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SABALUNSKI
February 3, 190517, Charles Sabalunski, of Westville, miner, aged 38 years, married, employed in mine No. 1 of the Dering Coal Co., South Westville, Vermilion county, was fatally injured by falling rock. He died the next day. Deceased was mining out a standing shot, when the rock which had been loosened by a shot fell on him with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
SALMON
December 9, 18969, Peter Salmon, of Kelleyville, miner, employed by the Kelly Coal Co.. at its No. 3 shaft, Westville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by a fall of roof at the face of his room, his neck being broken by the fall. The deceased was single and aged about 25 years.
 
SANDERS
October 6, 191528, George Sanders, of Westville, miner, age 40 years, single, employed in Bunsen Coal Company's mine No. 4, was loading a car when slate fell from the roof and killed him instantly.
 
September 23, 192334, Hobert Sanders, of Danville, miner, age 25 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in United States Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves a widow.
 
January 6 191123, Mike Sanders, of Westville, driver, aged 35 years, single, employed at Bunsen Coal Company's Little Vermilion mine, Georgetown, Vermilion county, was switching a car of rock when, in some manner, he was caught between the rib and car. He was removed to the hospital where he died.
 
April 20, 18968, Richard Sanders, of Grape Creek, miner, aged 38 years, single, employed by Delaware Coal Company as a miner at their mine near Grape Creek, Vermilion county. The deceased was at work on a bench of coal in the third south entry when a fall of roof came on him, knocking him backwards breaking his back and otherwise injuring him. He lived four days after the accident.
 
SANDRETTO
May 22, 191224, Frank Sandretto, of Westville, miner, aged 28 years, single, employed by Dering Coal Company at mine No. 4, Steelton, Vermilion County, was killed by a fall of rock. This man was working alone in the entry and from all appearance he was shoveling coal into his car, when a large rock fell from roof causing his death about twenty minutes later. He was warned of danger of this rock by the assistant mine manager and he and two miners, who were working in the next entry were ordered to take it down or timber it. He said he would timber the rock as soon as he got out coal that was down, but it fell before he got the coal out.
 
SANDS
February 20, 193646, Hugh Sands, of Catlin, miner, aged 56 years, married, killed by damps or powder smoke in Rippon Coal Co. mine, leaving wife and four children.
 
February 20, 193646, Russel Sands, of Catlin, miner, aged 28 years, married, killed by damps or powder smoke in Rippon Coal Co. mine, leaving wife and two children.
 
SATEGNA
March 13, 193242, Peter Sategna, of Westville, carpenter, age 38 years, widower, died from injuries received the day before when caught in a loading machine in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24. mine. He leaves one child.
 
SATIGNA
December 4, 190417, John Satigna, of Catlin, miner, aged 33 years, married, employed in the Jones and Adams Co.'s mine, Catlin, Vermilion county, was fatally injured by flying coal from a shot. Deceased was in his room alone at the time of the accident, his partner having gone home after lighting the shot, he attempted to get out of the room, but lost his light and was unable to reach a place of safety He received his injuries about 1:30 p. m. and died at 8:30 the same day. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
SAVOLDI
June 5, 191830, Peter Savoldi, of Westville, miner, age 42 years, married, was killed in United States Fuel Company's Bunsen mine by a fall of coal.
 
SCHARLAN
March 11, 193040, William F. Scharlan, of Danville, miner, age 45 years, married, died from injuries received August 1, 1929, when caught by a pit car, in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
SCHATZ
December 19, 190720, Anton Schatz, of Himrod, miner, aged 48 years, single, was killed by falling rock at the working face of his place in mine No. 46 of the Kelly Coal Company at Himrod, Vermilion county.
 
SCHERROTT
May 18, 18979, Samuel Scherrott, of Westville, a miner, employed by the Westville Coal Co., of Westville, Vermilion county, was killed by fall of roof in his room while loading a car. The deceased was 28 years of age and leaves a widow and two children.
 
SCHLITZKI
June 13, 189810, John Schlitzki, of Westville, a miner, married, aged 28 years, employed by the Westville Coal Company, Westville, was instantly killed at 10 a. m. by a fall of rock at the face of room No. 3, on the sixth south entry, east side. Deceased had been warned of his danger just a short time prior to the accident by the driver and the men who worked beside him, but he paid no attention to their friendly advice. He leaves a widow and two children in Russia.
 
SCHMIDT
July 7, 194353, Henry F. Schmidt, of Westville, timberman, aged 57 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in the Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
SCHOENBECK
October 19, 189811. William Schoenbeck, of Danville, a miner engaged in drawing pillars at the Pawnee Coal company's mine, Westville, was killed by a fall of rock. The accident happened Oct. 19, 1898. He was aged 48 years, married, leaving a widow and three children.
 
SEABURG
February 11, 190517, August Seaburg, of Westville, miner, aged 39 years, single, employed in mine No. 5 of the Kelly Coal Co., Westville, Vermilion county, was injured by falling rock from the effects of which he died March 8, 1905.
 
SECHER
December 6, 190922, Gudio Secher, miner, aged 30 years, single, was killed by falling rock in the Danville Collieries Company's mine at Catlin, Vermilion county.
 
SEIDLER
October 1, 192939, Charles J. Seidler, of Danville, miner, age 56 years, married, was instantly killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
SENSKY
July 19, 193141, Peter Sensky, of Georgetown, machine runner, age 42 years, married, died from injuries received two days before when he was "kicked" by a mining machine, cutting his leg, in U. S. Fuel Co's. Vermilion mine. He was taken to the hospital where he died from gas bacilus infection. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
SEVILLION
July 6, 189811. George Sevillion, staying in Fairmount, aged 35, single, was killed in room No. 12, fifth east entry, in the mine of the Consolidated Coal Company, at Fairmount, July 6, 1898. Deceased had fired several shots the night before, which had knocked out several props, and he was engaged in resetting them when the accident happened. He was of English descent, and lived in Rosedale, Ind.
 
SHAFFER
July 8, 192132, Matt Shaffer, of Westville, miner, age 39 years, single, was killed by falling rock in United States Fuel Company's Bunsen mine.
 
SHARLOW
June 28, 18935, Aug. Sharlow, of Danville, employed as a miner by the Pawnee Coal Co. at Danville. Having fired a shot at quitting time, he went back to his room to see what the blast had done. Observing that a set of timbers had been knocked out he began the resetting of them, when a piece of rock fell, injuring him so that he died July 16, age 48, widower, and children dependent.
 
SHEPHERD
July 13, 192939, Robert Shepherd, of Catlin, miner, age 49 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Taylor-English Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
SILINSKI
March 6, 190719, Martin Silinski (Silorski), of Westville, miner, aged 40, married, employed by the Dering Coal Company at its No. 3 mine, Steelton, Vermilion county, was killed by falling rock while at work in a room. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
SIMA
March 27, 190719, Peter Sima, miner, of Westville, aged 53 years, married, employed by the Kelly Coal Company at its Himrod mine, Himrod, Vermilion county, was killed by falling rock. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
SLAPIKAS
August 20, 190821, John Slapikas, aged 17, miner, single, residence Georgetown, employed in the Little Vermilion mine, was instantly killed by fall of rock while working with his father in a room. Deceased was an apprentice and not a certified miner.
 
STANCOOZ
March 19, 194555, Michael Stancooz, of Westville, miner, aged 65 years, married, died from injuries sustained on March 17, 1965, when he was run over by a car in the Untied States Coal & Coke Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves a widow.
 
SLAUS
November 18, 190215, Anton Slaus, of Himrod, miner, aged 45 years, was instantly killed in room 4 on the fifth west southwest entry it the Himrod Coal company's mine, Himrod, Vermilion county. The mine examiner had discovered some loose rock in this room, extending back some 10 or 12 feet from the face; he marked the rock and entered it on the record book, also recommended that some props be set under the rock before any work was done in the room. The assistant mine examiner, when commencing work the morning of the above date, instructed one of the timbermen to proceed to room 4 and notify the men working there to at once put their room in a safe condition, by setting props under the loose rocks; the men promised to do so, but, notwithstanding there was a sufficient number of props in their room, they failed to set any of them and worked all day under the loose rocks. In the meantime, they had prepared two shots to be fired at quitting time, one near the left side of the room, the other about 12 feet to the right, or near the center of the room. At 3:.30 p. m. the men lighted the shot on the left side of the room; after this shot had exploded, they returned to the room to fire the remaining shot. Slaus told his partner to stand at the road-head and show him light while he lighted the shot; instead of going to the right side of the room he went to the left where the first shot had been fired, over which was the loose rock, when a mass of rock about seven feet long, four feet wide and one and a half feet thick, fell on him with the result stated. He leaves a widow in Russia.
 
SLEVINSKI
May 5, 192333, Joe Slevinski, of Westville, driver, age 38 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in United States Fuel Company's No. 4 mine.
 
SLOAN
November 25, 192535, Emile A. Sloan, of Westville, driver, age 23 years, single, was caught between the car and coal rib and crushed to death in United States Fuel Company's Vermilion mine. Deceased was said to be a careful driver and how he was caught is not known.
 
SMITH
December 16, 190720, Alex Smith, of Westville, miner, aged 35 years, single, was killed by falling rock at the working face of his place in mine No. 2 of the Dering Coal Company at Westville, Vermilion county.
 
November 4, 193545, James Smith, of Danville, mine examiner, aged 67 years, married, killed by fall of rock in mine of Tilton Mining Co. He leaves a widow.
 
SPARKS
August 1, 192939, Luther G. Sparks, of Georgetown, machine man, age 35 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in United States Fuel Company's Bunsen mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
STANKEVICSE
May 19, 190517, Jonas Stankevicse, of Westville, miner, aged 45 years, single, employed by the Kelly Coal Co. at its Pawnee mine, located on Grape Creek, Vermilion county, was fatally injured by falling rock about 11:30 a. m., and died before reaching the surface.
 
STANTON
December 22, 191326, John F. Stanton, of Danville, miner, aged 38 years, married, was killed in Bunsen Coal Company's No. 3 mine, Westville, Vermilion County, by fall of coal. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
STEREKIS
February 6, 191325, Steve Sterekis, of Georgetown, miner, aged 30 years, married, employed in the Little Vermilion mine of the Bunsen Coal Co., Westville, Vermilion County, was killed by falling rock. He leaves a widow.
 
STEVENS
August 4, 193747 Andrew Stevens, Sr., of Catlin, miner, aged 41 years, married, killed by fall of rock in mine No. 24 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving wife.
 
August 13, 190114, O. Stevens, of Grape Creek, driver, age 28 years, employed at the Himrod Coal Co.'s Himrod mine, Grape Creek, Vermilion county, was fatally injured by being crushed between a pit car and the coal rib. He died five days after the accident, leaving a widow.
 
December 15, 191730, William Stinemac, of Catlin, miner, age 43 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Taylor English Coal Company's No. 1 mine, Catlin. Deceased failed to obey the order of the mine examiner not to work ,in his place as the rock was loose. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
STONE
May 25, 190517, Leonard Stone, of Kellyville, miner, aged 36 years, married, employed in mine No. 2 of the Kelly Coal Co.. Kellyville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed by flying coal from a shot. Deceased had gone back in his room to light a fuse, which he had previously attempted to light, but thought he had failed to do so, when he got back into the face of his room and opposite the shot it exploded with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and four children. Deceased came to this country from England about nine months before his death.
 
STOUS
October 2, 190518, John Stous, of Westville, miner, aged 35 years, married, Hungarian, was instantly killed by falling rock in the Dering Coal Co.'s mine No. 1. Deceased had gone into the gob, a place where he had no business to be, when a heavy fall of rock came down on him. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
STRIEPKE
April 20, 190113, L. Striepke, of Westville, miner, aged 40 years, married, was killed in the Kelleyville Coal Co.'s mine No. 2, by falling roof. He left a widow and two children.
 
STUEBE
November 21, 193141, Charles S. Stuebe, of Danville, laborer, age 64 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine.
 
October 26, 192132, Charley Stuebe, of Danville, miner, age 62 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in United States Fuel Company's No. 4 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
SUTTON
September 29, 193040, Peter Sutton, of Danville, motorman, age 50 years, married, was killed by fallng rock in United States Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
SWISHER
October 31, 190114, Arthur Swisher, of Danville, miner, age 18 years, was injured by a fall of rock at the Economy Coal & Mining Co.'s mine, Danville, Vermilion county. He was engaged in taking out timbers for the purpose of widening an entry when a rock fell on him breaking his back, from the effects of which he died July 10, 1902.
 
SZUBA
December 3, 190821, Balant Szuba, aged 32, miner, single, residence Steelton, employed by the Dering Coal Company mine No. 3 was instantly killed by fall of rock.
 

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TABEL
September 29, 191427, Charles Tabel, of Danville, miner, age 52 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate near his working place in the No. 4 mine of the Bunsen Coal Company, Westville, Vermilion County. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
TALBERT
January 27, 193848, James Hutchons Talbert, Jr., of Grape Creek, miner, aged 19 years, single, killed by fall of rock in mine of Diamond Coal Co., no dependents.
 
TANNELL
December 3, 190417, Teddy Tannell, of Fairmount, miner, aged 48 years, single, employed in the Consolidated Coal Co.'s mine, Fairmount, Vermilion county, was fatally burned by the explosion of powder at 11 a. m. of the above date, from the effects of which he died two days afterwards. Deceased had opened a keg of powder for the purpose of charging his shots, he had some doubts as to whether or not the fuse he was about to use was a good one, to test it he cut off a piece of the fuse and lighted it, throwing it on the ground, the test proved successful as it ignited the keg of powder with the result as stated.
 
TAPPERO
June 18, Pete 193747 Tappero, of Westville, miner, aged 50 years, single, killed by fall of rock in Bunsenville mine of the United States Fuel Co. No dependents.
 
TATE
November 9, 191528, James Tate, of Danville, miner, age 65 years, married, was killed by a shot explosion in the Fannie Cole Mine, Danville, Vermilion County. Deceased had lighted two shots and retired to the entry; he heard one explosion and supposing the other had gone out went back to relight it, when it exploded causing his death three hours later. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
TAYLOR
January 15, 191729, Charles Taylor, of Danville, engineer, age 54 years, married, employed by the Contract Mining Company, Danville, Vermilion County, fell from incline track and killed. Deceased's duty was to pull loaded cars up an incline to the tipple and dump them for use at the brick yard. On this day while dumping a car, it is supposed he fell to the ground, a distance of nine feet. He was dead when found later by an employee. He leaves a widow.
 
August 22, 190215, John H. Taylor, of Himrod, driver, aged 27 years, married, in the employ of the Himrod Coal company, Himrod, Vermilion county, was killed by a fall of rock and timber. The deceased had been working an extra shift at night, and was on his way out with another driver, having finished their work. The companion driver attempted to have his mule pass between a loaded car and the side of the entry; the spreader caught on a leg, which was supporting a cross-bar, pulling it oat, and letting down a large amount of rock. Taylor was standing close to the car, and was caught under the rock, with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
TERRICK
October 9, 191124, John Terrick (Ferrick), of Westville, miner, aged 25 years, single, employed by Bunsen Coal Company, at mine No. 2, Westville, Vermilion County, was working in a room and had just wedged down a fall of coal. He was stooping over to pick up his wedge when a rock 5 feet 11 inches long, 2 feet 6 inches wide and 6 inches thick, fell on him, killing him instantly.
 
THACHER
August 29, 194252, Joseph Thacher, of Catlin, driver, aged 44 years, married, was killed when rock from the roof fell on him in the Catlin Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
THAIN
July 28, 192535, William Thain, of Danville, machinist, age 38 years, married, employed by United Electric Coal Company at No. 1 mine, was killed. This is a stripping mine and the bank where the accident happened is about 70 feet high. There were three slides of earth at this point, one at 7:30 a. m. which pushed the shovel off the track; another at 10:40 which caught Mr. Thain crushing him against the track. The third slide occurred at 12:40 causing the death of a Mr. Murphey, who was a. visitor at the mine. Mr. Thain leaves a widow and one child.
 
THARP
November 20, 191124, O. C. Tharp, of Georgetown, weigh boss, aged 40 years, married, employed by Sharon Coal Company, Georgetown, Vermilion County, fell into the shaft and was killed instantly. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
TOMASHULAS
October 8, 190720, John Tomashulas, of Himrod, miner, aged 35 years, married, was instantly killed by falling rock in the Kelly Coal Company's mine No. 46 at Himrod, Vermilion county. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
TONATTI
January 25. 190618, Joseph Tonatti, of Westville, miner, aged 39 years, married, a native of Italy, was killed in the Pawnee mine of the Kelley Coal Co., Westville. Deceased was cleaning out a hole for a prop, when the rock gave way, falling on him. He leaves a widow and three children, living in Italy.
 
TORRIS
September 3, 190720, Joe Torris, of Danville, miner, aged 26 years, married, was killed by falling rock at the working face in Kelly Coal Company's No. 46 mine at Himrod, Vermilion county. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
TOWNER
May 6, 190113, Grant Towner,of Fairmount, timberman, aged 31 years, married, employed in the mine of the Consolidated Coal Co., Fairmount, Vermilion county, was killed by falling roof. He was engaged in cutting a hole in the side of the rib for a crossbar, when the roof gave way, killing him instantly. He left a widow and one child.
 
TREHIBIRKA
July 29, 190518, Andrew Trehibirka, of Westville, miner, aged 25 years, married, a native of Russia, was seriously injured in the Dering Coal Co.'s mine No. 1, Westville, by falling rock. He died from his injuries August 9, 1905, and leaves a widow and two children.
 
TUCKER
February 27, 190012, E. H. Tucker, of Grape Creek, aged 15 years, married, was killed in mine No. 1, of the Brookside Coal Co., by a fall of rock in his room. He worked with his son, and was engaged in taking up some bottom coal on the far side of his room, when a large side rock fell suddenly, killing him instantly. He knew that the rock was loose, but concluded that it would not fall as soon as it did. He left a widow and two children to mourn his untimely death.
 
TUTTLE
October 27, 191427, Thomas Tuttle, of Grape Creek, miner, age 56 years, married, was killed in the mine operated by Shumaker & Tuttle, Grape Creek, Vermilion County. Deceased was mining a standing shot in pillar work when a large piece of coal rolled over and crushed him. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
TUVADA
July 27, 190720, Louis Tuvada, of Westville, miner, aged 30 years, married, was killed by falling rock at the face of the room in which he was working in the Dering Coal Company's mine No. 2, Westville, Vermilion county. He leaves a widow and two children.
 

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UNDERWOOD
April 12, 193444, Roy Underwood, of Westville, a rockman, age 45 years, married, died from injuries received February 27, when struck by a fall of rock in United States Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves a widow.
 
UNDRAVAITIS
December 3, 192062, Sol Undravaitis, miner, age 38 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in United States Fuel Company's Vermilion mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
URBAN
July 21, 194151, John Urban, of Westville, miner, aged 65 years, married, was killed by a rock fall from the roof in the Untied States Coal & Coke Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves a widow.
 
UTRICH See : VEITRICH
 

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VALIANT
September 13, 191023, Peter Valiant, of Westville, miner, aged 29 years, single, employed by the Bunsen Coal Company at Little Vermilion mine, Georgetown, Vermilion county, was loading a car when a rock 17 feet long, 7 feet wide and 1 foot thick, fell on him, killing him instantly.
 
VASNALIS
June 30, 191123, Martin Vasnalis, of Westville, miner, aged 27 years, single, was killed while working in his room in the Brazil Block Coal Company's mine No. 4, at Steelton, Vermilion county, by a fall of rock.
 
VEITRICH
October 26, 190114, Frederick Veitrich (Utrich), of Westville, miner, age 70 years, was killed in the Pawnee mine of the Himrod Coal Co. at Westville, Vermilion county. Just how he met his death will probably never be known; he was engaged in picking coal off the roadways and was in the mine at night by himself and was found dead in the morning. It was supposed that he fell in front of a car and that it passed over him.
 
VERSINO
April 26, 192636, Celesto L. Versino, of Westville, miner, age 46 years, died from injuries received in U. S. Fuel Company's Vermilion mine, by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
VETTOREL
January 24, 194454, Frank Vettorel, of Georgetown, rock man, aged 68 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in the Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
VICKNOT
October 9. 190619, John Vicknot, of Westville, miner, aged 28 years, single, employed by the Dering Coal Company at its No. 2 mine, Westville, Vermilion county, was injured by falling rock; he died from the injuries October 27, at the hospital in Danville.
 
VILLA
January 19, 194353, Phillip Villa of Westville, timberman, aged 50 years, single, died from injuries sustained on January 18, 1943, when rock fell on him in the Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine.
 
VUTRICH
July 26, 191831, John Vutrich, miner, of Westville, age 53 years, married, died from injuries received June 4, in United States Fuel Company's Mine No. 4, Westville. Deceased was sharpening bits at the face of his room when a piece of rock fell breaking his ribs. He leaves a widow and two children.
 

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WAITIKUS
March 27, 190517, Peter Waitkius, miner, aged 34 years, single, employed in mine No. 3 of the Kelly Coal Co., at Kellyville, Vermilion county, was fatally injured by falling rock while working down a standing shot. He died from the effects of the accident the next day.
 
WALBLEY
March 24, 191426, James Walbley, of Westville, miner, aged 21 years, single, was killed by a fall of slate in Bunsen Coal Company's No. 2 mine, Westville, Vermilion County.
 
WALLACE
February 16, 194353, John Wallace, of Westville, tamper, agd 36 years, married, was killed by an explosion of permissible powder in the Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
WALTON
July 7, 193747, Henry M. Walton, of Danville, miner-operator, aged 60 years, married, suffocated by black damp in mine of Big Diamond Coal Co., leaving wife.
 
WANSHER
November 19, 190013, William Wansher, of Danville, miner, aged 54 years, married, was killed by falling coal in the mine of the Economy Coal Co. at Danville, Vermilion county. He was mining off a standing shot when the coal suddenly gave way, falling on him in such a manner as to cause death. He left a widow and five children dependent.
 
WARCHETTI
August 7, 190821, Peter Warchetti, aged 50, miner, married, residence Westville, employed by the Dering Coal Company mine No. 3, was instantly killed by fall of rock. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
WARNER
March 6, 192838, L. E. Warner, of Oakwood, loader, age 41 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
WASHER
September 26, 190720, Herman Washer, of Danville, driver, aged 25 years, married, was crushed between mine cars and the rib in the Kelly Coal Company's mine No. 44. He was removed to the hospital at Danville, where he died on the 7th of October, 1907. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
WEAR
December 9, 193444, John E. Wear, of Danville, loading machine operator, age 26 years, married, died as a result of injuries received on November 20 when be was pinned against his machine by a fall of roof rock in Mine No. 24 of the Peabody Coal Co.
 
WEARE
November 11, 193646, Willard Weare, of Catlin, top laborer, aged 26 years, married, drowned in reservoir at mine of Taylor Coal Co., leaving wife.
 
WEAVER
July 15, 18958, Isaac Weaver, of Tilton, aged 41 years, employed by Consolidated Coal Company, at their Number 4 mine, Danville, Vermilion county, to attend the railroad coal chutes, in running a car of coal from the shaft to the chute, the car jumped the track. It had been raining that morning and the tipple was wet. The deceased took a piece of timber to use as a lever to lift the car on the track; it suddenly slipped and he fell off the tipple. a distance of eighteen feet; when he was found, his back was broken. He vas taken home, where he died on July 31. The grade rail at the place where he fell off had been broken for some time previous to the accident. He left a widow and six children.
 
WEBB
January 25, 192162, John Webb, spragger, age 21 years, single, died from injuries received eight days earlier in United States Fuel Company's Vermilion mine. Deceased was trying to retard the speed of a load when the block slipped, catching his fingers and lacerating them. Tetanus developed resulting in his death. He leaves his mother dependant.
 
WEBSTER
February 3, 193343, Jack Webster, of Georgetown, rockman, age 57 years, married, died from injuries received the day previous, by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
WEIDENBURNER
February 15, 193848, Fred Weidenburner, of Danville, timberman, aged 59 years, widower, killed by fall of rock in mine No. 24 of the Peabody Coal Co., no dependents.
 
WELSCH
December 26, 193242, Anthony D. Welsch, of Danville, miner, age 44 years, married, died from injuries received November 30, when caught by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 21 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
WENCKERS
July 19, 190518, Paul Wenckers, of Westville, miner, aged 35 years, single, was killed at 1:30 p. m. by falling rock in the Dering Coal Co.'s mine at South Westville.
 
WEST
June 5, 193444, Ernest West, of Westville, motorman, age 47 years, married, was killed in United States Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine by falling coal. He leaves a widow.
 
WHALEN
October 13, 192062, Joe Whalen, miner, age 52 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Contract Mining Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
WHITE
January 3, 191123, Arson White, of Grape Creek, miner, aged 58 years, single, employed at Brazil Block Coal Company's mine No. 3, Steelton, Vermilion county was killed in his room by a fall of rock.
 
WILLEY
June 29, 192061, Hiram Willey, of Danville, miner, age 68 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal, in Vein Six Coal Company's mine, Danville. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
WILLIAMS
December 19, 18842. John Williams, a married man, 23 years of age, and having three children, employed at No. 2 mine of the Grape Creek Co., was instantly killed by a fall of the roof while engaged in drawing pillars on the 19th of December. He had finished tamping his shot, and was cleaning up preparatory to firing when the rock fell.
 
October 23, 191961, John Williams, of Danville, laborer, age 48 years, married, was killed in George Bowker's mine, Danville, by falling down shaft. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
September 12, 192233, Marion Williams, of Danville, laborer, age 43 years, married, fell down the shaft of the United States Fuel Company's Bunsen mine and was killed. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
WILLIAMSON
June 2, 193848, Arthur Williamson, of Danville, machine runner and miner, aged 40 years, married, from burns received in explosion of keg of powder in mine of Quality Coal Co., died June 24th, leaving widow and five children.
 
WILKINS
January 1, 193949, Harold Chester Wilkins, of Bloomingdale, Ind., rock man, aged 29 years, single, crushed by motor, in mine No. 24 of the Peabody Coal Co., leaving mother dependent.
 
WILLS
December 9, 193646, Don L. Wills, of Danville, assistant mine manager, married, killed by fall of rock in mine No. 24 of Peabody Coal Co., leaving wife and three children.
 
WILSON
September 29, 195863, Mr. Francis Burl Wilson, of Georgetown, employed as a repairman, was killed at the Moffat Coal Company, Murdock Mine, Murdock, Douglas County, Illinois, on September 29, 1958, at 1:10 p.m. Mr. Wilson was 54 years old and is survived by his widow. He had five years experience at this mine.
      The deceased and his buddy, both repairmen, were changing a set of trucks on a 10-ton locomotive. They had raised one end and had cribbed it up with 4 x 6 timbers. The end on which they were changing trucks was jacked up and a 5 foot long 80-lb. rail was put under it supported by similar timbers. The defective trucks had been removed and good ones were substituted. The men had a crib on top of the locomotive and were going to raise the trucks in place with a hoist. As there was some interference, the deceased got under the locomotive and called to his buddy to raise the truck a couple of notches. When it was raised one notch, the supporting rail broke and the locomotive fell, killing Mr. Wilson instantly.
 
WISE
March 20, 190012, Edward Wise, of Fairmount, aged 29 years, married, was killed in the mine at Fairmount by a premature blast of powder in his room. He had fired two shots and had gone in right away, before the smoke had cleared out, to light the third shot, and after lighting it he started out and the shot exploded, the flying coal struck him with full force, killing him instantly. He was employed by the Consolidated Coal Company, and left a widow and three children dependent.
 
WOLFF
June 13, 191628, Percy Wolff, of Georgetown, miner, age 21 years, single, was killed by falling rock in Bunsen Coal Company's Vermilion mine, Georgetown, Vermilion County.
 
WOODARD
April 13, 192162, Edward E. Woodard, driver, age 18 years, single, died from injuries received November 18, in Taylor-English Coal Company's mine when he was caught between a cross bar and top of a car on which he was riding.
 
August 22, 194252, Floyd Woodard of Catlin, Joy operator, aged 36 years, married, died from injuries sustained on August 17, 1942, when rock fell on him in the Peabody Coal Company's No. 24 mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
March 5, 191729, John Woodard, of Fairmount, miner, age 37 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in the mine of the Woodard Coal Company, Oakwood, Vermilion County. He leaves one dependent, his mother.
 
WORNOTSKI
February 13, 190416, Mike Wornotski, miner, aged 35 years, married, was killed instantly at the Kellyville Coal Co., mine No. 3, Westville, Vermilion county. Deceased was drawing pillars on the seventh northwest entry; he attempted to wedge down a small piece of loose rock, but failed; he went to work under the rock, when it fell on him with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
WRIGHT
April 19, 18979, Essie Wright, of Grape Creek, a miner, employed by the Himrod Coal Co.. at its Pawnee mine, Grape Creek, Vermilion county, was killed by a fall of roof in his room. The deceased was about .30 years of age and leaves a widow and one child.
 
WRONCSIK
February 25, 191123, Andy Wroncsik, of Westville, driver, aged 28 years, married, was injured while employed at Bunsen Coal Company's mine No 2, Kellyville Vermilion county. Deceased was coming to the bottom with a trip when he tell under the cars and was run over. The accident occurred on January 2, and he died in the hospital on February 25. He leaves a widow and six children.
 

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YANKS
June 2, 193848, George Yanks, of Danville, miner and operator, aged 46 years, married, from burns received in explosion of keg of powder in mine of Quality Coal Co., died June 7th leaving widow.
 
YARANSKA
August 23, 190417, Anton Yaranska, of Himrod, miner, aged 27 years, single, employed in the Kellyville Coal Co's. Himrod mine, was fatally injured by a fall of rock. The deceased, who had driven his room into another in the opposite direction, was engaged in mining the coal out between the two rooms, when a large piece of rock fell on him with the result as stated. He died about ten hours after the accident.
 
YARLING
On February 2, 18873, Christopher Yarling, aged 38 years, married and the father of four children, and employed as a miner by the Consolidated Coal Co. of St. Louis at Danville, was fatally injured by top coal falling on him. The deceased and his partner had deemed the overhanging coal quite safe, and were preparing another blast to undermine the top coal further when it fell on Yarling. He only lived long enough to call for and take a last drink.
 
YODALIS
December 19, 190316, Charles Yodalis, miner, aged 35 years, in the employ of the Kellyville Coal Co., at mine No. 3, Westville, Vermilion county, was instantly killed, by falling rock, in room No. 6, off of the tenth northwest entry. Deceased was loading a car of coal when a piece of rock about six feet long, five feet wide and six inches thick on one edge, thinning to a feather on the other, fell on him, with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
YOHO
May 19, 194252, Glenn Yoho, of Georgetown, machine opeator, aged 42 years, single, was killed when rock fell on him in the Untied States Coal & Coke Company's Bunsenville mine. He leaves a widow.
 
YOUBUTIO
July 17, 190720, Frank Youbutio (Youbutis), of Westville, day man, aged 30 years, single, was instantly killed by falling rock in the mine of the Dering Coal Company, No. 4, Steelton, Vermilion county. Deceased was engaged in cleaning up a fall on the third south entry when a rock fell on him.
 
YOUMISKI
September 29, 191225, Adolph Youmiski, of Westville, driver, aged 26 years, married, was killed in the No. 4 mine of the Bunsen Coal Co., Westville, Vermilion County, by pit cars. He leaves a widow.
 
YOUNG
November 17, 190316, Theobald Young, laborer, aged 33 years, married, employed at the Kellyville Coal Co. mine No. 3, Danville, Vermilion county, while engaged in removing some rock in room No. 31, off the ninth north entry, was injured by falling rock, from the effects of which he died 11 days afterwards. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
YUOCHUMAS
July 13, 194454, George Yuochumas, of Westville, rock man, aged 61 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in the Untied States Coal & Coke Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
YUTSNUKIS
July 9, 190215, Joseph Yutsnukis, of Grape Creek, aged 24 years, and John Zihawicys (Zrawlcys), of Grape Creek, aged 33 years, both miners, and single men, were billed by a fall of rock between nine o'clock and midnight in mine No. 2 of the Brookside Coal company, Grape Creek, Vermilion county. The men were turning a room and had driven the neck ten or twelve feet off from the entry; they knew of the dangerous condition of the roof but failed to secure it; as a result both men lost their lives.
 

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ZAVBOUROUGH
July 31, 18958, William Zavbourough, of Westville, aged 27 years, employed as a loader by the Pawnee Coal Company. Westville, Vermilion county. The deceased went into a room - number 24, sixth south entry - about 1 o'clock p. m., and commenced loading coal, when a large fall of rock fell on him, killing him instantly. The room was not properly timbered, the nearest prop to the face of the coal being eighteen feet. It was one of a number of rooms in which the timbering and blasting was done by contract. The deceased was a single man.
 
ZEPPELIN
October 4, 192636, Charles Zeppelin, of Danville, miner, age 62 years, single, was killed in U. S. Fuel Company's Bunsenville mine, by a fall of rock.
 
ZIHAWICYS
July 9, 190215, Joseph Yutsnukis, of Grape Creek, aged 24 years, and John Zihawicys (Zrawlcys), of Grape Creek, aged 33 years, both miners, and single men, were billed by a fall of rock between nine o'clock and midnight in mine No. 2 of the Brookside Coal company, Grape Creek, Vermilion county. The men were turning a room and had driven the neck ten or twelve feet off from the entry; they knew of the dangerous condition of the roof but failed to secure it; as a result both men lost their lives.
 
ZIMMER
November 21, 192132, Charles E. Zimmer, of Georgetown, laborer, age 26 years, single, was killed by a falling car lift in United States Coal Company's Bunsen mine.
 

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