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Mercer County, Illinois

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      Mercer County is a county located in the northern part of the state of Illinois.
            41.20° N, 88.90.74° W
As of 2000, the population was 16,957 and in 2010 the population was 16,434.
The county seat is Aledo, Illinois.
Mercer County organization was completed in 1835, after it had been formed from unorganized territory near Pike County on January 13, 1825; and it is named for Hugh Mercer, a physician and general during the American Revolutionary War.
      Mercer County has fifteen townships:
            Abington, Duncan, Eliza, Greene, Keithsburg, Mercer, Millersburg, New Boston, North Henderson, Ohio Grove, Perryton, Preemption, Richland Grove, Rivoli, Suez
      Some of the cities and towns and communities are :
            Aledo, Alexis, Boden, Burgess, Cable, Eliza, Gilchrist, Hamlet, Joy, Keithsburg, Mannon, Marston, Matherville, Millersburg, New Boston, New Windsor, North Henderson, Petersville, Preemption, Reynolds, Seaton, Shale City, Sherrard, Swedona, Viola, Wanlock, Windsor

Mercer County, Illinois
Coal Mine Fatalities

Spelling of names is as they are reported in the State of Illinois records.
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ADAMS
April 16, 19007, Joseph Adams, of Wanlock, miner, aged 34 years, single, was killed instantly by being struck with coal flying from a blast, in the Alden Coal Company's shaft, Wanlock, Mercer county. Deceased had lighted a blast on the right hand rib, in his working room, and retired to a cross-cut about eight yards back from the working face; he passed through the cross-cut into the adjoining room, then passed along this room, and when exactly opposite the prepared blast in his own room, it exploded; the pillar being thin, the coal was blown through, striking deceased, crushing his head and body, with result as stated. About one ton of coal was blown through the opening.
 
ADAMISNI
April 21, 19007, Andrew Adamisni, of Gilchrist, company man, aged 29 years, married, leaves a widow and two children in Anstro-Hungary, was severely crushed through the body by being caught between the cage and side of the shaft, in the Empire Coal Company's Shaft No. 3, Gilchrist, Mercer county. Deceased was working on the night shift, and had finished his work and was about to come up the shaft, it being about five o'clock in the morning. He gave the proper signal to come up and received the signal to get on the cage; he got on the cage and gave the signal to hoist. On leaving the bottom of the shaft he was conversing with a water bailer, and it is presumed that he leaned too far out of the cage and was caught by the side of the shaft and drawn between it and the cage; his head and shoulders were hanging down the shaft, and his legs and lower part of his body were on the cage. In this position he was drawn to the top of the shaft, and died about one hour after being released.
 

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BARDSLEY
May 17, 190714, Joseph Bardsley, of Sherrard, driver, aged 23 years, single, was severely crushed internally by being thrown in front of a trip of moving loaded pit cars in the Coal Valley Mining Company's mine No. 2, Sherrard, Mercer county. This accident occurred at the parting on the main north entry. Deceased was having some trouble with the mule. He was driving a vicious animal. He had hold of the lines when suddenly the mule gave a lunge with sufficient force to throw Bardsley across from the empty to the full track, where he fell in front of a rapidly moving trip of two loaded cars. Before these cars could be stopped the front one ran on to him, crushing him internally. He died from the injuries about one hour after the accident.
 
BELL
December 18, 18964. John Bell, of Wanlock, a miner, aged 34 years, single, was severely burned by exploding a part of a keg of powder in the Alden Coal Company's mine at Wanlock, Mercer county. Deceased and his partner were filling cartridges, and, probably through careless handling, exploded all the powder in the keg, burning them both. Bell very severely. It was thought at first that he had a fair chance for recovery, but he died of his injuries January 17, thirty days after the accident.
 

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CLINA
August 1, 190411, Benjamin Clina, of Wanlock, miner, aged seventeen years, single, was severely burned and bruised by an explosion of powder in the Alden Coal Company s mine, No. 4. located near Viola, Mercer county. Deceased was working in partnership with his grandfather. On the Saturday evening previous a blast had been prepared but missed fire, or failed to explode: the first act of the young man Monday morning following, was to commence drilling out the missed shot, using a common steel pointed churn drill. When the work had progressed far enough to reach the powder, the drill undoubtedly struck a piece of sulphur on the side of the drill hole: this generated a spark and an explosion as a matter of course followed, burning him severely on the face, breast and arms. The force of the explosion threw him ten or twelve feet across the room, breaking his leg and otherwise severely bruising him. He died, from the injuries received, twelve hours after the accident.
 
CONTULEY / KONTULEY
February 17, 19007, Michael Contuley, of Gilchrist, company man, aged 29 years, married, leaves a widow and four children in Austria, had his thigh broken, and received severe internal injuries by falling down the shaft, 100 feet, at the Empire Coal Company's mine. No. 1, Gilchrist, Mercer county. He died from the injuries sustained, eleven days after the accident. Deceased was employed on the night shift; part of his duty was to send hay down the shaft, with which to feed the mules in the mine. He was pushing a car load of hay onto the cage at the lower landing, but by some mistake, pushed the car into the shaft where there was no cage to receive it. As a matter of course, he followed it into and down the shaft, falling on top of the trussed hay at the bottom of the shaft; this broke the fall somewhat, and prevented his being killed instantly.
 
CURTIS
December 28, 190917, Charles H. Curtis, of Sherrard, miner, aged 35 years, married, had his back broken by falling coal, in the Coal Valley Mining Company's mine No. 2, located at Sherrard, Mercer county. Deceased had driven a cross cut from the room in which he was working to the room adjoining, a distance of about 20 feet, leaving a layer of top coal about six inches thick; while in the act of taking down this top coal a large slab of coal about thirteen feet long, five feet wide and six inches thick suddenly fell, crushing him to the floor of the mine. His back was broken, and he died from the injuries about two hours after being removed from the mine. He leaves a widow but no children in England.
 
June 30, 190310, Joseph B. Curtis, of Gilchrist, driver, aged 22 years, single, was severely crushed and had his back broken by being struck with loaded cars in the Empire Coal company's mine No. 3, Gilchrist, Mercer county. The deceased was coming out of the main north entry with a trip of four loaded cars, riding on the front end of the trip; he was seated on a triangular shaped seat made of heavy strap iron, which was attached to an iron brace-rod passing across the end of the pit-car; the rod suddenly broke, throwing him in front of the cars. An examination of the brace-rod showed that it had been welded at the point of fracture, and that the weld was faulty, and would reduce the transverse strength of the rod fully one half.
 

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EVANS
October 12, 18997, Isaac Evans, of Sherrard, miner, aged 53 years, married, leaves a widow and one grandchild dependent, was killed instantly by a fall of roof at the face of his working room, in the Coal Valley Mining Company's mine, No. 2, Sherrard, Mercer county. The rock that fell on deceased was about twenty feet long, nearly the width of the room, three and one-half feet wide, and nine inches thick at the thickest part, tapering to a feather edge at the outside. Deceased was in the act of wedging down some top-coal when the mass of rock fell; it broke close off at the coal face. A son of deceased was working with him at the time of the accident, and had his foot slightly injured by the same fall.
 

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GOBEN
October 13, 193125, Fred Goben, of Viola, miner, age 47 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Essley Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and eight children.
 
GOODEN
February 6, 19018, Frank Gooden, of Wanlock, miner, aged 30 years, married, leaves a widow and two children, was killed instantly by being struck on the head with coal flying from a blast in the Alden Coal company's mine No. 2, Wanlock, Mercer county. Deceased had prepared three blasts, two in an entry and one in a room that he was commencing to open off the entry; he had ignited the two shots in the entry, and his partner was trying to do the same with the blast behind him where the room was being opened; his partner failed to light the fuse, and Gooden, in passing out from the entry shots stopped to assist, but had not time to be certain that the fuse was lighted before they had to go to a place of safety, as a squib shot in the entry was likely to go off. They went to the room outside, when the two entry shots exploded, but the other did not explode. After waiting a short time, too short, they thought the fuse had not been lighted, deceased went back to light it, when about six feet from the shot the blast exploded, and coal flying therefrom struck Gooden on the head, crushing it in a tearful manner, with the result as stated.
 

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HAIGH
April 3, 19029, Thomas H. Haigh, of Sherrard, car trimmer, aged 26 years, leaves a widow, was severely crushed through the abdomen by being caught between two railroad cars at the Coal Valley Mining Company's shaft No. 2, located at Sherrard, Mercer county, and died from the injuries received four hours after the accident. Deceased was employed as a car trimmer at the above mine. A car was standing on the scale being loaded, an empty car was standing about two feet from the former, ready to go on the scale when the loaded one was removed. Deceased went up the track and brought a string of five or six empty cars down the gradient to be ready to put on the scale at the proper time. He stopped the string of empty cars (or thought he had) and went towards the scale. He was in the act of passing between the car on the scale and the empty car when the string of cars behind, which had not been properly secured, broke away and struck the empty car, crushing deceased between the draw-bars of the loaded car and the empty car, with the above result.
 
HELLSTROM
August 31, 190513. Frank Hellstrom, of Cable, miner, aged 42 years, married, was killed instantly by falling roof at the face of his working place in the Coal Valley Mining Company's shaft No. 2, Sherrard, Mercer county. Deceased was working alone in the mine and was in the act of mining out the heel of a shot when a large mass of the roof fell from between mud slips in the roof, crushing him through the body with the result as stated. The rock that fell on him would weigh about 1½ tons. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
HOOVER
May 9, 190714, William C. Hoover, of Gilchrist, driver, aged 23 years, single, was severely crushed internally by being caught under a trip of loaded pit cars in the Empire Coal Company's mine No. 3, Gilchrist, Mercer county. Deceased was coming down a grade in the eleventh east entry with two loaded pit cars, riding on the front of the car and tail chain, a rather dangerous custom. By some means unknown, as no one was near him at the time, he fell in front of the rapidly moving cars. His light was extinguished. Another driver, following down the grade with three loaded cars, not knowing of the accident, ran into the first trip, pushing the front car on top of the deceased. He was extricated as soon as possible and removed from the mine; medical aid was secured, but he died from the injuries three hours later.
 
HUTCHINS
April 23, 18985, William Hutchins, of Wanlock, a miner, aged 51 years, married, leaves a widow and three children, was severely burned by exploding loose powder in the Alden Coal Company's mine, at Wanlock, Mercer county. Deceased was in the act of charging a drill hole with loose powder, contrary to law and to the rules of the company. He was down on his knees in front of the drill hole, and had a keg containing several pounds of powder by his side. He was throwing loose powder into the drill hole and ramming it back with an iron scraper. In doing so a spark was generated by the scraper striking a small ledge of sulphur in the drill hole, which exploded the powder in the hole, and the flame therefrom exploded the powder in the keg, burning Hutchins as above described. He died seven hours after the accident.
 

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JOHNSON
August 25, 190816, Roy Johnson, of Sherrard, a miner, aged 18 years, single, was killed instantly by a fall of roof, at the face of his working place in the Coal Valley Mining Company's shaft No. 2, located at Sherrard, Mercer county. Deceased was employed as a miner and working in partnership with his father in the above mine. They were engaged in drawing entry pillars, when a large mass of roof that would weigh 5 or 6 tons suddenly fell, crushing deceased to the floor of the mine, killing him instantly.
 

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KILPATRICK
September 30, 191521 , Thomas Kilpatrick, of Matherville, miner, age 35 years, married, was killed in the Coal Valley Mining Company's No. 3 mine, Matherville, Mercer County, by a blast explosion. Deceased was drilling out a shot that had failed to explode, when, it is supposed the point of the drill passed through sulphur and ignited the powder. He leaves a widow and four children.
 

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LINK
January 17, 191621 , Axel E. Link, of Matherville, operator, age 43 years, married, fell down the shaft of the Link and Hagman mine, Matherville, Mercer County, and was instantly killed. Deceased was pushing an empty car to the cage, supposing it to be at the landing, when the car went down the shaft, he following it. He leaves a widow and nine children. This mine is now known as the Lee and Hagman mine.
 

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McARDLE
December 23, 18831, Henry McArdle, driver, aged 17 years, single; was killed by being caught between the top of the cage and the top landing, at Cable's shaft located at Cable, Mercer county. This accident happened about 15 minutes before 7 o'clock in the morning, while the miners were being lowered into the mine to commence work for the day. It has become a custom at this shaft to fasten the stops (on which the cage rests) back as soon as they are done hoisting coal at night, and the stops ae not let out again until coal hoisting commences again in the morning. This custom arises from from the fact that the miners go down the shaft at all times in the morning, and as no one is there but the night engineer, it is necessary to have the stops out to let the miners down. On the morning in question, the signal wire, which runs from the pit-head to the engine room, broke, and the pit-head man told the miners"not to get on the cage until the signal wire was connected." The break in the wire occurred in the engine room, close to the bell, just over the engineer's head. The pit-man went to the engine room to connect the wire, and the engineer left his engine, got a small step-ladder, and went to help him. Through some mistake, the mines waiting to descend thought that all was ready, and rushed on the cage. When about ten of them had got on, their combined weight overcame the weight of the empty cage at the bottom of the shaft, and they started down. McArdle was caught in the act of stepping on the cage, before the engineer could jump from the ladder and stop his engine. At first it was thought that McArdle was not seriously injured. He was taken home, and a surgeon called, but eh died about eight hours after the accident, from internal injuries.
 
McMAHON
February 18, 19018, Frank McMahon, of Gilchrist, miner, aged 54 years, married, leaves a widow and two minor children, was severely burned on arms and face with powder, and his body bruised by coal flying from a premature blast in the Empire Coal Company's mine No. 3, Gilchrist, Mercer county He died from the injuries three hours after the accident. Deceased was working in a room, assisted by his son, 15 years of age; he was in the act of charging a hole with loose powder, and probably pushing the powder back with an iron scraper; in doing so the scraper must have come in contact with pyrites of iron, sulphur in the drill hole, generating a spark which ignited the powder, causing it to explode, with the above results. About half a ton of coal was thrown off by the explosion. The son was quite severely injured by the same explosion.
 
MEHALL
September 29, 191521 , Mike Mehall, of Matherville, miner, age 56 years, married, was instantly killed by a fall of rock in No. 7 mine of the Alden Coal Company, Matherville, Mercer County. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
MOORE
June 28, 190512, A. B. Moore, of Wanlock, miner, aged 36 years, married was killed instantly by being struck on the head with coal flying from a blast, in the Alden Coal Co.'s mine No. 2, Wanlock, Mercer county. Deceased, with his partner, was driving an entry north, coming towards them from the south was a room, to be used as an air course, when connection was made These places had come so close together that the mine manager, fearing that one or the other might blow through, had given orders to the miner driving south not to fire his shots, but leave them ready, and company men would fire them after quitting time. The last name miner disregarded and agreed with deceased to to give him due notice before lighting his shot, the intervening coal had become so thin that they could talk to each other. Both parties prepared their shots the miner driving south gave the usual signal that he was going to light his shot, and did so. The flame from his shot evidently exploded the powder in the hole coming from the opposite direction, tearing off the heel of the shot in the entry, and coal flying therefrom, struck deceased. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MURPHY
January 18, 19018, Robert Murphy, of Wanlock, miner, aged 25 years, single, was severely injured by being struck on the head with loose coal flying from a blast, in the Alden Coal Company's, mine No. 2, located at Wanlock, Mercer county, and died from the injuries received 11 hours after the accident. Deceased was opening a room on the 11th west entry in the above mine, the room was driven in about 15 feet from the entry; he had fired one blast and went into the room to fire a second; the supposition is, that the squib was defective, as the blast exploded before he could reach a place of safety only 15 feet away; the coal flying from the blast struck him on the back of the head and shoulders, with above result.
 

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NELSON
October 18, 19019, John Nelson, of Cable, miner, aged 42 years, married, leaves a widow and six children, had his head crushed by a fall of roof in his working place, while drawing pillars, in the Coal Valley Mining Co.'s shaft No. 1, located at Cable, Mercer county, and died from the result 21 hours after the accident. Deceased and his partner were drawing the main entry pillar in the mine. They had fired a blast which had dislodged two or three props. They replaced one of the props, and were loading some loose coal before setting the others, when a piece of the roof about 4 feet long, 2½ feet wide and 5 inches thick suddenly fell, striking deceased with above result.
 
NOBLE
August 23, 18986, William Noble, of Wanlock, acting as trapper, aged 20 years, single, was killed by having his head crushed between the trap door and door post in the Alden Coal Company's mine at Wanlock, Mercer county. The driver was up the entry, at the bottom of which the trap door was located, gathering a trip; he had left a loaded car standing at a switch and gone into the room to pull out another one; while the driver was gone, the loaded car that had been left started down the slight grade. Noble heard it coming, and supposing it to be the driver, opened the door just sufficient to put his head through, for the purpose, it is supposed, of telling the driver to hold up. The runaway came on, however, striking the slightly open door, and crushing the head of deceased between the door and door post. He died one and a half hours after the accident.
 

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OLSON
December 19, 19008, John E. Olson, of Sherrard, miner, aged 28 years, single, was killed instantly by a fall of roof at the face of his working room, in the Coal Valley Mining Company's shaft No. 2, Sherrard, Mercer county. Deceased and his partner both knew that the rock, which eventually fell, was dangerous, as they had been trying to wedge it down, but thinking the danger not immediate, deceased went under it to mine out a shot, when it suddenly fell, crushing his breast. The false rock or clod that fell was about 11 feet long, two and one-half feet wide at the widest part, tapering nearly to a point at each end, with an average thickness of about six inches, and would weigh about one ton.
 

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PETRIA
April 11, 18943, John F. Petria, of Cable, laborer, aged 47 years, married, employed on the night-shift in the mine of the Coal Valley Mining Company, at Cable, Mercer county. Deceased had taken supper with a number of other men about 11 o'clock p. m., April 10, he afterwards went to work in entry number 49 drilling a hole in the bottom clay; he was last seen alive shortly afterwards; when found by the foreman, between 3 and 4 o'clock a. m., April 11, he was beneath a clod that had fallen on him and was dead; the clod measured six by seven feet and was about seven inches thick near the center, from the central part it ran to a feather edge in either direction; the foreman at the inquest said he had told Petria to put a prop under the rock before beginning work, that it was dangerous, but he neglected to do so; the neglect was undoubtedly due to Inexperience, as he had only been working in the mine a short time, having been engaged in farming heretofore.
 

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RAISBECK
March 22, 191621 , Robert R. Raisbeck, Matherville, miner, age 24 years, single, employed in the No. 3 mine, Coal Valley Mining Company, Matherville, Mercer County, was killed by a shot explosion. Deceased had prepared two dynamite shots, intending to fire them at noon. About 12 o'clock he lighted one fuse and tried to light the other but thought he had failed. When the first shot exploded, he went back to light the second and while reaching for the fuse the shot exploded.
 
RANDOLL
July 3, 19019, Abraham Randoll, of Wanlock, miner, aged 59 years, married, leaves a widow in Virginia (family grown), was killed instantly by a fall of roof at the face of his working place, in the Alden Coal Co.'s mine No. 2, located at Wanlock, Mercer county. Deceased had wedged down some top coal and was in the act of throwing it back from the face when a large slab of roof, or "false roof," about 12 feet long, 5 feet wide and not more than 6 inches thick at the thickest part, suddenly fell, crushing him. His partner testified that they had sounded the roof a short time previous to the accident, and considered it safe.
 
ROMESBURG
March 1, 190512. Frank Romesburg, of Gilchrist, driver, aged 27 years, married, was severely crushed by falling in front of a trip of loaded pit cars, in the Empire Coal Co's. mine. No. 3, Gilchrist, Mercer county Deceased was coming out of the main north entry with a trip of six loaded pit cars, riding on the tail chain and draw-bar of the front car -- a customary but very dangerous proceeding -- when by some means he lest his footing and fell in front of the trip. One car passed over him, and he was found under the second one. He died twenty hours after the accident. He leaves a widow and one child.
 

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SASS
March 18, 191219, Charles Sass, of Mathersville, driver, aged 22 years, single, employed at the Coal Valley Mining Co.'s No. 3 mine, was killed. The exact cause of his death is not definitely known, but it is supposed he was kicked by a mule.
 
SALKELD
June 30, 18985, James Salkeld, of Sherrard, a miner, aged 31 years, married, leaves a widow and one child, was instantly killed by coal flying from a blast in shaft No. 2, operated by the Coal Valley Mining Company, at Sherrard, Mercer county Deceased had fired one shot, and went back to the face to fire a second one. He lighted the match and left the face, but when only about twenty feet away from the shot it exploded, and large pieces of coal flying therefrom struck him on the head killing him instantly.
 
SAMUELSON
July 13, 18986, Frank Samuelson, of Gilchrist, a miner, aged 16 years, single, was severely crushed by being caught under a fall of coal at the face of his working place in the Empire Coal company's mine, located at Gilchrist, Mercer county. Deceased was working with his father, drawing a pillar or "stump." He was in the act of shoveling loose coal from under some top coal that was hanging back, when about two tons fell off at a "water slip," striking the deceased, breaking his thigh and otherwise injuring him, from the effects of which he died before he could be removed from the mine.
 
SCOBY
July 27, 191824 , Ray Scoby, of Matherville, mine manager, age 49 years, married, was killed in No. 7 mine, Alden Coal Company, Matherville. Deceased had come out on the motor road to pick up a lamp which the trip rider had dropped on his way in. He waited for the trip to come out and, as it was passing, handed the trip rider his lamp. The corner of a car caught in his jacket pocket, threw him off his feet, and he fell under the wheel which crushed his head. He leaves a widow and three dependent children.
 
SIMPSON
October 2, 18964. Thomas Simpson, of Cable, a track-layer, aged 55 years, married, leaves a widow and three minor children, was killed by falling into the sump at the bottom of the shaft, and a loaded pit-car falling on top of him, in the Camp Creek Coal Co.'s mine at Cable, Mercer county. The sump in question is 5 or 6 feet deep, constructed to allow the working of self-dumping cages. Simpson was caging coal at the bottom of the shaft, was walking backward, pulling a loaded pit-car on to the cage, as he supposed. He mistook the down cage, walked backward into the sump, pulling the car after him. When taken out he was dead.
 
SMITH
December 8, 193125, Edward Smith, of Marseilles, fireman, age 49 years, married, was killed when engine blew up at Smith Bros.' mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
March 13, 19007, John C. Smith, of Sherrard, miner, aged 40 years, married, leaves a widow and six children, two of them old enough to work in the mine, was killed instantly by a fall of roof at his working place in the Coal Valley Mining Company's Shaft No. 2, Sherrard, Mercer county. Deceased had holed his working place into an abandoned room and was taking off the opening coal, when a false rock fell, killing him instantly. The rock was about six feet square, with an average thickness of eight inches. Smith was working alone at the time of the accident, and his body was not discovered until quitting time, in the evening, the miners working near him thinking he had gone to a new room he was to occupy on the following day.
 
STONE
January 26, 190512. Enoch Stone, of Sherrard, miner, aged 32 years, married, was killed instantly by a fall of roof, at the face of his working room, in the Coal Valley Mining Co's. shaft No. 2, Sherrard, Mercer county. Deceased was working alone in a room: shortly after 3 o'clock p. m., several miners working near by heard a heavy fall. but, assuming it was top coal, paid no attention to it. As none of those working near saw nor heard him for nearly half an hour, they went into his room to investigate, and found him under a heavy fall of roof, dead. The mass that fell was fifteen feet long and twelve feet wide, with an average thickness of three inches. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
February 12, 190916, William Stone, of Sherrard, a miner, and county mine inspector, aged 40 years, had his head crushed and skull fractured by a fall of roof, at the face of his working place while drawing a pillar in the Coal Valley Mining Company's shaft No. 2, located at Sherrard, Mercer county and died from the injuries received thirty minutes later. Deceased was employed as a miner in the above mine. He was working with his son, a young man less than 17 years of age, they were engaged in drawing a room pillar; deceased was in the act of working off a shot that had been fired the night previous, when a large mass of roof suddenly fell, crushing him underneath. He did not regain consciousness and died about 30 minutes after the accident. He was married, and leaves a widow and five children.
 
January 2, 193726, William Walter Stone, of Sherrard, aged 44 years, miner, single, died from injuries received on November 17, 1936 from a fall of rock in Rural Coal Mine. No dependents.
 

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WAHLGREN
April 3, 190411. August Wahlgren, company man. aged 64 years, married, died suddenly from natural causes in the Coal Valley Mining company's shaft No. 1, located at Cable. Mercer county. Deceased, with his partner, were engaged laying track and was in the act of drawing a spike with a spike-bar. Leaving the spike-bar he sat down at the side of the entry and died without making any complaint whatever to his partner, who was working near him at the time. Wahlgren had been suffering from heart trouble for some time previous, and that was given as the cause of his death. No inquest was held as the attending physician said it was a clear case of heart failure and that a post mortem examination was unnecessary.
 

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YEAGER
September 2, 18922. Ignatz Yeager, of Cable, employed as a water-bailer, age 72 years, a widower, was killed instantly by a fall of roof while in the act of dipping water from a sump at the face of a working room in the Coal Valley Mining Company's mine, at Cable, Mercer county.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

7 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

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 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

14 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22 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

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

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

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

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

27 Coal Mines in Illinois, Mercer County
                Illinois State Geological Survey, 615 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL. 61820

28 Statistics of Coal Production in Illinois, 1883,
                A Supplemental Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics,
                by John S Lord, Secretary; Springfield, ILL: H. W. Rokker, Printer and Binder; 1883

29 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

30 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

57 Sixty Second Coal Report of Illinois, 1943
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

58 Sixty Third Coal Report of Illinois, 1944
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

59Sixty Fourth Coal Report of Illinois, 1945
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

60 Sixty Fifth Coal Report of Illinois, 1946
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

61 Sixty Sixth Coal Report of Illinois, 1947
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Printed by authority of the State of Illinois


Mercer County, Illinois
Non-Fatal Casualties

July 1, 1923 - June 30, 1924 & July 1, 1925 - December 31, 1925
ADAMS, Thomas age 18 years, Married, of Matherville
7 Nov 1923 - Ankle broken - Time lost - 67 days
 
FRYE, William age 63 years, Married with 1 child; 2 dependents, of Matherville
4 Mar 1924 - Head injured - Time lost - 101 dyas
 
PRITCHARD, David age 27 years, Married with 1 child; 2 dependents, of Matherville
5 Sep 1923 - Ankle injured - Time lost - 61 days
 

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