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Monuments ~ Memorials ~ Markers

 

Monuments Listed :

Illinois - State Capitol
The Coal Miner
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
State Capitol grounds
 
No Photo The First Coal Mine in Illinois
Monument no longer exists
Jackson County, Illinois
 
Beckemeyer
Coal Miners Monument
Beckemeyer, Clinton County, Illinois
1947 Centralia Mine Disaster
 
Braidwood
Diamond Mine Disaster Historical Marker
Diamond, Grundy & Will Counties, Illinois
 
Cardiff
Coal Miners Memorial
Cardiff, Livingston County, Illinois
 
Cherry
Cherry Mine Disaster Memorial
Cherry, Bureau County, Illinois
 
Collinsville
Miners Institue
Collinsville, Madison County, Illinois
 
Du Quoin
Henry Arnold tombstone
erected by PMW of A
R. R. Du Quoin, Perry County, Illinois
 
Herrin
Southern Illinois Coal Miners Memorial
Herrin, Williamson County, Illinois
 
Marissa
Southern Illinois Coal Miners' Memorial
Marissa, St. Clair County, Illinois
 
Moweaqua
No Photo Moweaqua Coal Mine Museum
Moweaqua, Christian & Shelby Counties, Illinois
 
Mt. Olive
Coal Miners Monument
Mt. Olive, Macoupin County, Illinois
Union Miners Cemetery
Mother Jones Monument
Mt. Olive, Macoupin County, Illinois
Union Miners Cemetery
 
Panama
Coal Miners' Memorial Monument
Panama, Clinton County, Illinois
Union Cemetery
 
Sesser
Coal Miners Memorial
Sesser, Franklin County, Illinois
 
Springfield
Lewis, John L.
Grave
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
Oak Ridge Cemetery
 
Spring Valley
Mitchell, John
Historical Markers - 3 Locations
Spring Valley, Bureau County, Illinois
 
Taylorville
Coal Miners Monument
Taylorville, Christian County, Illinois
Bilyeu, George Franklin
Tombstone / Monument
Taylorville, Christian County, Illinois
Oak Hill Cemetery
 
Virden
Battle of Virden
1898 Coal Miners Riot
Virden, Macoupin County, Illinois
 
West Frankfort
Coal Miners Memorial
West Frankfort, Franklin County, Illinois
 
Ziegler
Miners Memorial
Ziegler, Franklin County, Illinois
 

See also : Disasters in Illinois Coal Mines

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Coal Miner Monument at Illinois State Capitol Coal Miner Monument Plaque at Illinois State Capitol
 
"The Coal Miner"
True -- He plays no grandstand role in life
but his importance is vital, great and just:
for without his toil in earth caverns deep,
civilization would soon crumble into the dust!
A. D. 1964          From his poem - Vachel Davis
 
This statue was dedicated
on October 16, 1964
The Sculptor was John Szaton
of Tinley Park, Illinois
Coal Miner Monument at Illinois State Capitol, side view
This monument is located on the east side of the grounds of the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois
Photographed September 29, 2012
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Coal Miners Monument
Taylorville, Christian County, Illinois
Located on the Court House grounds
coal Miner's Monument IN
MEMORY
AND HONOR OF
 
CHRISTIAN COUNTY
COAL MINERS

 
Donated by
William A. Stone
Taylorville
2004
coal Miner's Monument inset
Photographed July 11, 2010
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George Franklin BILYEU
Tombstone - Monument
Located in
Oak Hill Cemetery
820 South Cherokee
Taylorville, Christian County, Illinois

 
Cemetery & Tombstone
Tombstone Photo of G. F. Bilyeu   Photo of UMWofA Emblem
U M W Of A
8 Hours
       1898       
 
George Franklin BILYEU
Born January 6, 1854
Died October 12, 1898
 
Lost His Life Fighting For
Industrial Liberty At
Virden, Illinois
October 12, 1898
 
1926
Photographs courtesy of Jerry Tarvin
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Miners Memorial
Ziegler, Franklin County, Illinois
Located in the City Square - center of Business District
Miner's Memorial
Miner's Memorial Monument Miners Memorial
Of Ziegler
1974
Photographed October 12, 2012
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Miners Memorial
Sesser, Franklin County, Illinois
Miner's Memorial Park
Miner's Memorial Park Monument
Miner's Memorial Park sign Miner's Memorial Park sign on reverse
Miners Memorial Park Supporters of the Coal Miners Memorial
 
Rend Lake College
AFCE Local 2461 - MSHA
State of Illinois - DECA
City of Sesser
Miner's Memorial Park Monument
LEST WE FORGET
Dedicated To Area Miners
In Memory Of Lives Lost
While Mining
 
United Mine Workers Of America
 
Coal Mines listed on Monument
Freeman 3 - Local 9111
Freeman 6 - Local 1591
Inland / Consol - Local 1545
Keller Mine
Mason Mine
Old Ben 10
Old Ben 11
Old Ben 12
Old Ben 21 - Local 1124
Old Ben 24 - Local 1345
Old Ben 26 - Local 1487
Southern Gem
 
Photographed October 12, 2012
 
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Southern Illinois Coal Miners Memorial
Herrin, Williamson County, Illinois
Herrin's Southern Illinois Coal Miners Memorial 1
Herrin's Southern Illinois Coal Miners Memorial 2
Herrin's Southern Illinois Coal Miners Memorial 3 Herrin's Southern Illinois Coal Miners Memorial 4
Coal Miners Memorial
 
In Memory Of Coal Miners,
who gave so much that future
generations may benefit with a
better life . . . They labored, served
their country, sacrificed for their
families and some lost their lives. . .
We Honor and Salute them so
that they will never be forgotten.
                Dedicated October 14, 2000
Southern Illinois
Coal Miners Memorial

 
Committee
Robert A. Ferrari Mark McNeill
David Mattingly Gerald Wharton
Rex Piper Mary Lee Anderson
Ed Goodwin
Design Architechniques, Ltd.
Vic Ritter, Mayor
Photographed October 12, 2012
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Southern Illinois Coal Miners' Memorial
Marissa, St. Clair County, Illinois
Located in the City Park

 
Dedicated
To Coal Miners Of
Southern Illinois
 
August 12, 1990

 
Southern Illinois Coal Miners' Memorial, left side view
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Southern Illinois Coal Miners' Memorial, donor monument
Monument Erected By
1989 Coal Festival Committee
Local Unions
Area Coal Companies
Marissa Village
Marissa Township
Southern Illinois Coal Miners' Memorial, front
 
Southern Illinois Coal Miners' Memorial, back

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Southern Illinois Coal Miners' Memorial, right side view
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Inscription on Reverse
 
Papa Dug Coal From Deep In The Earth
To Earn A Living. He Dressed For Work
When Everyone Else Went To Bed. He Wore
Faded Demins And Steel-Toed Shoes And
He Walked A Mile To His Job At The Mine
Every Night - It Was Important Work
He Was Proud To Do It.
Photographed October 6, 2012
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1810
The First Coal Mine in Illinois
Jackson County Coal Mine
Boon Coal Mine
1810 - 1812
      It is considered as the first coal mined in Illinois occurred eight years before Illinois became a State. Located in what is now Jackson County, Illinois, Jackson County, which became a county in the Territory of Illinois in 1916, was formed out of Randolph County.
      William Boon ( Boone ) settled in this area near the junction of the Kincaid Creek and the Big Muddy River. In the bluffs along the Big Muddy River there were outcroppings of coal, which were excavated as early as 1910 or 1911. William Boon is known to have operated his flatboat making several trips to New Orleans, it is assumed that he operated the coal mine as a way to gather goods to sell on these trips. Mr. Boon served in the War of 1812, and this may have ended his coal mining efforts.
      The Illinois State Geological Survey (#7169) 1 lists this as a Drift mine, operated by William Boon, located in Jackson County, Illinois in Township 9 South, Range 2 West, Section 4, SE SE SE.
      At one time a historical marker marked this location; east of Murphysboro, Jackson County, Illinois, at the east end of the bridge over the Big Muddy River on the north side of Illinois Route 127.
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1883
Diamond Mine Disaster
Historical Marker

Diamond, Grundy & Will Counties, Illinois
Commemorating the miners who died in the February 16, 1883 Coal Mine collapse
 
Diamond Mine Memorial
Diamond Mine Memorial Monument Diamond Mine Memorial Plaque
Diamond Mine Memorial obverse Diamond Mine Memorial reverse
Sacred To the Memory Of Our
Deceased Brothers
Who Lost Their Lives
By the Flooding Of The
Diamond Mine
Feb. 16, 1883.
Erected By The
United Mine Workes
Of America
Sept. 5, 1898
The Diamond Mine Disaster
 
      The Diamond Mine of the Wilmington Coal Mining and
Manufacturing Company, located near Braidwood on the Grundy-
Will County line, was the site of a major mine disaster in
Illinois.
 
      The mine was on a marshy tract of land that had no
natural drainage. At midday on February 16, 1883, the east
side of the mine collapsed from the weight of melting snow,
ice, and heavy rains. an alarm was sounded, and miners
who were near the escapement shaft hurried to the surface.
The main passage to the shaft flooded rapidly, and the weight
of the water sealed the ventilation doors in the tunnels
Escape became impossible, and rescue attempts were futile.
 
      Other mines in the area suspended operations, and their,
workers helped build a dam on the site. for thirty-eight
days seven steam pumps removed water from the mine. Volun-
teers descended the shaft on March 25, and the first bodies
were recovered on March 26. The recovery effort was hampered
by accumulations of debris and gas as well as by falling rock.
Several days later the mine was sealed with the remaining
forty-six bodies entombed.
 
      Numerous men and boys died in the disaster; two were thir-
teen years of age, and two were fourteen. contributions for
families of the victims were received from across the United
States and totaled more than $ 42,000, including $ 10,000
appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly. In 1898 the
United Mine Workers Of America placed a monument at the site.

 
Erected by the Illinois Department of Transportation
and the Illinois State Historical Society, 1984
Diamond Mine Memorial Monument bricks Diamond Mine Memorial Monument brick Diamond Mine Memorial Monument brick
  Tended By
Harlan Thomas
2003   -   2010
Trevor McDaniel
Eagle Scout
2012 Project

The Diamond Mine Memorial Monument photographs courtesy of Nick Koba, Jr.


See : The report of the the Diamond Coal Mine Disaster from : Statistics of Coal Production in Illinois, 1883
 
Extract from : 1954 Compilation of the Reports of the Mining Industry2
      An impressive monument of gray marble is now at the location.
The Diamond Memorial Monument and Cemetery is situated two miles east of the main street of Coal City, and two and one-half miles northwest of Braidwood, on Illinois Route No. 113-S. It is under the supervisionof Local Union No. 1147, United Mine Workers of America, Braidwood. On the monument is inscribed:
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF OUR DECEASED BROTHERS WHO LOST
THEIR LIVES BY THE FLOODING OF THE DIAMOND MINE
- - - - -
Dedicated September 5th, 1898

      On the lower part of the marble is a plaque listing the names of the men and boys who lost their lives. Below the plaque is the inscription
IN COMMEMORATION OF THOSE WHO DIED IN THE
DIAMOND MINE DISASTER FEBRUARY 16, 1883
Dedicated by The Braidwood Home Coming Association
September 6, 1926

      The monument is well taken care of year after year by its donors. At the time of the disaster, the mine belonged to the Wilmington Coal Mining and Manufacturing Company.
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1898
Battle of Virden
1898
Coal Miners Riot

Virden Coal Monument Virden Coal Monument 2
Virden Coal Memorial mural
David Seagraves   2006
Virden Coal Memorial poster Virden Coal Memorial
Wanted !

175
GOOD COLORED MINERS
-- FOR --
VIRDEN, ILLINOIS

PAY   IN   FULL   EVERY   TWO   WEEKS
Pay 30c per Ton, Run of Mines
MINERS CAN MAKE FROM $2.75 TO $4.00 PER DAY
      Want 20 Skilled Drivers, $1.75 per day: 15
Good Top and Outside Laborers, $1.35 per Day: 15 Good Timber
Men, $1.75 per Day: 2 First Class Blacksmiths, $2.25 per Day
35 Experienced Miners With Families; 8 First Class Machine
Runners, $2 per Day. Want 10 Boys For Trappers, 75� per Day. Coal
is 7 To 8 Feet Thick. Twenty Cagers, $1.75 per Day. No Charges
For Blacksmithing.
      No Commissaries. Want Nothing But First
Class Miners. All Coal Weighed On Top.


Bring Your Tools Well Tied Up If You Wish To Carry Them

Will Leave Birmingham
Thursday Night At 8 O'Clock P.M., Sept 22.
Transportation will be Furnished and Ample Time Given You To
Pay The Same. For Information Call At
1905 Third Avenue,
Regular Work !                   Between 19th and 21st.

 

KILLED   OCTOBER 12
1898

William Harmon
 
Abraham Breneman
 
Frank Bilyeu
 
Ed Welsh
 
Joseph Gillerle
 
Ernest Kamerer
 
Ellis Smith
 
Ernest Long
 

Virden Coal Memorial patrons
 
BATTLE   0F   VIRDEN   MONUMENT   PATRONS
 
STATE OF ILLINOIS COAL OFFICE    UMWA DISTRICT 12    ILLINOIS AFL-CIO    CITY OF VIRDEN

 
JOHN E. HEIN
JOHN & SONDRA NARMONT
WAYNE & LIZ JOPLIN
JOHN & JEANNIE ALEXANDER
IN MEMORY OF STEPHEN &
LAURIEL NARMONT BY
JOHN & SONDRA NARMONT
  UMWA LOCAL 1613
UMWA LOCAL 1969
UNITED TRANSPOTATION FUND
SEIU LOCAL 73
SOUTHERN & CENTRAL
ILLINOIS LABORERS
DUPAGE COUNTY
BUILDING TRADES COUNCIL
  TRUSS SLATER / GARRETSON LUMBER
CALVERT & FERRY FUNERAL HOME
ROGER K. FLOWERS SR.
ATMOS ENERGY
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1898 - Commemorating the Coal Miners killed at the "Battle of Virden"
Coal Miners Monument
Mt. Olive, Macoupin County, Illinois
Located in the Union Miners Cemetery
Photo of Mt. Olive Coal Miners Monument
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1903
Coal Miners Memorial
Cardiff, Livingston County, Illinois

Coal Miners' Memorial
 
Coal Miners' Memorial Plaque
 
Cardiff, Illinois
The Village of Cardiff was built on this site in 1899, after the discovery of
underground coal deposits. A mine was sunk and a relatively large town developed
The town, originally known as North Campus, incorporated as the
Village of Cardiff in May 1900.
 
A series of mine explosions from March 12-16, 1903, killed nine mine workers, three men
remain entombed in the mine. A second mine was sunk to the west, and mining operations
resumed. More than 2,000 people lived in Cardiff at its peak. Cardiff had a church, a
school, two banks, two grain elevators, A semi-pro baseball team, a bottling plant,
railroad passenger service, a hotel, numerous saloons, and other businesses.
Prosperity continued for Cardiff until the high quality coal ran out and the Wabash
Railroad, the mine's biggest customer, refused to buy Cardiff coal. The mine closed in
1912.
 
A total of 18 men died in Mine accidents in Cardiff.
 
Almost as fast as the town developed, it disappeared, houses and other buildings were
dismantled or moved whole. Today the town of Cardiff is gone, yet remains a legally
incorporated village, two large hills of waste from the mine are monuments to the
people who lived, worked, and died here. Dozens of acres that had been homes, stores
yards, and streets have now gone back to farmland.
 
Sponsored by the
Herscher Area Historical Society and the
Illinois State Historical Society
August 2007
Cardiff Coal Mine plaques
In Honor Of Those Killed In The
March 12-16, 1903
Cardiff Mine Explosions
 
James Hewitt
John McClosky
James Barra
Anton Hassell
Anton Jeokoski
Ulysses Alderson
Arcie Wilson
James Hutchinson
Allen Michaels
In Hoinor Of Those Killed In The
Separate Mine Explosions
At Cardiff
 
Matthew Brown, 1899
Martin Cleanson, 1900
Richard Savage, 1901
Joseph Beltram, 1905
Frank Passacro, 1906
Charles White, 1908
Joseph Ficher, 1909
Adolph Monstrastello, 1909
Charles Vignery, 1910
Cardiff Coal Mine Slag pile
Cardiff Miners' Memorial photographs courtesy of Nick Koba, Jr.
 
See also : Cardiff Mine data and report about the 1903 explosions
 
See also : Livingston County, Illinois Coal Mine Fatalities
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1909
Cherry Mine Disaster
Cherry, Bureau County, Illinois
Cherry Coal Mine where 259 miners lost their lives in the November 13, 1909 Cherry Mine disaster
      A monument of gray granite is now over the location, at the southwest edge of Cherry, on Illinois Route 89. This Memorial Monument and Cemetery is posted under the name of the Holy Trinity Miners Church of Cherry, Illinois. The gray granite is inscribed:
 
TO THE MEMORY OF THE MINERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN
THE CHERRY MINE DISASTER
November 13, 1909
 
Erected by the U. M. W. of A. District No. 12, Illinois
November 13, 1911
Number Lost 256

 
Cherry Mine Disaster Memorial
Photograph of Cherry Mine Disaster Memorial Monument courtesy of Susan Otoole

 
      This cemetery was under the supervision of Local Union No. 2711, U. M. W. of A., Cherry, Illinois, until the year 1946. At that time it was taken over by the Honorable Father Anthony Whermann, pastor, of the Holy Trinity Church, Cherry, Illinois, who is the caretaker in person, and maintains the cemetery in excellent condition.
 
See also : Cherry Mine Disaster of November 13, 1909
 
See also : November 14, 2009 Ceremony
100th Year Re-Dedication and New Monument
Commemorating the Catastrophe
of the
The Cherry Mine Disaster of November 13, 1909
Cherry, Bureau County, Illinois - - - November 14 & 15, 2009
Cherry Monument 2009
Photograph courtesy of Valerie Kuehn
 
Dedicated To The
259 Coal Miners
Who Lost Their Lives
In the November 13, 1909
Mine Disaster At
Cherry, Illinois

 
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1915
Panama Mine Disaster
Panama, Clinton County, Illinois
Located in the Panama Union Cemetery
      Commemorating the 6 miners who lost their lives in a 1915 gas explosion in the Panama mine along with all the mines who died mining coal in this area.
Panama Coal Miners Memorial Monument
Inscription
"The public does not understand, and I think never will, that
almost spiritual fealty that exists between men who go down
into the dangers of the mine and work together. that fealty
of understanding and brotherhood that exists in our calling
to a more pronounced degree than in any other industry. The
public does not know that a man in a coal mine is
not afraid of anything except God. That he is not afraid of
injunctions, or politicians, or threats, or denunciations, or
verbal castigation, or slander, that he does not fear death."
 
John L. Lewis, Panama Union Local 1475 President 1910.
United Mine Workers of America President 1920 - 1960
  Reverse side
This Monument is dedicated by the cemetery
committee and its many volunteers to the
Coal Miners who lie in these hallowed grounds
Our thanks to the numerous organizations.
and to the citizens who opened their hearts
and graciously gave of themselves.
 
May these miners rest in Peace, for without
them there would be no village.
 
God's blessings be upon them, and on
everyone who helped to make this
monument a reality.
 
Dedicated May 25, 2003
Panama Union Cemetery
Both photos were photographed September 29, 2012
for additional information see :
Historical Society of Montgomery County Illinois
Tribute to a Mining Town -- Panama Illinois
http://history.montgomeryco.com/History/tabid/1138/ID/56/Tribute-to-a-Mining-Town-ndash-Panama-Illinois.aspx
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1918
Miner's Institute
204 West Main
Collinsville, Illinois
Miner's Institue Monument
Miner's Institue Building Miner's Institue sign Miner's Institue Building
Photographed July 20, 2013
The Miner's Institute Building was built in 1918 by the local coal mining unions, as a labor temple.
Website for The Miner's Institute Foundation : http://historicminersinstitute.org/
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1919
Mitchell, John
1870 - 1919
Historical Markers
Spring Valley, Bureau County, Illinois
President of the United Mine Workers of America from 1899 - 1908
Markers (same) in three locations
      The intersection of May Street and East Dakota Street, US Route 6, Spring Valley, Illinois
      The intersection of Strong Avenue and West Dakota Street, Spring Valley, Illinois
      The intersection of Caroline Street and County Spaulding Street Illinois Route 89, Spring Valley, Illinois
John Mitchell
1870 - 1919

Pioneer Resident of Spring
Valley, Achieved National
Prominence in the Settlement
of the Pennsylvania Anthracite
Miners Strike in 1902 With the
Co-Operation of President
Theodore Roosevelt
President of the United Mine
Workers, 1889 - 1908. Author of
Two Widely-Read Books on
Union Recognition. Often
Acclaimed As An Enlightened
And Fair Minded Labor Leader.

 
Erected By
Spring Valley Rotary and Lions Clubs.
And The
Illinois State Historical Society, 1966.
John Mitchell historical Marker
Photograph courtesy of Jim Alderson
 
      Link to: Spring Valley, Illinois - Spring Valley Coal Mines
      Link to: Spring Valley, Illinois - About John Mitchell in Spring Valley
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1932
Moweaqua Coal Mine Museum
Moweaqua, Christian & Shelby Counties, Illinois
Museum was opened in 1985 to commemorate the 1932 Moweaqua Coal Mine disaster, which killed 54 miners in an explosion.
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Erected in 1936
Mother Jones Monument
Mt. Olive, Macoupin County, Illinois
Located in the Union Miners Cemetery
Photo of Mother Jones Monument
photo of Mary Harris Jones   Mary Harris "Mother" Jones
A prominent American labor and community organizer.
Born in Cork, Ireland on August 1, 1837
Died on November 30, 1930 in Silver Spring, Maryland
Burial : Union Miners Cemetery, Mt. Olive, Macoupin Co., Illinois
October 1936 - Mother Jones Monument erected at Mt. Olive.
Mother Jones Monument dedication photo
Photograph Courtesy of : Nelson Grman & John Fritsche
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1937
Henry Arnold tombstoe by PMW of  A
Old Du Quoin Cemetery
R. R. Du Quoin, Perry County, Illinois
HENRY ARNOLD
MARTYR
PROGRESSIVE MINE WORKERS
OF AMERICA
Sept. 18,
1882
  April 7,
1933
Erected By P. M. W. of A.
Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois, April 7, 1933, Page 2
      Du Quoin, Ill. April 7. -- (UP) -- A progressive miner was shot to death and another critically wounded and a deputy sheriff was wounded in a gun battle today with Perry county deputy sheriffs who sought to arrest them for questioning in connection with the critical wounding of a 14-year-old daughter of a deputy sheriff.
      James Atess, 35, progressive mine union leader, was killed and his companion, Henry Arnold, 47, was critically wounded when they opened fire on four deputy sheriffs approaching Atess' home.
      The deputies went to the Atess home to arrest the mine leader. A woman told the officers that Atess was not at home. The officers turned to leave when one of the deputies saw Atess thru a window.
      Atess and Arnold, the officers said, opened fire when the deputies started back toward the house.
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1947
Coal Miners Monument
Beckemeyer, Clinton County, Illinois
Located in Miners Memorial Park
Beckemeyer Coal Miners' Park
 
Beckemeyer Joseph Koch Monument   Beckemeyer Coal Miners' Plaque
 
Centralia Coal Company
Mine No. 5 Disaster

      On March 25, 1947 A violent explosion
struck Centralia Coal Company Mine No. 5
located in Wamac, Illinois. By March 29, it
was confirmed that the explosion, combined
with the subsequent release of poisonous
gas, had taken the lives of 111 of the 142
men working in the mine at the time of
accident.
      This statue is dedicated to the memory
of Joseph Koch Sr. and the other
Beckemeyer miners who lost their lives in
the explosion.
Rodrigo Alvarez
Luther Frazier
Joseph Peiler
Anton Skrobul
  Andrew Farley
John Mazeka
John Placek
Alfred Stevens
Funds Provide By
Benedict J. Koch and Kathryn M. (Frereker) Koch

 
Beckemeyer Coal Miner Park donor Monument   Miners Memorial Park
Dedicated September 1997
 
In Appreciation To
Innovations In Art
Heartland Heights, NC.
 
Brentwood Castings
Belleville, IL.
 
William Nustedde
Belleville, IL.
 
Jerry's Nursey
Breese, IL.
 
Righter Construction Co.
Breese, IL.
 
Benedict Koch
Germantown, IL.
  Statue Design
 
 
Statue Fabrication
 
 
Site Design
 
 
Landscape Installation
 
 
Concrete Work
 
 
Project Co-ordinator
Photographed October 6, 2012
      Link to : Village of Bekemeyer Coal Miners Monument website
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1951
Coal Miners Memorial
West Frankfort, Franklin County, Illinois
Memorial dedicated to the 119 miners who died in the December 21, 1951 explosion at New Orient Mine No. 2
West Frankfort Coal Miners Memorial
West Frankfort Coal Miners Dedication monument Coal Miners Memorial
Dedicated Sept. 23, 1989
Committee
June Wujcik Bill Hayes
J. Scott Williams Noel Barker
Frank Savka Randy Mayhew
West Frankfort Coal Miners Dedication monument West Frankfort Coal Miners Dedication monument
"We can only hope and pray
that this monument will always serve
as as everlasting memorial to all
coal miners everywhere; those who work
and live, those who worked and died,
those who gave and sacrificed so much,
those who gave it all."
 
Saturday, September 23, 1989
"We lived by the mine whistles
Set our clocks by them
went to work by them
Mourned our dead by them"
                        Peter Simko
West Frankfort Coal Miners Dedication monument
"COAL MINER"
by June Wujcik Valenciano
 
In bygone days of carbide lights. . . lunch buckets, held in hand,
The "MINER" grabbed his pick and shovel and walked across the land.
Up to the shaft . . . where he went down into the Earth, below . . .
To blast and dig, and load . . . by hand, our precious resource, "COAL"
 
By hand, he loaded every ton. By tonnage, he was paid.
His calloused hands and body ached. He never knew his fate!
the methane gas and weakened shafts have caused some men to die.
Explosives . . . burst! The whistles curse, the families often to cry!
 
He paved the way for modern times and high technology,
Where men remove and load the "COAL", with great machinery.
The dangers still remain the same. For "YOU" the people pray!
"COAL MINER', WE SALUTE YOU, IN A VERY SPECIAL WAY.
 
"COAL" is found in many States and many different Counties.
The "MINER" works courageously to bring forth Earth's great bounty.
He made our Nation prosperous. "COAL" is our source of Power.
"COAL MINER", we'll remember that "YOU" risk your life each hour.
WE HONOR THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES WITHIN THE EARTH BELOW!
WE HONOR "YOU" WHO BLAST AND DIG AND LOAD OUR RESOURCE . . . "COAL".
West Frankfort Orient 2 West Frankfort Orient 2 monument
Photographed October 12, 2012
      Link to: City of West Frankfort - Coal Miners Memorial
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1969
Lewis, John L.
February 12, 1880 - June 11, 1969
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois - Oak Ridge Cemetery
John L. Lewis Grave plot
 
John L. Lewis Grave tombstone John L. Lewis Grave name tombstone
 
John L. Lewis grave memorial sign
JOHN LLEWLLYN LEWIS
Born in Lucas, Iowa 1880. Died
1969. American Labor Leader and
President of the United Mine
Workers of America From 1920 To
1960. John L. Lewis and the UMWA
Formed the Congress of Industrial
Organizations in 1938 and Organ-
ized Industrial Unions such As
the United Auto Workers and the
Untied Steel Workers of America.
Under Lewis's Leadership, and
After a Long Strike in 1946,
the UMWA Negotiated the Nation's
First Health and Retirement
Program for Workers.
Oak Ridge Cemetery - Block 22 Woodland - Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
John L. Lewis grave location
Photographed November 10, 2013
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Sources :
 
1 Coal Mines in Illinois, Jackson County
                Illinois State Geological Survey, 615 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL. 61820

2 A Compilation of the Reports of the Mining Industry of Illinois
                from the Earliest Records to 1954
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Printed by authority of the State of Illinois;
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