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Vermilion County, Illinois Coal and Coal Mines
 
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Vermilion County, Illinois
Coal Mine Fatalities

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JACKS
January 15, 190719, Paul Jacks, of Himrod, driver, aged 29 years, married, employed by the Kelly Coal Company at its Himrod mine, Vermilion county, was fatally injured by being crushed between cars. He died January 21 in a hospital in Danville and leaves a widow and one child.
 
JACKSON
January 31, 18968, Andrew Jackson (colored), of Grape Creek, miner, employed by the Pawnee Coal Company of Westville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by fall of roof in room 38, eighth north entry. He had been repeatedly warned of the roof, but paid no attention to it. He was about 35 years of age, married, family unknown.
 
JANKOWSKI
March 23, 193646, Frank Jankowski, of Danville, miner, aged 53 years, married, killed by fall of coal in Hegeler Zinc mine, leaving wife and five children.
 
JASINSKIE
January 15, 190416, George Jasinskie, miner, aged 35 years, single, employed in the Pawnee mine of the Kellyville Coal Co.. Grape Creek, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by falling rock in his room. Deceased was leaning over the front end of the car, which he had just commenced to load, when a mass of rock fell, and crushed him.
 
JENKINS
March 16, 191022, Abe Jenkins, driver, aged 47 years, single, was killed by being crushed between mine cars and the coal rib in the Bunsen Coal Company's mine No. 2, located at Westville, Vermilion county.
 
November 6, 191831, Isaac Jenkins, of Westville, driver, age 58 years, married, was killed by pit cars in United States Fuel Company's Vermilion mine, Westville. He leaves a widow.
 
January 17, 190113, Simon Jenkins, of Danville, miner, aged 46 years, was killed in the Westville Coal Co.'s mine by falling rock at the working face of his room. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
JENNINGS
May 3, 191830, W. A. Jennings, of Georgetown, laborer, age 35 years, married, fell in front of a railroad car which he was blocking down at United States Fuel Company's Vermilion mine. He was dead when found. He leaves a widow.
 
JOHNSON
April 19, 190921, John Johnson, aged 69, miner, married, residence Georgetown, employed in the Little Vermilion Coal Company's mine, was killed by a fall of rock at the working face of his place. He leaves a widow.
 
JONES
February 21, 191527, Elmer Jones, of Danville, cager, age 39 years, married, was killed in the No. 3 mine, Missionfield Coal Company, Vermilion County, by pit cars. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
May 19, 188459. Danville mines. [Vermilion County] Frank Jones, aged 47, and son George Jones, aged 15. The father leaves a widow and three children. They had blasted one side of top coal and were cutting the other side. After cutting as far as he could reach, he got under to cut further, with his son to shovel from under the coal, when it came down, killing both.
 
March 2, 18957, John Jones, of Newtown, aged 35 years, widower, with two children, employed as a miner by the Pawnee Coal Company, Westville, was instantly killed by a fall of rock at 9 a. m. in room No. 30 on the third south entry. The deceased knew of the dangerous condition of the roof, and his partner, Bertram Stewart, called his attention to the danger of going under it and Jones took his pick and knocking on the roof said to Stewart there was no danger, that it would stay up all day, and then went to work under it. A few minutes afterwards it fell and killed him. The verdict of the coroner's jury was that the deceased was accidentally killed.
 
July 10, 190316, John Jones, colored, miner, aged 38 years, married, employed in mine No. 1, of the Westville Coal Co., Westville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by falling rock. The deceased was mining some loose coal from a shot that had been fired the night before, when a piece of rock fell from a slip, crushing his head. He leaves a widow.
 
November 27, 190619, John Paul Jones, of Oakwood, miner, aged 61 years, married, emploved by the Oakwood Coal Company, Oakwood, Vermilion county, was killed by falling coal. He leaves a widow and seven grown children.
 
JOYSYO
November 8, 191124, John Joysyo, of Westville, laborer, aged 28 years, married, employed by Dering Coal Company at mine No. 2, Westville, Vermilion County, fell down the shaft. He leaves a widow and two children.
 

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KAPLOWSKI
December 27, 189912. Anton Kaplowski (Kopoloski), of Grape Creek, aged 32 years, single, was killed in the mine of the Brookside Coal Co., No. 2, on December 27, 1899, by a premature explosion of powder. He had worked in the mines for about two years, and was a native of Russia. He had lighted the shot and waited for some time, and not hearing the shot go off concluded that it had gone out, and returned for the purpose of relighting it when he got within a few feet of the shot it went off, killing him almost instantly. Deceased lived at Grape Creek.
 
KATUCHIS
February 13, 191224, John Katuchis, miner, aged 42 years, married, employed by Bunsen Coal Company, at mine No. 4, Westville, Vermilion County, was injured by a fall of rock and died June 4, 1912. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KERKES
December 4, 194151, Louis Kerkes, of Westville, loader operator, aged 32 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in the Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
KILBEY
February 10, 192162, Henry Kilbey, miner, age 43 years, married, died from injuries received in Sharon Coal Company's mine, January 17, when rock fell breaking his leg. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
KILLIAM
May 23, 18957, John Killiam, of Danville, aged 28. single, employed as a miner in the Pawnee Coal Company's mine, Westville, Vermilion county, was seriously injured by a fall of rock. The deceased and his partner were at work in the main east entry, which had just been cut through a slip, and at 4 P. M. he was drilling a hole, his partner was loading a car of coal, when suddenly a large mass of rock fell off the slip, and one piece, weighing three hundred pounds, struck him, breaking his leg and arm and injuring him internally. He died at nine o'clock that night. The pit-boss had warned him that morning to take down the rock before doing any other work, and the men in the adjoining entry also called his attention to the dangerous condition of the rock.
 
KILLIBREW
October 5, 189710, Andrew Killibrew, of Westville, colored, machine helper, aged 38 years, was employed by the Himrod Coal Company, at their mine in Westville. While engaged in moving a machine he was struck by a fall of roof and sustained such serious injuries as to result in his death on the 11th of the same month. He leaves a widow, but no children.
 
KINDER
February 15, 191022, Dominik Kinder, miner, aged 43 years, married, was instantly killed by falling rock at his working face in the Bunsen Coal Company's Little Vermilion mine, at Georgetown, Vermilion county.
 
KINNEY
June 28, 18957, Edward Kinney, of Glenburn, machine helper, single, aged 27 years, was employed in the Glenburn Coal Company's mine at Glenburn, Vermilion county. At 7:30 A. M. he and his partner commenced mining with the machine. During the night the shotfirer had fired a shot in the corner of the room where the machine men had made one under-cut before quitting time the day previous, this shot having broken up the coal, left an open end, and Kinney and his partner examined the coal and decided there was no danger of the coal falling, and started the machine undercutting. They had been working about thirty minutes when a huge piece of coal fell without warning, striking Kinney, who was shoveling slack back from the machine, and injured him so seriously that he died a few minutes after the accident.
 
KIEBLE
February 28, 18957. James Kieble, of Kelleyville, aged 44 years, was employed as a miner in the Kelleyville Coal Company No. 2 mine, Westville. Deceased had just put a light to a shot in his room and came out on the entry. He thought the squib had failed to go, and went back into his room to relight another. Before he got to where the shot was placed it went off and the coal flying from it struck him, breaking one leg and one arm and injuring his head seriously. He was removed to the hospital at Danville, where he died on the 4th of March.
 
KITOWSKY
August 9, 194454, Paul Kitowsky, of Westville, rock man, aged 53 years, single, was killed when rock fell on him in the Untied States Coal & Coke Company's No. 1 mine.
 
KLODA
March 15, 192838, Stanley Kloda, of Georgetown, miner, age 57 years, married, was killed in United States Fuel Company's Vermilion mine, by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KLOSORSKY
January 12, 190719, John Klosorsky, of Westville, miner, aged 33 years, married, employed by the Little Vermilion Coal Company, at its mine near Georgetown, Vermilion county, was killed by falling rock while at work in a room. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
KLOUZA
July 16, 190013, William Klouza, of Grape Creek, miner, aged 24 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in room No. 25, forth west entry, at the Brookside Coal Co.'s mine, Grape Creek.
 
KLUMIRCKIK
November 2, 190518, John Klumirckik (Kumirchip), of Westville, miner, aged 45 years, married, Austrian, was killed by falling rock at the face of his room in the Dering Coal Co.'s mine No. 2. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
KOCHSIO
June 4, 191224, John Kochsio, of Westville, miner, aged 42 years, married, was killed by falling rock. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KOLESKO
July 8, 193040, John Kolesko, of Westville, miner, age 55 years, married, was killed in United States Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine, by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow.
 
KOLLAR
March 27, 192838, Karl Kollar, miner, age 39 years, married, died from injuries received the day before by a fall of rock in United States Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KOUDSKY
August 17, 191730, Charles Koudsky, of Westville, timberman, age 28 years, married, was killed in United States Fuel Company's No. 4 mine, Westville,. Deceased was timbering under a loose rock when it fell on him. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KOUNTZ
August 3, 191225, William Kountz, of Catlin.driver, aged 42 years, single, was killed by pit cars in the Danville Collieries Company's mine, Danville, Vermilion County.
 
KRUSHNA
June 30, 191325, George Krushna, of Westville, loader, aged 30 years, married, employed in the Bunsen Coal Company's Little Vermilion mine, Westville, Vermilion County, was killed by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
KRUSUA
July 1, 191326, George Krusua (Krushna), of Westville, loader, aged 33 years, married, was killed in Bunsen Coal Company's Vermilion mine, Georgetown, Vermilion County, by being struck by timber, causing rupture of large blood vessel. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
KULVIE
October 28. 190921, Andrew Kulvie, shot firer, aged 30 years, married: was instantly killed by flying coal, while shooting shots for the night shift, in the Little Vermilion mine of the Bunsen Coal Company, at Georgetown, Vermilion county. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
KUNROD
February 29, 18968, John Kunrod, of Kelleyville, miner, aged 33 years, married, no children. The deceased and his partner were attempting to recharge a shot which had blown out with the first charge, but as soon as they got the second cartridge in the hole it exploded, inflicting injuries on him from which he died March 5: also injured his partner so that he lost three months time.
 
KUTKAVICZ
July 15, 191326, John Kutkavicz, of Westville, loader, aged 29 years, single, was killed in Bunsen Coal Company's Vermilion mine, Georgetown, Vermilion County, by fall of rock.
 

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LACEY
March 6, 18946, James Lacey, of Westville, top man, 43 years of age, married, was employed as a car trimmer by the Pawnee Coal Company in its mine at Westville, Vermilion county; the track of the Chicago & Eastern Illinois railroad passes close to the mine track; the deceased was moving a car down to the mine scales when a passenger train approached; he did not seem to hear the train and was run over and instantly killed. He left a widow and four children.
 
LaCOUNT
February 1, 191931, Edward LaCount, of Danville, machine runner, age 46 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in United States Fuel Company's Mine No. 3, Westville. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
LAKES
November 4, 190215, William Lakes, of Himrod, miner, aged 32 years, was killed by a fall of rock in the Himrod Coal company's mine, Himrod, Vermilion county. Deceased, with his partner, was engaged in widening the third southeast entry, for the purpose of extending the double parting. After taking the coal off, a ledge of rock was left hanging, about two feet thick, which they failed to prop securely; the rock suddenly fell with the result stated. He leaves a widow and two children in Russia.
 
LANE
August 13, 190316, John Lane, brakeman, aged 21 years, single, employed by the Consolidated Coal Co., at the Mission Field mines, Vermilion county, was fatally injured in the afternoon and died eight hours afterwards. Deceased was riding on the footboard of the locomotive which pulls coal from the mines to the railroad, accidentally falling, the wheels passed over him, inflicting severe injuries, resulting as above stated.
 
LANG
August 2, 190720, James Lang (Long), of Kellyville, miner, aged 23 years, single, was killed by falling rock at the face of the room he was working in in the Kelly Coal Company's mine No. 42, Westville, Vermilion county. Deceased had placed a prop under this rock, and was mining off a shot under it, when he pulled down some of the coal. It struck the prop, knocking it out; he then picked the prop up and was in the act of replacing it when the rock fell, striking the prop, the prop in turn striking deceased, injuring him so that he died three hours later.
 
LANNOY
December 3, 192062, Marcil Lannoy, laborer, age 23 years, single, was killed in United States Fuel Company's No. 4 mine. Cause of death unknown.
 
LARRY
June 1, 191426, John Larry, of Westville, miner, aged 27 years, single, was killed by a pit car in Bunsen Coal Company's Vermilion mine, Georgetown, Vermilion County. Deceased was working in room near face of entry and had left working place and was on entry near room neck when struck by a loaded pit car, which had been released by entryman. The car was traveling rapidly down a hill without an attendant.
 
LAVARRE
March 18, 192434, Silas Lavarre, of Georgetown, timberman, age 55 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in United States Fuel Company's Vermilion mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
LAWRENCE
February 10, 194353, Frank Lawrence, of Danville, timberman, aged 65 years, single, died from injuries sustained on February 9, 1943 when rock fell on him in the Untied States Coal & Coke Company's Bunsenville mine.
 
LECOWIEYS
May 11, 190416, Joseph Lecowieys, timberman, aged 37 years, married, employed in the Kellyville Coal company's mine No. 3. Kellyville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by falling rock. Deceased was breaking up some rock, which had fallen on the fourth north entry when a mass of rock eight feet long, four feet wide and eighteen inches thick, which he had failed to secure, fell on him with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
LEE
January 31, 190113, Darius Lee, of Muncie, miner, aged 30 years, single, was killed by flying coal in the Entre Nous Coal Company's mine, Muncie, Vermilion county. Deceased had lighted a shot in the entry and had retired to a safe distance. After waiting what he thought a sufficient time for the blast to explode, he went back to see what was wrong, just as he was in front of the place the shot exploded, killing him instantly.
 
February 22, 190416, G. W. Lee, miner, aged 26 years, single, employed at the Kellyville Coal Co., No. 4 mine, Westville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by flying coal from a shot. Deceased and his uncle, Chas. Bonnett, with whom he worked, had prepared four shots, two of which they fired with squibs, and two with fuse: the shots with squibs were exploded and the men returned to light the fuse of the other two shots; one of these shots had exploded. They were in doubt as to the proper lighting of the other fuse, and returned to the room; when near the face of the second shot exploded, a piece of the flying coal striking Lee in the forehead with the result as stated.
 
Le FAUT
February 4, 191931, Anse Le Faut, of Westville, trip rider, age 29 years, married, was killed by pit cars in United States Fuel Company's No. 4 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
LEGO
March 2, 190012, Charles Lego, of West Virginia, a driver employed by the Himrod Coal Company, was killed by being run over by a mine car. It is supposed that he slipped off of the tail-chain some way or another, but no one knows; no one was present at the time of the accident. He was 20 years old.
 
LEOSA -- Not in a Coal Mine -- Ecerpt from : Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois, March 3, 1903
MURDERED IN SALOON BRAWL
Italian Miner Loses Life in Fracas in Westville Joint.
      Danville, Ill., March 2. -- A saloon brawl at Westville and a shot from a revolver settled the fate of Curley Leosa, an Italian miner, last night. The affair took place in the Italian cooperative saloon, and was the outcome of a drunken brawl. Just after the fatal shot was fired the lights were knocked out and the wildest confusion ensued. When order was finally restored, the body of the victim was discovered lying by the door. A bullet wound in his back, from which the blood was pouring profusely, proved fatal in twenty minutes. Sheriff Whitlock was notified at once, and left for the scene of the tragedy. In less than two hours after the murder, four men were under arrest. They gave their names as Pete Dominico, Junicoro Ricoffo Bermordori Eligto and Bermornierstori Eligto. The two latter are brothers. Bermornierstori Eligto, known as "Bouillon," admitted that he fired a shot in the saloon. His brother is suffering from a severe cut across the ear.
 
LESKO
November 20, 192838, Joseph J. Lesko, of Springfield, miner, age 41 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow and eight children.
 
LESTER
December 19, 18969, Peter Lester, of Westville, miner, employed by the Kelly Coal Co.. at its No. 3 mine, Westville. The deceased was caught by fall of roof while loading a car at the face of his room and had his back and leg broken, from the effects of which he died, 22 days later. He was single and aged 26 years.
 
LEVERENZ
June 20, 192061, Charles Leverenz, of Danville, miner, age 71 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in United States Fuel Company's No. 4 mine, Westville. He leaves a widow.
 
LEWIS
October 31, 18842. Augustus Lewis, a single man, 24 years of age, employed as a dirt hauler, at No. 3 mine, of the Grape Creek Co.,, was caught between a car of coal and the entry rib, and was so severely crushed, that he died the second day after, on October 31st.
 
November 2, 193141, Zimri F. Lewis, of Georgetown, timberman, age 54 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in United States Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
LIND
March 6, 191830, L. W. Lind, of Danville, miner, age 16 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock while loading coal in Vermilion Heights Coal Company's mine.
 
LINK
September 18, 194050, Bert Link, of Westville, timberman, age 57 years, single, killed by fall of rock, at the No. 24 mine of the Peabody Coal Company Mine, leaving no dependents.
 
LINSON
December 31, 194151, John T. Linson, of Danville, miner, aged 56 years, married, died from injuries sustained when rock fell on him on December 29, 1941 in the Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
LITTLE
September 30, 18969, Joseph Little, of Tilton, miner, employed by the Catlin Co. at their mine in Catlin, Vermilion County, was instantly killed by a fall of roof in a cross-cut at the face of his room. The deceased was 36 years of age and leaves a widow and two children.
 
LLOYD
April 29. 189810, Evan Lloyd, of Catlin, a miner, married, aged 38 years, in the employ of the Catlin Coal Co., Catlin, was killed in a very singular manner. Deceased and his partner were walking out of the room behind a loaded car, which struck a prop which was standing near the track, knocking it out; this let down a piece of loose rock, catching Lloyd's legs in such a manner as to sever one of the main arteries, causing death by hemmorrhage. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
LOWE
May 11, 191931, Charles Lowe, of Georgetown, laborer, age 37 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in United States Fuel Company's Bunsen mine, Westville. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
April 8, 193949, David Lowe, of Danville, driver, aged 49 years, single, crushed by cars in mine of Tilton Mining Co., leaving no dependents.
 
LUKACKAS
February 18, 192061, Peter Lukackas, of Westville, miner, age 40 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in the United States Fuel Company's No. 4 mine, Westville.
 
LULIKAS
July 13, 191023, Anton Lulikas, of Westville, miner, married, was cleaning a fall of rock on the entry, he left his work to get a drink and while returning a rock fell upon him injuring him so that he died at the hospital that night. He was employed in the Little Vermilion mine of the Bunsen Coal Company at Georgetown, Vermilion county. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
LUND
September I8, 190821, Charles Lund, aged 35, shot firer, single, residence Steelton, employed in Dering Coal Company mine No. 3, was instantly killed by premature explosion of shot. He and his buddy had gone to this place and lit one shot. Lund was lighting the second shot and the fuse not igniting readily and fearing that the first shot lit would explode, he left it, believing that he did not light the second shot. He waited in the entry until the first shot exploded, then when he returned for the purpose of lighting the second shot it exploded, killing him instantly.
 
LUTROZK
January 10, 190012, Joe Lutrozk (Lutick), of Westville,aged 30 years, married, was killed in mine No. 3, Kelly's Coal Co., by a fall of roof. He had been notified by the mine examiner to timber his room, but paid no attention to his request, and continued to work away until the rock fell on him, which caused his death. He left a widow but no children. He resided at Westville.
 
LYNCH
January 20, 18968, James Lynch, of Muncie, aged 16 years, single, committed suicide by jumping down Muneie coal shaft. The deceased was sometimes employed as fireman at the boilers of the shaft. He left a note stating his intentions.
 
LYNN
July 2, 191023, Wm. Lynn, of Catlin, miner, aged 48 years, married, was instantly killed by falling rock, in the Danville Collieries Company's mine at Catlin, Vermilion county. Deceased leaves a widow and one child.
 

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MALAVALE
October 8, 190417, Victor Malavale, of Westville, miner, aged 41 years, married, employed in mine No. 4 of the Kellyville Coal Co., Westville, Vermillion county, was instantly killed in the face of the first south entry, about 3:10 p. m. of the above date. Deceased was engaged in loading a car when a piece of rock about eight feet long and three feet wide, and two feet thick fell on him with the result as stated.
 
MAIREK
August 16, 190719, Andrew Mairek, of Kelleyville, miner, aged 65 years, married, employed in mine No. 42 of the Kelly Coal Company, Westville, Vermilion county, was killed by falling rock. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MALICKI
January 16, 191123, Valenti Malicki, of Westville, miner, aged 29 years, married, employed at Bunsen Coal Company's mine No. 4, Westville, Vermilion county was timbering the face of his room when a rock fell, killing him instantly He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MANNING
February 9, 191123, Wm. Manning, of Georgetown, trip-rider, aged 37 years, married, was killed while at work at Bunsen Coal Company's Little Vermilion mine, Georgetown, Vermilion county. Deceased either fell off or was knocked off the motor on which he was riding, the cars dragging him for some distance causing death. He leaves a widow.
 
MANZAGLE
August 10, 190922, John Manzagle, miner, aged 49 years, married, employed by the Brazil Block Coal Company, at mine number 3, Steelton, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by falling rock at the face of his room. Deceased leaves a widow and five children.
 
MARCINIK
November 4, 191326, Peter Marcinik, of Westville, miner, aged 26 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in Bunsen Coal Company's No. 3 mine at Westville, Vermilion County.
 
MARGUS
April 37, 190416, Charles Margus, driver, aged 34 years, single, employed in the Kellyville Coal company's mine No. .3, Westville, Vermilion county, wasinstantly killed by being crushed between an empty pit-car and the coal rib. Deceased was riding on the front end of the empty car when the mule came to the entry, into which it should have turned; he continued on the straight road; the car, however, took the switch and was pulled off of the track crushing the driver as stated. Margus was not a regular driver.
 
MARRIAGE
April 28, 191123, Minick Marriage, of Grape Creek, driver, aged 26 years, married, employed at Bunsen Coal Company's mine No. 5, Grape Creek, Vermilion county fell under and was run over by the cars and killed instantly. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
MARSHALL
October 11. 190922, William Marshall, miner, aged 26 years, single, was killed by falling rock on the entry of No. 4 mine of the Bunsen Coal Company at Westville, Vermilion county.
 
MARTIN
May 4, 37, Charles Martin, Sr., of Oakwood, miner, age 52 years, married, and Charles Martin, Jr., of Oakwood, miner, age 22 years, single, were overcome by fumes from a gasoline motor, and died from its effects, in Pearson Coal Company's mine. Charles Martin, Sr., leaves a widow and one child.
 
March 12, 18979, Edward Martin, of Kelleyville, a miner, aged 25 years, employed by the Kelly Coal Co., at its No. 2 mine Kellyville, Vermilion county. The deceased was crushed by a fall of roof in a cross-cut at the face of his entry, from the effects of which he died on March 21. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
On September 22, 189912, Elmer Martin, of Danville, aged 15 years, who worked with his father, was engaged in mining off a standing shot, when some of the top part of the coal gave away suddenly, catching him and crushing him so badly that he could not survive his injuries. The accident happened in the Economy mine, near Danville.
 
November 6, 191326, Joseph Martin, of Westville, laborer, aged 18 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in Bunsen Coal Company's No. 2 mine, Westville, Vermilion County.
 
April 29, 191830, Vorhies Martin, of Danville, miner, age 48 years, married, was loading coal in Brady Branch Coal Company's mine, when a rock fell from a water slip and killed him. He leaves a widow.
 
MASKEL
February 2, 194050, Earl Maskel, of Georgetown, miner, age 53 years, married, killed by fall of rock, in the Bun Mine of the United States Fuel Co., leaving a widow and one child.
 
MATUSKIS
July 25, 191326, Joe Matuskis, of Westville, laborer, aged 55 years, married, was killed at Bunsen Coal Company's Vermilion mine, Georgetown, Vermilion County, by fall of rock. , He leaves a widow and four children.
 
MATULIS
September 12, 190720, Ignatz Matulis, of Westville, day man, aged 18 years, single, was crushed between mine cars and the rib in the Dering mine No. 2 at Westville, Vermilion county. He was injured so badly that he was taken to St. Elizabeth's hospital in Danville, where he remained and died Jan. 1, 1908.
 
MAUCK
December 30, 193343, Albert S. Mauck, of Oakwood, operator, age 34 years, married, was killed in W. & W. Coal Company's mine when struck by a pit car. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
February 23, 193343, Everett A. Mauck, of Danville, operator, age 30 years, married, died from injuries received the day before when struck by a piece of rock flying from a shot explosion, in Central Coal Company's mine No. 2. He leaves a widow.
 
November 8, 191326, Paul F. Mauck, of Batestown, driver, aged 17 years, single, was killed in Joe Mauck's mine, Danville, Vermilion County. Deceased was making an extra trip for the regular driver and in some manner he fell before moving trip and was crushed by car wheel.
 
MAZAGOL
December 8, 191961, Lawrence Mazagol, of Westville, miner, age 32 years, married, employed in United States Fuel Company's No. 4 mine, Westville, was loading a car when rock fell on him causing his death a few hours later. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
McCORMICK
September 23, 194252, John R. McCormick of Danville, miner, aged 41 years, married, was killed when rock from the roof fell on him in Alva Worley's W & B mine. He leaves a widow.
 
McDOWELL
June 26, 190214, George McDowell, of Grape Creek, miner, age 57 years, was instantly killed by the premature explosion of powder at the "Blue Bird" mine, Grape Creek,Vermilion county.
 
McGERE
November 30, 18958, Joseph McGere, of Westville, aged 24 years, employed as a loader by the Pawnee Coal Company, Vermilion county, at the mine near Westville. The deceased went into room 38 on fourth south entry at about 11:30 a. m. to load coal, when a large piece of roof fell on him. He lived about one hour and fifteen minutes after being taken out. The room was not properly timbered; the rock swung the timbers that were under it and came down.
 
MEARS
March 8, 190719, Charles Mears, of Vandercook, miner, aged 25 years, single, employed by the Kelly Coal Company at its No. 44 mine, was killed by falling rock at the face of the entry where he was working. He leaves a widowed mother.
 
MENO
July 14, 191124, George Meno, of Catlin, miner, aged 32 years, single, employed by Danville Collieries Company, Catlin, Vermilion County, was loading a car of coal when a rock 7 feet long, 4 feet wide, and 6 inches thick fell, killing him instantly.
 
MEYER
November 15, 190417, William Meyer, of Danville, miner. aged 51 years, married, employed in the Kelleville Coal Co.'s Pawnee mine. Grape Creek, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by a falling rock. The accident occurred about 7:30 a. m. Deceased was loading coal into the mine car standing about 30 feet back from the face of his room, when the rock, which he knew was in a dangerous condition, fell on him. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
MICHALSKI
December 10, 193040, Frank Michalski, of Clinton, Ind., laborer, age 42 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MICHENA
August 12, 190114, John Michena, of Grape Creek, miner, age 33 years, was instantly killed by a fall of rock in the Brookside Coal Co.'s No. 2 mine, Grape Creek, Vermilion county; he leaves a widow and three children.
 
MILEENSKI
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.
 
MILLER
January 14, 189810, Harry Miller, of Westville, married, aged 27 years, employed by the Westville Coal Co., Westville, as a night driver, was fatally injured by a fall of rock about 10 o'clock at night, on the fourth south entry, east side, near room No. I6. Deceased had pulled a car of rock into the cross-cut between the third and fourth south entries, when he discovered that the car stood with the wrong end first; he decided to haul it out and unload it somewhere else, but found that the track was too close to a prop which held up a collar, on which rested considerable loose rock. He hunted for an axe to trim the prop so the car would pass and not disturb it: he was unable to find an axe and decided to take the chance of knocking out the prop, which he did,, with the result as stated. He lived until 4 o'clock the next morning. He left a widow and one child, from whom he had been separated for some time; they are supposed to reside in Peoria. Although perfectly rational all the time after the accident he obstinately refused to divulge the whereabouts of any of his relatives.
 
May 25, 193141, Isaac Earl Miller, of Grape Creek, conveyor loader, age 29 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
MILOUSKAS
February 18, 37, Frank Milouskas, of Westville, miner, age 55 years, single, was killed in United States Fuel Company's Bunsen mine, by a fall of rock.
 
MISERVICH
March 16, 190820, Joseph Miservich, of Westville, miner, aged 35 years, married, was killed by falling rock at the working face of his place in mine No. 4 of the Dering Coal Company at Steelton, Vermilion county. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
MITEHENSON
November 7, 189811. James Mitehenson, of Westville, aged 50 years, was killed at the working face of his room by a fall of coal, Nov. 7, 1898. He was a widower, leaving two children.
 
MONTIBO
March 5, 190820, Louis Montibo, of Westville, miner, aged 31 years, married, was killed by the explosion of a keg of powder. Deceased was preparing the powder for a shot; he filled one cartridge and stood it against the rib, his lamp lying on the bottom about four feet from him; the cartridge that was against the rib fell over towards the lamp, connecting the powder with the flame of the lamp, which in turn exploded the keg of powder in the hands of deceased, burning him so that he died a few hours afterwards. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
MITRO
November 13. 190922, George Mitro, miner, aged 26 years, single, was instantly killed by falling rock, in the Brazil Block Coal Company's mine No. 2, at Westville, Vermilion county
 
MONTEGERARD
May 7, 194555, August Montegerard, of Danville, miner, aged 63 years, married, was killed by rock in the Cessna Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
MOORE
January 4, 18957. James Moore, of Kelleyville, aged 28 years, married, left a widow and two children, was employed as a miner by the Kelleyville Coal Company at their No. 2 mine at Kelleyville, in Vermilion county. At 6:30 a. m. the deceased was standing at the lower landing waiting to get down in the mine. A cage load of men had just been lowered, which left the deceased and another man, James Morgan, for the next cage. The signal was given to the engineer that all was clear of the other cage. He then lowered the cage from the upper landing about 12 feet, or about half the distance between the upper and lower landing and stopped the cage to go in and fire the boiler furnace. The men hearing the safety gates strike on the top landing, supposed that the cage was being lowered to the surface landing. The weather being cold and the hoisting shaft being the upcast, the warm air from the shaft coming in contact with the cold air, caused a thick fog all about the shaft. A light could not penetrate the fog to enable them to see the cage. The mine manager, who was attending the gates at the lower landing, opened the gate about three feet, with the gate in front of him. He held a light into the shaft to see if he could not see the cage which had been stopped 12 feet above the surface. Just as he opened the gate, and before he could turn around, the deceased walked past him and into the open shaft, and fell a distance of 190 feet to the bottom. Henry Brown, who was attending to the cages in the bottom, said he lifted deceased out of the sump and had him brought to the surface at once, where he expired 20 minutes later. James Morgan said that deceased, without asking if the cage was all right, walked into the shaft. The coroner's jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
 
February 16, 193141, Lee R. Moore, of Danville, timberman, age 77 years, married, was struck by a motor and killed in Hegeler Zinz Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
MORRIS
October 23, 193040, Charles Morris, of Westville, miner, age 37 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in United States Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine.
 
October 12, 192636, Peter Morris, of Westville, loader, age 46 years, married, was killed in U. S. Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine, by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MORRISON
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.

 
September 17, 191831, George Morrison, of Danville, miner, age 40 years, married, was killed in Taylor English Coal Company's No. 2 mine, Catlin. Deceased had been blocked out of his working place by the mine examiner and ordered by the mine manager to stay out until enough coal had been loaded out to set some props. He disobeyed orders, went in and was caught by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
March 1, 193949, John William Morrison, of Danville, miner, aged 59 years, divorced, crushed by cars in Bunsenville mine of the United States Fuel Co., leaving no dependents.
 
MOSS
November 2, 190518, George Moss, of Danville, miner, aged 26 years, married, had his spine broken in the Spangler & Jones mine, Danville, Vermilion county. A piece of rock had slipped through between two bars, the bars not being properly propped were spread apart letting the rock fall on him. He died in St. Elizabeth hospital, Danville, November 24, 1905, leaving a widow and two children.
 
MORAWSKI
December 7, 190417, Martin Morawski, of Himrod, miner, aged 38 years, single, employed in the Kelleyville Coal Co.'s Himrod mine, Himrod, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by falling coal from a standing shot, which he was working out, the accident occurred at 11:30 a. m.
 
MULKA
March 22, 191325, Andy Mulka, of Georgetown, miner, aged 36 years, married, employed in the Bunsen Coal Company's Little Vermilion mine, Westville, Vermilion County, was killed by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
MUNN
July 3, 191730 William Munn, of Danville, runner, age 28 years, married, was killed in Brady Branch Coal Company's mine by electrocution. He leaves a widow and one child.
 

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NALLIN
November 5, 191326, Ed Nallin, of Danville, laborer, aged 36 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Bunsen Coal Company's No. 2 mine, Westville, Vermilion County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
NASH
July 20, 190922, Clarence Nash, miner, aged 24 years, single, employed at the Little Vermilion mine of the Bunsen Coal Company located at Georgetown, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by falling rock.
 
NAVISKI
March 14, 191325, Peter Naviski, of Westville, miner, aged 45 years, married, was killed in the Little Vermilion mine of the Bunsen Coal Company, Westville, Vermilion County, by falling rock. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
NECK
February 13, 194151, John Neck, of Danville, miner, aged 26 years, married, was killed by a rock fall from the roof in the Scott & Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
NEVINS
September 12, 189912. Thomas Nevins, of Westville, aged 67 years, married, was killed by a premature discharge of powder, in Kelly's mine No. 3, on September 12, 1899. He had fired a shot and had failed to put in enough powder to dislodge the coal, and was in the act of re-charging the same hole when the shot exploded, the coal striking him in such a manner as to produce death. He left a widow and a family of grown up children to mourn his sudden departure.
 
NEWARK
February 4, 1905, Anton Newark
Excerpt from : Urbana Daily Courier, Urbana, Illinois, February 4, 1905
Falling Rocks Crush Miner.
Danville, Ill., Feb. 4. -- While carrying a keg of powder to workmen in the mines at Kellyville, Anton Newark was crushed to death, by a mass of rock falling from the roof.
 
NEWELL
August 2, 194353, Frederick Jefferson Newell, of Danville, rockman, aged 59 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in the Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
NICHOLS
November, 188359, John Nichols, aged 38 years; married; leaves a widow and three children. Was working under top bench of coal, which fell, killing him instantly. [Grape Creek mine, Vermilion County]
 
NICODINE
November 7, 18894, Desire Nicodine, of Danville, aged 45 years, widower, was a miner employed in the No. 4 mine of the Consolidated Coal Co. of St. Louis, at Danville. The deceased had fired a shot which knocked out some props in his room, and while endeavoring to reset the props the rocks of the roof gave way, killing him instantly.
 
NORKIS
February 2, 190517, Tony Norkis, of Westville, powderman, aged 30 years, married, employed in mine No. 5 of the Kelly Coal Co.. Westville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by falling rock the evening of this date. Deceased was employed to deliver powder to the different rooms in the mine, the powder being sent into the mine in the evening for the next day's work; while in the performance of this duty Norkis was struck by a falling rock with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and two children.
 

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OLIVER
March 15, 192838, James Oliver, of Westvile, loader, age 65 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow.
 
OLSON
October 25, 190013, John Olson, of Westville, motorman, aged 28 years, married, was killed on the main entry of the Kelleyville Coal Co.'s mine No. 3, Westville, Vermilion county. He was thrown from the motor and run over by the cars. Just how the accident happened no one fully knows, but it is presumed that he received an electric shock that caused him to fall. He left a widow and one child dependent.
 
November 24, 191326, Louis Olson, of Danville, miner, aged 30 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in the Danville Colleries Coal Company's No. 1 mine, Catlin, Vermilion County.
 
OPOCHINSKI
May 13, 190416, Felix Opochinski miner, aged 39 years, single, employed in the mine at Fairmount, Vermilion county, operated by the Consolidated Coal company, was instantly killed by falling rock at his working place.
 
OWENS
July 17, 192838, Owen R. Owens, of Georgetown, miner, age 32 years, married, was killed in the Scott mine by being struck by a pole attached to jin hoist. He leaves a widow and two children.
 

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PACKEL
February 26,190315, Charles Packel, of Westville, miner, aged 30 years, married, employed in mine No. 3 of the Kellyville Coal company, Westville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by a fall of rock in the face of room No. 13 in tbe 11th north entry. The accident was caused by a roll or rock fault, running across the face of the room. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
PANEKA
July 13, 190821, Louis Paneka, aged 23, miner, single, residence Westville, employed by the Dering Coal Company mine No. 3, was working cut, when his buddy who was drilling out shot that had been prepared the day before, but which was not fired; the shot exploded, killing the deceased instantly. He leaves a widow.
 
PARADISO
August 14, 194252, Mike Paradiso, of Georgetown, loader, aged 54 years, married, was killed when he was caught between a car and the rib in the Untied States Coal & Coke Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves a widow.
 
PATE
July 7, 193747 George Lee Pate,of Muncie, miner, aged 41 years, married, suffocated by black damp in mine of Big Diamond Coal Co., leaving wife.
 
PATKUS
March 8, 189810. John Patkus, of Westville, a miner, single, aged 40 years, while at work in mine No. 3 of the Kellyville Coal Co., Westville, was crushed to death by a fall of roof. Deceased had worked in the mines for several years.
 
PATTERSON
June 21, 188459. Atlanta mines. [Vermilion County] Charles Patterson, aged 22; single. Was killed by the crank of a windlass while hoisting a pump. Coroner Boyden held an inquest, and the verdict relieved the company from responsibility.
 
PEATRAYTIS
December 19, 189912. T. Peatraytis, of Westville, aged 35 years, single, was killed ia Kelley's mine No. 2, on December 19th, 1899, by falling roof in room No. 48, fourth south, east side. Deceased's partner testified that they knew that the rock was loose, but did not think it would fall as soon as it did. The room contained a very bad roll of rock right in the roadhead, which was insufficiently timbered, causing it to fall suddenly and catching him under it, crushing out his life instantly.
 
PERRY
September 9, 193343, Ben Perry, of Danville, miner, age 44 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in United States Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
PETRUS
February 12, 191628, Steve Petrus, of Westville, miner, age 25 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Bunsen Coal Company's No. 3 mine, Westville, Vermilion County. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
PHIPPS
December 20, 191023, John Phipps, of Westville, miner, aged 53 years, married, employed at Brazil Block Coal Company's mine No. 4, Steelton, Vermilion county was cleaning rock in his room when another rock 9 feet long, 4 feet wide and 8 inches thick fell from the roof, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
PICKERING
August 1, 191831, Robert Pickering, of Danville, machine helper, age 18 years, single, was killed in Brady Branch Coal Company's mine, Danville. Deceased was working with his father and while placing the cable on wires at entry he received a shock which electrocuted him.
 
PICKETT
December 21, 189912, William Pickett, of Danville, aged 32, married, was killed by a fall of roof in the mine of Stansburys & Watkins, near Danville. He had just fired a shot and had returned to the face of the working place to set up some timbers which the shot had knocked out, and was engaged in that work when a large piece of soapstone fell on him, killing him instantly. He left a wife and thee children dependent. Had deceased waited for the smoke to clear away he could, in all probability, have seen the danger and avoided it.
 
PIERCE
July 23, 190417, Woodford F. Pierce, of Danville, a miner, aged 50 years, married, employed in the Kellyville Coal Co.'s. mine No. 4, Westville, Vermilion county, was fatally injured by a fall of rock about 7:30 a. m. He died from the injuries received about 1 o'clock p. m. the same day. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
PLETINCKA
January 25, 192838, Achillo Pletincka, of Danville, miner, age 48 years, married, employed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine, was killed by falling rock. He leaves a widow.
 
PLETZIS
January 6, 190012, Peter Pletzis, of Westville, aged 46 years, married, was killed in the Himrod mine by falling roof in room No. 30, fifth east entry. Deceased had been warned by the mine examiner and also the driver that his room was in a dangerous condition, and that it should be timbered, but he neglected to do so, causing the rock to fall on him, killing him instantly. He left a widow, who resides at Westville.
 
POLAND
May 10, 194050, George Hubert Poland, of Danville, rockman, age 32 years, single, killed by fall of rock, at the No. 24 mine of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving no dependents.
 
POLOSKI
February 14, 191224, Stanley Poloski, of Kelleyville, laborer, aged 20 years, single, employed by Bunsen Coal Company, at mine No. 2, Westville, Vermilion County, was killed by falling rock. Deceased and his partner were delivering a truck load of timbers when a slab of rock crushed him, killing him instantly.
 
POLRENDO
July 16, 191629, Valentino Plorendo, of Westville, miner, age 34 years, single, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine, Westville, Vermilion County, by falling rock.
 
POPOLE
March 10 191123, Salvator Popole, of Steelton, miner, aged 30 years, married, employed at Brazil Block Coal Company's mine No. 3, Steelton, Vermilion county was reaving his roadway when a rock 24 feet long and 15 feet wide fell on him killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and three children
 
PORTSUS
October 3, 190417, Anton Portsus, of Kellyville, miner, aged 35 years, married, employed in the Kellyville Coal Co.'s mine No. 2, Kellyville, Vermilion county, was injured by a falling rock from the effects of which he died Feb. 20. 1905. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
POVILOINAS
November 23, 190114, Michael Poviloinas (Paviloinas), of Danville, miner, age 28 years, was injured by a fall of rock in the Pawnee mine of the Himrod Coal Co., Westville, Vermilion county, from the effects of which he died four days afterwards; he leaves a widow and two children.
 
POTTER
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.
 
POTTS
October 20, 191023, Joe Potts, of Georgetown, timberman, aged 37 years, married, employed by the Bunsen Coal Company at Little Vermilion mine, Georgetown, Vermilion county, was taking down loose rock at room No. 19. He had tried to pull the rock down by standing on a mine car, but got down and started to pass the car to the other side, when the rock fell, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
October 28, 189710, at about 5:15 p. m., Toney Potts, of Westville, was killed by a shot of coal in room No. 9, in the fourth east entry, at the Pawnee mine of the Himrod Coal Company, Westville. Potts' roommate, Powell Vanseo, says that while he was putting tools and oil in the box, Potts went into the room to fire, and very soon afterward the shot went off. On entering the room he found Potts lying down with blood running from him.
 
PRAST
January 23, 191931, Albert Prast, of Danville, driver, age 32 years, married, died from injuries received January 20, in United States Fuel Company's Vermilion mine, Westville. He leaves a widow.
 
PROLA
January 4, 191830, Batistii Prola, of Westville, brattice man, age 55 years, married, was killed in United States Fuel Company's Vermilion mine by falling rock. Deceased was building a wall when the timberman came and wedged down a loose rock which broke over into crosscut and struck him. He leaves a widow.
 
PRONTIS
July 29, 192636, John Pronitis, of Georgetown, laborer, age 40 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in U. S. Fuel Company's Vermilion mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
PZLASKI
August 24, 191831, Stanley Pzlaski, of Westville, miner, age 48 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in United States Fuel Company's No. 4 mine, Westville. He leaves a widow and three children.
 

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RAUKTIS
April 1, 193444, Mike Rauktis, of Westville, miner, age 52 years, married, died from injuries received March 8, in United States Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow.
 
RAY
July 18, 190316, John Ray, miner, aged 30 years, married, employed in mine No. 4. of the Kellyville Coal Co., at Westville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by falling rock in the second north entry; he had started a cross-cut in the face of the entry and was making ready to put up a crossbar, when the rock fell with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
REED
August 4, 192838, Earl Reed, of Georgetown, laborer, age 24 years, single, died from injuries received July 3, in United States Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine. Deceased was carrying a rail, when it became overbalanced, causing him to fall against the rib, injuring his elbow. He was taken to the hospital, where blood poisoning developed, resulting in his death.
 
REID
June 14, 192061, Forest O. Reid, of Danville, machine helper, age 35 years, married, was killed in Taylor English Coal Company's No, 2 mine, Catlin, by falling rock. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
January 12, 191123, Jesse Reid, of Danville, miner, aged 28 years, single, employed at Bunsen Coal Company's mine No. 4, Westville, Vermilion county, was pulling pillars m the ninth northeast, when a piece of rock 8 feet long, 3 feet wide and 18 inches thick fell, killing him instantly.
 
RENNICK
October 8, 189811, John M. Rennick, of Catlin, aged 53 years a stable boss in the employ of the Catlin Coal Company, Catlin, got on a cage which was standing at the lower landing, for the purpose of going down into the mine, but for some reason failed to give the engineer the proper signal; the engineer raised him up. He became excited and jumped off, falling back into the shaft, which is nearly 200 feet deep, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
RIDDING
October 2, 18969, Edward Ridding, of Westville, timberman, employed by the Westville Coal Co., of Westville, Vermilion county, was killed by a fall of roof on an entry which he had been sent to take down and timber. The deceased was 30 years of age and unmarried.
 
RICE
September 11, 194555, Joseph Rice, of Westville, timberman, aged 62 years, married, as killed by a fall of rock in the Untied States Coal & Coke Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
RIGO
June 13, 194555, John Rigo, of Westville, loader, aged 54 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in the Untied States Coal & Coke Company's Bunsenville mine.
 
RILEY
May 7, 189810, Joseph Riley, of Glenburn, colored, single, aged 24, was killed by a fall of roof in the mine of the Glenburn Coal Company, Glenburn. Deceased knew the rock was unsafe to work under, as he had been warned of the danger by several different workmen, but paid no attention to their advice and continued to work away without attempting to make himself safe, until the rock gave way and crushed out his life.
 
RIMKIS
March 9, 190416, James Rimkis, miner, aged 38 years, married, in the employ of the Kellyville Coal Co., at mine No. 3, Westville. Vermilion county, was injured by flying coal from a shot. He died from the injuries four days afterwards. Deceased was standing in front of his own room on the entry when the shot went off. He leaves a widow and one child in the old country.
 
ROBERTS
June 6, 190315, Charles Roberts, of Westville, miner, aged 52 years, single, was fatally injured by a fall of rock in mine No. 3 of the Kellyville Coal company, Westville, Vermilion county. The accident occurred about about 2:00 p. m., he died five hours afterwards.
 
October 3, 190619, Elbert Roberts, of Westville, miner, aged 17 years, single, employed by the Dering Coal Company at its mine No. 3, Steelton, Vermilion county, was killed bv falling rock.
 
RODGERS
November 10, 190518, Adrin Rodgers, of Westville, miner, aged 40 years, single, a native of Belgium, was killed by falling rock at the face of his room in the Dering Coal Co.'s mine No. 2, Westville, Vermilion county. I inspected this mine November 2, and found it in a dangerous condition, needing additional props set to support the roof. I called the attention of this man at that time to the dangerous condition, and stopped him from loading any more coal until he had set timbers opposite in the side room and also at the working face. I also called the attention of the mine manager to the condition of this room and gave him orders not to allow the men to load any more coal until the props were set. I was called back to the mine on the 10th of November and found the props had been set opposite the side room, but only three props had been set in the room since my previous visit.
 
ROGERS
July 7, 18947, Charles Rogers, of Grape Creek, aged 59 years, married, was asphyxiated. Deceased was living near the old escapement shaft, about half a mile southwest of No. 5 mine, owned by the Grape Creek Coal Company. The family used the escapement as a summer cellar in which to keep their milk cool. On the day named, he sent his son, a boy of 14 years of age, to bring something from there. The boy had gone down three or four feet below the surface, when he was overcome by gas coming from the abandoned workings of the mine. The father went down to his son's rescue and lifting the boy, handed him to his wife. The moment he had done so, he lost all control of himself and fell backwards down the shaft to a platform 8 feet down, and. and from ten to fifteen minutes elapsed before he was taken out. It was then found that he was dead. The top of the shaft was properly fenced off in compliance with the law. The verdict ,of the coroner's jury was that his death was accidental. He left a widow and five children.
 
ROMAIN
September 22, 191124, Romlet Romian, of Westville, miner, aged 49 years, married, employed by Dering Coal Company, mine No. 2, Westville, Vermilion County, was supposed to be taking down loose rock when a mass fell on him, causing internal injuries from which he died. He leaves a widow.
 
ROOS
October 21, 189912. John Roos, of Westville, aged 45 years, married, was killed in Kelly's mine No. 20, October 21, 1899, in room No. 46, seventh south, east side, by flying coal. Deceased had already fired two other shots and had returned to light the third one, when he failed to get far enough away and the coal was thrown out with such force as to severely injure him, from which he died shortly after. He was a Russian, and had a family in the old country.
 
ROSSINI
August 11, 190417, Louis Rossini, of Westville, miner, aged 47 years, married, employed in the Westville Coal Co's. mine No. 1, South Westville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by a fall of rock, which came from a coal slip. The room, in which he was working, is No. 19. off of the 10th northwest entry and was in good condition, otherwise, and was well timbered. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
ROTHUS
July 25, 190720, Ignatz Rothus (Rothkus), of Westville, miner, aged 30 years, single, was instantly killed by falling rock at his working face in mine No. 4 of the Dering Coal Company at Steelton, Vermilion county.
 
RUKUS
February 16, 191224, John Rukus, of Catlin, miner, aged 28 years, single, employed by Fairmount Coal Company, Bennett mine No. 1, Fairmount, Vermilion County, was opening a keg of powder with a pick when the powder exploded. He was severely burned and died in a short time.
 
RUMIS
January 14, 191123, Dominick Rumis, of Westville, timberman, aged 33 years, single, was killed at Brazil Block Coal Company's mine No. 2, Westville, Vermilion county. Deceased was in the act of pulling down a rock when it fell on him He was taken to the hospital, where he died the same day.
 
RUSKIS
June 21, 190719, Matt Ruskis, of Westville, miner, aged 45 years, married, employed by the Dering Coal Company at its No. 2 mine, Westville, Vermilion county, was killed by falling rock.
 
RUSKUS
March 27, 191325, Peter Ruskus, of Georgetown, trackman, aged 25 years, single, was killed by pit cars in the Bunsen Coal Company's Little Vermilion mine, Westville, Vermilion County.
 
RUSSIAN
May 8, 191931, Louis Russian, of Westville, miner, age 19 years, single, was killed by falling coal in United States Fuel Company's Vermilion mine, Westville.
 
RYAN
February 2, 191830, Cornelius Ryan, of Danville, miner, age 54 years, married, was killed by falling rock while loading a car of coal in United States Fuel Company's No. 4 mine. He leaves a widow and one dependent child.
 
RYEZAMIN
March 8, 190618, Joseph Ryezamin, of Westville, miner, aged 34 years, married, was killed in mine No. 4 of the Kelley Coal Co., Westville. Deceased and his partner were putting up a bar when the rock gave away, falling on his head. He leaves a widow and six children.
 

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