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LaSalle County, Illinois

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      LaSalle County is a county located in the northern part of the state of Illinois.
            41.16° N, 88.53° W
As of 2000, the population was 111,509 and in 2010 the population was 113,924.
The county seat is Ottawa, Illinois.
LaSalle County was formed on January 15, 1831 out of Tazewell and Putnam Counties and is named for a French explorer, René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle.
      LaSalle County has thirty-seven townships:
            Adams, Allen, Brookfield, Bruce, Dayton, Deer Park, Dimmick, Eagle, Earl, Eden, Fall River, Farm Ridge, Freedom, Grand Rapids, Groveland, Hope, LaSalle, Manlius, Mendota, Meriden, Miller, Mission, Northville, Ophir, Osage, Ottawa, Otter Creek, Peru, Richland, Rutland, Serena, South Ottawa, Troy Grove, Utica, Vermilion, Wallace, Waltham
      Some of the cities and towns and communities are :
            Cedar Point, Dalzell (mostly in Bureau County), Dana, Earlville, Grand Ridge, Harding, Kangley, LaSalle, Leland, Leonore, Lostant, Marseilles, Millington (partly in Kendall County), Mendota, Naplate, North Utica, Norway, Oglesby, Ottawa, Peru, Ransom, Rutland, Sandwich (primarily in DeKalb County, also in Kendall), Seneca (small portion in Grundy County), Serena, Sheridan, Somonauk (mostly in DeKalb County), Streator (small portion in Livingston County), Tonica, Triumph, Troy Grove, Wenona (mostly in Marshall County)

LaSalle County, Illinois
Coal Mine Fatalities

Spelling of names is as they are reported in the State of Illinois records.
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ADAMS
February 25, 191224, W. H. Adams, of LaSalle , hoisting engineer, aged 51 years, married, was burned by escaping steam at the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Co.'s No. 5 mine. Cedar Point, LaSalle County. He arrived at the mine about eight p. m., and as he did not go on duty until ten-thirty, he laid down underneath the engine house floor. About nine o'clock the engineer then on duty was running the cages up and down the shaft, when the throttle valve burst and Mr. Adams was so severely burned that he died at the hospital in LaSalle the following day. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
ADERHOLDT
March 9, 18989. Christian Aderholdt, of Peru, a miner, aged 58 years, married, was fatally injured in James Cahill's mine, Peru, LaSalle county, by a fall of rock at the face of his room, in the first north entry. Deceased and his partner had been brushing and were in the act of cleaning the rock away, when, without any warning, a large rock fell, crushing him on the left side and breaking his left leg, and injuring him internally. At the time of the accident it was not thought that he was fatally injured, but he died of internal hemorrhage about 9 o'clock the same evening. He leaves a widow and five children, three dependent.
 
AGNEW
July 3, 190720, three men, all sinkers, were killed in the La Salle County Carbon Coal Company's No. 5 mine at Cedar Point, La Salle county; Hagen Benson, of Cedar Point, aged 35 years, single; Frank Basalai, of Cedar Point, aged 30 years, single; and Charles Agnew, of Cedar Point, aged 30 years, single. Benson and Basalai were killed instantly and Agnew died in the hospital at La Salle eighteen hours after the accident occurred. These men, with William Spowart, the company's machinist, were changing a line of 4-inch pipe from near the center of the shaft to one corner, so the pipe would not interfere with the cage. They had disconnected the pipe from the pump at the bottom, which was held by a 5/ 8 chain attached to a 4-ton chain block. The men were hoisted up about 45 feet, and were knocking off cleats, when the chain holding the pipe broke, letting down two or three lengths of the pipe from the top, which struck the men working on the float, with the result as stated. Mr. Spowart was only slightly injured.
 
ALDINE
September 30, 193042, Oscar Aldine, of Kewanee, miner, age 41 years, married, died from injuries received the day before when caught by a fall of rock in Hodgett Brothers' mine. He leaves a widow.
 
ALPHNER
August 18, 192033, Mathias Alphner, miner, age 31 years, married, employed in LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company's Union mine was killed by a fall of rock. Deceased was on his knees shoveling coal when rock fell on his head killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
AMBROSE
August 23, 193345, William Ambrose, of Spring Valley, machine operator, age 39 years, married, came in contact with the trolley wire and was killed in M. & H. Zinc Company's mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
ANDERSON
February 10, 18903, Thomas Anderson, of Streator, miner, aged 37 years, married, was killed by falling rock in room. He leaves a widow.
 
ANDREWS
August 23, 18946 , John Andrews, of LaSalle, miner, aged 45 years, in the C. C. C. No. 1 mine at Oglesby, met his death by a fall of rock at the face of his room. He was wedging down some coal in front of his road when the stone, which was relieved by a slip in the roof, fell on him causing his death. At the inquest it was shown that his place was insufficiently propped, although he had plenty of props at hand. He leaves a widow and seven children living at LaSalle, all of them dependents.
 
ARMSTRONG
October 24, 193446, Robert Armstrong, of Streator, miner, age 56 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in the mine of the Streator Union Coal Co. He leaves a widow and two dependent children.
 

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BAILEY
On April 20, 18851 , at the River Bank mine, Streator, [LaSalle County], Thomas Bailey, 35 years old, a married man with three children, was killed by a falling roof. He was getting the place ready to set a prop, when the rock came down on him, killing him instantly.
 
BAIRD
May 20, 193244, William Baird, of LaSalle, miner, age 44 years, married, died from injuries received April 29 in M. & H. Zinc Company's mine when struck by a piece of rock falling from the roof. He leaves a widow.
 
BAKER
March 7, 190315, James Baker, of Oglesby, miner, aged 52 years, married, had his back broken by a fall of rock in the Oglesby mine of the Oglesby Coal company, LaSalle county. He was taking down coal when the rock fell on him. He died on April 3, nearly one month after receiving his injuries. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BALDI
January 17, 18872, John Baldi, aged 23 years, single, died from unknown cause, he was found in the cage in the morning at Streator, [LaSalle County].
 
BALLETTINI
April 17, 193042, James Ballettini, of Spring Valley, miner, age 54 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Union Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BARNEBEI
January 4, 191729 , Primo Barnebei, of Cedar Point, miner, age 27 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company's mine No. 5, Cedar Point, LaSalle County. Deceased had neglected to set a prop under a loose rock and it fell upon him while at work under it.
 
BARRY / BERRY
February 20, 18851 . At the Union Coal Co., Peru, [LaSalle County], on Feb. 20, Dennis Barry, a married man, 65 years old, was killed by a stone falling on him while working at the face. The stone was not large, but owing to his age he was unable to survive the shock, and died the same night.
 
BASALAI
July 3, 190720, three men, all sinkers, were killed in the La Salle County Carbon Coal Company's No. 5 mine at Cedar Point, La Salle county; Hagen Benson, of Cedar Point, aged 35 years, single; Frank Basalai, of Cedar Point, aged 30 years, single; and Charles Agnew, of Cedar Point, aged 30 years, single. Benson and Basalai were killed instantly and Agnew died in the hospital at La Salle eighteen hours after the accident occurred. These men, with William Spowart, the company's machinist, were changing a line of 4-inch pipe from near the center of the shaft to one corner, so the pipe would not interfere with the cage. They had disconnected the pipe from the pump at the bottom, which was held by a 5/ 8 chain attached to a 4-ton chain block. The men were hoisted up about 45 feet, and were knocking off cleats, when the chain holding the pipe broke, letting down two or three lengths of the pipe from the top, which struck the men working on the float, with the result as stated. Mr. Spowart was only slightly injured.
 
BEDNER
February 12, 190112 , Andrew Bedner, of Kangley, miner, aged 55 years, married, was instantly killed by a fall of coal in No. 12 room, fourth right entry, in No. 2 mine of the Star Coal Company, Kangley, LaSalle county. Deceased had fired a shot the night before which did not bring down the coal, he then commenced undermining, when the coal suddenly gave way, falling on him with the above result. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
BENSON
July 3, 190720, three men, all sinkers, were killed in the La Salle County Carbon Coal Company's No. 5 mine at Cedar Point, La Salle county; Hagen Benson, of Cedar Point, aged 35 years, single; Frank Basalai, of Cedar Point, aged 30 years, single; and Charles Agnew, of Cedar Point, aged 30 years, single. Benson and Basalai were killed instantly and Agnew died in the hospital at La Salle eighteen hours after the accident occurred. These men, with William Spowart, the company's machinist, were changing a line of 4-inch pipe from near the center of the shaft to one corner, so the pipe would not interfere with the cage. They had disconnected the pipe from the pump at the bottom, which was held by a 5/ 8 chain attached to a 4-ton chain block. The men were hoisted up about 45 feet, and were knocking off cleats, when the chain holding the pipe broke, letting down two or three lengths of the pipe from the top, which struck the men working on the float, with the result as stated. Mr. Spowart was only slightly injured.
 
BERNARD
December 28, 191528, Emil Bernard, of LaSalle, driver, age 39 years, married, was crushed by a loaded pit car in the Mathiessen & Hegeler Zinc Company's mine, LaSalle, LaSalle County. Deceased, as a favor to the regular spragger, was taking the coupling hook off the first car of the trip when he fell in front of the car which ran over him. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
BESERMENT
December 13, 193042, John Beserment, of Streator, miner, age 52 years, married, died from injuries the day before in Besermant local mine, when struck by a pit car. He leaves a widow and eight children.
 
BLOW
November 20, 190821, Chas. Blow, of Oglesby, miner, aged 40 years, married, was killed instantly by a fall of rock at the face of his working place in the Illinois Zinc Company's mine, Deer Park, La Salle county. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BOBBIN
March 20, 18934 , John Bobbin, of Kangley, night roadman, single, was instantly killed by falling down the shaft of the Star Coal Co.'s mine at Kangley, LaSalle County; he was assisting to put a mine-car loaded with ties on the cage at the lower landing. The cage being a little low, the car went off of the track on to the cage, he climbed over the top of the car, and while doing so, the engineer raised the cage a little, causing him to lose his balance, and he fell into the shaft.
 
BOHMER
March 18, 192335, John Bohmer, of Streator, miner, age 60 years, married, died from injuries received five days previous in the Heenanville Coal Company's mine by a shot explosion. He leaves a widow.
 
BONE
October 3, 190720, Walter Bone, of Jonesville, timberman, aged 45 years, married, was killed instantly by falling rock on the first parting east in the La Salle County Carbon Company's No. 1 mine at Jonesville, La Salle county. Deceased and his partner were renewing the cross timbers on the parting, and were preparing to put up a liner or timber support that the old timbers could be taken out; but, without any warning, a great mass of rock weighing about 35 or 40 tons fell, breaking the new timbers that were put up the night previous, crushing Bone underneath. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
BOSELLI
December 10, 191124, Abroma Boselli, of Oglesby, driver, aged 30 years, married, employed in the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Co.'s No. 5 mine, Cedar Point, LaSalle County, was coming down grade on loaded trip of pit cars, and it is supposed he jumped off and was caught between the car and coal rib. He was taken to the hospital in LaSalle where he died the following morning. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BOVALAR
January 23, 190315, Andrew Bovalar, of Heenanville, miner, aged 38 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock at the face of his working place, in the C, W. & V. Coal company's mine at Heenanville, LaSalle county. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
BRAZAPSKI
October 18, 18862 , John Brazapski, aged 20 years, single, was killed by falling coal in mine at Streator, [LaSalle County].
 
BRAZINA
December 21, 18979 , Frank Brazina, of Kangley, a miner, came to his death by an explosion of gas in the Star Coal Company's mine at Spring Hill, LaSalle county. He had just gone in that morning to look for a place, but did not find one to suit him. W. J. Brown, mine manager, told him to go home and come back the next morning and he would have a place ready for him: but instead of going on top, he went to the south side into an old abandoned entry, through a door with a danger signal on it. and over falls and through water two feet deep, with a naked light, when an explosion of gas occurred, killing him instantly. Deceased was 35 years of age and single.
 
BREWIS
September 28, 190518. William Brewis, of Streator, miner, aged 57 years, married, was seriously injured by falling coal at the face of his working place in the No. 2 mine of the C. W. & V. Coal Co., Streator, LaSalle county. The deceased was sitting down, mining, when a piece of coal fell, striking and knocking his head against the building, fracturing his skull. He died about an hour after the accident occurred. He leaves a widow and eight children, three dependent.
 
BRIZOPSKI
October 18, 18862 , J. Brizopski, aged 20 years, single, was killed by falling coal in mine at Streator, [LaSalle County].
 
BROCHINE / BROLCHINE
September 23, 190215, A. Brochine, of Oglesby, miner, aged 40 years, single, was injured by a fall of coal at the face of his working place in the Oglesby Coal company's mine, Oglesby, LaSalle county. His injuries were considered slight at the time of the accident, as he walked from the face to the bottom of the shaft. However, he died the following day.
 
BROWN
April 16, 192234, Lewis Brown, of Streator, top foreman, age 40 years, married, and William Savill, of Streator, mine manager, age 62 years, married, were killed in Acme Coal Company's mine, Streator, by being suffocated by fumes from a gasoline engine. Brown leaves a widow and one child and Savill leaves a widow.
 
BURNEY
October 13, 190619, Leon Burney, of Oglesby, miner, aged 23 years, single, was instantly killed by falling rock on his road head in the Oglesby Coal Company's mine, Oglesby, LaSalle county.
 
BURNS
March 23, 190618. Pacific Burns, miner, aged 24 years, single, was seriously injured at the face of his working places by falling rock in the Rockwell mine of the La Salle Carbon Coal Company, La Salle county. Deceased was taken to the hospital in La Salle, where he died May 16, 1906.
 

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CADMAN
November 5, 18957 , Charles Cadman, of Streator, aged 57 years, who, with his two sons, was employed as a miner in Price & Jones' shaft at Streator, had fired a blast about 4:30 p, m.; he went back into his room immediately after the blast was fired, and taking his pick sounded the roof, and said to his son William, that it was all right. What is termed a slip or roll was on the left side of his room and spread out into the room for a distance of 16 feet. The blast fired had loosened the coal into the slip on the left pillar, but a portion of the coal was hanging on the slip, he started to mine it off, when five minutes after a large piece of rock fell on him killing him instantly He left a widow and ten children, five of whom are able to take care of themselves.
 
April 2, 191628, William Cadman, of Streator, driver, age 38 years, single, was struck by a runaway car in the mine of Francis & Son, Streator, LaSalle County, March 31, 1916. He lived two days.
 
CAIN
November 19, 192033, John Cain, miner, age 32 years, married, was killed in Heenanville Coal Company's mine (operated by Ben Roberts) by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
CARTER
April 7, 18903 , William Carter, of Kangley, miner, aged 45 years, single, was killed by falling rock in room.
 
CAVE
December 30, 18957, John W. Cave, of Streator, miner, aged 28 years, single, was fatally injured at 4 p. m. in the C., W. & V. Coal Company's No. 2 shaft, two miles east of Streator. The deceased and his father were at work on the night shift in room No. 2, on first east entry on the south side of the shaft. The entry was turned off at thirty-six feet from the shaft bottom, and on the north side another entry running east was turned off at a distance of twenty seven feet from this entry, three rooms were driving south, and in the third room John Sanders and Andrew Malleek had prepared a blast in the top coal, and, when they were tamping their blast, they rapped on the coal as a signal to the men in the other entry, whose rooms were driving south of the entry on the south side of the shaft They received an answer from another miner, and at this time the deceased and his father were standing in the opening of their own room, and remarked to Patrick McLange, who had just rapped on the coal, that the other room was very near being holed. They had just moved their tool-box and dinner pails from a point twelve feet back on the entry into their own room. They supposed the shot in the opposite room was at the point where they had just moved their tools; thinking they were safe, they sat down to eat their lunch, when the blast in the opposite room was fired and shot in a direct line with where John W. Cave was sitting, striking him on the left side of the head. He died before reaching home.
 
CLARETZ
October 17, 190316. Tony Claretz, of Rutland, driver, aged 35 years, married, was fatally injured in Mrs. E. Hakes mine. Rutland, LaSalle county. Deceased was coming down grade with a loaded trip and was sitting on the front end of the car, when his head struck against the roof breaking his neck; he died the following day. He leaves a widow and two children in Italy.
 
COLEMAN
February 11, 190315, Fred Coleman, of LaSalle, driver, aged 23 years, single, was fatally injured in No. 1 mine of the LaSalle Carbon Coal company, LaSalle county. He was walking in front of a loaded car when his foot caught in the frog, the car coming on top of him, breaking his back. He was taken to the hospital in LaSalle, where he died of his injuries April 15, two months after the accident occurred.
 
CONTE
July 15, 18935 , Joseph Conte, of Streator, miner, married, was fatally crushed by a large piece of rock falling on him while at work in his room in N. Plumb's mine at Streator. The deceased had examined the rock a short time before the accident occurred and considered it safe, however, it fell without warning, injuring him so severely that lie died three hours afterwards. He left a widow and three children.
 
CORBET
August 7, 190720, Peter Corbet, of Kangley, miner, aged 50 years, single, was seriously injured at the face of his working place by falling rock in the No. 4 mine of the Star Coal Company, Kangley, La Salle county. Deceased was taking down coal, when a mass of rock fell from the roof, crushing him underneath. He was taken to the hospital in Streator, where he died seven days after the accident occurred.
 
CORREDATO
December 3, 194254, Joe Corredato, of Oglesby, miner, aged 57 years, single, was killed when rock fell on him in Union Coal Company's mine.
 
COUGHLIN
February 6, 193244, Thomas H. Coughlin, of LaSalle, machinist, age 46 years, married, died from injuries received three days earlier at the mine of the Union Coal Company. Deceased was helping load a railroad car and, while placing chunk of coal, a piece broke in his hands, causing him to lose his balance, and he fell to the ground, sustaining injuries which caused his death. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
CRESHAK
February 28, 18989 , Michael Creshak, of Streator, a miner, aged 26 years and married, bad his back injured by a fall of rock in his room in the No. 1 mine of the Chicago, Wilmington & Vermilion Coal Co. at Heenanville, LaSalle county. At the time of receiving his injuries he was setting a prop under a bad rock, when a portion of it gave way, striking him on the body. He was taken to the hospital, where he died June 10, three and a half months after receiving his injuries. Deceased leaves a widow and two children.
 
CROSSEN
March 16, 189910 , John Crossen, of Streator, miner, aged 50 years, married, was instantly killed by a fall of rock at the face of his room in the Chicago, Wilmington & Vermilion Coal Company's mine No. 1, at Heenanville, La Salle county. Deceased and his son had put off two blasts, and after waiting a reasonable time for the powder smoke to clear away, they returned to the face of the room. The son sounded the roof and thought there was no danger; but there was a slip running diagonally across the room at the face. The son told his father to stand back and he would take down the loose coal, but before he could do so, a large rock fell from the slip in the roof, killing the father instantly. Deceased leaves a widow and six children, two of whom are dependent.
 

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DALANEY
February 6, 18851 , Michael Dalaney, aged 85, a married man with 3 children, was killed at the Eagle shaft of the Coal Run Co., at Streator, [LaSalle County], Feb. 6th. While working at his room face, a large stone came down on him, crushing him so severely that he died the next morning. His partner in the room said they had no idea the roof was unsafe.
 
DAVIDSON
January 31, 18934, Michael Davidson, of Streator, and Michael Halley, of Streator, both married, and Joseph Smith, of Streator, single, all miners, were instantly killed in Peter Ryan's mine at Streator, LaSalle county, by a falling rock; they had left their rooms, and were all sitting on the south entry eating dinner, when, without any warning, the rock came down, killing the three men. Smith's brother was near by and had a very narrow escape, although uninjured.
 
DAVIS
September 28, 190720, Joseph Davis, of Oglesby, roadman, aged 32 years, single, was killed instantly by falling rock in the Illinois Zinc Company mine at Deer Park, La Salle county. Deceased was helping to put a loaded car on the track when a mass of rock fell without any warning, crushing him underneath.
 
DAVITO
January 8, 193749, Joseph Davito, of Coal City, contractor, aged 39 years, married, struck by cage at mine of Roanoke-Wilmington Coal Corp., leaving wife and three children.
 
DIGGLE
March 15, 18989 , Joseph Diggle, of LaSalle, a miner, aged 52 years, married, was severely burned by an explosion of powder in the Matthiessen & Hegeler Zinc Co.'s mine, at LaSalle, LaSalle county. Deceased, at the usual time of firing, 10 a. m., had made two cartridges and filled them with powder, and, being in a hurry to get the blasts off in time, had neglected to close the end of the cartridge, and the supposition is that a spark from his lamp ignited the powder, burning him severely about the chest, face and arms. Although the burns were painful and extensive, they were not considered at the time of a serious nature; but he died of his injuries April 2, eighteen days after the accident. Deceased leaves a widow and four children, three of whom are dependent.
 
DONOCHOWSKI
January 12, 18945, Alexander Donochowski, of LaSalle, miner, aged about 30 years, single, was instantly killed by a fall of rock at the face of the workings in the Rockwell shaft of the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Co., at LaSalle, while getting ready to set a prop. The place from appearances was considered perfectly safe, but a slip in the slate crossed the breaks at right angles and released the rock, which fell without warning with above result. Neither the deceased nor his partner knew that the slip was there, as no outward indications of its presence could be observed until the rock fell, so that the accident appeared to be purely unavoidable.
 
DOUGLAS
November 27, 189911 , Robert Douglas, Jr., of Oglesby, driver, aged 17 years, was instantly killed by a fall of rock on the parting, in the Oglesby Coal Co.'s mine at Oglesby, LaSalle county. It appeared from the evidence that the place had been reported dangerous, and the mine manager's attention was called to it; after examining the timbers the mine manager thought there was no danger for that day, stating that he would replace them with new ones at night. During the afternoon, about 2 p. m., deceased was hitching his mule to a loaded trip, when the rock fell on him, with the result as stated.
 
DOWNEY
October 27, 189810, Gus Downey, of Streator, miner aged 45 years, single, was instantly killed by a fall of rock at the face of his room in the sixth right, northeast entry in the Chicago, Wilmington & Vermilion Coal Company's mine No. 1, at Heenanville, La Salle county. Deceased and his partner had been notified that morning to put more props in their room, as there was a fault or slip in the roof, running diagonally across the face of the room, which they did before commencing work. About 2 p. m. they fired a blast in the coal, returning immediately before the smoke had cleared away, when a stone fell on him, resulting as stated.
 
DUDKOWICH
May 6, 191123, Joe Dudkowich, of Streator, miner, age 33 years, married, was killed instantly at the face of his working place by a fall of rock in the Chicago, Wilmington and Vermilion Coal Company's No. 2 mine, Streator, LaSalle county. Deceased was working alone at the time of the accident and no one knew of the accident until about 5:30 p. m. As he did not arrive home at his regular time two men went back to the mine to look for him and found him underneath a rock dead. The last time he was seen alive was when the driver pulled his car out at noon. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
DUROCK
May 16, 191123, Michael Durock, of Streator, miner, age 26 years, married, was burned by an explosion of powder in the C. W. & V. Coal Company's No. 3 mine, Streator, LaSalle county. Deceased was placing a cartridge in a drill hole using an iron bar for tamping. A spark was struck which ignited the powder. He was conveyed to his home where he died the following day. He leaves a widow and one child.
 

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EARLY
April 20, 18989 , Thomas Early, of Peru, a road man, aged 50 years and married, was fatally injured by a large piece of rock falling on him while at work in James Cahill's mine at Peru, LaSalle county. Deceased was taking down some loose rock on the entry, when a piece fell on him, causing injuries from which he died four hours after the accident. He leaves a widow.
 

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FANTI
October 29, 194254, Dante Fanti, of Ladd, driver, aged 57 years, married, died from injuries received on October 26, 1942, when he was caught between a car and the roof in Peru Deep Vein Coal Company's No. 3 Mine. He leaves a widow.
 
FEATHERSTONE
December 5, 190619, Emerson Featherstone, of LaSalle, miner, aged 53 years, was killed instantly by falling rock in the mine of Matthiesen & Hegeler Zinc Company, LaSalle, LaSalle county. Deceased and his partner were loading a car about thirty feet from the face, when a rock fell on him, with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and eight children.
 
FERINSKA
April 17, 188414, George Ferinska, aged 36, single, was killed instantly by stone falling on him while working in his room at the LaSalle mine.
 
FLARINA
October 17, 190720, Gabiral Flarina, of LaSalle, miner, aged 44 years, married, was killed instantly by falling rock at the face of his working place in the La Salle County Carbon Coal Company's No. 1 mine at Jonesville, La Salle county. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
FRANCIS
October 7, 191730, William G. Francis, of Streator, mine manager, age 73 years, married, and Peter Weir, of Streator, laborer, age 34 years, married, were killed while employed by Heenanville Coal Company, Heenanville, LaSalle County. These men were taking down a sheet iron roof and walls from over the top of the escape shaft of Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's mine No. 3. They had taken out all of the rivets that held the roof to the walls and were working the roof off, when a brick wall, which had been held in place by the sheet iron walls, fell, resulting in the instant death of Weir, and of Francis in about 30 minutes. Francis leaves a widow, and Weir leaves a widow and two children.
 
FRIEDMAN
September 9, 190821, August Friedman, of LaSalle, miner, aged 34 years, married, was killed instantly by a fall of rock at the face of his working place in the La Salle County Carbon Coal Company's mine No. 1, Jonesville, La Salle county. He leaves a widow.
 
FULARA
November 8, 192941, Stanley Fulara, of Spring Valley, driver, age 37 years, married, was killed in LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company's No. 1 mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow.
 

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GALETTA
April 11, 18956, at the Star Coal Company's No. 2 mine, at Kangley, John Galetta, of Kangley, a Polish miner aged 33 years, and a single man lost his life by a shot fired by himself. It appears from the evidence of the man working next place to him, that he had helped him tamp the hole preparatory to firing the shot, but it was not yet time to light it, as the firing must be done at noon. In about ten minutes he heard the blast go off and heard the man scream. His opinion was that Galetta had lit the shot and gone back to it thinking it had missed fire, and the blast went off while he was in front of it, killing him instantly. The same witness testified that the deceased had not mined more than four months and that he himself had taught him. Mr. Talman, the mine manager, testified that when he hired him he professed to be an experienced miner, or he would not have given him a job. His death may be attributed to a lack of experience in blasting.
 
GEORGEL
October 2, 191225, Herman Georgel, of LaSalle, miner, aged 20 years, single, was killed instantly at the face of his working place by fall of rock in the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company's LaSalle mine, LaSalle, LaSalle County.
 
GERM
July 2, 192033, Frank Germ, miner, age 45 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock while setting a prop in LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company's mine No. 1, LaSalle. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
GERGOVICH
September 6, 193244, Frank Gergovich, of LaSalle, miner, age 57 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Matthiessen and Hegeler Zinc Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
GERTZ
November 2, 190922, Gustav Gertz, of LaSalle, miner, aged 65 years, married, was killed instantly by falling rock at his working place in the M. & H. Zine mine. LaSalle, La Salle county. Deceased leaves a widow and one child.
 
GIELOW
June 28, 192941, Fred Gielow, of LaSalle, miner, age 63 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Matthiesen & Hegeler Zinc Company's mine. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
GORSKI
August 23, 191629 , John Gorski, of Oglesby, age 32 years, married, was killed by falling rock, in the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company's No. 1 mine, Jonesville, LaSalle County. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
GREENVESKI
December 15, 190821, Alex Greenveski, of Oglesby, miner, aged 32 years, married, was seriously injured by falling rock at the face of his working place, in the Illinois Zinc Company's mine, Deer Park, La Salle county. Deceased knew the stone was loose and was told to take it down, but he neglected to do so at the time, saying he would take it down when he had the car loaded; but before he got it loaded the rock fell on him; he was conveyed to the hospital in La Salle where he died January 3, 1909. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
GRIBKOS
January 24, 189910 , Otto Gribkos, of LaSalle, miner, aged 30 years, single, was instantly killed by a fall of rock at the face of his room, in the No. 1 mine of the La Lalle County Carbon Coal Co., at La Salle. Deceased had taken off a break of coal, and instead of propping up his place where he had taken the coal out, which is customary in long-wall workings, the props being about six feet from the face, he commenced mining again, and just as he had got down to work, a large rock, weighing about 3,500 pounds, fell on him, killing him instantly.
 
GRUBER
January 13, 190618. John Gruber, of Peru, miner, aged 63 years, married, was killed instantly by falling rock in the Union mine of the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Co., Peru, LaSalle county. Deceased was sitting down mining when a mass of rock fell on him, with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 

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HALLEY
January 31, 18934 , Michael Davidson, of Streator, and Michael Halley, of Streator, both married, and Joseph Smith, of Streator, single, all miners, were instantly killed in Peter Ryan's mine at Streator, LaSalle county, by a falling rock; they had left their rooms, and were all sitting on the south entry eating dinner, when, without any warning, the rock came down, killing the three men. Smith's brother was near by and had a very narrow escape, although uninjured.
 
HARCHARIK
Streator June 3, 18957 , George Harcharik, aged 53 years, miner, employed by the Prairie Creek Coal Company, in the Otter Creek mine, two miles east of Streator, was fatally injured by a fall of rock in his working room No. 3, on the sixth east entry, at 3 :30 p. m. The deceased and his son had just started to work in the room that morning; the son objected to work in the room owing to a roll or fault that was in the coal seam. The pit boss told them that he would pay them for room turning, if they would work in it; they then prepared a blast in the bottom coal, and shortly after firing the blast, they started to load a pit car with coal. The deceased was in the act of stooping under the top coal when a piece of rock 24 x 18 in., which had been loosened by the force of the blast, fell without warning, crushing him on the left side, injuring him internally, from which he died shortly after being taken home. He left a widow and eight children, three of whom are able to earn their own living.
With precaution, after the blast was fired, this accident would not have happened.
 
HARRISON
March 14, 192032, Ernest Harrison, of Streator, miner age 67 years, married, died from injuries received 5 days previous in the mine of Heenanville Coal Company, Streator, by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow.
 
HEINZ
August 29, 18924 , George Heinz, of LaSalle, miner, a single man, employed in the Mattheussen & Hegler Zinc Co.'s mine, at LaSalle, LaSalle county, was fatally injured by a fall of rock near the face of the entry in which he was working. He died an hour and a half after being injured.
 
HERBERT
February 6, 190011, Elijah Herbert, of Streator, miner, aged 50 years, married, was fatally injured by a fall of rock at the face of his room, in No. 2 mine of the C. W. & V. Coal Company, Streator, La Salle county; the accident occurred about 3:30 p. m., just at the quitting time. Deceased and his partner had just fired a shot, Herbert returned immediately to observe the effects of the same, when a rock fell, crushing him against the end of the car, breaking two of his ribs and crushing him internally, which resulted in his death five hours after the accident. Deceased leaves a widow and three children.
 
HERMAN
January 20, 189910, Peter Herman, of Streator, miner, aged 48 years, married, was instantly killed by the ascending cage, about 3:30 p. m., in the Chicago, Wilmington & Vermilion Coal Company's mine No. 1, at Heenanville, La Salle county. It appears from the evidence, that deceased, with fifty or sixty others was at the bottom of the shaft, waiting to go out at quitting time. The mine manager, Robert Jordan, gave the signal to the cager to quit, as they do not blow the whistle until four o'clock. The cager pulled the empty car off the cage and told the men to stand back; he then commenced to ring three bells, and while in the act of ringing, the men in the rear pushed the men in front onto the cage, when the cage was suddenly started and caught deceased between the cage and door head, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and six children, all dependent.
 
HERROTIN
July 17, 190518. Desire Herrotin, of LaSalle, driver, aged 24 years, single, was seriously injured in the No. 1 mine of the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Co., LaSalle county. Deceased was coming out with loaded trip, and was sitting on the front end of the car; his head was caught between the roof and the loaded car, fracturing his skull. He was removed to the hospital where he died the following day.
 
HILL
June 17, 191123, Philip Hill, of Streator, top laborer, age 39 years, married, was killed instantly by falling down the shaft of the C. W. & V. Coal Company's No. 3 mine, Streator, LaSalle county. Deceased was working nights putting down props. He pushed a car to the lower landing. Thinking the cage was at the landing, he pushed the car into the shaft and fell in after it. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
HOLMES
October 12, 190619, John Holmes, Streator, miner, aged 24 years, married, was killed instantly by falling rock at the face of his working room in the Acme Coal Company's mine, Streator, LaSalle county. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
HYSIN / HYSEN
December 27, 190922, Walter Hysin, of LaSalle, driver, aged 51 years, married, was killed instantly by being crushed under a trip of loaded pit cars in the M. & H. Zinc Company's mine, La Salle, La Salle county. How this accident occurred no one could tell, as no person was present at the time. Deceased was driving a trip from the first parting to the bottom of the shaft, and was about 60 feet from the parting. It was assumed that he was attempting to get on the first car and in some manner or other fell in front and was crushed underneath with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and six children.
 

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JACOBS
August 16, 18862 , Alexander Jacobs, aged 61 years, married, was killed by falling coal in mine at Streator, [LaSalle County]. He leaves a widow.
 
JANKS
October 8, 190215, John Janks, of LaSalle, miner, aged 52 years, married, was instantly killed by a fall of coal at the face of his working place in the LaSalle mine of the LaSalle County Carbon Coal company, LaSalle county. He leaves a widow and six children, four dependent.
 
August 25, 191427, Ludwig Janks, of LaSalle, age 23 years, single, and Alexander Mikatewicz, of LaSalle, age 48 years, married, miners, were killed in the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company's LaSalle mine by an explosion of powder. Janks went to where Mikatewicz was working to borrow some powder, and noticing loose grains on a keg, put his lighted lamp to them and thus caused the explosion of two kegs. Mikatewicz leaves a widow and four children.
 
JASPER
December 7, 190720, William Jasper, of LaSalle, miner, aged 63 years, married, was killed instantly by falling rock at the face of his working place in the La Salle County Carbon Coal Company's Union mine, Peru, La Salle county. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
JOHNSTON
At Oglesby mine on March 6, 18956, Arthur Johnston, of Oglesby, a lad of about 17 years of age and a miner was killed by a fall of coal while passing along the working face to return a wedge which he had borrowed from two men who worked in the second room from where he and his father worked together. While passing in front of a loose piece of coal in the men's room from whom he had borrowed the wedge, the coal fell over and caught his head between the falling coal and a prop that was set in front of it, fracturing his skull. He died before he could be gotten to the top of the shaft.
 
JONES
November 19, 188314, Thomas Jones, aged 32, married, leaves a widow and three children; instantly killed at Coal Run Company's mines, Streator, (LaSalle County). While timbering in the shaft an explosion of fire-damp threw the scaffold on which he was working up the shaft. His head came in contact with the timbers.
 
JORDAN
November 6, 190113, Robert Jordan, of Streator, mine manager, age 44 years, married, was severely injured by a fall of rock in the Heenanville No. 1 mine of the C. W. & V. Coal Co., Streator, LaSalle county; about 5:30 a. m., when the mine examiner was examining a room in the eighth right north (there are four of those rooms) , where the men were taking out the pillars; the squeeze had come on during the night; the mine examiner pulled out all the rails he possibly could without danger; he then reported the room in a dangerous condition. Jordan went to this room shortly after 7:00 a. m.; the men belonging to the room were standing on the entry. He went down one of the rooms and saw a pair of wood rails; he called for some of the men to come to help him get the rails out; he pulled one out, and was in the act of pulling out the other, when a rock suddenly fell on him, breaking his right leg. He also received internal injuries, from the effect of which he died May 31, 1902, nearly seven months after the accident occurred. Deceased leaves a widow and six children.
 
JULIUS
October 2, 190113, G. M. Julius, of Streator, miner, age 37 years, married, leaves a widow, was severely injured by a fall of coal at the face of his room; he had cut through the pillar to an old room, and was mining under the top coal, which was loose on both ends, when it fell without warning, crushing: him on the right hip and shoulder. He was taken to the hospital, where he died.
 

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KAKARA
November 18, 18862 , Andro Kakara, aged 48 years, married, was killed by falling coal in mine at Streator, [LaSalle County]. He leaves a widow and eight children.
 
KALP
September 14, 189911 , John Kalp, of LaSalle, stone mason, aged 52 years, single, was instantly killed at the LaSalle mine of the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Co.,LaSalle. Deceased was putting in a foundation for a pair of engines and was in the act of raising one end of the engine bed with a lever, when the lever suddenly slipped, he fell backward and against the fly-wheel of the hoisting engine, striking his head, resulting as stated.
 
KANDORA
LaSalle January 18, 193446, Joseph Kandora, of LaSalle, miner, age 65 years, single, was killed by pit cars in Matthiessen & Hegeler Zinc Company's mine.
 
KAZOID
November 7, 18957 , John Kazoid, of LaSalle, aged 27 years, employed as a miner by the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company, in their Union mine, at LaSalle, was fatally injured by a fall of coal and rock, while at work in the face of his working place. The deceased was wedging coal down where a slip was running parallel with the face of the coal. The slip continued up through the roof stratum, overlaying the coal and as the coal was loosened by the wedge, the slate and coal fell simultaneously and before he could get from under it, and he was crushed. When removed to his home it was found that his back was broken and he had sustained internal injuries. He died on December 12, leaving a widow and one child,
 
KEATING
September 18, 191225, John P. Keating, of Streator, miner, aged 62 years, married, was killed instantly by fall of rock at the face of his working place in the C, W. & V. Coal Company's No. 3 mine, Streator, LaSalle County. Deceased was drilling a hole when a mass of rock fell, with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
KEENAN
September 22, 190012, Frank Keenan, of Kangley, miner, single, aged 25 years, was instantly killed by a fall of slate in No. 2 mine of the Star Coal Company, Kangley, LaSalle county. Deceased and his partner were working nights, taking off coal to make a double parting; they had fired two blasts, and on returning to the place sounded the roof and found it bad; they at once set two props under the slate, but unfortunately placed them under the thin or light end, there being a cutter or slip running parallel with the rib. Shortly after they commenced loading the car the roof gave way, and the mass fell on Keenan, with the above result.
 
KEEP
November 15, 18841, Adolph Keep, 63 years old, was killed at the James Cahill mine, at Peru, [LaSalle County], on Nov. 15. A stone fell out at a slip, striking him on the head and back, while working in his room. He died next morning, leaving a wife but no children.
 
KELNER
January 26, 190618. Ludwig Kelner, miner, aged 46 years, married, was instantly killed in the Acme shaft of the Acme Coal Company, Streator, LaSalle county. The engineer was letting the men down in the morning, deceased and seven other men were on the cage: the engineer lost control of his engine, letting the men down very fast, when the cage struck the bottom he reversed the engine, the cage was raised about six feet; the head of the deceased struck against the door, breaking his neck. None of the other men were injured. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
KELYPAN
March 15, 191729 , Frank Kelypan, of LaSalle, miner, aged 40 years, married, was killed by falling rock in LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company's Union mine, Peru, LaSalle County. He leaves a widow.
 
KENNEDY
October 29, 191326, Frank Kennedy, of Streator, miner, aged 56 years, single, was killed in the Acme Coal Company's mine, Streator, LaSalle County, by falling rock.
 
KINDER
May 29, 190517. Lawrence Kinder, of LaSalle, miner, age 45 years, married, was killed instantly by a. falling rock at the face of his working place in the Matthiesson & Hegeler Zinc Cos. mine. LaSalle, LaSalle county. The partner of the deceased fired a shot in the entry. Kinder was turning a room off the entry, he returned to observe the effects of the shot; his partner told him not to go into the entry as there was a loose rock at the face; deceased sounded the stone, and said it was all right, at that moment the stone fell with the result as stated. He leaves a widow.
 
KINDLESPERGER
July 29, 193143, Archie Kindlesperger, of Coal Valley, miner, age 47 years, married, was killed in Mielke Brothers' mine. Deceased was employed in sinking an air shaft and was struck by a rock which fell off the bucket while being hoisted. He leaves a widow.
 
KING
August 29, 190113 , Philip King, of Streator, trapper, age 15 years, was seriously injured in No. 2 mine of the C. W. & V. Coal Co., Streator, LaSalle county. A driver came out of the 16th right entry with a loaded trip; there was an empty trip at the parting, waiting to go in; the driver asked the boy if all was clear for him to go in straight, and he told him to come ahead, but he had neglected to change the latches for the straight; the empty cars took to the right and caught the boy against the coal rib, injuring him so that he died at 10:40 p. m. the same day.
 
KIRSKI
June 10, 18989 , John Kirski, of Peru, a miner, aged 48 years, and married, was instantly killed at James Cahills mine, Peru. LaSalle county, by a fall of rock in his room. He was working alone at the time of the accident, and was in the act of setting a prop under a bad rock, when the rock, weighing about 3,000 pounds, fell on him, killing him instantly. Deceased leaves a widow and five children, of whom three are dependent.
 
KIRTSMARK
March 31, 18945 . Walter Kirtsmark, of Rutland, single man. 17 years old, working in the mine of the Northern Illinois Coal Co., at Rutland, LaSalle County, while carrying half a keg of powder from his father's room or working place, struck his head against a cross-bar, which caused his lamp to fall, igniting the powder and burning him so severely that he died from his injuries fourteen days after the accident.
 
KLINE
October 6, 18841 , At the Union Coal Co., Peru, [LaSalle County], Oct. 6th, John Kline, aged 20, unmarried, was killed by falling down the shaft. He was coming up in the cage, and when within thirty feet of the top lost hold of his dinner bucket, and in his efforts to recover it lost his balance and was thrown to the bottom of the pit.
 
KLOPECK
September 6, 18935 , Frank Klopeck, of LaSalle, roadman, 34 years of age, married, was instantly killed by a piece of rock falling on him while putting a stopping in an abandoned roadway in the LaSalle mine of the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Co.. at LaSalle. The deceased knew the rock was bad and had been warned by his partner to keep from under it. His failure to heed the warning caused him to lose his life. He left a widow and four children.
 
KMETZ
July 8, 190113 , Mike Kmetz, of Streator, miner, age 43 years, married, was instantly killed by a fall of coal at the face of his working place in No. 2 mine of the C. W. & V. Coal Co., Streator, LaSalle county. Deceased was mining on the bench when the top coal fell, knocking him off and falling on his head, with the above result. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
KNEEBONE
November 18, 193042, William Kneebone, of Oglesby, miner, age 58 years, married, was injured on the 17th by a fall of coal in Union Coal Company's mine, and died from the effects of said injury, leaving a widow and four children.
 
KOBOLD
January 29, 192133, John Kobold, blacksmith, age 57 years, single, was caught by a revolving shaft and killed, LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company's Union mine.
 
KOPEK
December 5, 192840, Joseph Kopek, of Peru, miner, age 39 years, married, died from injuries received two days previous by a fall of rock in Mathiesen & Hegeler Zinc Company's mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
KOYZELIOSKI
March 21, 18945 , Anton Koyzelioski, of Kangley, miner, 29 years of age, married, was killed by a fall of rock at the No. 2 shaft of the Star Coal Co., Kangley. He was engaged in drawing a pillar, and from appearances it seemed that the accident was caused by a sudden burst of the roof, resulting from a squeeze brought on by the weakening of the pillar. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KRAMERSIC
May 8, 191729 , L. Krasmersic, of LaSalle, miner, age 39 years, married, was killed by flying coal in Mathiesen and Hegler Zinc Company's mine, LaSalle, LaSalle County. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
KRANKUSKI
October 4, 191730, Walter Krankuski, of LaSalle, miner, age 46 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company's LaSalle mine, LaSalle, LaSalle County. Deceased was breaking a fall of coal when a rock weighing about 3,000 pounds fell from the roof and caught him across the back and legs, breaking them and injuring him internally, from which he died about one hour later. The cause of this accident was neglect on the part of the deceased to set a sufficient number of props for his own protection.
 
KRAUSNEY / KRAUSNEG
October 2, 190922, Lewis Krausney, of LaSalle, miner, aged 69 years, married, was killed instantly on the entry about 250 feet from the face of his working place, in the La Salle County Carbon Coal Company's La Salle mine. Deceased was eating his lunch about 2:30 p. m. at the time Stany Stassak, rodman, was brushing the entry and had prepared a blast in the roof; before lighting the squib he saw Krausney sitting about 120 feet from him. Stassak called to him, fire, but he probably did not hear him; when under the blast it went off with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KREAMER
January 2, 190011 , William Kreamer, of LaSalle, employed as a miner, was injured by a premature blast in Matthiessen & Hegeler Zinc Co. mine, at La Salle. Deceased had two shots to fire; after exploding one, he immediately returned and ignited the other; in turning to leave, his light went out, and being in the dark, he got confused, and wandered towards the face, when the shot, exploded. His partner in the next room heard him calling for help, and went to his assistance at once, and found him near the face of his room. His left leg was fractured above and below the knee, he was also injured about the head and face. He died two days after receiving the injuries; he leaves a widow and three children.
 
KROCKER
December 11, 193345, John Krocker, of Kangley, miner, age 48 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in the George Bavolar mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KROKER
September 22, 18946, at the Star Coal Company No. 2 mine, Kangley. John Kroker, of Kangley, miner, aged about 45 years and married, was fatally injured by a shot firing on him, and died in about an hour afterward. He and his partner had charged two holes with powder, one in the entry and the other in the crosscut, and lit them both at once; the one in the crosscut went off first, and he, supposing that the other had missed, and without giving it sufficient time, went back to the entry with another squib. Just as he reached the face, the shot fired, wounding him fatally in the head and side. He leaves a widow and four children, two of whom are still in Austria, his native country.
 
KUC
January 9, 190213 , Vincent Kuc, of Oglesby, miner, age 36 years, single, was fatally injured by a blow on the head from a prop in the Oglesby Coal company's mine, Oglesby, LaSalle county. Deceased was standing about six feet from the face; his partner was taking down a fall of coal, which knocked out a prop, striking Kuc on the head. He was taken to the hospital in LaSalle, where he died the same day.
 
KUSNIR
June 4, 18956 , at the Acme Shaft, Streator, John Kusnir, of Streator, miner, aged 34 years, was fatally injured by a fall of rock and died a few hours afterwards. He had just gone in that morning to look for a place and found one that suited him, and was going out again to bring in more tools. When about thirty yards out of the entry a large stone fell on him breaking his back. He was taken home and died the following night. The mine examiner testified to having examined the place about 5:30 that morning and considered it safe. There were two props under the stone, one on each side of the road; there had been a fall just outside of the stone, leaving an opening, the rock broke across the road in a line with the props and fell just as he was passing under. Deceased leaves a widow but no children.
 

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LARRECK
December 28, 18957 , John Larreck, of Peru, aged 30 years, married, employed as a miner in James Cahill's shaft at Peru, LaSalle county, was instantly killed by a fall of rock in his long-wall working face. The deceased was putting in props along the face of his room, his partner having gone home at half-past eleven. He was alone, and had put in props for a distance of fifteen feet, but at that point a slip was in the roof and he was in the act of putting a prop in and had struck it two blows with a sledge, when the prop sprung out from under the rock and suddenly a piece of it, weighing 3,000 pounds, fell and killed him. He was considered a careful miner. Left a widow and one child.
 
LAVANSUH
October 27, 191023, Thomas Lavansuh, of LaSalle, miner, age 40 years, married, was killed instantly by a fall of rock at the face of his working place in the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company's No. 1 mine, Jonesville, LaSalle county. Deceased was working on the right side of his place when rock suddenly fell on him with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
LEAKE
December 19, 190720, John Leake, of LaSalle, miner, aged .52 years, single, was killed instantly by falling rock at the face of his working place in the La Salle County Carbon Coal Company's La Salle mine. La Salle county.
 
LEE
November 12, 18968 , Isaac Lee, of LaSalle, aged 26 years, married, wife and one child, employed as a miner in the M. & H. Zinc Company's mine at LaSalle, was fatally injured by a fall of coal and slate. The deceased and his partner were engaged taking out a pillar of coal and at 8 a. m. fired a blast in the coal. The blast loosened the coal below a smooth parting seam, 11 inches from the roof, the upper portion remaining fast to the roof. This was hanging over him where he was loading the pit car. His partner, Joseph Diggle, took his pick and sounded the roof and coal overhanging and suggested that they secure it with a prop; but for some reason they failed to do so, and presently it fell without giving any warning, and, striking Isaac Lee, injured him. seriously on the back, hips and side. He was removed to his home, and after having his wounds dressed he stated that he did not think his injuries serious. He was taken to a hospital in Chicago, where he died Nov. 12.
 
LEWIS
March 19, 18945, Harry Lewis, of Streator, miner, 50 years of age, married, was fatally injured by a descending cage in the Springhill Coal Co.'s shaft, near Streator. At the time of the accident, he supposed the cages were at rest and started to go across the shaft. Just as he stepped into the cage seat, the pit-boss called to him with alarm, at the same moment the descending cage struck him. He died April 3, fifteen days alter being injured. He was always considered a very careful man.
 
LIEK
January 6, 194052, Caspar Liek, of Peru, aged 69 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in the No. 3 mine of the Peru Deep VEin Coal Co., leaving no dependents.
 

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MADISON
July 5, 190518. John Madison, of LaSalle, night watchman, aged 60 years, married, employed at the LaSalle shaft of the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Co., was instantly killed at the coal chutes of the Illinois Central railroad, about 300 feet from the shaft. It was the duty of the deceased to coal the engines during the night, but it could not be ascertained how the accident occurred. It is supposed, however, that, while waiting for an engine to coal he fell asleep, leaning over the railing at the top of chutes, and fell to the railroad track below, a distance of 30 feet; his body was found sometime afterwards, his head having been severed from the body. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
MARTINETTI / MARTINETTO
February 23, 18978 , Ambro Martinetti, of Kangley, aged 35 years, a single man, employed as a miner in the Star Coal Company's No. 2 mine at Kangley, received fatal injuries. The deceased and his partner were engaged in taking out the entry pillars, on the 24th right entry, and at the time of the accident had the pillar taken out to the opening of an old room. This and part of the entry had caved in during the night. They left a pillar of coal next to the old room, and cut through outside of this into the left side of the old room; they then mined under the pillar next to the cave, and had it mined from both sides with the exception of a small piece in the center. This then left a block of coal 7 x 10 inches free on three sides, from the caved part of the entry back over the block of coal mined under. A slip was in the roof, and the deceased started on the caved side to mine the small piece left in. His partner at this time went back on the entry to bring in an empty pit-car, and coming in found the deceased under a mass of coal and rock. A part of the coal had fallen and liberated the slip in the roof. The men from the other entry at once came to the rescue, but could not move the rock. The head driver being close at hand at the time, got a prop under as a lever, and raised the rock sufficiently to allow deceased to be taken out, when it was found that he was dead. By waiting a little they could have mined under from the outside where the roof was safe.
 
McCLAIRRY
December 21, 18924, E. McClairry, of Kangley, top-man, was fatally injured, while visiting in Samuel McClairry's mine, near Kangley, LaSalle county, by the falling of a large piece of rock; death occurred a short time after the accident took place.
 
MELCHER
On April 15, 18956, at the C. W. & V. Coal Company's No. 3 shaft, Streator, Illinois, Henry Melcher, of Streator, miner, aged 28, married, was instantly killed by a fall of coal. He was working with a man named John Colenberger, and they had taken the bottom coal from under the tops, and a cut of coal twelve feet long and three and one-half feet under cut on both sides was left hanging for four days. The deceased went under again to mine without setting props to the top coal as is generally done. His partner told him it was dangerous to go under it without having props set, but he mined away for some time, and then both retired from the face to eat a lunch. After lunch Mr. Colenberger said he would get the props to set under the coal, that the coal was cracking as if about to fall. The deceased said he would go in and get his pick which he had left where he was mining. Colenberger told him not to, but he went and just as he put his hand on the pick handle the mass of coal fell on him, nearly severing his head from his body and otherwise mangling him. He left a widow and one child.
 
MIKATEWICZ
August 25, 191427, Ludwig Janks, of LaSalle, age 23 years, single, and Alexander Mikatewicz, of LaSalle, age 48 years, married, miners, were killed in the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company's LaSalle mine by an explosion of powder. Janks went to where Mikatewicz was working to borrow some powder, and noticing loose grains on a keg, put his lighted lamp to them and thus caused the explosion of two kegs. Mikatewicz leaves a widow and four children.
 
MILLER
September 2, 18968 , Frank J. Miller, of Streator, aged 57 years, employed as a miner by the Acme Coal Co., of Streator, was fatally injured by a fall of rock in the fourth left entry. The deceased and his son were working in the entry and had just cut through a roll or fault in the coal. This fault extended up through the roof overlying the coal. He was in the act of drilling a hole for the purpose of blasting the bottom coal; on the left rib or pillar and directly above him, was a mass of rock cut around by the fault, but which seemed fast on the side of the pillar. Under this rock he had set the drilling machine close to the pillar and as he tightened up the machine post it cut up into the rock and loosened it at the point where it was fastened. He had two feet of his hole drilled and as he turned around to get a longer drill the rock, cut off by the machine post, fell, and, as he was in a stooping position, struck him on the back and left side and broke his left leg. He was also seriously injured internally and. died eight days after the accident. He was a widower with two children. This rock could have been pulled down before starting to drill under it.
 
MINMEK
August 24, 190619, John Minmek of Streator, miner ,aged 64 years, married, was killed instantly by falling rock at the face of his working place in the Acme Coal Company's mine, Streator, LaSalle county. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
MORRISON
June 2, 191325, Robert Roy Morrison, of Oglesby, motorman, aged 23 years, married, was killed instantly in the Oglesby Coal Company's mine, Oglesby, LaSalle County. Deceased was coming out with loaded trip; the motor was derailed and turned over, pinning him underneath, with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MURRAY
October 17, 190518. Matthew Murray, of LaSalle, top foreman, aged 48 years, married, was seriously injured about the body; he was caught between two railroad cars at the Rockwell mine of the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Co., LaSalle, LaSalle county. Deceased was removed to the hospital in LaSalle, where he died three hours after the accident. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
MUSIAL
January 12, 192638, Albin Musial, of LaSalle, miner, age 54 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Matthiessen & Hegeler Zinc Company's mine, LaSalle. He leaves a widow and three children.
 

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NOON
March 3, 18967 , Mark Noon, of Streator, miner, aged 40 years, employed by the C., W. & V. Coal Company in their No. 1 mine, at Heenanville, was fatally injured by a fall of coal. He and his brother were engaged with drawing the pillar between Nos. 4 and 5 room in the fourth southeast entry about 10 a. m. They fired a blast in the bottom coal which cleared it from under the top coal for a distance of seven feet along the pillar and four feet under. They then went back out of the room to eat their lunch, and ten minutes later they went back to see how the blast had done. The deceased, without saying anything to his brother, took a pick and went under the top coal and started to undercut a point next the old room; the coal, being loose on both ends, suddenly rolled over and pushed him against a loaded pit car which was standing close up to the coal. He received internal injuries from which he died four hours after. He left a widow and five children.
 

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OPREMSCHAK
April 29, 191830, Leo Opremschak, of Streator, miner, age 60 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Seroka and Flavel Coal Company's mine, Streator, LaSalle County. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
OSTROWSKI
November 29, 190720, Peter Ostrowski, of Oglesby, driver, aged 21 years, single, was seriously injured in the Oglesby Coal Company's mine, Oglesby, La Salle county. Deceased with three other men were riding out on the motor trip, which is against the rules of the company; while the trip was going up grade, the loaded cars became detached from the motor; when the cars began running back. Ostrowski jumped to one side, but was caught between the rib and the cars and was dragged about 50 feet; both legs were broken and he was injured internally. He was taken to the hospital in La Salle, where he died three hours after the accident.
 
OVEN
December 19, 192840, Louis Oven, of Granville, machine runner, age 31 years, single, was killed in LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company'smine No. 1 by a fall of coal.
 

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PALANOS
October 23, 190720, Andrew Palanos, of Streator, miner, aged 36 years, married, was killed instantly by falling coal at the face of his working place in the C. W. & V. Coal Company's No. 2 mine, Streator, La Salle county. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
PAULSON
February 24, 190213 , Frank Paulson, of Seneca, miner, age 33 years, single, was fatally injured by a fall of rock at the working face in the Standard Coal company's mine, Seneca, LaSalle county. He fired a blast in the brushing to knock it down, and commenced cutting on the right side without securing it with timber. While at work the rock fell, crushing him on the back and shoulders. He died three hours afterwards.
 
PELLETTO
February 26, 190618. Louis Pelletto, roadman, aged 24 years, single, was killed instantly by falling rock in the Deer Park mine of the Illinois Zinc Company, LaSalle county. Deceased and his partner, Charles Blow, were brushing a cross-road; the night boss told them to take down the loose rock on the switch before firing the shot in the brushing. Pelletto went to take down the loose rock, his partner told him to stand to one side where the roof was good; deceased replied that it was nothing to be afraid of and stood directly under the rock, knocking the prop out; the rock fell on him with the result as stated.
 
PENNECK
November 14, 189911 , John Penneck, of LaSalle, miner, aged 55 years, married, was fatally injured by a fall of coal in the Union mine of the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Co., LaSalle. Deceased undertook to take down coal that was resting on sprags; his partner, John Kowalski, told him of the danger he was in by doing so, but he did not heed the warning; he proceeded to take down the coal by knocking out the first sprag, the coal fell suddenly, catching him between the coal and the building, breaking three of his ribs and dislocating his hip; he died on the 20th, six days after receiving the injuries. He leaves a widow.
 
PETERS
June 28, 18872 , Joseph Peters, aged 42 years, married, was killed by falling rock in mine entry at Streator, [LaSalle County]. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
PHILLIPS
September 1, 190821, Fred Phillips, of Streator, laborer, aged 45 years, married, was seriously injured at the C., W. & V. Coal Company's No. 2 mine, Streator, LaSalle county. Deceased was attending to the coal washer when in some manner his foot was caught in the conveyor drawing him in, inflicting injuries from which he died September 10th. He leaves a widow.
 
PIKULA
August 28, 190821, Frank Pikula, roadman, aged 31 years, married, was found dead in the Oglesby Coal Company's mine, Oglesby, La Salle county. Deceased was working nights and had unloaded a car of rock; the night boss passing that way saw him sitting near the car and thought he was asleep. He was taken home and physician called who pronounced him dead. He died of apoplexy. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
PIRRI
October 21, 193143, Domenic Pirri, miner, of Ladd, age 52 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Union Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
PLASKO
September 1, 190518. George Plasko, of Streator, miner, aged 39 years, married, was seriously injured by falling rock in the No. 2 mine of the C. W. & V. Coal Co.. Streator, LaSalle county. Deceased was removed to the hospital where he died October 14. He leaves a widow.
 
PRATT
August 24, 193037, James Pratt, of Peoria, trapper, age 65 years, single, was killed by a pit car in Crescent Mining Company's No. 1 mine.
 
PRONDROLE
November 17, 191023, Abroma Prondrole, of Lowell, miner, single, age 36 years, was killed instantly at the face of his working place by a fall of rock in the Brooker Bros, mine, Lowell, LaSalle county.
 
PUGH
February 1, 193446, Able Pugh, of Streator, miner, age 63 years, married, was killed in Ward & Pugh's Strip mine, by a slide of earth and slate. He leaves a widow.
 
PUKTERNAWITCH
December 30, 190518. John Pulternawitch, of LaSalle, miner, aged 45 years, married, was seriously injured by falling coal in the Rockwell mine of the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company, LaSalle, LaSalle county. Deceased was preparing to set some sprags in the coal when it fell on him breaking his back. He was removed to the hospital in LaSalle, where he died January 11, 1906. Deceased leaves a widow and four children.
 
PUTELL
October 25, 191326, Martin Purtell, of Cedar Point, driver, aged 19 years, single, was killed by pit cars in the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company's No. 5 mine, LaSalle, LaSalle County.
 

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REED
February 7, 1941 53, Thomas Reed, of LaSalle, loader, aged 52 years, married, was killed when coal from the face fell on him in Union Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
REITKO
September 26, 191730, Mike Reitko, of Streator, miner, age 35 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Spring Lake Coal Company's mine, Kangley, LaSalle County. Deceased and his partner were shoveling a fall of rock when loose rock on some timbers started to fall. They both ran but deceased fell and rock fell on him smothering him to death. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
REYNOLDS
May 26, 193042, Mike Reynolds, of Peru, cager, age 41 years, married, was struck by descending cage and instantly killed, in Illinois Zinc Company's mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
RICCHARDI
August 20, 193547, Peter Ricchardi, of Oglesby, miner, aged 73 years, widower, killed by fall of rock in Union mine of Union Coal Co., leaving no dependents.
 
RICH
April 4, 190213 , John Rich, of Streator, driver, age 19 years, single, was killed in the Acme Coal company's mine, Streator, LaSalle county. Deceased was coming out of a room with two loaded cars, and was standing on the coupling between the cars when his head was caught between a cross bar and the coal on the car, breaking his neck.
 
RICKETTS
October 28, 192734, Harvey I. Ricketts, of Bartonville, miner, age 45 years, married, was electrocuted by coming in contact with the trolley wire while passing between cars in Crescent Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
ROEBOCK
Juue 25, 190416, John Roebock, of Kangley, miner, aged 41 years, married, was severely burned by an explosion of powder in the Star Coal Co.'s No. 2 mine, Kangley, LaSalle county. Deceased was filling a cartridge, in raising up, he struck his head against the roof, knocking the lamp from his head, it fell in the keg of powder, causing the explosion; he was removed to the hospital in Streator, where he died of his injuries June 30. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
ROGERS
January 28, 192436, Andrew Rogers, of LaSalle, laborer, age 52 years, single, was killed in LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company's Union mine by a fall of rock.
 
ROSENKRANZ
October 9, 18935 , Henry Rosenkranz, of LaSalle, a timberman, aged 50 years, married, working in M. & H. Zinc Co.'s mine at LaSalle, received injuries by a fall of rock at the working face of the mine, that proved fatal soon after he was taken home. He left a widow and five children.
 
ROSSMAN
August 17, 190720, Adam Rossman, of LaSalle, miner, aged 52 years, married, was seriously injured in the La Salle County Carbon Coal Company's La Salle mine. La Salle county. Deceased was firing a shot at quitting time, but it failed to go off; after waiting a reasonable time he returned to the shot, relighted the squib, but before he could get out of the way the shot went off, knocking him against the building, severely bruising him. He was conveyed to his home, where he died twenty hours afterwards. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
November 4, 191326, W. H. Rossman, of LaSalle, miner, aged 18 years, single, was killed by falling rock in Matliiessen & Hegeler Zinc Company's mine, LaSalle, LaSalle County.
 
RYNN
September 5, 18968 , Peter Rynn, of Streator, mine owner, aged 45 years, was fatally injured by falling down the shaft which he was operating. He was at work in his room that morning and about 11 a. m. came out to the bottom of the shaft, intending to go to dinner. He climbed up the shaft, which is only 28 feet deep, and on reaching the tower or surface landing he had to pass over the northeast chamber of the shaft to get out by a door. It is supposed that when he was stepping over this chamber he missed his hold and fell back down the shaft. His body struck the cage, then in the bottom. His wife, thinking he was late in coming to dinner, sent their son to find what was detaining his father. On going to the shaft he found his father lying on the cage in the bottom. He secured help from an adjoining mine and the father was taken to the top and removed to his home near by. He recovered consciousness at intervals, and when asked how the accident occurred he said he fell down the shaft. He was injured seriously about the head, shoulders and back and died on Monday morning, two days after the accident. He leaves a widow and three grown children. In coming out from his working room he came past the escape slope, where he could have gone out much easier, but for some reason known only to himself he climbed up the shaft by the buntons.
 

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SANDERS
March 6, 193042, Fred Sanders, of Peru, miner, age 45 years, married, was killed in M & H Zinc Company's mine.
      Deceased was helping take out timbers from a worked-out section of the mine. He knocked a prop out with a sledge and a slab of slate, falling, caught him, killing him almost instantly. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
SAVAGE
September 5, 191932, Fred Savage, of Seneca, laborer, age 44 years, married, was killed in G and J Coal Company's mine, Seneca. Deceased had been doing some repair work on the cage at the top landing when he fell down the shaft. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
SAVILL
April 16, 192234, Lewis Brown, of Streator, top foreman, age 40 years, married, and William Savill, of Streator, mine manager, age 62 years, married, were killed in Acme Coal Company's mine, Streator, by being suffocated by fumes from a gasoline engine. Brown leaves a widow and one child and Savill leaves a widow.
 
SAVTZ
November 20, 190922, George Svatz, of Streator, miner, aged 35 years, married, was killed instantly by falling rock at the face of his working place in the Chicago, Wilmington & Vermilion Coal Company's No. 2 mine, Streator, La Salle county. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
SEDLOCK
March 1, 191022, Mike Sedlock, of Portland, miner, aged 45 years, married, was killed instantly by falling rock at the face of his working place in the Illinois Zinc Company's No. 1 mine, Deer Park, Illinois, La Salle county. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
SHASULIS
September 8, 191124, Stany Shasulis, of Oglesby, miner, aged 46 years, married, was killed instantly at the face of his working place by falling rock in the LaSalle County Carbon Co.'s No. 1 mine. Jonesville, LaSalle County. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
SHAW
July 21, 190821, John Shaw, of Streator, miner, aged 65 years, married, was killed instantly by falling rock at the face of his working place in the Acme Coal Company's mine, Streator, La Salle county; he leaves a widow and seven children.
 
SHEATOCK
February 23, 190719, John Sheatock, of LaSalle, miner, aged 32 years, married, was killed instantly by falling rock at the face of his work room in the Rockwell mine of the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company, LaSalle, LaSalle county. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
SHEPHARD
December 21, 18862 , William Shephard, aged 28 years, single, was killed by falling rock in mine at Streator, [LaSalle County].
 
SHINKUS
July 3, 192840, Anton Shinkus, of Spring Valley, miner, age 40 years, married, was killed in LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company's Union mine. Deceased had lighted a shot in his room, and hearing reports from shots which had been lighted in nearby rooms, thought his shot had exploded. He returned to his room just as the shot went off. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
SHORT
April 15, 193542, Walter Robinson Short, of Peoria, machine runner, aged 50 years, married, killed by fall of slate in Manhattan Coal Co. mine, leaving wife and three children.
 
SIDDONS
November 13, 18893 , Alfred Siddons, of Streator, driver, aged 19 years, single, was killed when he was ran over by a pit car.
 
SMITH
October 21, 190821, Albert Smith, of Kangley, miner, aged 46 years, married, was killed instantly by a fall of rock at the face of his working place in the Star Coal Company's No. 5 mine, Kangley, La Salle county. He leaves six children.
 
January 31, 18934 , Michael Davidson, of Streator, and Michael Halley, of Streator, both married, and Joseph Smith, of Streator, single, all miners, were instantly killed in Peter Ryan's mine at Streator, LaSalle county, by a falling rock; they had left their rooms, and were all sitting on the south entry eating dinner, when, without any warning, the rock came down, killing the three men. Smith's brother was near by and had a very narrow escape, although uninjured.
 
March 18, 190416. William Smith, of Streator, miner, aged 24 years, single, was killed instantly by a fall of rock, at the face of his working place in the No. 1 mine of the Chicago, Wilmington & Vermillion Coal Co., Heenanville, LaSalle county.
 
SOLSBY
April 9, 18903, Thomas Solsby, of Streator, driver, aged 34 years, married, was killed by falling rock at the face of the room. He leaves a widow.
 
SONAGGIERI
February 12, 192941, Attilio Sonaggieri, of Dalzell, miner, age 35 years, single, died from injuries received two weeks previous, in LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company's Union mine. Deceased had lit a shot and retired to a place he thought was safe and was eating lunch when the shot went off, a piece of coal striking him, causing death.
 
SPANGEIL
December 19, 18957 , Martin Spangeil, of Rutland, aged 28 years, employed as a cager by the Rutland Coal Company, was fatally injured by a descending cage. He had just signalled the loaded cage to the top and for some reason after waiting a little time, walked through the bottom under the descending cage, which pushed him down in the sump. After getting the cage raised off him, it was found he was seriously injured internally. He died four days after the accident, leaving a widow and two children.
 
SPITZMILLER
December 19, 190821, John Spitzmiller, of LaSalle, miner, aged 60 years, married, was killed instantly by a fall of rock at the face of his working place in the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company's mine, La Salle county. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
SPRINGBORN
February 7, 18851, John Springborn was killed by a fall of coal at No. 1 shaft of the Illinois Valley mines, [LaSalle County], Feb. 7. He neglected to put in sprags to keep the coal sate until he got it undermined. The result was the coal came over on him, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
St. CATHERINE
May 24, 193850, Louis Joseph St. Catherine, of Spring Valley, miner, aged 60 years, married, was killed by fall of rock in Union mine of the Union Coal Co. leaving widow.
 
SUSING
October 3, 18893, Matthew Susing, of Kangley, miner, aged 25 years, single, was killed by falling rock in room.
 
SVETINA
September 25, 191730, Anton Svetina, of LaSalle, laborer, age 29 years, married, employed in LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company's LaSalle mine, LaSalle, LaSalle County, was breaking up a fall of coal when a piece of rock fell from roof, killing him. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
SVODA
November 11, 18957, Matthew Svoda, of Kangley, aged 45 years, employed by the Star Coal Company in their No. 2, at Kangley, was instantly killed by a fall of slate and soapstone in his room at 12:15 p.m. The deceased and his son were taking out the pillars of rooms 38 and 39 in the twenty-second right entry, and at the time stated, had fired a blast in room 39. He went in just after the blast was fired to find out how the coal was loosened, when a fall of slate caught him and killed him. A slip or the dividing line between the black slate and soapstone was lying at an angle of 30 degrees, though the pillar props were set to the soapstone side of the slip, but none under the black slate, and when the blast was fired it removed the coal from under the slate. It is supposed he was looking for a pick when the fall caught him. Mike Clugha and Andrew Droviskie, who were the first to go there, stated that the deceased went back his room too soon after firing the blast. He left a widow and four children.
 
SWANSON
October 28, 18924 , Charles Swanson, of Streator, miner, a single man, employed in N. Plumb's mine at Streator, LaSalle county, was fatally injured about the body by a falling rock at the face of his room; he died from the injuries the following day.
 
SWERKOS
August 9, 192840, Joe Swerkos, of Standard, miner, age 53 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Illinois Zinc Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
SZAYEH
October 22, 18957, Michael Szayeh, of LaSalle, aged 65 years, married, employed by the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company, in their Rockwell mine, at LaSalle was killed. About 5 p. m. a cage load of men had just been signalled to be hoisted to the top. Just as the cage was slowly rising from the bottom, the deceased came running towards the cage on the opposite side from where the cager was standing at the signal, and throwing a pick he carried into an empty pit car, he rushed forward and attempted to get on the cage. A miner, Edward Timm, who was on the cage, called to him in his own language, to keep back that the cage was signalled away to the top, but he took no notice of the men calling to him, but made an effort to get on the cage, and as the cage at that time was raised about 12 inches from the bottom, his foot caught on the bottom of the cage, throwing him face forward into the cage. The cager at once gave the signal to stop the cage, which the engineer did, but was too late. The deceased was caught between the cage and shaft timbers and died one hour and forty minutes after the accident. He left a widow and five grown children.
 

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TANKA
July 30, 191427, John Tanka, of Oglesby, driver, age 31 years, married, was killed by pit cars in Oglesby Coal Company's mine, Oglesby, LaSalle County. Deceased was driving a trip and got off to force his team, and, in trying to get on again, slipped and fell in front of his car which ran over him. He was taken to the hospital at LaSalle, where he died two hours later. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
TOMASKO
December 15, 189911 , George Tomasko, of Streator, driver, aged 24 years, married, was instantly killed by a fall of rock in the Chicago, Wilmington & Vermilion Coal Co.'s No. 2 mine, Streator, LaSalle county. Deceased was hauling coal from a few rooms that were being worked nights; going into a room for a loaded car, he was in the act of hitching his mule to the car when a rock suddenly fell, striking him on the head, crushing his skull against the car door; one end of the rock was resting on the loaded car and the other on the ground. The men immediately took him out from underneath the rock, but he was dead. Deceased leaves a widow.
 
April 20, 18978 , John Tomasko, of Streator, aged 44 years, married, wife and two children, employed as a trimmer by the C, W. & V. Coal Company, in its No. 2 mine, near Streator, was seriously injured by a premature blast April 5,1897. He was engaged, along with his partner, tamping a shot which they had just put in the drill hole, and was on his knees, throwing the material with which they were tamping into the hole, while his partner was ramming it back on the charge of powder. The hole was pitching about 25 degrees, and Tomasko in stooping to get a handful of tamping material, brought his head just on a level with the bottom of the drill hole. His lamp was on his head, and only one or two rounds of tamping had been rammed back: his partner in ramming the first round of tamping had broken the cartridge of powder in the hole, and in withdrawing the tamping bar brought the powder with it. This was ignited by Tomasko's lamp, when the remainder of the charge exploded and injured him about the face, neck and hands. He was removed to the hospital, and in nine days recovered sufficiently to be walking around. He then insisted on going to his home, contrary to the doctor's orders, who told him not to leave the hospital for some time. He went to his home, however, and in thus exposing himself caught a severe cold and died of pneumonia. There is no doubt that he would have recovered if he had obeyed the doctor's instructions and remained in the hospital for another week.
 
TRUMPELLA
September 15, 192235, John S. Trumpella, of LaSalle, miner, age 46 years, married, died from injuries received from a fall of rock ten days previous in the M. & H. Zinc Company's mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 

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UDOT
January 9, 193446, Tony Udot, of Ottawa, miner, age 49 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in a local mine operated by himself. He leaves a widow.
 
UNDERKO
August 14, 190518. John Underko, of Streator, driver, aged 30 years, married, was severely injured by being crushed between two pit cars, in the No. 1 mine of the Chicago, Wilmington & Vermilion Coal Co., Streator, LaSalle county. He was removed to the hospital where he died the third day after the accident. He leaves a widow and three children.
 

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VALENTI
May 13, 191830, Jim Valenti, of Oglesby, miner, age 22 years, single, was killed instantly by a fall of rock in LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company's No. 1 mine, LaSalle, LaSalle County. Deceased was shoveling coal when the rock fell crushing his head and body. Not a sufficient number of props had been set for his own safety as the roof was slippery and bad.
 
VALLINO
April 13, 194153, Battisto Vallino, of Peru, loader, aged 63 years, single, died from the result of an infection from a cut hand, which happened on March 25, 1941 at the Union Coal Company's mine.
 
VENTURE / VENTURI
February 14, 190921, Joe Venture, of Oglesby, roadman, aged 40 years, married, was seriously injured by a runaway pit car on the main slope in the Illinois Zinc Company's mine, Deer Park, La Salle county. Deceased was taken to the hospital in La Salle, where he died six hours after the accident occurred. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
VERCEMAK
December 9, 190215, Michael Vercemak, of Streator, miner, aged 16 years, single, was instantly killed by a fall of coal at the face of his working place, in No. 2 mine of the C., W. & V. Coal company, Streator, LaSalle county. He was working with his father when the accident occurred.
 
VERETTA
January 22, 18945 , Joseph Veretta, of Kangley, miner, married, aged 56, was instantly killed by a fall of rock at the face of the workings in the Star Coal Co.'s No. 2 shaft, at Kangley, while drawing a pillar. The deceased had been cautioned by those working near him to be careful, as it was observed that the place was undergoing a squeeze. The room appeared to be good and strong, but the weakening of the pillar caused the roof to make a sudden burst, when a large stone fell on the unfortunate man with the result as stated. He left a widow and two children.
 
VETONA
September 8, 18946 , at Oglesby mine, John Vetona, of Oglesby, miner, aged 23 years and single, was instantly killed by a fall of rock at the face of his room. The accident was caused by a slip in the rock running parallel with the face of the coal and close up to it, and sloping upwards and back to a break about two feet from the face, thus relieving the stone, which to all appearance was safe. The rock fell on him just as he had entered his room to begin work in the morning. His place seemed to be well secured and propped, and the accident seems to have been unavoidable.
 
VITSIC
March 7, 191123, Gabriel Vitsic, of LaSalle, miner, aged 47 years, single, was killed instantly by a fall of rock at the face of his working place in the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Company's mine, LaSalle. Deceased was working alone at the time. It appears that he was in the act of setting a prop under the rock as two props and cap pieces and sledge were found under the rock.
 

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WAGGENER
January 15, 193446, Luther Waggener, of Ottawa, miner, age 25 years, married, was killed in the mine of A. C. Waggener Coal Co. by a fall of roof. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
WALLACE
July 12, 18935 , Walter Wallace, of Streator, 59 years of age, married, night roadman, was killed instantly by a large piece of rock falling on him, while at work in No. 2 mine of the Chicago, Wilmington & Vermilion Coal Company at Streator. The deceased was clearing away a portion of this rock which he had taken down, and was advised to take it all down before going under it. He failed to do so, and it fell and caught him. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
WARD
June 2, 18989 , Thomas Ward, of Streator, a miner, aged 43 years, was instantly killed while at work in No. 1 mine of the C., W, & V. Coal Co., at Heenanville, six miles south of Streator, LaSalle county. He was loading a car at the time when a great mass of rock came down on him. He was working alone and was very hard of hearing, and if the roof gave any warning he could not hear it. The evidence showed that deceased got an empty car about 2 p. m. He asked the men in the next room to give him a push in with the car. Mr. Arthur Goslin complied with his request, and stated that the room was well propped and there seemed to be no danger at that time. About ten minutes later they heard a fall, and going into the room, saw the rock down and gave the alarm. I found, on examining the rock, there was a slip running diagonally across the room from the right to the left side, and another one running nearly parallel with the room on the right rib at the thick end of the rock, and between those two slips the rock fell. Deceased leaves a widow and three children, all dependent.
 
WARGO
December 14, 18862 , John F. Wargo, of Streator, miner, aged 30 years, married, was killed by falling rock at the face of the entry. He leaves a widow.
 
WASHNEVAC
July 15, 18935 , Stanlass Washnevbac, of LaSalle, miner aged 38 years of age, married, was fatally injured by an empty mine car running over him in LaSalle mine of the LaSalle Co. Carbon Coal Co. at LaSalle. He was on his way from work in the Rockwell mine going towards the LaSalle shaft bottom on his way home; passing through a door, he with several others, observed a mule with an empty trip coming towards them; they waited to allow the trip to pass; when it reached them, the driver stopped to have the door opened, the deceased stepped between two of the cars, the mule starting up suddenly, he was caught and dragged under the cars and crushed internally so severely that he died the following day. He left a widow and three children.
 
WEDLOCK
January 22, 190112 , Richard Wedlock, of Rutland, miner, aged 50 years, single, was instantly killed by a fall of rock at the face of his room, in Mrs. E. Hake's mine at Rutland, LaSalle county. Deceased was shoveling coal out of the left hand side of his room when a rock which was relieved by a slip in the roof, running at right angles with the face of the coal between two breaks, fell on him causing his death. His room was insufficiently propped, although there were plenty of props at hand.
 
WEIR
October 7, 191730, William G. Francis, of Streator, mine manager, age 73 years, married, and Peter Weir, of Streator, laborer, age 34 years, married, were killed while employed by Heenanville Coal Company, Heenanville, LaSalle County. These men were taking down a sheet iron roof and walls from over the top of the escape shaft of Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's mine No. 3. They had taken out all of the rivets that held the roof to the walls and were working the roof off, when a brick wall, which had been held in place by the sheet iron walls, fell, resulting in the instant death of Weir, and of Francis in about 30 minutes. Francis leaves a widow, and Weir leaves a widow and two children.
 
WHITE
December 23, 194555, Samuel White, of LaSalle, driver, aged 55 years, married, died from injuries received on December 17, 1945, when he was ran over by a car in Union Coal Company's No. 1 Mine. He leaves a widow.
 

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YANKS
October 22, 192033, Herman Yanks, miner, age 54 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Matheissen and Hegeler Zinc Company's mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
YEARSLEY
October 18, 18924 , George Yearsley, of Oglesby, miner, a single man, employed in the Oglesby Coal Co.'s mine at Oglesby, LaSalle county, was instantly killed by a falling rock at the face of his room. The roof had taken a heavy break-through during the night and while making an examination in the morning before commencing work, the rock fell on him, breaking his neck.
 

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ZEPPNER
July 27, 190012 , Conrad Zeppner, of LaSalle, miner, aged 45 years, was instantly killed by a fall of coal at the face of his working room in the LaSalle County Carbon Coal Co's. No. 1 mine, LaSalle county. Deceased was undermining at the time and had mined, to break in the coal, about four feet deep; when the coal came over the sprags, crushing him under it. He leaves a widow and two children.
 

Sources :
1 Statistics of Coal In Illinois 1885 -- A Supplemental Report; State Bureau of Labor Statistics
                Reports of Mine Inspectors; For the Year Ended July1, 1885
                Springfield, ILL; H. W. Roker, State Printer and Binder, 1885

2 Statistics of Coal in Illinois, 1887
                A Supplemental Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics
                Springfield, ILL.; H. W. Rokker, State Printer and Binder, 1887

3 Sixth Biennial Report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics of Illinois, 1890
                Springfield, ILL.; H. W. Rokker, State Printer and Binder, 1891

4 Statistics of Coal In Illinois 1893
                Twelveth Annual Report - Springfield, ILL.; H. W. Rokker, State Printer and Binder, 1894

5 Statistics of Coal In Illinois 1894
                Thirteenth Annual Report - Springfield, ILL.; Ed. F. Hartman, State Printer, 1895

6 Statistics of Coal In Illinois 1895
                Fourteenth Annual Report - Springfield, ILL.; ED. F. Hartman, State Printer, 1896

7 Fifteenth Annual Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1896
                Springfield, ILL; Phillips Bros. State Printers, 1897

8 Sixteenth Annual Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1897
                Coal in Illinois - Springfield, ILL; Phillips Bros. State Printers, 1898

9 Seventeenth Annual Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1898
                Coal in Illinois - Springfield, ILL; Phillips Bros. State Printers, 1899

10 Eighteenth Annual Report Prepared by the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1899
                Springfield, ILL; Phillips Bros. State Printers, 1899

11 Nineteenth Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1900,
                also the Second Annual Report of the Illinois Free Employment Offices, for the Year Ended
                October 1, 1900, David Ross, Secretary; Springfield, -- Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1901

12 Twentieth Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1901
                also the Third Annual Report of the Illinois Free Employment Offices, for the Year Ended
                October 1, 1901, David Ross, Secretary; Springfield, -- Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1902

13 Twenty-first Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1902
                also the Fourth Annual Report of the Illinois Free Employment Offices, for the Year Ended
                October 1, 1902, David Ross, Secretary; Springfield, -- Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1903

14 Third Biennial Report, Bureau of Labor Statistics of Illinois, 1884
                Springfield, ILL; H. W. Roker, State Printer and Binder, 1884

15 Twenty-second Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1903
                also the Fifth Annual Report of the Illinois Free Employment Offices, for the Year Ended
                October 1, 1903, David Ross, Secretary; Springfield, -- Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1904

16 Twenty-third Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1904
                also the Sixth Annual Report of the Illinois Free Employment Offices, for the Year Ended
                October 1, 1904, David Ross, Secretary; Springfield, -- Springfield, Illinois State Journal, State Printers, 1905

17 Twenty-Fourth Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1905
                also the Seventh Annual Report of the Illinois Free Employment Offices, for the Year Ended
                September 30, 1905, David Ross, Secretary; Springfield,
                Springfield, Illinois State Journal, State Printers, 1906

18 Twenty-Fifth Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1906
                also the Eighth Annual Report of the Illinois Free Employment Offices, for the Year Ended
                September 30, 1906, David Ross, Secretary; Springfield,
                Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1907

19 Twenty-Sixth Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1907
                also the Ninth Annual Report of the Illinois Free Employment Offices, for the Year Ended
                September 30, 1907, David Ross, Secretary; Springfield,
                Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1908

20 Twenty-Seventh Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1908
                Springfield, Illinois; Illinois State Journal Co.. State Printers, 1909

21 Twenty-Eighth Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1909
                Springfield, Illinois; Illinois State Journal Co.. State Printers, 1910

22 Twenty-Ninth Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1910
                Springfield, Illinois; Illinois State Journal Co.. State Printers, 1911

23 Thirtieth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1911
                State Mining Board -- Springfield, Illinois; Illinois State Journal Co.. State Printers, 1912

24 Thirty-First Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1912
                State Mining Board -- Springfield, Illinois; Illinois State Journal Co.. State Printers, 1913

25 Thirty-Second Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1913
                State Mining Board -- Springfield, Illinois; Illinois State Journal Co.. State Printers, 1914

26 Thirty-Third Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1914
                State Mining Board -- Springfield, Illinois; Illinois State Journal Co.. State Printers, 1914

27 Thirty-Fourth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1915
                State Mining Board -- Illinois State Journal Co., State Printers, 1915

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

29 Twenty-Sixth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1917
                Department of Mines and Minerals; Year Ended June 30, 1917
                Printed by authority of the State of Illinois; Springfield: Illinois State Journal, State Printers, 1917

30 Thirty-Seventh Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1918
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Springfield, ILL.; Illinois State Journal Co., State Printers 1918

31 Thirty-Eighth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1919
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Springfield, ILL.; Illinois State Journal Co., State Printers 1919

32 Thirty-Ninth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1920
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Springfield, ILL.; Illinois State Journal Co., State Printers 1920

33 Fortieth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1921
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Phillips Bros. Print, Springfield, Illinois; 1921

34 Forty-First Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1922
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Illinois Printing Co., Danville, ILL., 1922

35 Forty-Second Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1923
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Illinois Printing Co., Danville, ILL., 1923

36 Forty-Third Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1924
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Illinois Printing Co., Danville, ILL., 1924

37 Forty-Fifth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1925
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Illinois State Journal Co., Springfield, Illinois., 1926

38 Forty-Sixth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1926
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Illinois Printing Co., Danville, ILL., 1927

39 Forty-Sixth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1927
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Illinois Printing Co., Danville, ILL., 1928

40 Forty-Seventh Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1928
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Illinois Printing Co., Danville, ILL., 1929

41 Forty-Eighth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1929
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Journal Printing Co., Springfield, ILL., 1930

42 Forty-Ninth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1930
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Illinois Printing Co., Danville, ILL., 1931

43 Fiftieth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1931
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Illinois Printing Co., Danville, ILL., 1932

44 Fifty-First Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1932
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Journal Printing Co., Springfield, ILL., 1933

45 Fifty-Second Coal Report of Illinois, 1933
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

46 Fifty -Third Coal Report of Illinois, 1934
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

47 Fifty -Fourth Coal Report of Illinois, 1935
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

48 Fifty -Fifth Coal Report of Illinois, 1936
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

49 Fifty -Sixth Coal Report of Illinois, 1937
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

50 Fifty -Seventh Coal Report of Illinois, 1938
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

51 Fifty -Eighth Coal Report of Illinois, 1939
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

52 Fifty -Ninth Coal Report of Illinois, 1940
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

53 Sixtieth Coal Report of Illinois, 1941
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

54 Sixty First Coal Report of Illinois, 1942
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

55Sixty Fourth Coal Report of Illinois, 1945
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Printed by authority of the State of Illinois


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