke, unhurt in the collision, got out of his truck and went to the water truck where he found Mr. Fernetti laying on his back on the road directly behind the trailer wheels of the water wagon. Another truck driver arrived at the scene and alerted the mine office of the accident and an ambulance and doctor were called. Mr. Fernetti was pronounced dead at the scene by the doctor.
Some damage occurred along the tractor section of the water wagon, however, the door on the drivers side was closed and the drivers cab was intact. The door on the right side was open indicating that Mr. Fernetti, the driver, was thrown or jumped out when the trucks impacted, striking the road and rolled under the truck trailer section where the mechanism under the trailer caught his body causing the injuries which resulted in his death.
 
FINNEY
March 7, 190516, Arthur Finney, of Brereton, shot firer, aged 30 years, single, was killed in the the Monmouth Coal Co.'s mine, Brereton, Fulton county, by a shot blowing through the entry pillar while he was lighting another shot on the parallel entry. The flying coal broke his ribs, a part of a broken rib penetrating his heart.
 
FLANAGAN
September 20, 189810, John Flanagan, of Norris, a miner, aged 55 years, married, leaves a widow and three children, was fatally injured by flying coal from a shot in the Norris Coal Company's mine, Norris, Fulton county, from the effects of which he died in one and a half hours after the accident. The deceased was working with his son in a room in the northwest entry. They had two shots to fire at noon. The son went down the roadway, when the father lighted one of the shots and followed him; when the shot went off, deceased returned and lighted the other one. His son, who was near, says that just as soon as the other shot was lighted it went off, the flying coal crushing his head.
 
FRAIKES
January 11, 193342, Frank Fraikes, of Lewistown, tractor driver, age 43 years, married, was killed at P. J. Corzine's strip mine, when struck by a piece of rock flying from a shot fired in an adjacent strip mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
FRANCE
December 4, 191123, Arlie France, of Cuba, driver, aged 24 years, married, was injured, Nov. 29, 1911, by pit cars in the Star Coal Co.'s No. 2 mine, Cuba, Fulton County, and died four days later. He leaves a widow and one child.
 

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GAILY
September 20, 18935, John Gaily, of Farmington, miner, aged 48 years, married, was killed by the premature explosion of a shot in W. L. Pierce & Co.'s Maplewood mine at Farmington, Fulton county. The deceased and his son were working together in a room on the fourth west entry of the mine; at noon they had lighted two shots but one of them failed to go off; both returned to the face of the room, having a fresh squib, which was adjusted in the hole and lighted, before the deceased got six feet away the shot exploded, the son was near to his father at the time but was ten feet further away and was shielded by some props, lie leaves a widow and four children.
 
GALLINGER
April 5, 195160, James Craig Gallinger, of Lewistown, laborer, age 29 years, divorced, was killed when he came in contact with an electric wire in Truax-Traer Coal Compamy's Fiatt mine. He leaves three dependents.
 
GIBSON
November 13, 190012, William Gibson, of St. David, miner, aged 18 years, single, was fatally burned with powder, in the Whitebreast Fuel Co's. mine, St. David, Fulton county; deceased was at work with his father, John Gibson, in the 3rd south entry on the west side of the shaft; when near the dinner hour the son went back to the breakthrough, to fire a shot; he had a full keg of powder which he opened with a pick by knocking a hole in the end of the keg, the powder exploded, burning him severely, from the effects of which he died nineteen hours afterwards.
 
GRISOLANO
December 28, 194049, Fred Grisolano, of Norris, miner, aged 28 years, married, electrocuted, at the Peaco Coal Company Mine, leaving a widow and two children.
 
GRUBER
December 7, 193645, Jesse Gruber, of Astoria, aged 38 years, general laborer, married, killed by fall of rock in the Markley Mine, leaving wife and seven children.
 
GURSKO
November 15, 191021, George Gursko, of Norris, laborer, aged 19 years, single, employed at the Alden Coal Company's mine No. 6, Norris, Fulton county, was severely injured by a railroad car passing over his leg, arm, and lower part of body. Deceased was taking a loaded car from under the chutes and was riding on the front end. The car was not running fast enough and he climbed down and got under it and attempted to push back the brake rod, when his foot was caught by the car wheel, with the result as described above. He was removed to the hospital at Canton, where he died at 4:30 p. m., about five hours after the accident.
 

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HAYNES
September 19, 193746, George Haynes,, of Farmington, driver and cager, aged 46 years, married, crushed by car in mine of Clean Coal Co., leaving wife and one child.
 
HEATON
March 29, 193948, George Heaton, of Colchester, miner, aged 62 years, single, killed by fall of rock in mine of Swanson Coal Co., no dependents.
 
HEDDON
June 29, 190819, Arthur Heddon, of Farmington, topman, aged 25 years, married, employed at the No. 2 mine of the Maplewood Colliery Company, Farmington, was instantly killed under the wheels of a railroad car. The deceased was attempting to get on the car, which was in motion, with the result as above stated. He leaves a widow.
 
HENDERSON
January 11, 190920, George Henderson, aged 20 years, American, a driver, employed by the Star Coal Company at mine No. 3, located at Cuba, Ill., was instantly killed by being crushed between a loaded car and a prop at the bottom of slope; the car had broken loose from the trip; the deceased and another driver were trying to get it from the empty to the loaded track, when an empty car becoming detached from the descending trip ran down the incline striking the car which deceased was trying to lift on the track, drove it forward, crushing him between the car and a prop with the result as stated above.
 
HINES
January 24, 193544, Ernest Hines, of Ellisville, miner, aged 49 years, married, killed by fall of clod in mine of Glore Coal Co., leaving widow and two children.
 

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INSEL
October 28, 191123, Charley Insel, of Brereton, laborer, aged 54 years, married, employed at the Monmouth Coal Co.'s mine, Brereton, Fulton County, was engaged in sending props into the mine when he fell down the shaft and was instantly killed. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
IRWIN
April 20, 191223, Clyde Irwin, of Canton, driver, aged 23 years, single, was injured in the Adams & Irwin mine, Canton, Fulton County. Mr. Irwin was a member of the firm, but was driving that day. He was caught between the roof and loaded cars, receiving an injury to his spine from the effects of which he died May 17, 1912.
 

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JOVEINA
September 25, 18968, Peter Joveina, of Norris, single, aged 43 years, a miner, was found dead in D. H. William's mine, which is situated at Norris, Fulton county. Deceased was mining coal in room 7, on third entry, on the east side of the shaft, and on the day of his death the mine worked until noon, when hoisting of coal was suspended. A number of the miners had gone home before 5:30 p. m., their usual time of quitting. Peter not coming home, two of his fellow-boarders that worked in the same mine started into the mine to see if anything had happened him, and to their surprise they found him lying dead about 60 yards from the face of his room, his lamp burning on his cap and his face partly turned downwards. Those two miners returned to the shaft bottom and notified the mine manager, who, with some other miners, went back and brought deceased to his boarding house. An investigation of the room he worked in showed that he had fired a shot that had not done its work, and that he had drilled the hole out again and had a cartridge of powder 20 inches long placed in the hole with the needle inserted and ready to tamp up when it appears he was overcome by powder smoke or carbonic oxide gas and started out to fresh air, where he expired. This room was on the first of the air, and was well ventilated, a good volume of air passing into and through it. From the appearance of the first shot of coal very little smoke could have been given off, as the mouth of the hole did not present the appearance of a shot that had blown the tamping out. Only a rupture of about 18 inches long, that would not admit of a knife blade, could be seen in the bottom bench of the coal where the shot had been fired. It was about 6 o'clock p. m. when he was found. He was always healthy, but not well built, being somewhat deformed in the chest, which perhaps had something to do with his death.
 
JURICH
October 30, 191829, Mat Jurich, of Dunfermline, timberman, age 43 years, married, was killed in Big Creek Coal Company's mine No. 4, Dunfermline, by falling slate. Deceased was timbering a roadway and had neglected to prop the loose slate which gave way and fell on him. Accident occurred October 8. He leaves a widow and three children.
 

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KAWZKARICH
July 11, 190719, Joe Kawzkarich, of Brereton, trapper, aged 17 years, single, employed in the mine of the Monmouth Coal company, Brereton, was fatally injured. Deceased was riding on the front end of a loaded pit car, when, coming to a low place, he was caught between the coal and roof, receiving injuries from which he died the next day.
 
KEMPER
October 27, 194352, Elden H. Kemper, of Dunfermline, triprider, age 27 years, was killed by being run over by a railroad car in Truax-Traer Coal Company's mine No. 2. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
KEPLER
November 21, 190517, Arthur Kepler, of Hanna City, driver, aged 56 years, married, in the employ of the Monarch Coal & Mining Co., at Farmington, Fulton county, was instantly killed by being crushed between the side of the shaft and the floor of the cage. The deceased was employed both as driver and cager. About 7:30 a. m., after the miners had descended into the mine, the engineer signalled for an empty cage; Kepler gave the return signal and then stepped onto the cage and attempted to cross over to the opposite side and was caught with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
KINNAMON
December 10, 192736, John Kinnamon, of Ipava, miner, age 68 years, married, was killed in Fred Lovell's mine by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow.
 
KNOTT
November 26, 193544, Raymond M. Knott, of Avon, miner, aged 27 years, married, killed by fall of clod in mine of Glore Coal Co., leaving a widow.
 
KUMAS
November 12, 192534, John Kumas, of St. David, timberman, age 38 years, married, was killed by a fall of clod, in Cripple Creek Coal Company'sNo. 1 mine. Deceased had been sent into an entry to clean up a fall and timber the entry. He was wedging some slate to make a place to set up timbers when he was caught by falling clod, crushing his head, shoulders and chest. He leaves a widow and eight children.
 

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LAMBORN
July 30, 192332, John M. Lamborn, of Peoria, driver, age 35 years, single died from injuries received Jun 14, in the G & L. Coal Company's mine by being caught between loaded car and coal pillar breaking his back.
 
LINDQUIST
October 17, 193241, August Lindquist, of Lewistrown, miner, age 50 years, single, was killed by falling clod in Borders and Boozells mine. He leaves his mother dependent.
 
LINGERFELTER
February 27, 194352, Leon S. Lingerfelter of Cuba, age 39 years, married, was killed by being run over by a tractor in Truax-Traer Coal Company's mine No. 2. He leaves a widow.
 
LINK
March 24, 194756, Leslie E. Link, of Farmington, electrician, age 29 years, married, was killed by being electrocuted in Midland Electric Coal Corporation's mine No. 2. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
LONG
December 15, 192837, Charles Long, of Bryant, miner, age 45 years, married, died from injuries received eight days earlier in Bennett and Wilcoxen's mine. Deceased was killed by an explosion of powder which he was carrying to his room. It is not known how this powder was ignited, as there were no eye-witnesses to the accident, but, it is thought that he set the powder down and it came in contact with the machine cable, which had the current on at the time. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
LOVELAND
February 16, 190415, William Loveland, of Ellisville, driver, aged 33 years, single, employed at the mine of Spoon River Coal Co.. Ellisville. Fulton county, was killed 100 feet from bottom of the main shaft, on the main north entry, where there is a curtain hung across the entry. He had made one two-car trip and went back to make another, but did not have time to get two cars, so started to the bottom with one; throwing the coal back from the front end of car that he could have a seat and passing under the curtain, which is held up by a 3 x 8 inch board, he struck his forehead against the board, throwing him backward on the coal on top of the car, crushing his skull.
 
LOWERY
March 9, 191627, Sam Lowery, miner, age 66 years, single, was killed by a fall of roof in the mine operated by Jesse Goodman, Lewistown, Fulton County.
 
LUCKEY
January 22, 18852, John Luckey, a married man, 31 years old, having three children, the engineer for West Canton Col Co., Fulton county, was caught in the fly wheel and killed January 22d, while attempting to adjust the belt to the pulley while his engine was in motion.
 

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MARTIN
August 30, 18979. Thomas Martin, of Farmington, aged 28 years, a miner, married, leaves a widow and one child, was killed August 30, 1897, in George Tryon's local mine at Farmington, Fulton Co. The deceased, with his brother, went into the mine to commence work, but on reaching their room the air was found to be unfit to work in, so they returned to the foot of the slope to make a fire to improve the ventilation: but, on reaching this point they were so exhausted that they both fell down and called for help. The call was heard by George and Ben Tryon, who were at the top of the slope. They came and took William Martin to the surface and he recovered all right, but when Thomas Martin was taken out it was found that he was dead. This is a new mine, with a slope about 50 feet long, and the farthest point in the workings is only 70 feet from the foot of the slope. An air shaft was being put down, and it only lacked a few feet from the coal. Only four miners were employed in the mine.
 
September 6, 191628, Thomas Martin, of Canton, driver, age 39 years, married, was killed in Simmons Coal Company's mine. Canton, Fulton County, by pit cars. He leaves a widow and four children, two of whom are dependents.
 
MASERATI
September 10, 196367. Mr. Richard Maserati, of Farmington, age 23, married, one dependent child, was seriously injured at the Little Sister Coal Corporation, Little Sister Mine, located at St. David, Fulton County, Illinois on September 10, 1963 at 11:15 a.m. He died of shock due to multiple crushing injuries accidentally received in a refuse conveyor. He came to his death at the Graham Memorial Hospital, Canton, Illinois the same day at 12:20 p.m. He was employed as a Tipple Oiler and Maintenance Man and had had 11 months experience at this mine.
Mr. Maserati had worked at this mine for eleven months as a car dropper. He had been transferred to the tipple to work as a tipple oiler and had worked on this job for four days prior to the accident. The deceased had been performing his duties as oiler and maintenance man when the refuse conveyor became stuck. To gain access to the conveyor to remove the obstruction, a section of conveyor covering was removed. After the conveyor was released and again operating, Mr. Maserati returned to the conveyor to release a secondary refuse chute, which empties into the main conveyor and which was also plugged. He was alone at this time and there were no eyewitnesses as to what occurred. When the foreman came back a few minutes later, he could not see Mr. Maserati, but observed his metal helmet lying a few feet from the main conveyor and saw that the man-hole cover was not in place over the main conveyor. The foreman ran in the direction of the conveyor travel to investigate and found Mr. Maserati lying in the conveyor which had again stopped, after carrying Mr. Maserati about 15 feet. A conveyor flight was removed and the victim removed from the conveyor and rushed to the hospital where he died approximately one hour later.
 
MASON
April 7, 195963, Mr. Willis Theodore Mason, of Lewistown, age 52, married, no dependent children, died from crushing injuries when he accidentally fell from the brake platform to the ground and was run over by the railroad cars at the car storage yards of the United Electric Coal Company, Mine No. 9, Cuba, Fulton County, Illinois, April 7, 1959, at 1:10 p.m.
The cause of this accident was the failure to have three empty railroad cars under control. Mr. Mason, the deceased, released them from their standing position in the car storage yard to drop to the tipple for loading. Three empty cars that had previously been dropped in on the No. 2 track were standing on the track at the north side of the tipple. The second three empty cars, being brought down by him on the same track, crashed into these standing cars with such force that he apparently lost his balance and fell from the brake platform, where he was standing between the first and second cars, to the ground between the tracks in front of the cars. The last two cars, still moving and pushing the other cars forward, passed over the deceased dragging him approximately 55 feet, apparently killing him instantly.
 
MASSINGALE
December 6, 193847, William Massingale, of Fiatt, truck driver, aged 23 years, single, killed when he lost control of truck and plunged from bridge 25 feet into creek at Fiatt mine of Traux-Traer Coal Co., leaving mother and three sisters dependent.
 
McDONNOUGH
February 25, 1960 64. Mr. Milton McDonnough, of Fairview, age 45, married, one dependent child, was seriously injured at 10:15 a.m. February 25, 1960, at the Fairview Collieries Coal Company, Flamingo Mine, Fairview, Fulton County, Illinois, and pronounced dead on arrival at the Graham Hospital at 11:00 a.m. the same day. He was employed as an overburden driller helper and had 15 years experience at this mine.
Milton McDonnough, the deceased, James Brown and Lloyd Deakin, overburden drillers, started their work at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the accident. The operating crew of the 10-50 stripping shovel stated they had traveled back on the previous shift and cut off all noticeable loose or overhanging top soil as is the regular procedure along highwalls where overburden drilling is to be done. Lloyd Deakin stated they had observed the wall before starting to drill and thought it appeared safe, however, a severe snow storm was blowing at the time and vision was not too clear at the top of the highwall. Four holes had been drilled, the machine moved forward and the men had dropped back and were tamping the fourth hole when, without warning, the wind-whipped snow, and frozen pieces of top soil came down striking Mr. McDonnough and Mr. Brown, who were close to the highwall, injuring both men. Mr. Deakin, who was on the other side of the tamping rod, received no injuries.
 
McKANN
October 31, 190315, three men were killed in an accident in the Newsam Co. mine at Farmington, Fulton county.
Myron McKann, of Farmington, aged 35 years, miner; Ernest Anderson, of Farmington, aged 21 years, miner; and Jack Williams, of Farmington, aged 30 years, miner.
The men were riding in a pit-car drawn by a mule. In making a turn near a switch the car jumped the track and ran into the side of the entry, knocking down a prop, thus letting down a portion of the roof on the men. McKann and Anderson were instantly killed and Williams died a half hour later. McKann leaves a widow and five children; Williams a widow and two children; Anderson was a single man.
 
McKENZIE
June 30, 190314, Alex. McKenzie, of Farmington, timberman, aged 64 years, married, received injuries by falling roof, at the Maplewood Coal company's mine, Farmington,Fulton county, resulting in his death about two hours afterwards. He was the timberman of the mine and had been in the employ of this company over two years. The mine examiner had reported to the mine manager that a fall of slate had occurred in No. 2 south entry, on the west side. The mine manager sent McKenzie and his helper to attend to the matter. The two men had cleaned away the slate and were at work propping up the clod temporarily, while preparing the permanent support. They had part of the support under the clod and, while in the act of driving a cap piece over a prop, the roof gave away, crushing McKenzie to the floor, the prop lying across his back. The deceased was conscious and talked freely, though in great pain. He died about 20 minutes after being carried to his home. His backbone was broken near its juncture with the hips. He leaves a widow and five grown up children.
 
McPHEE
October 14, 191426, Charles McPhee, trip rider, age 22 years, single, was killed in No. 4 mine of the Big Creek Coal Company, Dunfermline, Fulton County. Two motors collided, throwing deceased from his car against a rib, fracturing his skull.
 
McVEY
February 22, 191223, William McVey, of Norris, laborer, aged 37 years, married, employed by the Norris Coal Mining Company, Norris, Fulton County, was struck by a lever and killed. Deceased had gotten up on the running board of the coal chute to help coal an engine and in trying to open the door of the chute a hook broke and released a lever which struck him on the head. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
MERCHANT
November 18, 191527, Walter Merchant, laborer, age 45 years, married, employed at the No. 8 mine, Alden Coal Company, Farmington, Fulton County, fell off a railroad car. His neck was broken. He leaves a widow.
 
MILAM
January 16, 196569. Mr. Claude Milam, of Canton, age 53, married, one dependent child, was fatally injured at the Truax-Traer Coal Co., Red Ember Mine located at Fiatt, Fulton Countv, Illinois at 10:48 a.m. on January 16, 1965. The accident was unavoidable. Mr. Milam died of a fractured skull, fractured cervical spine, and other fractures and crushing injuries when he was buried by a rock slide. Mr. Milam was employed as a Shovel Groundman and had had 21 years experience at this mine.
A sectional area of highwall, approximately 150 ft. in length, 50 ft. in height, and 10 ft. wide, collapsed without warning. Mr. Milam and the D-8 caterpillar tractor he was operating, cleaning the coal between the highwall and stripping shovel, were completely covered by the rock slide.
After the removal of some of the rock and shale, Mr. Milam was examined by a doctor and pronounced dead. Dirt removing operations continued and the crushed body of Mr. Milam was recovered at 1:10 p.m.
 
MILLIGAN August 16, 195261, Gilbert Daniel Milligan, of Equality, owner, age 44 years, married, was killed by a roof fall in Milligan Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
MOORE
February 13, 190516, L. Moore, of Cuba, miner, aged 42 years, married, was severely injured the East Cuba Coal Co.'s mine, Cuba, Fulton county, when passing the crosscut m his room. A shot that had been fired in the second room from his blew the coal through into the crosscut, the flying coal striking him on the head. He died four days after the accident, leaving a widow and three children.
 
June 22, 196771. On June 22, 1967, Mr. Larry E. Moore, of Canton, age 22, single, came to his death from multiple injuries accidentally sustained in a truck accident while performing his duties as Utility Truck Operator, after having been emploved by the Peabody Coal Company, Bright Star Mine, located in Fairview, Fulton County, Illinois for twenty-two clays. While returning from Farmington with 300 pounds of ice to be used for drinking water at the Bright Star Mine, Mr. Moore lost control of his truck while attempting to pass a semi-trailer truck going in the same direction. The 1966 model 3/4 ton utility truck that he was driving left the highway, turned over and threw Mr. Moore from the machine, causing his death.
 
MORPHEW
February 34, 190415, Frank Morphew, of Brereton, driver, aged 27 years, widower, was killed at the Monmouth Coal Co.'s mine, Brereton, Fulton county. He was driving a mule on the main south entry, when he fell and caught his foot under the car which broke his back in three places. He died two and a half hours afterwards. He leaves an orphan child.
 
MORROW
September 6, 194251, Thomas Morrow, of Farmington, hostler, age 55 years, married, was killed by being electrocuted in Midland Electric Coal Corporation's mine No. 2. He leaves a widow.
 
MOTLEY
April 28, 18989. Ely Motley, of Canton, aged 32 years, by occupation a miner and married, was injured on April 28, 1898, at the Canton Union Coal Co.'s mine, Canton, Fulton county. The coal at this place is hauled with a rope up a small slope from the mine, and then up an incline to the dump. On the above date deceased was riding on the front end of a trip of cars up the incline to the top of the dump. When he reached the top his foot caught on a roller and he was thrown down in front of the trip of cars. The first car went over him and he was severely crushed, from the effects of which he died in four days.
The management prohibits the employees from riding on the trips, but Motley was one of the company and this day took liberties that others would not be allowed to take.
 
MUNDAY
January 12, 18978, Charles Munday, of Farmington, aged 65 years, a miner, was instantly killed by falling roof, while mining off a standing shot of coal, in the Maplewood Coal Co.'s mine, situated at Farmington, Fulton county. Investigation of the room where deceased was working showed that it was fairly well posted, but that the roof was somewhat faulty. A small clay slip was visible at the point where deceased was killed. The portion that fell on him was of triangular form about 15 square feet in area and 13 inches thick, part of which was resting on the coal that deceased was mining and a prop under the remaining portion, which was knocked out when the stone fell. The mine was idle on the day of the accident and few miners were in, no one being in the room on either side of the one deceased worked in. About 2 o'clock p. m. deceased's wife asked her son, who is married and living at his own home, but worked in the same mine, to go to the mine and see if anything was the matter with his father, as she thought he should have been home. The son, doing as his mother requested, on reaching his father's room in the mine, which was No. 2 on the east entry on the north side of the shaft, found his father under the falling stone as above described. Life was then extinct, and it was supposed that he met his death before 9 o'clock a. m., as he had not eaten anything out of his dinner pail, which miners usually do about 9. a. m. He leaves a widow and two unmarried daughters. The mine manager and myself passed the mouth of the deceased's room about 10 o'clock a. m. of the same day, but saw no light at the face nor heard anyone there. We thought he was not in the mine that day.
 
MURRAY
November 11, 18957, Daniel Murray, of Dunfermline, aged 20 years, single, driver, employed in the Whitebreast Fuel Co. mine "C," at Dunfermline, was so injured by loaded mine cars running on top of him while driving in the above mine,that he died three days later. At first his injuries were not thought to be serious. Deceased was, at the time of receiving his injuries, coming with a loaded trip of two cars out of the sixth east entry of main south. On this entry there is a slight grade in favor of the loads, which requires the service of a sprag to control the momentum of the cars. He had just put in the sprag, and then jumped on the tail-chain, his usual place of riding, but this time the mule jerked about the time Murray jumped on the chain, and threw him out. He fell across the rails, the cars running over him crushed him internally, which resulted in his death on the 14th of November.
 
MYERS
November 30, 193847, Ellis Myers, of Lewistown, driver, aged 30 years, married, suffered injuries from runaway car resulting in death December 3, at Buckheart Creek Coal Co. mine, leaving widow and five children.
 

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NASH
December 10, 192837, Martin Nash, of Cuba, laborer, age 41 years, was killed by being struck by railroad cars and killed instantly while at work at the No. 9 mine, United Electric Coal Company. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
NESBIT
December 11, 192837, Lloyd Nesbit, of Farmington, miner, age 17 years, was killed by a fall of coal and rock in Illinois Colliery Company's mine.
 
NICHOLS
October 12, 192635, William H. Nichols, of Farmington, miner, age 60 years, married, was killed by falling slate in Westerby Brothers Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
NOVOCERA
December 6, 190921, Paul Novocera, company man, aged 27 years, single, was severely crushed by a falling of roof in the Big Creek Coal Company's mine No. 2, St. David, Fulton county. Deceased was working on the night shift. About three o'clock on the morning in question while working with a partner fired a blast for the purpose of blowing down the roof to make the entry of proper height for haulage purposes. The blast did not bring down the roof, but left it hanging in a dangerous condition. Deceased in opposition to the advice of his partner, went under the hanging roof, when it suddenly fell, crushing him about the head and shoulders. He was taken to the hospital at Canton, vwhere he died from the injuries December 11, five days after the accident.
 

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O'CONNOR
November 20, 191325, Patrick O'Connor, of Canton, miner, aged 67 years, married, employed in the Monmouth Coal and Mining Company's mine, Brereton, Fulton County, was killed by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow.
 
OGDEN
November 12, 190921, John Richardson, shot firer, aged 30 years, married, and Everett Ogden, aged 31 years, single, also a shot firer, were burned, bruised and killed almost instantly, by a powder and dust explosion in the Alden Coal Company's mine No. 6, located near Norris, Fulton county.
The two men who lost their lives in this explosion were employed as miners and shot firers in this mine. The shaft was comparatively new, and two miners employed; each of the men had a working place in the mine and fired the shots after the other miners were out of the shaft. From the best evidence obtainable the explosion originated in the main west entry in which Ogden, one of the men killed, was working. He seems to have drilled two holes, each about six feet in depth, four feet apart, and parallel to each other and to the side of the entry or rib and about three feet dead or drilled beyond the free face of the coal. One of the shots exploded and it is supposed to have caused the explosion, the other shot although lighted, failed to go off. In the unexploded hole which was six feet m depth and three inches in diameter, was found about four feet of powder and two feet of tamping consisting of drill dust. Had the first hole not caused the explosion, the second one would have almost likely done so. Richardson leaves a widow and three children.
 
O'HALLARN
October 14, 18957, George and James O'Hallarn, of Canton, brothers, aged respectively 30 and 33 years, miners, were killed by falling roof in Canton Coal Company's mine, one mile west of Canton, Fulton county. At the time of the accident they were at work taking out the pillar in room 13, N, W. entry. On Saturday, the 12th, the foreman, H. C. Solenberger, was in their place, and told them to take no more coal off^ the pillar on which they were working, and apparently they had followed his advice, and came further out and fired two shots on the next pillar. On returning to work on Monday, they commenced to mine coal off the abandoned pillar, and between two and three o'clock James Dalton, another miner, went into visit them. They were mining coal off to a horseback that run through the pillar and across the room. Dalton asked them how far they intended to take out the coal, to which James O'Hallarn replied they would be finished in about an hour. At that time they did not have any props set up under the roof where they were working. Some time after that a noise similar to the firing of a shot was heard coming from the direction of O'Hallarn's room, but no notice was taken. All the other miners Avent out at 4:45 p. m. by way of the escape shaft, their usual way of going out and into the mine. The O'Hallarn brothers not coming home as Usual, the wife of James became alarmed, and at 11 p. m. notified Wm. Bell, a miner employed in the same mine, and he organized a searching party and went to the room where the brothers worked. There they found them buried under the fallen roof. The portion falling in measured 21 x 23 feet in area, and 9 inches in depth. The bodies were taken out by one o'clock in the morning. From the position under the fall, they had received some warning of their danger, and had attempted to escape. James' death was due to suffocation; George had his neck broken and skull fractured. On investigating the area falling in, there was but one prop under it. At this mine the roof is tolerably strong and the coal is blasted off the solid, and the props are kept as far back from the face as is consistent with safety. They were about to discontinue taking coal from that pillar, and it is evident that they had been trying to finish it with as few props as possible, but on account of the horseback there was a slip in the roof, and it gave way without much warning. No company hands were in the mine at the time, which accounts for the length of time before deceased were found. James left a widow and three children; George, a widow.
 
OSSELLO
November 20, 191426, Peter Ossello, miner, age 25 years, single, was killed by pit cars in Norris Coal Mining Company's mine, Norris, Fulton County. Deceased was riding his trip when he either fell off or was knocked off his car, which ran over him.
 

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PALMER
February 25, 192231, William Berry, miner, age 44 years, married, and Raymond Palmer, of Ellisville, apprentice miner, age 16 years, single, were killed in Spoon River Colliery Company's mine by a fall of clod. Berry leaves a widow and three children.
 
PARKINS
December 9, 193241, Orville Parkins, of Canton, locomotive engineer, age 32 years, married, was struck by an engine and killed at Truax-Traer Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
PATTERSON
December 30, 196771. Mr. Delbert Patterson, of Canton, age 38, married with four dependent children, died of injuries on December 30, 1967 between the hours of 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. at the Truax-Traer Coal Company, Red Ember Mine, Fiatt, Illinois. Mr. Patterson had worked at this mine 30 days.
On December 30, 1967 a loaded car being dropped down No. 6 track by Mr. Joe Gregory stalled going through the intersecting switch to track No. 5. By this time another car had been loaded on track No. 5 and was being dropped by Mr. Patterson. The brake of this car was on the end of travel direction affording Mr. Patterson, standing on the brake platform, good observation of the stalled car. Mr. Patterson brought his car to about 20 feet of the car and stopped. Mr. Gregory stated that he talked with Mr. Patterson and told him to hold his car up until he restarted his car with a track pinch bar. Mr. Patterson then advised Mr. Gregory to get back on his brake and he would bump the car and start it rolling again. Mr. Gregory got back on the brake on the front of his car and Mr. Patterson, apparently not realizing that his car would not be in alignment with the coupling of the stalled car at impact, proceeded to follow his plan. When the cars impacted, the cars' couplings bypassed each other causing the cars to come together in a manner that crushed Mr. Patterson between the two cars. The cars moved forward at the impact about 19 feet when the rear car left the track causing the cars to stop. This released Mr. Patterson's body which fell to the ground at the side of the cars. Mr. Gregory on the front brake felt the cars stop and hearing no sound got off and went back where he and Mr. Simpson, the other car dropper, who was returning from the load storage yard, found Mr. Patterson lying beside the cars where he had fallen. These men contacted others for help. Mr. Patterson apparently died instantly at the impact of these cars.
 
January 17, 196670. Mr. Donald I. Patterson, of Farmington, age 55, married, came to his death at the St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Illinois at about 11:50 a.m. on January 17, 1966 from fat emboli of the brain, lungs, and kidneys, due to surgical reduction of a fractured right ankle. Fractures of right ankle and thoracic vertebra 2 and 5 were accidentally sustained when he was in the performance of his duties at the Midland Electric Coal Corp., Middlegrove Mine, Farmington, Illinois on December 30, 1965 at about 1:30 p.m. Mr. Patterson was employed as an Oiler and Extra Stripping Shovel Operator and had had 30 years experience at this mine.
The Marion 5761 stripping shovel crew and a repair crew were replacing a damaged bearing in the swing mechanism. They had hoisted the motor clear of the gears. Mr. Patterson attached a chain to the angle-iron upright of the elevator shaft in order to attach a pullev to give additional support to hold the swing mechanism. He then entered the elevator and ascended to the upper level to acquire some emery paper. On the return trip, the elevator caught and was held momentarily by the chain which he had attached to the elevator shaft upright. As the motor continued to run, some slack developed in the elevator hoist cable. The elevator then became dislodged from the chain and fell about twenty feet to the end of the slack in the cable and stopped. Mr. Patterson received injuries to his right ankle and back and death was caused from fat emboli, due to surgical reduction of his fractured right ankle.
 
PEAK
June 1, 193948, Harvey Frederick Peak, of Canton, top man, aged 40 years, married, killed by fall from swinging scaffold on tipple at mine of Peaco Coal Co., leaving wife and one dependent child.
 
PIERCY
November 6, 191829, Anderson Piercy, of Canton, trackman, age 47 years, married, was killed in Alden Coal Company's No. 6 mine, Norris, by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
PODNAR
December 6, 191426, Tony Podnar, miner, age 67 years, single, employed by the Big Creek Coal Company at mine No. 2, St. David, Fulton County, was killed by being crushed between pit car and coal rib. Deceased was leaning on a mine car, presumably in the act of getting into it, when the trip started, rolling him between the car and rib, inflicting injuries which caused his death a few hours later.
 
PRICKETT
February 18, 194352, Ross Prickett, of Lewistown, laborer, age 44 years, married, was killed when he was hit by rock from a spoil bank, in United Electric Coal Company's mine No. 9. He leaves a widow.
 
PROVARD
December 19, 190719, Lewis Provard, lof Canton, laborer, aged 23 years, married, was instantly killed by a fall of rock in the Canton Coal Company's mine. Canton. Deceased was engaged in taking down loose rock from the roof when it fell, crushing him. He leaves a widow and one child.
 

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RACKUS
March 17, 194049, Ignas Rackus, of Farmington, miner, aged 58 years, married, killed by fall of rock at the Kildee No. 3 mine, of Pschirrer & Sons Coal Co., leaving a widow and three children.
 
RALSTON
October 17, 194756, James Hubert Ralston, of Yates City, tipple car rider, age 36 years, married, was killed when he was run over by a car in Midland Electric Coal Corporation's mine No. 2. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
REED
March 27, 193544, Virgil Reed, of London Mills, apprentice miner, aged 22 years, single, killed by fall of clod in Link Strode Coal mine. No dependents.
 
RENNIE
December 18, 194150, Charles Kenneth Rennie of Canton, construction man, age 31 years, married, was killed in United Electric Coal Company's mine No. 17, when he was crushed between railroad cars. He leaves a widow.
 
RICHARDSON
November 12, 190921, John Richardson, shot firer, aged 30 years, married, and Everett Ogden, aged 31 years, single, also a shot firer, were burned, bruised and killed almost instantly, by a powder and dust explosion in the Alden Coal Company's mine No. 6, located near Norris, Fulton county.
The two men who lost their lives in this explosion were employed as miners and shot firers in this mine. The shaft was comparatively new, and two miners employed; each of the men had a working place in the mine and fired the shots after the other miners were out of the shaft. From the best evidence obtainable the explosion originated in the main west entry in which Ogden, one of the men killed, was working. He seems to have drilled two holes, each about six feet in depth, four feet apart, and parallel to each other and to the side of the entry or rib and about three feet dead or drilled beyond the free face of the coal. One of the shots exploded and it is supposed to have caused the explosion, the other shot although lighted, failed to go off. In the unexploded hole which was six feet m depth and three inches in diameter, was found about four feet of powder and two feet of tamping consisting of drill dust. Had the first hole not caused the explosion, the second one would have almost likely done so. Richardson leaves a widow and three children.
 
ROCKHOLD
September 7, 195160, Howard Rockhold, of Canton, truck driver, age 31 years, single, died in a truck accident in Little Sister Coal Company's mine. He leaves one dependent.
 
ROSA
December 9, 193746, Pete Rosa, of Farmington, miner, aged 63 years, married, struck by car in mine of Western Coal Co., leaving wife.
 
RUGGERI
November 18, 193948, Tony Ruggeri, of Norris, mine manager and miner, aged 45 years, single, killed by runaway car down slope in Hawk Valley Mine, leaving dependent mother.
 
RUSHER
March 7, 192433, Otto Rusher, of Farmington, blacksmith, age 32 years, married, was killed in Charles Brons Coal Company's mine. Deceased was oiling the machinery which operates the shaker screen when his clothing was caught on a bolt projecting from engine shaft which threw him around the shaft, his head striking against the timber crushing his skull. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
RUTLEDGE
October 31, 190315, Frank Rutledge, of Norris, driver, aged 43 years, single, was killed in the mine of the Norris Coal Co., Norris, Fulton county. He was pulling empty cars into the mine: the cars jumped the track, knocking out the timbers on the entry, the roof falling on him. killing him instantly.
 

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SAMANSKY
January 30, 191324, Thomas Samansky, of Farmington, driver, aged 32 years, married, was killed by fall of roof while passing the mouth of a room in the Maplewood Colliery Company's Mine No. 2, Farmington, Fulton County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
SANDBURG
May 1, 191627, Carl Sandburg, electrician, age 28 years, married, was killed in Big Creek Coal Company's No. 2 mine, St. David, Fulton County. Deceased was riding on the motor when it left the track knocking out props and letting down the slate which crushed him. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
SETTLES
May 25, 196569. Mr. Wesley D. Settles, of Farmington, age 40, married, four dependent children, came to his death at the St. Francis Hospital of Peoria, Illinois at 3:15 a.m. on May 25, 1965 from bronchopneumonia, due to severe electrical burns over 20 to 25% of his upper body. These severe electrical burns were sustained at about 9:30 a.m. on May 20, 1965 when he came into contact with a 7200 volt switch while in the performance of his duties as an electrician at the Midland Electric Coal Corporation, Middlegrove Mine, Farmington, Fulton County, Illinois. He had had 19 years experience at this mine.
They were preparing to change the power cable on the 5761 stripping shovel from one switch house to another one. Mr. Settles had connected the power cable from the highwall power source to the switch house and then instructed his helper to turn on the power. He then disconnected the stripper cable from the other switch and pulled it to the second switch house and apparently attempted to connect the cable to the switch terminals, without checking to make sure that the isolator switch and the oil circuit breaker were in the off position. Apparently these switches were left in the on position when some work had been done on them previously.
(The accident occurred in Knox County; however, the mine tipple is located in Fulton County.)
 
SHAW
June 15, 197072. Mr. Richard A. Shaw, of Cuba, age 35, married, 3 dependent children, came to his death at 7:16 a.m. on June 27, 1970 at the Graham Hospital in Canton, Illinois of crushing internal chest injuries received June 15, 1970 as a result of a mine accident at the United Electric Coal Cos., Buckheart Mine, Canton, Fulton County, Illinois where he was employed as a mechanic.
Mr. Shaw was bringing the 966 Caterpillar Rubber Mounted Tractor from the North Pit into the shop for repairs. While traveling on the North Pit haulage road, about 2 Vi miles from the shop, Mr. Shaw apparently lost control of the tractor and leaving the haulage road, went over an embankment. The tractor overturned and pinned Mr. Shaw in the enclosed cab. The haulage road, on a slight downgrade, was 50 ' wide with 15' shoulder to the edge of the embankment. Road conditions were excellent and no apparent mechanical malfunctions were found with the steering on the 966. Repairs that were to be made on the 966 tractor were not of a nature that would have affected steering control. Mr. Shaw, as a result of the accident, sustained internal injuries, fractures of right and left ribs, collar bone and left wrist.
 
SHEEHAN
September 29, 191527, John Sheehan, miner, age 28 years, married, was killed in Spoon River Coal Company's No. 1 mine, Ellisville, Fulton County. Deceased fired a rib shot which blew through crushing his skull. He leaves a widow.
 
SIETZ
February 6, 191728, William A. Sietz, of Norris, miner, age 39 years, married, employed in the mine of the Genuine Norris Coal Mining Company, Norris, Fulton County, was killed by suffocation, due to gas and smoke, caused by blast explosions. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
SLEETH
March 27, 195261, Thomas Sleeth, of Norris, shot firer, age 27 years, married, died from injuries received from a derailed timber truck at Bruketta and Sons Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
SMILES
May 20, 191223, Joseph Smiles, of Farmington, trapper, aged 65 years, married, was caught between the door and loaded cars and killed, in the Maplewood Colliery Co.'s mine No. 2, Farmington, Fulton County. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
SMITH
December 14, 196266. Mr. Donald M. Smith, of Canton, age 62, married, two dependent children, was fatally injured as a result of crushing injuries received at the United Electric Coal Company, Mine No. 17, located at Canton, Illinois on December 14, 1962 at 9:30 p.m. He was employed as a Master Mechanic and had had 37 years experience at this mine.
The accident was caused by the unexpected movement and falling of a section of stripping shovel house frame consisting of sheet metal, which measured 11 x 17 ft. and was assembled to a six inch channel frame iron and weighed approximately I� tons, falling on Mr. Smith, unloading supervisor, who was in the car directing unloading operation. Mr. Smith, in attempting to support the falling material, was caught between the piece of material and the top of the railroad car, receiving crushing head injuries causing instant death.
 
November 1, 192232, Martin E. Smith, of Canton, miner, age 46 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in the Picton an Bennett Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
August 10, 196771. Roy Smith, of Canton, age 59, married, no dependent children, died at the Graham Hospital, Canton, Illinois at 12:15, August 10, 1967 as a result of injuries accidentally received while working at the Truax-Traer Coal Company, Little Sister Mine, St. David, Illinois on August 4, 1967 at 4:30 a.m.
The accident was caused by the whipping of a two and a half inch rubber covered electric power cable which struck Mr. Smith who was assisting in the passing of the stripping shovel cable causing him to fall on his face to the coal seam surface. Mr. Smith with the other two members of the shovel crew had deadheaded the shovel up the open pit to the electric power transformer box serving the machine. The power cable was de-energized and then all three members of the crew proceeded to pass the cable by hand under the machine to the back around to the power sen ice box so that they could continue deadheading up the pit with the power cable trailing at the rear of the machine. The end of the cable passed to the back of the machine and was then hooked to a 966-D tractor driven by Mr. Sylvester Cruser. the groundman, who backed away from the machine at an angle to the cable reel so that he could make a wide turn to pass around the shovel. The power cable pulled by the tractor caught on the frame structure of the oil tank of the steering ram located in back of the cable reel and then apparently slipped off causing the taut cable to whip in the direction in which Mr. Smith was standing, striking and throwing him on his face to the coal surface. The tractor operator observed Mr. Smith fall and went to his assistance. An ambulance was called and Mr. Smith was taken to the hospital.
Mr. Smith had been employed at this mine for 22 years.
 
SOSEY
February 17, 194857, Charles Thomas Sosey, of Cuba, master mechanic, age 43 years, married, died as a result of injuries received on February 6, 1948, when he fell in United Electric Coal Corporation's mine No. 9. He leaves a widow and two children
 
SPOTTSVILLE
September 27, 192635, Dennis Spottsville, of Canton, machine miner, age 40 years, married, was killed in Saline County Coal Corporation's No. 22 mine by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow.
 
STANKO
April 6, 192332, Peter Stanko, of Farmington, machine helper, age 29 years, single, died from injuries received the day before in the Maplewood Coal Company's No. 1 mine. Deceased and his partner were undercutting an entry with a breast machine and tried to kick the machine away from the rib with the electric power. He was standing between the machine and the rib in about eighteen inches of space when the piece of wood they were using to throw the machine with flew out, allowing the cutter bar to fly around catching the deceased's right leg nearly severing it below the knee. He was taken to the hospital, where he died about eighteen hours after the accident.
 
STECK
July 25, 196569. Mr. Robert Wilson Steck, of Farmington, age 45, married, one dependent child,died about 3:15 a.m. July 25, 1965 at the Midland Electric Coal Corp., Middlegrove Mine, located at Farmington, Fulton County, Illinois. He died of crushing injuries to his body when he drove a tractor under the bucket of the stripping shovel which was suspended stationary about nine feet above the pit floor. The tractor cab was sheared off and Mr. Steck's body struck the teeth of the bucket. Mr. Steck was employed as an Oiler on the Stripping Shovel and had had 25 years experience at this mine.
The regular three man crew, a welder, and pit foreman were installing a pinion gear and shaft in one of the shovel crawlers and they decided to use the tractor to push them in place. Mr. Steck walked past the bucket about 70 feet to get the tractor and drove it forward, and evidently failed to notice that he was not clear of the bucket. Trying to avoid running over a power cable to his right or being blinded by the bright lights on the shovel may have been factors. There was sufficient room around the opposite side of the bucket, making it unnecessary to travel under the bucket.
 
STEVNOR
January 7, 192736, Erman Stevnor, of St. David, miner, age 36 years, married,was killed in Saline County Coal Corporation's No. 22 mine. Deceased was helping move the machine, when the bits caught his leg, drawing it into the machine and cutting it off above the ankle, resulting in death in about six hours. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
STRAKES
January 25, 191223, Frank Strakes, of Farmington, timberman, aged 31 years, single, employed in the Maplewood Colliery Company's No. 2 mine, Farmington, Fulton County, was killed. Deceased was placing a door in position when he was struck by a trip of loaded cars and his neck broken.
 
STUDER
February 21, 194352, Earnest Studer, of Canton, tractor driver, age 52 years, was killed by being electrocuted in United Electric Coal Company's mine No. 17. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
SUPER
October 16, 194554, Morris Super, of Bryant, pumper, age 43 years, married, was killed by being run over by a truck in Morgan Coal Company;s mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
SWANSON
February 26, 190920, John Swanson, aged 58, Swede, a miner, in the employ of the Simmons Coal Company, located one and a half miles north of Canton, Fulton county, was fatally burned by the explosion of powder and died from the effects on March 1, 1909. The supposition is that Swanson was filling his lamp with oil which he kept in his box along with his powder and as he had the reputation of being rather careless in his methods it is supposed that he either dropped his lamp or a spark from it into his powder jack or keg both of which are thought to have been uncovered. He leaves a wife and four children.
 

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TAYLOR
November 2, 190820, Arthur Taylor, aged 18 years, American, a driver in the employ of the Star Coal Company mine No. 1 located at Cuba, Fulton county, was killed on the above date. The deceased was coming out of the mine entry with a trip of two loaded cars when he fell in front of them, the cars running on to him; there was no one with him at the time so it is not known what caused him to fall as life was extinct when he was found.
 
August 17, 196670. Mr. Glen R. Taylor, of Canton, age 48, married, came to his death on the 17th day of August, 1966 at approximately 9:30 p.m. in the Graham Hospital in Canton, Illinois. Death was due to injuries accidentally sustained while he was at work at the United Electric Coal Company, Buckheart #17 Mine located at Canton, Illinois. Mr. Taylor was employed as a Mechanic and had had 22 years experience at this mine.
The motor from a 15 ton gob truck had been removed for overhauling. The crew decided to remove the gob truck from the garage to provide more space. A farm type tractor was used. A 12 ft. long chain was connected between the truck and tractor. Mr. Taylor got on the tractor and one of the other employees got in to steer the gob truck. When the rear wheels of the truck had cleared the garage door, it appeared that the tractor stalled. As the truck came out of the garage and over a slight incline, the momentum of the moving truck increased and the bumper of the truck ran up over the rear tires of the tractor, pinning Mr. Taylor between the seat and the steering wheel. The truck was pushed back with another truck, releasing the victim.
Mr. Taylor was taken by ambulance to the Graham Hospital in Canton, Illinois. X-rays and other preliminary tests did not indicate that he was critically injured, but his condition worsened about three hours later and he died about 9:30 p.m. from cardiac arrest during abdominal surgery.
 
THURMAN
September 12, 198374. Mr. Monte C. Thurman, of London Mills, age 29, married, three dependents, was crushed at approximately 4:50 P.M., September 12, 1983 while in the performance of his duties as Mobile Equipment Operator at Midland Coal Company, Rapatee Mine, Farmington, Fulton County, Illinois.
Mr. Thurman had been assigned the job of doing dozer work around the Rapatee Mine tipple; however, the dozer at the tipple was not operating properly so Mr. Thurman was taken by the second shift tipple Foreman to the pit area for a lowboy tractor trailer. Mr. Thurman then proceeded to the bench area to get a #4456 D-9 Caterpillar Dozer. After loading the dozer on the lowboy he drove to a ramp at the east end of the bench. While driving up the ramp Mr. Thurman experienced problems in shifting resulting in the tractor's front end coming off the ground. A loss of traction flipped the tractor backwards crushing Mr. Thurman between the cab roof and the goose neck on the trailer.
 
TILOLA
November 1, 193544, Frank Tilola, of Farmington, top man, aged 58 years, single, killed by falling into shaft with car at mine of Rapatee Coal Co. No dependents.
 
TONRICH
December 2, 191527, Drogen Tonrich, driver, age 24 years, married, was killed by pit cars in Big Creek Coal Company's No. 2 mine, St. David, Fulton County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
TRUNKO
March 16, 193443, Leo Trunko, of Fairview, miner, age 22 years, single, was killed by a fall of slate in Galesburg Mining Company's mine. He leaves his father and mother dependent.
 

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VACCA
May 29, 190718, John Vacca, of St. David, miner, aged 25 years, single, was fatally burned by the explosion of a keg of powder and died from the effects June 1, 1907. The exact circumstances under which the powder was ignited cannot be told, but, it was supposed that the deceased was filling a powder jack from the keg with his lamp on his head and that a spark from the lamp fell into the powder.
 
VAUGHN
February 7, 196165. Mr. Donald Vaughn, of Canton, age 26, married, one dependent child, was fatally injured as a result of crushing chest injuries caused by falling roof at Mine No. 6 of the Pschirrer Coal Company, Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, on February 7, 1961, at 9:15 a.m. He was employed as a duck bill operator and had had seven days experience at this mine. This accident was caused by the falling out of two screw safety jacks in the operation of the duck bill loader on the left hand side of the duck bill which was advancing in this direction. This caused the roof, apparently being supported by these and two other jacks on the right hand side of the duck bill, to fall crushing Donald Vaughn, who was operating the machine from the right hand side and fatally injuring him.
Investigation at the scene of the accident disclosed that No. 8 room East off 1st North, where the fatality occurred, had been driven to a depth of 297 feet to the face. The permanent timbering plan followed in this mine consists of a line of props on each side of the shaker conveyor pan line 5 feet apart and 3 feet apart parallel with pan line and another row of rib props on each side of the pan line 4 feet apart and set on approximately 3 foot centers. This room was well timbered and the roof was in good condition. Permanent props are set up to the swivel of the mechanical loader and advanced with the forward progress of the loader. The distance from the swivel to the face is 28 feet and the width of this room at the face is 18 feet. This area is supported with seven metal safety screw jacks and wood props while loading operation is carried on.
The examiner's record showed this room in a safe condition for work at the time of his inspection at 7:00 a.m. February 7, 1961. Walter Tomlinson, machine operator, and Delmas Foreman, drill operator, stated they had examined the roof before starting work and again after blasting and had not detected any unsafe conditions. The position of the two screw jacks on the left hand side of the duck bill indicated they were either knocked out by the movement of the machine or broken loose with the roof.
 
VIANO
August 28,193140, Dominick Viano, of Norris, miner, age 54 years, married, died from blood poison caused from an injury to his arm on August 4, in Canton Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
November 2, 192232, Peter Viano, of Norris, miner, age 41 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in the Alden Coal Company's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 

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WALKER
December 15, 18842, Edward B. Walker, a trapper boy, aged 15, was instantly killed at the Bryant shaft, Fulton Co., by a descending cage while attempting to cross the shaft bottom, on December 15th. there is a good traveling way around the bottom of the shaft but it is rarely used by the men, who seem to prefer to take the risks under the cages. Another victim to this dangerous practice was the cager who was seriously injured at the same place two weeks later.
 
WALTON
September 19, 190618, George Walton, of Farmington, driver, aged 23 years, single, employed in the mine of the Maplewood Coal Co. at Farmington, was instantly killed by a loaded pit car. The deceased was taking a trip of two loaded cars from the parting to the bottom of the shaft; sitting on a seat hung on the front end of the first car; when about 400 feet from the parting the seat became detached from the car, Walton falling in front of the trip; he was dragged about 50 feet.
The driver following him on the road ran into Walton's trip, and going forward found deceased under the cars, his neck was broken and chest badly crushed.
 
WASSON
August 4, 194251, Clair W. Wasson, of Farmington, tippleman, age 34 years, married, was killed in Midland Electric Coal Corporation's mine No. 2, when he fell in front of a railroad car. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
WATTS
January 9, 191021, James Watts, night foreman, aged 50 years, married, was killed instantly by a fall of roof on the entry, in the Norris Coal Company's mine, Norris, Fulton county. Deceased about ten o'clock p. m.. on the above date, was taking a carload of props into the third east entry, west side, and while passing along the entry, a large mass of roof six feet long, four feet wide with an average thickness of about seven inches suddenly fell, crushing him against the car of props. He leaves a widow but no minor children.
 
WAUGHTEL
November 1, 194857, Clayton L. Waughtel, of Canton, welder, age 39 years, married, died from a machinery accident occurring on the surface on August 1, 1948 at Truax-Traer Coal Company mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
WELT
July 17, 190820, D. O. Welt, aged 19, American, a driver in the employ of the Maplewood Colliery Company mine, Farmington, was fatally injured by falling in front of a loaded trip of coal, the cars running over him and dragging him about seven feet. He was taken from under the cars to the surface where he died about half an hour afterwards.
 
WILLIAMS
October 31, 190315, three men were killed in an accident in the Newsam Co. mine at Farmington, Fulton county, Myron McKann, of Farmington, aged 35 years, miner; Ernest Anderson, of Farmington, aged 21 years, miner; and Jack Williams, of Farmington, aged 30 years, miner.
The men were riding in a pit-car drawn by a mule. In making a turn near a switch the car jumped the track and ran into the side of the entry, knocking down a prop, thus letting down a portion of the roof on the men. McKann and Anderson were instantly killed and Williams died a half hour later. McKann leaves a widow and five children; Williams a widow and two children; Anderson was a single man.
 
August 9, 192938, James Williams, of Canton, miner, age 52 years, married, was run over by railway cars and killed at the Bennett Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
January 28, 196165. Mr. Raymond Reece Williams, of Cuba, age 36, married, one dependent child, came to his death at the Graham Hospital, Canton, Illinois, at 10:40 p.m. on January 28, 1961, from burns received when an oil heater was accidentally overturned on the W-4 Kolbe excavating wheel at the United Electric Coal Company Strip Mine No. 9, Cuba, Fulton County, Illinois, January 28, 1961, at 3:20 p.m. He had had fourteen years experience at this mine.
The accident was caused by the unexpected movement of the wheel ladder belt, which caused an oil burning salamander that had been placed on the belt to overturn, throwing burning oil over the deceased, who was in a kneeling position on the belt in line with the movement of the overturned salamander, which ignited his clothing and before it could be extinguished had enveloped him in flames. The other workmen went to his assistance and after the flames were extinguished, he was taken to the Graham Hospital by ambulance where he died at 10:40 p.m. January 28, 1961.
 
WILSON
July 11, 18968, George Wilson, of Table Grove, married, aged 29 years, a miner, was instantly killed by falling roof while mining coal in the Table Grove Coal Co.'s mine, situated at Table Grove, Fulton county. Deceased and his brother were the only two employed in the mine at the time of the accident, and they were mining coal off a pillar about 60 yards from the shaft bottom when a portion of the roof gave way, falling on deceased. His brother narrowly escaped being caught. The portion that fell measured about 4 x 10 feet and about 16 inches thick. The roof over the entry passing this pillar had been taken down to about that thickness, which gave this stone an open side. A shot being fired in the coal that was mined from under the stone, the powder had gone up into the top, and no props being under it, the stone fell without any warning. Deceased's father was operating the mine at the time, and was the only one on the surface. He had to go into the mine by way of the ladder and help his other son to extract and convey deceased to the shaft bottom and then climb out and hoist him. Deceased leaves a widow and two children.
 
WINN
July 28, 196468. Mr. Dallas Earl Winn, of Elmwood, age 56, married, one dependent child, was fatally injured on July 28, 1964 at the Midland Electric Coal Corporation, Middlegrove Mine located at Farmington, Fulton County, Illinois. He was employed as a Stripping Shovel Operator and had had 31 years experience at this mine.
Mr. Dallas Earl Winn, operator of the Marion 5761 Stripping Shovel, was fatally injured and Mr. George A. Long, shovel oiler, was seriously injured when loam and clay toppled from the top of the 94 foot highwall in the #6 pit nearly opposite the middle entrance road, crushing the operator's cab and trapping the men in the cab. Dr. James Reed and an ambulance arrived at about 3:45 a.m. and remained in attendance until the men were released by the use of jacks and cutting torches. Mr. Winn was pronounced dead at 6:20 a.m., but was not removed from his seat until the arrival of the coroner. Mr. Long was seriously injured and was taken to the St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Illinois, where he reportedly suffered from a broken arm, leg, and pelvis, and from shock.
At the time of the accident, a crew was cleaning up a previous slide. The oiler and the groundman stated they noticed the highwall working some and decided they should notify the cab operator. Mr. Long stated he had just reached the cab and gave the warning, but not in time to get himself in the clear.
 
WYATT
November 22, 190921, Edward Wyatt, shot firer, aged 41 years, married, was severely burned and bruised by an explosion of powder and dust in the Alden Coal Company's mine No. H. located near Norris, Fulton county and died in the hospital at Canton from the injuries received, November 25th, three days after the accident.
This explosion in which Wyatt lost his life was similar in every respect to the one which took place in the same mine ten days' previous; a hole drilled too deep into the solid or dead and overcharge of powder, and tamped with drill dust and a little dust near the face and on the roadway is all that is necessary to produce an explosion. Deceased leaves a widow and one child.
Andrew Bugas, partner of Wyatt's was quite severely burned about the head and arms by the explosion, but has since recovered.
 
WYNDHAM
February 1, 194049, Clifford Wyndham, of Canton, miner, aged 34 years, married, killed by fall of clod, in the Kildee No. 3 Mine, of the Pschirrer & Sons Coal Co., leaving a widow and one child.
 

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YOUNG
August 29, 194756, Barton B. Young, of Fiatt, welder, age 43 years, married, was killed when a piece of coal from the tipple fell on him, in United Electric Coal Corporation's mine No. 9. He leaves a widow and one child.
 

 

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ZEDRIC
January 2,193140, Emil Zedric, of St. David, apprentice miner, age 19 years, single, was killed by a fall of slate in Galesburg Mining Company's mine.
 

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