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Shelby County, Illinois
Featuring Coal Mining
      Shelby County is a county located in central Illinois.
As of 2000, the population was 22,893.
The county seat is Shelbyville, Illinois.
 
      Shelby County was formed in 1827 out of Fayette County.
It was named in honor of Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky and hero of the Revolutionary War.
 
      Shelby County has twenty-four townships :
Ash Grove, Big Spring, Clarksburg, Cold Spring, Dry Point, Flat Branch, Herrick, Holland, Lakewood, Moweaqua, Oconee, Okaw, Penn, Pickaway, Prairie, Richland, Ridge, Rose, Rural, Shelbyville, Sigel, Todds Point, Tower Hill, Windsor
 
Coal Mines       Fatalities       Non-Fatal Casualties       Sources

 

Enforcement Of The Mining Law
Shelby County, Illinois
1905 Annual Coal Report10
Enforcement Of The Mining Law
      June 8, 1905 through the States Attorney of shelby county I made application for injunctions to restrain Widick Brothers, Brophy Brothers, W. W. Turney, M. R. Williams, and Hickey & Kingston, from further operations of their mines, until they provided escapement shafts as required by law. All of these operators had persistently disregarded my instructions as to escapement shafts. The injunctions were granted in all cases except Hickey and Kingston; the judge deciding that, as this firm did not employ any miners, were not required to have an escapement shaft.


American Coal Company
Moweaqua, Shelby County, Illinois
1893 Annual Coal Report2
Prospective Mines.
      The American Coal Co. is sinking a new shaft at Moweaqua, in Shelby county; the coal having been proved by the Moweaqua Coal Co., the village of Moweaqua can boast in the near future of having two coal shafts.

Anderson Mines
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois
Source :1914 Annual Coal Report13
 
1914 Annual Coal Report13 New Mines
      Kingston Bros., have opened a mine for local trade at Shelbyville, Shelby County.
 
1915 Annual Coal Report14
Change Of Name
      Kingston Bros. to Dan Anderson
 
1916 Annual Coal Report15
Closed or Abandoned Mines
      Dan Anderson, Shelbyville, Shelby County
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The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 10 North, Range 4 East, Section 28
Mine Name Operated By Years
Cushman Mine   Cushman, Walter A.   1934 - 1937
Stretch Mine No. 1   Stretch, B. F.   1937 - 1939
Anderson Mine   Anderson, Floyd   1939 - 1946
[Source - No. 1, Index 3452]

Auld & Cruitt Coal Mine
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 11 North, Range 4 East, Section 5
Mine Name Operated By Years
Auld & Cruitt Mine   Auld & Cruitt   1928 - 1938
[Source - No. 1, Index 720]

Baum Mines
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois
Source :1913 Annual Coal Report9
 
1913 Annual Coal Report12
Abandoned Mines
      William Baum's No. 1 mine, Shelbyville, Shelby County.
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1914 Annual Coal Report13
Abandoned Mines
      William Baum Nos. 2 and 3, Shelbyville
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1913 Annual Coal Report12
New Mines
      William Baum has opened a new mine near Shelbyville, Shelby County, which will be known as No. 4.

 
1916 Annual Coal Report15
New or Reopened Mines
      Wm. Baum, Shelbyville

Beck Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 9 North, Range 1 East, Section 15
This mine operated as a strip mine

      The mine type for surface mines is "strip" because these mines are more commonly called "strip mines."1
Mine Name Operated By Years
Beck Mine   Beck Coal Company   1931 - 1931
[Source - No. 1, Index 4767]

Bowman Mine
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois
Source :1900 Annual Coal Report9
 
1900 Annual Coal Report9
New Mines
      Dr. J. A. Bowman has sunk a new mine five miles northeast of Shelbyville. It is a shaft opening, 110 feet deep, and pierces seam No. 15 of the geological section which is nearly two feet thick. The coal is of a superior quality and finds a ready market in Shelbyville and surrounding country. It is equipped with a horse-hoister, and is operated for local trade only.

Brophy Mine
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois
Source :1900 Annual Coal Report9
 
1900 Annual Coal Report9
New Mines
      Michael Brophy, who has been operating a small mine close to Shelbyville for a number of years, has abandoned his old mine and sunk a new one, which is being worked in a small way for local trade.

Brown Mine
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois
Source :1895 Annual Coal Report4
 

C & W No. 2 Coal Mine
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 14 North, Range 4 East, Section 28
Mine Name Operated By Years
Stretch Mine No. 2   Stretch, B. F.   1937 - 1940
C & W Mine No. 2   Cox & Weakley   1938 - 1939
[Source - No. 1, Index 3453]

B. Christie
Robinson Creek, Shelby County, Illinois

 
1893 Annual Coal Report2
      B. Christie operated a shaft mine at Robinson Creek, which was 35 feet below the surface, with a coal seam thickness of two feet, working about 46/100ths of an acre during the year

Cruitt Coal Mine
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 11 North, Range 3 East, Section 23
Mine Name Operated By Years
Auld & Cruitt Mine   Auld & Cruitt   1935 - 1938
Cruitt Mine No. 1   Cruitt, James, Coal Company   1936 - 1942
[Source - No. 1, Index 3463]

Curry Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 10 North, Range 6 East, Section 11
This mine was operated as a drift mine.

      A "Drift" type mine is is an underground mine that is excavated where the coal outcrops in the side of a bluff or the highwall of a surface mine. The mine type for surface mines is "strip" because these mines are more commonly called "strip mines."1
Mine Name Operated By Years
Curry Mine   Curry Brothers   About 1934
[Source - No. 1, Index 616]

Ditzler Coal Mines
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 11 North, Range 3 East, Section 21
Mine Name Operated By Years
Ditzler Mine   Ditzler, Sam E.   Before 1928
[Source - No. 1, Index 4813]
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The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 11 North, Range 3 East, Section 34
Mine Name Operated By Years
Dowell Mine   Dowell, Clyde. J.   1936 - 1937
D & W Mine   Ditzler & Westenhaver, C.   1937 - 1938
Ditzler Mine   Ditzler, Ed   1938 - 1939
[Source - No. 1, Index 3467]

Domas & Domas Mine
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois
Source :1913 Annual Coal Report12
 
1913 Annual Coal Report12
Abandoned Mines
      Domas & Domas Shelbyville, Shelby County.

Donelson Coal Mine
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 11 North, Range 3 East, Section 23
Mine Name Operated By Years
H & D Mine   Hart & Donelson   1936 - 1936
Donelson Mine   Donelson, Homer   1936 - 1939
[Source - No. 1, Index 3464]

Dunaway Coal Mine
Holiday, Shelby County, Illinois
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 9 North, Range 3 East, Section 12
Mine Name Operated By Years
Dunaway Mine   Dunaway, Oscar   1936 - 1937
[Source - No. 1, Index 3450]

Flanders Mine
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois
Source :1896 Annual Coal Report5
 

Forcum Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 10 North, Range 4 East, Section 33
Mine Name Operated By Years
Gallagher Mine No. 1   Gallagher, Ralph   1934 - 1938
M & B Mine   Miller & Brown   1938 - 1939
Forcum Mine   Forcum, John   1939 - 1944
[Source - No. 1, Index 3456]

Gallagher Coal Mine
Mode, Shelby County, Illinois
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 10 North, Range 4 East, Section 33
Mine Name Operated By Years
Gallagher Mine No. 3   Gallagher, Ralph   1939 - 1943
[Source - No. 1, Index 3458]

Galloway Farm Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 10 North, Range 6 East, Section 14
Mine Name Operated By Years
Galloway Farm Mine   Galloway Farm   Operating in 1935
[Source - No. 1, Index 4798]

Gordon Coal Mine
Beecher City, Shelby County, Illinois
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County
Mine Name Operated By Years
Gordon Mine   Gordon Bros.   1936 - 1938
[Source - No. 1, Index 4836]

Hatcher Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 12 North, Range 2 East, Section 25
Mine Name Operated By Years
Hatcher Mine   Hatcher   Before 1931
[Source - No. 1, Index 4829]

T. Hornbach
Fancher, Shelby County, Illinois

 
1893 Annual Coal Report2
      T. Hornbach operated a shaft mine, which was 52 below the surface, with an average coal seam of two feet, and worked about 4/10ths of an acre during the year.

Huffers Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 10 North, Range 4 East, Section 34
Mine Name Operated By Years
Huffers Mine   Huffers, Charles   Operating in 1930
[Source - No. 1, Index 4791]

Humphries Coal Mine

 
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 10 North, Range 6 East, Section 14
This mine operated as a strip mine.

      The mine type for surface mines is "strip" because these mines are more commonly called "strip mines."1
Mine Name Operated By Years
Humphries Mine   Humphries, Olen   1955 - 1955
[Source - No. 1, Index 710]

Keller Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 11 North, Range 4 East, Section 33
Mine Name Operated By Years
Smith Mine   Smith, Fred L.   1947 - 1949
Keller Mine   Keller Coal Company   1949 - 1951
[Source - No. 1, Index 678]

Lewis Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 10 North, Range 4 East, Section 30
Mine Name Operated By Years
Lewis Mine   Lewis, Pearl   ? - 1938
[Source - No. 1, Index 4787]

Lipkey Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 11 North, Range 3 East, Section 28
Mine Name Operated By Years
Lipkey Mine   Lipkey, L. E.'s land   Before 1938
[Source - No. 1, Index 4818]

Little Coal Mine
Mode, Shelby County, Illinois
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 10 North, Range 4 East, Section 31
Mine Name Operated By Years
Little Mine   Little Bros.   1939 - 1939
[Source - No. 1, Index 3455]

Morkel Mine No. 3

See : Root Coal Mines


"Moweaqua Mine"
Sootless Coal Mine

Moweaqua, Shelby County, Illinois
See : Sootless Coal Mine

Nees Coal Mine
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 10 North, Range 4 East, Section 28
Mine Name Operated By Years
Nees Mine   Nees, Homer   1938 - 1940
[Source - No. 1, Index 3451]

Nees & Reeves Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 11 North, Range 3 East, Section 23
Mine Name Operated By Years
Nees & Reeves Mine   Nees & Reeves   unknown
[Source - No. 1, Index 4232]

O'Brien Mine
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois
Source :1917 Annual Coal Report16
 
1917 Annual Coal Report16
New and Reopened Mines.
      John O'Brien, Shelbyville, Shelby County.

Okaw Coal Mines
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 12 North, Range 4 East, Section 33
Mine Name Operated By Years
Okaw Mine No. 1   Okaw Coal Company - Bowden, Ed   1926 - 1936
[Source - No. 1, Index 3471]
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The legal description lists this as :    Shelbyville, Shelby County - Township 12 North, Range 4 East, Section 33
Mine Name Operated By Years
Okaw Mine No. 2   Bowden, Ed   Opened about 1926
Okaw Mine No. 2   Okaw Coal Company   1926 - 1937
Okaw Mine No. 2   Kingston, Ray   1937 - 1944
[Source - No. 1, Index 721]

Polley Coal Mine
Mode, Shelby County, Illinois
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 10 North, Range 4 East, Section 33
Mine Name Operated By Years
Polley Mine   Polley, N. W.   1935 - 1937
[Source - No. 1, Index 3457]

Richardson Mine
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois
Source :1900 Annual Coal Report9
 
1900 Annual Coal Report9
New Mines
      John Richardson, who operates a small mine for local trade near Shelbyville, has sunk another shaft near the old one, and is driving an entry from both mines towards each other as rapidly as possible so as to connect them for the purpose of making each one an escape-shaft for the other, and to improve the ventilation of both mines.

Root Coal Mines
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 11 North, Range 3 East, Section 13
Mine Name Operated By Years
Tallman Mine   Tallman, Arch   1918 - 1923
T & R Mine   Tallman & Root   1923 - 1925
Root Mine No. 1   Root, J. G.   1925 - 1937
[Source - No. 1, Index 3462]
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The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 11 North, Range 3 East, Section 13
Mine Name Operated By Years
Root Mine No 2   Root, J. G.   1933 - 1937
[Source - No. 1, Index 3461]
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The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 11 North, Range 3 East, Section 13
Mine Name Operated By Years
Morkel Mine No 3   Root, J. G.   1937 - 1943
[Source - No. 1, Index 3460]

Slimp Coal Mine
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 11 North, Range 3 East, Section 34
Mine Name Operated By Years
Slimp Mine   Slimp, W. M.   1936 - 1937
[Source - No. 1, Index 3466]

Smith Mines
Source :1916 Annual Coal Report15
 
1916 Annual Coal Report15
New or Reopened Mines
      A. W. Smith
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The legal description lists this as :    Mode, Shelby County - Township 10 North, Range 4 East, Section 31
Mine Name Operated By Years
S & S Mine   Smith & Smith.   1937 - 1940
Smith Mine   Smith Coal Company   1937 - 1940
[Source - No. 1, Index 3454]

Sootless Coal Mine
"Moweaqua Mine"

Moweaqua, Shelby County, Illinois
 
See : Sootless Coal Mine
 
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 14 North, Range 2 East, Section 31
Mine Name Operated By Years
Moweaqua Mine   Moweaqua Coal Mining & Manufacturing   1892 - 1925
Moweaqua Mine   Moweaqua Coal Mining Company   1925 - 1931
Moweaqua Mine   Moweaqua Coal Corporation   1931 - 1934
Sootless Mine   Erie Sootless Coal Company   1934- 1936
[Source - No. 1, Index 217]
1932 Annual Coal Report19
December 24, 1932 -- Disaster At Moweaqua Mine       See: Explosion
 

Sterner Coal Mine
Mode, Shelby County, Illinois
This mine was operated as a drift mine.
      A "Drift" type mine is is an underground mine that is excavated where the coal outcrops in the side of a bluff or the highwall of a surface mine. The mine type for surface mines is "strip" because these mines are more commonly called "strip mines."1
Mine Name Operated By Years
Sterner Mine   Sterner, Clarence   1934 - 1938
[Source - No. 1, Index 3449]

Strasburg Coal Company
Source :1893 Annual Coal Report2
 
1893 Annual Coal Report2
Prospective Mines.
      The Strasburg Coal Co. is sinking a new shaft at Strasburg, Shelby county, on the line of the Wabash railroad. As this is in the center of the Illinois coal basin, the shaft will have to go to a great depth to find a paying coal seam.
 
1894 Annual Coal Report3
Abandoned Enterprises
      At Strasburg, Shelby county, a shaft was sunk 210 feet to a seam of coal 20 inches thick and then abandoned.

Stretch Mine
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois
Source :1900 Annual Coal Report9
 
1900 Annual Coal Report9
New Mines
      B. F. Stretch, who also operates a small mine near Shelbyville, has finished sinking a new escape shaft, and now has it connected with the hoisting shaft so as to afford a ready means of exit in case of danger.
 
1917 Annual Coal Report16
Abandoned and Closed Mines
      B. F. Stretch & Son, Shelbyville, Shelby County.

Tallman Mines
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 11 North, Range 3 East, Section 13
Mine Name Operated By Years
Tallman Mine No. 2   Tallman, Arch   1930 - 1937
[Source - No. 1, Index 3459]
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The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 11 North, Range 3 East, Section 28
Mine Name Operated By Years
Tallman Mine   Tallman, Arch, Coal Company   About 1936
[Source - No. 1, Index 3465]
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The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 11 North, Range 4 East, Section 8
Mine Name Operated By Years
Tallman Mine No. 3   Tallman, Arch   1935 - 1942
Tallman Mine No. 1   Waterworks   1935 - 1942
[Source - No. 1, Index 3468]
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The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 11 North, Range 4 East, Section 8
Mine Name Operated By Years
Tallman Mine No. 1   Tallman, Arch   1930 - 1938
[Source - No. 1, Index 3469]

Tower Hill No. 1 Coal Mine
Tower Hill, Shelby County, Illinois
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 11 North, Range 2 East, Section 23
Mine Name Operated By Years
Century Mine No. 1   Century Coal Company   1904 - 1913
Tower Hill No. 1   Tower Hill Coal Company   1913 - 1919
[Source - No. 1, Index 318]
1905 Annual Coal Report10
New Mines
      The Century Coal Co. of Tower Hill, Shelby county has completed an escapement shaft during the last year.
 
1913 Annual Coal Report12
Change of Name
      Century Coal Company to Tower Hill Coal Co.
 
1916 Annual Coal Report15
Closed or Abandoned Mines
      Tower Hill Coal Co., Tower Hill, Shelby County
 
1917 Annual Coal Report16
New and Reopened Mines.
      Tower Hill Coal Co., Tower Hill, Shelby County.

Tubb Coal Mine
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois
The legal description lists this as :    Shelby County - Township 11 North, Range 4 East, Section 18
Mine Name Operated By Years
Tubb Mine   Amos Tubb
Tubb Coal Company
  1934 - 1937
[Source - No. 1, Index 3470]

Vanderpool & Smith
Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois
Source :1913 Annual Coal Report12
 
1913 Annual Coal Report12
Change of Name
      Vanderpool & Graburn to Vanderpool & Smith
 
1914 Annual Coal Report13
Abandoned Mines
      Vanderpool & Smith, Shelbyville

Unknown Names - Mines

Mine Name Type  Location Years
Source - No. 1, Index 4766   unknown   Twp 12 N R 4 E, Sec. 33   unknown
Source - No. 1, Index 4768   Strip mine   Twp 9 N R 3 E, Sec. 1   Before 1931
Source - No. 1, Index 4769   Slope mine   Twp 9 N R 3 E, Sec. 11   unknown
Source - No. 1, Index 4770   Strip mine   Twp 9 N R 3 E, Sec. 12   Before 1949
Source - No. 1, Index 4771   Several - Slope mines   Twp 9 N R 3 E, Sec. 13   Before 1937
Source - No. 1, Index 4772   Drift mine   Twp 9 N R 3 E, Sec. 13   Before 1949
Source - No. 1, Index 4773   Shaft mine   Twp 9 N R 4 E, Sec. 2   Before 1949
Source - No. 1, Index 4774   Drift mine   Twp 9 N R 4 E, Sec. 4   unknown
Source - No. 1, Index 4775   unknown   Twp 9 N R 4 E, Sec. 6   Before 1937
Source - No. 1, Index 4776   Strip mine   Twp 9 N R 4 E, Sec. 6   Before 1949
Source - No. 1, Index 4777   Strip mine   Twp 9 N R 4 E, Sec. 6   Before 1949
Source - No. 1, Index 4778   Drift mine   Twp 9 N R 4 E, Sec. 7   Before 1949
Source - No. 1, Index 4780   Strip mine   Twp 9 N R 4 E, Sec. 18   Before 1949
Source - No. 1, Index 4781   Drift mine   Twp 10 N R 1 E, Sec. 3   Before 1931
Source - No. 1, Index 4782   unknown   Twp 10 N R 1 E, Sec. 3   Before 1931
Source - No. 1, Index 4783   Slope mine   Twp 10 N R 13 E, Sec. 1   Before 1931
Source - No. 1, Index 4784   unknown   Twp 10 N R 4 E, Sec. 27   Before 1938
Source - No. 1, Index 4785   unknown   Twp 10 N R 4 E, Sec. 27   Before 1938
Source - No. 1, Index 4786   Four (4) - Shaft mines   Twp 10 N R 4 E, Sec. 28   Before 1949
Source - No. 1, Index 4788   Drift mine   Twp 10 N R 4 E, Sec. 32   Before 1949
Source - No. 1, Index 4789   Several - Strip mines   Twp 10 N R 4 E, Sec. 32   Before 1949
Source - No. 1, Index 4792   Shaft mine   Twp 10 N R 6 E, Sec. 12   Before 1937
Source - No. 1, Index 4793   Strip mine   Twp 10 N R 6 E, Sec. 12   unknown
Source - No. 1, Index 4795   Two (2) - Shaft mines   Twp 10 N R 6 E, Sec. 14   unknown
Source - No. 1, Index 4796   Slope mine   Twp 10 N R 6 E, Sec. 14   Before 1937
Source - No. 1, Index 4797   Drift Mine   Twp 10 N R 6 E, Sec. 14   unknown
Source - No. 1, Index 4799   Strip Mine   Twp 10 N R 6 E, Sec. 14   Before 1955
Source - No. 1, Index 4800   Strip Mine   Twp 10 N R 6 E, Sec. 14   Before 1967
Source - No. 1, Index 4802   Drift Mine   Twp 11 N R 3 E, Sec. 5   Before 1928
Source - No. 1, Index 4803   Two (2) - Mines   Twp 11 N R 3 E, Sec. 8   Before 1928
Source - No. 1, Index 4804   unknown   Twp 11 N R 3 E, Sec. 9   Before 1938
Source - No. 1, Index 4805   Drift Mine   Twp 11 N R 3 E, Sec. 9   Operating in 1937
Source - No. 1, Index 4806   Drift Mine   Twp 11 N R 3 E, Sec. 17   Before 1931
Source - No. 1, Index 4807   Drift Mine   Twp 11 N R 3 E, Sec. 17   Operating in 1931
Source - No. 1, Index 4808   Drift Mine   Twp 11 N R 3 E, Sec. 17   Before 1949
Source - No. 1, Index 4809   Drift Mine   Twp 11 N R 3 E, Sec. 17   Before 1935
Source - No. 1, Index 4810   Drift Mine   Twp 11 N R 3 E, Sec. 17   Before 1935
Source - No. 1, Index 4811   Strip Mine   Twp 11 N R 3 E, Sec. 20   Before 1931
Source - No. 1, Index 4812   unknown   Twp 11 N R 3 E, Sec. 20   Before 1949
Source - No. 1, Index 4814   Shaft mine   Twp 11 N R 3 E, Sec. 21   Before 1938
Source - No. 1, Index 4815   Slope mine   Twp 11 N R 3 E, Sec. 21   Before 1938
Source - No. 1, Index 4816   Drift mine   Twp 11 N R 3 E, Sec. 21   Operating in 1942
Source - No. 1, Index 4817   Drift mine   Twp 11 N R 3 E, Sec. 21   Before 1948
Source - No. 1, Index 4819   Drift mine   Twp 11 N R 3 E, Sec. 29   Before 1949
Source - No. 1, Index 4820   Slope mine   Twp 11 N R 3 E, Sec. 34   Before 1931
Source - No. 1, Index 4821   unknown   Twp 11 N R 3 E, Sec. 34   Before 1938
Source - No. 1, Index 4822   unknown   Twp 11 N R 4 E, Sec. 4   Before 1931
Source - No. 1, Index 4823   Shaft mine   Twp 11 N R 4 E, Sec. 5   Before 1931
Source - No. 1, Index 4825   Shaft mine   Twp 11 N R 4 E, Sec. 8   Before 1928
Source - No. 1, Index 4827   Shaft mine   Twp 11 N R 4 E, Sec. 20   Before 1937
Source - No. 1, Index 4828   Shaft mine   Twp 12 N R 2 E, Sec. 25   Before 1931
Source - No. 1, Index 4830   Strip mine   Twp 12 N R 2 E, Sec. 25   Before 1931
Source - No. 1, Index 4831   unknown   Twp 12 N R 2 E, Sec. 25   Before 1942
Source - No. 1, Index 4832   unknown   Twp 12 N R 2 E, Sec. 25   Before 1942
Source - No. 1, Index 4833   Strip mine   Twp 12 N R 2 E, Sec. 34   Before 1931
Source - No. 1, Index 4834   Strip mine   Twp 12 N R 2 E, Sec. 34   Before 1931
Source - No. 1, Index 4835   Shaft mine   Twp 12 N R 3 E, Sec. 30   Before 1935
Source - No. 1, Index 4839   unknown   Twp 11 N R 6 E, Sec. 25   unknown
Source - No. 1, Index 4840   unknown   Twp 11 N R 6 E, Sec. 36   unknown
Source - No. 1, Index 4841   Strip mine   Twp 10 N R 6 E, Sec. 12   unknown
Source - No. 1, Index 4842   unknown   Twp 10 N R 6 E, Sec. 12   unknown
Source - No. 1, Index 4843   unknown   Twp 10 N R 6 E, Sec. 12   unknown
Source - No. 1, Index 4844   Strip mine   Twp 10 N R 6 E, Sec. 12   unknown
Source - No. 1, Index 4845   unknown   Twp 10 N R 6 E, Sec. 12   unknown
Source - No. 1, Index 4846   Strip mine   Twp 10 N R 6 E, Sec. 14   unknown
Source - No. 1, Index 4847   Strip mine   Twp 10 N R 6 E, Sec. 14   unknown
Source - No. 1, Index 4848   Strip mine   Twp 10 N R 6 E, Sec. 24   unknown
Source - No. 1, Index 5661   Shaft mine   Twp 11 N R 3 E, Sec. 13   unknown

Shelby County, Illinois
Coal Mine Fatalities
BROWN
October 17, 18944, Bert Brown, of Shelbyville, aged I7 years, single, occupation, miner, was killed by a fall of roof at the local mine of F. M. Brown, of Shelbyville, Shelby county, October 17, 1894. The father of Bert Brown and another man, both inexperienced miners had opened a drift and were turning a room at the time of the accident.
 
COX
March 20, 193420, Henry F. Cox, of Shelbyville, miner, age 51, married, died as a result of being struck on the head by a piece of rock on March 15 in the No. 1 mine of J. G. Root & Co. He leaves a widow.
 
DAVIS
January 13, 192818, Clarence Davis, of Shelbyville, miner, age 47 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Cruitt and Auld's mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
HILLARD
January 16, 192317, Perry Hillard, of Shelbyville, miner, age 34 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Arch Tallman's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
STONEBUERNER
August 27, 18955, Fred Stonebuerner, of Shelbyville, aged 25 years, married, left a widow and three children, occupation laborer, was asphyxiated by black damp on August 27, 1895, at the local mine of S. L. Flanders, Shelbyville, Shelby county. The mine is located near a brickyard operated by Flanders. The mine had not been operated for several months. Once a week the water was hoisted with a barrel. At the time of the accident, Stonebuerner and Flanders were at the top of the shaft. Stonebuerner was attending the gin and dumping the barrel. The barrel stuck in the sump. Stonebuerner slid down the rope, kicked the barrel to loosen it, and shouted to hoist up quickly, that the air was bad. When the barrel was hoisted a few feet, he fell back from it into the shaft and was suffocated. The shaft was sunk during the previous summer. It was thirty feet deep, and had no separate partitions for intake and return air. On inspection, a light was extinguished fifteen feet from the surface.
 

Shelby County, Illinois
Non-Fatal Casualties

July 1, 1923 - June 30, 1924 & July 1, 1925 - December 31, 1925
BLECKENBERG, John age 45 years, Miner, employed by Moweaqua C. M. & M. Co.
29 Oct 1925 - Hip injured- Not returned to work
 
GELETKIS, Steve age 38 years, Married with 5 children, of Moweaqua
4 Apr 1924 - Stomach injured, kicked - Time lost - 49 days
 
KNIGILER, Elmer age 32, Married with 1 child; 2 dependents, of Shelbyville
6 Oct 1923 - Arm injured, falling coal - Time lost - 60 days
 
POTTWOOD, Ross, Married with 1 child, of Moweaqua
18 Jan 1924 - Back injured - Time lost - 130 days
 
RICHARDSON, Paul, Married, with 2 children, of Moweaqua
6 Apr 1924 - Wrist injured - Time lost - 30 days
 
SMORADO, Louie age 55 years, Miner, employed by Moweaqua C. M. & M. Co.
28 Oct 1925 - Back injured - Time lost - 50 days
 

Sources :
 
1 Coal Mines in Illinois, Shelby County
                Illinois State Geological Survey, 615 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL. 61820

2 Statistics of Coal In Illinois 1893
                Twelveth Annual Report
                Springfield, ILL.; H. W. Rokker, State Printer and Binder, 1894

3 Statistics of Coal In Illinois 1894
                Thirteenth Annual Report
                Springfield, ILL.; ED. F. Hartman, State Printer, 1895

4 Statistics of Coal In Illinois 1895
                Fourteenth Annual Report
                Springfield, ILL.; ED. F. Hartman, State Printer, 1896

5 Fifteenth Annual Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics
                COAL IN ILLINOIS 1896
                Springfield, Phillips Bros., State Printers 1897

6 Sixteenth Annual Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics
                COAL IN ILLINOIS 1897
                Springfield, Phillips Bros., State Printers 1898

7 Sixteenth Annual Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics
                COAL IN ILLINOIS 1897
                Springfield, Phillips Bros., State Printers 1898

8 Seventeenth Annual Report of the State Bureau of Labor Statistics
                COAL IN ILLINOIS 1898
                Springfield, Phillips Bros., State Printers 1899

9 Nineteenth Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1900,
                also the Second Annual Report of the Illinois Free Employment Offices, for the Year Ended
                October 1, 1900, David Ross, Secretary; Springfield,
                Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1901

10 Twenty-Fourth Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1905,
                also the Seventh Annual Report of the Illinois Free Employment Offices, for the Year Ended
                September 30, 1905, David Ross, Secretary; Springfield,
                Springfield, Illinois State Journal, State Printers, 1906

11 Thirtieth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1911
                State Mining Board
                Springfield, Illinois; Illinois State Journal Co.. State Printers, 1912

12 Thirty-Second Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1913
                State Mining Board
                Printed by authority of the State of Illinois
                Springfield, ILL.: Illinois State Journal Co., State Printers, 1914

13 Thirty-Third Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1914
                State Mining Board
                Springfield, Illinois; Illinois State Journal Co.. State Printers, 1914

14 Thirty-Fourth Annual Coal Report of Illinois
                1915 State Mining Board
                Printed by authority of the State of Illinois
                Springfield, ILL, Illinois State Journal Co., State Printers, 1915

15 Thirty-Fifth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1916
                State Mining Board
                Springfield, ILL.; Illinois State Journal Co., State Printers 1916

16 Twenty-Sixth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1917
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Year Ended June 30, 1917
                Printed by authority of the State of Illinois
                Springfield: Illinois State Journal, State Printers, 1917

17 Forty-Second Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1923
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Illinois Printing Co., Danville, ILL., 1923

18 Forty-Seventh Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1928
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Illinois Printing Co., Danville, ILL., 1929

19 Fifty-First Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1932
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Journal Printing Co., Springfield, ILL., 1933

20 Fifty -Third Coal Report of Illinois, 1934
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

 

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