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White County, Illinois
Featuring Coal Mining
      White County is a county located in the southern part of the State of Illinois.
            38.095° N, 88.18° W
Thew population in 2000 was 15,371, and in 2010 the population was 14,665.
The county seat is Carmi
      White County was organized from Gallatin County in 1815, and was named after Captain Leonard (or Isaac) White.
 
      White County has ten townships:
            Burnt Prairie, Carmi, Emma, Enfield, Gray, Hawthorne, Heralds Prairie, Indian Creek, Mill Shoals, Phillips
 
      Some of the Cities, Villages and communities are :
            Brownsville, Burnt Prairie (previously was Liberty), Carmi, Centerville, Grayville (partial), Crossville, Emma, Enfield, Epworth, Herald, Maunie, Mill Shoals (partial), Norris City, Phillipstown, Rising Sun (commonly called Dogtown), Sacramento, Springerton
 
      Some of the communities that no longer exist are :
            Bungay, Calvin, Dolan Settlement, Gossett, Iron, Middle Point, Roland, Seven Mile Prairie, Stokes Station, Trumbull
 
Coal Mines       Fatalities       Non-Fatal Casualties       Sources

 
White County, Illinois
Coal Mines

Moreheat Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    White County - Township 6 South, Range 8 East, Section 21, NW SE NW
Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 640 feet with a coal seam of 4.2 feet to 8 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Norris City Coal Mine   Norris City Coal Company   1904 - 1915
White County Coal Mine   White County Mining & Power Company   1915 - 1917
White County Coal Mine   White County Mining Company   1917 - 1924
Interstate Coal Mine   Interstate Fuel & Power Company   1924- 1926
Firebrand Coal Mine   Firebrand Fuel, Inc.   1927- 1928
Anderson Coal Mine   Josh Anderson Coal Company   1929
Firebrand Coal Mine   Firebrand Fuel Company   1930- 1931
Southern Illinois Coal Mine   Southern Illinois Coal Mining Company   1932- 1933
Norris City Coal Mine   Norris City Coal Mining Company   1934 - 1937
Deep Vein No. 6 Coal Mine   Deep Vein No. 6 Coal Company   1938
White County Coal Mine   White County Coal Company   1938 - 1939
H & H Coal Mine   H & H Coal Company   1939
Moreheat Coal Mine   Moreheat Coal Company   1940
The last production was reported in November 1940.
[Source - No. 1, Index 227 ]
 

 
White County, Illinois
Coal Mine Fatalities
REDFERN
April 26, 19112, C. E. Redfern, machine helper, aged 26 years, married, was killed at the mine of the Norris City Coal Company, Norris City. Deceased was working in No. 3 room on the second northwest when a piece of overhanging coal fell from the face, killing him. He leaves a widow.
 
SANDERS
October 5, 19283, Eben Sanders, of Norris City, miner, age 37 years, married, was caught by a rock sliding off a fall of coal and killed in Fireband Fuel Company's mine. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
WILSON
September 13, 19374, Hobart Wilson, of Norris City, machine runner, aged 40 years, single, crushed between prop and cars in mine of Norris City Coal Co. No dependents.

White County, Illinois
Non-Fatal Casualties

July 1, 1923 - June 30, 1924 & July 1, 1925 - December 31, 1925
BARNETT, T. A. age 59 years, Married with 1 dependent, of Norris City
12 Oct 1923 - Body injured, fell down - Time lost - 43 days
 
BRYANT, Myla age 53 years, Married with 2 children; 3 dependents, of Norris City
22 Jan 1924 - Leg broken, falling rock - Not returned to work
 
HENSON, R. C. age 27 years, Married with one child; 2 dependents, of Norris City
10 Jan 1924 - Leg injured, fell down - Time lost - 47 days
 
HILL, R. P. age 32 years, Married with 3 children; 4 dependents, of Norris City
2 Apr 1924 - Toes broken, falling rock - Not returned to work
 
HUFFAKER, John age 27 years, Married with one child; 2 dependents, of Norris City
23 Oct 1923- Eye injured, flying dirt - Time lost - 75 days
 
JORDAN, G. L. age 23 years, Married with 2 children; 3 dependents, of Norris City
29 Jan 1924 - Arm broken, pit car - Not returned to work
 
MADDOX, W. T. age 55 years, Married with 2 children; 3 dependents, of Norris City
16 Oct 1923 - Body injured, falling rock - Time lost - 30 days
 
SAVAGE. O. A. age 43 years, Married with 3 children; 4 dependents, of Norris City
17 Oct 1923 - Leg cut, rolling coal - Time lost - 43 days
 

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

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

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

4 Fifty-Sixth Coal Report of Illinois, 1937
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Printed by authority of the State of Illinois


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