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Menard County, Illinois

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      Menard County is a county located in the central part of the state of Illinois.
            40.03° N, 89.80° W
Menard County was formed in 1839 out of Sangamon County, and named for Pierre Menard, the first lieutenant governor of Illinois.
 
      The population was 12,486 in 2000 and 12,705 in 2010.
 
      The county seat of Menard County, Illinois is Petersburg
 
      Some of the Cities, Towns, & Villages are :
Athens, Atterberry, Bobtown, Fancy Prairie, Greenview, Hubly, Oakford, Petersburg, Sweet Water, Tallula, Tice
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1885 Annual Coal Report 2
Menard County
      In this county there have been 7 mines in operation in the past year, and they have produced 139,120 tons of coal, from No. 5 seam, which averages 5 feet 6 inches in thickness.
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Coal Mines       Fatalities       Non-Fatal Casualties       Sources

 
Athens Coal Mines
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Athens No. 1 Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County, near Athens
Mine Name Operated By Years
Athens No. 1 Coal Mine   Athens Coal Company   1892 - 1891
This mine was on the Wabash Railroad, about ½ mile west of No. 2 Mine (Index # 2939)
[Source - No. 1]
1885 Annual Coal Report - Menard County 2
The Athens Coal Co.
      This company is operating a shaft 225 feet deep, at Athens, on the Wabash R. R. Ventilation in excess of the requirements of the law is maintained by a furnace at the bottom of the shaft. Doors have been placed on the entries instead of screens, and an effort has been made to turn the air around the working faces by the use of screens at the mouth of the rooms. The escape shaft being small and wet is now being enlarged and made dry. I required more effective safety catches to be put on the cages, which were ordered, and are doubtless now in use.
      James Eddy, Superintendent.
      James Pierson, Mine Manager.
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Athens No. 1 (also No.2) Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 17 North, 6 West, Section 1, SE NE NE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 200 feet, and an average coal seam of 5½ to 6¼ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Athens No. 2 Coal Mine   Athens Mining Company   1890 - 1910
Athens No. 2 Coal Mine   Not operated   1910 - 1915
Athens No. 2 Coal Mine   Athens Mining Company   1915 - 1916
Athens No. 1 Coal Mine   Athens-Dawson Fuel Company   1916 - 1917
Athens No. 2 Coal Mine   Athens-Dawson Coal Company   1917 - 1918
Athens No. 1 Coal Mine   Athens-Dawson Coal Company   1918 - 1919
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2939]
Last reported production was in June 1919
 
1903 Annual Coal Report 13
Powder Explosion at Athens.
      In company with Richard Newsam, president of the State Mining Board,G. R. Charlton, Menard county mine inspector, Thomas Hannah, former county mine inspector, with John Garrity, mine manager and Moses Cooper, mine examiner of the Athens Coal company's mine, I made an inspection of the mine, operated by the Athens Coal Mining company, in which six miners lost their lives on the morning of March 23, 1903, by an explosion of powder. Mr. Newsam and myself were the first to arrive at the face of the workings, where the men were killed.
 
      Our investigation there showed that six shots had been fired in the tenth south entry, also in a crosscut, which was being made between the ninth and tenth south entries; the latter from the tenth south entry side. Three shots had been fired in the tenth south entry and three in the cross-cut. One shot in the cross-cut had blown through into the ninth south entry.
 
      From the testimony given by Mr. Westton it was learned that this particular shot in the cross cut had been prepared on Friday, March 20, three days previous to the explosion; that he, Westton, had assisted Fred Impkey, one of the killed, to charge and tamp this shot, Friday night, and had left Impkey to fire it, and he supposed Impkey did fire it at that time. This shot in the cross cut had been drilled to within a few inches of being through into the ninth south entry; the length of the drill hole was 7½, feet; the shot did not blow the tamping, and enabled us to measure the length of the hole, which had contained powder, also to measure the length of the tamping, and make an estimate of the amount of powder which had been used in preparing this shot.
 
      As stated the drill hole was 7½ feet long; there was 16 inches of tamping left in the holes, this we drilled out, leaving 6 feet of the drill hole, which had been filled with blasting powder. Allowing that 1 cubic foot of powder will weigh 62.5 pounds, we would have contained in this drill hole, which was 6 feet in length and 2¾ inches in diameter, 14.2 pounds of blasting powder. Assuming the foregoing as a basis in estimating the amount of powder used in the five shots that were fired the morning of the explosion, we would have in "dead drill holes" alone 12½ feet. The cubical contents of these drill holes would be 825 cubic inches, and would contain 29 pounds of blasting powder.
 
      However, taking into consideration the length of the drill holes as measured, it was found that the drill holes on the left hand rib of the tenth south entry was 6½ feet long, and that the one on the right hand rib of the same entry was 7 feet long, while the one in the center of the rib showed 3½ feet of dead hole. The drill hole on the left hand rib of the cross-cut was 6½, feet long, and the one in the center 2½ feet dead. Therefore the conclusion is reached, after very careful measurements and calculations, that there must have been fully one and one-half kegs or 37 pounds of powder used and exploded in firing these five shots.
 
      In addition to the powder exploded in these shots, as described, a portion of a keg of powder had been left on the tenth south entry, about 70 feet from the face of the entry; this would increase the quantity to fully 50 pounds of powder exploded in the tenth south entry. This entry was only 7½ feet wide and 6 feet high; the cross cut was 6½ feet wide and 6 feet high. There was of course a lack of room for the rapid expansion and dissipation of the heat produced by the firing of these tight shots. The force of the powder was expended in creating velocity and the velocity thus created put in motion the smoke or carbonic oxide gas produced by the incomplete combustion of the powder, consequently carrying the flame a long distance, which, in this instance was from 500 to 600 feet. It was found that gas had settled in the ninth south entry, beyond the last cross cut, but none was found at any other place. In the last named entry there was very little indications of an explosion. In the tenth south entry was found every indication to justify the forming of an opinion that the explosion was caused by the shot fired in this entry.
March 23, 190313, Six miners were killed by the explosion:
Fred Impkey, Ed Corndorf , David Myers, August Neal, John Radquneski and James Patrick.
 
1903 Annual Coal Report 14
Installation of Electric Haulage Plants
      The plant of the Athens Coal Mining Co. consists of a 17 x 16 automatic McEwen engine, 190 H. P. at 250 revolutions, directly connected to a 125 K. W. Goodman multipolar generator, 250 volts, with a single marble switchboard correspondingly equipped to that furnished for the Clark Coal & Coke Co. with the exception of the units being 25 per cent greater capacity in the case of this plant. The plants of the two mines are of the same type.
      The haulage equipment consists of a ten-ton single motor locomotive, the same type as those installed at the Clark Co.'s mine. The gauge of track in the mine is 34 inches and the amount of haulage circuit is 4,000 feet. The company furnishes it own boiler plant.
 
1907 Annual Coal Report 18
Fires at Mines.
      The night of May 10, 1909, the engine and electric generator house, boiler room and fan house of the Athens Mining Company, Athens, No. 2 mine were destroyed by fire.
      The fire was discovered in the engine room by the night engineer on his return from wheeling coal to the boilers. How it originated no one seems to know.
      The loss is about $10,000.00.
 
1916 Annual Coal Report 24
New Mines -- Menard County -- Athens Coal Co., No. 2 mine (reopened)

Becker Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 18 North, 6 West, Section 14, SW SE NE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 122 feet, and an average coal seam of 5 to 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
      ?   William Denton   1899 plat map
  Note :       A shaft was shown on the 1899 plat. Production before 1922 is unknown. William Denton (Petersburg address) operated 1895 to 1903 and may be a percursor to Becker.
Becker Coal Mine   Peter Becker   1902 - 1916
[Source - No. 1, Index # 3501]
Last reported production was in 1928.

Black Diamond Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 18 North, 7 West, Section 13, SW NW SE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 80 feet, and an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Black Diamond Coal Mine   John W. Mallergren   1904 - 1906
      ?   Idle or reported
under a different name
  1906 - 1913
Black Diamond Coal Mine   John W. Mallergren   1913 - 1926
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2946]
Last reported production was in 1926.
It is not completely clear when the Mallergren Coal Company Black Diamond Mine, section 13, ceased operation and the Black Diamond Mine in section 25 (Index # 2948) was opened. The 1920 plat map shows J. W. Mallergren in section 13, and mine notes state the section 13 mine was operating in 1924. Therefore, the break in production in 1935 was used as the cutoff for the first Black Diamond Mine.
 
1913 Annual Coal Report 21
New Mines
The following mines wer not reported last year and are classed as new mines:
John W. Mallergren, Petersburg, Menard County.
 
1916 Annual Coal Report 24
Improvements
John W. Mallergren, Jr., Petersburg, Menard County, has built a new fan house and installed a fan and centrifugal pump. The pump and fan will be electrically driven.

Bryant & Walter Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County
Mine Name Operated By Years
Bryant & Walter Coal Mine   Bryant & Walter   1942
[Source - No. 1]

Chicago & Kansas City Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 18 North, 7 West, Section 22, NW NE NE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 155 feet, and an average coal seam of 5½ to 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Chicago & Kansas City Coal Mine   Chicago & Kansas City Coal Company   1893 - 1901
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4139]
Last reported production was in 1901
 
1893 Annual Coal Report 3
New Openings
The number of new openings in this district this year, compared with former years, is small. The most extensive opening, which at this writing, is prepared for shipping coal, is Chicago and Kansas City Coal Co., at Petersburg. The shaft is located on the C. & A. R. R., one mile southwest of town. A favorable seam of coal five and one-half feet in height was struck at a depth of 180 feet. The equipment of the mine, when completed, will rank among the best in the district. A pair of Litchfield Manufacturing Co.'s engines, 16 x 30 inches, direct acting, have been put in, with an eight-foot drum, and four cylindrical steam boilers. The foundations for the engines, boilers, towers, scales and engine-chutes are substantial and well laid, something that is very often overlooked when companies are erecting extensive equipments. The tower and frame-work is strong and well arranged for the handling of coal in large quantities. The hoisting shaft is properly sunk and of ample area, and the cribbing is strong and in line. The escape and air shaft is also sunk and well fitted up with a ventilating fan.
 
1895 Annual Coal Report 5
Labor Difficulties
April 10, 1895, at the Chicago & Kansas City Coal Company mine, situated at Petersburg, two men were discharged for loading dirty coal, after being warned by the superintendent not to do so. The miners came out on strike and remained out three days, and then proposed to return to work on the same terms as they came out on, without the two men being reinstated. As it was about the time for re-adjustment of the wage scale, the company made a proposition of 50 cents per ton over 1½ inch screen or $2 per day for blasters and $1.75 per day for loaders. The miners refused to accept, and remained idle for six weeks, when they returned to work at 40 cents per ton over 7-8-inch screen, and 50 cents over 1½-screen, engine or forked coal to be paid 50 cents gross, the company to employ such men as they wished to hire, and only sufficient to give reasonably steady work. Price of mining before the strike: 40 cents gross and 45 forked coal.

East View Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 19 North, 5 West, Section 19, NE NW SW
Underground Mine, at a depth of 122 feet, and an average coal seam of 5 to 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
East View Coal Mine   East View Coal Company   1914 - 1928
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2950]
Last reported production was in 1928
 
1915 Annual Coal Report 23
New Mines -- Menard County
The following are new or reopened mines: East View Coal Company, Greenview

Fergson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County
Mine Name Operated By Years
Fergson Coal Mine   Jess Fergson   1926
[Source - No. 1]

Golladay Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 17 North, 7 West, Section 6, NW NW NW SW
Underground Mine, at a depth of 104 to 150 feet, and an average coal seam of 5½ to 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Reding & Whitehurst Coal Mine   Reding & Whitehurst   1906 - 1907
Davis Coal Mine   Oscar Davis   1907 - 1909
Biggs Coal Mine   I. N. Biggs   1909 - 1913
Green & Boeker Coal Mine   Green & Boeker   1913- 1914
Golladay Coal Mine   Golladay Brothers   1914 - 1917
Golladay Coal Mine   Ed Golladay   1917 - 1920
[Source - No. 1, Index # 6387]
Last reported production was in 1920
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Golladay Coal Mine
Underground Mine, at a depth of 95 feet and an average coal seam of 5½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Golladay Coal Mine   E. Golladay   1910 - 1911
[Source - No. 1]

Greenview Coal Mines
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Greenview Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County -
Shaft (New) - Township 19 North, 6 West, Section 22, SE NW SE
Old Shaft - Township 19 North, 6 West, Section 27, NE NW NE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 100 to 110 feet and an average coal seam of 5.67 to 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Menard No. 2 Coal Mine   Menard Coal Company   1890 - 1893
Greenview Coal Mine   Greenview Coal & Mining Company   1895 - 1906
Greenview Coal Mine   Greenview Coal Company   1907 - 1914
[Source - No. 1, Index # 288]
Last reported production was in February 1914
 
1895 Annual Coal Report 5
Improvements
The Menard Coal Company, Greenview, Menard county, has constructed 2,000 feet of air-way on the south side of their mine, which has largely increased the volume of air circulating through their mine.
 
1900 Annual Coal Report 10
The Greenview Coal Company also lost about one month's work by being flooded with water, which came from a fall that occurred in the mine; the other mines in the county have produced about the usual quantity of coal.
Improvements
The Greenview Coal Mining Co., Greenview, Menard county, has put in an electric haulage system in its mine; at this mine the coal is all on one side of the shaft, and the haulage with mules was a slow process in getting the coal out. The roadways are over 5,000 feet in length, and have been relaid with 30 pound rails; a 10-ton motor is used, and makes a great improvement in handling the coal, over the old system with mules.
 
1907 Annual Coal Report 17
Abandoned Mines
The Greenview Coal Mining Company has abandoned its mine at Greenview, Menard county.
New Mines
The Greenview Coal Mining Company, Menard county, has put down a new shaft, one mile north of the old one.
 
1915 Annual Coal Report 23
Abandoned Mines -- Menard County
The following mines were not in operation this year and are temporarily closed or permanently abandoned:
Greenview Mining Co., Greenview.
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Greenview Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 19 North, 6 West, Section 36, SW NW NW
Underground Mine, at a depth of 178 feet.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Greenview Coal Mine   Greenview Mining Company   1925 - 1944
Greenview Coal Mine   Greenview Fuel Company   1944 - 1954
[Source - No. 1, Index # 531]
Last reported production was in February 1954

Hughes Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 19 North, 5 West, Section 31, SE SE SE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 165 to 180 feet, and an average coal seam of 5.17 to 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Deal & Parker Coal Mine   Deal & Parker   1881 - 1882
Sweetwater Coal Mine   Sweetwater Coal Company   1882 - 1884
Parkin Coal Mine   William Parkin   1884 - 1902
Wainwright Coal Mine   Arthur Wainwright   1902 - 1910
Hughes Coal Mine   Ed A. Hughes   1910 - 1912
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4157]
Last reported production was in 1912
1885 Annual Coal Report - Menard County 2
Sweet Water Mine
      This is a local supply shaft 170 feet deep, located at Sweet Water, three miles south of Greenview, and everything about it is in splendid order.
      Wm. Parker, Proprietor and Manager.
 
1913 Annual Coal Report 21
Abandoned Mines
There being no report for the following mines, they are classed as abandoned:
Ed Hughes, Sweet Water, Menard Coutny

Indian Creek Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 18 North, 6 West, Section 17, SW SE NW
Underground Mine, at a depth of 140 feet, and an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Indian Creek Coal Mine   Indian Creek Coal Company   1923- 1925
Indian Creek Coal Mine   W. F. Sewell & Jesse K. Bell   1925 - 1933
Indian Creek Coal Mine   Indian Creek Coal Company   1934- 1958
Indian Creek Coal Mine   Storey Coal Company   1958- 1959
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2942]
Last reported production was in March 1959

Johnson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 19 North, 5 West, Section 26, NE NE NE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 154 feet, and an average coal seam of 5.6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Johnson Coal Mine   C. F. Johnson   1903 - 1910
Johnson Coal Mine   Johnson Valley Coal Company   1911 - 1912
Johnson Coal Mine   Johnson Brothers Coal Company   1913
Johnson Coal Mine   Johnson Valley Coal Company   1914 - 1918
Johnson Coal Mine   Johnson Brothers Coal Company   1919 - 1921
Johnson Coal Mine   Johnson Valley Coal Company   1922 - 1934
Johnson Coal Mine   Johnson Brothers Coal Company   1935 - 1937
Johnson Coal Mine   Johnson Valley Coal Company   1938 - 1946
[Source - No. 1, Index # 612]
Last reported production was in 1946
 
1914 Annual Coal Report 22
Change of Name.
The following mines have changed names since last report:
Johnson Bros. Coal Company to Johnson Valley Coal Company.
 
1915 Annual Coal Report 23
Improvements
Johnson Valley Coal Company, Fancy Prairie, Menard County, has built a new tipple, retimbered the main shaft about 30 feet, installed new set of Fairbanks scales, and put in two new cages and sheave wheels.

Junction Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 18 North, 7 West, Section 11, NE SW SE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 65 - 100 feet, and an average coal seam of 5½ to 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Junction Coal Mine   J. C. Cabanis & Company   circa 1874 - 1883
Junction Coal Mine
   Petersburg No. 2 Coal Mine
  Petersburg Coal Company   1883 - 1885
Junction Coal Mine   Junction Coal Company   1885 - 1886
Junction Coal Mine   J. Wilkins & Company   1886 - 1889
Junction Coal Mine   A. E. Estill & Company   1889 - 1891
Junction Coal Mine   J. P. Gaffigan   1891 - 1893
Junction Coal Mine   J. P. Gaffigan Cooperative Coal Company   1893 - 1895
Junction Coal Mine   Petersburg Cooperative Coal Company   1895 - 1897
      ?   Idle   1898 - 1900
Junction Coal Mine   Junction Cooperative Coal Company   1900 - 1902
Junction Coal Mine   Valley Coal Company   1902 - 1903
Junction Coal Mine   Ensley Coal Company   1903 - 1904
Junction Coal Mine   Manchester Coal Company   1904 - 1908
Junction Coal Mine   Junction Coal Company   1908 - 1909
[Source - No. 1, Index # 3274]
Last reported production was in 1909
1885 Annual Coal Report - Menard County 2
The Petersburg Coal Co. No. 2 or Junction Shaft
      The buildings at this shaft were burned down on the night of April 27. The company had just completed several improvements, among them being 20 feet of new curbing at the top of the shaft. The new curbing being dry was readily consumed by the fire, allowing the shaft to cave in. It was first thought that the fire originated at the furnace below, but on going down the escape shaft to the furnace, nothing was found to confirm the belief. The furnace is located 60 feet from the shaft bottom, with 20 feet of brick arch extending from the furnace towards the air chamber. The mine was worked on the same principal as the foregoing, but was in better condition, owing to its being a newer mine. No effort has been made to rebuild.
 
Strikes
      The miners in the employ of the Petersburg Coal Co. struck on the 28th of April, because the company would not recognize a check-weighman appointed by the men at that time. The company claimed that the man chosen was not in their employ, and requested the men to select some one who was, which they refused to do until June 22 when they agreed to resume work, the objectionable check-weighman having left in the meantime. Before resuming operations the company presented a yearly contract of prices for signatures, which was signed without further delay. Time lost, 7 weeks. Number of men involved, 75.
 
1901 Annual Coal Report 11
New Mines
The Junction Mining Co., Petersburg, Menard county, has opened up the old "Junction" shaft at that place and expect to employ a good force of men in the near future.
 
1902 Annual Coal Report 12
Improvements
The Junction Co-operative Coal Company's shaft at Petersburg, Menard county, is now being operated by the Valley Coal Company. This company is retimbering the hoisting shaft, and placing a stairway in the escapement shaft.

Kent Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County
Mine Name Operated By Years
Kent Coal Mine   Art Kent   1941
[Source - No. 1]

Laning Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 17 North, 7 West Section 6, SW SE SW
Mine Name Operated By Years
Greene & Deal Coal Mine   Charles Greene & Deal   1873 -
Laning Coal Mine   C. B. Laning       ?
 Note :       C. B. Laning operated a mine 1881 - 1882 near Petersburg. Although the location for that mine is not known, the depth was reported as 65 feet, indicating that production is near Petersburg. Laning bought the Greene & Deal Mine after it went into bankruptcy, but the years of operation are not known.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 6385]

Menard No. 1 Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 19 North, 65 West, Section 23, NE SE NE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 100 to 104 feet, and an average coal seam of 5.67 to 5.83 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Greenview Coal Mine   Foster & Company   1880 - 1882
Greenview Coal Mine   Greenview Coal Company   1882 - 1890
 Note :       Greenview Coal Company and Menard Coal Company were separate companies, but the map shows the mine workings connected together underground. The map is dated shortly after the opening of Menard County Coal Company. Later Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (1909 and 1914) show the newer shaft closed, and the shaft in use was the older (eastern) shaft. The Menard County Coal Company may have expanded the older workings rather than expanding westward.
Menard Coal Mine   Menard County Coal Company   1886
Menard Coal Mine   Menard Coal Company   1888 - 1889
Menard Coal Mine   Menard County Coal Company   1889 - 1890
Menard Coal Mine No. 1   Menard Coal Company   1890 - 1892
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4207]
Last reported production was in 1892
1885 Annual Coal Report - Menard County 2
The Greenview Coal Co.
      This mine is located at Greenview on the C. & A. R. R., is 100 feet deep, and operated by a joint stock company with several miners interested. A fan 10 feet in diameter, of their own construction, has been substituted for the furnace, and is giving good results. They are now preparing to split the air. The escape shaft being small and very wet the company is preparing to sink another, which will, when completed, raise this mine to rank of first class.
      John Wadsworth, Superintendent and Mine Manager.

McDougal & Golden Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County
Underground Mine, at a depth of 76 feet, and an average coal seam of 5½ to 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
McDougal & Golden Coal Mine   McDougal & Golden   1884 - 1887
[Source - No. 1]
1885 Annual Coal Report - Menard County 2
McDougal and Golden Mine
      This is a shaft 73 feet deep, located east of Petersburg, supplying local trade. They have secured an escapement by building the furnace on the top of the furnace shaft. Guards have been placed around the pit opening.

Middletown Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 19 North, 4 West, Section 19, SW NW NE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 210 feet, and an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Middletown Coal Mine   Middletown Coal Company   1902 - 1911
[Source - No. 1, Index # 287]
Last reported production was in 1911

New Hilltop Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 18 North, 7 West, Section 14, SW NW SW
Underground Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
New Hilltop Coal Mine   Unknown   1914 - 1927
[Source - No. 1, Index # 6389]
Note :       Since the operating company is not known, coal production could not be tracked. The years of operation are from the survey dates on the source map. The 1920 plat showed the ownership of this parcel of land to br Effie Bradley. Production is know for Claudia Bradley (1922 - 1923 , shown below in "Unlocated Mines"), which may or may not go with this mine location.

Perkins Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 17 North, 6 West, Section 2, SW SE NE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 154 feet, and an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Perkins & Hughes Coal Mine   Perkins & Hughes   1920 - 1929
Perkins Coal Mine   H. A. Perkins   1930
Perkins & Hughes Coal Mine   Perkins & Hughes   1931
Perkins Coal Mine   Harry A. Perkins   1932 - 1936
Perkins Coal Mine   Perkins Coal Company   1937 - 1938
Perkins Coal Mine   Harry A. Perkins   1939
Perkins Coal Mine   Perkins Coal Company   1940 - 1941
Perkins Coal Mine   Joe Hopkins & Elmer Stone   1941 - 1942
Last reported production was in 1942
[Source - No. 1, Index 2940]
      It is possible that after John Frost, John Frost, Jr. and William T. Homer attempted to make an inspection of the mine in August of 1942 for leasing it to operate, and the death of William T. Homer, the owners of the coal just could not get any more leasees or buyers with it's condition and cost to make the mine safe for operations.
See : Obituaries of William T. Homer

Petersburg Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 18 North, 7 West, Section 1, NE SE SW
Underground Mine, at a depth of 65 to 99 feet with an average coal seam of 5 to 8 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Lanning Coal Mine   T. F. Lanning   circa 1870 - 1882
Petersburg No. 1 Coal Mine
(North Shaft)
  Petersburg Coal Company   1882 - 1888

Note :       The 1882 Coal Report indicated 15 acres were mined. The 1885 Coal Report indicated that the mine had been operation for about 15 years and the workings were very extended.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 4088]
Last reported production was in 1888
1885 Annual Coal Report - Menard County 2
The Petersburg Coal Co.
      This company has been operating two shafts. No. 1, or the north shaft, is located two miles northeast of Petersburg, on the C. & A. R. R., and is 65 feet deep. The workings of this mine are very extended, having been in operation fifteen years, and have been carried on for the most part by double entries, but the company is now driving single entries with brattice cloth for conducting air. The entries are driven 9 feet wide and are about 100 yards apart, running parallel, and are headed off, say, every 200 yards, by an entry at right angles connecting them. This mine is very difficult to work from having so many "horsebacks" and a poor roof, necessitating an unusual amount of heavy timber to keep the hauling roads safe. The air was split and was very poor on the west, but it has been improved. The split on the north was very good, as the - missing test - air direct from the escape shaft on its way to the furnace at the bottom of the shaft. The engine house at this mine burned down February 14, but was rebuilt and in operation again March 15.
      D. Stedder, Superintendent and Mine Manager.
 
Strikes
      The miners in the employ of the Petersburg Coal Co. struck on the 28th of April, because the company would not recognize a check-weighman appointed by the men at that time. The company claimed that the man chosen was not in their employ, and requested the men to select some one who was, which they refused to do until June 22 when they agreed to resume work, the objectionable check-weighman having left in the meantime. Before resuming operations the company presented a yearly contract of prices for signatures, which was signed without further delay. Time lost, 7 weeks. Number of men involved, 75.
 

Petersburg Coal Mining Company
1902 Annual Coal Report 12
New Mines
The Petersburg Coal Mining Co., Petersburg, Menard county, has sunk a shaft north of Petersburg but found no coal; this was abandoned and the company sunk another shaft one mile and a half south of Petersburg, at which place they found six feet of coal, with a good roof; both hoisting and escapement shafts have been completed. The air shaft is equipped with a 12-foot Brazil fan. Railroad side tracks are completed to the mine and the company is now shipping coal.
 

PIAMCO - Test Pits
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 18 North, 8 West, Section 12, SW SW SW
Surface Mining at a depth of 10 to 100 feet.
Pits were dug with a dragline to test highwall stability.
Mine Name Operated By Years
PIAMCO - Test Pits   PIAMCO   1969 - 1970
 
Test Pit  Township 18 North, 8 West, Section 12, SW SW SW
Test Pit  Township 18 North, 7 West, Section 19, NW NW NW
Test Pit  unknown
[Source - No. 1, Index # 896]
No reported production.

Pleasant Hill Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 18 North, 7 West, Section 11, SE NE SE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 144 feet, and an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Kingbiel Coal Mine   Kingbiel Coal Company   1918 - 1938
Pleasant Hill Coal Mine   Pleasant Hill Coal Company   1938 - 1942
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2945]
Last reported production was in 1942

South Mountain Coal Mine
1897 Annual Coal Report 7
New Mines
The South Mountain Coal Co., of Petersburg, has opened a new slope to replace its shaft which was drowned out last August. It is intended for a shipping mine, but has not yet made railroad connections.
 
1915 Annual Coal Report 23
Improvements
South Mountain Coal Company, Peterdburg, Menard County, has installed a new shaker screen.

South Valley Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 18 North, 7 West, Section 24, NW NW NW
Underground Mine, at a depth of 86 feet, and an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Fuelner Coal Mine   Wolf Fuelner   circa 1874 - 1882
South Valley Coal Mine   South Valley Coal Company   1882 - 1883
South Valley Coal Mine   J. C. Cabanis   1883 - 1889
South Valley Coal Mine   Cabanis & Axford   1889 - 1891
South Valley Coal Mine   J. A. Brahm   1891 - 1895
South Valley Coal Mine   South Valley Coal Company   1895 - 1896
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2913]
Last reported production was in 1896
1885 Annual Coal Report - Menard County 2
The South Valley Coal Co.
      This shaft is located at the southern extremity of Petersburg, on the line of the Wabash R. R., and is 68 feet deep. Only 29 men were employed in winter and 6 in summer, there being only two entries in progress. These were safe and well ventilated by a furnace at the top of the escape shaft, which is small and wet. The company was notified to enlarge and overhaul the ladders.
      J. C. Cabanis, Superintendent.
      Thomas Ackford, Mine Manager.

Tallula Coal Mines
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Tallula Coal Mine No. 1
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 17 North, 7 West, Section 5, SW SW SE
Mine Name Operated By Years
Tallula Coal Mine   Tallula Coal Company   1922 - 1925
Idle in 1924
Tallula Coal Mine   John Murrell   1925
Tallula Coal Mine   Murrell Brothers   1926 - 1927
Idle in 1927
Tallula Coal Mine   Tallula Coal Company   1928
Tallula Coal Mine   Xavier Heitzman   1929
Tallula Coal Mine   H. C. Broundt   1930
Tallula Coal Mine   Brandt & Walker   1931
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2941]
Last reported production was in 1928
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Tallula Coal Mine No. 1
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 17 North, 7 West, Section 6, NE SE SW
Underground Mine, at a depth of 179 to 185 feet and an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Tallula No. 1 Coal Mine   Tallula Coal Company   1888 - 1912
Tallula No. 1 Coal Mine   Menard County Coal Company   1913
Tallula No. 1 Coal Mine   Menard County Coal & Mining Company
  1914
[Source - No. 1, Index # 289]
Last reported production was in March 1914
 
1902 Annual Coal Report 12
Improvements
The Tallula Coal Company, Tallula, Menard county, has secured an increase in the quantity of air passing through its mine by changing the spiral casing around the ventilating fan.
 
1907 Annual Coal Report 19
The following mines have constructed new escapement shafts: Tallula Coal Co.
 
1913 Annual Coal Report 21
Change of Name -- Tallula Coal Co. to Menard County Coal Co.
 
1915 Annual Coal Report 23
Abandoned Mines -- Menard County
The following mines were not in operation this year and are temporarily closed or permanently abandoned:
Menard County Coal & Mining Co., Tallula.

Tebrugge Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 18 North, 8 West, Section 14, NE NE SE
Underground Mine, at a depth of 90 feet, and an average coal seam of 5.8 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Tebrugge Coal Mine   Tebrugge Brothers Coal Company   1923 - 1941
Tebrugge Coal Mine   Mac-Ray Coal Company   1941
Tebrugge Coal Mine   Tebrugge Brothers Coal Company   1942 - 1943
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2951]
Last reported production was in July 1943

Union Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 18 North, 6 West, Section 36
Underground Mine, at a depth of 203 feet, and an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wabash Coal Mine   Wabash Coal Company   1892 - 1896
Wabash Coal Mine No. 2   Wabash Coal Company   1896 - 1913
      ?   Abandoned   1914
      ?   Idle   1915 - 1919
Union Coal Mine No. 4   Union Fuel Coal Company   1920 - 1923
Last reported production was in 1923
Note :
      The mine map shows that the old works of the Athens-Dawson Mine (Source - No. 1, Index 2939) were encountered in the southern part of the eastern extensions of this mine.
[Source - No. 1, Index 34]
 
1902 Annual Coal Report 12
Improvements
The Wabash Coal Company, Athens, Menard county, is cleaning out the return air-way in its shaft, and expects thereby to secure a sufficient quantity of air. If this should fail the company will put in a new fan.
 
1915 Annual Coal Report 23
Abandoned Mines -- Menard County
The following mines were not in operation this year and are temporarily closed or permanently abandoned:
Wabash Coal Co., No. 2, Athens.

Wilbanks Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wilbanks Coal Mine   Wilbanks Coal Company   1940
[Source - No. 1]

Wilson & Son Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Menard County - Township 17 North, 8 West, Section 12
Underground Mine, at a depth of 1247 to 151 feet, and an average coal seam of 6 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wilson & Son Coal Mine   Forden Coal Company   1942 - 1955
Wilson & Son Coal Mine   Idle in 1944, 1945 & 1953
[Source - No. 1, Index # 6388]
Note :       Mine name taken from map.
Last reported production was in March 1955

Unlocated Mines
Operated By Years   Notes
Adolph Andree   1910 - 1912   80 feet depth - coal seam 6 - 6.17 feet.
  1913 Annual Coal Report 21
Change of Name -- Adolph Andree to Frank Loftin
Adolph Andree   1923 - 1925    
Peter Becker 1917 Annual Coal Report 25 -- Abandoned Mines -- Menard County
The following are abandoned or temporarily closed:
Peter Becker, Tallula, Menard County.
Claudia Bradley   1922 - 1923    
John Brown   1908 - 1909   80 feet depth - coal seam 5½ feet.
Arorati Capicchi   1922 - 1923    
William Denton   1895 - 1903   60 - 64 feet depth - coal seam 5½ - 6 feet.
John Goetz   1912 - 1914   108 - 110 feet depth - coal seam 4½ - 5½ feet.
James Golden   1887 - 1888    
George Green   1920 - 1921    
Levi Hohimer   1886 - 1894   69 - 85 feet depth - coal seam 5½ - 6 feet.
M. A. Hohimer   1897 - 1899    
Langford & Hughes   1894 - 1897    
C. B. Laning   1881 - 1882   65 feet depth - coal seam 6 feet.
  This mine may be associated with the Junction Mine (Index # 3274). The 1874 and 1889 plats showed Laning owned a parcel of land in SW SE 11-T18N-R7W. C. B. Laning also purchased a shaft near Tallula (Index # 6385), but the Tallula Mine was 200 feet deep, and this mine is 65 feet deep, indicating these tons were mined near Petersburg.
H. M. Leverim & Company   1903 - 1904    
Frank Loftin   1912 - 1913    
  1914 Annual Coal Report 22
Abandoned Mines -- Menard County. -- Frank Loftin, Petersburg.
Menard Coal Company   1942    
Mine D Company   1940 - 1941    
Charles O'Neill   1895 - 1903   80 feet depth - coal seam 6 feet.
Fred W. Otken   1926 - 1935    
Mrs. Mary Passini   1924 - 1932    
Possom Coal Company   1926    
Edward Price   1888 - 1889    
William Rice   1889 - 1891    
Skaggs & Hohimer   1914 - 1915    
Tallula Coal Company   1882 - 1883    
Tallula-Petersburg Coal Company   1883 - 1884    
Frank Wilkinson   1881 - 1882   99 - 186 feet depth - coal seam 6 feet.
John W. Williams   1929    
[Source - No. 1]

Menard County, Illinois
Coal Mine Fatalities
ALTIG
July 20, 194233, James Perry Altig, of Greenview, Mine Manager, aged 64 years, single, was killed in Greenview Coal Mining Co.,'s mine at Greenview, Menard County, when a car jumped track and hit him. He leaves one dependent.
 
BRYANT
October 29, 183932, Charles M. Bryant, of Athens, loading machine operator, aged 30 years, married, crushed between machine and rib in mine No. 57 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving wife and three children dependent.
 
BURGOYNE
September 11, 190011, John Burgoyne, of Greenview, motorman, aged 24 years, single, lost his life in the Greenview Coal Co.'s mine at Greenview, Menard county. Deceased left the bottom of the shaft in the morning with a trip of 28 empty cars; Carrol Miller was the trip-rider, and was on the back end of the trip; there were 10 kegs of blasting powder in the third car from the motor; when about 4,000 feet from the bottom of the shaft the powder exploded, suddenly stopping the trip; Miller, who was nearly 200 feet from the front, called to Burgoyne but got no answer; he then tried to get to the front end of the trip, but could not do so, on account of the smoke and heat; he then ran for assistance which came, but when Burgoyne was found he was dead. Evidence was produced at the inquest that there were no open or broken kegs of powder among those loaded into the car, and that the motorman's light was fully 20 feet from the car containing the powder. The accident occurred at a place on the roadway where there is an up-grade, and the full strength of the electric current is required to pull the trip. There is some conflict of opinion in regard to the cause of the explosion, however, I have ordered that no more powder be hauled in cars that are moved by electricity.
 
CAMPBELL
July 14, 191726, Silvanus Campbell, of Athens, cager, age 32 years, married, was killed in Cantrall Coal Company's mine, Cantrall, Sangamon County. Deceased had landed at bottom with empty car and pushed it off the cage. The cager then ran a loaded car on the cage but in some way it became stuck, and deceased got on the cage to push the load back when the cage was hoisted and he was caught between it and the shaft lining. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
CANTRALL
August 25, 191625, John Cantrall, of Athens, miner, age 30 years, single, was killed by falling coal in the Athens Coal Company's mine, Athens, Menard County. The body of deceased was found at the mouth of his room. A piece of slate weighing approximately 500 pounds had fallen off the rib, crushing him about the head and body.
 
CORNDORF
March 23, 190313, Six miners were killed by the explosion of "windy shots," in the mine of the Athens Coal company, Athens, Menard county, Ed Corndorf , of Athens, aged 35 years, married, leaves a widow and four children.
 
De WITT
December 10, 192729, Samuel De Witt, of Mason City, miner, age 17 years, single, was killed in Greenview Mining Company's mine. Deceased was working with his father as an apprentice, and was loading a car when caught by a fall of coal.
 
ENGLE
February 16, 18977, Frederic Engle, of Tallula, a miner, employed by the Tallula Coal Co., at it mine in Tallula, Menard county. The deceased was killed while working at the face of his entry by a fall of roof; he was 45 years old and leaves a widow and nine children six of whom are dependent.
 
FREW
January 8, 190414, John Frew, of Greenview, miner, aged 26 years, single, employed at the mine of the Greenview Coal Co., Greenview, Menard county, was killed while passing over the electric motor. He had finished his day's work and was on his way to the bottom of the shaft, and stopped for a while on the main entry parting until the motor had finished switching; by some means unknown his neck came in contact with the live wire and the shock killed him. The statement that electric generators having only 250 voltage will not kill is disproved by this fatal accident, which took place one and quarter miles from the generator, showing that at that distance where the voltage would be less than 250; the shock proved fatal.
 
FURMAN
August 29, 192227, James Haggert, of Springfield, miner, age 23 years, single, and Judson Furman, of Athens, miner, age not given, single, were killed in the Citizens Coal Mining Company's B mine, by a fall of slate. Haggert leaves his mother and Furman leaves his father and mother dependent.
 
GAVEIA
September 24, 190112, Ely Gaveia, of Petersburg, miner, aged 36 years, married, was killed in the Junction Co-operative Coal Co.'s mine at Petersburg; on the morning of the above date he was at work in his room loading a car when a large piece of slate at the face of the room from between two slips, fell with the result as stated. He had been notified by the man that examined his room to put up props, and it appears that he intended to do so after loading his car; the piece of slate that fell on him would weigh about 1,500 pounds. Burt O'Laughlin, a miner, working in the next place heard the fall, and went to the room when he found him under the slate; O'Laughlin secured assistance at once and removed the slate, but found that Gaveia was dead, his neck was broken. he leaves a widow.
 
GOODMAN
February 2, 18933, John Goodman, of Athens, employed by the Athens Coal Co. as cager, age 19, single. At quitting time on the above date there had been one loaded car too many sent up the shaft and for which there was no place to dump. The engineer was signaled to lower the loaded cage to the bottom again, and having an empty cage coming up the other side, lowered the loaded cage under a head of steam to assist the brake; when the loaded cage was within one foot of the bottom, Goodman pushed and his partner pulled the car off the cage before the engineer had time to throw off the steam; the consequence was the engines reversed and the cage going up caught Goodman at the door-head, injuring him so that he died a few minutes afterward.
 
GREGORY
October 1, 18945, Edward Gregory, of Athens, aged 21 years, married, was employed by the Athens Coal Company as a mule driver. The mule kicked him in the stomach and an operation became necessary, which resulted fatally. He died on October 7th, leaving a widow.
 
HASSE
November 23, 18989, -- Andrew Hasse, of Lincoln, a miner, age 48 years, employed in the mine of the Citizen's Coal Co., Lincoln, met death on the evening of Nov. 23, 1898, by the inhalation of carbonic oxide gas. At the regular shooting time deceased had fired a shot that had not sufficient amount of powder to blast the coal loose, and in mining parlance had "whistled through the needle hole," giving off very little smoke but a considerable amount of gas. In his haste to leave the mine with the other men he did not wait for the gas to be removed with the air, but went in to recharge the same hole. The evidence plainly showed that he understood the danger he was in, as he had retreated to the cross-cut for fresh air before he had completed his task of recharging. He hastened back once more and commenced to tamp the hole, when he felt his senses leaving him. He made a frantic effort to reach the cross-hole again when he got bewildered out of the right road, where he was found by the night boss at about 7 p. m. He left a widow and three children dependent.
 
HARMS
September 11, 192528, Heike Harms, of Petersburg, hoisting engineer, age 70 years, single, died from injuries received the day before, when he was drawn over the hoisting drum and thrown into the drum pit at Passini Coal Company's mine, Petersburg, Menard County.
 
HICKS
November 6, 18978, Franks Hicks, of Tallula, timberman, married, aged 38, employed by the Tallula Coal Company, Tallula, for nearly six years, and regarded as a very careful man, was killed. Deceased went into the back east entry off the first north in the morning, to put up a cross-bar near the face of the entry to catch a loose rock; he carefully examined and sounded the rock before he commenced to work at it. The entry-man, Nelson P. Osterberg, had put up a piece of 2 x 4 with a prop under the north end of it, for his personal safety. Hicks commenced to cut a hole on the south rib to put a bar alongside of the 2 x 4, when the roof suddenly gave way and fell, crushing him so badly that he expired at 5 p. m. The accident happened about 9:30 a. m.
    There was a large smooth slip commencing near the center of the road and extending to the north rib, just where the clod fell. The entry-man says he did not notice any slip before the roof fell. James Hutton worked in the adjoining entry and was the second man to reach deceased after the accident; his statements were corroborative of the above. The mass of clod which fell was about 15 inches thick, 6 feet wide and 7 feet long. Deceased leaves a widow and five children, two of whom are old enough to care for themselves.
HOMER
August 28, 1942, William T. Homer            Obituaries courtesy of John W. Manuel
Petersburg Observer
Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois
September 4, 1942
Front Page
W. T. HOMER Dead of "Damp" While on Mine Inspection Trip
      William T. HOMER, 59 years old, and employed as a miner in this community for many years, was overcome by blackdamp in the Perkins mine near Athens Thursday afternoon of last week. He entered the mine at 4 p.m. and his body was not recovered until seven hours later. He went to the mine with John Frost and his son John Jr., the three men intending to make an inspection of the mine with the intention of leasing it. The younger Frost was first lowered into shaft, but returned to the surface almost immediately, saying that he believed the mine to be dangerous because of gas. After Frost came up, HOMER insisted upon going down, even though the other two attempted to disuade him. They finally lowered him to the bottom of the shaft, after warning him that they thought it dangerous. When he failed to return to the foot of the shaft in 20 minutes, one of the two went for assistance.
 
      The rescue party reached the scene soon after being summoned, but it was several hours before the body was removed from the mine. The body was taken to the Mott Funeral Home in Athens where an inquest was held the following morning, and a verdict of accidental death was returned. Following the inquest, the remains were brought to the Satorius Funeral Home here and services were held at 2:30 Monday afternoon at Central Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. Grant Mason. Burial was in Oakland cemetery.
 
      Mr. HOMER was born in Wyoming, Ill. On Aug. 26, 1883, the son of Henry and Martha HOMER. He came to Petersburg when a young man and spent most of his life working in various mines in the community. Many years ago he lost his left arm in an accident, but continued to make his living as a miner despite the handicap. He was married on Dec. 6, 1916 to Mrs. Cora REAVIS, who survives. Surviving also are two brothers, John and Lambert HOMER of Springfield, and four sisters, Mrs. Carl TOOMS of Peoria, Mrs. Emma BROTLETTI and Mrs. Lawrence NEELY of Springfield and Mrs. George Davis of GREENVIEW.
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Illinois State Journal
Springfield, Illinois
Saturday, August 29, 1942
Page 3
[Submitted by Jeanie (Hale) LOWE
NOTE: Spellings are kept as in original newspapers.
Notice difference in birth dates and
in spelling of deceased sister's names.]
      OBIT: Find Petersburg Man Dead In Mine -- Wm. T. HOMER Believed Victim of Damps Petersburg, Aug. 28 - William T. HOMER, 59, of Petersburg, was found dead in the Perkins mine near Athens about 11 p.m. Thursday, apparently the victim of blackdamp. He entered the mine about 4 p.m.
 
      The body was removed to the Mott & Son funeral home in Athens where Dr. Irving Newcomer held an inquest Friday. Following the inquest the body was taken to Satorius funeral home in Petersburg.
 
      HOMER was born Aug. 25, 1883, in Wyoming, Ill., and came to Menard county when a child. He had worked in coal mines in this vicinity since he was 10 years old.
 
      Surviving are his wife, Cora; four sisters, Mrs. Pearl TOMMS, Peoria; Mrs. Emma BARLETT and Mrs. Lawrence NEELEY, both of Springfield; Mrs.George DAVIS, Greenview, and two brothers, Lambert and John, both of Springfield.
 
HUGHES
July 22, 18989, -- Charles Hughes, of Athens, aged 24 years, single, was killed in the mine of the Athens Coal Co., Athens, July 22, 1898, by a fall of slate. Deceased, at the time of the accident was employed as a loader, and had gone into the entry to work, when he observed that the track was too far back from the working face. He had taken his tools to lay the track and had just commenced when the roof fell on him, killing him instantly. The plae had been marked "dangerous" by the mine examiner, but it was very apparent that deceased had made no examination of the place before beginning work.
 
October 14, 190919, Hugh Hughes, of Sweetwater, aged 41, married, employed as a miner at a local mine, located at Sweetwater, operated by Mr. Wainwright. He was killed by a fall of rock in working place. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
IMPKEY
March 23, 190313, Six miners were killed by the explosion of "windy shots," in the mine of the Athens Coal company, Athens, Menard county, Fred Impkey, of Athens, aged 33 years, married, leaves a widow and one child.
 
JENNINGS
October 12, 190011, George Jennings, of Athens, driver, aged 21 years, married, was fatally injured on a trip of cars in the Wabash Coal Co.'s mine, Athens, Menard county. Deceased was driving a trip of four cars on the north side of the mine, his foot caught some way in the front end of the car on which he was riding, pulling him in front of the car. Charles Ensley and Andrew Maddison, two timbermen, were working at the place where the accident occurred; they saw the first car run over him; when they got him out from under the cars, it was found that he was hurt internally, he died about four hours afterwards. He leaves a widow.
 
JOHNSON
January 20, 191220, C. F. Johnson, of Irish Grove, owner of the Johnson Valley Coal Co.'s mine, Irish Grove, Menard County, aged 57 years, married, was working on top as eager; he attempted to walk over cover on top of shaft at upper landing to the other side of shaft, so that he could push a car off the cage. The cover gave way, causing him to fall down the shaft. When found he was dead. The deceased leaves a widow and six children.
 
November 25, 194435, Nils A. Johnson, of Greenview, Mine Examiner, aged 51 years, married, was killed by being electrocuted in Greenview Fuel Co.'s mine at Greenview. He leaves a widow.
 
January 6, 190313, William Johnson, helper, aged 31 years, married, while working with the timberman in the Wabash Coal company's mine, Athens, Menard county, was injured by falling slate. His injuries proved fatal, as he died Feb. 3. He leaves a widow.
 
May 30, 190515, William Johnson, of Greenview, miner, aged 27 years, single, employed at the mine of the Greenview Coal Co., Greenview, Menard county, was killed while riding on an electric motor, coming in contact with the wire. He had finished his day's work and was riding to the bottom of the shaft.
 
KOCHIN
February 1, 190515, John Kochin, of Tallula, miner, aged 28 years, single, was killed in the Tallula Coal Co.'s mine, Tallula, Menard county, by a fall of rock while working in his room. Deceased had been notified by both the mine manager and pit committee of the dangerous condition of the roof in his room, and had been advised to keep out until the timbermen had secured it. Kochin was an Austrian, and did not understand the English language nor comprehend the warnings given him.
 
LEWIS
January 18, 192729, James Edward Lewis, of Tallula, miner, age 45 years, was killed as a result of the explosion of an improperly prepared shot, in Fred Otken's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
LIMBURGER
August 23, 18956, John Limburger, of Petersburg, aged 50 years, miner, employed by the Chicago and Kansas City Coal Company at their mine in Petersburg. On the morning of the 23d of August, while being lowered into the mine, the engineer lost control of the engine, causing the cage to strike the bottom with such force his knee was dislocated and the bone of his foot broken. He was removed to Springfield, where he died September 30. He left a widow and three children.
 
MEYERS
December 12, 194636, George Meyers, of Tallula, miner, aged 56 years, married, was killed by a shot explosion in the Lloyd mine, Menard County. He leaves a widow.
 
MILLER
February 10, 194334, Fred Miller, of Athens, miner, aged 40 years, was injured by a fall of slate on February 9, 1943 in Greenview Mining Co.'s mine, Greenview, Menard County. He died the following day, leaving a widow and one dependent child.
 
October 13, 18934, Peter Miller, of Greenview, miner, aged 54 years, married, employed by the Menard Coal Company at Greenview, Menard county; the deceased had prepared a shot to be fired at noon time; at the proper time he put a light to the squib and went out of his room to await the discharge; it failed to go off as quickly as he expected, and instead of waiting he returned to his room, the shot went off and he was struck with flying coal, receiving serious injuries from which he died shortly after the explosion. He left a widow and six children.
 
MINGERHAUSEN
November 3, 189910, Oscar Mingerhausen, of Petersburg, a driver, aged 29 years, married, was fatally injured by being run over by a trip of cars in the Chicago and Kansas City Coal Co.'s mine, Petersburg, Menard county; he was coming out on the east side of the shaft with his trip of cars, when, from some unknown cause, he fell in front of the cars; at this place on the roadway the cars run on a light grade. A few minutes after the accident R. Snedden, superintendent of the mine, found him under the cars, he was calling for help. The superintendent had him taken from under the cars, and sent home, where he died in about six hours. Deceased leaves a widow and one child.
 
MITCHELSON
October 11, 190516, Dan Mitchelson, of Athens, shot firer, aged 50 years, married, was killed by flying coal from a shot at the Wabash Coal Co.'s mine No. 2, Athens. He was returning to relight a shot which was supposed to have gone out. When about 30 feet from the face it exploded, with its fatal effect. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
MYERS
March 23, 190313, Six miners were killed by the explosion of "windy shots," in the mine of the Athens Coal company, Athens, Menard county, David Myers, of Athens, aged 55 years, married, leaves a widow and four children.
 
NAYLOR
March 12 193831, Harry Naylor, of Sweetwater, driver, aged 41 years, married, killed by cars in mine of Greenview Mining Co., leaving widow and one child.
 
NEAL
March 23, 190313, Six miners were killed by the explosion of "windy shots," in the mine of the Athens Coal company, Athens, Menard county, August Neal, of Athens, aged 48 years, married, leaves a widow and four children.
 
NICHOS
July 19, 190919, Peter Nichos,of Tice, single, aged 38 years, employed as a miner in the People's Coal Company mine located at Tice. His back was injured by a fall of rock at his working place. He died the following day.
 
PANKO
June 3, 190515, William Panko, of Petersburg, miner, married, aged 60 years, and his son, William Panko, Jr., also of Petersburg, single, aged 21 years, were working in the mine of the South Mountain Coal Co., Petersburg, Menard county. Both were burned severely by an explosion of powder while filling a cartridge, a spark from a lamp igniting the powder caused the explosion. The father left a widow and three children.
 
PATRICK
March 23, 190313, Six miners were killed by the explosion of "windy shots," in the mine of the Athens Coal company, Athens, Menard county, James Patrick, of Athens, aged 25 years, single.
 
PRYOR
           Corrected information provide by Mike Pryor :
           Roy Pryor and he leaves a widow and six children
As shown in the records :
November 27, 193330, Ray Pryor, of Greenview, miner, age 55 years, married, was killed in Greenview Mining Company's mine by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
RADQUNESKI
March 23, 190313, Six miners were killed by the explosion of "windy shots," in the mine of the Athens Coal company, Athens, Menard county, John Radquneski, of Athens, aged 34 years, married, leaves a widow and three children.
 
ROWLEY
June 9, 18852, John Rowley, a married man, aged 21, fell down the shaft, a distance of 215 feet, at Athens, Menard county, on the 9th of June, and was instantly killed. He was engaged at noon in some repairs about the cage. There was no one present and it is not known how the accident occurred. The finding of the coroner's jury was accidental death. He leaves a young widow, having been married only two weeks.
 
SHANNON
February 20, 195837, Robert Shannon, of Springfield, motorman & cager, aged 60 years, married, was killed in the Wilcox & Verna mine, Menard County, when he was crushed in a hoisting shaft cage accident. He leaves a widow and a dependent mother.
      Mr. Robert Shannon, age 60, married, no dependent children, was killed at the Wilcox and Verna Coal Company, Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois, on February 20, 1958, at approximately 9:15 a.m. while caging rock and coal. Mr. Shannon was employed as a motorman and cager. He had three years experience at this mine.
      Mr. Shannon was caging rock on the north cage, and when rock is being dumped, the south cage stops 63 inches above the cage seats on the bottom. When dumping rock is completed, the engineer lowers the south cage onto the cage seats at the bottom on the same signals that is given to hoist the rock. The engineer did not receive any more signals from Mr. Shannon. He contacted Mr. John Verna, who was underground, and told him that something was wrong because Mr. Shannon had stopped caging coal. Mr. Verna went to the bottom immediately. He found Mr. Shannon under the south cage.

TWADDLE
July 29, 18978, Jonathon Twaddle, of Athens, a timberman, was killed in the mine of the Athens Coal Company, at Athens. Deceased and his assistant were engaged in timbering a bad piece of roof on the main entry, when a small piece of soapstone suddenly fell out, without warning, striking him in such a manner as to cause death. Deceased was 37 years of age and left a widow and one child dependent.
 
WHITEHURST
January 6, 191220, Mark Whitehurst, of Petersburg, miner, aged 53 years, married, was struck on the head by a piece of flying coal and instantly killed. Deceased was employed in the South Mountain Coal Co.'s mine, Petersburg, Menard County. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
WILCOX
November 3, 191322, Leonard Wilcox, of Athens, driver, aged 31 years, married, was killed in the Wabash Coal Company's mine, Athens, Menard County, by falling slate. He leaves a widow and three children.

Menard County, Illinois
Non-Fatal Casualties

July 1, 1923 - June 30, 1924 & July 1, 1925 - December 31, 1925
ALLISON, Charles age 40, Married with 6 children; 6 dependents, of Athens
21 Aug 1923 - Ribs broken, kicked by mule - Time lost - 54 days
 
JOHNSON, Andy age 71 years, Single, of Greenview
28 Feb 1924 - Ankle injured - Time lost - 30 days
 
MEIRV, John age 22 years, Single, of Petersburg
11 Oct 1923 - Foot and ankle injured, car ran over - Time lost - 156 days
 
SAWERS, Luther age 45 years, Married with 1 child, of Athens
11 Jan 1924 - Hand injured, on prop - Time lost - 30 days
 
STUAAN, Herman age 39 years, Married, of Petersburg
27 Feb 1924 - Finger injured - Time lost - 36 days

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

2 Statistics of Coal in Illinois, 1885
                A Supplemental Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics
                Springfield, ILL.; H. W. Rokker, State Printer and Binder, 1885

3 Statistics of Coal in Illinois, 1893
                A Supplemental Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics
                Springfield, ILL.; H. W. Rokker, State Printer and Binder, 1894

4 State Bureau of Labor Statistics, Coal In Illinois, 1894
                A Supplemental Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics
                Springfield, ILL.; Ed. F. Hartman, State Printer, 1895

5 State Bureau of Labor Statistics, Coal In Illinois, 1895
                A Supplemental Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics
                Springfield, ILL.; Ed. F. Hartman, State Printer, 1896

6 State Bureau of Labor Statistics, Coal In Illinois, 1896
                A Supplemental Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics
                Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1897

7 State Bureau of Labor Statistics, Coal In Illinois, 1897
                A Supplemental Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics
                Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1898

8 State Bureau of Labor Statistics, Coal In Illinois, 1898
                A Supplemental Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics
                Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1899

9 Eighteenth Annual Coal Report, Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1899
                A Supplemental Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics
                Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1909

10 Nineteenth Annual Coal Report, Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1900
                A Supplemental Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics
                Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1901

11 Twentieth Annual Coal Report, Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1901
                Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1902

12 Twenty-First Annual Coal Report, Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1902
                Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1903

13 Twenty-Second Annual Coal Report, Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1903
                Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1904

14 Twenty-Third Annual Coal Report, Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1904
                Springfield; Illinois State Journal Co., State Printers, 1905

15 Twenty-Fourth Annual Coal Report, Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1905
                Springfield; Illinois State Journal Co., State Printers, 1906

16 Twenty-Fifth Annual Coal Report, Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1906
                Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1907

17 Twenty-Sixth Annual Coal Report, Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1907
                Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1908

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

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

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

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

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

23 Thirty-Fourth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1915
                State Mining Board       Springfield, ILL.; Illinois State Journal Co., State Printers, 1915

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

25 Thirty-Sixth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1917
                Department of Mines and Minerals       Illinois State Journal Co., Springfield, Illinois, 1917

26 Thirty-Sixth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1918
                Department of Mines and Minerals       Illinois State Journal Co., Springfield, Illinois, 1918

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

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

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

30 Fifty-Second Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1933 -- Department of Mines and Minerals
31 Fifty -Seventh Coal Report of Illinois, 1938 -- Department of Mines and Minerals
32 Fifty -Eighth Coal Report of Illinois, 1939 -- Department of Mines and Minerals
33 Sixty First Coal Report of Illinois, 1942 -- Department of Mines and Minerals
34 Sixty Second Coal Report of Illinois, 1943 -- Department of Mines and Minerals
35 Sixty Third Coal Report of Illinois, 1944 -- Department of Mines and Minerals
36 Sixty-Fifth Coal Report of Illinois, 1946 -- Department of Mines and Minerals
37 Seventy-Seventh Coal Report of Illinois, 1958 -- Department of Mines and Minerals
 

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