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Coal Mine Rescue and First Aid
1910 - 1986

 
Horse-drawn Ambulance
Horse-drawn Ambulance
 
Mine Rescue Commission 1910 - 1917
Division of Mine Rescue and First Aid 1917 - 1986
Rescue Stations
 
Rescue Station History
 
Rescue Station Superintendents & Assistants
 
1913 Rescue Car
1913 Rescue Car

Rescue Station Superintendents

Superintendents Position Rescue Station Years
ANDERSON, John Superintendent Springfield 1981 - 1983
ANDERSON, WalterSuperintendentBenton1929 - 1932
1940 - 1947
BATES, Harry Superintendent Benton 1973 - 1982
BOWERS, Larry
Box 29, Harrisburg
Assistant SuperintendentEldorado1985 - 1986
BRADBURY, Arthur Superintendent Belleville 1933 - 1939
BROWNING, Wathen Superintendent Benton 1950 -1952
CAGLE, Fern
2437 West Locust
Assistant SuperintendentEldorado1971 - 1976
CARNEY, Harry Superintendent Herrin 1948 - 1951
CARRAHER, M. J. Assistant Superintendent Benton 1914
CHITTY, Leo Superintendent Herrin 1934
Superintendent Springfield 1935 - 1939
CICARDI, Santo
R. R. 1, Pinckneyville, Il 62832
Assistant SuperintendentDuQuoin1971 - 1972
CLUSKER, James Superintendent Springfield 1920 - 1934
COCKRUM, Robert
404 S. Poplar, Sesser, IL
Assistant SuperintendentBenton1985 - 1986
CORNELL, Archie
Route 1
Assistant SuperintendentElizabethtown1975 - 1986
COULSON, William Assistant Superintendent Coulterville 1975 - 1979
DAME, Willard Assistant Superintendent Benton 1980
DAUTEL, Robert, Sr. Superintendent Springfield 1985 - 1986
DAVISON, Ben Superintendent DuQuoin 1952 - 1956
DeVILLEZ, James
R. R. 4, Harrisburg, IL
Assistant SuperintendentEldorado1977 - 1980
SuperintendentEldorado1982 - 1986
DONNELLY, Peter Assistant Superintendent LaSalle 1910
DOWNS, Robert
R. R. 3, DuQuoin
Assistant SuperintendentDuQuoin1973 - 1974
Superintendent Springfield 1975 - 1976
DUNCAN, J. C. Superintendent Benton 1910 - 1911
DUNCAN, Lloyd Superintendent Harrisburg 1938 - 1939
ENGLISH, Lewis V. Superintendent Elizabethtown 1971 - 1986
ENGLISH, ThomasSuperintendentLaSalle1910 - 1917
Superintendent Springfield 1911 - 1920
FISHER, Pete Superintendent Benld 1940 - 1947
GEORGE, Darrel Assistant Superintendent DuQuoin 1982 - 1983
Superintendent DuQuoin 1984 - 1986
GIBBS, Bennie Superintendent Eldorado 1952 - 1972
GRAMLICH, Fred W. Superintendent Belleville 1928 - 1929
GREZLAK, Edmund Superintendent Benton 1948 - 1949
GRIEVE, Ivan J. Superintendent Belleville 1930 - 1932
HAFFORD, Clifford Superintendent Eldorado 1973 - 1980
HANEY, Donald Superintendent Springfield 1973
HAWKINS, Enos Assistant Superintendent Coulterville 1980 - 1981
Superintendent Coulterville 1980 - 1986
HOOPER, James M. Superintendent Eldorado 1948 - 1951
IVY, ArchSuperintendent Herrin 1952 - 1953
Superintendent Benton No. 2 1955 - 1965
Superintendent Benton No. 1 1966 - 1967
Superintendent Benton 1968 - 1969
JANINI, James J. Superintendent DuQuoin 1958 - 1972
JONES, Alexander Superintendent LaSalle 1914 - 1915
KELLER, Robert
Box 66, Tamaroa
Assistant SuperintendentDuQuoin1980 - 1986
LAWLESS, Thomas Assistant Superintendent LaSalle 1915
LETTSOME, Edward Superintendent LaSalle 1940 - 1941
LITCHFIELD, James Superintendent Springfield 1958 - 1972
MAITLAND, J. W. Assistant Superintendent Benton 1914
McCOLLUM, William
524 East Keyes,
DuQuoin, IL
Superintendent DuQuoin 1948 - 1951
Assistant SuperintendentDuQuoin 1975 - 1977
McCORMICK, Paul Superintendent DuQuoin 1973 - 1979
McGONIGAL, Larry Superintendent LaSalle 1934 - 1935
McMILLAN, James Superintendent Benton 1927 - 1928
McMILLAN, W. J. Assistant Superintendent LaSalle 1911
Assistant Superintendent LaSalle 1914 - 1915
McNABB, James Superintendent Harrisburg 1918 - 1919
McSHERRY, Barney Superintendent Herrin 1935 - 1939
MELVIN, Paul
405 Oaklawn,
West Frankfort, IL
Assistant SuperintendentSpringfield1985 - 1986
MEYER, WalterSuperintendentCoulterville 1975 - 1977
Superintendent Collinsville 1978 - 1979
MEYERS, Charles Superintendent DuQuoin 1940 - 1947
MITCHELL, Ronald "Jim"
806 Washington,
Johnson City, IL
Assistant SuperintendentEldorado1982 - 1983
MITCHELL, William Superintendent Belleville 1958 - 1960
Superintendent Springfield 1962 - 1964
MORGAN, George L. Assistant Superintendent Benton 1914
MORRIS, Joseph Superintendent DuQuoin 1933 - 1939
MYRICK, Louis Superintendent Benton No. 1 1955 - 1966
NOLLAU, William Superintendent Belleville 1955 - 1956
PATTERSON, Frank Superintendent Harrisburg 1919 - 1924
Superintendent Eldorado 1925 - 1932
PETREIKIS, Frank
810 North Eighth Street
Assistant SuperintendentSpringfield1971 - 1976
SuperintendentSpringfield1977 - 1980
PFLASTERER, Philip
General Delivery
Tilden, IL.
Assistant Superintendent Coulterville1981 - 1986
PROCTOR, Peter H. Superintendent LaSalle 1936 - 1939
RICHARDS, Job temporary Superintendent Harrisburg 1918
ROBERTSON, James Superintendent DuQuoin 1917 - 1932
ROGERS, Thomas Superintendent LaSalle 1915 - 1917
ROGERS, Thomas Superintendent LaSalle 1917
Superintendent Herrin 1918 - 1933
ROSBOTTOM, Frank Assistant Superintendent Benton 1910
ROTRAMEL, Jarret Superintendent Benton 1985 - 1986
RUSHING, John Superintendent Herrin 1941 - 1947
SENOVICK, Stanley
#2 East 6th St., Pana, IL
Assistant SuperintendentSpringfield1980 - 1983
SIDDENS, Callie
1008 Grayson Street
Assistant SuperintendentBenton1971
SKELTON, Alexander Superintendent Harrisburg 1917
Superintendent LaSalle 1917 - 1933
Superintendent LaSalle 1942
Superintendent Peru 1943 - 1947
SMITH, George T. Assistant Superintendent Benton 1911 - 1914
Superintendent Springfield 1914
STAHL, Miles
1251 North Second Street
Assistant Superintendent Springfield1971 - 1973
Superintendent Springfield 1974
STUTSMAN, Bland D. Superintendent Johnston City 1928 - 1932
SWAN, Charles Assistant Superintendent Springfield 1910
TAGGART, Michael Superintendent Eldorado 1933 - 1937
TARTER, Cerillo S. Superintendent Benld 1948 - 1952
TATE, Roy
R. R. 2, Benton
Assistant SuperintendentBenton1972 - 1974
TAYLOR, John Superintendent Eldorado 1940 - 1946
THOMAS, Emlyn Superintendent Benld 1952 - 1953
TOWAL, James Superintendent LaSalle 1911
Superintendent Benton 1914 - 1917
VINYARD, Donald Superintendent Eldorado 1947
WALKER, Charles M. Superintendent Springfield 1965 - 1966
Superintendent Benton No. 1 1967
Superintendent Benton 1968 - 1971
WALMSLEY, G. H. Superintendent Springfield 1910
WEBB, Houston W. Superintendent Johnston City 1933 - 1939
WEIR, James Superintendent Herrin 1917 - 1918
Superintendent Benton 1918 - 1926
WEST, Leon
520 East Franklin, Sesser, IL
Assistant SuperintendentBenton1975 - 1979
Superintendent DuQuoin 1980 - 1981
WILLIAMS, Howard Superintendent Benton 1953
WILLIAMS, Ray Superintendent Benton 1933 - 1937
WILLIAMS, William J. Superintendent Springfield 1940 - 1956
Superintendent Divernon 1958 - 1960
WRIGHT, Edward S. Superintendent Belleville 1940 - 1953

Rescue Stations
Belleville
Benld
Benton
Benton No. 1
Benton No. 2
Coulterville
Divernon
DuQuoin
Eldorado
Elizabethtown
Harrisburg
Herrin
Johnston City
LaSalle
Peru
Springfield
 
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Belleville
Years in operation : 1927 - 1960
Address (1934) : 226 N. Second St.. Phone 1460.
 
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Benld
Years in operation : 1940 - 1953
Address : Central Avenue
 
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Benton
Benton Mine Resuce Car and Staion
Photograph from Coal Age, Vol 7 No. 7; January 16, 1915
 
Years in operation : 1911 - 1954 & 1968 - 1986
Address : 503 E. Main St., Phone 67
 
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Benton No. 1
Years in operation : 1955 - 1967
Address : 503 E. Main St.
 
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Benton No. 2
Years in operation : 1955 - 1967
Address : (1955 & 1956) 416 South 13th Street, Herrin
Address : (1958) P. O. Box 96, Herrin
 
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Coulterville
Years in operation : 1975 - 1986
Listed as Collinsville 1978 - 1979
Address : P.O. Box 158
 
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Divernon
Years in operation : 1958 - 1960
Address : P. O. Box 56
 
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DuQuoin
Years in operation : 1914 - 1986
Address : (1934 - 1939 )11 S. Mulberry, Phone Main 36
Address : (1940 - 1948) 22 W. Main St.
Address : (1949 - 1951) South Division Street
Address : (1952 - 1958) 32 North Division Street
Address : (1959 - 1969) 211 West Park Street
Address ; (1970 - 1986) 512 N. Hickory
 
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Eldorado
Years in operation : 1922 - 1939 & 1941 - 1986
      Eldorado Station moved to Harrisburg March 1, 1939.
In 1939 moved to Harrisburg, but returned in 1941
Address : (1934 - 1939) 918 Fourth St., Phone 58-4-2

 
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Elizabethtown
Years in operation : 1971 - 1986
Address : First Street
 
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Harrisburg
Years in operation : 1914 - 1922 & 1939 - 1941
Substation at first - In 1922 was removed to Eldorado
Address : 617 N. Jackson St., Phone 988
 
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Herrin
Years in operation : 1914 - 1939 & 1941 - 1953
      Substation at first
Address : (1934 - 1935) 106 E. Walnut St., Phone 5401
Address : (1936 - 1937) 114 W. Monroe St., Phone 5401
Address : (1938 - 1939) 120 N. Eighth St., Phone 5401
Address : (1942 - 1946) 221 South Park
Address : (1947) 305 South 13th St.
Address : (1948 - 1953) 110 North 14th Street
 
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Johnston City
Years in operation : 1927 - 1939
      Abolished as of June 30, 1939
Address : 608 Adams St., Phone 8-5 R2
 
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LaSalle
Years in operation : 1911 - 1943
      In 1943 moved to Peru
Address : 245 Buck St., Phone 27
 
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Peru
Years in operation : 1943 - 1948
      Abolished in 1948
Address : 1603 South Seventh St.
 
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Springfield
Years in operation : January 1911- 1986
Address : (1934 - 1942) 6th and Princeton, Phone Main 1159
Address : (1943 - 1986) 609 Princeton Ave.
 

Rescue Station History
(Senate Bill No. 42. Approved March 4, 1910.)
      An Act to establish and maintain in the coal fields' of Illinois, mine fire fighting and rescue stations, and to make appropriation therefor.
      Section 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois represented in the General Assembly: That for the purpose of providing prompt and efficient means of fighting mine fires and of saving lives and property jeopardized by fires, explosions or other accidents in coal mines in Illinois, there shall be constructed, equipped and maintained at public expense three rescue stations to serve the northern, the central and the southern coal fields of the State.
      [ Sections 2 through 10 omitted for purposes of this compilation. ]
 
      On August 2, 1910, the commission met in Springfield and effected an organization by electing J. A. Holmes, chairman, Hector McAllister, vice chairman, and H. H. Stock, secretary.
 
      September 12, 1910, Richard Newsam was elected manager of the rescue stations, and it was decided that the stations should be erected at the following places :
      LaSalle for the northern,
      Springfield for the central,
      Benton for the southern part of the State.
 
      The Springfield Station was opened in January, 1911, and within four months from that time the other stations were ready.
 
      The three rescue cars were put in commission in March, 1911. Two of these cars, completely furnished and equipped, were donated to the State by the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad Company and the Northwestern Railroad Company.
 
      In November, 1911, the three mine rescue cars began their tour of the mining towns of the State to give free instructions in helmet work and first-aid to the injured.
 
      On August 5, 1912, Mr. Richard Newsam, who had served so efficiently as manager of the rescue stations, sent in his resignation because of ill health.
      The amendment to the Civil Service Act, effective July 1, 1911, placed all employes of the commission under civil service rules. It therefore became necessary to hold an examination for the position of manager to succeed Mr. Newsam. Consequently, an examination was called to be held in Springfield October 3, 1911. Mr. Oscar Cartlidge, State mine inspector of Marion, was the successful candidate for the position and entered upon the discharge of his duties November 1.
 
      December 10, 1912, the first competitive contest was held and was participated in by four teams.
 
      The position of Mine Rescue Station manager was declared vacant by Governor Dunne, April 1, 1915, on the recommendation of the commission.
 
      At the close of 1916 there were six teams consisting of five men each, who were well trained in the most approved methods of mine rescue work and ready on call to respond to appeals for help anywhere in the State.
 
      By the law of 1917 the Mine Rescue Commission was abolished, the stations and the administration of the law placed under the jurisdiction of the Department of Mines and Minerals, and called the Division of Mine Rescue and First-Aid.
 
      An amendment in 1947 specified that, in addition to the mine rescue stations in operation, the Department of Mines and Minerals shall construct, equip and maintain in the coal fields of this State, three mobile rescue units.
      The first mobile unit was stationed at Springfield, and the others at DuQuoin and Benton.
 
      In 1949 the Act was amended so as to extend fire fighting and rescue station facilities by adding another mobile mine rescue unit in Eldorado, Illinois

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