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Vermilion County, Illinois
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AGUIRE
November 8, 192838, Gaston Aguire, of Westville, miner, age 45 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
AIDUKS
August 15, 189912, Anton Aiduks, of Danville, single, aged 25 years, employed at the Himrod mine as a loader, was caught by a fall of roof and instantly killed in room number 9, second east, southeast entry. He was engaged in clearing away the coal preparatory to setting a prop under the stone that fell on him and killed him.
 
AKAMOVICK
February 3, 191426, Charley Akamovick, of Westville, loader, aged 43 years, married, was killed in Bunsen Coal Company's No. 3 mine, Westville, Vermilion County. Deceased was wedging loose rock at face of his working place when a quantity fell crushing him. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
ALBERTO
October 14, 18958, Anton Alberto, of Kelleyville, miner, employed by Kelly Coal Company at their No. 2 mine, near Westville, Vermilion county. The deceased was 22 years of age and single. While loading coal in his room a piece of roof fell on him, knocking him backwards over loose coal, breaking his back, from which he died October 23.
 
ALLEN
February 13, 193747, Albert Van Allen, of Muncie, miner, aged 40 years, married, killed by fall of rock in mine of Crawford Coal Co., Leaving wife and one child.
 
ALM
December 1, 192636, Albert Alm, of Westville, miner, age 61 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in U. S. Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
ALOWAY
January 15, 193747, William F. Aloway, of Westville, miner, aged 42 years, single, killed by fall of rock in Bunsenville mine of the United States Fuel Co., leaving no dependents.
 
ALUNIS
September 23, 190417, Michael Alunis, of Westville, miner, aged 26 years, single, employed in the Kellyville Coal Co's. mine No. 3, Westville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by a fall of rock about 10:30 a. m. of the above date.
 
ALLWINE
March 6, 190618, James T. Allwine, of Kelleyville, miner, aged 55 years, married, was seriously injured by falling rock at the working face of his room in mine No. 3 of the Dering Coal Co., Kelleyville, from which he died March 9, 1906. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
ANDERSON
February 27, 190012, Oscar Anderson, of Braceville, aged 20 years, who was employed as a driver by the Himrod Coal Co., was killed by a fall of roof on the fourteenth south entry at about 4:30 a. m. He had only worked there one week, but was an experienced hand at such work. He had finished his day's work and was returning to the shaft bottom to go home, when the rock fell on him, killing him instantly. He left a widowed mother at Braceville, from which place he came. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and also the Foresters and was in good standing in both orders, which jointly buried him with all of the honors of those societies.
 
ARKLEY
October 18, 191023, James A. Arkley, of Danville, miner, aged 27 years, married, employed at Wilkinson Coal Company's local mine, South Danville, Vermilion county, was pulling pillars when a rock weighing about 3,000 pounds fell on him, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
May 24, 191224, John R. Arkley, of Danville, miner, aged 53 years, married, employed by Dering Coal Company at mine No. 3, Steelton, Vermilion County, was killed by a fall of rock. Deceased was loading out a car of coal when rock fell without any warning. He leaves a widow.
 
AUTILLA
November 9, 190518, Peter Autilla (Aurilla), of Westville, driver, 19 years, single, a native of Russia, received injuries in the Dering Coal Co.'s mine No. 2, Westville, Vermilion county, by having his head crushed between pit cars. He died the following day.
 

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BADGON
December 17, 191730, William Badgon, of Steelton, laborer, age 30 years, single, and Brown Badgon, of Steelton, laborer, age 23 years, married, were killed by falling down the shaft of Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine, Steelton. These men were pushing a car to the cage, but, no cage being there, the car went into the shaft, they following it. Brown Badgon leaves a widow and one child.
 
BALINT
December 14, 190619, Cruso Balint, of Westville, timberman, aged 35 years, single, employed by the Dering Coal Company at its mine No. 1, Westville, Vermilion county, was killed instantly; he was taking out some low bars on the entry, when a mass of rock gave way falling on him.
 
BALLANTED
October 26, 189811. George Ballanted, of Westville, aged 27 years, was killed in room No. 32, sixth northeast entry in mine No. 2 of the Kelleyville Coal Co., October 26, 1898, by a fall of roof. He had discovered a bad rock in the room, and was making preparations to secure the same for his own safety, when the rock suddenly fell, with the result as stated. He left a widow and three children in indigent circumstances.
 
BALEEKIS
September 20, 193242, George Baleekis, of Westville, miner, age 52 years, married, was killed in United Slates Fuel Company's Bunsen mine by tailing coal. He leaves a widow.
 
BALSER
May 12, 192434, Tony Balser, of Kellyville, miner, age 57 years, married, was killed in United States Fuel Company's mine No. 4, by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and one dependent child.
 
BALTRUSCUTIC
January 24, 191830, Joe Baltruscutic, of Westville, miner, age 55 years, married, was killed in United States Fuel Company's Vermilion mine by falling rock. Deceased was setting a timber to make his place safe when the rock fell on him. He leaves a widow.
 
BARBER
May 15, 190315, Joseph Barber, of Westville,miner, aged 38 years, single, employed in mine No. 1 of the Westville Coal company, South Westville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by a fall of rock, while working in his room. He leaves his mother dependant.
 
BARETTO
July 27, 191124, Martin Baretto, of Westville, miner, aged 37 years, married, employed by the Bunsen Coal Company at mine No. 4, Westville, Vermilion County, had gone back to his box for his drilling machine, when a large pot rock weighing about 3,000 lbs. tipped a cross bar and fell on him. He died August 6, 1911. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
BARON
April 29, 194050, Ben Baron, of Georgetown, loading machine helper, age 35 years, married, killed by fall of rock, at the No. 24 mine of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving a widow and two children.
 
April 6, 190315, George Baron, of Kelleyville, miner, aged 24 years, single, employed at Kellyville Coal company's No. 3 mine, Westville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by flying coal from a shot. Deceased and his partner had prepared four shots which Baron remained to fire; his partner going out of the mine to order timber for their next day's work. Baron had fired three of the shots, and had gone back into the room to fire the fourth. It is not known whether he became confused from the smoke of the other shots, and could not find his way out, or that he lighted the squib too short, and the shot exploded before he could get out of the way.
 
BARRISTA
October 13, 190417, Peter Barrista, of Catlin, timberman, aged 35 years, single, employed in the Jones and Adams Co 's. mine, located at Catlin, Vermilion county, was engaged in pulling up a cross-bar and was struck on the head by falling rock, about 9 p. m. the above date: apparently he was not hurt very much as he walked home from the mine, but gradually became worse during the night, and died about 10 o'clock the next morning. the blow on his head produced concussion of the brain.
 
BARTASH
August 30, 193242, George Bartash, of Westville, timberman, age 42 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BARTELLI
December 18, 193545, Joe Bartelli, of Westville, timberman, aged 52 years, married, killed by fall of rock in the Bunsenville mine of the United States Fuel Company. He is survived by wife and two children.
 
BARTOLIA
August 6, 190821, Silvia Bartolia, aged 35, blacksmith, single, residence Westville, employed by the Dering Coal Company mine No. 3, was instantly killed by falling down shaft. Deceased in company with two other men had removed long steel guide rail from the steel lever. They were bringing it to the top for straightening, when the guide rail caught the curbing bending it in such a manner as to shove deceased off the cage through the curbing and down the shaft.
 
BARTRZ
June 25, 190416, Theodore Bartrz, miner, aged 38 years, married, employed at the Westville Coal company's mine No. 1, Westville, Vermilion county, was fatally injured by falling rock in the face of his working place. He died while being taken to the hospital. He was a widower and left one child.
 
BASKERVILLE
October 21, 18969, Thomas Baskerville, of Grape Creek, colored, miner, employed by the Himrod Coal Co., in its Pawnee mine, at Grape Creek, was killed by a fall of roof in his room. He had been trying to take it down, but postponed it until he should finish loading his car. It came away killing him instantly. He was 60 years of age and leaves a widow and 19 children six of whom are dependent.
 
BATTUSHI
January 11, 190517, Joseph Battushi, of Westville, miner, aged 38 years, married, employed in the Pawnee mine of the Kelly Coal Co., located at Grape Creek, Vermilion county, was fatally injured by falling rock in the face of his working, room at 2:30 p. m. and died from his injuries about 11:30 the same day. He leaves a widow and two children in the old country.
 
BAVRIES
September 17, 190417, William Bavries, of Westville, miner, aged 40 years, married, employed in mine No. 3 of the Kellyville Coal Co. , Westville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by a fall of rock. The deceased and his partner had fired two shots in their room about 3 o'clock p m., the above date; after the shots had exploded, Bavries went back to the face of the room to see the result of the shots, when a large piece of rock fell on him with the result stated.
 
BEAUVOIS
December 18, 1936, Emanual Beauvois, of Danville, miner, aged 69 years, married, septic poisoning from injuries received November 23, leaving widow.
 
BEDDOW
September 21, 191023, Benyamine Beddow, of Danville, miner, aged 50 years, married,employed by the J. J. Campbell & Son's Coal Company, Danville, and twocompanions were timbering main entry, when a rock fell, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BEDNER
January 25, 191527, Steve Bedner, of Westville, miner, age 50 years, married, employed by the Bunsen Coal Company at Vermilion mine, Georgetown, Vermilion County, was killed by a fall of rock. Deceased was drawing pillars and while mining off a shot was struck by falling rock and instantly killed. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BEDNOR
July 26, 190720, Fred Bednor, of Westville, miner, aged 35 years, married, was killed by falling rock at the face of the entry in No. 2 mine of the Dering Coal Company, Westville, Vermilion county. Deceased was engaged in driving and timbering a dangerous place in the roof when the rock fell on him. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
BEEVER
December 17, 194252, Charles L. Beever of Danville, miner, aged 53 years, died from injuries sustained on December 15, 1942, when rock and coal from the roof fell on him in Joe Bonama's F. B. & M. mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BELL
September 14, 191124, Ben Bell, of Kelleyville, miner, aged 22 years, married, employed by the Bunsen Coal Company at mine No. 2, Westville, Vermilion County, was killed by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow.
 
February 4, 192434, Martin Bell, of Danville, engineer, age 48 years, married, employed by Contract Mining Company, was caught between the hoisting rope and the drum and his left arm pulled off at the elbow. There was no eye witness to the accident and he was dead when found. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BELSKI
June 4, 190719, John Belski, of Westville, miner, aged 30 years, married, employed by the Dering Coal Company at its No. 3 mine, Westville, Vermilioh county, was killed by falling rock.
 
BERNARD
September 8, 191023, Henry Bernard, of Westville, miner, aged 28 years, single, employed by the Bunsen Coal Company at Little Vermilion mine, Georgetown, Vermilion county, was working with the timberman and was cutting a place for a "leg," when a side rock fell on him killing him instantly.
 
BERRESSE
January 24, 18968, Gustavus Berresse, of Kelleyville, aged 50 years, single, employed as a miner by the Kelly Coal Company, No. 2, near Westville, Vermilion county. The deceased was killed at the face of his room, while taking down coal, a large piece falling on him while in a stooping position, killing him instantly.
 
BERTOGLIS
February 3, 190315, Dominick Bertoglis, of Westville, miner, aged 45 years, employed in the Kellyville Coal company's mine No. 3, Westville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed while loading a car of coal. A boulder fell out of the roof, striking him on the head and body. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BIGGS
December 29, 189710, at 2:30 p. m., Thomas Biggs, of Westville, a miner, aged 22 years, single, was killed by a fall of top coal in No. 2 room in the northeast main entry of the Himrod Coal Co.'s mine, Westville. He had been warned by the machine runner that it was dangerous, about 10 o'clock in the morning. Deceased lived with his parents near the mine.
 
BISTURIS
October 3, 192535, Walter Bisturis, of Westville, timberman, age 35 years, married, was killed by falling rock in United States Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BITOF
September 2, 190316, William Bitof, miner, aged 27 years, single, employed in mine No. 4, of the Kellyville Coal Co., Westville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by falling rock at the face of his room. There was a coal slip at this face, which loosened a large piece of rock, causing it to fall with the result as stated.
 
BITTO
October 1, 191831, John Bitto, of Westville, driver, age 42 years, single, was killed by pit cars in United States Fuel Company's Vermilion mine, Westville.
 
BLACK
June 24, 190719, Jacob Black, of Fairmount, miner, aged 38 years, married, employed by the Jordan Coal Company, one and a half miles northeast of Fairmount, Vermilion county where the company is sinking a new mine. The pump which was placed at the water lodgement, about 40 feet from the bottom of the shaft, got out of order, deceased went to repair the pump and fell from the platform to the bottom, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
BLUGIS
March 19, 194252, Tony Blugis, of Westville, machine operator, aged 33 years, married, died from injuries sustained on March 18, 1942, when the machine knocked out a bar that fell on him in the Untied States Coal & Coke Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BLUGS
November 5, 191427, Tony Blugs, of Westville, miner, age 42 years, married, was killed in the Bunsen Coal Company's Vermilion mine, Westville, Vermilion County, by falling slate. Deceased was preparing to drill a hole and was in a stooping position when a large piece of slate fell upon him from the roof. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BOBUK
April 9, 191426, Mike Bobuk, of Westville, driver, aged 21 years, single, was killed in Bunsen Coal Company's No. 4 mine, Westville, Vermilion County. In some manner unknown deceased fell under moving trip and was killed instantly.
 
BODNER
July 23, 190720, Joe Bodner, of Himrod, miner, aged 28 years, single, was killed by falling rock at his working face in mine No. 42 of the Kelly Coal Company at Westville, Vermilion county.
 
BOLUTIES
November 11, 190720, Bronis Boluties, of Westville, miner, aged 28 years, single, was killed by falling rock at the working face of his place in the No. 2 mine of the Dering Coal Company at Westville, Vermilion county.
 
BONOSY
May 21, 191325, John Bonosy, of Westville, miner, aged 28 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in the No. 4 mine of the Bunsen Coal Co., Westville, Vermilion County.
 
BORRACORSI
October 10, 191629, Dimetro Borracorsi, of Westville, driver, age 29 years, single, was killed in United States Fuel Company's No. 4 mine, Westville, Vermilion County, by pit cars.
 
BOSSUFI
November 29, 190720, Joseph Bossufi, of Westville, miner, aged 35 years, married, was killed by falling rock at the working face of his place in mine No. 3 of the Dering Coal Company at Steelton, Vermilion county. He leaves a widow.
 
BOWER
September 18, 194757, Lester Bower, of Danville, miner and drive, aged 32 years, married, died from injuries sustained on the previous day, September 17, 1947, caused by haulage in Deep Valley Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
BOYER
May 23, 191830, Joseph Boyer, of Danville, trip rider, age 35 years, married, was killed by falling coal in United States Fuel Company's mine No. 3. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BREEZELY
February 11, 190921, E. M. Breezely, aged 38, miner, married, residence Westville, employed in the Little Vermilion Coal Company mine was instantly killed by fall of rock at working face. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BRIDGEWATER
October 29, 191023, David Bridgewater, of Westville, laborer, married, and Alex Mileenski, of Westville, laborer, married, employed in Bunsen Coal Company's mine No. 4, at Westville, Vermilion county, were cleaning rock on the parting when a rock 10 feet long, 5 feet wide and 3 feet thick, fell killing them instantly. Bridgewater leaves a widow and eight children, seven of whom are grown. Mileenski leaves a widow and three children.
 
BRIMLEY
May 9, 191325, George Brimley, of Danville, machine helper, aged 30 years, single, was killed by a fall of coal in the Bunsen Coal Company's No. 3 mine, Westville, Vermilion County.
 
BROCKMEIER
October 23, 192939, William Brockmeier, of Westville, miner, age 53 years, single, was going to his room, carrying a hatchet in his hand, when he fell, severing his thumb. He died about three and one-half hours later from shock and anaesthetics.
 
BRODBENT
June 9, 189810, J. W. Broadbent, of Grape Creek, a miner, single, aged 53 years, employed in the No. 2 mine of the Brookside Coal Company, Grape Creek, was instantly killed by a fall of roof at the face of the second room on the first south entry, about 2:45 p. m. Thomas Burrough, his fellow workman, stated that he notified deceased to keep from under the rock and set up a prop, so as to make it safe, but he neglected to do so, when the rock, which was 8 feet long, 4 feet wide and 3 feet thick, fell on him with the result stated. He had worked in coal mines for forty years.
 
BROOKS
December 15, 193848, Robert Brooks, of Georgetown, tracklayer, aged 28 years, married, killed by fall of rock in mine No. 24 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving widow and two children.
 
BROSETTI
September 22, 191023, Charles Brosetti, of Westville, miner, aged 38 years, married,employed by the Bunsen Coal Company at mine No. 4, Westville, Vermilion county, was working at the face, when a rock 9 feet long by 6 feet wide and one foot thick, fell on him. He was taken to the hospital where he died. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
BROWN
August 22, 191961, Alex Brown, of Danville, miner age 30 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine, Westville.
 
BRYANT
January 21, 193545, Omer Bryant, of Danville, miner, aged 38 years, married, killed by fall of rock in mine of P. J. Dowiatt & Son Coal Co., leaving wife and two children.
 
BUBATIS
November 12, 191326, Jacob Bubatis, of Westville, miner, aged 48 years, married, was killed by fall of coal in Bunsen Coal Company's Vermilion mine, Georgetown, Vermilion County. He leaves a widow.
 
BUCKELLENE
March 2, 192838, Clarence Buckellene, of Catlin, miner, age 39 years, married, was killed in McComb Coal Company's mine by falling roof. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
BUCKINUS
June 12, 190719, Tony Buckinus, of Westville, miner, aged 26 years, single, employed by the Dering Coal Company at its mine No. 4, Steelton, Vermilion county, was killed by falling rock.
 
BUDNOVICH
May 4, 192333, Joe Budnovich, of Danville, laborer, age 38 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in United Electric Coal Company's No. 6 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BUNTING
July 11, 193040, Mark Bunting, of Danville, miner, age 68 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Contract Coal Company's No. 3 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BURCH
February 12, 191224, E. D. Burch, of Danville, miner, aged 54 years, married, was killed in mine No. 1 of Electric Coal Company, Danville, Vermilion County, by a fall of rock.
 
BURTON
February 5, 193747, Halford Burton, of Danville, loading machine operator, aged 28 years, married, killed by fall of rock in mine No. 24 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving wife and one child.
 
BUSIERE
July 16, 190316, Henry Busiere, Sr., miner, aged 46 years, married, employed by the Kellyville Coal Co., at the Pawnee mine. Grape Creek, Vermilion county, was injured by falling rock in room 13, off of the 34th south entry; from the effects of the injuries he died two days afterwards. He leaves a widow and five children dependent.
 
BUSKOSKY
September 21, 191124, Anthony Buskosky, of Westville, driver, aged 28 years, single, employed by Dering Coal Company, at mine No. 2, Westville, Vermilion County, was standing on a parting waiting for another driver to uncouple a car for him when a rock fell on his head and shoulders, knocking him down on edge of car, injuring him internally, from which he died one hour later.
 
BUTKIS
September 26, 190013, John Butkis, of Westville, miner, aged 30 years, married, was killed by a fall of roof in room No. 15, ninth south entry of the Kelleyville Coal Co.'s No. 2 mine, Westville, Vermilion county. Just how the accident happened no one knows, as he was away from his working place at the time of the accident. He left a widow and one child.
 
BUYNO
February 23, 192636, John Buyno, of Westville, miner, age 48 years, married, was killed by falling coal in U. S. Fuel Company's Vermilion mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 

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CAMIANT
March 17, 190315, John Camiant, of Kelleyville, driver, aged 23 years, married, employed in the Kellyville Coal company's mine No. 2, Westville, Vermilion county, was crushed between a loaded coal car and the coal rib, sustaining internal injuries from which he died April 14, 1903, Deceased was coming down hill with his trip of loaded cars; in some manner his light was extinguished, the mule crowding him off of the tail chain, and throwing him between the car and rib. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
CAMPBELL
August 13, 191831, Chris Campbell, of Westville, timberman, age 58 years, married, was killed by falling rock in United States Fuel Company's Vermilion mine, Westville. He leaves a widow.
 
March 13, 192232, Jacob Campbell, of Danville, miner, age 51 years, married, died from injuries received one week previous in United States Fuel Company's Vermilion mine by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow.
 
CARRINGTON
March 31, 190517, George Carrington, of Grape Creek, miner, aged 34 years, married, employed in mine No. 5 of the Kelly Coal Co., Westville, Vermilion county, was injured by falling rock while working down loose coal from a standing shot, from the effects of which he died April 13, 1905. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
CARTER
March 3, 190517, Fred A. Carter, of Danville, miner, aged 18 years, single, employed in the mine of the Electric Coal Co., near Danville, Vermilion county, was fatally injured by falling coal, while working off a standing shot, from the effects of which he died three days afterwards.
 
CASEY
March 23, 18957, Thomas Casey, of Tilton, aged 34 years, was fatally injured in No. 4 mine at Danville, operated by the Consolidated Coal Company, of St. Louis. Deceased and his partner. Joseph Corbett, were working in room No. 18, in the ninth west entry. They had fired a shot at noon which failed to bring down the coal. They then tried to mine it off and got a crow bar to bar it down, but finding they could not get it down in that way, they concluded to leave it and fire another shot, which was placed ten feet from the standing shot. The deceased was shoveling some loose coal at one end of the standing shot, when he noticed it giving away. He became frightened and ran past in front of the coal just as it rolled over. It struck him on the left thigh and knocked him down, injuring him internally. The coal that struck him weighed about 150 pounds. He died six hours after receiving the injuries. He left a widow and two children. He was not a practical miner, but his partner was a good one. If the deceased had not moved from where he was working the coal in falling would not have caught him.
 
CASTEEL
August 31, 193242, James Casteel, of Oakwood, locomotive engineer, age 32 years, married, was killed at United Electric Coal Company's No. 1 mine when his engine was struck by a trip of loaded cars. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
CEBULSKI
May 14, 191325, Tom Cebulski, of Georgetown, loader, aged 48 years, married, employed in the Bunsen Coal Company's Little Vermilion mine, Westville, Vermilion County, was killed by falling rock. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
CHALKUS
February 10, 193343, Peter J. Chalkus, of Westville, machine runner, age 32 years, married, was killed by a fall of face coal in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
CHAMPION
April 19, 193444, Louis Champion, of Westville, miner, age 43 years, married, was killed by falling rock in United States Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
CHAPMAN
May 12, 190214, Thomas H. Chapman, of Westville, miner, age 48 years, was fatally injured by a fall of rock in the Kellyville Coal Co.'s No. 3 mine, Westville, Vermilion county, from the effects of which he died the next day. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
January 18, 18979, William Chapman, of Fairmount, a miner, employed by the Consolidated Coal Co., at its Fairmount mine, Vermilion county, was hit by a fall of roof at the face of his room while at work. He died three days later. He was 47 years of age and leaves a widow and six children.
 
CHECK
September 16, 193040, Louis Check, of Westville, loading machine man, age 40 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
CHERMEN
January 22, 191224, Pete Chermen, of Westville, miner, aged 50 years, married, employed by Dering Coal Company at mine No. 3, Steelton, Vermilion County, had started to load a car of coal when a rock weighing 5 tons fell, killing him Instantly. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
CHIAVILLE
November 7, 191023, Rinold Chiaville, of Westville, miner, aged 26 years, single, employed at the Brazil Block Coal Company's mine No. 3, Steelton, Vermilion county was killed at his working place by a fall of rock.
 
CHIMD
February 12, 190820, John Chimd, of Westville, miner, aged 19 years, single, was killed by falling rock.
 
CHMURA
February 16, 194353, Martin Chmura, of Westville, driller, aged 61 years, married, was killed by an explosion of permissible powder in the Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
CHROSTOWSKI
August 19, 193848, John Chrostowski, of Westville, miner, aged 63 years, married, killed by powder explosion in the Bunsenville mine of the United States Fuel Co., leaving widow and two children.
 
February 23, 193848, Stanley H. Chrostowski, of Westville, loader operator assistant, aged 29 years, married, crushed between cars and loading machine in the Bunsenville mine of the United States Fuel Co., leaving widow and two children.
 
CHUMA
June 27, 191830, John Chuma, of Westville, miner, age 50 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in United States Fuel Company's mine No. 4, while working at the face of his room.
 
CLARY
October 18, 188359. Frank Clary was seriously injured by falling of fire-clay. There were two veins. He had blasted down the top vein and went under to drill a hole in the lower, and the clay separating, the two veins settled down on him, crushing his spinal column. He was still living on the 25th of June, but there were no hopes of recovery. [Vermilion County]
 
CLAYTON
May 15, 190113, Morris Clayton, of Westville, miner, aged 35 years, married, working in the Kellyville Coal Co.'s mine No. 3, Westville, Vermilion county, was killed in room 39, first northeast entry, by falling roof. He was taken to St. Elizabeth's Hospital, where he died two days after the accident. He left a widow and one child.
 
COALBURG
February 5, 190315, John Coalburg, of Westville, miner, aged 44 years, married, employed at the Kellyville Coal company's mine No. 3, Westville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by falling coal. Deceased, with his partner, had just started to turn a room off of the 10th north entry; while in the act of throwing tamping into a drill hole, a large mass of rock fell on him with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
COAST
March 28, 190113, John Coast, of Himrod, miner, aged 50 years, married, was killed in room 23, first west northwest entry, of the Himrod Coal Co.'s mine, Westviile, Vermilion county, by a shot blowing through from room 22. It appears that he was making a break-through between the two rooms and did not think the pillar was as thin as it really was; when the shot exploded it blew through where he was standing, the coal striking him in such manner as to cause death. He leaves a family in Russia.
 
COCKRELL
May 29, 194050, Glen Golden Cockrell, of Danville, miner, age 31 years, married, killed by fall of rock, at the Tilton Mining Company Mine, leaving two children.
 
COLEMAN
March 13, 193444, G. B. Coleman, of Fairmount, miner, age 64 years, married, was killed in Pearson Coal Company's mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow.
 
COLLINS
September 29, 193141, Frank Collins, of Danville, miner, age 65 years, married, was killed in P. J. Dowiatt and Sons local mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
COLWELL
July 16, 193848, Wilbur Colwell, of Danville, miner, aged 46 years, married, killed by fall of rock in mine of Hegeler Zinc Co., leaving widow and four children.
 
COMPTON
September 8, 190821, Walter Compton, aged 30, miner, single, residence South Danville, employed by the Kelly Coal Company mine No. 44, was instantly killed by fall of rock at working face.
 
CONLEY
December 23, 191225, Thomas Conley, of Central Park, miner, aged 37 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in the Bunsen Coal Company's Mine No. 4, Westville, Vermilion County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
CONNER
May 14, 194151, Robert Conner, of Danville, foreman, aged 41 years, married, was killed by a rock fall from the roof in the Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
CONRAD
April 9, 190012, Fred Conrad, of Danvville, aged 35 years, single, was killed in the Himrod Coal Company's mine, by a fall of roof in side room No. 17, off of the southwest entry, at 12:15 p. m. He had fired a shot and wanted to return at once to work before the smoke had had time to clear away, but the parties working in the adjoining room told him it was too smoky to go in to work then, but he persisted and went in and commenced to mine off a standing shot of coal, when the roof suddenly gave way, falling squarely onto him, killing him instantly.
 
COOK
May 23, 190315, Charles Edwin Cook, of Westville, driver, aged 30 years, married, employed in the Kellyville Coal company's mine No. 3, was fatally injured by falling under a loaded pit car. Deceased was riding on the tail chain, when a lump of coal on the track threw him off and in front of the trip, the first car passing over him. He died May 27, 1903, leaving a widow and two children.
 
COTTON
August 17, 188359, at Grape Creek mine, [Vermilion County] Sampson Cotton and Clarence Morrison; married; each leaving a widow, the former three and the latter two children. By an explosion of gas, Cotton was killed instantly, and Morrison died from the effects on the 20th. A full account of this is given below.
      Although it does not properly belong in this year's report, I will take occasion to mention here a serious explosion of fire-damp at the No. 5 shaft of the Grape Creek colliery, Vermilion county, on the 17th of August. The mine is just being opened, and the working places were consequently near the bottom of the shaft. The works below were well laid out, the connections all perfect, and a 7- foot Murphy fan in position at the top. Owing to the limited area below, and the ease with which ventilation could be established, it had been the practice to stop the fan when the men came out Saturday night, and start it again Monday morning. Sunday, the 17th of August, R. S. Cotton, in charge of the pumps, observing that the discharge of water was unaccountably muddy, determined to go down the shaft to look into the matter, and asked a friend, C. A. Morrison, to go down with him. They descended by the ladders, and while proceeding along the entry, at a distance of about 175 feet from the bottom, their open lights ignited the gas, causing an explosion which instantly killed Cotton, and inflicted injuries upon Morrison from which he died on the third day thereafter. A trace of fire-damp had previously been observed by the pit-boss, but it was so slight that it was not considered a cause for any uneasiness. The presumption is that a discharge of gas from some crevice in a fault through which they were mining, had taken place, filling the spaces after the suspension of work Saturday night. If the fan had been kept running continuously, no such accumulation could have taken place; but unless a mine is known to generate fire-damp, which is exceptional in the mines of this State, or has been worked so extensively as to require a constant current to save delays in resuming work, no fans or furnaces are kept going during Sunday. Moreover, it was not expected or required of Mr. Cotton that he should go through the mine, though men with a similar charge frequently do so.
      Mr. Beattie, the manager, is an intelligent, careful man, who takes a professional pride in correct mining, and in exact compliance with the law, and he has a class of efficient subordinates, of whom Mr. Roberts, of No. 5, is especially competent.
      This accident, however, should establish the importance of maintaining a constant current, by fan or furnace, in all mines where fire-damp may be expected.

 
COUNTRYMAN
March 20, 18957, Henry Countryman, of Glenburn, aged 55 years, loader, was employed by the Glenburn Coal Company, near Danville, in the Glenburn mine. At 7 a. m. he went into room No. 3, on the main east entry to load coal, and was told by the timberman that there was a bad rock in that room, and not to go under it, but wait there until he got his tools, when he would secure it with timber. He said to the timberman that he was an old miner and could take care of himself. He then went into the room and lifted a pick to pull down a piece of loose coal, when the rock, which was ten feet long and two and a half feet wide, by twelve inches thick, fell on him, killing him instantly. He was a single man.
 
CRAIG
December 21, 190316, Daniel Craig, engineer, aged 58 years, married, was injured in mine No. 3, of the Kellyville Coal Co., Westville, Vermilion county, and died from his injuries Dec. 29, 1903. Deceased was engaged in his duties looking after the engine, which pulls the coal cars from the inside with an endless rope; this engine is located at the bottom of the shaft; in some manner, unknown, he was caught in the hauling rope and dragged into the wheels, cutting off one of his legs. He was a widower, and leaves four children.
 
CRAIGMYLE
October 9, 193545, Russell George Craigmyle, of Muncie, driller and shooter, aged 38 years, married, killed by premature explosion in mine of F. C. Morgan Coal Co. Shot fired checking coal and exploding shot being prepared. Leaves wife and two children.
 

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DABODY
February 5, 192061, John Dabody, of Westville, miner, age 43 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in United States Fuel Company's Vermilion mine, Westville. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
DAGGETT
December 7, 18894, D. C. Potter, of Grape Creek, and James Daggett, of Grape Creek, were working partners and employed as miners by Kelly & Co., Grape Creek. They were loading their first car of coal in the morning when a rock fell, fatally injuring them. The driver came to them for their loaded car about 7:45 A. M., but it not being loaded, they told him to come in a half-hour; on his return about the time requested he found both men under a rock which had fallen on them; when assistance was procured to remove the rock, both men were dead. The rock was about 4 feet by 8 feet and of an average thickness of seven inches. They had followed mining all their lives and were considered practical coal miners. Potter was 68 years of age, married, and leaves a widow and three children dependent; Daggett was 45 years of age, also married, leaving a widow and three children.
 
DARGES
February 10, 190416, Charles Darges, miner, aged 40 years, married, was fatally injured by falling rock at the face of his room in mine No. 3 of the Kellyville Coal Co., at Westville. Vermilion county. He died from the injuries received six days afterwards, leaving a widow and one child.
 
DAUSKIVET
February 9, 190618, Toney Dauskivet (Dauskurt), of Westville, miner, aged 24 years, married, a native of Russia, was fatally injured in the Himrod mine of the Kelley Coal Co., Westville, by falling rock. He died in St. Elizabeth hospital February 12, 1906, leaving a widow and one child.
 
DAVIDSON
October 23, 18958, Joseph Davidson, of Grape Creek, aged 45 years, a miner, employed by D. P. Wilson at Grape Creek mine No. 4. He had been at work half an hour the morning of the accident; it occurred at the face of the fourth west entry, where a large piece of roof fell on him, killing him instantly. He left a widow and three children.
 
DAVIS
September 15, 192132, Dan Davis, of Grape Creek, miner, age 41 years, married, was killed in Harrier and Son's mine by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
DAVISON
July 1, 18894, Charles Davison, of Grape Creek, aged 17 years, single, was employed in No. 4 mine of the Grape Creek Coal Co., Grape Creek. The deceased worked as a coal miner in company with his father. After firing a blast at noon he went back through the smoke to see what the shot had done. He found that the flying coal from the blast had knocked out some props near the room face, the roof gave way, fatally injuring him. He died as he was brought to the surface.
 
DANIEALUS
July 9, 190417, Anton Daniealus, of Westville, miner, aged 31 years, married, employed in the Kellyville Coal Co's. mine No. 4, Westville, Vermilion county, was fatally injured by a fall of rock: he was injured about 8 o'clock in the morning and died three hours afterwards. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
DANIELS
August 22, 189811. Frank Daniels, of Blount, aged 25, single, was killed in A. Bonnett's mine, eight miles northwest of Danville, August 22, 1898, by a fall of roof. Parties working in the next room to deceased had called his attention to the dangerous condition of the roof, just a short time prior to the accident, but he paid no attention to the friendly warning, with the result as above stated.
 
DEAN
July 6, 191124, Joseph Dean, of Westville, miner, aged 18 years, single, employed by Dering Coal Company, at mine No. 2, Westville, Vermilion County, was working with his father, loading a car of coal, when a rock fell, killing him instantly.
 
DELATTRE
December 19, 194151, Fred Delattre, of Danville, track layer, aged 47 years, married, died from injuries sustained when rock fell on him on December 18, 1941 in the Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
August 1, 193040, Henry Delattre, of Westville, timberman, age 46 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
DETOUNEY
March 26, 191931, Raymond Detrouney, of Westville, miner, age 18 years, single, was killed in United States Fuel Company's Busen mine, Westville, by a fall of rock.
 
DEWEY
September 16, 191831, Paul Dewey, of Danville, miner, age 63 years, single, was killed in Electric Coal Company's Mine No. 2, Danville, by a fall of rock. He leaves one child.
 
DOMPE
July 31, 193444, Pietro Dompe, of Westville, machine runner, age 37 years, single, was killed in United States Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine by being caught in the moving bit chain of a shearing machine. He leaves a dependent mother.
 
DONNELLY
June 23, 190113, Louis Donnelly, of Georgetown, miner, aged 36 years, was killed in the Westville Coal Co.'s mine at Georgetown, by falling rock at the working face of the mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
DONOHUE
October 24, 190013, Hugh Donohue, miner, of Fairmount, single, aged 35 years, was killed by a fall of roof in room No. 10, fifth west entry, south side, in the mine of the Consolidated Coal Co. at Fairmount, Vermilion county. At the time of the accident deceased was engaged in wedging up a piece of bottom coal, when the roof gave way suddenly, killing him; there was a prop under the rock, but it wasn't placed sufficiently near the center to hold it up. He worked by himself, and it is supposed that the accident happened about 10:30 a. m. The body was found about 2 p. m.
 
DUKES
October 2, 191528, Joe F. Dukes, of Steelton, miner, age 56 years, widower, was killed by falling rock in mine No. 22, Producers Coal Company, Westville, Vermilion County.
 
DUPOUX
April 12, 193343, Alphonse Dupoux, of Westville, machine man, age 36 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
DUNKAVICH
March 10, 191022, Andrew Dunkavich, miner, aged 50 years, married, was killed by falling rock in his working place in the Brazil Block Coal Company mine No. 3, located at Steelton, Vermilion county.
 
DUNN
February 27, 190315, James Dunn, of Westville, miner, colored, aged 26 years, married, employed at the Westville Coal company's mine No. 1, South Westville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by a fall of rock. Deceased and his partner were drawing pillars in the sixth north entry, when a large mass of rock, about 12 feet long, two to three feet thick, and eight feet wide, fell striking him. He leaves a widow.
 
DZURIK
September 11, 191326, John Dzurik, of Westville, miner, aged 28 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Bunsen Coal Company's No. 4 mine, Westville, Vermilion County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 


 
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EDER
January 12, 193141, John J. Eder, trackman, of Georgetown, age 37 years, married, was killed by falHng rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
EDWARDS
June 31, 190416, Robert Edwards, miner, aged 50 years, married, employed by the Kellyville Coal company at mine No. 3, Kellyville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by the explosion of powder, while attempting to force the charge back that had stuck in the drill hole; he used an iron tamping bar, which evidently produced a spark, igniting the powder. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
EICHER
February 3, 193040, Benjamin Eicher, of Springfield, machine demonstrator, age 37 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine, by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow.
 
ELKINS
September 11, 190114, James W. Elkins, of Oakwood, miner, age 39 years, single, was killed by a fall of slate in Bonnets' mine, Oakwood, Vermilion county.
 
ELLIOTT
May 12, 190315, Robert Elliott, of Westville, miner, aged 47 years, employed in the Kellyville Coal company's mine No. 3, Westville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
April 23, 191729, Virgil Elliott, of Westville, driver, age 18 years, single, was killed by pit cars in United Fuel Company's mine, Danville, Vermilion County.
 
ELMFELT
September 28, 18894, John Elmfelt, of Grape Creek, aged 42 years, married, was employed by Kelly & Co., Grape Creek, as a coal miner. About 7:30 A. M., before commencing work, the deceased went into an abandoned room, where he was caught by falling rock.. He died that afternoon. He left a widow and four children.
 
EMBROSE
January 3, 193343, Felix Embrose, of Westville, trip rider, age 25 years, married, was caught against the room side by a derailed motor and killed, in United States Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves a widow.
 
EMORY
November 24, 194151, John A. Emory, of Catlin, loader operator, aged 54 years, married, was killed by a rock fall from the roof in the Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
September 29, 191730, Virgil Emory, of Georgetown, driver, age 19 years, single, was killed in Sharon Coal and Brick Company's mine. No one saw this accident and when found he was lying under the bumper of the first car, dead.
 
ENDZELIS
August 6, 194555, John Endzelis, of Gerogetown, timberman, aged 65 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in the Untied States Coal & Coke Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves a widow.
 
ENGLE
July 23, 190114, William Engle, of Danville, driver, age 24 years, was instantly killed by being crushed under a loaded pit car in the Kellyville Coal Co.'s mine No. 3, Westville, Vermilion county. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
ERICKSON
December 22, 189710, John Erickson, of Danville, a miner, 45 years of age, single, employed at the No. 2 mine of the Kellyville Coal Co., at Westville, was killed by a fall of coal. Deceased and his partner were engaged in mining off a standing; shot when they both realized their danger and desisted for a time: afterwards, Erickson concluded to try it again, notwithstanding the protest of his partner. He had hardly started to work when the mass of coal suddenly gave way, catching him so as to cause death.
 
EVANS
June 2, 193848, Herbert Evans, of Danville, machine helper and loader, aged 49 years, married, from burns received in explosion of keg of powder in mine of Quality Coal Co., died June 14, leaving widow and two children.
 
January 20, 192737, Paul Evans, of Georgetown, driver, age 27 years, married, was killed by falling rock, in United States Fuel Company's Bunsen mine. He leaves a widow.
 
August 25, 193040, Roy Evans, of Danville, triprider, age 37 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine by falling under a trip of cars. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
EWANGETISTA
December, 19, 190417, Raschi Ewangetista, of Kellyville, miner, aged 45 years, single, employed in Mine No. 3 of the Kellyville Coal Co., Kellyville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by flying coal from a shot: just how the accident occurred cannot be clearly shown as the body was not discovered until the night men went to work at 7 p. m., the shot having been fired about 3:15 p. m., his partner supposed deceased had gone out to the bottom on one entry, while he went out on the opposite one.
 

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FAHEY
November 22, 192132, James Fahey, of Oakwood, laborer, age 54 years, married, employed by United Electric Coal Company at mine No. 1, was killed. Deceased was riding on rear of engine and fell off, the engine running over him, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
FARRELL
February 18, 191628, James Farrell, of Grape Creek, driver, age 22 years, single, was killed in Bunsen Coal Company's Vermilion mine, Georgetown, Vermilion County, by a fall of rock. He leaves two dependents.
 
August 22, 194353, John Farrell, of Georgetown, timberman, aged 58 years, married, died from injuries sustained on August 20 1943 when rock fell on him in the Untied States Coal & Coke Company's Bunsenville mine.
 
FAUCHA
December 9, 189912. John Faucha, of Danville, a Frenchman by birth, aged 55 years, married, was killed by a fall of roof in the Economy Coal Co.'s mine on December 9, 1899. The mine examiner had marked the stone as being dangerous, and other parties had called his attention to the danger, but he paid no attention to their warnings and continued to work away until the rock gave away, killing him instantly. He left a widow but no children.
 
FELICE
July 19, 191124, Oscar Felice, of Westville, miner, aged 26 years, married, employed by Bunsen Coal Company at mine No. 2, Westville, Vermilion County, was pulling down a loose rock when a side rock fell on him injuring him, from which injuries he died July 29, 1911, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Danville. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
FIRANDO
January 3, 191022, Bertiste Firando, miner, aged 36 years, single was instantly killed by falling rock in the Bensen Coal Company's mine No. 4, at Westville, Vermilion county.
 
FLAHERTY
March 1, 18946, John Flaherty, of Danville, miner, aged 70 years, married, employed by the Consolidated Coal Company at its Fulton No. 4 mine near Danville, Vermilion county: the deceased had been cutting coal on the north side of his room, the track being on that side, his partner had begun loading a car which he had just brought in: the deceased then went to the south side of the room to take down some loose coal which had been left from a shot; the first prop was nine feet back from the face of the room and six feet from the south rib: he had only worked a short time when a piece of soap stone nine feet long by six feet and eight inches thick fell, completely covering him; lie was so seriously injured that he died an hour afterwards, lie left a widow, also several children, all of whom are of mature age.
 
FOSATTI
October 9, 191629, Peter Fosatti, of Westville, machine runner, age 42 years, single, was killed by pit cars in United States Fuel Company's Vermilion mine, Westville, Vermilion County.
 
FOSTER
May 27, 191426, L. W. Foster, of Westville, miner, aged 24 years, married, died from injuries received the day before by a fall of coal in Bunsen Coal Company's Vermilion mine, Georgetown, Vermilion County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
FOX
April 28, 190012, J. P. Fox, aged 33 years, married, was killed by a fall off roof in Kelly's mine No. 3. He lived at Westville and left a widow and two children dependent.
 
FOY
October 21, 191124, James Foy, of Westville, driver, aged 25 years, single, employed by Bunsen Coal Company at mine No. 3, Westville, Vermilion County, died from injuries received September 5, 1911. Deceased failed to get off his trip at the parting and was caught between loaded cars.
 
FRANK
July 9, 190013, Charles Frank, of Himrod, miner, aged 28 years, single, was killed in room No. 12, second west northwest entry, at the Himrod Coal Co.'s mine, Westville, Vermilion county. Deceased knew the rock was loose and was in the act of timbering it when it fell, with the above result.
 
FRANKS
January 19, 189911. P. J. Franks, of Westville, aged 60 years, single, resident of Westville, was killed in a room of the Kelleyville Coal company's No. 2 mine, January 19, 1899, by a fall of roof.
 
FRATIG
November 20, 191225, John Fratig, of Westville, miner, aged 46 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in the Bunsen Coal Company's No. 4 mine, Westville, Vermilion County. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
FRITZ
May 12, 189810. Charles Fritz, of Westville, a miner, single, aged 24 years, was instantly killed by a fall of roof in room No. 2, sixth south entry, on the west side, at the mine of the Westville Coal Company, Westville. The accident happened at 11:50 a. m. Deceased had been warned by his partner of the dangerous condition of the roof just a few minutes before it fell, but he replied that it would stay up until they could finish loading that car, but in less than five minutes the mass of rock let go, crushing him to death.
 
FUSEY
August 12, 191225, John Fusey, of Westville, miner, aged 31 years, single, employed at the Bunsen Coal Company's Little Vermilion mine, Westville, Vermilion County, was killed by falling rock.
 

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GALL
March 17, 194555, John Gall, of Danville, miner, aged 60 years, married, was killed when he was run over by a car in the Blue Lake Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
GALLEY
September 5, 190619, Frank Galley, of South Danville, trackman, aged 48 years, single, employed by D. A. Jenkins, Danville, Vermilion county, was killed by being crushed between the rib of the entry and a car.
 
GATANTUS
September 27, 192132, Joe Gatantus, of Westville, miner, age 49 years, single, was killed in United States Fuel Company's No. 4 mine. Deceased was mining off a standing shot when a coal slip gave way, striking him, causing injuries from which he died a few hours later.
 
GAY
February 6, 190921, Martin Gay, aged 38, miner, married, residence Danville, employed in the Dering Coal Company mine No. 2, was instantly killed by fall of rock at working face of his room. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
August 31, 193646, Raymond Gay, of Danville, died of injuries received November 1935 from fall of rock, in mine of Cessna Coal Co., leaving wife and two children.
 
GEARHART
January 12, 192838, Paul H. Gearhart, of Georgetown, machine runner, age 39 years, married, was killed by falling coal in United States Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves a widow.
 
GECIC
Incorrectly spelled GRIER in the records    Correction & info courtesy of Karen Gecic
May 3, 193343, Isador Grier Gecic, of Westville, miner, age 49 years, married, was killed in United States Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and four children.
Buried in the Westville Lithuanian graveyard.
 
GEDIRLAR
November 22, 190316, John Gedirlar, miner, aged 23, years, single, employed by the Kellyville Coal Co., at mine No. 4, Westville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by flying coal from a shot in room No. 2, off the fourth south entry. Deceased had lit two shots, one having exploded, and he supposed the other had missed fire; he went to the room to investigate, just as he reached the face of the room the second shot exploded with the result as stated.
 
GECKLER
February 25, 191325, Gernet C. Geckler, of Georgetown, trapper, aged 17 years, single, was killed by pit cars in the Bunsen Coal Company's Little Vermilion mine, Westville, Vermilion County.
 
GEMIS
January 27, 190820, Justin Gemis, miner, aged 40 years, single, was killed by falling rock at the working face of his place in mine No. 3 of the Dering Coal Company at Steelton, Vermilion county.
 
GERARD
January 7, 190921, Erand Gerard, aged 35, driver, married, residence, Westville, employed by the Kelly Coal Company mine No. 2, was instantly killed by the fall of rock. Deceased was driving on night shift. The accident happened in the entry. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
GERKES
August 12, 191326, John Gerkes, of Westville, driver, aged 26 years, single, was killed in Bunsen Coal Company's Vermilion mine, Georgetown, Vermilion County, by being crushed between pit car and rib.
 
GERRARD
December 28, 190518, Clarence Gerrard, of South Danville, night boss, aged 30 years, married, was killed in the Dering Coal Co.'s mine No. 2 by falling rock. There were two men loading rock in the entry, when Gerrard came in to see them, about 9:30 p. m. The men told him that they were afraid to load under the rock, because it was not safe. Deceased told the men that it was safe, and to prove it he took a pick and passed under the rock to the center, and struck the rock with the pick, when the whole mass fell on him. The rock was 14 feet long, six and one-half feet wide, and two and one-half feet thick. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
GILBERT
February 16, 194353, Ben Gilbert, of Georgetown, driller, agd 61 years, married, was killed by an explosion of permissable powder in the Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
GILLUM
May 27, 190214, Wesley Gillum, of Danville, miner, age 28 years, was injured by a powder explosion in the Economy Coal & Mining Co.'s mine, Danville, Vermilion county. He was placing a shot and in doing so broke the cartridge; some scattering grains of powder came out of the drill hole and dropped on his lighted lamp, which was on the ground just below the mouth of the hole; the powder ignited and carried fire to powder which was near him, causing it to explode. He was badly burned about the head, face and body. He was taken to the hospital where he died June 8, 1902.
 
GIRGIRSKI
May 27, 18968, John Girgirski, of Kelleyville, miner, aged 28 years, single. Deceased was employed by the Kelly Coal Company at their No. 3 mine, near Westville, Vermilion county, and at the time of the accident was working at the face of the second north entry, west side, when a fall of roof came on him, breaking his neck and killing him instantly.
 
GLADDEN
February 15, 190618, Earl Gladden, of South Danville, switchman, aged 18 years, single, was killed in No. 2 mine of the Kelley Coal Co., being run over by an electric motor. Deceased was getting off of the front end of the motor to make a flying switch, when his foot caught the ground, the motor pulling him under and crushing him.
 
November 8, 192233, Edward Gladden, of Danville, driver, age 34 years, married, was caught between car and coal rib and killed in the Brady Branch Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
GLARZE
January 12, 190416, Joe Glarze, miner, aged 55 years, married, employed in mine No. 3 of the Kellyville Coal Co., Westville. Vermilion county, was instantly killed by falling rock at the face of his room. He leaves a widow dependent.
 
GLOVITSKI
January 21, 190517, Joe Glovitski, of Himrod, miner, aged 30 years, married, employed in the Kelly Coal Co's. mine at Himrod. was injured by falling rock; he was standing in the neck of a room, where he had taken refuge, while his partner was firing a shot in the room in which they were working. He died in about twenty minutes after being taken from under the rock. He leaves a a widow and four children..
 
GOLDEN
March 9, 190315, Charles Golden, of Westville, miner, aged 32 years, single, employed in the Westville Coal company's mine No. 1, South Westville, Vermilion county, was fatally injured by a fall of rock. Deceased was in the act of tamping a shot when a large rock, which was cut loose by a coal slip, fell on him crushing him so severely that he died before he could be taken out of the mine.
 
GOLYNSKI
August 3, 193646, Stanley Golcynski, of Westville, loader, aged 26 years, single, killed by fall of rock in Bunsenville mine of United States Fuel Co., no dependents.
 
GOODWIN
October 16, 192062, Allen Goodwin, machine runner, age 38 years, married, died from injuries received two days previous when his leg was cut off in a mining machine. Deceased was employed in Chicago Colliery Company's mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
GOPSKUS
November 22, 192939, Andre Gopskus, of Westville, miner, age 51 years, married, was killed in U. S. Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine, by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow.
 
GORDON
April 6, 18968, Allen Gordon, (colored), of Grape Creek, miner, aged 35 years, married, employed by Pawnee Coal Company at their mine near Westville, Vermilion county. The deceased and his partner had three shots to fire in room 35, fifth south entry; they put squibs in all three holes, two of which they lighted, and after the two had exploded they returned to light the third, but it exploded at about the time Gordon reached the place, killing him. He left a widow and two children.
 
GOSS
October 27, 190215, William Goss, of Westville, miner, aged 37 years, single, employed at the Himrod mine of the Himrod Coal company, Himrod, Vermilion county, was instantly killed, being struck by an empty mine car. Goss and eight other men were waiting at the bottom of the shaft to ascend, having finished their day's work. There were several loaded pit cars on the track at the bottom of the shaft, the empty ear being in front of them. The loaded cars were struck by a trip of three other loaded cars that came down the hill on the southeast main entry; the empty car was forced rapidly onto the men at the bottom of the shaft, sweeping them into the cage seat, the car following them, instantly killing Goss and injuring severely the other eight men.
 
GRAHAM
November 5, 190215, William Graham, of Danville, timberman, aged 53 years, married, in the employ of the Economy Coal company, Danville, Vermilion county, was fatally injured by being caught between the cage and shaft timbers. Deceased, with other men, was engaged in taking timber off of the cage; after the timber was unloaded, the signal was given to the engineer to take away the cage. Graham attempted to cross over, and was crushed, death resulting four hours after the accident. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
GRAY
April 27, 191628, James Gray, of Danville, timberman, age 55 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Bunsen Coal Company's No. 3 mine, Westville, Vermilion County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
GREEN
January 24, 192434, Arthur Green, of Danville, miner, age 27 years, widower, was killed by falling rock in United States Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves two children.
 
November 20, 18947, Walter Green, of Kelleyville, colored, aged 25, married, no children. Deceased was a driver employed by the Kelleyville Coal Co., in their No. 2 mine at Kelleyville, five miles from Danville. He was riding on the front of his trip, with one foot resting on the pit-car and the other on the tail-chain. It is supposed that he fell off in front of the cars. Being longer than usual in coming to the bottom of the shaft with his trip, the other drivers went to look for him and found him lying under the loaded cars. He was dead when found.
 
February 26, 190416, William Green, driver, aged 21 years, married, in the employ of the Westville Coal Co., at mine No. 1, South Westville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by a loaded pit-car. Deceased had brought his trip out to the parting, from which place the motor takes the cars to the bottom of the shaft. Green was walking in front of the cars when by some means he slipped and fell, the wheels passing over his neck. He leaves a widow.
 
GREY
June 24, 190719, William Grey, of Westville, driver, aged 22, single, employed by the Kelly Coal Company at its No. 42 mine, Westville, Vermilion county, was found dead under a car in the mine; it is supposed that his light went out and that he fell under the car which was being hauled by a mule.
 
GRIER    See GECIC
 
GRIMES
March 25, 193949, John E. Grimes, of Georgetown, loading machine helper, aged 36 years, married, killed by fall of rock in mine No. 24 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving widow and three children.
 
January 12, 193848, Ralph Grimes, of Georgetown, miner, aged 24 years, married, killed by fall of rock in mine No. 24 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving widow and one child.
 
GRINCVOZE
January 18, 191123, Tony Grincvoze, of Georgetown, miner, aged 25 years, married, employed at Bunzen Coal Company's Little Vermilion mine, Georgetown, Vermilion county, was going to work and was caught between motor and rib and killed instantly. He leaves a widow.
 
GRUPAS
November 4, 191427, Peter Grupas (Grumpas), of Westville, miner, age 46 years, single, was killed by falling rock in the Bunsen Coal Company's No. 4 mine, Westville, Vermilion County.
 
GRUBOLOSKY
June 22, 190012, Frank Grubolosky, of Westville, a miner employed by the Westville Coal Co., was killed in the face of the fifth north entry, east side, by a fall of roof. He and his partner had some timbers under the rock which they thought was sufficient to hold it, but they were mistaken, for the great weight of the rock discharged the timbers, letting the rock fall, catching deceased in such a manner as to cause his death. He was married and had a family in Russia; he boarded in Westville. The place had been marked by the mine examiner for more timbers, but deceased and his partner neglected to put them up the first thing, as they should have done in order to protect themselves from danger.
 
GUINTORI
August 30, 191831, Gust Guintori, of Westville, miner, age 32 years, married, was killed in United States Fuel Company's Vermilion mine, Westville. Deceased came out of his room to get an empty car and started to go between the car and rib on side where the machine wires were and was electrocuted. There was plenty of space to pass on the opposite side of the car. He leaves a widow and one child.
 

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HACQUET
August 7, 194151, Hubert Hacquet, Jr., of Westville, miner, aged 34 years, single, was killed by a rock fall from the roof in the Markumas Coal Company's No. 2 mine.
 
HAFNER
August 30, 190013, William Hafner, of Catlin, miner, aged 20 years, single, was killed in room No. 15, ninth north entry of the Catlin Coal Co.'s mine, Catlin, Vermilion county, by a fall of roof. Deceased well knew the dangerous condition of the roof, as his attention had been called to it before the accident happened, as the mine examiner had marked it in several places. He lived with his parents in south Danville.
 
HAGERMAN
March 27, 193545, William J. Hagerman, of Georgetown, driver, aged 49 years, married, crushed between mule and car in mine No. 24 of the Peabody Coal Co. Leaves wife and two children.
 
HALL
April 9, 190113, Charles Hall, of Himrod, driver, aged 23 years, married, employed in the Himrod Coal Co.'s mine, Westville, Vermilion county, was killed by being squeezed between a pit car and the rib of coal. It appears that his light went out just as the car left the track, and in trying to get out of danger he stepped on the wrong side and was caught by the car. He leaves a widow.
 
March 8, 194656, Wiley Winston Hall, of Georgetown, miner, aged 62 years, married, died from injuries sustained by a rock fall on February 22, 1946 in the Untied States Coal & Coke Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves a widow.
 
HANSSUIX
January 15, 194252, Moriss Hanssuix, of Westville, miner, aged 64 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in the Untied States Coal & Coke Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves a widow.
 
HARPER
December 23, 192636, George Harper, of Danville, miner, age 55 years, married, was killed in U. S. Fuel Company's Vermilion mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow.
 
HARRISON
February 10, 190315, Abe Harrison, of Grape Creek, miner, aged 38 years, employed in mine No. 5, of the Kellyville Coal company, Westville, Vermilion county, was fatally injured by a fall ot rock while at work in the second northwest entry. Deceased was loading a car of coal when a large rock fell, injuring him so severely that he died a half hour afterwards. He was a widower and leaves three children.
 
HAUN
January 2, 193949, Noah Haun, of Danville, miner and operator, aged 73 years, married, killed by fall of waste bank in strip mine operated by Haun & Son Stripping Co., leaving widow.
 
HAYES
November 15, 190013, Mathew Hayes, of Danville, miner, aged 38 years, was killed in the mine of the Westville Coal Co, at Danville, by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow.
 
HECKER
June 5, 188459. Grape Creek mine. [Vermilion County] Fred Hecker, aged 55; married; leaves a widow. Was fatally injured in the back by top coal falling on him while loading his car. He died the same evening.
 
HENDERSON
August 28, 191961, Frank Henderson, of Danville, laborer, age 24 years, married, while letting a car down an incline was struck by the break beam and killed in Cramer & Schramm's mine, Danville. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
HENTHORNE
November 19, 193040, Isaac Henthorne, of Danville, machine loader, age 37 years, married, died from injuries sustained one week previous by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
HESTEN
March 30, 18968. Clark Hesten, of Danville, driver, aged 26 years, married, employed by the Kelly Coal Company, No. 2 mine, near Westville, Vermilion county. The deceased was coming down a grade in the mine when the harness of the mule entangled the driver and dragged him under the wheels, where he was found fifteen or twenty minutes afterwards. He left a widow and two children.
 
HIATT
January 9, 194555, Jacob Clarence Hiatt, of Georgetown, load rider, aged 74 years, married, was killed by a railroad car at the Chicago & Harrisburg Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
HIBEL
October 14, 191831, Fred Hibel, of Grape Creek, driver, age 38 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in United States Fuel Company's No. 3 mine, Westville.
 
HODGSON
December 31, 190922, John Hodgson, miner, aged 29 years, married, was killed by falling rock in the E. S. Gray mine at Missionfield, Vermilion county.
 
HODSON
June 8, 191628, William Hodson, of Catlin, miner, age 45 years, married, was killed in Danville Collieries Company's mine, Danville, Vermilion County, by falling rock. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
HOLCOMB
October 17, 190215, Albert Holcomb, of Westville, driver, aged 21 years, single, employed at the Himrod Coal company's Himrod mine, Himrod, Vermilion county, while putting sprags in a trip his clothing caught on a car, dragging him quite a distance, when he was crashed between the cars and the rib. He died two days after the accident.
 
HOLLINGSWORTH
August 31, 192636, William F. Hollingsworth, of Georgetown, loader, age 31 years, died from injuries received Aug. 4 when his back was broken by a fall of rock in U. S. Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
HORWITH
January 25, 190113, George Horwith, of Westville, miner, aged 87 years, married, was killed in room No. 54, seventh south entry, east side of the Kellyville Coal Company's mine No. 2, Westville, Vermilion county, by flying coal. The miners working in the adjoining room had lighted a shot and had gone out to the mouth of room 54, shouting to deceased and his partner to get out of the way as they were going to fire; receiving no response they concluded that he (deceased) had fired his shot and gone home. When their shot went off it blew through the rib with the above result. He left a widow and five children.
 
HOWARD
June 9, 194151, George W. Howard, of Danville, driller, aged 44 years, married, was killed by a rock fall from the face in the Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
HOYDE
September 15, 190821, James Hoyde, aged 26, miner, single, residence Westville, employed by the Dering Coal Company mine No. 2 was killed by fall of rock on September 15th, from which he died at the St. Elizabeth's hospital at Danville, on October 6th.
 
HUDSON
April 11, 189911. Randolph Hudson, of Catlin, miner, aged 52, working in the mine of the Catlin Coal company, was instantly killed April 11, 1899, under the most peculiar circumstances. Miners working in the adjoining room, on the right of him, had discovered a large loose rock at the face of his room, which he was in the act of taking down, and was engaged in knocking out a prop from under it. When deceased came to the cross-cut between the two rooms he was told to stay back or he might get hurt. He stood still for a few minutes in the crosscut watching the progress made in getting the loose rock down. The person working at the rock left it for a moment for the purpose of getting a piece of rail with which to knock out the prop, when deceased rushed in, saying, "Let me strike it," which he did, when the rock, weighing fully six tons, fell squarely on him. He left two children dependent. He was a member in good standing, of the Odd-Fellows, who buried him with all the honors of that Order.
 
HUMBLE
December 15, 193242, Ernest Humble, of Danville, repairman, age 39 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 21 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
HUMBREY
October 3, 191831, Albert Humbrey, of Westville, miner, age 57 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in United States Fuel Company's No. 4 mine, Westville.
 
HUME
September 5, 193949, Nasby Earl Hume, of Muncie, cutting machine operator, aged 59 years, married, crushed between motor and door in mine No. 24 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving widow and two children.
 
HURLEY
March 13, 193545, Allen J. Hurley, of Catlin, miner, aged 61 years, single, killed by fall of rock in mine of Rippon Coal Co. No dependents.
 

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INGLESBY
March 23, 189810, John Inglesby, of Westville, a machine helper, single, aged 28 years, was caught by falling coal in the mine of the Westville Coal Co., Westville, at about 9 a. m. and was so seriously injured that death resulted in a few hours. Deceased neglected to examine or sound the coal face before he began work; the machine undercut a large piece of loose coal that fell over on him with the result as stated.
 
INGRAM
May 5, 191325, Claud Ingram, of Tilton, machine helper, aged 18 years, single, employed in the Bunsen Coal Company's No. 2 mine, Westville, Vermilion County, was killed by falling slate.
 

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