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Sangamon County, Illinois
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MAIER
December 6, 192938, Joseph Maier, of Springfield, triprider, age 38 years, married, was killed by a motor in Panther Creek Mines, Inc., Mine No. 3. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
MANNING July 13, 189911, John Manning, of Cantrall, driver, aged 21 years, single, lost his life in the Cantrall Cooperative Coal Company's mine, Cantrall. The mule he was driving ran away with him, causing him to be thrown under the loaded trip of pit cars, resulting in his death.
 
MANUEL
March 17, 192635, George Manuel, of Springfield, loader, age 32 years, married, and Pac Coudron, 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.
 
MARAS
April 29, 193346, Kalzmer Maras, of Petersburg, miner, age 48 years, married, died from injuries received the day before by an explosion of gas in Lincoln Coal Company's mine. Deceased was examining for gas with an open light. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
MARKAVITCH
December 9, 189911, Andrew Markavitch, of Virden, miner, aged 26 years, single, was fatally injured December 4, 1899, by a fall of rock in the Chicago-Virden Coal Co's. No. 1 mine at Virden; it was found that his back was broken; he died December 9, 1899.
 
MARKUNAS
October 13, 192043, Frank Markunas, timberman, age 54 years, single, was killed by a fall of clod in Pe3erless coal company's mine.
 
MARODI
August 6, 191325, Michael Marodi, of Riverton, miner, aged 17 years, single, was killed by falling slate in the No. 2 mine of the Springfield Coal Mining Company, Riverton, Sangamon County.
 
MARSH
August 2, 190214, James Marsh, of Pawnee, driver, aged 32 years, married, was crushed between mine cars, at the Victor Coal company's mine, Pawnee, Sangamon county, and died the same day. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MARSHALL
August 29, 189911, Henry Marshall, of Ridgely, miner, aged 49 years, married, lost his life in the Republican Iron and Steel Company's mine, at Ridgley, by a premature blast in the face of his room, or working place. He left a widow and seven children.
 
MARUSCHA
November 11, 190416, Anton Maruscha, of Sherman, miner, aged 40 years, single, was killed by an explosion caused hy badly placed shots at the Peabody Mining Co.'s mine, Sherman, Sangamon county.
 
MATHIAS
September 28, 192043, Francis Mathias, trapper, age 18 years, single, was killed by pit cars in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's mine at Thayer.
 
MATTHEWS
October 9, 189911, Elijah Matthews, of Chatham, top man, aged 60 years, married, lost his life at the Chatham Coal Company's mine, Chatham, His duty was to take off the coal at the upper landing of the mine; there was some loose boards over a hole; while at work he stepped onto these loose boards, which tipped up, causing him to fall through the hole to the ground below, which caused his death. He leaves a widow.
 
MAXEY
November 25, 190416, Alvin Maxey, of Springfield, miner, aged 48 years, married, was killed by flying coal from a shot in the Springfield Cooperative Coal Co.'s mine. Springfield. Sangamon county. He leaves a widow.
 
MAXSENF
December 31, 191729, John F. Maxsenf, of Springfield, shot firer, age 63 years, married, was killed in Citizens Coal Mining Company's mine, Springfield. Deceased had finished his work of firing shots and was on his way to bottom of mine when one of the shots exploded, but failed to do its work and expended its force on the air causing a "windy shot." He was found dead 300 feet from where the shot was placed. He leaves a widow.
 
MAYFIELD
September 2, 189810, James Rafferty, of Springfield, aged 32 years, and Joseph Mayfield, aged 23 years, were found dead September 2, 1898, in the Capitol Coal Company's mine, Springfield. Rafferty and Mayfield were sent by the mine manager to clean out a portion of the air course on the main east entry. The air having become charged with black damp where they were working, which caused their lights to go out. The men were trying to get to the main intake entry, where there was fresh air. They made a mistake and turned into an abandoned entry which was densely full of black damp. The damp struck them down. They were found dead at a point about twenty feet within the mouth of the old entry, and about one hundred and fifty feet from the main intake air course. Joseph Mayfield leaves a widow and one child.
 
McCANN
October 9, 192232, John W. McCann, of Springfield, miner, age 40 years, widower, was killed by a fall of rock in the Peerless Coal Company's mine. He leaves 8 dependent children.
 
McCARTY - this is the correct name -- Albert Berkley McCarty
McCARTHY - this is as is listed on the Report36
February 18, 192736, A. B. McCarthy, of Riverton, shot firer, age 56 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 52 mine, by an explosion caused by a blown out shot. He leaves a widow.
 Photo of Albert Berkley McCarty
Albert Berkley McCarty
Date Unknown
Albert Berkley McCarty
Born on March 30, 1870 in Hebbardsville, Henderson County, Kentucky.
He was married to Harriet "Hattie" Connery in 1893.
He was the father of two children.
Died on February 18, 1927 in Sangamon County, Illinois.

Information and Photograph furnished by : Alyce McCarty Powell


 
McCLARNON
November 27, 190315, James McClarnon, of Springfield, driver, aged 24 years, married, was killed by falling slate in the Capital Cooperative Coal company's mine at Springfield. Sangamon county. The mine car jumped the track, knocking out the props and cross bars, causing the slate to fall on him. He leaves a widow.
 
McDONALD
February 27, 190314, August Motley, of Springfield, miner, aged 48 years, married, and Thomas McDonald, miner, aged 36 years, married, were both killed in the Springfield Coal and Mining company's No. 4 mine, Springfield, Sangamon county. They were suffocated by gases given off from shots they had just fired.
 
McGEE
November 11, 190416, James McGee, of Sherman, miner, aged 32 years, married, was killed by an explosion at the Peabody Mining Co.'s mine, Sherman, Sangamon county. The explosion was caused by badly placed shots. He leaves a widow.
 
January 29, 190617, Thomas McGee, of Sherman, shot firer, was killed in the Illinois Midland Coal Co.'s mine at Sherman, by an explosion of gas and dust, caused by a blown-out shot. The hole was not properly placed. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
McGILL
March 10, 191627, Frank McGill, of Springfield, driver, age 28 years, single employed in Capitol Coal Company's mine, Springfield, Sangamon County, died from injuries received two days previous by being caught between a mule and car.
 
July 30, 193750, Patrick McGill, of Springfield, laborer, aged 30 years, single, killed by fall of slate in mine No. 53 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving no dependents.
 
McKEOWN
January 23, 191627, Frank McKeown, of Springfield, mine examiner, age 45 years, married, died at St. John's Hospital, Springfield, from burns received in an explosion of gas in Chicago-Springfield Coal Company's mine, Springfield, Sangamon County. It is supposed that deceased went into a room containing gas with an open light. He leaves a widow.
 
January 10, 192736, Thomas McKeown, of Andrew, shot firer, age 41 years, single, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 51 mine, as a result of firing shots not properly prepared.
 
McLAIN
March 19, 18903. Edward McLain, of Iles Junction, a married man, aged 53 years, was killed March 19, 1890, at the Springfield Junction Coal Co.'s shaft. McLain was passing under the cage while it was in motion, the cage came down and caught him. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
McLAUGHLIN
February 25, 190314, Mathew Donelly, of Auburn, shot firer, aeed 38 years, married; Thomas McLaughlin, of Auburn, shot firer, aged 51 years, married, and Walter Davis, driver, of Auburn, 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.
 
McMASTERS
September 19, 191224, Henry McMasters, of Divernon, driver, aged 22 years, single, was killed at the Madison Coal Corporation No. 6 mine, Divernon, Sangamon County, by pit cars.
 
MEGAHA
February 3, 190213, Edward Megaha, eager, age 34 years, married, leaves a widow and three children, was caught under the cage January 21, 1902, both legs were broken and his body badly bruised, from which he died Feb. 3, 1902. The accident occurred in the Riverton Coal Co.'s No. 1 shaft at Riverton, Sangamon county.
 
MELAKOSKI
February 25, 191627, Tony Melakoski, of Auburn, miner, age 35 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Springfield District Coal Mining Company's No. 4 mine, Auburn, Sangamon County. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
MERZEIKIS
December 23, 194760, Frank Merzeikis, of Springfield, hand loader, age 66 years, married, was killed by a fall of top coal in Panther Creek Mines, Inc.'s No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
METZ
November 26, 192043, Mike Metz, miner, age 48 years, married, was killed by a shot explosion in the Sangamon County Mining Company's Jefferson mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
MICHAEL
November 15, 192131, Alex. Michael, of Springfield, driver, age 34 years, married, was killed by pit cars, in Springfield District Coal Company's No. 57 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
MILLER
January 18, 193447, Alexander B. Miller, of Pleasant Plains, mine manager, age 49 years, single, was killed by pit cars, in Happy Hollow Coal Company's mine.
 
July 3, 191830, George Miller, of Pawnee, mine examiner, age 65 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 5 mine, Pawnee. Deceased was making his daily examination of the mine and was inspecting an entry when he was caught under a fall of rock. He leaves a, widow.
 
November 4, 1909, 21, Joseph Miller, shot-firer, aged 40 years, married, employed at the Spring Creek Coal Company's mine was instantly killed by a premature explosion of powder. The deceased had four shots to fire in an entry, two in the bottom coal and two in the top but on opposite sides of the entry; he had fired the bottom shots and went back to fire the top shots; he was using squibs, and apparently had tried to fire both shots at the same time, as all of the shots were exploded, but before he could reach a place of safety he was struck by the flying coal, with the result as stated above. He leaves a widow.
 
June 1, 192332, Nick Miller, of Springfield, motorman, age 34 years, married, was killed when he jumped off the motor in the Spring Creek Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
MITCHELL
June 7, 18978. On June 5, 1897, Noah Mitchell, of Springfield, roadman, aged 36 years, married, was injured by falling rock, June 5, 1897 in the Sangamon Coal Co's mine, Springtield, Illinois. John Vose the mine manager, and Mitchell were taking down some rock for the purpose of putting in an overcast. They were standing on a loaded car. trying to wedge the rock down: they had supposed they could break the rock off at a cross-bar, placed under the rock; but in place of the rock breaking at the cross bar, it broke some distance beyond it, causing the cross-bar to swing, and throw the rock on to the men. Both Vose and Mitchell were severely injured, Mitchell died June 7, 1897.
 
MOLITRIS
September 21, 190416, Chas. Molitris, of Pawnee, miner, aged 29 years, married, was killed by falling top coal at the working face in the Victor Coal Co.'s mine. Pawnee, Sangamon county. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MOLOHON
May 6, 192040, Charles F. Molohon, of Divernon, triprider, age 26 years, married, was killed by a motor in Madison Coal Corporation's No. 6 mine, Divernon. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
Charles Fry Molohon
Born in 1892
Married Gladys Borton
They had three children : Grace, 5, Charles W. 3, and Dorothy L. 9 months
Died on May 6, 1920 in Divernon, Sangamon County, Illinois
Buried in Brush Creek Cemetery, Divernon, Sangamon County, Illinois

 
MOLOSKI
September 23, 190315, Frank Moloski, of Cantrall, miner, aged 25 years, single, was injured by falling coal and clod at the working face of his room September 8, 1903, in the Cantrall Cooperative Coal company's mine at Cantrall. Sangamon county. He died Sept. 23, 1903.
 
MONGHAN
March 4, 190112, Michael Monghan, of Springfield, miner, aged 60 years, married, was killed by a premature blast in the "A" shaft of the Citizens' Coal & Mining Co., Springfield, Sangamon county. He leaves two children, grown.
 
MOONEY
November 21, 190416, Ed. J. Mooney, of Divernon, machine helper, aged 25 years, single, was killed by falling coal at the working face in the Madison Coal Co.'s mine No. 6. Divernon, Sangamon county.
 
MOORE
July 2, 190214, Charles Moore, of Barclay, miner, aged 24 years, single, was killed in Barclay Coal and Mining company's mine, Barclay, Sangamon county, by a premature blast.
 
MORRIS
September 5, 193649, Nelson Morris, of Springfield, mining engineer, aged 42 years, killed by flight of conveyor in tipple of mine No. 57 of Peabody Coal Co., leaving wife and two children.
 
MOTLEY
February 27, 190314, August Motley, of Springfield, miner, aged 48 years, married, and Thomas McDonald, miner, aged 36 years, married, were both killed in the Springfield Coal and Mining company's No. 4 mine, Springfield, Sangamon county. They were suffocated by gases given off from shots they had just fired.
 
July 3, 191830, John Motley, of Auburn, Assistant Mine Manager, age 50 years, single, was coupling cars and, because of some misunderstanding of signals, was crushed between them, in Auburn and Alton Coal Company's mine. Auburn.
 
MUCHAKITES
February 25, 191627, Wm. Muchakites,of Auburn, timberman, age 27 years, single, was killed by falling rock in Springfield District Coal Mining Company's No. 4 mine. Auburn, Sangamon County.
 
MULLEN
December 16, 189911, John Mullen, of Springfield, driver, aged 17 years, lost his life in the Capital Cooperative Coal Company's mine, at Springfield. He was killed by falling under a loaded trip of cars.
 
August 30, 190214, John Mullen, of Cantrall, miner, aged 28 years, married, was injured by a premature blast, August 28, 1902, in the Cantrall Cooperative Coal company's mine, Cantrall, Sangamon county; he died two days afterwards, leaving a widow.
 
December 13, 18935, N. C. Mullen, of Springfield, night watchman, aged 38 years, married, was fatally injured, at mine No. 1 of the Capital Co-operative Company, Springfield. The duty of the deceased as night watchman included the coaling of the engines of the I. C. R. R. The chutes are low and the coal does not run freely from the aprons, At the time of the accident he was standing on the coal in the tender, between the apron and the cab. The engine was moved, squeezing him between the apron of the chute and the cab of the engine, injuring him internally so that he died the next day. He left a widow and five children.
 

 
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NEALE
December 15, 194457, John E. Neale, of Springfield, shot firer, age 48 years, single, was killed in an explosion in Panther Creek Mines, Inc.'s No. 2 mine.
 
NEES
June 15, 18956, William Nees, of Springfield, aged 17 years, single, occupation, laborer, was killed at the mine of the Springfield Junction Coal Company, Iles Junction, Sangamon county, June 15, 1895. The teamster was pulling a railroad car under the small coal bunker, Nees was attending the brake, his head struck a beam and was caught between the bottom of the beam and the top of the moving car crushing his head so that he died instantly.
 
NEHERING
December 22, 190416, Michael Nehering, of Old Berlin, miner, aged 43 years, single, was injured by falling slate December 20, 1904, while working in the Island Grove Coal Co.'s mine, Old Berlin, Sangamon county. He died two days after the accident.
 
NESMIT
November 7, 191022, William Nesmit, of Springfield, shotfirer, aged 40 years, married, employed in the Illinois Midland Coal Company's mine, Sherman, Sangamon county, was killed by a premature blast. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
NEVINS
April 14, 192332, Thomas Nevins, of Auburn, miner, age 53 years, married, was killed by fall- ing slate in the Panther Creek Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
NORRICK
December 31, 191325, John Norick, of Auburn, driver, aged 25 years, single, was killed by falling slate in the Black Diamond Coal Company's mine, Auburn, Sangamon County.
 
NYILAS
October 10, 191729, George Nyilas, of Springfield, timberman, age 56 years, married, was killed in Lincoln Park Coal and Brick Company's mine, Springfield. Deceased was timbering on main north entry and had just finished putting up a set of timbers and was cutting inside for another set when slate fell crushing him. He leaves a widow and two children.
 

 
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OLIVE
September 9, 192534, William Olive, of Springfield, face boss, age 55 years, married, was killed in Spring Creek Coal Company's mine. Deceased was sounding the roof to ascertain its condition, when, without warning, slate fell killing him almost instantly. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
OWENS
October 17, 191224, John W. Owens, of Springfield, driver, aged 29 years, married, was instantly killed by a fall of slate in the Citizens' Coal Mining Company, Mine B, Springfield. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
October 21, 190113, Wm. S. Owens, miner, age 52 years, married, leaves a widow and two children, was injured by a fall of slate September 21, 1901, in the Junction Mining Co.'s mine of Springfield, Sangamon county, which caused his death Oct. 21, 1901.
 
OVERCASH
October 13, 190214, William D. Overcash, of Pawnee, miner, aged 40 years, single, was killed in the Victor Coal company's mine. Pawnee, Sangamon county, by an explosion caused by improper blasting.
 

 
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PACOTLI
June 22, 194558, Natali Pacotli, timberman, of Springfield, age 58 years, married, was killed by a rock fall in Peabody Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
PAINER
April 24, 190314, John Painer, of Chatham, miner, aged 30 years, married, was killed by the explosion of a keg of powder in the Chicago-Virden Coal company's mine No. 3, Chatham, Sangamon county. Ha leaves a widow and one child.
 
PAQUALE
June 22, 194558, Sanerio D. Paquale, of Springfield, timberman, age 65 years, married, was killed by a rock fall in Peabody Coal Company's No. 57 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
PARCHER
March 14, 190920, Lawrence Parcher, machine man, aged 37 years, married, was instantly killed by falling coal, which he was undercutting in his room at the mine of the Chicago, Wilmington and Vermilion Coal Company, Thayer.
 
PARRISH
November 1, 190618, John Parrish, of Auburn, machine runner, aged 46 years, was killed in the Black Diamond Mine, Auburn, by falling coal while cutting coal with the machine. He leave a widow and three children.
 
PARSONS
March 7, 190617, W. C. Parsons, of Riverton, shot firer, aged 44 years, married, was killed in the Springfield Coal Mining Co.'s mine No. 2 at Riverton, by flying coal from a shot. He and his partner had separated so it is not known whether he was returning to the shot or not. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
PATTECABBAGE
December 8, 191628, Charles Pattecabbage, of Auburn, miner, age 68 years, married, was killed by falling slate in Springfield District Coal Mining Company's No. 4 mine. Auburn, Sangamon County. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
PEDDIE
August 17, 191123, George Peddie, of Dawson, miner, aged 26 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in the Wabash Coal Company's mine, Dawson, Sangamon County. Deceased was loading a car of coal at the face of the entry, known as the Peddie entry, when, about 2:30 p. m., the slate fell and struck him on the back of the neck. He had been working in the place since morning, but evidently did not know the slate had become loose. He leaves a widow.
 
PETERS
May 24, 193851, Henry Peters, of Springfield, company man, aged 55 years, widower, death from suffocation in mine No. 57 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving no dependents.
 
September 29, 192333, William Peters, of Springfield, miner, age 45 years, married, died from effects of injuries received three days previous while preparing a shot in the No. 55 mine, Springfield District Coal Mining Company. It is supposed that deceased was using an iron bar to place powder in the hole and came in contact with a sulphur stringer, causing a spark to ignite the powder. He leaves a widow.
 
PETTIT
October 5, 192043, Morris Pettit, miner, age 22 years, single, was killed by a fall of clod in Springfield District Coal Mining Company's No. 54 mine.
 
PHARES
February 6, 191021, H. W. Phares, cager, aged 38 years, single, employed by the Cora Coal Company, Sangamon county, was fatally injured January 24, 1910, while attempting to lift a pit car onto the track which was partially on the cage. The engineer hoisted the cage and the deceased was crushed between the side of the shaft and the cage. He was so badly injured that he died from the effects February 6, 1910.
 
PICKARD
February 16, 193750, Glenn Pickard, of Taylorville, cleanup man, aged 40 years, married, killed by fall of slate in mine No. 58 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving wife and one child.
 
PIERCE
August 11, 190719, Edward Pierce, of Springfield, miner, aged 65 years, married, was killed in the No. 3 mine of the Springfield Coal Mining Co. at Starns. Deceased was riding into his work, with other men, when a piece of cap rock fell out of a slip, striking him and breaking his neck. He leaves a widow.
 
PIERCEALL
December 16, 193851, Hardy Pierceall, of Riverton, loader, aged 49 years, married, killed by fall of coal in mine No. 81 of the Brewerton Co., leaving widow.
 
PIERCY
February 1, 192040, John Piercy, of Springfield, trapper, age 64 years, married, died from injuries received January 20 by being run over by a pit car in Springfield District Coal Company's No. 51 mine, Springfield. He leaves a widow.
 
PISCICILLI
January 15, 194861, August Piscicilli, of Springfield, loading machine operator, age 53 years, single, was killed by a fall of roof in Peabody Coal Company's No. 57 mine.
 
POCCO
June 16, 191122, Alex. Pocco, of Divernon, loader, aged 36 years, single, was killed in the No. 6 mine of the Madison Coal Corporation at Divernon. Deceased was loading coal when a large piece of slate fell, killing him instantly.
 
POFFENBACH
May 12, 191728, Charles Poffenbach, of Springfield, cager, age 32 years, married, was killed in Springfield District Coal Mining Company's No. 5 mine, Springfield, Sangamon County. Deceased was putting a car of coal on the cage when a piece of coal fell down the shaft, striking him on the head crushing his skull. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
POLLIS
April 18, 193952, Stanley Pollis, of Springfield, loader, aged 57 years, married, killed by fall of slate in mine No. 59 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving widow.
 
POOLICK
March 19, 192040, Samuel Poolick, of Springfield, shot firer, age not given, married, was overcome by afterdamp caused by the firing of shots, and died in Panther Creek Coal Company's mine, Auburn. He leaves a widow and nine children.
 
POPHANKEN
January 22, 18978. George Pophanken, of Springfield, aged 23 years, married, leaves a widow, occupation, miner, was killed Jan. 22, 1897, in a room in the second south entry of the west side of the mine of the Citizen's Coal Mining Company at Springfield, Sangamon county. He fired a shot in a cross-cut in a room at the same time that another miner fired a shot in a room into which his room had holed. Two shots went off together, and Pophanken probably supposed that the two shots were those that himself and the other miner had fired. He went into the room to see if the shot that he had lighted had holed, when the shot exploded and blew through the pillar, killing him instantly.
 
POWELL
January 20, 192736, Elmer F. Powell, of Springfield, motorman, age 52 years, married, was killed in Central Illinois Coal Mining Company's mine. Deceased was sitting on front end of motor when the trip ran into loaded cars, knocking a car off the track, which knocked out a leg from under a cross bar, allowing it to fall, and strike him on the head.
 
November 1, 192635, Moses Powell, of Springfield, driver, age 47 years, married, died from injuries received three days earlier in Spring Creek Coal Company's Mine. The evidence indicated that deceased was caught by butt-stick as the mule he was driving passed through a trap door. He leaves a widow.
 
POWERS
September 26, 190315, Frank Powers, of Pawnee, miner. aged 30 years. single, was injured by falling coal and clod at the working face of his room August 8, 1903, in the Victor Coal company's mine at Pawnee. Sangamon county. He died Sept. 26. 1903.
 
PRATT
July 13, 193952, Clevis Pratt, of Carlinville, loader, aged 62 years, married, killed by fall of rock m mine No. 57 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving wife.
 
PREHODA
January 8, 191324, Wesley Prehoda, of Riverton, miner, aged 18 years, single, was killed by being burned with powder in the Springfield Coal Mining Company's No. 2 mine, Riverton, Sangamon County. Deceased was working with his father, and going out of the working place to a cross-cut between the two entries, he lighted a short piece of fuse, and was standing over a keg about two-thirds full powder, when a spark from the fuse fell into the powder, causing an explosion. He died the following day.
 
PREVAL
March 6, 193952, Cecil Preval, of Springfield, machine operator, aged 33 years, married killed by fall of slate in mine No. 53 of the Peabody Coal Co leaving wife and one dependent child.
 
PRICE
May 14, 190314, Jacob Price, of Thayer, timberman aged 38 years, married, was fatally burned by an explosion of fire damp May 8, 1903, in the Chicago, Wilmington and Vermilion Coal company's mine, Thayer, Sangamon county. He died May 14, 1903. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
July 20, 189810, Thos. Price, of Spaulding, a miner aged 47 years, was fatally injured July 18, 1898, in Spaulding Coal Company's mine, by a premature blast. The squib went off as soon as the light was put to it, which fired the shot. Price was struck by flying coal, from which he died in two days. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
PRINCE
January 9, 190415, Geo. T. Prince, of Pawnee, shot firer, aged 58 years, married, was killed by being suffocated by after damp, produced by a windy shot, in the Victor Coal Co.'s mine at Pawnee, Sangamon county He leaves a widow and two children.
 
September 21, 195663, Obie Prince, of Sherman, employed as a cutting-machine operator, was injured severely in the Eddy Mine, Eddy Coal Company, in Fancy Prairie Township, Sangamon County, about 8:00 P. M. Wednesday, September 5, 1956. He died at about 9:00 A. M. Friday, September 21, 1956. The accident occurred while Prince was preparing to unload a shortwall cutting machine from a Caterpillar Truck prior to undercutting the face of the 6 west entry off 19 north. The victim was 46 years old and is survived by his widow and 4 dependent children. He had 25 years of mining experience, the last 3 years as a mining-machine operator in this mine.
      Obie Prince, the cutting-machine operator, trammed the machine from the face of 5 west entry off 10 north to the face of 6 west entry off 19 north, where he was to undercut the face. Apparently, when Prince attempted either to stop or to maneuver the truck, the control for only one track broke contact, and the other Caterpillar track continued to run. This turned the cutter bar of the machine toward the left corner of the entry and the right rear end of the machine against the right rib, and caught Prince between the machine and rib. Harold Wolfe, cutting-machine helper, was in the 19 north entry watching the trailing cable. He heard Prince call out: "Get me loose". He then ran to the cutting machine, a distance of about 80 feet, and found Prince pinned between the right rear end of the machine and the coal rib along the right side of the entry, and the left Caterpillar track of the truck spinning. The right track of the truck had stopped. Wolfe tried to shut off the control for the left Caterpillar track, but because of Prince's body could not do so. He cut the power off by disconnecting the trailing cable. He went for help, which arrived quickly. With the assistance of other workmen, using a shuttle car to pull the machine away from the rib, Prince was removed. Prince was then placed on a stretcher, taken to the surface in a mine car, and transported by ambulance to a hospital at Springfield, Illinois. Prince received severe bruises on the chest, abdomen, and back from the upper part of the chest and back to the middle of the thighs, but had no broken bones.
 
PROHASKE
September 27, 194053, Joseph Prohaske, of Springfield, miner, age 55 years, single, killed by fall o slate, at the Barr Coal Co., leaving no dependents.
 
PROSIPPIO
December 18, 192635, N. Prosippio, of Springfield, miner, age 50 years, married, was caught between pit cars and coal rib and killed, in Peabody Coal Company's No. 57 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
PUMPHREY
December 1, 191022, Omer Pumphrey, of Mechanicsburg, a driver, aged 21 years, married, employed in the mine of the Coranado Coal Company, Mechanicsburg, was killed by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow.
 

 
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QUAMMA
September 5, 190214, Bert Quamma, of Divernon, driver, aged 18 years, single, was killed in the Madison Coal company's mine No. 1, Divernon, Sangamon county, by being crushed by a mine car.
 

 
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RAEY
October 21, 190214, Daniel Raey, of Riverton, miner, aged 46 years, was killed in the Riverton Coal company's No. 2 mine, Riverton, Sangamon county, by a premature blast. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
RAFFERTY
September 2, 189810, James Rafferty, of Springfield, aged 32 years, and Joseph Mayfield, aged 23 years, were found dead September 2, 1898, in the Capitol Coal Company's mine, Springfield. Rafferty and Mayfield were sent by the mine manager to clean out a portion of the air course on the main east entry. The air having become charged with black damp where they were working, which caused their lights to go out. The men were trying to get to the main intake entry, where there was fresh air. They made a mistake and turned into an abandoned entry which was densely full of black damp. The damp struck them down. They were found dead at a point about twenty feet within the mouth of the old entry, and about one hundred and fifty feet from the main intake air course. James Rafferty leaves a widow and three children.
 
RAIRDEN
April 6, 194558, Edward Rairden, of Sherman, driller, age 54 years, married, died from injuries received on April 3, 1945, when he was thrown from the cage in Peabody Coal Company's No. 59 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
RATCLIFFE
December 28, 192131, Don Ratcliffe, of Springfield, miner, age 30 years, married, died from the effects of injuries received December 24 in Bissell Coal Company's mine. Deceased had helped his brother tamp a shot and went back to their powder box, arriving there just as his brother's lamp fell into the keg of powder, causing an explosion which resulted in his death. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
December 26, 192131, Fred Ratcliffe, of Springfield, miner, age 28 years, married, died from the effects of injuries received two days previous in Bissell Coal Company's mine. Deceased was emptying powder into a partly filled keg when his lamp fell into the keg, igniting the powder, burning him so badly that he died as stated above. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
REILLY
February 23, 191829, Walter Whelchel, trackman, age 28 years, married, Ray M. Hiner, night foreman, age 24 years, single, Ernest Cox, 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.
 
RHIEBOLD
December 30, 190416, Neverest Rhiebold., of Springfield, miner, aged 39 years, married, was killed by coal flying from shot in the Springfield Coal Mining Co.'s No. 3 mine, Springfield, Sangamon county. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
RHOADS
January 28, 1926,35, Everett Rhoads, of Springfield, timberman, age 44 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 57 mine by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow.
 
RIBER
March 23, 193245, Frank Riber, of Auburn, shotfirer, age 44 years, single, died from suffocation from breathing carbon monoxide gas following an explosion caused by a windy shot in No. 1 mine, Panther Creek Coal Company.
 
RICE
April 30, 192143, John E. Rice, driver, age 53 years, single, was killed by pit car in Union Fuel Company's No. 5 mine.
 
RIDLEY
November 7, 190618, Robinson Ridley, of Springfield, shot firer, aged 26 years, single, was killed in the Illinois Midland Coal Co.'s mine, Sherman; deceased lost his life from a blown out shot.
 
RINK
April 26, 190516, John Rink, of Pawnee, timberman, aged 45 years, single, was killed by a fall of slate in the Victor Coal Co.'s mine at Pawnee, Sangamon county.
 
ROBERTS
November 5, 190214, John Roberts, of Pleasant Plains, miner, aged 46 years, single, was killed in the Trutter Coal company's mine, Pleasant Plains, Sangamon county, by falling clod.
 
ROGERS
January 28, 193649, Mike Rogers, of Springfield, loader, aged 34 years, single, killed by powder explosion in mine of Mine B Coal Co., No dependents.
 
ROSSITER
November 15, 191527, Ed. Rossiter, of Springfield, laborer, age 47 years, married, was killed by falling slate in Jones and Adams Coal Company's mine, Springfield, Sangamon County. He leaves a widow and ten children.
 
ROSSOC
March 10, 190213, Andrew Rossoc, of Springfield, miner, age 32 years, leaves a widow, was killed by a premature blast in his working place in the Starne Coal Mining Co.'s mine at Springfield, Sangamon county.
 
ROTH
April 29, 193851, Charles Roth, of Virden, assistant manager, aged 55 years, married, accidental death from suffocation in mine of Mine B Coal Co., leaving widow and one child.
 
ROW
September 27, 190719, John Row, of Auburn, shot-firer, aged 34 years, married, was killed in the mine of the Black Diamond Coal Company at Auburn. His death was caused by a shot blowing through a cross-cut, between two entries. The pillar at this point was 17 feet thick; about 10 feet had been taken out of the cross-cut in the back entry; there was also a shot in the cross-cut in the front entry which he or his brother had lighted. Deceased and his brother had gone into the back entry, and were fixing shots to be fired there, when the shot from the front entry blew through, killing John and just slightly scratching his brother's face. Deceased leaves a widow and one child.
 
RUSSELL
November 16, 18957, Walter Russell, of Springfield, aged 18 years, single, occupation greaser, was suffocated by black damp at 7:15 a.m., at the mine of the Sangamon Coal Company, Springfield, Sangamon county. He left his work at the bottom of the shaft and went to the mouth of an old entry on the north side of the mine. As he did not return, one of the bottom men went after him and found him about eight feet in the entry. On inspection a light went out near the roof at about twelve feet and near the bottom at about eight feet in the entry.
 
RYAN
August 26, 190113, James Ryan, mine manager, age 52 years, married, leaves a widow and four children, was killed by being caught by mine cars on the endless rope plain in the Capital Cooperative Coal Co.'s mine at Springfield, Sangamon county. He was walking on the rope plain behind a trip of cars; the couplings between the cars suddenly broke, allowing some of the cars to run back, which caught him, bruising him so that he died in a few hours.
 

 
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SALETTI
August 25, 192635, Joe Saletti, of Springfield, timberman, age 33 years, single, and Jule Delvallry, 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.
 
SANDERS
March 29, 191930, H. A. Sanders, of Chatham, miner, age 31 years, married, and Ed Smith, miner, age 46 years, single, were killed by an explosion due to a windy shot, in Panther Creek Coal Company's mine. Auburn. Sanders leaves a widow and three children.
 
SAPP
February 19, 194356, Ralph Lawton Sapp, of Springfield, coupler, age 44 years, married, died from injuries received on February 4, 1943, in Peabody Coal Company's No. 53 mine, by being crushed between concrete wall and pit car. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
SAVOTSKY
August 22, 193144, James Savotsky, miner, age 54 years, married, died from injuries received October 23, 1929, when struck by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow and one child.
This fatality is not charged against the coal production of 1931.
 
SCATTERGOOD
June 19, 190314, Joseph Scattergood, of Dawson, cager, aged 26 years, married, was injured by coal falling down the shaft and striking him on the head. The accident occurred June 15, 1903, in the Wabash Coal company's mine, Dawson, Sangamon county, he died June 19, 1903. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
October 29, 191325, Thomas Scattergood, of Barclay, motorman, aged 20 years, was killed by a motor in the Barclay Coal Company's mine, Barclay, Sangamon County.
 
SCHAAF
September 28, 194558, Anthony Wm. Schaaf, of Springfield, miner, age 64 years, married, was killed in a collision of cars at Panther Creek Mines, Inc.'s No. 4 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
SCHEEKE
October 30, 192635, Henry J. Scheeke, of Springfield, miner, age 29 years, married, died from injuries received three days earlier, caused by a fall of slate in Peabody Coal Company's No. 55 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
SCHIEBNER
October 25, 191028, John Schiebner, of Springfield, operator, age 72 years, single, was killed by a coal conveyor, in Springfield Cooperative Coal Company's mine, Springfield, Sangamon County.
 
SCHULZE
October 22, 18979, William Schulze, of Springfield, a driver, aged 20 years, was killed October 22, 1897, in the Sangamon Coal Co.'s mine. He was going in with an empty trip; there were some iron rails on top of the cars. It appears that the front end of the rails had projected beyond the side of the front car, the one he was riding on. The ends of the rails caught some props on the side of the entry and knocked them out. slate fell and caught him.
 
SCHUST
October 15, 192938, Matt Schust, of Pawnee, loader, age 54 years, single, was crushed to death between pit-car and coal rib, in Peabody Coal Company's No. 8 mine.
 
SCOTT
June 6, 1904, John Scott, of Clear Lake, (Riverton), Sangamon County, Illinois, age 74 years, married
Newspaper article: The article states: June 6, 1904, John Scott was employed at Capital Coal Company east of Springfield, Ill. Mr. Scott accompanied by his son who is also employed at the mine, was coming through the entry, his son walking a few yards in advance, when he heard a fall, and hurrying to his fathers side, found him in a dying condition and breathed his last before assistance reached him.
-- State Journal Register, Springfield, IL., June 7, 1904; page 8 -- Furnished by Bridgette Souther
John Scott may have worked in mine B. His death may have been a heart attack. His death is not listed in the Annual Coal Reports, so we can guess that it was not considered a Coal Mine Fatal Casualty.
The 1900 United States Census Lists :
John Scott, age 69 years, born in May 1831 in Scotland and married (1883) 17 years, Coal Miner
Hattie Scott, age 65 years, born in October 1838 in Pennsylvania
Lewis Scott, age 21 years, born in August 1878 in Illinois, Coal Miner
John Connery, Boarder, age 24

 
May 22, 191728, William W. Scott, of Cantrall, laborer, age 67 years, married, was killed at Cantrall Coal Company's mine, Cantrall, Sangamon County. Deceased was helping push a car of dirt on tram road to dirt dump. The boards were slippery from the recent rain and in trying to check the car his feet slipped and he fell about 25 feet to the ground. He leaves a widow and four children, two dependents.
 
SEABORN
January 14, 192433, William Seaborn, of Thayer, laborer, age 48 years, married, was killed at Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's Thayer mine. Deceased was placing brattice boards on the cage to send down to the night shift, when, without warning, a chunk of coal came from some where above and struck him on the head, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow.
 
SENGER
December 22, 194356, John Senger, Sr., of Springfield, mine manager, age 72 years, single, was killed when he was ran over by a pit car in Barr Coal Company's mine.
 
SERENA
August 19, 192635, Victor Serena, of Springfield, laborer, age 20 years, married, died from injuries received six days earlier, in Peabody Coal Company's No. 6 mine. Deceased was working on a new fan house that was being erected at this mine and was holding up a piece of sheet iron to be placed on the side when it fell with the result stated above. He leaves a widow.
 
SEVO
June 14, 192143, George Sevo, driver, age 34 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
SHANDOR
April 1, 192332, Andy Shandor, of Auburn, shot firer, age 29 years, married, died from bums received seven days previous, caused from firing an improper shot, in the Panther Creek Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
SHEEHAN
March 28, 190314, Walter Sheehan, of Springfield, miner, aged 26 years, single, was killed by a premature blast in the Jones and Adams Coal company's mine, Springfield, Sangamon county.
 
SHEPPARD
May 17, 190415, John Sheppard, of Springfield, top laborer, aged 48 years, married, was killed by being caught in the screen machinery at the Capital Cooperative Coal Co.'s mine at Springfield. Sangamon county. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
SHIRLEY
February 6, 191627, Earl Shirley, of Pawnee, laborer, age 23 years, single, employed in mine No. 5, Peabody Coal Company, Pawnee, Sangamon County, was killed by a gas explosion.
 
SHOEMAKER
June 10, 191122, John Shoemaker, of Taylorville, driver, aged 26 years, single, was struck by a pit car and killed in mine No. 3 of the Springfield Coal Mining Company, at Springfield.
 
SHREEVER
March 20, 190819, W. D. Shreever, of Auburn, miner, aged 45 years, married, was fatally injured by falling clod while loading a car in the No. 2 mine of the Illinois Collieries Company at Auburn.
 
SICKEVICH
June 20, 192332, Albert Sickevich, of Springfield, miner, age 77 years, married, was run over by pit cars and killed in the Brewerton Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
SISKO
March 4, 191526, Stanley Sisko, of Springfield, miner, age 45 years, single, was killed by falling slate in the No. 6 mine, Peabody Coal Company, Sherman, Sangamon County. He leaves three children.
 
SKOCKIS
January 3, 191930, Andrew Skockis, of Auburn, miner, age 42 years, single, died from injuries received December 20, in Mine No. 54, Springfield District Coal Mining Company, Auburn. Deceased was drilling a hole under a piece of loose clod which fell on him.
 
SKOK
January 3, 191425, Jacob Skok, of Divernon, driver, aged 30 years, single, was killed by pit cars in the No. 6 mine of the Madison Coal Corporation, Divernon, Sangamon County.
 
SLADE
February 15, 18978. William Slade, of Riverton, aged 50 years, widower, no dependents, occupation, miner, was killed about 12 noon, February 15, 1897, in a room in the fourth east entry of the north side of Mine No. 2 of the Riverton Coal Company, Riverton, Sangamon county. At the time of the accident it is supposed that he had his lamp at the squib lighting a shot when the shot exploded, killing him instantly.
 
SLEKAS
December 12, 191628, John Slekas, of Divernon, driver, age 30 years, married, was killed by pit cars in Madison Coal Corporation's No. 6 mine, Divernon, Sangamon County. He leaves a widow.
 
SLINGTON
October 12, 190820, Thos. Slington, Cager, aged 43 years, married; in the employ of the Madison Coal Corporation at Divernon, was killed by falling down the shaft. The deceased while working on the cage (it being un- hooked from the rope and resting on two 4 by 6 inch timbers across the shaft) while he was taking out a link, the timbers broke, the cage and man fell down the shaft, a distance of one hundred and fifty feet. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
SLOAN
August 5, 190416, William Sloan, of Springfield, miner, aged 19 years, single, was killed in the Wilmington & Springfield Coal Co.'s mine, Springfield, Sangamon county, by suffocation. He went back on shots previously fired and was overcome by the smoke and gases from the shots.
 
SLOCOMBE
March 15, 191627, Wm. Slocombe, of Springfield, driver, age 20 years, single, was killed by pit cars in Springfield Cooperative Coal Company's mine, Springfield, Sangamon County. Deceased was riding on first car of trip when a wheel broke and he was thrown in front of the car.
 
SMARGIASSI
May 3, 193039, Silvio Smargiassi, of Auburn, trackman, age 22 years, single, was killed by being caught by a motor in Panther Creek Coal Company's No. 1 mine.
 
SMITH
January 3, 190112, Charles Smith, of Riverton, driver, aged 18 years, single, was killed by being thrown from mine cars in coming down a grade in the Riverton Coal Co.'s No. 2 mine, Riverton, Sangamon county.
 
March 29, 191930, H. A. Sanders, miner, age 31 years, married, and Ed Smith, of Auburn, miner, age 46 years, single, were killed by an explosion due to a windy shot, in Panther Creek Coal Company's mine. Auburn. Sanders leaves a widow and three children.
 
February 24, 18945, Gilbert Smith, of Springfield, laborer, aged 66 years, married, was killed at the mine of the Woodside Coal Company, Springfield, Sangamon county. He had been engaged shoveling coal from the revolving screen; when the coal from the bunker was being loaded into the railroad car, his arm appeared in the doorway through which the coal was running; he was immediately removed from his, the bin, when it was found that his neck was broken. He was subject to heart disease and it is probable that he had been standing on a ladder in the bin and had fallen, striking a girder resulting as stated. He left a widow and one child.
 
August 7, 191224, Harvey Smith, of Springfield, miner, aged 58 years, married, was killed at the Woodside Coal Company's mine, Springfield, by a fall of slate in his working place. Deceased was loading a car of coal when a piece of slate fell from between two slips, striking him between the shoulders. He died about three hours after being injured. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
February 9, 1916,27, J. F. Smith, of Springfield, laborer, age 26 years, single, was killed by falling slate in Madison Coal Corporation's mine No. 6, Divernon, Sangamon County.
 
February 16, 18956, Thomas W. Smith, of Riverton, aged 56 years, married, a miner, was injured at the mine of the Clear Lake Co-operative Coal Company, Riverton, Sangamon county, on February 15, 1895, .so that he died the following day. The miners working near him missed him at dinner time and found him about 60 feet from the face: his cap was near a standing shot that had been fired shortly before. His tamping tools were found put back so that it was evident that the blast by which he was injured was not fired while he was tamping the hole. He was so injured that he was not able to make any statement of how the accident happened. He left a widow and five children.
 
SMITHERMAN
December 13, 190921, Walter Smitherman, driver, aged 21 years, married, employed by the Woodside Coal Company, was instantly killed by being crushed under a loaded pit car. Deceased was driving a three mule team, from the inside parting to the shaft; on coming to a part of the road where there was a down grade he lost his light; the team stopping when they came near the bottom of the grade; the trip of seven cars ran onto the mules and Smitherman was thrown under the first car. Life was extinct when he was taken from under the car. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
SMOCK
January 8, 192635, Frank Smock, of Pawnee, miner, aged 49 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Peabody Coal Company's' No. 58 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
SNELSON
August 27, 193649, John W. Snelson, of Springfield, timberman, aged 55 years, married, killed by fall of slate in mine No. 5 of Panther Creek Mines, Inc., one dependent.
 
SNODGRASS
December 22, 192635, Leslie Snodgrass, of Chatham, miner, age 40 years, single, was killed by a fall of slate in Panther Creek Mines, Inc.
 
December 24, 191022, Oscar Snodgrass, of Divernon, driver, aged 28 years, married, employed at mine No. 6 of the Madison Coal Corporation, Divernon, was killed by a pit car striking him. He leaves a widow.
 
SOCKOLLEY
February 28, 192040, Peter Sockolley, of Springfield, miner, age 28 years, married, was caught between two railroad cars at West End Coal Company's mine, Springfield and killed. He leaves a widow.
 
SOLOMON
December 14, 190820, John Solomon, shot firer, aged 56 years, married, while in the employ of the miners at Jones & Adams Coal Company's mine was killed in an explosion caused by a blown out shot.
 
SPENCER
February 5, 192433, Earl Spencer, of Springfield, miner, age 27 years, married, was crushed to death between pit cars in West End Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
SPOON
October 16, 193447, Roy Spoon, of Spaulding, miner, age 40 years, married, died as a result of a fall of slate at Mine No. 4 of Panther Creek Mines. Inc. He leaves a widow.
 
STAILEY
October 2, 194861, Earl Stailey, of Sherman, motorman, age 48 years, single, died from injuries received the previous day, October 1, 1948, in a powder explosion at Farrand Coal Company's mine. He leaves two dependents.
 
STALEY
January 25, 190819, Thomas Staley, of Springfield, shot-firer, aged 31 years, married, was killed in the Sherman mine of the Illinois Midland Coal Company by a shot blowing through the rib; he had lighted a shot in one room and was in the act of lighting the shots in the next room when the first shot exploded, blowing through the rib. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
STAMM
August 13, 193750, John Stamm, of Taylorville, loading machine helper, aged 49 years, single, killed by fall of slate in mine No. 58 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving one dependent.
 
STECHMAN
December 9, 191527, William Stechman, of Divernon, loader, age 22 years, single, was killed by falling slate in Madison Coal Corporation's No. 6 mine, Divernon, Sangamon County. Deceased was riding in a pit car when it jumped the track and knocked out a prop which let the slate fall.
 
STEINBERG
January 27, 191728, Albert Steinberg, of Springfield, driver, age 17 years, single, was killed by pit cars in Jones and Adams Coal Company's mine, Springfield, Sangamon County.
 
STEVENS
March 8, 18967, John Stevens, of Cantrall, aged 60 years, married, miner, was injured at 5 p. m. March 6, 1896, in a room at the mine of the Cantrall Cooperative Coal Company, Cantrall, Sangamon county. Stevens was working in a room about four feet in, that was being turned from another room, at about twenty feet back from the face. At the time of the accident the person working in the straight room and himself were each firing a shot. Stevens gave the word to fire and ignited the sqnib of his shot, which immediately exploded, causing injuries from which he died two days later. He left a widow and two children not dependents.
 
STIMLER
October 11, 191325, Joseph Stimler, of Springfield, miner, aged 21 years, single, employed in the Sangamon Coal Company's mine, Springfield, was killed by asphyxiation.
 
STOKAS
June 23, 193039, George Stokas, of Auburn, triprider, age 40 years, married, died from injuries received by coupling cars in Panther Creek Coal Company's No. 1 mine on April 21. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
STOUT
March 10, 192837, John Stout, of Auburn, miner, age 59 years, single, died from injuries received by a fall of rock on January 23, in Panther Creek Mine No. 1.
 
STRATTON
October 10, 190618, John Stratton, of Springfield, shot firer, aged 49 years, married, was killed in the Springfield Colliery Company Mine, Springfield. His death was caused by firing a dead hole, the shot blowing the tamping causing the explosion. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
STRODE
September 25, 18968. Taylor Strode, of Cantrall, aged 50 years, occupation miner, married, leaves a widow and five children, was killed at 12:45 p. m. September 25, 1896 in a room in the third east entry of the south side of the mine of the Cantrall Cooperative Coal Company, Cantrall, Sangamon county. He had fired a shot at noon and went into the room to load a car for the driver. When the driver went for the car he found him dead under a fall of roof. The shot had knocked out a prop that had not been reset and the roof fell while he was loading the car.
 
STRUCK
March 23, 190415, Carl Struck, of Springfield, engineer, aged 40 years, married, was killed by becoming entangled in the machinery of the fan engine at the Sangamon Coal Co.'s mine Springfield. Sangamon county. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
SUMMERING
January 25, 190011, John Summering, of Riverton, miner, aged 63 years, single, was killed in the Riverton Coal Co.'s No. 2 mine, at Riverton. He lost his life by being caught by a fall of slate at the working face.
 
SUNMAN
October 17, 191123, Ralph Sunman, of Springfield, driver, aged 20 years, single, died at St. John's hospital, Springfield, from injuries received in the Tuxhorn Coal Co. 's mine, Keys, Sangamon County, on May 13, 1911, by a trip of pit cars.
 
SWAGGERT
April 9, 190112, John Swaggert, of Springfield, miner, aged 50 years, single, was killed by a premature blast, in the West End Coal Co.'s mine, Springfield, Sangamon county.
 
SWEET
May 11, 191425, Charles Sweet, of Niantic, laborer, aged 43 years, married, was killed by a motor in the Barclay Coal Mining Company's mine, Barclay, Sangamon County. He leaves a widow.
 
SZABO
June 9, 194558, John Szabo, of Springfield, driller, age 52 years, married, was killed in an explosion in Peabody Coal Company's No. 57 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 

 
T
TAKO
June 16, 191122, Alex. Tako, of Divernon, loader, aged 36 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate at his working place in the No. 6 mine of the Madison Coal Corporation, Divernon. He leaves a widow.
 
TANKI
February 13, 191324, August Tanki, of Springfield, shot-firer, aged 27 years, married, was killed at the Jones & Adams Coal Company's mine, Springfield. Deceased commenced firing shots with the air current instead of against it, and when he got to the face of the entry the smoke from the shots in the rooms had preceded him. After firing the shots in the front entry he went into the back entry and lighted the shots there, and in coming out lost his way and returned through the cross-cut into the front entry, when he was overcome and died. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
TARKEAS
January 10, 190617, Alexander Tarkeas, of Pawnee, miner, aged 43 years, married, was killed by falling slate while drilling a hole in his room in the Illinois Midland Coal Co.'s mine. Pawnee, Sangamon county. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
TAYLOR
April 27, 1900,11, James Taylor, of Springfield, miner, aged 47 years, married, was killed in the Sangamon Coal Co.'s mine at Springfield, by a premature blast at the working face. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
THOMAS
November 10 ,190517, George Thomas, of Virden, miner, aged 45 years, married, was killed by falling slate in an old room in No. 8 mine of the Illinois Colleries Co., Springfield, Sangamon county. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
November 27, 191224, Jacob Thomas, of Thayer, miner, aged 50 years, married, was instantly killed by a fall of rock in the C. W. & V. Coal Company's No. 1 mine, Thayer, Sangamon County. The timbermen had been into the place and asked to be allowed to timber it. Deceased told them to go into the next entry and work until he finished loading his car. Before the car was loaded the rock fell. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
TISMATH
October 28, 189911, Anton Tismath, of Springfield, miner, aged 28 years, single, was killed in the Woodside Coal Company's mine, at Springfield. He met his death at the working face by a premature blast.
 
TOMKO
December 26, 194255, John A. Tomko, of Springfield, triprider, age 63 years, married, was killed when a car ran over him in Peabody Coal Company's No. 57 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
TORNANT
September 26, 191224, Barney Tornant, of Springfield, miner, aged 26 years, single, died at the hospital in Springfield, from injuries received from falling slate at the Cora Coal Company's mine, Andrew, Sangamon County. Deceased was loading a car of coal on eptember 14th, when a piece of slate fell, breaking his back.
 
TRELLO
December 13, 193952, George Trello, of Springfield, miner, aged 41 years, married, killed by tall of rock m mine No. 5 of the Panther Creek Mines, Inc., leaving widow.
 
TROWE
August 17, 190517, Levi Trowe, of Rivertonshot firer, aged 46 years, married, was killed by flying coal from a shot, at the Springfield Coal Mining Co.'s No. 1 mine, Riverton. Deceased thinking the shot had missed fire was returning to relight it when the shot exploded. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
TRUMBO
April 13, 194962, Ellis Clifford Trumbo, of Athens, timberman, age 33 years, married, died from injuries received the previous day, April 12, 1949, by a fall of slate in Peabody Coal Company's No. 57 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
TWIGG
June 5, 192938, Max Twigg, of Springfield, miner, age 50 years, single, was killed by a shot explosion in Peabody Coal Company's No. 57 mine. Deceased was drilling out a shot that had failed to fire when the explosion occurred.
 

 
U
ULCHNER
April 13, 190415, Joseph Ulchner, of Pleasant Plains, miner, aged 34 years, married, was killed by the explosion of a shot; deceased returned to examine a shot he supposed had missed fire. This accident occurred in the Trutter Coal Co.'s mine. Pleasant Plains, Sangamon county.
 
UNGER
November 27, 190820, Ernest Unger, miner, aged 45 years, married, fell from the cage to the bottom of the shaft, a distance of two hundred and twenty-five feet, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
USMAN
September 29, 191940, Frank Usman, of Springfield, shot firer, age 31 years, married, was suffocated by powder smoke while firing shots in the Jefferson Mine of the Sangamon County Mining Company, Springfield. He leaves a widow and two children.
 

 
V
VanALST
September 4, 194053, Harry James VanAlst, of Taylorville, loading machine operator, age 34 years, married, killed by fall of roof, in the No. 58 mine of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving a widow.
 
Van BIERVLIET
October 5, 194861, Julius Van Biervliet, of Springfield, timberman, age 59 years, married, was killed when the lining in the shaft fell on him in Panther Creek Mines, Inc.'s No. 4 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
VANCIL
February 26, 18967, James Vancil, of Auburn, aged 47 years, married, miner, was killed at 1:10 p. m., February 26, 1896, in a room at the mine of the Sugar Creek Coal Company, Auburn, Sangamon county. At the time of the accident he was loading a pit-car, when a piece of top coal weighing about 1,000 pounds fell on him, killing him instantly. He left a widow and eight children, six of whom are dependents.
 
VINCENT
January 21, 192938, William Vincent, of Springfield, driver, age 38 years, single, was killed in No. 3 mine of the Panther Creek Mines, Inc., by being caught between top of car on which he was riding and a cross-bar.
 
VORTALIA
June 21, 190213, Dominick Vortalia, of Auburn, miner, age 30 years, single, was killed by a premature blast in the Chicago-Virden Coal Co.'s No. 2 mine at Auburn, Sangamon county.
 

 
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WALKER
June 11, 194356, Claud Edward Walker, of Springfield, shuttle car operator, age 54 years, married, was killed when he was caught against a roll in the roof at Peabody Coal Company's No. 57 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
December 2, 190517, William Walker, of Divernon, cager helper, aged 19 years, employed at the Madison Coal Co.'s mine, Divernon, was caught between loaded cars at the bottom of the shaft, breaking his leg, from the effects of which he died in about two hours.
 
WALL
November 27, 191830, Andrew J. Wall, of Springfield, miner, age 68 years, married, was killed in Chicago-Williamsville Coal Company's mine, Springfield, by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
WALLS
December 1, 191022, Mike Walls, of Mechanicsburg, miner, aged 27 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in the Coranado Coal Company's mine, Mechanicsburg, Sangamon county. He leaves a widow.
 
WALSH
September 26, 191940, Patrick Walsh, of Springfield, superintendent, age 61 years, married, was killed in No. 57 mine, Springfield District Coal Mining Company, Springfield, by coming in contact with a wire charged with electricity. He leaves a widow.
 
WARRINGTON
March 25, 191930, Joe Warrington, of Divernon, loader, age 20 years, married, died from injuries received by a fall of coal, March 18, in Madison Coal Corporation's Mine No. 6, Divernon. He leaves a widow.
 
WATSON
January 20, 190920, Bluford Watson, Cager, aged 19 years, single was instantly killed by the starting of the cage, while the deceased was caging a loaded car at the mine of the Sangamon Coal Company.
 
January 21, 190011, John Watson, of Virden, driver, aged 24 years, single, was fatally injured January 16, 1900, in the Chicago-Virden Coal Co.'s No. 1 mine, at Virden. He was driving a trip on a down grade, when the cars jumped the track. He was caught between the cars and props, and died January 21, 1900.
 
WEBB
October 4, 190719, Silas Webb, of Keys, driver, aged 21 years, single, lost his life in the mine of the Tuxhorn Coal Company, Keyes. Deceased was riding on top of a loaded car, his head was caught by a cross-bar.
 
WEIGSCH
November 2334, Carl Weigsch, of Springfield, miner, age 37 years, married, was killed by pit cars in "West End Coal Company's mine, Springfield. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
WENCKUS
May 7, 192635, Frank Wenckus, of Auburn, shotfirer, age 29 years, single, was killed in Panther Creek Mines, Inc. by an explosion caused by a shot being overcharged with powder and not properly prepared and balanced.
 
WHELCHEL
February 23, 191829, Walter Whelchel, of Kalo, Iowa, trackman, age 28 years, married, Ray M. Hiner, 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.
 
WHITTEKER
January 29, 18934, Chas. Whitteker, of Springfield, miner, aged 19 years, was killed in Clear Lake Coal Co.'s mine by a blast let off in the room next to his. It appears he was not notified in time to get out of the way.
 
WIDOWSKI
October 23, 192333, Paul Widowski, of Divernon, miner, age 29 years, single, was killed by a shot explosion, in No. 6 mine, Madison Coal Corporation.
 
WILEY
November 26, 191527, W. H. Wiley, of Riverton, miner, age 53 years, married, employed in Springfield Coal Mining Company's No. 2 mine, Riverton, Sangamon County, was killed by falling slate. Deceased was placing a prop under some loose slate when a piece weighing about thirty pounds became detached and fell, striking him on the forehead, forcing his head backward and breaking his neck. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
WILKINSON
November 10, 189911, David Wilkinson, of Riverton, miner, aged 29 years, single, lost his life in the Riverton Coal Co's No. 2 mine, at Riverton, He was struck by coal flying from a blast in the room next to where he was working. The shot blew through the coal pillar which was left between the rooms.
 
WILLIAMS
February 20, 190213, Frank Williams, of Auburn, driver, age 18 years, single, was killed by falling under a trip of mine cars in the Chicago-Virden Coal Co.'s No. 2 mine at Auburn, Sangamon county.
 
WILLIAMSON
October 20, 192736, John R. Williamson, of Springfield, driver, age 29 years, married, was kicked by a mule in Sangamon Coal Company's mine, resulting in death in a few minutes. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
WILSON
October 25, 190618, William Wilson, of Andrew, shot firer, aged 35 years, married, was killed in the Cora Coal Co.'s Mine at Andrew, by an explosion caused by the firing of dead holes. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
August 19, 191940, William B. Wilson, of Divernon, assistant night boss, age 53 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Madison Coal Corporation's No. 6 mine, Divernon. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
WOLF
September 21, 194356, George Blakey Wolf, of Springfield, motorman, age 45 years, married, died from injuries received the previous day, September 20, 1943 in Peabody Coal Company's No. 59 mine, when he was crushed between loaded pit cars. He leaves a widow.
 
February 19, 193447, John Wolf, of Springfield, shot-firer, age 60 years, single, was killed by a shot explosion in Peabody Coal Company's No. 53 mine.
 
WOODS
August 21, 193346, James N. Woods, of Springfield, laborer, age 31 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Panther Creek's mine No. 5. He leaves a widow.
 
WOOLARY
February 18, 194255, Andrew H. Woolary, of Springfield, shuttle operator, age 47 years, married, was killed when he knocked out an X bar and the roof fell on him in Peabody Coal Company's No. 57 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
WUSNOWSKAS
November 26, 192837, John Wusnowskas, of Springfield, miner, age 43 years, married, was killed in Sangamon Coal Company's No. 2 mine by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow and three children.
 

 
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YACKASH
May 19, 191930, George Yackash, of Divernon, driver, age 24 years, married, employed by the Madison Coal Corporation at No. 6 mine, Divernon. died from injuries received four days earlier when he was caught between two mine cars. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
YARIS
November 23, 193546, Ike Yaris, of Springfield, miner, aged 51 years, married, causes unknown, leaves wife. Sangamon Coal Co. No. 2.
 
YAWCANSKIE
February 1, 191223, Martin Yawcanskie, of Pawnee, miner, aged 35 years, married, was seriously burned by an explosion of powder at the Illinois Midland Coal Company's Victor mine, Pawnee, Sangamon County. No one knows how the accident occurred, but, on examination, there was found a broken powder keg, a tamping bar and a steel scraper. The accident occurred about 11:30 a. m., January 20th, and he died at 3:00 o'clock p. m., Feb. 1. 1912.
 
YOCCO
October 24, 190113, John Yocco, miner, age 34 years, married, leaves a widow and two children, was killed by a premature blast in his working place in the Riverton Coal Co.'s mine No. 2, at Riverton, Sangamon county.
 
YOJI
October 13, 190214, Michael Yoji, of Pawnee, miner, aged 30 years, single, was killed in the Victor Coal company's mine, Pawnee, Sangamon county, caused by improper blasting.
 
YOST
November 12, 191628, John Yost, of Springfield, miner, age 51 years, -married, was killed by a shot explosion in Wilcoxen Coal Company's mine, Springfield, Sangamon County. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
YOUKOUSKI
April 28, 191930, John Youkouski, of Springfield, miner, age 70 years, single, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's Mine No. 6, Sherman, by a boulder falling on him.
 
YOUNG
January 21, 191728, George Young, shot firer, age 41 years, married, and Frank Young, of Springfield, his brother, shot firer, age 44 years, married, employees of the Springfield District Coal Company at mine No. 7, Springfield, Sangamon County, died from injuries received the previous day. The brothers fired three "dead holes" in the main east entry, causing an explosion which resulted in their death. George leaves a widow and Frank leaves a widow and one child.
 
November 4, 191527, George Young, of Divernon, trip driver, age 21 years, single, employed by Madison Coal Corporation, mine No. 6, Divernon, Sangamon County, was killed by motor. Deceased was riding on front end of motor and apparently attempted to get off to throw the latch, when he fell in front of the motor and was crushed to death.
 
January 21, 191728, George Young, of Springfield, shot firer, age 41 years, married, and Frank Young, his brother, shot firer, age 44 years, married, employees of the Springfield District Coal Company at mine No. 7, Springfield, Sangamon County, died from injuries received the previous day. The brothers fired three "dead holes" in the main east entry, causing an explosion which resulted in their death. George leaves a widow and Frank leaves a widow and one child.
 
May 10, 18967, Nicholas Young, of Springfield, aged 51 years, married, was killed at 9:10 a. m. May 10, 1896, by falling down the air compartment of the hoisting shaft at the mine of the Starne's Coal Mining Company, Springfield, Sangamon county. A few days previous the escapement shaft had caved in near the bottom ; the fan had been removed from the escapement shaft to a place near the hoisting shaft; a division of the hoisting shaft had been partitioned off for a temporary upcast and a boxing constructed for about thirty-five feet from the top of the partition to the fan. The escapement shaft had been repaired and the fan was being replaced near it. While an assistant was going for an ax Young walked through the boxing to the top of the hoisting shaft, where several men were suspending a cage. Their attention was attracted by a noise made by something falling down the compartment. On inspection it was found that the boxing was well lighted throughout, the fan having been removed from one end and a board from the other. It is supposed that being temporarily disengaged and taking an interest in all of the work then going on, he went through the boxing towards where the other men were working and in a moment of abstraction walked into the shaft. He left a widow and eight children.
 
April 30, 190011, William Young, of Auburn, miner, aged 21 years, single, was killed by a premature blast at the working face in the Chicago-Virden Coal Co.'s No. 2 mine, at Auburn.
 
YOUNGER
August 27, 190416, Thomas Younger, of Pleasant Plains, miner, aged 40 years. married, was killed by falling slate at the working face in the Trutter Coal Co."s mine. Pleasant Plains, Sangamon county. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
YUKUS
December 14, 192232, Joe Yukus, of Auburn, shot firer, age 28 years, single, was killed by a windy shot in the Panther Creek Coal Company's mine.
 

 
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ZAMPONI
December 24, 191426, Anibile Zamponi, of Springfield, laborer, age 28 years, married, was killed in the Springfield Coal Mining Company's mine, Springfield, Sangamon County. Deceased was helping to sink a new air shaft when some object, presumably a clod, fell from the bucket which was being lowered and struck him on the head. He leaves a widow.
 
ZARDO
August 3, 192131, Augustino Zardo, of Springfield, miner, age 29 years, single, was killed by a fall of clod in Peerless Coal Company's mine.
 
ZEIGLER
February 26, 192635, Frank Zeigler, of Springfield, hoisting engineer, age 28 years, married, was killed in Central Illinois Coal Company's mine. Deceased was carrying a piece of pipe into the boiler room when it came in contact with electric wires and he was electrocuted.
 
ZGAGA
March 9, 193245, John Zgaga, of Springfield, miner, age 26 years, single was killed by a fall of slate in Peabody Coal Company's No. 53 mine.
 
ZWINGLES
March 16, 192040, John Zwingles, of Springfield, miner, age 43 years, married, was caught between motor and door, in Panther Creek coal Company's No. 1 mine, Auburn. He leaves a widow.
 

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