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Sangamon County, Illinois
Coal Mine Fatalities

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ADAMATES
November 19, 192043, John Adamates, driver , age 33 years, single, employed at Peabody Coal Company's No. 6 mine, fell in front of a trip of cars, was run over and killed.
 
ADAMITIES
September 28, 190719, John Adamities, of Springfield, miner, aged 32 years, married, lost his life in the mine of the Illinois Midland Coal Company, Springfield. Deceased stuck his pick into a keg of powder to open it; the powder was ignited and exploded, burning him to death. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
ALBRICK
October 13, 192635, John Albrick, of Springfield, miner, age 52 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 57 mine, by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
ALEXANDER
September 12, 190012, Angelo Alexander, of Dawson, miner, aged 38 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in the Wabash Coal Co.'s mine, Dawson, Sangamon county. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
April 14, 193649, Loren Alexander, of Edinburg, dump tender, aged 35 years, married, run over by motor at coal washer of Peabody Coal Co., leaving wife and three children.
 
December 17, 191426, Stanley Alexander, of Divernon, timberman, age 24 years, married, died from injuries received December 9 in the No. 6 mine of the Madison Coal Corporation. While timbering in an old entry where a new motor haulage road was being put in, a rock weighing about two tons fell upon him, breaking his back, December 13, 1914. He died at St. John's Hospital four days later, leaving a widow.
 
ALLEN
May 10, 191425, Benjamin Allen, of Auburn, mine examiner, aged 45 years, married, employed in the Black Diamond Coal Company's mine, Auburn, Sangamon County, was killed by an explosion of gas. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
ALLEVA
August 12, 192131, Domanick Alleva, of Springfield, miner, age 38 years, married, was killed by a fall of roof in Sangamon Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
ALLISTER
October 13, 193649, Thomas Allister, of Taylorville, machine man, aged 44 years, died from injuries received on February 18 from fall of coal in mine No. 58 of Peabody Coal Co. Married, leaving wife and two children.
 
ANDERSON
February 13, 191122, John Anderson, of Pawnee, timberman, aged 40 years, married, was killed at the mine of the Illinois Midland Coal Company at Pawnee, Sangamon county. Deceased was standing between two railroad cars when they were struck by another car causing them to knock him down and run over him. He leaves a widow.
 
ARCHER
March 27, 190617, Thomas Archer, of Dawson, miner, aged 49 years, married, was killed in the Wabash Coal Co.'s mine No. 1, at Dawson, Sangamon county. While loading his car a large lump of coal fell over on him, smashing his head. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
AUGUSTINE
August 15, 194558, Anthony Augustine, of Springfield, slate man, age 65 years, married, died from injuries received on August 13, 1945, by a rock fall in Peabody Coal Company's No. 59 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
AUSTIN
March 18, 192143, Seymour Austin, driver, age 26 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in Union Fuel Company's No. 4 mine.
 

 
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BABECKY
December 14, 190820, Frank Babecky, shot firer, aged 28 years, single, employed as shot firer by the miners at Jones & Adams Coal Company mine, was killed in an explosion, caused by a "windy" or blown out shot.
 
BAHLON
January 15, 191930, Fred Bahlon, of Springfield, mine examiner, age 28 years, married, died from injuries received at West End Coal Company's mine, Springfield, two weeks earlier. Deceased had made an examination of the mine and was in the engine room making out his report, his lighted lamp still on his cap. On a bench nearby was a can of gasoline and, leaning his head toward the can, his light ignited the gasoline resulting in his death as stated above. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BAILEY
December 8, 193245, James Bailey, of Virden, laborer, age 39 years, married, was kicked by a mule and killed in Mine B Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
July 9, 192333, William Bailey, of Divernon, machine man, age 56 years, widower, was killed by a fall of slate in Madison Coal Corporation's No. 6 mine. He leaves one child.
 
BAJARZIN
September 29, 193346, August Bajarzin, of Springfield, miner, age 37 years, married, was killed in Panther Creek mine No. 5, by falling off cage down the shaft. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
BALDES
January 26, 18956, John Baldes, of Springfield, aged 25 years, married, occupation, stableman, was killed at the mine of the Wilmington & Springfield Coal Company. Ridgely, Sangamon county, at 6 a. m., January 26, 1895. Edward Pamplin. Wm. Sack and John Baldes got on the cage at the lower landing to go down the shaft. Tlie man in charge of the engine hoisted the cage instead of lowering it; as the cage passed the upper landing Pamplin and Baldes jumped off. Pamplin alighted safely, Baldes fell to the bottom of the shaft a distance of about 270 feet, and was instantly killed. Sack remained on the cage and was unhurt. The engineer had been in the employ of the company about six weeks; he stated that he had worked as an engineer since he was 16 years of age but mostly with stationary engines. Baldes leaves a widow and one child.
 
BALLOG
November 20, 193649, Joseph P. Ballog, of Riverton, loader, aged 32 years, married, killed by fall of rock in mine No. 59 of Peabody Coal Co., leaving wife and two children.
 
BAPRIMSKI
April 22, 192332, John Baprimski, of Divernon, miner, age 51 years, widower, died from injuries received in the Madison Coal Corporation's No. 6 mine. Deceased on April 5, was getting off the cage at bottom of the shaft when his toe got caught and mashed in the dog of the cage. Gangrene set in and the toe was amputated, but tetanus developed, causing death. He leaves five dependent children.
 
BARCUS
January 14, 191930, Stanley Barcus, of Divernon, trapper, age 17 years, single, was killed in Madison Coal Corporation's Mine No. 6, Divernon. Deceased was riding the motor toward the parting, and jumped off to make a flying switch when he fell under the motor.
 
BARNARD
December 21, 191830, George Barnard, of Auburn, trackman, age 37 years, married, died from the effects of injuries received December 16, in Springfield District Coal Mining Company's No. 54 mine, Auburn. Deceased went up on top of a fall with a naked lamp and ignited an accumulation of gas, which caused his death. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
BAYANT
December 21, 193245, George T. Bayant, of Springfield, laborer, age 58 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 57 mine by striking breast against coal. He leaves a widow.
 
BEAGHAN July 15, 190921, John Beaghan, superintendent, aged 55 years, married, employed at the Republic mine of the Cantral Co-operative Coal Company, Cantrall, was crushed under a decending cage June 23, 1909. He died from the injuries received July 15, 1909, leaving a widow and eight children.
 
BECKER
April 29, 190112, Frank Becker, of Bissell, miner, aged 16 years, son of William Becker, working with his father, was killed by the same blast that killed his father in the Clear Lake Cooperative Coal Co.'s mine, Bissell, Sangamon county. The blast came from the working place adjoining; some mistake was made in not giving proper notice to the Beckers that the blast was to be fired.
 
April 29, 190112, William Becker, of Bissell, miner, aged 46 years, married, was killed by a blast in the Clear Lake Cooperative Coal Co.'s mine, Bissell, Sangamon county. The blast came from the working place adjoining; some mistake was made in not giving proper notice to the Beckers that the blast was to be fired. He leaves a widow and three children
 
BENEDICK
March 5, 191425, Joe Bendick, of Divernon, laborer, aged 24 years, single, was killed by falling slate in the Madison Coal Corporation's No. 6 mine, Divernon, Sangamon County.
 
BENEDICT
November 17, 189911, Babtist Benedict, of Divernon, miner, aged 23 years, married, was fatally injured November 5, 1899, in the Madison Coal Co's No. 6 mine, at Divernon. Deceased was struck by a fall of coal and slate. He was taken to St. John's hospital, Springfield, for treatment. November 16th he was removed from the hospital to his relatives in Glen Carbon, Madison county. His skull was fractured, and an operation was performed on him at Glen Carbon, but he died November 17, 1899. He leaves a widow.
 
December 6, 190012, John Benedict, of Riverton, miner, aged 62 years, married, was killed by a premature blast in the Riverton Coal Co.'s mine at Riverton, Sangamon county. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
BENEKY
September 3, 190719, Edward Beneky, of Springfield, aged 36 years, married, was killed in No. 8 mine of the Illinois Collieries Company, Springfield. Deceased was walking along the main entry to reach his working place, when suddenly some falling slate, about sixteen tons, caught him, completely burying him underneath. He leaves a widow.
 
BENG
February 19, 190920, August Beng, miner, aged 68 years, married, was fatally burned by the exploding of a keg of powder, which the deceased had ignited with his lamp. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BEYERS
December 12, 193952, William Beyers, of Taylorville, clod man, aged 60 years, married, killed by fall of clod m mine No. 58 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving widow.
 
BICASCIS
December 16, 190214, N. Bicascis, of Riverton, miner, aged 30 years, single, was killed in the Riverton Coal company's mine No. 2, Riverton, Sangamon county, by a premature blast.
 
BLUE
August 26, 191325, Andrew Blue, Jr., of Thayer, trip rider, aged 19 years, was killed by a motor in the Chicago, Wilmington and Vermilion Coal Company's Mine No. 1, Thayer, Sangamon County.
 
BOELLE
January 30, 18945, Albert Boelle, of Cantrall, aged 45, miner, was instantly killed in mine No. 1, of the Cantrall Cooperative Coal Company, Cantrall, Sangamon county. The deceased had drilled a rib shot, the hole passing through a piece of sulphur, the bits had to be sharpened four times during the drilling which reduced the size of the hole through the sulphur; when putting in the cartridge it stuck at the sulphur: there was a breakthrough near the face of the room into another room. Another miner working in the next room, heard the deceased at work preparing shot and using impatient language. From the miner the deceased borrowed a double-bitted churn-drill and with it renewed his efforts to force the cartridge into place, when an explosion occurred blowing him a distance of about 20 feet with result as stated. It was supposed that while working with the steel bit, in the hole containing the powder, it struck the sulphur producing sparks which ignited the powder. The drill was blown about 60 feet and stuck in a prop.
      Very little was known about the deceased. He had worked at the Cantrall mine about two months and was reported to have recently arrived from Mexico. The act that caused the explosion and his death was extremely dangerous and would not have been practiced by any one of good judgment and used to working with explosives: however, the timbering of the room and the shape of the face for preparing shots suggested that he was acquainted with mining. He left a widow and one child in Mexico.
 
BOGARDS
August 17, 190315, Peter Bogards, of Chatham, miner, age 30 years, single, was burnt by an explosion of powder August 7, 1903, in the Chicago-Virden Coal company's mine No. 3. Chatham, Sangamon county. He died ten days afterward. He was making a cartridge, when his lamp fell into the keg of powder.
 
BOLKI
September 9, 190315, Steve Bolki, of Chatham, miner, aged 26 years, single, was injured by falling rock August 26, 1903, in the Chicago-Virden Coal company's mine at Chatham, Sangamon county; he died 14 days after the accident. His partner. Wm. Davis, was working with him at the time of the accident.
 
BONMERITO
August 17, 192333, Joe Bonmerito, of Sherman, miner, age 52 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 6 mine, by a fall of slate, which probably would have been avoided if deceased had followed instructions in regard to putting up a cross-bar. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
BOYCE
October 11, 191527, John Boyce, of Springfield, driver, age 19 years, single, was killed in Springfield Coal Mining Company's mine No. 5, Springfield, Sangamon County, by pit cars. Deceased fell off seat in front of car and was run over.
 
BOYER
February 3, 194255, Ben F. Boyer, of Barr Station, timberman, age 75 years, single, was killed when slate fell on him in Barr Coal Company's mine.
 
BRADLEY
July 25, 190214, Edward Bradley, of Auburn, driver, aged 22 years, single, was crushed by mine cars July 16, 1902, in the Chicago-Virden Coal company's mine. No. 2, Auburn, Sangamon county; he died July 25, 1902.
 
December 12, 190315, Robert Bradley, of Bissell, driver, aged 38 years, single, was killed by being caught between a mine car and a prop in the Spaulding Coal company's mine No. 2 at Bissell, Sangamon county.
 
BRAZINSKI
March 8, 192635, Anton Brazinski, of Springfield, miner, age 49 years, single, was killed by a fall of coal in Sangamon Coal Company's mine. He leaves two children.
 
BRENNAN
February 12, 191829, James Brennan, of Springfield, miner, age 46 years, married, was killed in Springfield District Coal Mining Company's No. 7 mine, Springfield. Deceased had failed to replace some props which had been knocked out by shots the night before and was working out a shot at the face of his working place, when a boulder weighing about 1,500 pounds fell on him. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
BRESMAN
August 23, 192333, Thomas Bresman, of Springfield, miner, age 19 years, single, employed in No. 2 mine Sangamon Coal Company, while uncoupling cars was caught between them and killed.
 
BREWER
December 31, 194659, Charles Brewer, of Pleasant Plains, miner, age 66 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in Happy Hollow mine.
 
BROWN
April 23, 18945, John C. Brown, of Springfield, driver, aged 16 years, was killed at the mine of the Woodside Coal Company, Springfield, Sangamon county. He had hauled all the coal that was loaded in the rooms in that part of the mine where he was driving early in the day, and had taken a shovel and went to work cleaning the roads: shortly afterwards he left his work and went to a part of the mine where another driver was hauling coal: this other driver was coming out behind a loaded trip; when the trip came to where Brown was standing, he attempted to get on the tail chain and the bumper of the car, but fell and was run over by the car. He was dead when taken from underneath the car.
 
April 19, 190415, John Brown, of Thayer, miner, aged 53 years, married, was killed by falling coal at the working face of his room, in the Chicago. Wilmington & Vermillion Coal Co.'s mine at Thayer, Sangamon county.
 
BRYANT
October 29, 193952, Charles M. Bryant, of Athens, loading machine operator, aged 30 years, married, crushed between machine and rib in mine No. 57 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving wife and three children dependent.
 
BUDWITES
January 10, 192332, John Budwites, of Springfield, shot firer, age 35 years, married, was killed by an explosion caused by a windy shot in the Springfield Cooperative Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BURNS
January 4, 191526, Robert Burns, of Springfield, trip rider, age 32 years, single, was killed in the Jones & Adams Coal Company's mine, Springfield, Sangamon County. Deceased was trying to uncouple some cars while the motor was moving and was caught between the cars and coal rib.
 
BURRIS
February 26, 192433, Sam Burris, of Springfield, shot firer, age 33 years, married, and Frank Hubner, shot firer, age 47 years, married, were killed in mine "A", Central Illinois Coal Mining Company, by a dust explosion caused by an overcharged shot. Burris leaves a widow and two children and Hubner leaves a widow.
 
BURROWS
April 29, 191324, James Burrows, of Springfield, miner, aged 27 years, married, was instantly killed by being run over by a trip of cars at the Woodside Coal Company's mine, Springfield. Deceased was on his way to the shaft bottom and a trip of cars coming behind him, he stepped to one side to let it pass. After several cars had passed, he stepped onto the track and was run down by the remainder of the trip, which had become uncoupled. He leaves a widow.
 
BYERS
July 11, 191123, Alvey Byers, of Auburn, weighman, aged 25 years, married, was killed by the tower of the Black Diamond Coal Company's mine falling on him. He leaves a widow and one child.
 

 
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CAIN
July 2, 190719, Dan Cain, of Springfield, trapper, aged 17 years, was killed in the Sherman mine of the Illinois Midland Coal Company. The driver had just passed with a trip of loaded cars, when Cain walked into the middle of the track, not being aware that one car had been detached, and was following the trip. This car knocked Cain down, dragging him some eighteen feet, causing his death.
 
CALAMACCO
April 7, 192736, Pete Calamacco, of Auburn, miner, age 36 years, married, employed in No. 1 mine. Panther Creek Mines, Inc., died as a result of injuries received March 30. Deceased struck himself on the nose with a pick while mining a shot; erysipelas developed with fatal results. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
CAMPBELL
November 17, 193346, J. M. Campbell, of Springfield, powderman, age 32 years, divorced, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 57 mine when he struck his head against the roof. Deceased was distributing and when passing through curtain his light went out and he raised up, striking roof. He leaves one child.
 
July 14, 191729, Silvanus Campbell, of Athens, cager, age 32 years, married, was killed in Cantrall Coal Company's mine, Cantrall, Sangamon County. Deceased had landed at bottom with empty car and pushed it off the cage. The cager then ran a loaded car on the cage but in some way it became stuck, and deceased got on the cage to push the load back when the cage was hoisted and he was caught between it and the shaft lining. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
CAREY
November 9, 191022, Ed. Carey, driver, of Springfield, aged 33 years, single, employed at the Peabody mine of Illinois Midland Coal Co., Sherman, Sangamon county, was killed by being caught between the roof and the car on which he was riding.
 
CARLIER
January 15, 193245, John Carlier, of Auburn, miner, age 50 years, married, was killed by an explosion of powder in Panther Creek Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
CARNISSALI
September 28, 194558, Victor Carnissali, of Springfield, miner, age 58 years, married, was killed in a collision of cars at Panther Creek Mines, Inc.'s No. 4 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
CARTER
March 31, 191021, John Carter, miner, aged 60 years, widower, was instantly killed by falling of top coal in his working place, in the mine of the Auburn-Alton Coal Company, Auburn. He leaves a family of seven grown children.
 
CARGUINO
November 25, 191325, Frank Carguino, of Auburn, miner, aged 24 years, single, was killed in the Black Diamond Coal Company's mine. Auburn, Sangamon County, by a fall of slate.
 
CASEY
January 29, 190617, Fred W. Casey, of Springfield, shot firer, aged 25 years, married, was killed in the Illinois Midland Coal Co.'s mine at Sherman, by an explosion of gas and dust from a blown-out shot. The shot was not properly placed. Casey and his partner, McGee, were found dead on the entry at the mouth of the room in which the explosion took place. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
October 24, 1900,12, John Casey,of Selbytown, mine manager, aged 25 years, single, was killed by being caught by mine cars while engaged in breaking in an untrained mule, in the Williamsville Coal Co.'s mine at Selbytown, Sangamon county.
 
June 13, 192433, Owen Casey, of Springfield, miner, age 50 years, married, was killed in Brewerton Coal Company's mine No. 1 , Springfield, by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow.
 
CASPERE
October 9, 190416, P. Caspere, of Springfield, miner, aged 27 years, single, was killed by falling slate at the working face in the mine of the Barclay Coal Mining Co., Barclay, Sangamon county.
 
CAULFIELD
October 5, 190416, P. Caulfield, of Springfield, roadman, aged 29 years, single, was injured by being caught between mine cars September 29, 1904, at the Springfield Coal Mining Co.'s No. 4 mine, Springfield. Sangamon county. He died Oct. 5, 1904.
 
CESTA
September 26, 190820, Joe Cesta, miner, aged 20 years, single, was fatally burned by a spark falling from his lamp into a keg of powder, exploding it, while he was preparing a shot in his room at No. 5 mine of the Springfield Coal Mining Company.
 
CHOQUET
December 30, Leon Choquet, of Taylorville, machine man, age 46 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 58 mine, by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
CLANVERT
February 9, 190112, Fred Clanvert, of Chatham, miner, aged 45 years, single, was badly injured February 7, 1901, by a premature blast, in the Chicago-Virden Coal Co.'s No. 3 mine, Chatham, Sangamon county. He died two days after the accident, in St. John's Hospital, Springfield.
 
COLBART
November 5, 190820, Pat Colbart, miner, aged 55 years, single while in the employ of the Wabash Coal Company at Dawson, was fatally burned by the explosion of a keg of powder which was caused by a spark from his lamp.
 
COLER
January 11, 190920, Peter Coler, miner, aged 30 years, single, while working in the mine of the Springfield Coal Mining Company, was fatally burned by the exploding of a keg of powder, in which he had dropped his lighted lamp.
 
COLLARD
December 2, 191426, Peter Collard, of Springfield, miner, age 54 years, married, died from injuries received November 21 in the Springfield Cooperative Coal Company's New North mine, Springfield, Sangamon County. Deceased was loading coal at the face of his room when the top coal, which was about 4 inches thick, fell, breaking his back. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
COLEMAN
November 13, 194354, George Coleman, of Springfield, loader, age 40 years, married, died from injuries received the previous day, November 12, 1941, when he was burned by gas in Barr Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
CORELL
June 3, 194354, John Robert Corell, of Springfield, motorman, age 44 years, married, died from carbon monoxide poisoning, in Peabody Coal Company's No. 59 mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
COMBS
November 15, 191224, Camille Combs, of Auburn, trip rider, aged 20 years, single, was killed at the Black Diamond Coal Company's mine. Auburn, Sangamon County. He was riding on the car next to the motor when the car jumped the track and crushed his head between the end of car and a 6" x 6" door frame. He was taken to the hospital, where he died the next day.
 
CONDELLO
January 25, 191829, James Condello,of Springfield, miner, age 23 years, single, was killed by a fall of slate in Sangamon County Coal Company's No. 2 mine, Springfield.
 
CONRAD
January 1, 192635, Joseph L. Conrad,of Divernon, miner, age 41 years, married and W. H. Graham, miner, age 46 years, married, were killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 52 mine by an explosion caused by a shot not properly balanced and overcharged with powder. Conrad leaves a widow and two children and Graham leaves a widow.
 
COOK
August 10, 192043, Vince Cook, trip-rider, age 39 years, married, employed by Madison Coal Corporation at No. 6 mine, was caught between prop and motor and killed. He leaves a widow.
 
COOPER
March 16, 192231, Fred Cooper, of Riverton, miner, age 30 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Bissell Coal Company's mine. He leaves a wdow and one child.
 
CORWIN
March 11, 191829, Manford Corwin, of Springfield, miner, age 57 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Citizens Coal Mining Company's mine "A." Deceased was working out a shot that had been fired the evening before when a piece of coal, weighing about 1,000 pounds, fell, crushing him. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
COUDRON
March 17, 192635, George Manuel, loader, age 32 years, married, and Pac Coudron, of Springfield, miner, age 40 years, married, were killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 52 mine by an explosion caused by a shot not being properly balanced and overcharged with powder, causing a dust explosion, the flame of which ignited three kegs of powder. Both men were instantly killed. Manuel leaves a widow and six children and Coudron leaves a widow and two children.
 
COURTIAUX
October 26, 193546, John F. Courtiaux, of Springfield, driver, aged 46 years, married, killed by striking head on roof in mine No. 59 of the Peabody Coal Co. Wife and one child.
 
COX
February 23, 191829, Walter Whelchel, trackman, age 28 years, married, Ray M. Hiner, night foreman, age 24 years, single, Ernest Cox, of Springfield, trackman, age 18 years, single, and Thomas W. Reilly, of Springfield, driver, age 40 years, married, were killed in Citizens Coal Company's mine "A," Springfield. These men were working night shift and about 4 o'clock a. m. went into a room to place a car on the track and to fire three shots that had been left by the shot firers. They completed this work and had gone about 1,000 feet in the entry when the shots exploded causing an explosion of dust which killed them. Whechel leaves a widow and two children and Reilly leaves a widow and eight children.
 
CRANE
July 16, 192635, Joseph N. Crane, of Springfield, miner, age 62 years, single, died from injuries received April 3, by a fall of slate in West End Coal Company's mine.
 
CROSBY
November 22, 191729, Michael Crosby, of Springfield, miner, age 43 years, married, was killed in Springfield District Coal Mining Company's No. 3 mine, Springfield, by a fall of slate. Deceased was making a notch in rib of coal at face of entry to place cross-bar in when the slate fell on him, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
CUNNINGHAM
April 24, 192040, George Cunningham, of Thayer, motorman, age 25 years, married, was killed in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin coal Company's mine, Thayer, by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
January 20, 193346, Robert Cunningham, of Springfield, shot firer, age 31 years, single, was suffocated by powder smoke in Peabody Coal Company's No. 53 mine. He leaves one dependent -- his mother.
 
November 23, 192635, W. H. Cunningham, of Springfield, shot firer, age 52 years, single, was killed in Buckley Coal Company's mine, by an explosion caused by an improperly prepared shot.
 

 
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DAUGHTON
February 16, 18851 - Capital Co-Operative Coal Co.
Wm. Daughton, a married man, was killed February 16, 1885 by a boiler explosion. The fireman had discovered the water to be low in the boiler and Daughton and the fireman were in the act of drawing the fire when the boiler exploded. He left a wife and 6 children.
 
DAVIS
September 7, 191527, James Davis, of Auburn, miner, age 26 years, single, died at St. John's Hospital, Springfield, from injuries received August 31, in Black Diamond Coal Company's mine. Auburn, Sangamon County. Deceased was loading a car when top coal fell fracturing leg and injuring him internally.
 
September 7, 192232, Pete Davis, of Divernon, driver, age 30 years, single, was killed in the Madison Coal Corporation's No. 6 mine, by a piece of coal falling from the roof. He leaves his mother dependent.
 
February 25, 190314, Mathew Donelly, of Auburn, shot firer, aged 38 years, married; Thomas McLaughlin, shot firer, aged 51 years, married, and Walter Davis, driver, aged 25 years, single, were killed by an explosion in the Auburn and Alton Coal company's mine, Auburn, Sangamon county. The explosion was caused by the excessive use of powder, and the rapid firing of shots. The gases liberated by the powder and the fine coal dust given off by the shots at the working faces, taking fire, causing a very serious explosion. Donelly leaves a widow and four children, and McLaughlin a widow and three children.
 
August 26, 190315, William Davis, of Chatham, miner, aged 35 years, single, was killed in falling rock while working in an air course in the Chicago-Virden Coal company's mine at Chatham, Sangamon county.
 
DeCASTA
June 24, 191425, Frank DeCcsta, of Springfield, laborer, aged 44 years, married, employed by the Jones & Adams Coal Company, Springfield, was struck by railroad car and killed. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
DEIFENBACK
September 7, 191628, Fred Deifenback, of Springfield, shot firer, age 52 years, married, was killed by a shot explosion in the West End Coal Company's mine, Springfield, Sangamon County. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
DELANEY
January 11, 190718, Edward Delaney, of Auburn, timberman, aged 50 years, single, was killed in No. 2 mine of the Illinois Collieries Co.; deceased was caught between two pit cars, crushing his head.
 
DELARD
January 20, 190819, Joseph Delard, of Springfield, miner, aged 31 years, married, was killed in the mine of the Woodside Coal Company, Woodside, by falling slate. He leaves a widow.
 
DELONEY
December 15, 1926,35, A. L. Deloney, of Springfield, shot firer, age 48 years, married, was killed by an explosion caused by a blown out shot in Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
DENNING
December 6, 191940, Edward Denning, of Springfield, pit boss, age 38 years, married, died from effects of injuries received the previous day in Chicago-Williamsville Coal Company's mine (now Union Fuel Co. No. 5). Deceased had gone to recover a piece of pie which had fallen onto cage seat, when he lost his balance and fell into sump. The water had been made hot by exhaust from pumps and he was scalded. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
DEVALLRY
August 25, 192635, Joe Saletti, timberman, age 33 years, single, and Jule Delvallry, of Springfield, timberman, age 37 years, married, were killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 55 mine by a fall of slate which occurred while setting I beams. Delvallry leaves a widow.
 
DeWITT
December 10, 192736, Samuel De Witt, of Mason City, miner, age 17 years, single, was killed in Greenview Mining Company's mine. Deceased was working with his father as an apprentice, and was loading a car when caught by a fall of coal.
 
DIXON
May 23, 192938, Acie Dixon, of Springfield, shot-firer, age 34 years, married, was killed by a dust explosion caused by firing improperly balanced shots, in Peabody Coal Company's No. 55 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
October 21, 194659, William Dixon, of Springfield, mule driver, age 33 years, married, was killed in a haulage accident in Sangamon Valley Mine. He leaves a widow.
 
DOBBINS
January 21, 18967, Wm. Dobbins, of Pawnee, aged 25 years, married, occupation carpenter, was killed at 5 p. m., January 21, 1896, at the mine of D. J. Lloyd, Pawnee, Sangamon county. The top works were in course of construction; Dobbins was walking backwards on the upper landing carrying one end of a heavy plank; he went one step too far and fell to the ground, a distance of twenty-one feet. When picked up he was unconscious and remained so until he died, several hours later. He left a widow and one child.
 
DOMSALLE
September 8, 191527, John Domsalle, Jr., of Springfield, miner, age 21 years, single, employed in Woodside Coal Company's mine, Springfield, Sangamon County, was found dead under a lump of coal which, it is supposed, had fallen upon him.
 
DONELLY
February 25, 190314, Mathew Donelly, of Auburn, shot firer, aeed 38 years, married; Thomas McLaughlin, shot firer, aged 51 years, married, and Walter Davis, driver, aged 25 years, single, were killed by an explosion in the Auburn and Alton Coal company's mine, Auburn, Sangamon county. The explosion was caused by the excessive use of powder, and the rapid firing of shots. The gases liberated by the powder and the fine coal dust given off by the shots at the working faces, taking fire, causing a very serious explosion. Donelly leaves a widow and four children, and McLaughlin a widow and three children.
 
DONNELSON
October 12, 191830, Edward Donnelson, of Springfield, miner, age 37 years, married, was killed in Springfield District Coal Mining Company's Mine No. 55, Springfield, by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
DRAKE
January 14, 193245, Area Frank Drake, of Waverly, miner, age 45 years, married, died from injuries received December 29, in Williamson & Sons' Coal Company's mine by being squeezed between two pit-cars. He leaves a widow.
 
DuFOUR
December 12, 192736, Frank Du Four, of Auburnm miner, age 29 years, married, was caught between motor and car and killed, in Panther Creek Mine No. 1. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
DUNBAR
November 9, 190618, Loren Dunbar, of Springfield, shot firer, aged 33 years, married, was firing shots in company with Ridley, and was fatally injured by the same blown out shot, November 7, 1906. Two days after the accident he died leaving a widow and two children.
 
DUNGAN
May 25, 190415, Wm. Dungan, of Springfield, miner, aged 50 years, married, was injured by a premature blast, May 24, 1904, in the Jefferson Coal Co.'s mine at Springfield, Sangamon county, and died the next day. lie leaves a widow and two children.
 
DUNWOODY
January 16, 192332, Ernest Dunwoody, of Springfield, trackman, age 21 years, single, was killed in the C. W. and F. Coal Company's No. 1 mine. Deceased was going up on the cage with his dinner pail over his arm, which is supposed to have caught on the buntings, and he was pulled through between the cage and the buntings and fell to the bottom. Apparently he had not taken hold of the hand chain provided on the cage.
 
DURICH
March 6, 193952, Fred Durich, of Springfield, loading machine helper, aged 29 years single killed by fall of slate in mine No. 53 of the Peabody Coal Co., no dependents.
 
DUTKWISE
March 24, 192231, Alex Dutkwise, of Springfield, miner, age 45 years, married, received injuries from which he died two days later by a fall of slate in Sangamon County Mining Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
DYER
August 2, 194659, Ura C. Dyer, of Sherman, cutting machine helper, age 37 years, married, was killed by a fall of cock in Wenneborg Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 

 
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EGHAN
November 10, 193039, James Eghan, of Springfield, driver, aged 60 years, married, died from injuries received three days previous by pit cars in Sangamon Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
EMERY
December 16, 193649, Charles Emery, of Springfield, aged 58 years, married, killed by fall of slate in Lincoln Trail mine leaving widow.
 
EMIG
September 9, 190517, Adam Emig, of Springfield, shot firer, aged 46 years, married, was killed by flying coal from a shot at the Springfield Coal Mining Co.'s No. 1 mine. He was in the act of returning to the shot, which he supposed had missed fire, when the shot exploded, injuring him so that he died in a few minutes. He leaves a widow and nine children.
 
ENGLAND
February 10, 193144, Harry England, of Girard, motorman, age 44 years, single, was killed by being struck by a derailed motor in Panther Creek Coal Company's No. 1 mine.
 
ENGLISH
Thomas English, February 25, 1864 - April 3, 194456
 Photo of Thomas English
Thomas English
      Thomas English was born February 25, 1864, in Kilmornack, Scotland, and died in Springfield, Illinois, April 3, 1944.
      Mr. English came to the United States and located at Streator, Illinois, in 1885. Was appointed Superintendent of the Illinois Mine Rescue Station at LaSalle, Illinois, March, 1910. February, 1913, he was appointed Superintendent of Springfield Mine Rescue Station. This position he held for eight years and during that period he taught evening classes in coal mining in the Springfield High School building. 1921 he was appointed State Mine Inspector at Harrisburg. Following this he was State Mine Inspector-at-Large for a period of four years.
      In 1941 he was appointed Economic Investigator, which position he held at the time of his death.

 
ENTNES
November 20, 190618, John Entnes, of Auburn, machine runner, aged 45 years, single, lost his life at the Clear Lake mine, Sangamon county, by an explosion of powder; deceased was forcing the powder back in the drill hole when it was ignited causing the explosion and his death.
 
ESTROP
October 16, 192938, Thomas W. Estrop, of Dawson, loader, age 54 years, married, died from injuries received September 30 in Peabody Coal Company's No. 57 mine when caught by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow.
 
EVOY
September 18, 192938, Lawrence Evoy, of Chatham, miner, age 58 years, married, was killed in Panther Creek Mines, Inc., No. 1 by a fall of top coal. He leaves a widow.
 

 
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FANALE
December 5, 194962, Achille Fanale, of Riverton, track layer, age 63 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Farrand Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
FILE
September 7, 192232, Jay P. File, of Springfield, Timberman, age 43 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in the Union Fuel Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
FINLEY
January 29, 191425, Hugh Finley, of Springfield, laborer, aged 40 years, married, fell down the shaft and instantly killed, at the Spring Creek Coal Company's mine, Springfield. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
FLAMMINI
February 14, 194356, Concetto Flammini, of Springfield, miner, age 66 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in Mine B Coal Company's Mine "A". He leaves a widow.
 
FLANAGAN
July 9, 192131, George W. Johnson, laborer, age 41 years, married, and Jeremiah Flanagan, of Riverton, laborer, age 24 years, married, employed by Springfield District Coal Mining Company at mine No. 52, were killed when a scaffold on which they were working fell. Each man leaves a widow and one child.
 
FLYNN
January 8, 193039, William Flynn, of Virden, machineman, age 42 years, married, was electrocuted in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine, by coming in contact with the starting box of a mining machine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
FONDERLOW
January 8, 190011, Jacob Fonderlow, of Auburn, miner, aged 48 years, married, was killed by falling: of clod and slate at the working face of a room in the Chicago-Virden Coal Company's No. 2 mine, at Auburn. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
FORKIN
December 27, 194861, Patrick James Forkin, of Springfield, timberman, age 46 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Peabody Coal Company's No. 57 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.       Corrected data; courtesy of Patrick James Forkin, Jr. :
Patrick James Forkin, Sr., was killed at Capitol Mine in Springfield, Illinois on December 27, 1948 leaving a widow and three children. He was a native of Kiltimagh, County Mayo, Ireland.
 
FOX
July 11, 194457, Benjamin L. Fox, of Springfield, loader operator, age 42 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in Peabody Coal Company's No. 57 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
FRITTS
June 17, 194354, John William Fritts, timberman, age 54 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in Peabody Coal Company's No. 58 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
FROMM
November 1, 193447, Rudolph Fromm, of Springfield, timberman. age 60 years, married, died as a result of a fall of slate at Mine No. 57 of the Peabody Coal Co. He leaves a widow.
 
FURMAN
August 29, 192232, James Haggert, miner, age 23 years, single, and Judson Furman, of Athens, miner, age not given, single, were killed in the Citizens Coal Mining Company's B Mine, by a fall of slate. Haggert leaves his mother and Furman leaves his father and mother dependent.
 

 
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GALASSI
March 29, 194760, Michael Galassi, of Springfield, cleanup man, age 70 years, single, was killed in a haulage accident in Peabody Coal Company's No. 59 mine.
 
GAMBLE
April 30, 191324, John Gamble, of Riverton, miner, aged 39 years, married, was killed at the Chicago-Springfield Coal Company's mine, Springfield, by pit cars. He leaves a widow.
 
GANNON
March 18, 191526, Hugh Gannon, of Springfield, shot firer, age 34 years, married, died from injuries received the day before from an explosion caused by a blown out shot, in mine "B" of the Citizens Coal Mining Company, Springfield, Sangamon County. The hole had been drilled 4½ feet on the solid and had not been examined by the shot firers before firing. Deceased leaves a widow and five children.
 
GARRISON
December 15, 192043, Harry Garrison, driver, age 50 years, married was killed by a fall of slate in Union Fuel Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
GAUGHAN
December 27, 18841 - Capital Co-Operative Coal Co.
Patrick Gaughan, aged 55 years, was killed by a premature blast. He had lighted his shot, and did not get far enough out of the way. The coal struck him and killed him. The accident occurred December 27, 1884. He left 8 children.
 
GEDUDIS
August 16, 190416, Chas. Gedudis, of Springfield, miner, aged 40 years, married, was killed by falling slate at the working face in the Springfield Coal Mining Co.'s No. 4 mine, Springfield, Sangamon county. lie leaves a widow and three children.
 
GERCHEY
September 15, 191940, Peter Gerchey, of Auburn, miner, age 45 years, single, was killed in Springfield District Coal Mining Company's No. 54 mine, Auburn, by a fall of coal.
 
GEROWITCH
January 8, 191728, Andrew Gerowitch, of Springfield, laborer, age 18 years, single, was killed by a motor, in mine No. 3 Springfield District Coal Company, Springfield, Sangamon County. Deceased was riding on front end of motor and jumped off to turn the switch; he fell in front of the motor and was crushed to death.
 
GIAUNNZIO
September 12, 191830, Luigi Giaunnzio, of Springfield, trackman, age 38 years, single, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 6 mine, Sherman, by being crushed between pit cars. He leaves one dependent.
 
GIBSON
March 6, 193447, Hugh Gibson, of Riverton, driver, age 39 years, married, was killed by pit cars, in Panther Creek Coal Company's No. 4 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
GICOMINI
April 2, 194356, Gene Gicomini, of Springfield, maintenance man, age 28 years, married, died from injuries received the previous day, April 1, 1943 in Peabody Coal Company's No. 59 mine, when a Lory car rolled down and dumped onto him. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
GIEBEL
November 3, 190921, Leonard Giebel, miner, aged 26 years, married, was burned by a premature explosion of powder in mine No. 2 of the Sangamon Coal Company, Springfield, from the effects of which he died. Deceased was in the act of pushing loose powder back into the drill hole. He leaves a widow.
 
GLENNON
January 7, 190920, Benjamin Glennon, shot firer, aged 28 years, single, was killed while firing shots in the mine of the Cora Coal Company at Andrew. A "windy" or blown out shot was the cause of this accident.
 
GORDON
December 17, 190315, Daniel Gordon, of Springfield, top boss, aged 34 years, married, was killed by being struck with a cage at the lower landing at the Springfield Coal Mining Co.'s No. 4 mine. Springfield, Sangamon county.
 
GORENFLO
January 12, 191223, Leonard Gorenflo, of Springfield, top foreman, aged 32 years, married, was killed by being struck in the chest with a hook, at the Jones and Adams Coal Company's Peerless mine, Springfield, Sangamon County. Deceased was pulling down empty cars to the tipple with a cable, and, instead of going up the lump coal track with the hook to attach the car, he crossed it between the timbers dividing the tracks, thereby pulling crossway of the tracks. When the car was on the scales he ran to unhook the rope when it broke loose from the car and struck him in the breast breaking a rib which penetrated the lung, causing internal hemorrhage. The accident occurred at 9:50 a. m., and he lived till 1:45 p. m. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
GORMLEY
August 30, 192232, James Gormley, of Auburn, miner, age 43 years, married, was killed in the Panther Creek Coal Company's mine. Deceased was loading a car cleaning up a fall when the motorman going in to get the car bumped into it, pinning the deceased between the car and the fall. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
GRAHAM
January 1, 192635, Joseph L. Conrad, miner, age 41 years, married and W. H. Graham, of Springfield, miner, age 46 years, married, were killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 52 mine by an explosion caused by a shot not properly balanced and overcharged with powder. Conrad leaves a widow and two children and Graham leaves a widow.
 
GRAVIT
January 8, 194962, Lloyd Gravit, of Springfield, timberman, age 59 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Peabody Coal Company's No. 59 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
GREBOSKI
September 28, 194558, Anthony Greboski, of Springfield, miner, age 62 years, single, was killed in a collision of cars at Panther Creek Mines, Inc.'s No. 4 mine.
 
GREEN
December 12, 1914,26, Frank Green, of Selbytown, trapper, age 62 years, single, employed in the Williamsville Coal Company's mine, Williamsville, Sangamon County, died from injuries received September 24. Deceased attempted to get on a moving cage when he fell into the sump, breaking his hip. He was taken to St. John's Hospital, where he died, as stated above.
 
October 30, 190517, John Green, of Salisbury, miner, aged 59 years, married, was killed by falling slate in the coal mine at Salisbury, Sangamon county. It was the first day that deceased had worked in a mine for many years. .He leaves a widow and eleven children.
 
May 28, 191829, Thomas Green, of Springfield, driver, age 48 years, single, was killed in West End Coal Company's mine, Springfield. Deceased was going in with trip of cars, riding on first car, and while passing through a curtain on entry, a bolt caught the curtain and overturned the door on the car, catching him between the door and rear end of car, crushing his head.
 
GRUPPO
August 17, 191830, Noa Gruppo, of Springfield, timberman, age 20 years, single, was killed in Sangamon Coal Company's No. 2 mine, Springfield, by a fall of rock.
 
GUSTI
January 3, 189910, Toby Gusti, of Barclay, miner, aged 50 years, was killed January 3, 1899, in the Barclay Coal and Mining Company's mine, Barclay. He was killed at the face of the entry by falling slate. He had prepared to set props to support the roof; he failed to do so until it was too late. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
GWIN
January 30, 193750, Chester C. Gwin, of Riverton, carpenter, aged 48 years, married, struck by cage in mine No. 59 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving wife and one child.
 

 
H
HABAKUK
May 29, 193039, Charles Habakuk, of Thayer, miner, age 67 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
HADUNE
January 17, 191627, Joe Hadune, of Auburn, miner, age 44 years, single, was killed by falling coal in No. 4 mine of the Springfield District Coal Mining Company, Auburn, Sangamon County.
 
HAFF
May 30, 190718, Haley Haff, of Auburn, driver, aged 33 years, married, was killed in the Black Diamond mine, Auburn, one of the cars of his trip jumped the track knocking out a prop which struck him on the head causing his death in three hours. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
HAGGERT
August 29, 192232, James Haggert, of Springfield, miner, age 23 years, single, and Judson Furman, miner, age not given, single, were killed in the Citizens Coal Mining Company's B Mine, by a fall of slate. Haggert leaves his mother and Furman leaves his father and mother dependent.
 
HAHN
November 11, 192837, William Hahn, of Springfield, machine runner, age 34 years, married, died from injuries received by a fall of slate two days before in Peabody Coal Company's No. 51 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
HALE
August 18, 194962, James Arthur Hale, of Springfield, motorman, age 54 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 59 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
HAMBUER
June 10, 191425, Paul Hambuer, of Pawnee, miner, aged 32 years, married, was killed by falling slate in the Peabody Coal Company's No. 5 mine. Pawnee, Sangamon County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
HAMILTON
October 17, 18968. James Hamilton, of Cantrall, aged 60 years, single, occupation miner, was killed at 5 p. m. October 17, 1896 at the mine of the Cantrall Cooperative Coal Company, Cantrall, Sangamon county, by flying coal from a shot that blew through the pillar. A miner in the next room had fired a shot on the rib, Hamilton then fired a shot in his room. The miner who fired the first shot then lighted another along the face towards the rib; after this shot was lighted Hamilton went into his room to see what his shot had done. The shot in the adjoining room did not loosen the coal along the line of the hole but blew ahead through the pillar throwing coal into the room in which Hamilton was, striking him and causing such injuries that he died two hours later.
 
HARRIS
February 6, 190314, George Harris, of Divernon, surface laborer, aged 21 years, married, was fatally injured, being caught by a falling prop, at the Madison Coal company's mine No. 6, Divernon, Sangamon county. His death occurred one week after the accident. He leaves a widow.
 
July 29, 194356, William John Harris, of Auburn, trip rider, age 35 years, died from injuries received on July 24, 1943, in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine, by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow.
 
HARRISON
October 18, 194659, George Harrison, of Riverton, timberman, age 62 years, single, died from injuries received on September 12, 1946, by a rock fall in Panther Creek Mine No. 5.
 
HARTMAN
December 5, 190113, August Hartman, miner, age 52 years, leaves a widow and four children, was killed by a premature blast in his working place in the "A" shaft of the Citizen's Coal Mining Co. of Springfield, Sangamon county.
 
HAUPTMAN
February 14, 1916,27, Robert Hauptman, of Riverton, miner, age 22 years, married, was killed in Springfield Coal Mining Company's No. 2 mine, Riverton, Sangamon County by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow.
 
HAYDEN
November 20, 193346, James Hayden, of Springfield, miner, age 64, married, died from injuries received in Jefferson Coal Company's mine four days earlier, by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
HEDRICK
October 31, 190416, Carl E. Hedrick, of Springfield, timberman. aged 19 years, single, was killed by falling slate while timbering on the hauling road in the Woodside Coal Co.'s mine. Springfield, Sangamon county.
 
HENDERSON
October 5, 189911, Peter Henderson, of Springfield, miner, aged 38 years, married, lost his life in the Weat End Coal Company's mine, at Springfield, by a blast. He had lighted the squib to set off the shot; a number of blasts were being fired at the same time; he supposed his shot had gone off and was in the act of returning to the working face to see the result; when about thirty feet from the working face the blast went off, the flying coal killing him. He left a widow.
 
HIBBS
May 31, 194354, Allen Hibbs, of Springfield, driver age 38 years, married, died from injuries received on May 26, 1941, when a car ran over him in Panther Creek Mines, Inc.'s No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
HICKEY
August 28, 190618, Michael Hickey, of Riverton, cager, aged 39 years, married was killed in the No. 1 mine of the Springfield Coal Mining Company; deceased was walking over the shaft bottom instead of going around the man-way and was caught by the descending cage. He died three days after the accident and leaves a widow and one child.
 
HINER
February 23, 191829, Walter Whelchel, trackman, age 28 years, married, Ray M. Hiner, of Springfield, night foreman, age 24 years, single, Ernest Cox, trackman, age 18 years, single, and Thomas W. Reilly, driver, age 40 years, married, were killed in Citizens Coal Company's mine "A," Springfield. These men were working night shift and about 4 o'clock a. m. went into a room to place a car on the track and to fire three shots that had been left by the shot firers. They completed this work and had gone about 1,000 feet in the entry when the shots exploded causing an explosion of dust which killed them. Whechel leaves a widow and two children and Reilly leaves a widow and eight children.
 
HISCOCK
October 10, 190618, Thomas Hiscock, of Springfield, shot firer, aged 46 years, widower, was killed in the Springfield Colliery Company mine; deceased was firing shots in company with Stratton, at the time of the explosion. His death was caused by firing a dead hole, the shot blowing the tamping causing the explosion. He leaves four children.
 
HOLMAN
January 13, 192837, Milton Holman, of Springfield, cager, age 39 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 53 mine. He leaves his mother dependent.
 
HOMER
August 27, 194255, William T. Homer, of Petersburg, miner, age 57 years, married, was killed by being suffocated in Harry A. Perkins' mine. He leaves a widow.
 
HORRIGHS - improperly spelled in the Annual Coal Report15 as "HORRICK"
May 3, 190415, Henry Horrick Horrighs, of Springfield, miner, aged 58 years, married, was injured by a premature blast April 19, 1904, in the Springfield Coal Co.'s mine No. 5. Springfield, Sangamon county. He died May 3, 1904, leaving a widow and six children.             Spelling correction courtesy of great-great-granddaughter, Jean Richards
Extract from : Illinois State Register, Springfield, Illinois
April 20, 1904, page 4, column 6
courtesy of Jean Richards
TWO MINERS MAY DIE
PREMATURE EXPLOSION OF SHOT IN KLONDIKE MINE.

Henry Horrighs and Son, Frank, are Terribly Injured and Death May Result in Each Case.
      An accident which may result in loss of life occurred at the Klondike mine, southwest of the city, about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. As it is two men, Henry Horrighs and his son, Frank, are at the St. John's hospital, burned, bruised and cut until their chances of life are slim and their sufferings are intense in their moments of consciousness,
      The two men were working on the day shift and were finishing their day's work, but charging the shot holes in their "room," prepatory to firing. In tamping down the charges a spark was struck and the blast discharged.
Explosion Was Terrific
      The explosion was terrific, and hurled both many feet from the face and when picked up by other miners, they were unconscious and seemingly dead. They were hurried to the shaft and ambulances were sent out from this city and conveyed them to the hospital. The father was still unconscious on arrival, and the son, who is only about seventeen years old, had only partially regained his senses. At first it was thought the father was dead and the son injured past all hope of recovery.
Injuries are Terrible
      An examination showed that the father was frightfully burned about the head and shoulders. His eyebrows were singed off and four deep wounds were in his scalp. The muscles of his left arm were torn loose from the bone and his legs and body was bleeding from a hundred wounds made by flying bits of coal and slate. He lay all last evening unconscious. The physicians fear internal hurts from the shock, but if he can survive the night there may be hope of saving his life.
      The son's injuries are scarcely less severe. He too is burned about the head and shoulders, his hip is dislocated, left arm injured and he is more or less cut in a score of places about the body and legs.
      The Horrighs live on South Fifth Street outside the limits of the city.
      By a premature explosion in the mine at Riverton, yesterday, an Italian miner had his left leg fractured below the knee. He was brought to St. John's Hospital for treatment.
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Extract from : Illinois State Register, Springfield, Illinois
May 4, 1904, page 6, column 4
courtesy of Jean Richards
MORTUARY
      Horrighs -- Died, at 1 a.m., Tuesday, May 3, 1904, at St. John's hospital of injuries received in a mine accident two weeks ago in the Klondike mine, Henry Horrighs, age 51 years.
      The remains were removed to Hemberger's undertaking establishment, where funeral services will be held at 8:30 o'clock tomorrow morning, followed by services at 9 o'clock at the Church of the Sacred Heart. Rev. Father Krekenberr, pastor of the church, will conduct the services. The interment will be made in Calvary cemetery. The orders of which the decedent was a member will attend the services in a body.
      The decedent is survived by his wife, seven sons and five daughters. He was a member of local No. 448, United Mine Workers of America and Sacred Heart court No. 264, Catholic Order of Foresters. The decedent had been a resident of the city for the last fourteen years.
      The accident which resulted in the injury to Mr. Horrighs also injured his son, Frank Horrighs, who is at the hospital. However, the latter will recover. A defective shot caused the accident which injured the father and son.

 

 
HOSKO
March 3, 191021, John Hosko, miner, aged 37 years, married, employed in the mine of the Springfield Co-operative Coal Company was instantly killed by falling top coal in his room in the mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
HOTTENHOUSE
November 20, 192333, Peter Hottenhouse, of Springfield, miner, age 36 years, single, was killed by a fall of slate in Sangamon Coal Company's No. 2 mine.
 
HOWETT
July 18, 189810, Amos Howett, of Riverton, a miner aged 42 years, was killed July 16, 1898, in the Riverton Coal Company's No. 2 mine; his death was caused by the running away of a mule with an empty trip of cars. The cars jumped the track and striking Howett hurting him internally, from which he died in two days. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
HUBBARD
January 6, 18934, John M. Hubbard, of Iles Junction, miner, age unknown, was killed by a premature blast in the Woodside Coal Co.'s mine at Iles Junction. He was a single man.
 
HUBNER
February 26, 192433, Sam Burris, shot firer, age 33 years, married, and Frank Hubner, of Springfield, shot firer, age 47 years, married, were killed in mine "A", Central Illinois Coal Mining Company, by a dust explosion caused by an overcharged shot. Burris leaves a widow and two children and Hubner leaves a widow.
 
HUFT
April 23, 190011, Lutheen Huft, of Auburn, miner, aged 51 pears, married, was killed by a .fall of coal at the working face, in the Chicago-Virden Coal Co.'s No. 2 mine, Auburn. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
HUNT
May 20, 191728, Herbert Hunt, of Springfield, timberman, age 40 years, married, was killed by a falling prop in Wilcoxen Coal & Coke Company's mine, Springfield, Sangamon County.
 
November 28, 193952, Ray Hunt, of Pleasant Plains, miner, aged 48 years, married, killed by fall of clod in mine of Bethel Coal Co., leaving wife and one dependent.
 
HURLEY
November 18, 190517, Bert Hurley, of Bissell, driver, aged 19 years, single, was killed in the Standard Washed Coal Co.'s mine, Bissel, Sangamon county. He fell from the car and was run over.
 
HURST
February 11, 191425, Uriel Hurst, of Divernon, driver, aged 20 years, single, was killed by pit cars in the No. 6 mine of the Madison Coal Corporation, Divernon, Sangamon County.
 
HYATT
February 3, 18989, Charles Hyatt, a laborer, aged 17 years, was injured January 20, 1898, by a premature blast, from which he died February 3, 1898. Hyatt was working with Peter Brown, a practical miner in the Chicago-Virden Coal Co.'s mine at Auburn. It appears Brown had allowed the boy, Hyatt, to charge a hole; the boy had got a certain quantity of powder in the hole, which, from some cause, exploded, burning Hyatt, also Peter Brown and his two sons, John and James.
 

 
I
INGLIS
February 25, 193144, James Inglis, of Taylorville, machine helper, age 42 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 58 mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
IRWIN
March 28, 191526, C. F. Irwin, of Springfield, shot firer, age 40 years, married, died from effects of injuries received at the same time and place as that of Hugh Gannon, March 17, 1915, before from an explosion caused by a blown out shot, in mine "B" of the Citizens Coal Mining Company, Springfield, Sangamon County. The hole had been drilled 4½ feet on the solid and had not been examined by the shot firers before firing. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
ISAACS
October 13, 190214, Frank Isaacs, of Pawnee, trapper, aged 14 years, was kill in the Victor Coal company's mine, Pawnee, Sangamon county, by an explosion, caused by improper blasting.
 

 
J
JACKSON
January 9, 1923,32, David Jackson, of Auburn, miner, age 50 years, single, died from injuries received the day before by a fall of slate and rock in the Union Fuel Company's No. 3 mine.
 
January 12, 190718, Peter Jackson, of Divernon, top laborer, aged 49 years, married, was caught between the bumpers of two railroad cars, which caused his death; he was employed at the Madison Coal Co.'s mine No. 6 at Divernon. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
October 14, 193447, Woodrow Wilson Jackson, of Salisbury, engineer, age 22 years, single, died of a broken neck received on October 10 when he left his engine to investigate the faulty working of a self-dumping coal delivery truck at the mine of the Lincoln Trail Coal Co.
 
JANESKY
January 21, 190213, Andrew Janesky, miner, age 17 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in his working place in the Chicago-Virden Coal Co.'s No. 2 mine at Auburn, Sangamon county.
 
JASUKENAS
August 18, 194457, Stanley Jasukenas, of Auburn, clodman, age 55 years, single, was killed when rock fell on him in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine.
 
JOHNSON
July 9, 192131, George W. Johnson, of Riverton, laborer, age 41 years, married, and Jeremiah Flanagan, laborer, age 24 years, married, employed by Springfield District Coal Mining Company at mine No. 52, were killed when a scaffold on which they were working fell. Each man leaves a widow and one child.
 
November 22, 191830, J. L. Johnson, of Chatham, night boss, age 43 years, married, was killed in Panther Creek Coal Company's mine, Auburn. Deceased was recharging a motor and, not noticing the controller being on, he threw in the switch and the motor ran toward him when he fell in front of it, and was run over. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
September 28, 194962, Robert Lee Johnson, of Sherman, timberman, age 59 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 59 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
JUDUSKY
March 4, 190819, Antoney Judusky, of Springfield, miner, aged 38 years, single, was killed in the mine of the Jones & Adams Coal Company, Springfield. Deceased was in the act of filling a powder can from his powder keg when, in some manner, the powder exploded, causing his death.
 
JUELL
March 27, 192837, Ed Juell, of Springfield, shot-firer, age 53 years, single, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 55 mine. Deceased had lighted a shot, and retiring, lost his light and became confused. Apparently, he had walked in the wrong direction and had stopped in front of room neck to re-charge his lamp, when the shot exploded, killing him almost instantly.
 

 
K
KAIL
November 9, 193546, Tony Kail, of Springfield, driver, aged 48 years, married, killed by kick of mule in mine A of the Central Illinois Coal Mining Co., leaving wife and three children.
 
KALLENBERGER
November 6, 190820, Jno. Kallenberger, loader, aged 62 years, married, was instantly killed by the fall of a clod, at the face of his room, in the Madison Coal Corporation's mine No. 6 at Divernon. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KARVISH
November 28, 191325, Peter Karvish, of Springfield,miner, aged 20 years, single, was killed by falling slate in the Williamsville Coal Company's mine, Williamsville Sangamon County.
 
KASULAS
December 10, 190719, Joseph Kasulas, of Springfield, miner, aged 35 years, married, was killed in the No. 2 mine of the Sangamon Coal Company, Springfield. Deceased was burned by exploding powder.
      The statement made by others at the time of the accident was that he was trying a piece of fuse to see if it was good, and that it fired some powder that was in a powder can; his can did not show any signs of being burned. However, a few days after the accident, a powder keg was found near the place in which was a hole evidently made with a pick, the keg having been bursted open by the explosion of the powder. Deceased leaves a widow and one child.
 
KATCHER
September 3, 191224, Ervin Katcher, of Virden, trapper, aged 18 years, single, was killed by a mine car at the Chicago, Wilmington & Vermilion Coal Company's mine, Thayer, Sangamon County. Deceased was employed to attend a door at the west parting; a driver, coming out with two loaded cars, he tried to sprag them when he fell under the second car. He was taken to the hospital at Springfield, where he died about six hours after the accident.
 
KATO
January 26, 191829, Charles Kato, of Divernon, loader, age 28 years, married, employed in Madison Coal Corporation's No. 6 mine, Divernon, died from injuries received one month earlier. While opening a door a motor coming from the opposite direction struck it, knocking him down and dragging him some distance, crushing his lower limbs. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
KAVALANUS
September 15, 191940, Mike Kavalanus, of Auburn, miner, age 45 years, single, was killed in Springfield District Coal Mining Company's No. 54 mine, Auburn. the coroner's verdict was that he "came to his death by his own negligence."
 
KEEGAN
September 14, 191940, Michael Keegan, of Springfield, mine manager, age 35 years, married, was killed by falling slate in Peerless Coal Company's mine, Springfield. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KERBER
January 8, 194457, Max Kerber, of Springfield, cager helper, age 59 years, married, died from injuries received on January 1, 1944, in Peabody Coal Company's No. 57 mine, when he was caught between a car and the cage. He leaves a widow.
 
KERSZINS
February 17, 190011, Barney Kerszins, of Springfield, miner, aged 22 years, single, was killed by a premature blast, at the working face in the Woodside Coal Co.'s mine, at Springfield.
 
KIKOSKA
June 22, 194558, Frank Kikoska, timberman, of Springfield, age 52 years, single, was killed by a rock fall in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine.
 
KING
November 20, 190719, John King, of Sherman, top laborer, aged 19 years, single, was killed in the mine of the Illinois Midland Coal Company at Sherman. Deceased was caught and crushed between a railroad box car and box car loader.
 
KNOX
April 22, 192143, Robert Knox, driver, age 38 years, married, was run over by a motor and killed in No. 4 mine, Union Fuel Company. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
KOGUT
January 18, 191425, Michael Kogut, of Springfield, driver, aged 35 years, single, was killed by pit cars in the Capitol Coal Company's mine, Springfield.
 
KOPO
August 2, 190618, Henog Kopo, of Springfield, top man, aged 22 years, single, was killed at the west end mine, July 30, 1906, Springfield, the car had slipped off the cage, which was self dumping and while trying to replace the car in position he was caught between the car and the cage.
 
KOPTHA
June 28, 192040, Martin Koptha of Shelbytown, miner, age 55 years, single, was killed by falling slate in Union Fuel Company's No. 5 mine, Springfield.
 
KORNFELT
March 11, 191021, P. Kornfelt, driver, aged 24 years, married, in the employ of the Jones and Adams Coal Company, was instantly killed while going in with an empty trip; he was riding in the front end of the first car in the trip, the car jumped the track, knocking the leg from under a cross-bar letting the slate fall crushing the head of deceased between the slate and the top of the car. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
KOWNATZKY
October 25, 190618, Herman Kownatzky, of Andrew, shot firer, aged 19 years, single, died at St. Johns Hospital, Springfield, from injuries received at the Cora Coal Company's mine, while firing a shot in company with Wilson, by an explosion caused by the firing of dead holes.
 
KRAIEWSKI
March 16,193245, Leo Kraiewski, of Springfield, miner, age 21 years, single, was killed in Sangamon Coal Company's No. 2 mine by a fall of slate.
 
KRECHLEY
December 8, 190719, Albert Krechley, of Riverton, driver, aged 22 years, single, was killed in mine No. 2 of the Springfield Coal Mining Company at Riverton. Deceased accidentally fell in front of a moving empty pit car, which ran over him, breaking his neck.
 
KRUERER
September 29, 190517, William Kruerer, of Springfield, shot firer, aged 45 years, married, was killed by flying coal at the Sangamon Coal Co.'s mine No. 2. Deceased and his partner, Thomas Bambrough, had lighted two squibs, one a gas, the other sulphur, and had withdrawn to a safe place. One squib, afterwards shown to be the sulphur, fired on time, the gas squib hung and after waiting a time considered long enough to cover any danger, the two men went into the working place. Krueger was ahead, the shot exploding when he was within a few feet of it. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KRUGER
June 29, 192143, Albert R. Kruger, miner, age 23 years, married, was killed by a motor in Springfield District Coal Mining Company's No. 57 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KUTNACK
July 5, 192837, Joseph Kutnack, shot-firer, age 47 years, married, was found dead in Peabody Coal Company's No. 57 mine. The Coroner's jury returned the following verdict in this case:
      "Deceased came to his death on the 5th day of July, 1928, at or about the hour of 8:30 P. M., of some cause unknown to this jury, he having been found dead in an entry in mine No. 57, operated by the Peabody Coal Company, located in Springfield, Illinois, at about 6:30 P. M., July 5, 1928, while in the performance of his duty as a shot-firer and while employed by the Peabody Coal Company as such."
He leaves a widow.
(This fatality not charged to coal production.)
 
KUZNICK
June 10, 194558, Joseph J. Kuznick, of Springfield, driller, age 37 years, married, died from injuries received the previous day, June 9, 1945, by explosives in Peabody Coal Company's No. 57 mine. He leaves a widow.
 

 
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LAFIS
May 16, 189910, Paul Lafis, of Spaulding, miner, aged 50 years, was killed May 16, 1899, in the Spaulding Coal Company's mine, Spaulding. He was killed at the face of a room by a premature blast. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
LALLA
February 16, 191425, Frank Lalla, of Springfield, miner, aged 26 years, single, fell off the cage and was killed, in the Peabody Coal Company's No. 6 mine, Sherman, Sangamon County.
 
LAWRENCE
November 17, 1917,29, Everett Lawrence, of Springfield, driver, age 23 years, married, employed in Lincoln Park Coal and Brick Company's mine, Springfield, died from the effects of injuries received two days before. He was making his last trip for the day and was going down hill when he lost control of his trip and ran into some cars near the parting. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
LEONARD
January 29, 193039, Joseph Leonard, of Virden, miner, age 48 years, married, was killed by a fall of clod in Panther Creek Mine No. 1. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
LESECK
January 23, 192231, Robert Leseck, of Springfield, shot firer, age 38 years, married, employed by Springfield District Coal Mining Company's No. 57 mine, was killed by suffocation, the result of firing an improperly prepared shot. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
LEWIS
January 18, 192736, James Edward Lewis, of Tallula, miner, age 45 years, was killed as a result of the explosion of an improperly prepared shot, in Fred Otken's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
LIBNEY
March 21, 191627, Aug. Libney, of Springfield, miner, age 66 years, widower, employed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 6 mine, Sherman, Sangamon County, died from injuries received by pit car running on to him. He leaves two children, not dependent.
 
LIZCGA
December 17, 191830, Joseph Lizcga, of Springfield, miner, age 36 years, single, was killed in West End Coal Company's mine, Springfield, by being struck by a pit car.
 
LOFY
September 24, 18957, Nicholas Lofy, of Springfield, aged 56 years, widower, left five children, one dependent, occupation miner, was killed at 5:05 p. m., September 24, 1895, at the mine of the Black Diamond Coal Company, Iles Junction, Sangamon county. He had fired two shots and was firing the third when an explosion occurred, killing him instantly. A miner who worked in the next room was showing him a light from behind a loaded car; he stated that when Mr. Lofy put his lamp to the squib that he did not leave it as soon as it ignited and that he apparently lighted the squib near the powder and not at the extreme end of the match.
See : Nicholas LOFY's Biography including Obituaries
 
LOUSKOI
March 19, 192040, Joseph Louskoi, of Auburn, shot firer, age 43 years, married, was killed by a blown out shot in Panther Creek Coal Company's No. 1 mine, Auburn. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
LOVE
March 3, 193851, Kenneth Love, of Springfield, assistant mine manager, aged 35 years, married, died from overexertion while rendering first aid in mine No. 57 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving widow and three children.
 
LOWERY
April 16, 190516, F. E. Lowery, of Springfield, timberman, aged 33 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in the .lefferson Coal Co.'s mine, Springfield, Sangamon county. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
LUCIAN
March 26, 190819, Edward Lucian, of Springfield, driver, aged 19 years, was found dead under his trip of cars; the car wheels had passed over his neck.
 
LUDZKA
July 5, 190719, Weuzell Ludzka, of Springfield, miner, aged 28 years, married, was killed in a mine of the Citizens Coal Mining Company, Sangamon county. Deceased was in the act of taking powder out of his kegs when a spark from his lamp ignited the powder, the explosion causing his death. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
LYNCH
February 16, 191627, Blossie Lynch, of Springfield, miner, age 64 years, married, was killed by falling slate in Springfield District Coal Company's mine, No. 1, Andrew, Sangamon County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
December 21, 192635, Harry Lynch, of Springfield, driver, age 38 years, married, died injuries received one week earlier in Central Illinois Coal Mining Company's mine. Deceased was knocked down by a mule, fell across the track and was run over by the car. He leaves a widow.
 
LYONS
December 19, 192043, John Lyons, driver, age 30 years, married, was killed in Springfield District Coal Mining Company's No. 55 mine by pit cars. He leaves a widow and three children.
 

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