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ABBOTT
December 4, 194351, Ocie O. Abbott, of DuQuoin, machine helper, aged 56 years, married , died when rock fell on him in Union Colliery Company's Kathleen mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
ADAMS
January 22, 190920, Jackson Adams, of DuQuoin, top laborer, aged 34 years, married, in the employ of the Majestic Coal and Coke Company's mine at DuQuoin, Perry county, was caught between the draw bars of two railroad cars and injured so badly that he died in about two hours after the accident.
 
AKEN
August 21, 191426, Layman Aken, of Elkville, trip rider, age 20 years, single, was run over by pit cars and killed in the Majestic Coal & Coke Company's mine, Duquoin, Perry County. He leaves two dependents, father and mother.
 
ALABASTRO
September 24, 194351, James C. Alabastro, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 45 years, married, died from injuries received on September 7, 1941 when rock fell on him in Clarence McCormick's Halidaysboro mine. He leaves a widow.
 
ALEXANDER
June 10, 190314, H. C. Alexander, of Pinckneyville, miner, aged 28 years, single, was killed by a premature blast at the face of his working place in the second north entry in the mine of the White Walnut Coal company, Pinckneyville, Perry county.
 
ANDERSON
November 18, 194654, Theol. Anderson, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 41 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Union Colliery Company's New Kathleen mine. He leaves a widow.
 
ANHEUSER
September 3, 194048, Joseph A. Anheuser, of DuQuoin, repairman, age 53 years, married, crushed between haulage motor and rib at the No. 14 mine of the Peabody Coal Company, leaving a widow and one child.
 
APPINO
July 22, 190416, Charles Appino, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 39 years, married, was killed by falling slate. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
ARTERBERRY
November 11, 194149, Marion S. Arterberry, of Lowell, miner, aged 26 years, married, died from injuries received when he was run over by 3 cars in the Union Colliery Company's Kathleen mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
ASHAUR
November 14, 191830, Fred Ashaur, of Pinckneyville, cager, age 58 years, married, was killed by the cage in Illinois Sixth Vein Coal Company's mine, Pinckneyville. He leaves a widow and one child.

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BAILEY
April 16, 196764. Mr. Carl H. Bailey, of DuQuoin, age 69, married, no dependent children, came to his death on April 16, 1967 at 5:45 p.m. while performing his duties as oiler at the Truax-Traer Coal Company, Burning Star #2 Mine located at DuQuoin, Perry County, Illinois, where he had been employed for seventeen years.
Mr. Bailey had been cleaning spilled grease off the floor of the lower deck of the 5761 Stripping Shovel, when in some manner, was hit by the upper deck as it swung around. The body was dragged onto and partially across the bell housing of the #1 Jack. On the return swing of the upper deck, the body was dragged off the bell housing and fell to the cat walk on the lower deck. The clearance between the upper and lower deck at this point was only two feet and between top of bell housing and upper deck only 8½ inches.
Death came to Mr. Bailey instantaneously when he suffered severe injuries to his head, right arm and crushing through the chest.
 
BAILLIE
August 6, 1885 2. At the mine of R. S. Baillie, at DuQuoin, on August 6, R. S. Baillie, Jr., a son of the operator, aged 12 years, was accidentally killed. He was driving the gin horse at the top of the shaft, and in some unaccountable manner was caught between the rope and the gin and crushed to death.
 
BANN
January 4, 191324, Wesley Bann, of Willsiville, driver, aged 19 years, single, employed at the Willis Coal & Mining Company's No. 1 mine, Willisville, Perry County, was coming out of the main west entry with a trip of cars, and when he came to the trap door and was stepping off the front end of the car, the mule kicked him over the heart, causing his death.
 
BARBER
June 13, 18903, Joseph Barber, of DuQuoin, single, a laborer, 28 years of age, was killed by a fall of roof in the Excelsior Coal Mining Co.'s shaft, DuQuoin. He was not working in the mine, but went down to see the works when the accident occurred.
 
BARKER
February 2, 190314, John Barker, of Coulterville, cager, aged 21 years, single, employed at the mine of the Chicago & Coulterville Coal company, Coulterville, Perry county, was killed by being caught between the end of the ascending cage and the side of the shaft; he was dragged up the shaft a distance of nearly 300 feet.
 
BARNETT
November 15, 192131, G. B. Barnett, of DuQuoin, miner, age 61 years, married, was instantly killed by a fall of coal in Equitable Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BARTELERO
December 16, 18957, Joseph Bartelero, of DuQuoin, miner, age 23, unmarried, employed in Browning mine, DuQuoin, Perry county, while scraping out a hole he had just finished drilling, a large piece of soap stone fell upon him, from the effects of which he died the next day.
He told the workmen who took the stone off him: "For all I have had to do to-day I might have taken it down and had it cleared away." But he neglected to do so and met with the consequences as above stated.
 
BARTLESON
December 5, 194351, Maxwell Bartleson, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 46 years, married , died from injuries received on December 4, 1943 when rock fell on him in Union Colliery Company's Kathleen mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BECK
January 17, 189910, George Beck, of Willisville, a miner, age 40 years, married, leaves a widow and two children, was killed at the face of his working place about 3 a. m., in the Willis Coal & Mining company's mine, Willisville, Perry county. Deceased had prepared three blasts, and when ready to fire placed the squib in the hole. He must have held his lamp near the powder part of squib, as he never moved until he was knocked back by the force of the shot; he was instantly killed.
 
BECKER
November 1, 192333, Harold Becker, of DuQuoin, track man, age 17 years, single, was killed in Security Coal Mining Company's mine. Deceased was on the cage going up shaft and when about 50 feet up, he lost his balance and fell to bottom.
 
BENEDICT
March 6, 194250, Rueben Benedict, of Pinckneyville, car rider, aged 57 years, married, died from injuries received on March 3, 1942, when he was caught between two railroad cars in Pyramid Coal Company's No. 1 mine. he leaves a widow.
 
BISHOP
April 28, 194250, Joe H. Bishop, of Dowell, machine operator, aged 44 years, married, was killed when rock from the roof fell on him in Union Colliery Company's Kathleen mine. He leaves widow.
 
BIXBY
November 13, 197066. Mr. Urban Lester Bixby, of Pinckneyville, age 59, married, no dependent children came to his death on November 13, 1970 from an accident received while in the performance of his duties as a highwall driller for the Truax-Traer Coal Co., Div. Consolidation Coal Co., Burning Star Mine #2, Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois, at 4:50 a.m.
There were three employees assigned to the 50 R Highwall Drill which was drilling overburden from a ten foot bench cut leaving a ten foot vertical highwall on the east side of the drill. At the time of this accident, Art Crain, Harold McCollum and pit foreman, Dave Lidwell were in the drill shanty which is a shelter to protect employees from unfavorable weather. The shanty was located on the cut about 100 feet from the drill where the accident occurred. As a result of this, Mr. Bixby was operating the highwall drill by himself. To find Mr. Bixby out of the cab of the drill, it was assumed by all that a malfunction had occurred in the clutch mechanism and he went out to make a minor adjustment to it. This had happened several times before and it took very little effort to make it operate correctly.
Even though there were no eyewitnesses to this accident it is possible to assume by the visual evidence, that Mr. Bixby was in the vicinity of the clutch, and a section of the highwall, approximately 10 feet long, 10 feet high, and 2 ½ feet thick rolled over crushing him into the metal cab of the highwall drill, causing immediate death.
Dr. Stotlar and Coroner West were summoned to the scene of this accident and Mr. Bixby was pronounced dead prior to being placed into the Pyatt ambulance. Mr. Bixby was then taken directly to Pyatt Funeral Home in Pinckneyville, Illinois.
 
BLACK
January 31, 194452, Charles Gladson Black of DuQuoin, loader operator, aged 50 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in Union Colliery Coal Comapny's Kathleen mine. He leaves a widow.
 
January 10, 191829, Frank Black, of DuQuoin, miner, age 35 years, single, employed at the Equitable Coal Company's Ma.iestic mine, Duquoin, Pevry County, was killed by a shot exploding while he was tamping it.
 
BLEDSOE
September 27, 191426, William Bledsoe, of DuQuoin, machine runner, age 44 years, single, died from injuries received three days prior in the Majestic Coal & Coke Company's mine, Duquoin, Perry County, by a fall of coal which broke his ankle and knocked him over onto the mining machine. He was taken to the Amy Lewis Hospital at Carbondale, where he died, as above stated.
 
BLUM
July 20, 192534, Conrad Heck, of DuQuoin, aborer, age 41 years, married, was injured and died the following day and Jule Blum, of DuQuoin, blacksmith, age 50 years, married, was killed in Security Coal and Mining Company's mine. These two men were building a new conveyor between the mine chute and railroad track when they came in contact with a high tension wire and were electrocuted. Mr. Heck leaves a widow and one child and Mr. Blum leaves a widow.
 
BONE
December 24, 193140, William Bone, of DeSoto, driller, age 50 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Union Colliery Company's mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
BOZY
March 17, 192433, Edward Bozy, of Sparta, miner, age 60 years, married, was killed in Wilson Coal Company's mine by a fall of roof. He leaves a widow.
 
BRADSHAW
January 3, 191223, M. C. Bradshaw, of DuQuoin, shot firer, aged 41 years, married, employed by the DuQuoin Coal Operating Company, DuQuoin, Perry County, was shooting shots in room 6 on the 10th north entry. He had lit a shot on the right hand side of the room and walked over to the left side to light another shot, and before he got away, the shot on the right exploded, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow.
 
BRAISEL
August 14, 191729, Elmer Braisel, of Murphysboro, laborer, age 34 years, married, was killed in Victory Colliers Company's shaft, Tamaroa, Perry County. While doing some work in the shaft the scaffold gave way and he fell to bottom, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BRAYFIELD
December 29, 192736, John Brayfield, of Coulterville, miner, age 60 years, married, was killed in Perry Coal Company's Perco mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BROWN
September 19, 193140, Antwine Brown, of Coulterville, miner, age 67 years, married, was killed in St. Louis Coal Company's mine by falling on a rail, breaking his neck. He leaves a widow.
 
September 12, 191830, Evie Brown, of DuQuoin, motorman, age 30 years, married, was killed by a motor in Security Coal & Mining Company's mine, Duquoin. He leaves a widow.
 
December 18, 194856, Raymond E. Brown of Dowell, miner, aged 23 years, married, was killed when he was squeezed between a car and rib in Union Colliery Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BULLAR
January 11, 193241, Everett Bullar, of DeSoto, car-mover, age 27 years, married, died from injuries received the day previous at the Truax-Traer Coal Company's No. 2 mine. Deceased was working on the ground taking care of car retarder. He had changed cars and was walking back, when someone threw a large piece of refuse coal off the loading boom, which struck him on the head. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BURLISAN
March 28, 190415, Aaron Burlisan, miner, aged 70 years, married, employed in the Jupiter mine No. 4 of the Manufacturers Fuel Co., Pinckneyvilie, Perry county, was found dead in his room in the mine. The mine stopped work about 1:30 p. m. the mine manager noticed that Burlisan's peg was still in the board; search was immediately made, and he was found in his room lying face downward, where he had been drilling. He apparently died without a struggle. The coroner's verdict was heart failure. He leaves a widow and eight children, three of whom are dependent.
 
BURLISON
November 4, 190113, John Burlison, of Tamroa, miner, single, age 35 years, and Thomas Crandall, of Tamroa, miner, married, age 50 years, leaving a widow and five children, were both instantly killed by a fall of roof in their working place in the Tamaroa Colliery Co.'s mine, Tamaroa, Perry county. Burlison and Crandall were working together taking off the skip of coal along an entry that had fallen in and had been abandoned. They had worked off a strip 9 feet wide by 30 feet long, and had set timber along the edge of the old entry; while at work loading a pit car the rock above them gave away. They had evidently made an attempt to get out, as both were caught about 12 feet from the car. It required several hours to get their dead bodies from under the fall.
 
BURNETT
August 26, 191325, Binee Burnett, of Cutler, shotfirer, aged 29 years, married, was killed by a shot explosion in Soper White Mining Company's mine, Cutler, Perry County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
October 2, 190719, Haze Burnett, of DuQuoin, driver, aged 30 years, married, employed at the Brilliant Coal Company's mine, DuQuoin. Beceased was coming out of an entry with a trip one of the cars jumped the track on the curve; he was riding on the seat, and in getting off made a misstep, the car caught his foot cutting it at the base of the little toe crushing the same. He died from blood poison October 2, 1907, and leaves a widow and two children.

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CAMPBELL
October 10, 195359, Bennie Campbell, of Colp, motorman, aged 60 years, married, died from injuries recieved on October 5, 1953 when he was ran over by a motor in Peabody Coal Company's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
January 21, 192433, Hershell Campbell, of DuQuoin, motorman, age 23 years, single, was killed by a fall of coal in Security Coal and Mining Company's mine.
 
May 25, 190314, James Campbell, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 20 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate at the face of his working place in the mine of the Horn Colliery company, DuQuoin, Perry county. Deceased had fired a shot and went back to see if it had been successful; while at the face of his room a large piece of slate fell with the result as stated. He leaves a widow.
 
CASEY
June 29, 194149, Albert J. Casey, of Pinckneyville, electrician, aged 64 years, single, was killed by being electrocuted when he was splicing a hot cable in Pyramid Coal Company's No. 1 mine.
 
CAVITT
February 29, 194856, Robert R. Cavitt of DuQuoin, mine examiner, aged 51 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Union Colliery Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
CAWVEY
August 1, 193644, Clarence E. Cawvey, of Dowell, electrical engineer, aged 34 years, married, killed by carbon monoxide gas in Kathleen Mine of Union Colliery Co., leaving widow and one child.
 
CEALIOUS
October 28, 18935, J. G. Cealious, of DuQuoin, miner, single man, 30 years of age, in the employ of the Horn Colliery Company at DuQuoin. He was working his room, and had neglected to put timber properly, when a large piece of soap stone fell on him, badly injuring his back. He lived thirty-one days after receiving the injury.
 
CICARDO
December 5, 193644, Joseph Cicardo, of DuQuoin, shotfirer and driller, aged 51 years, killed by motor in Kathleen Mine of Union Colliery Co., married. Leaves widow and two children.
 
CLARK
February 6, 194654, Clyde LaVerne Clark, of Elkville, machine helper, aged 31 years, married, died from injuries received the day before, February 5, 1946, by a fall of rock in Union Colliery Company's Kathleen mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
September 8, 192736, Howard Clark, of Pinckneyville, oiler, age 30 years, married, was killed in Pyramid Coal Corporation's No. 2 mine by being caught by drive wheel of steam shovel. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
August 31, 193241, Samuel Clark, of DuQuoin, machine runner, age 55 years, married, was killed in Crerar-Clinch Coal Company's No. 44 mine when struck by a piece of coal falling from the roof while riding in mine car from the bottom of the shaft. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
CLAYBROOK
October 22, 190719, Joseph Claybrook, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 63 years, married, employed at the Majestic Coal and Coke Company's mine, DuQuoin. Deceased was preparing a shot for the shot firers, and in some way caused an explosion, burning his face and bruising him with flying coal. He died about a week after the accident. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
COCHRAN
February 15, 190213, Albert Cochran, of Willisville, age 15 years, employed as a trapper by the Willis Coal & Mining Co., was crushed between loaded cars near the bottom of the shaft. The boy's duty was to attend to the north door which was a short distance from the bottom. As soon as the driver would go inside the boy would come to the bottom to couple and uncouple the cars, which was no part of his work; he had been told by the mine manager and driver to stay at the door and attend to it. The day of the accident the deceased left his door and came to the bottom and attempted to couple the incoming cars to the standing cars; while in this act his head was caught and crushed, which caused his death.
 
December 28, 193241, Elmer Cochran, of Elkville, trackman, age 41 years, married,, was killed by railroad cars in Truax-Traer Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
CONTRI
June 14, 194755, Ronaldo Contri, of Dowell, timberman, aged 57 years, married, died from injuries received on June 10, 1947, from fall of rock in Union Colliery Company's New Kathleen mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
COOK
August 15, 191729, Frank Cook, of DuQuoin, shot firer, age 50 years, married, was killed in the Paradise Coal Company's mine, Duquoin, Perry County, when going back upon a shot which had been lighted; the shot exploded. He leaves a widow and eight children.
 
October 4, 192333, William Cook, of DuQuoin, trip rider, age 18 years, single, was aught between pit cars and killed in Paradise Coal Company's mine.
 
CORRETTO
August 2, 192938, Joe Corretto, of Dowell, wireman, age 46 years, married, was killed by pit cars in Union Colliery Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
CRAIG
November 17, 194048, John William Craig, of DeSoto, watchman, age 66 years, married, killed by shock caused by falling in greasing pit, at the Burning Star mine of the Truax-Traer Coal Company, leaving a widow.
 
August 31, 192837, Samuel David Craig , of Elkville, trackman, age 60 years, married, was killed while employed at the strip mine of the Truax-Traer Coal Company's pit No. 1, Forsythe mine. Deceased and three others, were taking supplies from the shop to the workings on a push car. He fell off the car and a barrel of oil rolled off and struck him, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow.
 
CRANDALL
November 4, 190113, John Burlison, of Tamroa, miner, single, age 35 years, and Thomas Crandall, of Tamroa, miner, married, age 50 years, leaving a widow and five children, were both instantly killed by a fall of roof in their working place in the Tamaroa Colliery Co.'s mine, Tamaroa, Perry county. Burlison and Crandall were working together taking off the skip of coal along an entry that had fallen in and had been abandoned. They had worked off a strip 9 feet wide by 30 feet long, and had set timber along the edge of the old entry; while at work loading a pit car the rock above them gave away. They had evidently made an attempt to get out, as both were caught about 12 feet from the car. It required several hours to get their dead bodies from under the fall.
 
CROSS
November 22, 195359, Raymond Flanell Cross, of DuQuoin, trip rider, aged 42 years, married, died from injuries recieved on November 9, 1953 when he crushed the tip of his finger while uncoupling cars in Peabody Coal Company's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
CROW
June 29, 1933 42, Jesse Crow, of Elkville, trip rider, age 40 years, married, was killed by pit cars in Union Colliery Company's mine. He leaves a widow and three children.

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DAFFRON
January 7, 195359, Arthur C. Daffron, of Pinckneyville, electrician, aged 30 years, married, was electrocuted in Truax-Traer Coal Comapny's Burning Strap No. 2 Strip mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
DALTON
August 25, 189810, John Dalton, of Willisville, a miner, age 22 years, single, was severely crushed by falling roof at the face of his working place in the Willisville Coal Co. mine, located at Willisville, Perry county, and died from the injuries received Sept. 2, 1898. At the time of the accident deceased was in a sitting posture at the right hand side of his working place, when a mass of roof weighing about 1500 pounds suddenly fell striking him with the above result as described.
 
DAVIDSON
July 12, 18924, James Davidson, of DuQuoin, miner, a single man aged 35 years, in the employ of the Excelsior Coal Co. at DuQuoin, was instantly killed by a piece of soap-stone weighing about two tons falling on him: he thought it would stand until he could drill a hole; he had only drilled about six inches when it fell, with result as stated.
 
DAVIS
August 13, 191122, Charles R. Davis, of DuQuoin, superintendent, aged 42 years, single, was killed by the breaking of an ell on the main line of the steam pipe leading to the hoisting engines, at the mine of the DuQuoin Operating Company. Deceased was taking care of the engines and boilers during the strike last summer and had crawled under the engine floor to adjust a valve when the ell broke and he was scalded so badly that he died the next day.
 
DAVISON
April 11, 190011, Joseph Davison, of DuQuoin, miner, employed at the Superior Coal Co's. mine at DuQuoin, Perry county, was killed by a fall of slate at the face of his working place, room 4, in the north entry. A short time before the accident the mine manager and county mine inspector were both in Davison's working place and cautioned him to beware of the loose slate at the face of his working place. Instead of taking down or securing the loose slate he kept at work until the slate fell which resulted in his death. Deceased leaves widow and four children.
 
DAY
September 9, 192938, Albert C. Day, of Pinckneyville, laborer, age 31 years, widower, was electrocuted in the strip mine of the Pyramid Coal Corporation. He leaves two children.
 
DEARING
September 26, 190416, A. V. Dearing, of Pinckneyville, yardman, aged 28 years, married, was killed by a railroad car. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
DECKER
January 20, 195660. Mr. Ray G. Decker, of DuQuoin, age 48, married, no dependent children, was killed at The United Electric Coal Company's Fidelity Mine No. 11 in Perry County, at 1 :00 P. M. on January 20, 1956.
Employed as an electrician, Mr. Decker had been driving a Fordson tractor at the time. He had gone to pull the power off of the cable to the A 311 Wheel. He was returning down a small grade which was wet and slick. The tractor turned sharply to the left and overturned, pinning Decker under the tractor. This accident happened on top of the High Wall, 250 ft. from the power station and 200 ft. from the edge of the High Wall.
 
DEPPE
October 2, 190820, Bourbon Deppe, of Willisville, car trimmer and top man, aged 29 years, employed by the Willis Coal and Mining Company, Willisville, Perry county, had left a car standing on No. 2 track on the crossover and the following car he was taking down on No. 1 track and in some unknown manner was caught between the two cars and crushed to death. He leaves a wife and two children.
 
DERUSH
January 28, 18978, Leon Derush, of Willisville, a loader employed at the Willis Coal and Mining Co.'s mines at Willisville, Perry county, was instantly killed by falling slate. He was walking out of his room ahead of a mule and a loaded car. He stepped aside to allow them to pass, and that instant the slate fell from the roof and crushed him lifeless. He was a single man, 26 years old.
 
DEVOR
August 1, 193644, Forest Devor, of Dowell, assistant foreman, aged 44 years, married, killed by carbon monoxide gas in Kathleen Mine of Union Colliery Co., leaving widow.
 
DILBERTO
April 24, 193140, James Dilberto, of Dowell, laborer, age 30 years, married, was killed in Union Colliery Company's mine by electrocution. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
DIXON
June 29, 194351, Jewell R. Dixon, of Logan, trip rider, aged 30 years, single, was killed when he was caught between a door and pit cars in Union Colliery Company's Kathleen mine.
 
DONIENIC
August 9, 190921, Charles Donienic, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 43 years, married, was killed by falling top coal in the Majestic Coal Company's mine at Clinch, Perry county. Deceased was engaged in drawing back pillars and top coal. At quitting time he began knocking props from under some top coal, expecting that it would be down when he returned in the morning. The coal was looser than he thought and when the props were removed it fell, burying him beneath. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
DUNNIHOO
July 26, 193644, Lloyd C. Dunnihoo, of DuQuoin, shovel operator, aged 38 years, married, killed by fall from shovel on July 25, 1936 at United Electric Coal Co. mine No. 11, leaving widow.

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EATON
May 28, 193140, Edward Eaton, of DuQuoin, motorman, age 38 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Union Colliery Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
December 31, 191426, John Eaton, of Craig, miner, age 54 years, married, was killed by falling coal in the Chime Coal Company's mine, Craig, Perry County. He leaves a widow and nine children.
 
August 28,1933 42, Joseph A. Eaton, of Coulterville, loader, age 52 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in St. Louis Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
EBINGER
December 7, 190719, Nicholas Ebinger, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 42 years, married, employed at the mine of the Paradise Coal and Coke Company, DuQuoin, was killed by falling top coal at the face of his room. Ebinger and Stone were taking down top coal and had knocked all the props down with the exception of one; while knocking out this last prop the coal gave way. A piece of coal about 24 feet square and three feet thick fell and buried both men underneath. They were taken out two and a half hours after the accident by a searching party. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
ELLIS
March 16, 191627, Frank Ellis, of DuQuoin, laborer, age 30 years, married, was killed by an explosion of a keg of powder in Paradise Coal Company's mine, Duquoin, Perry County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
EMLING
June 11, 194856, Arthur J. Emling of DuQuoin, loading machine operator, aged 47 years, married, died from injuries received on June 5, 1948 by a fall of rock in Union Colliery Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
ERNST
March 2, 1906.17, Frank Ernst, miner, aged 44 years, married, employed in the Jupiter Coal Co.'s mine No. 1, Duquoin, Perry county, was killed by falling slate at the face of his room. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
EUBANKS
January 29, 18967, Seth Eubanks, of DuQuoin, a miner, single man, employed in Egyptian mine of the DuQuoin Union Coal Co., DuQuoin, Perry county, was fatally injured by falling of rock and died a few hours after the accident. The deceased was cutting prop on roadway when his brother called him to express an opinion regarding the shot, he came to face of the room, when the rock suddenly fell catching both men. Charles Eubanks, however, was not seriously injured.
 
EVANS
September 21, 194048, Solomon Earl Evans, of Marion, shotfirer, age 49 years, married, killed by L. 0. X. explosion at the Pyramid Coal Company Mine, leaving a widow.
 
EVITTS
September 9, 191830, John A. Evitts, of DuQuoin, miner, age 30 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Paradise Coal Company's mine, Duquoin. He leaves a widow and one child.

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FANN
January 10, 195861. Mr. William Fann, of DuQuoin, married, seven dependent children, was killed at the United Electric Coal Company, Fidelity Strip Mine No. 11, located at Du Quoin, Perry County, Illinois, at 9:15 a.m. January 10, 1958. Mr. Fann was crushed to death when a water sprinkling truck, which he operated, ran over him. He was 52 years old and had been employed at this mine 20 years and 4 months.
Evidence showed that Mr. Fann had stopped his truck on a grade about 50 feet from the coal yard gate. For some unknown reason, he got out of the cab of his truck and stepped upon the fuel tank back of the cab of the truck. He slipped and fell in front of the wheels of the truck. The truck moved forward, running over his body, killing him instantly.
 
FERANDO
September 27, 194654, John Ferando, of Elkville, machine operator, aged 39 years, married, died from injuries received February 16, 1946, by a fall of rock in Union Colliery Company's Kathleen mine. He leaves a widow.
 
FERRELL
February 15, 192736, Fred Ferrell, of Dowell, trip rider, age 28 years, married, was killed in Union Colliery Company's mine. Deceased attempted to get on a passing car, missed his step, was struck, and fell in front of car, which ran over him. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
FINNEY
April 6, 190011, F. B. Finney, of Tamaroa, miner, aged 43 years, married, and leaves a widow and seven children, was killed in the Tamaroa Cooperative Coal Company's mine at Tamaroa, Perry county. He was killed at the face of a room by a premature blast.
 
FISHER
September 29, 194452, Melvin Eugene Fisher, of Pinckneyville, trip rider, aged 30 years, single, was killed when rock fell on him in Pyramid Coal Company's No. 2 mine.
 
FITZGERALD
November 21, 18893, Wm. Fitzgerald, of St. John, a miner, 65 years of age, in the employ of the Illinois Central Coal and Salt Co. at St. John's, was killed by a blast. He was married, leaves a widow, but no family.
 
FLIGOR
February 15, 194149, William T. Fligor, driller helper, of Carbondale, aged 47 years, married, died from injuries received when his arm was caught in a drill at Truax-Traer Coal Company's Burning Star mine. He leaves a widow.
 
FORD
October 26, 1933 42, Cecil Ford, of DuQuoin, motorman, age 31 years, married, was killed in Union Colliery Company's mine by electricity. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
August 1, 193644, George Ford, of DuQuoin, machine runner, aged 44 years, married, killed by carbon monoxide gas in Kathleen Mine of Union Colliery Co., leaving widow and one child.
 
June 8, 194048, Harvey Ford, of DuQuoin, driver, age 44 years, married, crushed between car and roof at the Stockton Mine of the Muddy Coal Company, leaving a widow and five children.
 
April 14, 192332, M. J. Ford, of Elkville, Machine man, age 46 years, married, was struck by pit cars and killed in Union Collieries Company's Kathleen mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
FORRESTER - FOSTER
February 9, 191223, John Forrester, of DuQuoin, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 49 years, married, employed at the B. O. Cook local mine, DuQuoin, Perry County, was working at the face of entry on top of bottom coal. Deceased had been told by the mine manager to take down a piece of slate which was considered dangerous; he did not do it, but went under it to take up bottom coal, and while doing so, the slate came down, striking him on the back and head. He died two hours after the accident. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
FOSTER
January 9, 192332, Earl Foster, of Pinckneyville, loader, age 17 years, single, was instantly killed by a fall of rock in Southern Gem Coal Corporation's No. 5 mine.
 
FURLOW
August 26, 193846, William Roy Furlow, of Mulkeytown, car dropper, aged 59 years, married, crushed by railroad car in yards of Peabody Coal Co. mine No. 14, leaving widow.

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GARITY
May 15, 190516, Fred H. Garity, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 28, married, was killed in a gas explosion. He leaves a widow and one child and one other dependent.
 
GARPMEN
December 7, 190416, Fred Garpmen, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 32 years, married, was killed by a blast explosion. He leaves a widow.
 
GEORGE
May 5, 194149, William D. George, of Elkville, mine manager, aged 58 years, married drowned in a pit at the Perfection Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
GERBERDING
June 5, 191930, August Gerberding, of Willsiville, machine helper, age 32 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Willis Coal and Mining Company's No. 8 mine, Willisville. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
GERTENSCHLAGER
December 20, 194351, W. Gertenschlager, of DuQuoin, top man, aged 21 years, married, was killed by being caught between flat cars in Peabody Coal Company's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
GETZIE
September 29, 193140, Steve Getzie, of Dowell, loading machine helper, age 42 years, married, was killed by a fall of face coal. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
GIBNER
December 16, 194149, Rolla Gibner, of DuQuoin, loader helper, aged 46 years, married, died from injuries recieved on December 8, 1941 in Union Colliery Company's Kathleen mine when a roof fell on him. he leaves a widow and one child.
 
GLASSER
April 12, 192332, Charles Glasser, of Murphysboro, machine man, age 45 years, married, was killed in Consolidated Coal Company's No. 9 mine. Deceased was running a machine and cutting chain caught the loose pulling chain lying along the face, jerked the jack pipe out, which struck him on the head, killing him almost instantly. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
GOALY - GOLA
September 15, 191123, Abe Goaly, of Willsiville, driver, aged 24 years, married, employed in the Missouri & Illinois Coal Company's mine No. 4, Willisville, Perry County, was killed. Deceased was coupling cars, with his head between the cars, and while so doing, another driver came in from behind, bumping the cars together, catching his head between them. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
GRAEFF
August 1, 193644, Logan Graeff, of Dowell, pumpman, aged 41 years, married, killed by carbon monoxide gas in Kathleen Mine of Union Colliery Co., leaving widow and one child.
 
GRAMMER
October 25, 194452, Kenneth Grammer of Dowell, driller and shot firer, aged 35 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in Union Colliery Coal Company's Kathleen mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
GREEN
May 18, 194452, Charles A. Green of Sesser, cutting machine helper, aged 48 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in Union Colliery Coal Company's Kathleen mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
GREER
January 13, 195157, Russell Joseph Greer, of DuQuoin, maintenance repairman, aged 36 years, married, was killed by a boiler explosion in United Electric Coal Company's Fidelity No. 11 mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
GREZZELL
February 28, 190112, Thomas L. Grezzell, of Willisville, carpenters' helper, aged 21 years, single, was instantly killed by being struck on the head by the descending cage, at the Willisville Coal & Mining Co.'s mine, Willisville, Perry county. Deceased was told to call to the bottom cage to send up a shovel; he went direct to the shaft, leaned over and was trying to talk to men at the cage below, when the descending cage struck him on the head; he fell backward on to the cage. He died two hours afterwards.
 
GRUBER
June 6, 191627, William Gruber, of Winkle, miner, age 62 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Granger Coal Company's mine. Winkle, Perry County. He leaves a widow and five children.

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HAGER
January 2, 190314, John Hager, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 61 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate, while at work in a pillar in the shaft of the Greenwood Davis Coal company, Duquoin, Perry county. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
HAMPTON
January 15, 190112, William Hampton, of Pinckneyville, machine miner, aged 37 years, married, was killed instantly by a fall of roof in the George W. Brown Coal Co.'s mine, Pinckneyville, Perry county. Deceased was running an electric mining machine; the room had been timbered; he took an iron bar used in moving the machine and knocked out one of the props, in order to make room for one of the machines along the face; while in the act of moving the machine a mass of slate and clod fell on him, causing his death. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
HARDING
January 3, 196563. Mr. Harry Harding, of Steelville, age 49, married, came to his death at the Southwestern Illinois Coal Corp., Captain Mine, located at Cutler, Perry County, Illinois on January 3, 1965 at about 11:20 p.m. Accidental death due; to asphyxiation. Accident was caused by a highwall fall. Mr, Harding was employed as a Shooter and had worked at this mine for 5 months.
Mr. Harding and the two men working with him had just completed shooting a series of two holes. The holes were 44.5 and 39 ft. deep. Liquid oxygen was the blasting agent.
The men working with Mr. Harding had moved the drill up and were getting ready to drill another series of holes. Mr. Harding went back to reclaim the leg wires of the electrical cap. He rolled up the wire from one hole, which had been shot properly. The other hole had formed a crater below and had mushroomed the dirt up on the surface. Mr. Harding stepped on this pile of mushroomed dirt, which gave way and Mr, Harding fell 12 ft. 9 in. and was covered up with dirt.
As there were no witnesses to the accident, quite some time was spent looking for him. It was decided Mr. Harding must be in the hole, when he could not be found elsewhere. Help was called and with the aid of shovels and a back-hoe ditch digger, the body was found at 2:25 a.m. He was first missed at 11:20 p.m. Dr. Vidal of Percy, Illinois and an ambulance were at the scene of the accident. Mr. Harding was pronounced dead by the doctor and removed to a funeral home.
 
HARGETT
September 14, 194048, Charles Oscar Hargett, of Dowell, face boss, age 47 years, married, killed by fall of roof and rib at the Kathleen Mine of the Union Colliery Company, leaving a widow and one child.
 
August 1, 192333, Frank Hargett, of DuQuoin, machine man, age 29 years, married, was killed in Victory Coal and Mining Company's mine by a fall of rock. he Leaves a widow.
 
HALSTEAD
July 23, 192635, John Halstead, of Halidaysboro, machine helper, age 41 years, married, was killed by coming in contact with a part of loading machine that was charged, receiving 245 volts, in Union Colliery Company's mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
HAMILTON
December 18, 1933 42, Wilbur Hamilton, of Coulterville, miner, age 63 years, married, was killed in Coulterville Coal Company's mine, by falling rock. He leaves a widow.
 
HARNETIAUX
May 8, 191930, Leon Harnetiaux, of Elkville, laborer, age 53 years, married, was killed in Union Colliery Company's Kathleen mine, Duquoin. Deceased got on the cage at ground landing with a car of coal and asked another employee to signal the engineer to raise the cage to the tipple, and he struck the floor of the tip house with such force as to kill him instantly. Riding on the cage with a car of coal is prohibited by this company. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
HARRIS
August 1, 193644, Edwin Harris, of DuQuoin, machine operator, aged 35 years, married, killed by carbon monoxide gas in Kathleen Mine of Union Colliery Co., leaving widow and one child.
 
February 11, 1933 42, Roy Harris, of Tamaroa, mine examiner, age 43 years, single, died from injuries received in Tamaroa Coal Company's mine on January 22, when caught by a fall of slate. He leaves his mother dependent.
 
HARISS
October 19, 192938, Kirk Hariss, of Dowell, foreman, age 36 years, married, was killed by falling slate in Union Collierys mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
HAUGHLAND
February 12, 190718, William Haughland, of Winkle, shot firer, employed in the mine of the Avery Coal Company, Winkle, Perry county, aged 50 years, married, was also overcome by afterdamp caused from a blown out shot, the explosion tearing down all doors on that side of shaft and destroying the top of the air shaft; which also killed William A. Stevenson. Deceased leaves a widow and two children.
 
HEAPE
April 9, 192938, Orval Heape, of DuQuoin, laborer, age 21 years, single, was electrocuted in Gayle Coal Company's mine.
 
HECK
July 20, 192534, Conrad Heck, of DuQuoin, laborer, age 41 years, married, was injured and died the following day and Jule Blum, of DuQuoin, blacksmith, age 50 years, married, was killed in Security Coal and Mining Company's mine. These two men were building a new conveyor between the mine chute and railroad track when they came in contact with a high tension wire and were electrocuted. Mr. Heck leaves a widow and one child and Mr. Blum leaves a widow.
 
HEMMER
March 28, 194149, Oscar Hemmer, of DuQuoin, oiler, aged 45 years, was killed by an explosion of shot in United Electric Coal Company's No. 11 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
HENSON
May 29, 190920, Philip Henson, of Pinckneyville, miner, aged 37 years, married, employed in the Bessemer Washed Coal Company's mine at Pinckneyville, Perry county, was walking out of his room behind a loaded car when a piece of slate fell on him, killing him. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
HIGGERSON
July 31, 194351, Henry A. Higgerson, of Cutler, night watchman, aged 56 years, married, was killed by being electrocuted in Cutler Coal Company's New Wilson mine. He leaves a widow.
 
HILL
September 17, 190012, Elmer Hill, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 17 years, single, was instantly killed by falling roof in the Greenwood & Davis Coal Co.'s mine, DuQuoin, Perry county. The deceased was working with his father; he had timbered the room that morning and was loading the coal; he asked his father if he thought everything was all right, and before the father could answer a piece of clod weighing about 200 pounds broke off over one of the props, crushing his head against the kip piece on the bottom, with the result as stated.
 
HINCKLEY
November 24, 194250, Edward Hinckley, of DuQuoin, clean-up man, aged 60 years, married, was killed by rock from the roof falling on him in Union Colliery Company's Kathleen mine. He leaves a widow.
 
January 20, 191324, Milfred Lane Hinckley, of DuQuoin, cager, aged 35 years, married, employed at the DuQuoin Operating Company's mine, Duquoin, Perry County, was pushing a car on the cage, when a piece of coal fell down the shaft and struck him on the head, killing him. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
HISER
June 28, 190718, W. T. Hiser, of Willisville, mine examiner, aged 35 years, married, was killed by falling slate in the Missouri and Illinois Coal Company's No. 4 Mine at Willisville. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
HODGSON
March 13, 194149, Ralph Hodgson, miner, of Tamaroa, aged 55 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in the Muddy Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
HOFFMAN
March 10, 1911, Frederick Hoffman, 41 years of age (listed as 43 on the Non-Fatal Casualties list), of Pinkneyville, driver, married, was caught by falling slate and crushed beneath its weight on February 14, 1911 and died from his shoulder injuries on March 10, 1911 in a St. Louis hospital. He leaves a widow and five children, two of whom are dependent.
Obituary of Frederick Hoffman
May 1, 1869 - March 10, 1911
unknown newspaper
Pinckneyville, Illinois
Friday, March 10, 1911
Courtesy of Pam Fleming
      Fred Hoffman, a driver in the Ritchey mines was caught by falling slate and crush beneath its weight on February 14.
 
      Upon examination by Drs. Mead and McCandless, his condition was so critical that they advised taking him to the hospital in St. Louis. There loving hands and skilled physicians did all that could be done to alleviate his sufferings. For a time he appeared to be improving, but it was only a temporary relief. Last week his pain became almost indescribable and it was only when the Angel closed his eyes in death that he gained respite from his suffering.
 
      He passed away at 6 a.m. Sunday and was brought here Monday and taken to his late residence in Round Prairie, where the funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 10 a.m. by Rev. Lucas of DuBois, in the presence of a large gathering of sorrowing relative and friends, who cam to pay their last respects to the departed and to sympathize with the family in their bereavement. He was laid to rest in the Round Prairie cemetery.
 
      Fred Hoffman was born near Lenzburg May 1, 1869 and spent the early part of his career as a mined in Lenzburg and New Athens. On February 25, 1891, he was married to Miss Anna Hill, to which union nine children born, one having preceded him to the heaven.
 
      The family was living on a farm in Beaucoup precinct. For the last five or six years he has spent the winter season mining in Tamaroa and Pinckneyville. He has worked in the Strait, White Walnut and Ritchey mines in this vicinity. He leaves to morn his death a wife, six sons, two daughters, a father, four brothers and five sisters and a host of other relative and friend in Perry, St. Clair and Washington counties.
 
      The family has the sympathy of the entire neighborhood in the hour of bereavement.

 
HOLLAND
February 20, 18934, Jesse Holland, of DuQuoin, colored, miner, married, age 34, years, was seriously hurt in his room in the Jupiter Coal Co.'s mine at DuQuoin, by falling slate; he knew the slate in the roof of his room was loose but wanted to load some coal before setting any props; the slate fell before he finished loading the coal; he lived two days after he was hurt. He left a widow and one child.
 
HOLLOWAY
September 20, 194048, Barney A. Holloway, of DuQuoin, driller, age 49 years, married, killed by L. 0. X. explosion at the Pyramid Coal Company Mine, leaving a widow and three children.
 
HOLMAN
May 5, 18989, Thomas Holman, of Cutler, aged 30, married, leaves a widow and two children, by occupation a miner, was injured by the explosion of a keg of powder about 2:30 p. m., in Brown & Barwell's mine, at Cutler, from which injuries he died May 17. He had got a full keg of powder that morning and did not take time to unscrew the top of the keg, but drove his steel pick into the keg, which caused the powder to explode and his death.
 
HOOKS
December 8, 18979, Alexander Hooks, aged 38, married, leaves a widow and three children, by occupation a miner, was killed about 1:30 p. m., in the mine of the Jupiter Mining Company, of DuQuoin, He had tried to take down a piece of draw slate at the face, and on failing to take down the slate, he undertook to work off some coal which was directly under the slate which he had just tried to take down. After working at the coal for some time the slate fell on him and killed him instantly.
 
HOUSE
July 7, 193039, Robert House, of DuQuoin, miner, age 53 years, married, was caught by runaway cars and killed in Crerar-Clinch Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
HOWELL
August 18, 190517, Adge Howell, of DuQuoin, laborer, aged 28 years, married, employed underground at the Forester Coal and Coke Co.'s mine, Duquoin, Perry county, was killed by falling slate. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
HRIN
August 1, 193644, Steve Hrin, of Dowell, Assistant Foreman, aged 42 years, married, killed by carbon monoxide gas in Kathleen mine of Union Colliery Co., leaving widow and one child.
 
HUELSKAMP
March 30, 192736, George Huelskamp, of Elkville, miner, age 55 years, married, was instantly killed when struck by a fall of rock in Paradise Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
HUGGINS
June 21,192635, Alheigh Huggins, of DuQuoin, miner, age 53 years, married, was killed in Security Coal and Mining Company's mine, by being struck by flying coal from a shot. He leaves a widow.
 
HUMMEL
October 11, 190618, John A. Hummel, of St. John, miner, aged 33 years, married, was killed instantly at the face of his room by falling slate. He was drawing a pillar in the Paradise Coal Company's mine at Duquoin. Gus Lee and John A. Hummel were working together drawing a pillar of a room in the Paradise Coal Company's mine. Duquoin, Ill. He leaves a widow and two children.

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IMHOFF
November 18, 194654, Norman Imhoff, of Elkville, miner, aged 54 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Union Colliery Company's New Kathleen mine. He leaves a widow.
 
IRVIN
January 19, 194048, William Casper Irvin, of Elkville, driller, age 53 years, married, burned by gas at the Kathleen mine of the Union Colliery Company, leaving a widow.
 
ISAACS
October 17, 193947, Lee Roy Isaacs, of DuQuoin, a cleanup man, aged 49 years, married, killed by fall of coal in Kathleen mine of the "Union Colliery Co., leaving widow and two children.

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JACKSON
August 8, 191426, Eugene Jackson, of DuQuoin, miner, age 46 years, married, employed by the Majestic Coal & Coke Company, DuQuoin, Perry County, was killed by falling coal. Deceased had cut the coal along the rib with a pick and, from all appearances, had just knocked out a prop, letting the coal fall on him. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
December 1, 193039, Matt Jackson, of DuQuoin, laborer, age 33 years, married, was struck by a bolt which fell from the top of a stripping shovel at the strip mine of the Gayle Coal Company. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died about four hours later. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
JACOBS
September 27, 190214, Chas. Jacobs, of Willisville, miner, aged 28 years, married, was instantly killed by a premature blast at his working place in mine No. 1 of the Willis Coal & Mining Co., Willisville, Perry county. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
November 12, 18924, Newton Jacobs, of DuQuoin, driver, married, aged 28 years, in the employ of the Excelsior Coal Co. at DuQuoin, during a temporary stoppage of work, was told by the manager to clean up the road wherever needed; finding some slate on the entry roads he proceeded to shovel it away; he failed to examine for loose slate over head, and had worked but a few minutes when a large piece of slate fell, injuring him so severely that he died in a few minutes. He left a widow and two children.
 
JARRETT
December 18, 190113, Ed Jarrett, of Willisville, top laborer, age 44 years, married, leaves a widow and four children, was instantly killed by falling down the shaft of the Willis Coal and Mining Co., Willisville, Perry county. Deceased was caging at the top of the shaft; the gate being off. he mistook the south cageway for the north and pushed the car into the shaft, falling to the bottom with it, a distance of 115 feet.
 
JENKINS
August 15, 191628, Robert Jenkins, of DuQuoin, driver, age 40 years, married, was killed by falling slate in Paradise Coal Company's mine, Duquoin, Perry County.
 
JEREMIAH
February 27, 192332, Robert Jeremiah, of DuQuoin, driver, age 34 years, married, was crushed between car and coal rib and instantly killed in Equitable Coal and Coke Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
September 15, 192534, Vernon Jeremiah, of DuQuoin, miner, age 32 years, married, was caught by a fall of coal and crushed to death, in Crerar-Clinch Coal Company's Majestic mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
March 27, 190617, William H. Jeremiah, shot firer, aged 45 years, employed in the Willis Coal Co.'s mine, Willisville, Perry county, had lit a shot in one room and went into the adjoining room when the shot exploded, blowing through the pillar. A piece of coal from the shot struck him on the forehead, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
JOHNS
December 13, 193543, Willard Johns, of Dowell, trip rider, aged 21 years, single, crushed by cars in Kathleen mine of the Union Colliery Co. No dependents.
 
JOHNSON
September 3, 18946, George Johnson, of Sunfield, unmarried, aged 26, miner, working in the Sunfield mine at Sunfield, was killed by the explosion of his keg of powder. He went down the mine at 6:30 that morning straight to his working-place, where he was driving entry. When he reached the place he noticed some small scraps of paper lying around his powder-box, and he suspected that some one had stolen his powder. On examination he attempted to pull a cork out of the can, but found it attached to the trigger of a small pistol. The pistol was discharged by the pulling out of the cork, and an explosion immediately followed. The pistol was in the can after the explosion. Johnson lived to tell of hearing the report of the pistol in the can before the explosion occurred. He died at 3 p. m. the same day. He was the only support of his mother and sister. A fellow-miner, J. V. Clark, was suspected of having placed the pistol in the keg, was arrested and tried on the charge of murder, but was acquitted.
 
June 6, 194654, William Johnson, of DuQuoin, cager, aged 44 years, married, died from injuries received when he was crushed between cars on June 3, 1946 in Peabody Coal Company's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
JOKISCH
October 21, 197467. Mr. Russell Charles Jokisch, age 45, married, came to his death at 6:01 a.m., October 21, 1974, from an explosion of a Haulage Truck tire, while in the performance of his duties as Welder at the Southwestern Coal Corporation, Captain Mine, Percy, Perry County, Illinois.
Mr. Jokisch was in the process of repairing a crack in the rim of a Kress Haulage Truck at the Captain Strip Mine, the size of the tire was 98x28x51. The tire was checked for pressure at approximately 1 :00 a.m., the day of the accident, and was reported to have 40 pounds of pressure at that time. Mr. Jokisch airarcked out an area 1 inch wide and about 6 inches in length and had begun to weld this area back when an explosion from within the tire occurred, killing him instantly. The force of the explosion was so violent that it blew insulation off the top of the shop area, broke out windows in the shop and in another truck sitting approximately 20 feet away, plus windows of the truck involved. The explosion broke the heads of the tire and the tire came off the rim on the side where Mr. Jokisch had been working.
 
JONES
December 31, 18979, Greely Jones, of Willisville, aged 25, single, by occupation a timberman, was killed by a fall of slate about 2 p. m., in the Willis Coal and Mining Company's mine, at Willisville. He had set up a prop under some loose slate, and, after setting it, it did not suit him and he took a sledge and started to straighten the prop by hitting it at the bottom. In doing this the prop swung and let down the loose slate, which killed him instantly.
 
December 5, 192837, Jake Jones, of DuQuoin, trip-rider, age 31 years, married, was killed in Security Coal Company's mine by pit-cars. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
December 20, 191830, John Jones, of Dewmain, driver, age 19 years, single, was killed in Equitable Coal Company's mine, Duquoin. Deceased was taking water box from parting and was caught between top of box and roof.

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KAUFMANN
October 9, 192534, Arthur Kaufmann, of DuQuoin, trip rider, age 17 years, single, was caught and crushed to death by a motor, in Paradise Coal Company's mine.
 
KEEN
December 19, 190315, Ames Keen, miner, aged 56 years, married, was seriously injured in the mine of the Soper Coal Co., Cutler, Perry county. Early in the afternoon he fired some shots in his room; evidently he thought that the squib of one shot had failed to ignite, as he returned to the room, and, when within a few feet of the entrance, the shot exploded, the falling and flying coal striking him. He died five hours afterwards. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
KEEN / KEENE
July 17, 191224, Howard Keene, of Cutler, aged 62 years, married with eight children (Nine dependents), had his back injured by falling slate. Forty (40) days time lost.
      Howard Keen, of Cutler, Perry County, died on July 21, 1912.
His death registration contained the information that :    (courtesy of Jennifer Kolthammer)
      "Cause of death was injuries caused by accidental fall of slate in mine 5 days before,
      certified by the coroner Dr. C. O. Wellington in Du Quoin."
 
KEIL
September 12, 192232, Matt Keil, of Tamaroa, mine manager, age 48 years, married, died from injuries received six days previous in Kuhn Coalery Company's mine. The mine had been closed about one year and preparations were being made to start operating. Deceased was at shaft bottom and stepped across cage to start a a pump which was about six feet from the cage, while thus engaged the cage without his knowledge was taken away and in attempting to cross back, he walked into cage seat, which was about 3½ feet deep in water that had been heated by exhaust from pump. He was so badly burned that he died as stated above. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
KEIM
November 15, 190719, John Keim, of DuQuoin, topman, aged 29 years, married, employed at the Jupiter Coal Mining Company's No. 1 mine, DuQuoin, entered a screened coal bin under a revolving screen, for the purpose of shoveling back some coal which had filled up until it was obstructing the working of the screen; in passing between the screen and the housing wall, he stumbled and fell or got in some position whereby his body was drawn in, crushing out his life. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KELLY
August 1, 193644, John Kelly, of Elkville, motorman, aged 34 years, married, killed by carbon monoxide gas in Kathleen Mine of Union Colliery Co., leaving widow.
 
October 19, 192736, Thomas Kelly, of Sparta, trackman, age 68 years, married, was killed in Willis Coal Mining Company's No. 7 mine. There was no eye witness to this accident. Deceased was found lying with his head across the rail and it is supposed he fell, breaking his neck. He leaves a widow.
 
KILLIAM
July 17, 18979, William Killiam, a miner in the employ of the Illinois Central Coal and Salt Company at St. Johns, was injured at 9 a. m., from the effects of which he died at 11 a. m. This was to be his last day's work at the mine, as he had laid off the day before to secure employment at another mine. He had a standing shot in his room and was mining it off when a piece of slate 9 feet long, 3 feet wide and 8 inches thick fell on him. He knew the place was dangerous, but he wanted to have his place cleaned up and then put up some timbers. Deceased was 38 years old and leaves a widow and one child.
 
KILLINGSWORTH
September 21, 194452, Aaron Dwight Killingsworth, of Pinckneyville, laborer, aged 56 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in Pyramid Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
KINCANNON
November 5, 191729, James Kincannon, of DuQuoin, miner, age 26 years, married, employed extra as trip rider, was killed in the Equitable Coal Company's Majestic mine, DuQuoin, Perry County, by his head being crushed between cars. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
KIRKPATRICK
February 20, 192231, Edson Kirkpatrick, of DuQuoin, driver, age 24 years, single, was caught between pit car and pillar and killed instantly in Jewel Coal and Mining Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves his mother dependent.
 
KIVEL
May 16, 193745, William Kivel, of Coulterville, driller, aged 56 years, married, died from pulmonary thrombosis caused by injuries received May 5th in the Florida mine of the St. Louis Coal Co., leaving wife.
 
KLEIGSMITTE - KHLIGESMITH
November 21, 191123, Peter Kleigsmitte, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 44 years, married, employed in the Brilliant Coal & Coke Company's mine, Duquoin, Perry County, was killed by falling slate. Deceased had a prop under a piece of slate, which was 5½ by 4 feet 5 inches thick. He was wedging down top coal inside of the slate, when the slate came down, throwing the prop and striking him on the back of the head, breaking his neck. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
KNIGHT
December 21, 190719, Leslie Knight, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 24 years, single, employed in the mine of the DuQuoin Operating Company, at Clinch. Deceased went into an adjoining room when some slate fell, fatally injuring him. He died from the injuries received, February 17, 1908.
 
KOENEGSTEIN
August 8, 194048, Dave E. Koenegstein, of Tamaroa, miner, age 69 years, married, killed by fall of rock at the Victory Mine of the Blanchard Coal Company, leaving a widow.
 
KRANUCH
March 16, 191627, John Kranuch, of Tamaroa, laborer, age 27 years, single, was killed by an explosion of a keg of powder in Paradise Coal Company's mine, Duquoin, Perry County.
 
KRAUTZ - KRANTZ
September 20, 192635, J. W. Krautz, of Coulterville, miner, age 65 years, married, was struck by a motor and killed, in St. Louis Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.

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LaKATES
June 13, 194755, Joseph LaKates, of Dowell, timberman, aged 56 years, married, died from injureies received on June 10, 1947, from fall of rock in Union Colliery Company's New Kathleen mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
LAURENTI
April 8, 18956, Dominick Laurenti, of DuQuoin, a miner, aged 28 years and single, was instantly killed by a falling clod, in the Browning mine, at DuQuoin.
 
LEE
October 11, 190618, Gus Lee, of St. John, miner, aged 20 years, single, was killed instantly by falling slate. Gus Lee and John A. Hummel were working together drawing a pillar of a room in the Paradise Coal Company's mine. DuQuoin, Ill.
 
LESONES
November 21, 191830, Martin Lesones, of Winkle, miner, age 24 years, married, was killed by a fall of roof in Crown Coal Company's mine, Winkle. He leaves a widow.
 
LINDSEY
January 6, 191021, Louis Lindsey, of Pinckneyville, top laborer, aged 32 years, married, employed by the Strat Coal Company, Pinckneyville, Perry county, was killed by falling down the shaft. He had left the gate open and attempted to put an empty car on the landed cage. The car took the wrong switch, and the gate being open, fell down the shaft, dragging Lindsey with it. He left a widow and one child.
 
LITTLE
November 25, 194755, Charles E. Little, of DuQuoin, timberman, aged 53 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Union Colliery Company's New Kathleen mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
LIVELY
March 14, 194553, George Lively, of Tamaroa, tracklayer, aged 44 years, married, was killed by rock in Blanchard Coal Corporation's No. 43 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
LOVE
April 2, 191526, Marvin Love, of DuQuoin, driver, age 22 years, single, was killed by being caught between pit car and coal rib in the Paradise Coal Company's mine, Duquoin, Perry County.
 
LOWE
May 29, 192837, Fred Lowe, of Pinckneyville, trackman, age 50 years, married, was run over and killed by empty cars at the strip mine of the Pyramid Coal Company. He leaves a widow.

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MACLIN
February 20, 194553, Oscar E. Maclin, of DuQuoin, shooter, aged 51 years, married, died from injuries received the day before, February 19, 1945, by a rock fall in Truax-Traer Coal Company's Burning Star mine. He leaves a widow.
 
MANN
March 9, 196062. Mr. Kenneth Bernard Mann, of DuQuoin, age 35, was injured at the Truax-Traer Coal Company, Burning Star Mine No. 2, Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois, at 2:00 p.m. on March 9, 1960. He died at the Marshall Browning Hospital, DuQuoin, Illinois, at 4:00 p.m. the same day. Mr. Mann was employed as a loading shovel oiler and had 9 years experience at this mine. He is survived by his widow and three children.
The deceased was found lying beside the machine by Mr. Charles Margenthaler, the pit foreman. Evidence showed that the deceased was under the cab of the machine and was caught by the cab and crushed between the cab and crawler of the machine. The machine was loading coal at the time of the accident. The pit foreman said he did not know what Mr. Mann was doing under the cab of the machine at the time of the accident as his duties did not require him to be under the machine when it was loading coal.
 
MARCHESE
September 24, 192534, Louis Marchese, of DuQuoin, miner, age 27 years, married, was caught by a trip of cars, his head crushed and both legs broken, dying almost instantly, in Union Colliery Company's Kathleen mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
MARCUM
June 10, 191829, Edward Marcum, of Willisville, machine man, age 52 years, married, was killed in the Willis Coal and Mining Company's No. 8 mine, Willisville, Perry County. While he and his partner were cutting a room neck, a large piece of rock fell from between two slips, caught him, crushing him beneath it. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
MARTIN
August 14, 195861. Mr. James Adam Martin, of DuQuoin, employed as a drill helper on a 50 R highwall drill, was fatally injured by electricity, August 14, 1958, at 7:45 p.m. at the Truax-Traer Coal Company, Strip Mine No. 2, located at Pickneyville, Perry County, Illinois. Mr. Martin was 43 years old and had worked for this company seven years. He leaves a wife and two children as dependents.
Mr. Martin was helping move the high-wall drill. The ground at this place was very wet and muddy. The power cable to the drill partially blew up, causing a phase to earth ground, which did not knock out the automatic circuit breaker. The deceased walked around the front of the drill and caught hold of the hand rail leading to the machine and was knocked down. As he fell, he struck his head on a cable hanger on the side of the machine. He was not in contact with the machine after he fell.
 
April 4, 193644, Kenneth Gail Martin, of Cutler, apprentice miner, aged 18 years, killed by fall of clod in mine of Whip-Poor-Will Coal & Mining Co.
 
MASNER
July 2, 191830, Andy Masner, of Coulterville, driver, age 38 years, single, employed in Perry County Coal Company's mine, Coulterville, was kicked by a mule and killed. He leaves one dependent, mother.
 
MATHIS
May 28, 193140, Dorsey Mathis, of DuQuoin, motorman, age 38 years, married, was killed in Union Colliery Company's mine by a gas explosion. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
MATIODA
January 17, 191021, Enrico Matioda, of Willisville, miner, aged 25 years, single, was killed at Willisville, Perry county, in the mine of the Missouri and Illinois Coal Company. Deceased had pushed a car into his room and was walking around it to begin loading, when a piece of slate fell from the roof, striking him on the head, killing him instantly. The accident occurred in room No. 2 on the ninth south off of the straight east entry.
 
MAYNARD
December 18, 18935, Solomon Maynard, of Cutler, mine owner, married, 50 years of age, residing at Cutler, was in his mine alone: not coming out at the proper time search was made, and he was found under a mass of coal alive and conscious. He would not tell how the accident had happened, but from surrounding appearances it was evident that he had fired a shot which had failed to bring down the coal, and that he was in the act of undercutting, when the coal fell before he could get out of the way. He only lived a short time, and leaves a widow and one child.
 
McCARTNEY
February 20, 192332, Robert McCartney, of DuQuoin, surveyor, age 28 years, single, was struck by a runaway trip of cars and killed in Union Collieries Company's Kathleen mine.
 
McCLELLAND
February, 22, 190617, John McClelland, of Willisville, machine helper, aged 38 years, single, employed in the Willis Coal Co.'s mine, Willisville, Perry county, was killed by falling coal at the face of a room while shoveling coal after a mining machine.
 
McCORMICK
August 29, 194654, Clarence W. McCormick, of DuQuoin, owner, aged 34 years, married, died from injuries received when he fell down the shaft on August 17, 1946 at the Hallidayboro Coal Company's Hallidayboro mine. He leaves a widow.
 
McCRARY
November 12, 190517, Joseph McCrary, of Winkle, loader, aged 31 years, married, was employed also as a shot firer at the Avery Coal Co.'s mine, located at Winkle. After lighting a shot, which proved to be badly charged, was about to open a trap door when the shot exploded, the force of which forced the door open, striking him and causing his death. He leaves a widow.
 
McDILL
April 12, 192635, Charles McDill, of Coulterville, miner, age 62 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock IN St. Louis Coal Company's mine. He leaves his wife and mother dependent.
 
MELVIN
August 26, 192534, Coe Melvin, of DuQuoin, machine runner, age 45 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Paradise Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
MERCER
July 16, 18979, William Mercer, a driver at the Jupiter Mining Company's shaft, at DuQuoin, was found in an unconscious condition in the main entry at 8 a. m., and was conveyed to the surface where he died at 8:15 a. m. It is the custom in this mine for the room drivers to pull their coal out to a place about 800 feet from the bottom on the main entry, and from there out the entry driver pulls the coal to the bottom. William Mercer had charge of all the driver's and was a driver himself. Before leaving the bottom on the morning of his death, with his mule, he sent a boy to ascertain how many cars were lying at this particular point on the main entry. The boy reported 19 loaded pit cars. Mercer then went inside and commenced pulling out the coal, and had brought his trip out to the main entry where the 19 loaded cars were standing. When found he was lying between the rail of the track and the rib of the coal in front of his trip, which was within four feet of the standing cars. His mule was still coupled to his trip. The deceased was 32 years old and leaves a widow and two children. No marks were found on the body. However, at the coroner's inquest, the physician stated that on examination a clot of blood was found on the inside in the region of the bowels. The case is now pending in the courts on a suit for damages; two trials have been had in the circuit court of Perry county, the jury failing to agree at each trial.
 
MESSINO
August 27, 190012, Joseph Messino, of Willisville, miner, aged 28 years, married, was instantly killed by a fall of slate at the face of his working room in the mine of the Willis Coal and Mining Co., Willisville, Perry county. The slate that fell on deceased was 20 feet long, ten feet wide, and from eight to ten inches thick. The room had been mined and the coal blasted down. This was a case of waiting to load the coal and then timber the place, as the deceased had remarked that he would timber the room as soon as the coal could be loaded and taken out of the way. Messino was careless in not timbering his place in time. He left a widow and one child.
 
MILLER
September 20, 191729, John Miller, of Tamaroa, carpenter, age 55 years, married, employed at Collier Coal Company's L. M. mine, while working on scaffold in shaft he put his head through hole in partition; the descending cage struck him, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
MOODY
July 16, 190012, William Moody, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 40 years, married, was instantly killed by a fall of roof at the face of his working room in the Pope Mining Co.'s mine, DuQuoin, Perry county. The slate that fell was about 12 feet long, eight feet wide and six inches thick. Deceased was in the act of shoveling away coal to make room to put up timber, when the slate fell. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MOORE
August 22, 195258, John Arthur Moore, of Pinckneyville, electrician, aged 54 years, married, was electrocuted in Truax-Traer Coal Company's Pyramid mine. He leaves a widow.
 
MORRIS
April 17, 194452, Lester N. Morris, of Sunfield, loading machine helper, aged 48 years, married, died from injuries received on April 12, 1944, when rock fell on him in Pyramid Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MOSLEY
October 20, 192131, Henry Mosley, of DuQuoin, miner, age 22 years, single, was killed by falling coal in Paradise Coal Company's mine.
 
MOSS
January 28, 192736, Oscar Moss, of Sunfield, pumpman, age 38 years, married, was run over and killed by a railroad car in the pit of Perfection Coal Company's strip mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
MYERS
February 21, 194856, Powell G. Myers of DuQuoin, shuttle car operator, aged 28 years, married, died from injuries received the day before, February 20, 1948, when he was crushed between the shuttle car and rib in Union Colliery Company's mine. He leaves a widow.

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NARDINA
May 6, 190415, Carsidine Nardina, miner, aged 30 years, was fatally injured in the mine of the Missouri-Illinois Coal company, Willisville. Perry county. While at work in his room a fall of slate caught him, injuring him so severely that he died six hours afterwards. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
NEWSOM
September 29, 194452, Albert James Newsom, of Pinckneyville, loading machine helper, aged 38 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in Pyramid Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
NORRIS
December 13, 194553, Alva Norris, of DuQuoin, machine runner, aged 57 years, married, was killed by rock in Hallidayboro Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
February 26, 194149, Robert Leonard Norris, of DuQuoin, aged 30 years, motorman, married, died from injuries received on January 16, 1941, when he was thrown from motor and run over in Peabody coal Company's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow.

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O'BRIEN
August 4, 193039, Richard O'Brien, of Coulterville, electrician, age 26 years, single, died from injuries received the day before, when he fell from the building at Perry Coal Company's Perco mine.

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PENDLINGTON
December 4, 186770 -- Benjamin Pendlington -- Killed by a fall of stone on the 4th inst., at St. John's, Illinois, U. S., America, Benjamin, son of Mr. Joseph Pendlington; deeply regretted.
 
PHIEFFER
September 18, 191527, Charles Phieffer, of Willsiville, driver, age 49 years, single, was killed by pit cars in Willis Coal Mining Company's No. 1 mine, Willisville, Perry County. Deceased was coupling his cars when his trip was struck by another one catching and crushing his head.
 
PHILLIPPI
January 12, 190718, Louis Phillippi, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 29 years, married, was killed instantly while in the act of drilling out a shot, which he thought was a wet hole, as water was running out of the blasting barrel. This shot had been tamped the day before. Deceased was using a churn drill, which must have struck a piece of sulphur, igniting the powder. This accident occurred in the mine of the DuQuoin Coal Company, Duquoin. He leaves a widow.
 
PHILLIPS
September 12, 18924, George Phillips, of DuQuoin, colored, single man aged 30 years, a miner, in the employ of the Jupiter Mining Co., DuQuoin, was killed by fall of slate in his room: he was notified of the danger and promised to timber the place but neglected to do so.
 
PICKS
February 17, 18934, Obediah Picks, of DuQuoin, colored, miner, single, aged 22 years, was instantly killed by falling slate in the face of his room in the mine of the Horn Colliery Co. at DuQuoin. He was about starting to widen out his room; the roof was rotten soap-stone, and he failed to put up props; a large piece of stone fell on him with the above result.
 
PIERCE
September 27, 198368. Mr. Jackson Pierce, of Elkville, age 63, married, one dependent died from a highwall fall at approximately 8:15 P.M., September 27, 1983, while in the performance of his duties as Tractor Operator at Freeman United Coal Mining Company, Fidelity #11, DuQuoin, Perry County, Illinois.
Mr. Pierce had been performing work with a dozer on a bench near a wheel excavator. Mr. Pierce dismounted the dozer and walked to the edge of the bench and while standing there a portion of the bench gave way with Mr. Pierce falling approximately 15 to 20 feet. The fall was seen by fellow miners who immediately ran to the area of Mr. Pierce's fall and began digging in the dirt which covered the victim. Mr. Pierce was uncovered in about 15 minutes and was administered first aid, however he was pronounced dead on arrival at Marshall Browning Hospital in DuQuoin.
 
POWERS
January 27, 193947, Joseph Powers, of Elkville, cutting machine operator, aged 60 years, married, electrocuted in Kathleen mine of the Union Colliery Co.,leaving widow.
 
PUGH
On June 15, 196062, at about 9:55 a.m., Mr. Earl Pugh, of DuQuoin, age 64, was fatally injured at The United Electric Coal Company, Fidelity Strip Mine No. 11, located at Du Quoin, Perry County, Illinois. He was employed as a coal loading shovel operator and oiler and had 33 years experience at this mine. He is survived by his widow.
There was no eye witness to the accident but when the deceased did not relieve the operator at 10:00 a.m. as usual, the operator, at 10:25 a.m., went to look for the deceased and found him lying in front of the hoist drum, dead. Evidence showed that Mr. Pugh had crawled in front of the hoist drum and got on his hands and knees or had laid down and was scraping grease from under the bull gear and was hit on the right side of the head with the hoist friction band, causing the accident. The machine was in operation at the time of the accident.
 
PULLEY
December 21, 194452, Ben Ward Pulley of Elkville, loading machine helper, aged 57 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in Union Colliery Coal Company's Kathleen mine. He leaves a widow.

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QUALLS
June 17, 191627, Martin Qualls, of DuQuoin, miner, age 55 years, married, was struck by a motor in Paradise Coal Company's mine, Duquoin, Perry County. Deceased was walking in the entry when he was struck by the motor and his leg crushed off, causing his death. He leaves a widow.
 
QUIGLEY
July 22, 192938, Roy M. Quigley, of Dowell, loading machine operator, age 43 years, married, was killed in Union Colliery Company's Kathleen mine, by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow and four children.

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RAINEY
December 31, 18924, Lemmon Rainey, of Pinckneyville, blaster, married, aged 28, employed by G. W. Brown, at Pinckneyville, lighted the squib of a shot and got out of the way, where he waited until he thought it had time to go off, when he started to return to see what was the matter. The room was driven about twenty feet from the entry; just as he got opposite the room the shot exploded, and the coal flew out into the entry, some of it striking him, fracturing his skull; he lived nine hours after the accident.
 
REDNOUR
October 28, 192635, Nelson Rednour, of Cutler, miner, age 24 years, married, was killed in Wilson Coal Company's mine when struck by coal from a shot explosion. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
REES
August 1, 193644, Louis Rees, of Pinckneyville, driller and shooter, aged 44 years, married, killed by carbon monoxide gas in Kathleen Mine of Union Colliery Co., leaving widow and two children.
 
November 1, 193846, Ross Rees, of DeSoto, driller, aged 29 years, married, died from injuries received October 28, when caught under fall of overhang at the No. 2 mine of the Traux-Traer Coal Co., leaving widow and three children.
 
REISINGER
January 30, 193644, Charles Reisinger, of Pinckneyville, shotfirer, aged 55 years, single, killed by shot in mine of City Coal Co., no dependents.
 
RENESON
October 10, 189810, Alfred Reneson, of St. Johns, trip rider, aged 22 years, married, leaves a widow. The deceased was engaged as a trip rider his duty was to accompany the trip in on the engine plane to the inside partings and out again. He was riding on the front loaded car on the engine plane; the trip of cars was moving at an ordinary rate of speed, when the coupling between the first and second cars broke, throwing him and the car he was on against the side of the entry; he was killed instantly.
 
RICE
July 21, 189810, William Rice, of Pinckneyville, single, age 28 years, a miner employed at G. W. Brown's mine, Pinckneyville, was injured by falling clod at 8 a. m. and died when conveyed to the surface about 9:30 a. ra. The deceased was loading his car, he heard the noise of the clod working loose, and, instead of staying at the face of his working place he made an attempt to come out and was caught. He knew of the dangerous condition of the place and had promised the mine manager to timber the place before loading any more coal. The clod that fell would weigh about 3,000 pounds.
 
RICH
October 1, 190416, Wm. Rich, of Sunfield, miner, aged 38 years, single, was killed by falling rock. He leaves three children.
 
RIDGEWAY
April 2, 192938, William Ridgeway, of Coulterville, driver, age 37 years, married, was run over by pit cars and killed, in Perry Coal Company's Perco mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
RIORDAN
January 29, 190718, John H. Riordan, of Pinckneyville, mine manager, aged 37 years, single, was cleaning up some coal with the intention of pulling slate down afterwards. However, the slate fell on him, with the result that he died from the injuries twelve hours afterwards. He was employed at the local mine of John Anderson, Pinckneyville, Perry county.
 
ROACH
August 25, 194452, Joseph Howard Roach, of DuQuoin, Joy loader operator, aged 36 years, married, was was killee by being crushed between loading machine and rib in Truax-Traer Coal Company's No. 1 Drift Mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
ROBERTSON
April 13, 190415, Thomas Robertson, miner, aged 48 years, married, working in the old Kentucky Coal company's mine, Tamaroa. Perry county, was instantly killed by falling slate at his working place. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
ROBINSON
November 13, 194856, Perry A. Robinson of Dowell, shuttle car operator, aged 29 years, married, died from injuries received the day before, November 12, 1948, when he was crushed by a collision with a standing trip in Union Colliery Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
ROSA
December 29, 18935, John Rosa, of St. John's, miner, married, 47 years of age, in the employ of the Illinois Central Coal & Salt Company. He was mining out a pillar, cutting through about thirty-five feet wide and leaving about two feet of top coal; he had gone several feet under the top coal and had but one prop, this was at one end; while loading a car under this top coal, it fell, crushing him badly, especially his head, he lived five days after the accident, leaving a widow but no children.
 
ROSS
March 6, 193140, Irvin Ross, of Coulterville, laborer, age 46 years, married, was killed by railway cars at the mine of the St. Louis Coal Company. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
ROZNOSKI
February 8, 190920, Frank Roznoski, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 40, was killed by falling top coal in his working place. He had a shot in the day before and he was in the act of putting a prop under it when it came down. He was in the employ of the Paradise Coal and Coke Company, at DuQuoin, Perry county. He leaves a widow and six children.

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SALGER
September 26, 1939 47, Henry Salger, of Willisville, loading machine helper, aged 49 years, married, killed by fall of clod in Florida mine of the St. Louis Coal Co. leaving widow and one child.
 
SAUNDERS
August 6, 18924, William Saunders, of St. Johns, a timberer, single man, aged 30 years, in the employ of the Perry Coal Co. at St. Johns, was pulling down some loose slate with a crow-bar on the main entry; he let the bar rest on the bottom and against his abdomen: the slate fell and rolled over against the bar with such force as to cause the end to burst his bowels, from which he died in a few hours.
 
SCARBER
September 15, 192333, George Scarber, of DuQuoin, laborer, age 35 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Paradise Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
SCHAFER
February 19, 194553, Nickalous A. Schafer, of DuQuoin, car dropper, aged 43 years, married, died from injuries received the day before, February 18, 1945, by a railroad car in Peabody Coal Company's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
SCHNEIDER
December 29, 1933 42, George Schneider, of DuQuoin, car rider, married, was killed by railway cars at Union Colliery Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
SCHRADER
August 5, 198669. Mr. Braden Schrader, of Murphysboro, age 32, married, one dependent died from suffocation at approximately 3:15 P.M., Tuesday, August 5, 1986, while in the performance of his duties as surveyor, at Arch of Illinois, Inc., Horse Creek Mine, Pinckneyville , Perry County Illinois. The deceased apparently suffocated when he fell face down into mud at the bottom of a void created from shooting overburden. The void was earth covered, therefore, not visible on the surface. The deceased was found covered by a 5' by 3' by 2' clay clod. The weight of the clod hampered recovery of the victim.
 
SCHRAUREK
January 19, 192635, Charles Schraurek, of DuQuoin, miner, age 26 years, single, died from injuries received the day before when he was caught between motor and car in Crerar-Clinch Coal Company's mine.
 
SCHWARTZ
September 22, 1933 42, Otis Schwartz, of DuQuoin, trip rider, age 20 years, single, was squeezed between pit cars and coal rib and killed in Union Colliery Company's mine.
 
SCOTT
August 5, 190820, James Scott, of DuQuoin, top laborer, aged 23 years, married, employed at the Paradise Coal and Coke Company's mine when he was caught between two railroad cars ant? instantly killed. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
August 17, 192534, Steve Scott, of DuQuoin, driver, age 38 years, widower, was instantly killed by being caught between a pit car and pillar, in Crerar-Clinch Coal Company's Majestic mine. He leaves one child.
 
SEIBEL
June 3, 196865. Mr. Walter A. Seibel, of DuQuoin, age 47, married, no dependent children, accidentally came to his death at approximately 4:00 p.m., June 3, 1968, while performing his duties as a driller at the Truax-Traer Coal Company, Burning Star #2 Mine, located at DuOuoin, Perry County, Illinois, where he had been employed for 18 years.
A box containing 35 1 lb. x 3 inch boosters was setting on a shelf under the casing pipe rack. The drill was not in operation as a repair job on the pull down chain guard was in progress. Two repairmen were cutting and welding about 50' up on the mast and the box of boosters was almost directly under them. Evidently the sparks or hot metal fell and started the fire. The foreman, Robert Mason and the deceased Walter Seibel got a fire extinguisher and tried to put the fire out and failing in this attempt, they got shovels and, along with Louis Williams, started shoveling dirt on the fire when the material exploded. Mr. Seibel was killed instantly by the blast.
 
SELSAR
January 1, 18903, Daniel Selsar, of DuQuoin, a laborer, 22 years of age and single, working for the DuQuoin Coal Mining Co., DuQuoin, was killed by being crushed between the bumpers of two railroad cars, which he was placing in position under the chutes.
 
SHANKS
May 3, 189910, John Shanks, of DuQuoin, age 32 years, single, was instantly killed while at work loading his first car about 7:45 a. m., in room 32 on the 6th west entry, north side, in the mine of the Horn Colliery Co., DuQuoin, Perry county. The deceased had fired two shots the night before which knocked out eight props. A miner by the name of Jones was in the room at the time of the accident and was just asking the deceased if the roof was all right. Before he could reply the roof fell, crushing his head against the pit-car, killliug him instantly. Jones escaped unharmed.
 
SHORT
November 5, 192131, Harold Short, of Willsiville, loader, age 23 years, married, was killed in Willis Coal and Mining Company's No. 8 mine by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
SIMMONS
August 27, 190012, Napoleon Simmons, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 28 years, married, was severely burned by the explosion of powder in the Superior Coal Co.'s mine, DuQuoin, Perry county. The deceased was handling the powder when it was ignited by the light of his lamp. He walked to his home, and no one thought at the time that he was seriously burned; it was judged that he must have been burned internally. He died 48 hours after the accident, and leaves a widow and two children.
 
SMITH
July 31, 18979, Julius Smith, a miner at the Willis Coal and Mining Company's mine at Willisville, was instantly killed by falling slate about 10 a. m., while at work at the face of his room. Deceased was 49 years old and leaves a widow and one child.
 
July 17, 194755, Olin Smith, of Cutler, shot firer, aged 42 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Moffat Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
SNODGRASS
August 20, 190113, Arthur Snodgrass, of Pinckneyville, driver, age 28 years, married, leaves a widow and two children, was killed instantly by a fall of rock in the first south entry of the White Walnut Coal Co.'s mine, located at Pinckneyville, Perry county. Deceased was hauling a loaded pit car from the entry when a piece of rock weighing about 150 pounds fell killing him.
 
SPENCER
July 20, 18935, George Spencer, of DuQuoin, mine manager at the Excelsior Coal Company's mine, DuQuoin. He was at the bottom of the shaft, got on the cage and rang the bell: the night watchman was at the engine, he tried to start it; it being on center, he turned on steam, took hold of the fly wheel to get the engine off the center: when it started he was thrown against the side of the building with such force as to render him insensible for some time. The engine brought the cage rapidly to the top landing, broke the bridle chains letting the cage fall back to the landing where it turned on its side. Spencer fell from the cage to the bottom of the shaft 130 feet, and was killed instantly.
 
SPILLER
August 1, 193644, Joe Spiller, of DuQuoin, examiner, aged 31 years, married, killed by carbon monoxide gas in Kathleen Mine of Union Colliery Co., leaving widow and two children.
 
STABL
May 1, 190314, George Stabl, driver, aged 23 years, single, was killed by falling under a loaded mine car coming out of the first west entry in the mine of the White Walnut Coal company, Pinckneyville, Perry county.
 
STANHOUSE
January 6, 190819, Edward Stanhouse, of DuQuoin, miner and shot firer, aged 38 years, married, employed in mine No. 1 of the Jupiter Coal and Mining Company. DuQuoin. Deceased was firing shots with his brother, while in No. 12 south entry, after firing one of the shots, placed in the face of the entry, deceased returned to the face, and was in the act of lighting a second shot, when there was a fall of slate which caught him, from which he sustained injuries resulting in his death the morning of January 8. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
August 29, 193745, James Stanhouse, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 57 years, married, killed by falling screen at the West Park mine of the Hot Shot CoalCo.. leaving wife and one child.
 
March 11, 18989, John Stanhouse, of DuQuoin, aged 40, married, leaves a widow and two children, by occupation a miner, was killed at 9:30 p. m., in the mine of the Jupiter Mining Company, at DuQuoin. John Stanhouse was working in an entry pillar. He had a good deal of loose coal, and made the remark to his partner that as soon as they should get some of their coal loaded out they would put up some props to secure the roof. Before the coal was loaded out the slate gave way and John Stanhouse's head was caught between the bumper of the car and the slate and he was killed instantly. They were working on the night shift.
 
July 12, 190921, Walter Stanhouse, Sr., of DuQuoin, miner, aged 53 years, married, was killed by falling top coal. He was working in the Paradise Coal Company's mine at DuQuoin and was engaged in widening out an entry preparatory to putting in a parting. He had just fired a shot and was pulling down the top coal, when it gave way, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
STEELE
July 19, 191830, John Steele, of DuQuoin, machine runner, age 52 years, married, was killed in Union Colliery's Kathleen mine, Duquoin, by electrocution. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
STEIN
June 29, 192332, Henry Stein, of Vergeness, motorman, age 24 years, single, was killed by a motor in Union Collieries Company's Kathleen mine.
 
June 29, 192332, William Stein, of Tamaroa, miner, age 40 years, married, was killed by falling slate in Tamaroa Little Muddy Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
STEVENSON
February 12, 190718, William A. Stevenson, of Winkle, shot firer, employed in the mine of the Avery Coal Company, Winkle, Perry county, aged 53 years, married, was overcome with afterdamp caused from a blown out shot, the explosion tearing down all doors on that side of shaft and destroying the top of the air shaft; which also killed William Haughland. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
STONE
December 7, 190719, Eli C. Stone, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 52 years, married, employed at the Paradise Coal and Coke Company's mine, DuQuoin, was killed by falling coal. Ebinger and Stone were taking down top coal and had knocked all the props down with the exception of one; while knocking out this last prop the coal gave way. A piece of coal about 24 feet square and three feet thick fell and buried both men underneath. They were taken out two and a half hours after the accident by a searching party. Stone leaves a widow and two grown daughters.

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TERRY
May 21, 194048, Albert T. Terry, of DuQuoin, cleanup man, age 58 years, married, crushed by car at the No. 14 mine of the Peabody Coal Company, leaving a widow.
 
August 16, 191325, Peter Terry, of Sunfield, miner, aged 69 years, married, was killed in Bailey Bros, mine, Sunfield, Perry County, by falling slate. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
THORNBERRY
July 1, 191426, Hiram Thornberry, of DuQuoin, hoisting engineer, age 38 years, married, was killed at the Majestic Coal & Coke Company's mine, Duquoin, Perry County. Deceased was oiling the engine and was struck by the governor, which knocked him down between the flywheel and engine frame. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
TREFT
May 22, 192736, Gabe Treft, of DuQuoin, pumpman, age 60 years, married, was struck and instantly killed by a fall of rock in Security Coal and Mining Company's mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
TRUEBGER
March 22, 193846, Frederick Francis Truebger, of DuQuoin, civil engineer, aged 42 years, married, crushed by cars in the Kathleen mine of the Union Colliery Co., leaving widow.

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UNDERWOOD
September 2, 194250, Howard Underwood, of Dowell, machine man, aged 55 years, married, was killed by rock from the roof falling on him in Union Colliery Company's Kathleen mine. He leaves a widow.

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VENEGONIA
February 22, 192231, Joseph Venegonia, of Murphysboro, laborer, age 17 years, single, was run over and killed by a pit car in Consolidated Coal Company's mine No. 10.
 
VERNON
September 15, 192534, Vernon Jeremiah, of DuQuoin, miner, age 32 years, married, was caught by a fall of coal and crushed to death, in Crerar-Clinch Coal Company's Majestic mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
VINEHARD
October 5, 191830, Morris Vinehard, of Coulterville, miner, age 42 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Perry County Coal Company's mine, Coulterville. He leaves a widow and three children.

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WALL
October 2, 195258, Rolan Wall, of Ava, welder, aged 49 years, married, died from injuries received on August 19, 1952, from burns from an ignited solvent in Union Colliery Company's New Kathleen mine. He leaves a widow.
 
WALLACE
September 23, 192333, Andrew Wallace, of Dowell, trip rider, age 21 years, single, was electrocuted by coming in contact with trolley wire in Kathleen mine, Union Colliery Company.
 
February 22, 193947, David Wallace, Sr., of Dowell, cleanup man, aged 62 years, married, killed by fall of rock in Kathleen mine of the Union Colliery Co., leaving widow.
 
WALLER
September 2, 195258, Roman H. Waller, of DuQuoin, loading machine helper, aged 50 years, married, was killed by a roof fall in Peabody Coal Company's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
Notes :
      1. Peabody Coal Company's No. 14 mine was also known by many as "The Majestic Coal Mine"
           as it had previously been Majestic Coal Mine No. 14 until 1937.
      2. Roman H. Waller had ten children; it may be that only one was dependent at the time of his death.
 
WATKINS
February 6, 192232, Harry Watkins, of Pinckneyville, motorman, age 28 years, single, was killed in Southern Gem Coal Corporation's No. 6 mine. Deceased, in order to avoid a collision with another car, jumped off his motor and was crushed between the motor and timbers. He leaves his mother and two sisters dependent.
 
March 10, 190314, Newton Watkins, of Willisville, miner, aged 35 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate at his working face in mine No. 1 of the Willis Coal & Mining company, Willisville, Perry county. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
WEBB
October 1, 191426, Richard Webb, of DuQuoin, laborer, age 54 years, married, was killed by powder explosion in the Majestic Coal & Coke Company's mine, Duquoin, Perry County. Deceased was taking a pit car full of kegs of powder to the mine for the next day's work, when, in some unexplained way, the powder was ignited, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
WEHRLE
March 3, 190819, Anton Wehrle, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 50 years, married, employed at the mine of the Brilliant Coal and Coke Company, DuQuoin. Deceased was working at the face, under a loose piece of slate which he should have pulled down. However, while working off his shot, a piece of the slate 4 by 5 feet, two inches thick on one edge and four inches on the other, fell crushing him between the slate and the loose coal on which he was standing. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
November 22, 194048, Carl Wehrle, of DuQuoin, triprider, age 24 years, single, crushed by cross bars being handled on trip at the Kathleen Mine of the Union Colliery Company, leaving a dependent father.
 
January 28, 191829, Robert Wehrle, of DuQuoin, trip rider, age 23 years, single, was killed in Paradise Coal Company's mine, Duquoin, Perry County, by being run over by motor while he was sanding the rails.
 
WHITLOW
August 25, 195359, William Arden Whitlow, of Christopher, foreman, aged 49 years, single, was killed by being caught between a shuttle car and rib in Peabody Coal Company's No. 14 mine. He leaves one dependent.
 
WIEMAN
June 21, 193947, Vernie Wieman, of Pinckneyville, top laborer, aged 28 years, married, killed by railroad cars at mine No. 5 of the Pinckneyville Mining Co., leaving widow and one child.
 
WILKERSON
September 9, 190820, Otto E. Wilkerson, of Willisville, track layer, aged 34 years, employed in the Willis Coal and Mining Company's mine at Willisville, Perry county, was sitting in an empty car on parting, waiting for quitting time when a piece of slate fell upon him injuring his spine and he died two days later. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
WILLMORE
October 5, 193745, Neb Willmore, of Elkville, loading machine operator, aged 54 years, married, crushed between machine and rib at the Kathleen mine of the Union Colliery Co., leaving wife and two children.
 
WILSON
August 8, 193039, George Wilson, of Dowell, machine operator, age 51 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Union Colliery Company's mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
October 13, 191729, John Wilson, of DuQuoin, trapper, age 17 years, was killed in Paradise Coal Company mine, DuQuoin, Perry County, by being crushed with three cars which had broken loose from trip.
 
August 26, 190517, S. P. Wilson, of DuQuoin, miner, aged 47 years, married, employed at the New Moon mine, Duquoin, Perry county, was killed by falling slate at the working face. He leaves a widow and six dependent children.
 
WOLFE
November 8, 193745, Joseph Wolfe, of Dowell, timberman, aged 49 years, married, killed by fall of slate in the Kathleen mine of the Union Colliery Co., leaving wife and three children.

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YATES
June 15, 189910, William Yates, of DuQuoin, age 24 years, married, leaving a widow and two children; was employed at the Horn Colliery Co's mine, Duquoin, Perry county, as a night roadman. About 5 a. m., Yates was coming out, and on reaching the bottom he volunteered and went to help the pump man in his work. The pump would not take water. Yates got a piece of scantling and was prying at the suction pipe when his hold slipped and he fell into the sump and was scalded. The exhaust of the steam pump had been discharging into the sump. He died June 17, two days after the accident.
 
YOUNG
June 8, 195157, Raymond Young, of DeSoto, shuttle car operator, aged 41 years, married, was killed in an accident while driving the shuttle car in Peabody Coal Company's No. 14 mine. He leaves a widow.

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ZELINSKY
November 19, 191426, Stanley Zelinsky, of Craig, miner, age 32 years, married,died from injuries received November 10, by a fall of top coal in the Chime Coal Company's mine, Craig, Perry County. He leaves a widow and three children.

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