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Will County, Illinois
Featuring Coal Mining
      Will County is a county located in the northern part of the central part of the state of Illinois.
            41.44° N, 87.98° W
As of 2000, the population was 502,266 and in 2010 the population was 677,560.
The county seat is Joliet, Illinois.
Will County was formed in 1836 out of Cook and Iroquois Counties, and was named for Dr. Conrad Will.
      Will County has twenty-four townships:
            Channahon, Crete, Custer, DuPage, Florence, Frankfort, Green Garden, Homer, Jackson, Joliet, Lockport, Manhattan, Monee, New Lenox, Peotone, Plainfield, Reed, Troy, Washington, Wesley, Wheatland, Will, Wilmington, Wilton
      Some of the cities, towns, villages and communities are :
Andres, Aurora (primarily in Kane, partly in DuPage, and Kendall County), Beecher, Bolingbrook (small sections in DuPage and Cook County), Braidwood, Channahon, Coal City (primarily in Grundy County, very small parcel in Will County), Crest Hill, Crete, Crystal Lawns, Diamond (primarily in Grundy County, very small parcel in Will County), Elwood, Fairmont, Frankfort, Frankfort Square, Godley (small section in Grundy County), Goodings Grove, Goodenow, Homer Glen, Ingalls Park, Joliet (small section in Kendall County, Lakewood Shores), Lemont (primarily in Cook County, very small parcel in Will County), Lockport, Manhattan, Minooka (primarily in Grundy County and Kendall County), Mokena, Monee, Naperville(primarily in DuPage County), New Lenox, Orland Park(primarily in Cook County, very small parcel in Will County), Park Forest(primarily in Cook County), Peotone, Plainfield (ery small parcel in Kendall County), Preston Heights, Pue, Ridgewood, Rockdale, Romeoville, Sauk Village(primarily in Cook County, very small parcel in Will County), Shorewood, Steger (partly in Cook County), Symerton, Tinley Park (primarily in Cook County), University Park (partly in Cook County), Wilmington, Willowbrook (not to be confused with the Village of Willowbrook, Illinois.), Wilton Center, Woodridge (partly in DuPage and a very small parcel in Cook County)
 
Will County Coal Mines       Non-Fatal Casualties

Will County, Illinois
Coal Mine Fatalities

Spelling of names is as they are reported in the State of Illinois records.
CAPITANE
August 24, 1910, Ernesto Capitane, of Torino, laborer, age 24 years, single, was killed instantly by a fall of rock in the Wilmington Coal Mining and Manufacturing Company's mine, Torino, Will county. Deceased was cleaning up a roadway during the suspension of work and while performing this work a rock fell on him with the result as stated.
 
CHVATAL
April 5, 19294, Louis Chvatal, of Coal City, tipple man, age 30 years, single, was electrocuted in the office of the Northern Illinois Coal Corporation's mine.
      Mr. Louis Chvatal was Tipple operator for the Wilmington No. 10 Mine of the Northern Illinois Coal Corporation.
The following article is from Coal City, Ill. newspaper.                   Courtesy of Nick Koba, Jr.
      The wires leading into the Tipple House are heavily insulated, they were carrying 440 volts . It is believed Mr. Chvatal was electrocuted by coming into contact with a electric heater of the same voltage. No one witness the accident. A fellow worker went to the Tipple House to investigate why all the machinery was not running and found Mr. Chvatal laying across the heater, he was apparently dead when found but every effort possible was made to revive him. Dr. Henry Merkel, of Wilmington called and he worked over Mr. Chvatal with a pulmotor for over an hour to no avail.
      This information was given to me by the Coal City Library from the local paper micro films. This is better information then is found in the Mining Reports that state he was killed in the office. This report had me wondering what a tipple man was doing in the office to have gotten electrocuted . This heater must not have been installed right or had no guards over the heating coils. -- Nick Koba

 
DARE
August 31, 19051, George Dare, miner, aged 52 years, married, went into the No. 6 mine of the Wilmington Coal Mining and Manufacturing Company at Torino, Will county, to look at the conditions and if the place suited he would apply for work. He had only been in the mine about 15 minutes when a rock fell, killing him instantly. This is not included in the list of fatal accidents as Dare was not an employee of the mine.
 
EISENHOUR
March 16, 19425, Herman Eisenhour, of Wilmington, trackman, aged 43 years, married, was killed when an engine turned over in Northern Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 10 Mine. He leaves a widow.
 
GIROT
March 18, 19425, Peter J. Girot, of Braidwood, age 27 years, single, died from injuries received on March 16, 1942, when an engine turned over in Northern Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 10 Mine. He leaves one dependent.
 
HUFFORD
September 15, 19062, Robert Hufford, of Braidwood, miner, aged 31 years, single, was fatally injured by falling rock on the northwest cross road, about 100 feet from his working place, in the Joliet-Wilmington Coal Company's No. 2 mine, Braidwood, Will county. Deceased had quit work for the day at 3:30 p. m. and was on his way to the bottom, when a stone fell from the roof striking him on the head, knocking him against the side of the roadway, breaking his neck. He died one hour after the accident.
 
KRIZ
July 6, 1936, Henry Kriz, age 27 years, single, was killed in the Wilmington No. 10 Mine of the Northern Illinois Coal Corporation.
Daily Illini, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
July 7, 1936, page 3
COAL CARS KILL TWO
WILMINGTON , July 6 . - UP- Two employes of the Northern Illinois Coal company were killed at the firms strip mine near here late today when a string of empty cars broke loose at the tipple and ran over them.
They were Henry Kriz, 27, unmarried, and Anton Vota, 45, married and the father of two small boys. Both lived at Coal City

 
KUCERA
May 22, 19072, John Kucera, of Torino, miner, aged 47 years, married, was killed instantly by falling rock at the face of his working room in the No. 6 mine of the Wilmington Coal Mining and Manufacturing Company, Torino, Will county. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
LESSAY
September 29, 19051. Joseph Lessay, Jr., of Godley, miner, aged 17 years, single, was instantly killed by falling rock at his road head, in the No. 6 mine of the Wilmington Coal Mining and Manufacturing Company at Torino, Will county.
 
THOM
March 16, 19425, Robert D. Thom, of Coal City, engineer, aged 57 years, married, was killed when an engine turned over in Northern Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 10 Mine. He leaves a widow.
 
VOTA
July 6, 1936, Anton Vota, age 45 years, married, was killed in the Wilmington No. 10 Mine of the Northern Illinois Coal Corporation. He leaves a widow and two children.
Daily Illini, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
July 7, 1936, page 3
COAL CARS KILL TWO
WILMINGTON , July 6 . - UP- Two employes of the Northern Illinois Coal company were killed at the firms strip mine near here late today when a string of empty cars broke loose at the tipple and ran over them.
They were Henry Kriz, 27, unmarried, and Anton Vota, 45, married and the father of two small boys. Both lived at Coal City

 

Will County, Illinois
Non-Fatal Casualties

July 1, 1923 - June 30, 1924 & July 1, 1925 - December 31, 1925
CHADWICK, Thomas age 58 years, Miner, employed by the Skinner Coal Company
25 Nov 1925 - Thumb mashed - Not returned to work
 

 
Sources :
1 Twenty-Fifth Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1906
                also the Eighth Annual Report of the Illinois Free Employment Offices, for the Year Ended
                September 30, 1906, David Ross, Secretary; Springfield, -- Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1907

2 Twenty-Sixth Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1907
                also the Ninth Annual Report of the Illinois Free Employment Offices, for the Year Ended
                September 30, 1907, David Ross, Secretary; Springfield, -- Springfield, ILL.; Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1908

3 Twenty-Ninth Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1910
                Springfield, Illinois; Illinois State Journal Co.. State Printers, 1911

4 Forty-Eighth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1929
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Journal Printing Co., Springfield, ILL., 1930

5 Sixty First Coal Report of Illinois, 1942
                Department of Mines and Minerals -- Printed by authority of the State of Illinois


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