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Jersey County, Illinois

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      Jersey County is a county located in the central pat of the state of Illinois.
The population was 21,668 at the 2000 census,
and the population was 22,622 in the 2008 official US Census estimate.
The county seat is Jerseyville.
 
      Jersey County was founded on February 28, 1839, and was formed out of Greene County.
The county was named for the state of New Jersey, from which many of the early settlers emigrated
 
      Jersey County has eleven townships :
            Elsah, English, Fidelity, Jersey, Mississippi, Otter Creek, Piasa, Quarry, Richwood, Rosedale, Ruyle
 
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Coal Mines       Non-Fatal Casualties       Sources

 
Blodgett Coal Mines
The legal description lists this as :    Jersey County - Township 7 North, Range 10 West, Section 11
This mine operated as a strip mine.
      The mine type for surface mines is "strip" because these mines are more commonly called "strip mines."1
Mine Name Operated By Years
Blodgett Mine   Dan Blodgett Coal Mine   1948 - 1949
[Source - No. 1, Index 2522]
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The legal description lists this as :    Jersey County - Township 7 North, Range 10 West
This mine operated as a strip mine.
      The mine type for surface mines is "strip" because these mines are more commonly called "strip mines."1
Mine Name Operated By Years
Blodgett Mine No. 2   Dan Blodgett Coal Mine   1949 - 1950
Blodgett Mine No. 3   Dan Blodgett Coal Mine   1950 - 1952
[Source - No. 1, Index 2517]

 
Bott & Camp Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jersey County - Township 7 North, Range 10 West, Section 14
Mine Name Operated By Years
Cairn Mine   Alex Cairn Coal Company   1901 - 1902
Bott & Cairn Mine   Bott & Cairn   1902 - 1916
Bott & Griner Mine   Bott & Griner   1916 - 1924
Bott & Camp Mine   Bott & Camp   1924 - 1927
[Source - No. 1, Index 2524]

 
1916 Annual Coal Report2
Change of Name
      Cairns & Bott to Bott & Griner
 

 
Geisler Coal Mine

The legal description lists this as :    Jersey County - Township 7 North, Range 10 West, Section 18

Mine Name Operated By Years
Geisler Mine No. 1   Herbert Geisler   1935 - 1945
[Source - No. 1, Index 2526]


 


 
Jerseyville Ice & Fuel Company
19183
 
Fred William Heller
      Fred William Heller is Secretary-Treasurer and General Manager of the Jerseyville Ice & Fuel Co. at Jerseyville, Illinois, and has been connected with the business for five years. He was born at Jerseyville, April 1, 1876.
 

 
Longfellow Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jersey County - Township 7 North, Range 10 West, Section 23
This was a strip mine.
      The mine type for surface mines is "strip" because these mines are more commonly called "strip mines."1
Mine Name Operated By Years
Longfellow Mine   George W. Longfellow   1938 - 1940
[Source - No. 1, Index 2527]

 

 
Luking Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jersey County - Township 7 North, Range 10 West, Section 9
Mine Name Operated By Years
Luking Mine   Louis Luking   About 1906
[Source - No. 1, Index 2518]

 

 
Lyle Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jersey County - Township 7 North, Range 10 West, Section 10
Mine Name Operated By Years
Lyle Mine   Charles Lyle   1905 - 1908
[Source - No. 1, Index 2520]

 

 
Phillips Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jersey County - Township 7 North, Range 10 West, Section 15
This was a drift mine.
      A "Drift" type mine is is an underground mine that is excavated where the coal outcrops in the side of a bluff or the highwall of a surface mine. The mine type for surface mines is "strip" because these mines are more commonly called "strip mines."1
Mine Name Operated By Years
Phillips Mine   Milton Phillips   1934 - 1938
[Source - No. 1, Index 2525]

 

 
Wagonblast Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jersey County - Township 7 North, Range 10 West, Section 10
This was a drift mine.
      A "Drift" type mine is is an underground mine that is excavated where the coal outcrops in the side of a bluff or the highwall of a surface mine. The mine type for surface mines is "strip" because these mines are more commonly called "strip mines."1
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wagonblast Mine   Fred Wagonblast   1937 - 1939
[Source - No. 1, Index 2519]

 

 
Witt Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jersey County - Township 7 North, Range 10 West, Section 10
Mine Name Operated By Years
Witt Mine   Witt Coal Company   About 1927
[Source - No. 1, Index 2521]

 

 
Y & B Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Jersey County - Township 7 North, Range 10 West, Section 13
Mine Name Operated By Years
Unnamed Mine   Bott & Kruse Coal Company   1930 - 1933
Y & K Mine   Yost & Kruse   1934 - 1939
Kruse Mine   Kruse Coal Company   1916 - 1924
Y & B Mine   Yost & Baker   1939 - 1941
[Source - No. 1, Index 2523]

 

Jersey County, Illinois
Non-Fatal Casualties

July 1, 1923 - June 30, 1924 & July 1, 1925 - December 31, 1925
ANDERSLICH, Tony age 22 years, Single, of Jerseyville
7 Jan 1924 - Hips injured, between cars - Time lost - 32 days
 
CHAPMAN, Wilbur age 24 years, Married with 1 dependent, of Jerseyville
1 Feb 1924 - Legs broken, between motor and door - Not retrurned to work
 
PACHNIK, Frank age 33 years, Single, of Jerseyville
12 Sep 1923 - Thumb cut, trimming prop - Not retrurned to work
 
STOWE, Anick age 40 years, Single, of Jerseyville
6 Nov 1923 - Fingers injured, against machine - Time lost - 52 days
 

 
Sources :
 
1 Coal Mines in Illinois, Jersey County
                Illinois State Geological Survey, 615 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL. 61820

2 Thirty-Fifth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1916
                State Mining Board
                Springfield, ILL.; Illinois State Journal Co., State Printers 1916

3 Coal Men of America A Biographical and Historical Review of the World's Greatest Industry.
                by : Arthur M. Hall, Editor-In-chief & Sydney A. Hale, Assistant Editor
                Chicago, The Retail Coalman, Inc., 1918

 

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