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Williamson County Coal Mining Historical Notes Reference Sources

Williamson County, Illinois
Coal Mine Fatalities

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ACURE
February 24, 191924, Goltono Acure, of Herrin, miner, age 35 years, married, was killed in Big Muddy Coal & Iron Company's No. 7 mine, Herrin. Deceased was pulling down some loose slate and in doing so released the slate directly over his head which fell on him, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
ADAMS
June 2, 191722, Ezra Adams, of Herrin, age 38 years, laborer, married, was killed in an explosion of gas that occurred in the W. P. Rend Coal & Coke Company's mine, Herrin, Williamson County. He leaves a widow.
See : Explosion at W. P. Rend Mine No. 2
 
November 9, 193944, Luther Adams, of Herrin, miner, aged 44 years, married, killed by fall of coal in Freeman Spur mine of Seymour Coal Mining Co. leaving wife and one child.
 
ADAMSON
December 8, 191622. Cipole Karus, of Johnston City, laborer, age 39 years, married, Floyd Adamson, of Johnston City, laborer, age 23 years, married, and Samuel Long, of Johnston City, laborer, age 34 years, married, were killed by being overcome by fumes and smoke from a fire in the mine of Johnston City Coal Company, Johnston City, Williamson County. Karns leaves a widow and five children, Adamson a widow and one child and Long a widow and two children.
See : Fire in Johnston City on December 8, 1916
 
February 17, 190914, Henry Adamson, of Carterville, aged 66 years, a miner, employed in the Carterville Coal Company mine "C, was killed by falling top coal at the face of his room. He leaves a wife and seven children.
 
ADDISON
February 9, 194449, James W. Addison, of Herrin, trip rider, age 43 years, married, was killed when he was ran over by a car in the Jeffery mine operated by Seymour Coal Company. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
AKOCITIS
February 3, 191217, John Akocitis, of Johnston City, miner, aged 22 years, single, was killed in the mine of the Johnston City Coal Company, Johnston City, by falling coal from the face.
 
ALEXANDER
March 16, 19038, J. R. Alexander, of Dewmain, miner, aged 50 years, married, was killed by being crushed by trip of empty mine cars in the Dawes shaft of the St. Louis & Big Muddy Coal Company, Dewmaine, Williamson County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
ALLEN
August 26, 192026, Rufus Allen, miner, age 28 years, single, was killed by falling rock in Cameron Coal Company's mine.
 
ALLSUPP
February 18, 191621, Bert Allsupp, of Cambria, driver, age 21 years, married, was injured in Madison Coal Corporation's No. 9 mine, Colpville, Williamson County and died in the hospital at Herrin. Deceased was driving and his mule fell down throwing him off the car. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
ANDERSON
December 19, 192127, Andrew Anderson, of Marion, shot firer, age 26 years, married, and Charles Powell, of Marion, shot firer, age 29 years, married, were killed by powder explosion caused by firing dead holes in Slogo Coal Company's mine. Anderson leaves a widow and two children and Powell leaves a widow and three children.
Marion Semi-Weekly Leader, Marion, Illinois
Friday, December 23, 1921, Page 1
TWO KILLED BY MINE EXPLOSION
Andrew Anderson and Charley B. Powell Died in Slogo Mine on Monday Night
      Two Marion miners died from suffocation, following anexploison in Slogo mine abput 4:30 Monday afternoon according to the verdict of the coroner's Jury Tuesday noon. The dead are Andrew Anderson and Charley B. Powell, both of Marion.
      The jury summoned by Coroner McCown was composed of M. H. Radford, John McAllister, Monroe Arms, Floyd Tippy, A. J. Dawe and J. M. Willams. Their verdict in part was that death whs due to "suffocation caused from an explosion, caused from two dead holes being fired in the Slogo mine."
      A rescue team composed of E. M. Yates, Leslie. Gamble, Chester Yates, Fern Lander, Superintendent Pat Kelley, P. H. Nelson, George Me Conchie, Herman Brayfield, John Laney and John Baker entered the mine soon after the explosion and without any special helmet or protection worked their way back to the bodies, a distance of about 1400 feet. They found the bodies about 8 o'clock.
      The force of the explosion had been terriffic, blowing down every brattice and trap door and also blew the top off of the air shaft.
      As soon as the bodies were found they were brot to Marion and prepared for burial. The bodies had not been burned by the explosion, and it was very evident that suffocation caused the death. They were the only persons in the mine at the time.
      Both of the men who sacriticed their lives in the disaster at Slogo mine were young men.
Andrew Anderson
      Andrew Anderson, West Chestnut street, was born in Murphysboro on November 10,1896 Ho was 25 years of age at the time of death. In 1916 Anderson claimed Miss Vertis Dugger of Golconda as his bride and she with two children, William Edward, aged 4 and Margaret Jane, aged 2 survive. The brothers and sisters who survive are James Jacob and John Anderson and Mrs. D. J. Howell of Marion
      Anderson was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Anderson He attended the grade school and after went to Brown's Business college. He wasmember of the Second Baptist church and a good Christian
      Joint funeral services at the Second Baptist church at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday conducted by Rev. P. A. Hill with interment at Maplewood cemetery. The pallbearers for the funeral of Anderson will be Eura Clark, Ernest Durall, Jewell Clark, Joe Bailess, Lawrence McNeely, A. Elliott.

 
December 20, 192732, Dave Anderson, of Johnston City, age 50, married, was killed in an explosion of gas that occurred in Gosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 1 mine, Johnston City. He leaves a widow.
See : Gas Explosion in Gosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 1 mine
 
August 8, 19039, Eric Anderson, driver, aged 26 years, single, was instantly killed in the No. 3 mine of the Southern Illinois Coal Mining & Washing Co., at Marion, Williamson County. The deceased was bringing out a trip of cars, in some manner he slipped off of the car and was dragged some distance when the car ran over him.
 
July 4, 194550, Wm. Anderson, of Marion, machine operator, age 63 years, married, died from injuries received on June 15, 1945, by a rock fall in Moren Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
ARBILAIT
September 27, 191117, William Arbilait, of Johnston City, shot firer, aged 27 years, married, employed in the Southern Illinois Coal Company's Oak Ridge mine, Herrin, was killed by a premature blast. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
ARMSTRONG
December 21, 190915, D. Armstrong, of White Ash, driver, aged 17 years, single, employed at the No. 1 mine of the Carterville District Coal Company, Marion. Deceased was going into room No. 20 off No. 6 southeast entry to haul out a loaded car; while walking up the roadway, a large piece of slate fell striking him on the head, crushing it and killing him instantly.
 
ARNOLD
November 8, 192732, I. E. Arnold, of Herrin, loader, age 39 years, married, died from the effects of injuries received the day before when he was caught by a fall of rock, in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 1 mine.
 
ARTMAN
December 29, 191824, W. B. Artman, of Herrin, miner, age 43 years, married, was killed by falling slate in C. W. & F. Coal Company's B mine, Herrin. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
ASHERMAN
November 14, 1909, Joseph H. Asheman, of Rendville, pumpman, aged 60 years, widower, employed at the W. P. Rend Coal and Coke Company's mine No. 2, located at Rendville. While lowering a three-inch steam line of pipe down the shaft the rope holding the pipes slipped. The pipes falling, caught deceased's head between the pipe and a beam. The section of pipe which caught the deceased was the part that makes the turn from the shaft to the boilers. He leaves six children.
 
ASHWORTH
October 29, 191521, Albert M. Ashworth, of Herrin, shotfirer, age 32 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate, caused by a shot blowing through the pillar and knocking out props, in Chicago-Carterville Coal Company's mine "B," Herrin, Williamson County. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
AUBELL
October 20, 193742, Frank Aubell, Sr., of Johnston City, loader, aged 61 years, married, killed by fall of rock in mine No. 1 of the Franco Mining Corp., leaving wife.
 
AULT
September 25, 193338, William P. Ault, of Clifford, mechanic, age 43 years, married, was killed by escaping steam in Consolidated Coal Company's New Monarch mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
AUSKAYTIS / ANSKAUTIS
January 25, 192429, Joe Auskaytis, of Johnston City, loader, age 50 years, single, was killed in a gas and coal dust explosion that occurred in the East mine of Johnston City, operated by the Crerar-Clinch Coal Company (successors to Searles Coal Company), and resulted in the death of 33 men.
See : Gas Explosion, Crerar-Clinch McClintock Mine; Johnston City, Williamson County
 

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BABKA
October 25, 192127, James Babka, of Johnston City, miner, age 45 years, single, died from injuries received the day before by being caught between pit car and coal face in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 18 mine.
 
BACARRIO
October 19, 192026, Jake Bacarrio miner, age 42 years, married, was killed in Big Muddy Coal Corporation's No. 26 mine by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
BACINO
June 5, 192025, Jake Bacino, of Johnston City, machine runner, age 34 years, single, was killed by falling coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 17 mine, Johnston City.
 
BAILEY
September 29, 192228, Lee Bailey, of Collinsville, civil engineer's helper, age 26 years, single, was killed in an explosion that occurred in Consolidated Coal Company's Lake Creek mine. He leaves his mother dependent.
See : Gas Explosion at Johnston City, Williamson County
 
BAKER
November 13, 192026, Edward Baker, shot firer, age 35 years, married, and Henry Pate, shot firer, age 35 years, married, were killed by an explosion caused by a windy shot in Slogo Coal Company's mine. Baker leaves a widow and three children. Pate leaves a widow.
 
BALES
March 19, 191015, Allen Bales, of Marion, miner; aged 45 years; married; employed at the Peabody Coal Company's No. 3 mine at Marion. Deceased was loading a car of coal at the face of his room when a large piece of slate fell on him killing him instantly. He leaves a wife and four children.
 
BANKS
December 10, 192026, James Banks, miner, age 38 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Madison Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BARHAM
October 11, 194853, Walter J. Barham, of Marion, owner, was killed by a runaway car in the Oak Grove Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BARKUS
January 10, 196263. John Barkus, of Royalton, shuttle car operator, aged 54 years, married, one dependent, was killed in a gas and dust explosion occurred in Mine No. 2 of the Blue Blaze Coal Company, Herrin, Williamson County, Illinois.
See : Explosion at The Blue Blaze Coal Company, Mine No. 2
 
BARLOW
February 16, 191722, Tom Barlow, of Johnston City, coupler, age 16 years, single, was killed by pit cars in Williamson County Coal Company's mine, Johnston City, Williamson County.
 
BARNES
December 14, 192127, Harry Barnes, of Johnston City, miner, age 39 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Big Muddy Coal Company's No. 26 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
December 23, 190915, Peter Barnes, of Herrin, miner; aged 24 years; single. Italian, was killed in a gas explosion at Chicago and Carterville Coal Company at mine "A" located at Herrin.
See : Explosion in Herrin
 
BARRETT
December 23, 1909, Eugene Barrett, of Herrin, assistant civil engineer; aged 20 years: single, American,was killed in a gas explosion at Chicago and Carterville Coal Company at mine "A" located at Herrin.
See : Explosion in Herrin
 
BARRUZZI
May 17, 191823, Harry Barruzzi, of Johnston City, miner, age 32 years, married, was killed in Ernest Coal Company's mine, while loading coal in his room. His place had been marked by the examiner and the timberman ordered to make it safe. Disregarding the warning deceased began work when about eight tons of soapstone fell, killing his instantly. He leaves a widow.
 
BARTH
April 2, 192934, George Barth, of Carterville, loader, age 69 years, single, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 25 mine by a fall of slate.
 
BARWICK
October 18, 194449, James Leslie Barwick, of Marion, miner, age 49 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in the Norris & Son Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
February 3, 194853, Roy Barwick, of Marion, cutting machine helper, age 45 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in New Black Diamond Coal Company's No. 4 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BATEMAN
March 3, 191318, Luke Bateman, of Cambria, track layer, aged 36 years, married, employed by the Carterville & Big Muddy Coal Company, Cambria, was killed by being struck by a loaded car, which had become detached from a motor trip. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BEASLEY
November 1, 194853, Herman Beasley, of Marion, miner, age 63 years, married, was killed when he fell in the slope at Sunny Brook Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BEATTIE
December 30, 191218, I. M. Beattie, of Hurst, miner, aged 42 years, married, employed by the Western Coal & Mining Company, Bush, died from injuries received the previous day by being crushed between the rib and a trip of loads while he was attempting to cross from one side to the other. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BEAVERS
July 13, 191723, Sid Beavers, of Herrin, miner, age 42 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Taylor Mining Company's No. 3 mine. There were no eye witnesses to this accident, deceased was found under the rock dead. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
BEERS
February 23, 190611, T. L. Beers, of Clifford, top laborer, aged 25 years, married, employed at the Big Muddy Coal & Iron Co.'s mine No. 8, Clifford, Williamson County, was taking off and putting on picks on a cage. He signaled the engineer to lower the cage. It was evident he was not far enough away from the cage, and fell into the shaft after the cage. His instructions were to put the bar across the shaft before signaling the cage away. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BELL
December 14, 191723, J. M. Bell, of Johnston City, machine runner, age 37 years, single, was killed in Searles Coal Company's mine by falling coal.
 
BELTZ
November 30, 191521, Henry Beltz, of Fordville, timberman, age 56 years, married, was killed by falling slate in Taylor Mining Company's mine No. 2, Herrin, Williamson County. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
BENARD
February 25, 195660. Mr. Hillis Benard, of Marion, age 55, married, 6 dependent children, died in Marion Memorial Hospital at 2:30 P. M. on February 25, 1956, from injuries received from a roof fall at the New Black Crystal Coal Company mine, Crab Orchard, Williamson County, Illinois, on January 14, 1956. He was employed as a tracklayer.
      On the morning of January 14, 1956, Hillis Benard, the deceased, accompanied by two other employees, went in to the 3 and 4 N. M. E. abandoned territory to recover a trap door to be used in another part of the mine. They knocked the posts from under the door header, the header being 2" x 6" x 12'. One of the men accompanying the deceased, picked up one end of the header. The deceased went inby side of the door to pick up the other end. A piece of rock 83" long, 5" thick, an average of 24" wide, fell on the deceased, crushing him and causing injuries from which he died in Marion Memorial Hospital at 2:30 P.M. February 25, 1956.
 
BENEDICT
October 8, 191622, George Benedict, of Herrin, driver, age 26 years, married, employed in Taylor Mining Company's mine, No. 1, Herrin, Williamson County, was caught between two loaded pit cars which he was trying to couple, and killed. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
December 39, 19039, John Benedict, spragger, aged 18 years, single, was instantly killed in the mine of the Chicago-Herrin Coal Co., Herrin, Williamson County. Deceased had spragged some cars near the shaft, and was letting down some more cars; while doing this his head was caught and crushed between the cars in motion, and those standing still.
 
BENEVITTE
November 1, 190713, Isadore Benevitte, of Oak Ridge, driver, aged 30 years, single, employed at the Big Muddy River Consolidated Coal Company, Johnston City, Williamson County, was killed while riding on the front end of a pit car. He fell off the car, which passed over him. He died about two hours after the accident.
 
BENGE
December 5, 193035, John Benge, of Johnston City, loader, age 22 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 1 mine.
 
BENNETT
May 31, 192025, Louis Bennett, of Herrin, miner, age 58 years, married, was killed by falling slate in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's mine B, Herrin. He leaves widow and one child.
 
April 13, 194247, William Bennett, of Johnston City, night watchman, age 29 years, married, was killed when a truck ran over him in the mine operated by Grissham & Chancey. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BERHAR
March 18, 191722. S. J. Berhar, of Johnston City, timberman, age 42 years, married, was electrocuted in Johnston City Coal Company's mine, Johnston City, Williamson County. Deceased was unloading ties from a mine car; he had one foot on the car wheel and the other one on a pile of iron rails; in some way he struck his head against an electric wire. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
BERALATTI
February 10, 192631, Ernest Beralatti, of Herrin, loader, age 45 years, married, was killed when struck by a prop that had been knocked out by a runaway car, in C. W. & F. mining Company's Mine A. He leaves a widow.
 
BERNACHI
February 26, 191924, Pete Bernachi, of Herrin, miner, age 36 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Freeman Coal Company's mine, Herrin. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
BERRITT / BARRITT
March 29, 191116, Thomas Berritt, of Johnston City, miner, aged 31 years, married, employed at the Johnston City Coal Company's mine, Johnston City, was killed. Deceased was loading a car of coal at the face of his room when a large piece of slate fell, striking his head, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BEST
September 29, 192228, Paul Best, of Collinsville, civil engineer's helper, age 24 years, single, was killed in an explosion that occurred in Consolidated Coal Company's Lake Creek mine.
See : Gas Explosion at Johnston City, Williamson County
 
BILLINGS
March 23, 195055, Floyd Billings, of Marion, timberman, age 38 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Freeman Coal Mining Corporation's Jeffery No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BIRD
September 3, 191824, William Bird, of Marion, trip rider, age 26 years, married, was run over by motor and killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 3 mine, Marion. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BIRRA
September 30, 192026, Charles Birra, miner, age 25 years, married, was killed in T. G. Warden's mine by falling slate. He leaves a widow.
 
BISHOP
May 27, 191419, Albert Bishop, of Herrin, miner, aged 56 years, married, was killed by falling slate in the mine of the Pond Creek Coal Company, Herrin. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BLACK
February 21, 191924, Joseph Black, of Johnston City, laborer, age 21 years, single, was killed in Consolidated Coal Company's Lake Creek mine, Johnston City. Deceased was on the cage coming out of mine and in some unknown way got caught between the cage and shaft; the cage passed by him and he fell back down the shaft, a distance of about 100 feet.
 
BLACKBURN
August 26, 192127, Ed Blackburn, of Marion, driver, age 32 years, married, was killed by pit cars in Scranton Coal Mining Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
Obituary
Marion Semi-Weekly Leader, Marion, Illinois
Tuesday, August 30, 1921, Page 2
ED. BLACKBURN KILLED IN MINE
Popular Marion Man was Run Over by Loaded Car at Scranton Mine on Friday
      Ed Blackburn of East Jackson Street was killed Friday afternoon when a loaded mine car ran over him in Scranton mine where he was employed as a mule driver. The accident took place about 3:00 o'clock while he was driving to the bottom on the straight south entry with a string of four loaded coal cars. He died at a result of the injuries about 4:15 o'clock.
      It was thot that Blackburn was kicked by the mule that was pulling the cars and fell to the track where the cars ran over him but the statement of the witnesses at the coroner's inquest [missing] theory. There were no eye witneses of the accident. According to the evidence the accident took place in a section of the entry where there was a slight hill but as far as could be seen at the time there, were no cars off the track. At least one and probable all of the cars passed over the man's body, cutting off both legs and causing another wound on the left side of the head. He was lying about twelve feet behind the last car when found.
      The injured man was carried to the top of the mine and medical aid summoned at once but he died within a few minutes. The body was brot to the undertaking parlors of Hudgens and Scobey where Coroner William McCowan held the inquest, Friday night The jury composed of Andy Summers, Louis Allen, W. H. White, A. M. Norman, D. J. Jackson and S. V. Aikman reached a verdict that the man came to his death as a result of being run over by a loaded mine car.
      James Edward Blackburn was born in Marion February 17, 1889 and at the time of death was aged thirty-two years, six months and nine days. He was the son of Morris and Elizabeth H. Blackburn and attended the public schools of Marion in childhood. Upon reaching the age of manhood he was united in marriage with Miss Ethel White, who with one daughter, Verdie, aged ten, survive his death. One sister, Mrs. Milo Hill of Goreville route one, and two brothers, W. E. Blackburn of South Madison street and A. E. Blackburn of 411 East Jackson street, with whom deceased made his home, also survive. The parents have been dead for several years.
      During the World War the deceased served in the army and was in training at Camp Taylor when the armistice was signed. He was a member of the U. M. W. of A.
      The body lay in state at the Hudgens and Scobey Undertaking Parlors until three o'clock Saturday afternoon during which time scores viewed the body. The young man was known by many and liked by all who knew him. Most of his life was spent in Marion where made scores of friends.
      Late Saturday afternoon the body was removed to the home on East Jackson street where the funeral services will be held Sunday conducted by Rev. J. W. McKinney. Burial will be made in the Rose Hill Cemetery Annex.
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Marion Semi-Weekly Leader, Marion, Illinois
Friday, September 2, 1921, Page 2
FUNERAL FOR J. E. BLACKBURN
Ex-Service Man Was Laid to Rest by Comrades - Was Killed in Mine Accident on Friday
      Funeral services for James E. Blackburn, who lost his life in Scranton mine Friday, were held at the home of his brother, A. E. Blackburn of 411 East Jackson street Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. J. W. McKinney. The floral tributes were many and beautiful and hundreds crowded to the home to pay their last respects to the popular young miner. The crowd attending the funeral was estimated at 500, one of the largest funerals ever held in Marion. After the services at the home the funeral procession several blocks in length moved to the Rosehill cemetery where the body was laid to rest.
      The deceased was in the army during the World War and the pall bearers selected were also veterans of the World War as follows: Les McAnnally, Lester Fox, George St. John, Ben Sharp, Earl Knight, Fred Fergus, Fred Bradley and Herman Owens.
      The flower girls were Irma Foster, Gladys Butts, Elsie Foster, Gladys Owens, Mildred Lines, Orpha Burns, Inez Dorris, Jewell Dorris and Mary Louise Allen. During the services at the home several appropriate selections were sung by the Baptist quartet of the First Baptist church composed of Rev. Julian Atwood, Rosa Dunston, J. R. Bradbury and Chester Atwood.
 
January 14, 192126, Norman L. Stauder, miner, age 21 years, single, and Cyrus C. Blackburn, miner, age 26 years, married, were killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 3 mine by falling coal. Blackburn leaves a widow.
 
BLADES
January 14, 194853, Leo Blades, of Marion, trip rider, age 45 years, married, died from injuries received on January 9, 1948, when he was crsuhed between a car and rib in Crystal Block Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BLAKE
April 28, 193843, Henry Blake, of Herrin, fireman, aged 47 years, married, killed by boiler room conveyor at New Monarch mine of the Consolidated Coal Co., leaving widow.
 
BOLTINA
May 4, 1905, Casnio Boltina, of Herrin, miner, aged 30 years, single, was killed in a blast explosion.
 
BONDI
On May 11, 18972, Ezzonia Bondi, of Carterville, a miner employed at the St. L. & B. M. Coal Co. mine at Carterville, Williamson county, was fatally injured by a premature blast from which he died May 12, 1897, at 5:30 a. m. The deceased had prepared two shots to fire; he lit one and went into the entry for safety he returned after the shot had fired and lit the second shot, and again went into the entry for safety. He evidently heard a shot from an adjoining room and mistook it for his own, and returned to the room to see what the shot had done. When within 20 feet of the shot it went off, whichcaused the injuries from which he died. He was a married man, 32 years old, and leaves a widow and two children in Italy.
 
BOTTS / BATTS
August 16, 190713, Tilford S. Botts, of Johnston City, weighman, aged 32 years, single, employed in the Johnston City Coal Company's mine, Johnston City, Williamson County, was killed instantly while trying to replace a car on the cage which had been thrown into the hopper. Deceased lost his balance and fell to the bottom of the shaft.
 
BOWMAN
October 20, 195055, John Andy Bowman, of Marion, timberman, age 37 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company's Zeigler No. 3 mine.
 
BOYD
February 6, 191217, Ed Boyd, of Johnston City, miner, aged 33 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Oak Ridge mine of the Southern Illinois Coal Company, Johnson City. The piece which fell was about seven or eight feet from the face of his room and had been supported by three props which were sprung when the weight came upon them. He was drilling a hole at the time, and no doubt heard the slate breaking and ran, getting under it just as it fell. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
January 31, 195257, Roscoe Boyd, of Marion, mine manager, age 54 years, married, was killed by a roof fall in Sunny Brook Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
May 27, 190914, Stanley Boyd, of White Ash, aged 19, single, engaged as a driver at the Standard Colliery Company's shaft No. 1 was killed by a fall of slate at the bottom of shaft when a slab of rock fell from the side of the pillar striking him on the left side and the back of the head. He died three days after the accident. This shaft is located at White Ash, Ill.
 
BOZZUE
January 7, 192833, Adolph Bozzue, of Johnston City, machine helper, age 40 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock, in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BRADLEY
July 16, 191218, John Bradley, of Marion, trapper, aged 18 years, single, employed in Peabody Coal Company's Mine No. 3, Marion, was killed by being caught between the rib and the trap door, which had been struck by a passing trip of cars.
 
BRANCO
May 25, 1904, Louis Branco, miner, aged 29 years, married, leaves a widow and two children, died from injuries received on May 11, 1904, by a terrible explosion of powder in the mine of the Big Muddy Coal & Iron company, Herrin, Williamson County.
See : Powder Explosion
 
BRANDON
January 10, 196263. Ralph Brandon, of Carterville, shooter, aged 50 years, married, three dependents, was killed in a gas and dust explosion occurred in Mine No. 2 of the Blue Blaze Coal Company, Herrin, Williamson County, Illinois.
See : Explosion at The Blue Blaze Coal Company, Mine No. 2
 
BRANDT
November 13, 190915, August Brandt, of Herrin, foreman, aged 41 years, married, employed at the Sunnyside Coal Company's mine No. 1, located at Herrin. While tightening a nut on the eccentric strap on the washer engine his coat was caught in the wheel and rope drive, and before the engine could be stopped he was cut in two. He leaves a wife and three children.
 
BRASCO
December 7, 191723, Joe Brasco, of Herrin, miner, age 45 years, married, was killed in Taylor Mining Company's No. 3 mine, by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BRASHEAR
November 2, 193540, Theodore Brashear, of Johnston City, switchman on clam, aged 21 years, married, crushed between cars at mine No. 18 of Old Ben Coal Corp., leaving widow.
 
BRATCHER
January 23, 193439, James Bratcher, of Herrin, loader, age 60 years, single, was killed by falling rock in Freeman Coal Mining Company's mine.
 
BRENNAR
October 27, 190612, Peter Brennar, of Herrin, pumpman, aged 54 years, married, employed by the Chicago & Carterville Coal Company, at mine "A," was killed by an explosion of fire damp in the first east entry on south side of shaft. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
BRISCOE
March 20, 191318, George W. Briscoe, of Johnston City, miner, aged 25 years, married, employed by the Big Muddy Fuel Company, Johnston City, was killed by a fall of slate in his working place. He leaves a widow.
 
BROBEL
January 25, 192429, Ed. Brobel, loader, age 40 years, married, additional information not reported, was killed in a gas and coal dust explosion that occurred in the East mine of Johnston City, operated by the Crerar-Clinch Coal Company (successors to Searles Coal Company), and resulted in the death of 33 men.
See : Gas Explosion, Crerar-Clinch McClintock Mine; Johnston City, Williamson County
 
BROGOLIO
May 25, 193338, Joe Brogolio, of Johnston City, timberman, age 59 years, married, died from injuries received the previous day by a fall of coal in Consolidated Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BROOMFIELD
January 18, 1905, Robert Broomfield, of Marion, miner, aged 35 years, married, was killed by flying coal. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BROWDER
September 27, 194752, Willaim C. Browder, of Johnston City, loader, age 33 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in the Square Deal Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BROWN
March 11, 191015, David Brown, of Herrin, miner; aged 35 years; single; employed by the Southern Illinois Coal Company, at Herrin. Brown was drilling out a shot which the shot firers had failed to explode; he used a tamping bar to drill out the hole and when he had the hole drilled out close up to the powder it exploded, injuring him so that he died six hours after the accident.
 
November 30, 194348, Elmer Brown, of Carterville, mule driver, age 55 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in the New Watson Coal Company mine operated by Harold Moakie. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BROWNING
January 11, 196062. Mr. Wathen Lee Browning, of Royalton, age 46, married, one dependent child, was seriously injured January 11, 1960, at the New Black Diamond Coal Company Mine No. 8, located at Crab Orchard, Williamson County, Illinois, by a fall of draw slate. The accident occurred at 10:30 a.m. and Mr. Browning died at the Memorial Hospital in Marion, Illinois, at 7:40 p.m. the same day. He was employed at this mine as mine manager for 2½ months.
      Mr. Browning was in a room with Harold Boroum, loading machine operator, where a fall of coal was being loaded. Draw slate fell across a fall of coal, 8 inches on the left side of the room to 5 inches on the right side. The main body of slate was 8 feet wide falling back from the face 24 feet. Six props were under the fall but there was no way to determine if they had been set.
 
BROYLES
October 14, 192530, Walter Broyles, of Herrin, timberman, age 30 years, married, was killed by falling rock in C. W. & F. Mining Company's A mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BRUSH
July 1, 190713, Edgar Brush, of Cambria, cager, aged 23 years, single, employed at the Carterville Mining Company's mine No. 3, Lauder, Williamson County, was killed while trying to get a car loose that was stuck on the cage. He was standing on the cage when the engineer hoisted it, catching deceased between the cage and door head of shaft, breaking his neck. The top men say that the signal was given from the bottom to hoist the cage, and the bottom men say there was no signal given from the bottom.
 
BRYANT
January 25, 192429, Marion Bryant, of Johnston City, loader, married, additional information not reported, was killed in a gas and coal dust explosion that occurred in the East mine of Johnston City, operated by the Crerar-Clinch Coal Company (successors to Searles Coal Company), and resulted in the death of 33 men.
See : Gas Explosion, Crerar-Clinch McClintock Mine; Johnston City, Williamson County
 
January 25, 192429, W. R. Bryant, loader, age not reported, single, was killed in a gas and coal dust explosion that occurred in the East mine of Johnston City, operated by the Crerar-Clinch Coal Company (successors to Searles Coal Company), and resulted in the death of 33 men.
See : Gas Explosion, Crerar-Clinch McClintock Mine; Johnston City, Williamson County
 
BUCHENA
May 15, 191823, Sam Buchena, of Johnston City, trip rider, age 21 years, single, was killed in Johnston City Big Muddy Coal Company's No. 2 mine, by being run over by a motor.
 
BUCKLES
January 29, 19027, Abraham Buckles, of Dewmain, miner, age 41 years, single, was severely injured by being struck on the head with loose coal flying from a blast in the St. Louis & Big Muddy Coal Co.'s mine, Dewmain, Williamson county. Deceased had gone into his room to light a shot, and in making his retreat was struck by flying coal. It is not known whether he was struck by coal from his own blast or from the adjoining room as it was found upon examination that a blast in the adjoining room had blown through the pillar at the time of the accident. Deceased died from his injuries five hours later.
 
BUCKNER
October 7, 194247, Everett Buckner, of Marion, miner, age 40 years, married, died from injuries received the previous day, October 6, 1942, when rock from the roof fell on him in the mine operated by Ed. Gentry. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
September 7, 194045, Ray Buckner, of Herrin, top laborer, age 27 years, married; killed by railroad cars at the "Buckhorn" Mine of the Consolidated Coal Co., leaving widow and two children.
 
BULLARS / BULLARO
August 23, 191117, Thomas Bullars, of Johnston City, miner, aged 45 years, married, was killed in the Big Muddy Fuel Co.'s mine, Johnston City, by a premature blast. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BULLINER
June 12, 192328, Fred Bulliner, of Carterville, laborer, age 30 years, was killed by being dragged or thrown under the truck when the mule he was driving became frightened and ran away, in Madison Coal Corporation's No. 12 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BUNDREN
March 23, 192025, Ralph Bundren, of Marion, loader, age 26 years, married, died from burns received one week earlier, when a keg of powder exploded (the cause of explosion not known), in Big Muddy Fuel Company's mine, Johnston City. He leaves a widow.
 
BUNTING
October 29, 194550, Robert Bunting, of Whiteash, mine examiner, age 66 years, married, was killed by a rock fall in Freeman Coal Mining Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BURDEN
May 25, 195055, Granvel Burden, of Johnston City, machine helper, age 59 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Freeman Coal Mining Corporation's Jeffery No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BURGESS
July 31, 192631, Tom Burgess, of Johnston City, loader, age 37 years, married, was killed in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 1 mine, by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
BURKIS
April 26, 193439, Tony Burkis, of Johnston City, timberman, age 47 years, married, died from injuries received two days before from a fall of slate in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. i mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BUSCH
May 16, 1904, Sherid Busch, miner, aged 29 years, married, leaves a widow and four children, died from injuries received on May 11, 1904, by a terrible explosion of powder in the mine of the Big Muddy Coal & Iron company, Herrin, Williamson County.
See : Powder Explosion
 
BUTCHER
January 14, 19027, William Butcher, of Herrin, driver, age 27 years, married, was killed by being caught between a loaded pit-car and the side of the entry in the mine of the Chicago and Carterville Coal Co., at Herrin, Williamson county. Deceased was hauling a loaded pit-car through a cross cut from the second west entry to the first west entry on the north side. In attempting to get on the front end of the car he slipped and was caught between the car and the side if the entry. He died a few minutes after the accident. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BUTLER
June 18, 191823, William Butler, of Marion, timberman, age 40 years, married, and John Williamson, of Marion, timberman, age 40 years, married, were killed in Johnston City Washed Coal Company's mine. These men were sent to clean up a fall and to make the place safe. They were standing on top of the fall when Williamson took a pick and tapped the roof. The jar caused a quantity of rock to fall which caught them causing instant death. Butler leaves a widow and two children, Williamson a widow and six children.
 

C
CAGLE
December 20, 192732, Fred Cagle, of Marion, age 47, married, was killed in an explosion of gas that occurred in Gosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 1 mine, Johnston City. He leaves a widow and one child.
See : Gas Explosion in Gosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 1 mine
 
CALCATARRA
February 24, 19027, Aleck Calcatarra, of Herrin, miner, age 41 years, married, leaves a widow and three children, was severely injured about the body by a fall of slate in the Big Muddy Coal & Iron Co.'s shaft No. 7, Herrin, Williamson county. Deceased was cautioned by the mine examiner to be careful of some loose slate at the face of his working place; in reply he said that he could take care of himself. He was mining off some coal that had been loosened by a blast the previous day, when the slate fell which caused his death five hours later.
 
CALCATERRA
December 6, 190511, John Calcaterra, of Herrin, miner, aged 19 years, was killed at the Big Muddy Coal & Iron Company's shaft No. 7, Herrin, Williamson County. It is supposed that the dinner pail of deceased caught in a button in going up the shaft, and that he lost his balance, falling from the cage.
 
CAMPBELL
December 27, 192631, Denis Campbell, of Herrin, driver, age 28 years, married was run over by a pit car and killed in C. W. & F. Mining Company's mine A. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
May 28, 191823, J. W. Campbell, of Marion, miner, age 66 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 3 mine. Deceased was working in a place not properly timbered. There was a slip running across the place which gave way letting about three tons of soapstone fall catching him and causing instant death. He leaves a widow.
 
January 30, 19038, Thomas Campbell, of Lake Creek, mine examiner, aged 63 years, married, was severely injured by a fall of top coal and slate; he died Feb. 1, and leaves a widow and two children.
 
CANFIELD
December 22, 191420, Robert Canfield, of Marion, miner, age 50 years, married, was killed by falling rock in mine No. 3, Peabody Coal Co., Marion, Williamson County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
CAPLINGER
January 25, 192429, Clyde Caplinger, of Johnston City, loader, age 19 years, single, was killed in a gas and coal dust explosion that occurred in the East mine of Johnston City, operated by the Crerar-Clinch Coal Company (successors to Searles Coal Company), and resulted in the death of 33 men.
See : Gas Explosion, Crerar-Clinch McClintock Mine; Johnston City, Williamson County
 
January 25, 192429, Wilson Caplinger, loader, age 20 years, single, was killed in a gas and coal dust explosion that occurred in the East mine of Johnston City, operated by the Crerar-Clinch Coal Company (successors to Searles Coal Company), and resulted in the death of 33 men.
See : Gas Explosion, Crerar-Clinch McClintock Mine; Johnston City, Williamson County
 
CAPPENCE
September 2, 190814, Charles Cappence, of Marion, a miner, aged 25, single, was employed as a miner for the Big Muddy Coal and Coke Company at Marion, Ill. The driver had come to the mouth of the room to the deceased's car, and Cappence, took the mule and went to the face of the room to pull his own car. Cappence was caught between car and rib, squeezing him. His injuries were internal, from which he died.
 
CAPPO
March 29, 190914, Antonio Cappo, of Herrin, aged 32, employed as a miner at the Sunnyside Coal Company's mine No. 1, Herrin, Ill., was working a shot off at the face of his room. A slab of slate about 4" inches thick, 4 by 5 feet long, struck him on the head. He lived about three hours after the accident. Cappo was a single man.
 
CARACKA
October 26, 190814, Antonio Caracka, of Pittsburg, aged 40, married, employed as a miner for the Culp Coal Company, was an entry driver, and as there was only Caraoha and his partner working in the shaft this day, they were told to shoot their own shots. His partner drilled the hole and put the powder into the hole; the hole was badly placed, being too strongly gripped and having an over-charge of powder, the shot only knocked off the heel and most of the powder was burned in the air. It was a blowing out shot and caused an explosion and Caracha came to his death by being overcome in the powder smoke. He leaves a wife and three children.
 
CARNEY
January 29, 19027, C. B. Carney, of Carterville, miner, age 52 years, married, leaves a widow and seven children, was instantly killed by being struck on the head and body with coal flying from a blast, in the Carterville Coal Co.'s mine in Williamson county. Deceased had prepared a blast, and when firing time came in the evening he went to light his shot; the instant he put his lamp to the squib the shot exploded. Whether this was due to a defective squib or that the deceased pushed his lamp under the powder part of the squib is not known.
 
CARSO
July 9, 191420, Angelo Carso, of Johnston City, miner, age 30 years, married, was killed by a machine in the McClintock mine, Standard Collieries Co., Johnston City, Williamson County. Deceased was moving the machine to another room, and was either riding on it and fell off, or was walking backward in front of it and stumbled and fell down, and the machine ran over him. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
CARTON
February 2, 192429, C. C. Carton, of Marion, miner, age 74 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Wilco Mining Company's mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
CARUSCO
January 25, 192429, Antonia Carusco, loader, age not reported, single, was killed in a gas and coal dust explosion that occurred in the East mine of Johnston City, operated by the Crerar-Clinch Coal Company (successors to Searles Coal Company), and resulted in the death of 33 men.
See : Gas Explosion, Crerar-Clinch McClintock Mine; Johnston City, Williamson County
 
CARVER
October 8, 190713, Andrew Carver, of Carterville, driver, aged 25 years, single, employed at the Hafer Washed Coal Company's mine No. 3, Carterville, Williamson County, was killed while driving on the north side of the mine. Deceased was bringing a trip of cars to the bottom. He had cut the mule from the cars but in some way he slipped and fell under the cars, and was caught under the bumpers and stopped the trip.
 
CASPER
September 26, 18973, Peter Casper, aged 37, single, died from injuries received in a a fire damp explosion occurred on September 24, 1897 at 7 a. m., in Williamson County Coal Company's mine , at Johnston City.
See : 1897 Fire Damp Explosion
 
CASSANI
October 15, 192833, Adolph Cassani, of Johnston City, loader, age 43 years, married, was killed by falling coal, in Pratt Brothers' Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
CASTROLE
September 29, 192228, Joseph Castrole, of Johnston City, miner, age 25 years, single, was killed in an explosion that occurred in Consolidated Coal Company's Lake Creek mine.
See : Gas Explosion at Johnston City, Williamson County
 
CHAMNESS
April 8, 193136, Roy Chamness, of Marion, machineman, age 51 years, married, was killed in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 3 mine by being caught between pit car and coal rib. He leaves a widow.
 
January 3, 191621, Will Chamness, of Herrin, miner, age 23 years, married, was killed in Carterville and Herrin Coal Company's mine, Herrin, Williamson County, by falling slate. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
CHANCE
January 19, 196062. Mr. Troy Chance, of Benton, age 41, married, two dependent children, was seriously injured at the Freeman Coal Mining Corporation, Freeman No. 4, located at Marion, Williamson County, Illinois, January 19, 1960, at 11:30 a.m. Mr. Chance was injured in the repair shop at the bottom while repairing a control panel of a Fletcher Baker battery operated tractor. He died at the Franklin Hospital, Benton, Illinois, at 1:30 p.m. the same day. He was employed as a repairman and had five years experience at this mine.
      Mr. Chance was repairing the controller that was reported out of order the previous shift. In order to locate the defect, he had to deenergize the controller before he started to check the contactors. He removed the positive power lead from the control panel to the motor to prevent any movement of the tractor and also blocked in the forward and reverse lever control so he could get the electric current to the contactors. The blocking of the lever was necessary as it would not stay in any position except neutral, therefore, in doing this, he had power from the battery to the forward and reverse controls to the contactors. In doing this, the tractor could not move as he had removed the positive lead from the control panel to the motor. He was in a sitting position (as the stool was under the tractor) in front of the control panel which is located between the rear or pulling wheels of the tractor. The positive lead, that he had removed to prevent the tractor from moving, in some way became contacted with the control panel and since the forward-reverse lever was blocked in reverse position, when contact was made the tractor moved in reverse or in the direction where he was sitting, running over him. The dual wheel had passed over his body at the hips and the tractor has about a 5-inch clearance from the frame to the floor, causing his body to wedge between the wheel and frame and the wheel to rotate against his body rubbing a deep ridge into his back.
 
CHASSE
May 2, 191924, Paul Chasse, of Johnston City, miner, age 42 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Johnston City Coal Company's No. 2 mine, Johnston City. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
CHOTKE
May 11, 192025, Frank Chotke, of Johnston City, miner, age 42 years, single, was killed in Williamson County Coal Company's mine, Johnston City, by a fall of slate. He leaves one child. Was divorced from his wife.
 
CLAIRIDA
November 9, 191723, John Clairida, of Marion, miner, age 57 years, married, died from injuries received in Peabody Coal Company's No. 3 mine. Deceased was going through a trap door and stepped to one side to avoid some mud and water which had accumulated in the center of the track. He walked about fifteen feet and started to step back to center when his head came in contact with the trolley wire; the shock knocked him down, his head striking the rail causing a fracture of the skull. The accident happened November 6, 1917. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
COATS
January 1, 19038, Chas. Coats, of Marion, miner, aged 42 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate at his working place in the mine of the Chicago & Big Muddy Coal Company, Marion, Williamson County. He leaves a widow and seven children, two dependant.
 
COBB
February 7, 191116, Robert Cobb, of Johnston City, miner, aged 24 years, married, employed at the Standard Colliers Company's mine No. 2, Johnston City, was killed by falling top coal from a standing shot. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
January 25, 192429, James Cobb, loader, age 20 years, single, was killed in a gas and coal dust explosion that occurred in the East mine of Johnston City, operated by the Crerar-Clinch Coal Company (successors to Searles Coal Company), and resulted in the death of 33 men.
See : Gas Explosion, Crerar-Clinch McClintock Mine; Johnston City, Williamson County
 
COCHRAN
December 17, 193035, James Cochran, of Carterville, pumpman, age 58 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 25 mine, by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
COLBERG
May 22, 190914, Gus Colberg, of Herrin, aged 52, was killed by going back on a shot in the W. P. Rend Coal and Coke Company's mine No. 2 at Herrin, Ill. Colberg, with others, was engaged in shooting off a part of the shaft pillars at bottom of shaft to make it wider. Colberg had lit a shot 65 feet from the bottom of the shaft. He had placed a cartridge containing 17 inches of powder in the hole, with fuse connections. Colberg lighted the fuse and went towards the shaft bottom, shouting "fire" as he ran away from the shot, and the supposition is that he hearing a shot go off on west side of shaft, thought it was his shot that had exploded; therefore, he advanced upon his shot, and when he was about 6 feet from it, the shot went off, killing him almost instantly. He leaves a wife and one child.
 
COLLETTE / COLLETTI
November 12, 191016, Joe Collette, of Johnston City, miner, aged 30 years, married, employed at the Johnston City Coal Company's mine, Johnston City, was walking toward the bottom of the shaft on the motor road. He stepped into a crosscut to let the motor trip pass; he then got into the road to follow the trip, when five cars that had become uncoupled struck him, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
COLLIER
November 9, 192026, Charles Collier, miner, age 38 years, married, was killed by falling slate in Carterville Black Diamond Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
COLOMBO
December 9, 19028, Lewis Colombo, of Herrin, miner, aged 40 years, married, was killed by a fall of top coal at his working face in the mine of the Sunnyside Coal Company, Herrin, Williamson County. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
COLP
July 29, 191824, Philip Colp, of Blairville, trapper, age 16 years, single, was run over by motor and killed in Madison Coal Corporation's No. 9 mine, Dewmaine. He leaves his mother, dependent.
 
CONNELL
May 2, 191116, John Connell, of Marion, miner, aged 40 years, married, was killed while employed at the W. P. Rend Coal & Coke Company's mine, Rendville. Deceased was drawing top coal. He was knocking the props out, when the coal fell, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
COOK
June 29, 191823, Jess Cook, of Carterville, blacksmith, age 27 years, married, was killed in Madison Coal Corporation's No. 9 mine. Deceased was going in to shoe mules. The motorman had left the motor on the track he was traveling and as he was crawling over it his head came in contact with a live wire. The shock knocked him off and he fell in such a way as to break his neck. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
CORBETT
January 25, 192429, Joe Corbett, of Johnston City, loader, age 20 years, single, was killed in a gas and coal dust explosion that occurred in the East mine of Johnston City, operated by the Crerar-Clinch Coal Company (successors to Searles Coal Company), and resulted in the death of 33 men.
See : Gas Explosion, Crerar-Clinch McClintock Mine; Johnston City, Williamson County
 
CORRELL / CARRELL
August 29, 190612, Angelo Correll, of White Ash, miner, aged 32 years, married, employed by the Carterville District Coal Company, was instantly killed. The cager had his usual number of men on the cage and rang for the engineer to hoist; just as the cage was leaving the bottom, the deceased came running past those who were waiting for the next cage to come out, and leaped on the cage; he was caught between the cage and the casing of the shaft, crushing his head. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
CORROTTO
December 20, 192732, G. Corrotto, of Johnston City, age 39, single, was killed in an explosion of gas that occurred in Gosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 1 mine, Johnston City.
See : Gas Explosion in Gosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 1 mine
 
COX
January 25, 192429, Charles Cox, age 21 years, married, was killed in a gas and coal dust explosion that occurred in the East mine of Johnston City, operated by the Crerar-Clinch Coal Company (successors to Searles Coal Company), and resulted in the death of 33 men. He leaves a widow.
See : Gas Explosion, Crerar-Clinch McClintock Mine; Johnston City, Williamson County
 
January 3, 191217, Earl Cox, of Herrin, miner, age not given, single, was killed in the Jeffries mine of the Carterville and Herrin Coal Company, Herrin, by a fall of slate.
      Some months before this when the present mine manager took charge of the mine, he discovered that young Cox and several other boys, working underground, were not of the legal age, and they were removed. After waiting until he was sixteen Cox applied again for a position and his brother signing an agreement to take care of him, he was reinstated. He had been working about four months when death came. The slate that fell on him had been sounded by his brother who thought it safe, but to make sure had put up a prop to support it. Apparently, it was looser than they thought, and one prop was not enough to hold it. He was crushed about the head and shoulders; was taken at once to the Murphysboro hospital, where he died the same day.
 
February 12, 192429, William Cox,of Marion, driver, age 27 years, married, died from injuries received five days previous, in Peabody Coal Company's mine No. 3. Deceased was riding on a car, his mule stumbled and fell, throwing driver off, and he was caught between the car and coal rib. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
COYNE
December 15, 18973, John Coyne, aged 44, single, by occupation a miner, was suffocated by gases from a coal fire in the third south entry on the east side of mine No. 2, of the Scott-Wilson Coal Company, at Fredonia. At 7:30 a. m., miners working on the east side reported to the mine manager that there was smoke coming from some of the pillars between the second and third south entries. He immediately ordered all of the men out of the mine, except a few whom he kept to locate the fire. One of the mules got away from the driver and ran into the third south entry, and was allowed to go, as it was thought too dangerous to go after him on account of the smoke. About 9:30 a. m., John Coyne started in the direction the mule had taken and asked some of the men to follow him; none, however, went. The mine manager, on finding out what Coyne had done, sent two men in search of him, but they could not find him and returned. Another party was organized in the afternoon to go in search of Coyne, and they found him dead, about 6 p. m., in the third south entry, 1,200 feet from the main east entry, the mule being a little beyond the body of Coyne. When the men reached the switch with Coyne's body the mule was close to their heels and seemed to be unharmed. The fire originated among some old timbers where some one must have changed lamp cotton, which set fire to the coal. This part of the mine was then sealed up for three weeks and was then reopened, when it was found the fire had all died out.
 
CRADDOCK
September 28, 192530, Oris Craddock, of Carterville, miner, age 38 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Madison Coal Corporation's No. 12 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
CRAIG
January 7, 190914, William Allen Craig, of Herrin, top laborer, aged 23, single, employed at the Big Muddy River Consolidated Coal Company's mine, known as the Hemlock mine at Herrin, Ill.., was trying to stop a loaded car by throwing a block of wood in front of the wheel; the car wheel pushed the block off the rail, and as Craig was trying to put the block of wood in front of the wheel again, the car bumped against another car, catching his head between the cars, causing instant death.
 
CRAIN
January 4, 191722, Arlie Crain, of Herrin, laborer, age 25 years, married, employed at the No. 2 mine of the Taylor Mining Company. Herrin, Williamson County, was run over and killed by a railroad car. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
December 23, 195559. Mr. Emmett Crain, of Mulkeytown, age 43, married, 8 dependent children, was killed while operating a shuttle car at the Bell & Zoller Coal Co. No. 3 mine located at Zeigler, Williamson County, Illinois, on December 23, 1956 (date error ? 1955).
      The deceased finished loading the fifth car of an eight car trip and had started the shuttle car away from the trip. He moved about two and a half feet when the boom of the shuttle car hung on the sixth car as the motorman started the trip to the bottom. The sixth car sliding under the boom and the front end of the seventh car caught the shuttle car boom and pulled it four feet north into the rib of the cross-cut. The deceased operating shuttle car on the north side of the car was crushed between shuttle car and the rib.
 
May 28, 192328, Omer Crain, of Cambria, miner, age 40 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Madison Coal Corporation's No. 12 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
March 21, 193742, Ray Crain, of Marion, triprider, aged 38 years, widower, crushed by cars in mine of Seymour Coal Mining Co., leaving one child.
 
CRAYNOR / CRAGNER
June 16, 191116, Ben Craynor, of Dewmaine, watchman, aged 45 years, married, was killed while at the Madison Coal Corporation's mine, No. 9, Dewmaine. Deceased dropped his revolver, the hammer striking a tile, caused it to be discharged and the ball passed through his body just above the heart. He leaves a widow and eight children.
 
CRIZZATI
April 25, 19049, Adolph Crizzati, miner aged 24 years, married, was instantly killed in the north side mine of the Chicago-Carterville Coal Company, Herrin, Williamson County. Deceased had fired a shot which he evidently thought had exploded, as he had returned to investigate; when within about 18 feet of his working place the shot went off, the flying coal striking him about the head and body. He leaves a widow.
 
CROMPTON
May 6, 193136, John Crompton, of Herrin, triprider, age 25 years, married, died from injuries received June 6, 1930, in C. W. & F. Coal Company's mine A, by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
CRONIN
August 4, 195559. Mr. John Cronin, of Carterville, age 43, married, three dependent children, came to his death by an unavoidable accident by a falling rock crushing his skull at the Mc-Horn Coal Company mine, Crab Orchard Township, Williamson County, Illinois, August 4, 1955, between 1:06 P.M. and 1:30 P.M.
      The deceased came to his death by a blow of rock breaking loose at the rib and falling on him, at the hopper on slope bottom. There were no witnesses to the accident. Indications are that he had fastened a piece of plastic pipe to a water line and was in the act of wrapping rubber tape around the joint. The roll of tape with 2 wraps around the pipe was in position and his knife was laying by his side.
 
CROSS
October 15, 191925, Jesse Cross, of Colp, miner, age 31 years, married, was killed by falling slate in Madison Coal Corporations's No. 9 mine, Dewmaine. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
CULBERTSON
October 11, 18931. George Culbertson, miner, single man, 20 years of age, working in the St. Louis & Big Muddy Coal Company's mine at Carterville, while taking down standing coal on which rested a large piece of slate, the entire mass fell, killing him instantly. Culbertson had been cautioned by his working companion, also by a timberman, that the piece of slate was dangerous and had remarked himself that if the pit-boss knew he was working in such danger, he would make him take the slate down before mining any more coal from under it.
 
CULL
January 25, 192429, Peter Cull, of Johnston City, trip rider, age 21 years, single, was run over and killeed by pit cars in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 18 mine.
 
CULLEY
July 22, 194045, John Culley, of Cambria, miner, and part owner of mine, age 46 years, married; killed by fall of rock at the Cambria Coal Co. mine, leaving widow.
 
CULRELL
December 17, 191521, Earnest Culrell, of Herrin, driver, age 27 years, married, was caught between car and coal rib and killed in No. 2 mine, Taylor Mining Company, Herrin, Williamson County. He leaves a widow.
 
CURLEY
December 7, 191723, Elmer Curley, of Herrin, trip rider, age 23 years, married, was killed in T. G. Warden Coal Company's mine. Deceased's head was crushed between two cars while trying to couple them. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
CURRY
August 30, 191521, Thomas E. Curry, of Johnston City, trapper, age 18 years, single, employed in Johnston City Coal Company's mine, Johnston City, Williamson County, was killed by pit cars. Deceased stepped in front of a trip of loaded cars which ran over him.
 
CUSIMIONO
August 1, 192732, Vito Cusimiono, of Marion, miner, age 33 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Puritan Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
CUTTRELL / CUTRELL
      Illinois Annual Coal Report has the spelling listed as "Cutrell"
November 26, 195660. Mr. Claud Cutrell Claude Thomas Cuttrell, of Eldorado, age 31, married, three dependent children, was killed at the Blue Bird Coal Company's Mine No. 8, near Crab Orchard, Williamson County on November 26, 1956. He was employed as a loading machine helper. He had three years of experience at this mine.
      The deceased, Claud Cutrell, was working in the 6th N. E. The loading machine had finished loading in room 6. The machine was then being moved to room 4 by way of the second cross cut from the face. When the machine got through the cross cut and in about 60 feet from the face in room 4, the operator of the loading machine heard his buddy call, "Look out!" The roof gave way. The operator ran to the cross cut to right in room 4 and got in the clear. The drillers on the opposite side of room 4 heard the deceased call, "Look out!" and then saw him being covered up, the fall killing him instantly.
Claude Thomas Cuttrell
Born on June 9, 1925
Died on November 26, 1956
Buried in Lindale Memorial Gardens, Eldorado, Saline County, Illinois

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DAGAN
October 6, 192530, Frank Dagan, of Herrin, miner, age 41 years, married, was killed by an explosion of dynamite in C. W. & F. Mining Company's A mine. He leaves a widow.
 
DALE
March 2, 191217, Randolph Dale, of Herrin, timberman, aged 62 years, married, employed at the Big Muddy Coal & Iron Company's No. 7 mine, Herrin, 'was injured by falling slate, causing death on March 4th. On the morning of the accident deceased was sent into room No. 62, by the mine manager to secure some loose top. Thinking it better to take the loose material down than to attempt to timber it, he proceeded to knock a prop which was supporting part of the slate. While so engaged the mass of loose rock gave way, crushing him underneath it. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
DALIADIA
June 19, 192328, Francis Daliadia, of Johnston City, trapper, age 18 years, single, was caught between the motor and coal rib and killed in Consolidated Coal Company's Lake Creek mine.
 
DALTON
July 5, 191723, James Langley, of Clifford, laborer, age 55 years, single, and Ben Dalton, of Clifford, laborer, age 26 years, single, were killed at Big Muddy Coal and Iron Company's No. 8 mine by a railroad car. These men were standing in front of a car when it was struck by another car, knocking them down and running over them. Langley, who was a widower, leaves four dependent children.
 
DARNELL
February 22, 191217, Fred S. Darnell, of Johnston City, driver, aged 18 years, single, employed in the mine of the Johnston City Coal Company, Johnston City, was killed by falling in front of a car. In attempting to alight from his car while it was in motion his foot slipped and he fell in front of it. He leaves his mother and two small sisters who depended upon him for support.
 
DAUGHERTY
March 19, 192429, Manuel Daugherty, of Herrin, miner, age 62 years, married, was killed in Pratt Brothers mine. Deceased was on his way to bottom of shaft, a motor trip of cars overtook him, he stepped into a refuge place, and as he thought the trip had gone by, he stepped out on the track and was run over by five cars which had broken loose from the trip and were traveling some distance behind. He leaves a widow.
 
DAVIS
August 8, 193540, Barney Davis, of Johnston City, motorman, aged 50 years, married, crushed by cars in mine No. 1 of Franco Mining Co., leaving widow and two children.
 
August 9, 192833, Claude Davis, of Scottsboro, driver, age 43 years, married, was run over and killed by pit-cars, in Peabody Coal Company's No. 3 mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
November 23, 191622, George W. Davis, of Johnston City, trip rider, age 27 years, married, was killed by being run over by pit cars in Johnston City Coal Company's mine, Johnston City, Williamson County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
January 29, 190712. Jess Davis, driver, aged 25 years, married, living at Johnston City, died at 3:30 p. m., January 29, 1907, from the effects of the explosion that occurred at 11:30 a. m., January 29, 1907, of thirty kegs of powder in the mine of the Johnson City & Big Muddy Coal & Mining Company, located at Johnston City, Williamson County. He leaves a widow and one child.
See : 1907 Powder Explosion
 
March 26, 191015, Joseph Davis, of Murphysboro, driver; aged 29 years; married; employed at the Big Muddy Coal and Iron Company's mine No. 5 at Murphysboro. Davis was riding on the front end of a loaded car in No. 1 south off the 5th east entry and was supposed to have been caught between the car and the rib of coal; his head was crushed and he was dead when found. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
November 16, 193540, McKinley Davis, of Paulton, miner, aged 42 years, married, killed by fall of rock in Schillinger & Parton mine, leaving widow and two children.
 
September 5, 191925, Wesley Davis, Jr., of Herrin, miner, age 18 years, single, was killed in T. G. Warden's mine, Herrin, by falling slate.
 
DEATON
October 20, 194853, Orke Deaton, of Marion, loading machine helper, age 51 years, married, died rom injuries received two days earlier, October 18, 1945, by a fall of rock in Wallace Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
DELCOURT
March 6, 192328, Leon Delcourt, of Johnston City, miner, age 44 years, married, was killed by falling coal in St. Louis Coal and Iron Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
DeLOACH
July 10, 192329, B. W. DeLoach, of Marion, laborer, age 26 years, single, fell from railroad car and was killed at henderson Wallace Coal Company's Dent mine.
 
DELSBETTA
January 25, 192429, John Delsbetta, machine man, age 42 years, married, was killed in a gas and coal dust explosion that occurred in the East mine of Johnston City, operated by the Crerar-Clinch Coal Company (successors to Searles Coal Company), and resulted in the death of 33 men. He leaves a widow and two children.
See : Gas Explosion, Crerar-Clinch McClintock Mine; Johnston City, Williamson County
 
DeMATTIE June 10, 195358, Marco De Mattie, of Herrin, yard man, age 40 years, single, was killed when he was crushed between two loaded railroad cars at Bell & Zoller Coal Company's Buckhorn No. 2 mine.
 
DEMOTTI
October 17, 193035, Joe Demotti, of Herrin, miner, age 46 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock, in Consolidated Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
DENISTRE
May 5, 191722, John Denistre, of Herrin, miner, age 66 years, married, was killed by pit cars in Chicago and Carterville Coal Company's mine "B," Herrin, Williamson County. He leaves a widow.
 
DENTON
September 2, 190814, Arthur Denton, of Herrin, single, aged 19 years, employed as a driver for the Chicago and Herrin Coal Company at Herrin, Ill., was bringing a trip of four cars rapidly down a steep grade; it is assumed that his light went out and his mule slackened up in speed pushing Denton from his seat on the front end of the car, and that he fell off the car on the west rib; the distance from top of car to rib was 6 inches and on east side of the car it was 4 feet from top of car to rib. He died from injuries received.
 
DESMOND
August 2, 192026, Barney Desmond, driver, age not given, married, was killed by falling slate in Orchard Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
DICKSON
January 8, 194247, Elmer L. Dickson, of Cambria, loader, age 18 years, single, was killed when rock from the roof fell on him in the Prosperity mine operated by Wm. Templeton.
 
DIEFENBACH
September 8, 193641, Jacob Diefenbach, of Marion, miner, aged 63 years, married, killed by fall of top coal in mine of Square Deal Coal Co., leaving widow.
 
DIVERS
March 25, 19027, Fred Divers, of Dewmain, miner, aged 48 years, single, was killed by a fall of top coal at the face of his working place, in the fourth north entry of the St, Louis & Big Muddy Coal Co.'s mine, Dewmain, Williamson county. Deceased was working in room 25 when the top coal and slate fell. The accident was due to carelessness in not properly timbering the working place.
 
DOWELL
January 20, 191823, Sherman Dowell, Jr., of Johnston City, miner, age 19 years, single, was killed in Johnston City Big Muddy Coal Company's No. 2 mine. Deceased and four other men were putting in guides about 130 feet down the shaft. The top men started to let down a guide and just as they got it over the shaft the gear on the crab became disconnected dropping the guide and cable. He was knocked off the float and fell to the bottom of the shaft, a distance of 142 feet.
 
DUDDY
May 24, 192025, John Duddy, of Johnston City, mine examiner, age 62 years, married, was killed by an explosion of gas in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 17 mine, Johnston City. He leaves a widow.
 
DUDLEY
December 10, 194146, Wm. Dudley, of Herrin, miner, aged 55 years, married, died from smoke in the Bobby Dix mine operated by Freeman Coal Mining Company. He leaves a widow.
 
DUNCAN
January 25, 192429, Carl Duncan, of Johnston City, loader, age not reported, single, was killed in a gas and coal dust explosion that occurred in the East mine of Johnston City, operated by the Crerar-Clinch Coal Company (successors to Searles Coal Company), and resulted in the death of 33 men.
See : Gas Explosion, Crerar-Clinch McClintock Mine; Johnston City, Williamson County
 
May 23, 191318, John Duncan, of Marion, laborer, aged 40 years, single, employed by the Illinois Hocking Washed Coal Company, Marion, died from breathing noxious gases while imprisoned in the mine by a fire near the bottom of the shaft.
 
October 19, 191218, Will Duncan, of Herrin, driver, aged 38 years, single, died of injuries received October 8, when he fell under a loaded car at No. 2 Mine of the W. P. Rend Coal and Coke Co., Herrin. He leaves a mother who was dependent upon him.
 
DURBEE
July 12, 18984, August Durbee, a miner, aged 33 years, married, leaves a widow and four children, was killed instantly by a fall of slate at the face of his working place in shaft No. 7 operated by the Big Muddy Coal & Iron Co.,. at Herrin, Williamson county. The deceased was working off a standing shot which was the only support to the broken roof; the piece of slate that fell on him would weigh fully three tons.
 
DURHAM
January 7, 191823, Harry Durham, of Herrin, trip rider, age 17 years, single, was killed in T. G. Warden Coal Company's mine by being squeezed between mule and car.
 

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EBERHARDT
January 16, 193439, Lee Eberhardt, of Johnston City, machine man, age 44 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
EDRIZZLE / ENDRIZZI
August 3, 190511, Bart Endrizzle, of Johnson City, miner, aged 45 years, married, was instantly killed by falling slate while employed at the Johnson City & Big Muddy Coal Co.'s mine No. 1, Johnson City. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
EDWARDS
May 4, 192328, Delmon Edwards, of Marion, machine runner, age 32 years, married, was killed in Slogo Coal Company's mine. Deceased took hold of clutch lever of machine while the current was on and received a shock which killed him. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
March 15, 194449, Irwin M. Edwards, of Carterville, mine manager, age 50 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in the Black Banner mine operated by Floyd Chancy. He leaves a widow.
 
December 22, 192530, James Edwards, of Herrin, machine helper, age 38 years, single, died from injuries received 18 days before by a fall of coal in Freeman Coal Mining Company's mine. He leaves two children.
 
July 22, 194146, Lee Edwards, of Marion, miner, age 29 years, married, was killed by a shell explosion in the Cedar Hill mine operated by M. Angel & Leo Fry. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
ELDERS
April 9, 195156, Hobert Elders, of Carrier Mills, coal loader, age 28 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Harrisburg Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
ELLICAN
December 19, 190713, Joseph Ellican, of Johnston City, cager, single, aged 28 years, employed by the Johnston City & Big Muddy Coal and Mining Company, Johnston City, Williamson County, was fatally injured. A trip of five cars had come in on the bottom of the south side of the shaft; Ellican took the first car to put it on the cage, but failed to put sprags to the balance of the cars; they ran across the cage, crushing him. He died December 23.
 
ELLIOTT
October 26, 192329, Walter Elliot, of Marion, miner, age 25 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Scranton Coal Mining Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
ELLIS
March 31, 190611, Bruce S. Ellis, cager, aged 37 years, married, employed at the Carterville Coal Co.'s mine, Carterville, Williamson County, was caught between the cage and the door-head of the shaft. He was in the act of pulling a car back onto the cage so that he could secure it. The cage was taken away, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
EMMET
September 3, 191521, George Emmet, of Clifford, miner, age 55 years, married, was killed in Big Muddy Coal and Iron Company's No. 8 mine, Clifford, Williamson County. Deceased had lighted a shot in his room and retired to an adjoining room; when the shot exploded it blew through and killed him. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
ELMS
May 22, 194853, Wendell Elms, of Carrier Mills, machine helper, age 26 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Blue Bird Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
ERGVICH
October 8, 191925, John Ergvich, of Johnston City, mine, age 24 years, single, was killed by falling rock in Ernest Coal Company's mine, Johnston City.
 
ERNARDT
June 17, 192429, Elda Ernhardt, of Johnston City, loader, age 19 years, single, was killed by a fall of slate in Crerar-Clinch Coal Company's McClintock mine.
 
ETHERTON
November 17, 193035, 0. M. Etherton, of Cambria, loader, age 51 years, married, died from the effects of injuries received three days previous by a fall of rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 25 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
EWEN
April 26, 195055, Charles Ewen, of Marion, timberman, age 29 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in The Cedar Hill Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
EWING
June 13, 195660. Mr. Cleve Ewing, of Johnston City, age 43, married, 2 dependent children, was killed by a rock fall at the Bell and Zoller Coal Company's Buckhorn Mine at 7:30 P. M. on June 13, 1956, at Johnston City, Williamson County, Illinois.
      The deceased was a shuttle car operator. Due to the illness of a shuttle car operator on another section of the mine, the deceased was being transferred to that section by a main line motor with a trip of empty cars.
      He was riding in a seat on the front end of the motor, the opposite end from the motorman. They had traveled from the mouth of the 14 south to a point near the old 5 west. Immediately after passing through a swag, they observed a small fall on the track 30 to 40 feet ahead. Since the motorman was unable to stop the motor in this distance, the motor ran into the fall. More rock fell, almost covering the motor. The deceased was partially covered by rock and crushed against the motor.
 

F
FANARO
September 24, 18973, Frank Fanaro, aged 45, and single, was killed in a a fire damp explosion occurred at 7 a. m., in Williamson County Coal Company's mine , at Johnston City.
See : 1897 Fire Damp Explosion
 
FARRARRA
November 16, 190410, John Farrarra, of Herrin, miner, aged 30 years, married, was killed by a powder explosion. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
FEHRENBACHER
January 25, 192429, Otto Fehrenbacher, of Johnston City, loader, age 40 years, single, was killed in a gas and coal dust explosion that occurred in the East mine of Johnston City, operated by the Crerar-Clinch Coal Company (successors to Searles Coal Company), and resulted in the death of 33 men.
See : Gas Explosion, Crerar-Clinch McClintock Mine; Johnston City, Williamson County
 
FELTES
January 27, 191217, Joe Feltes, of Herrin, miner, aged 46 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in the mine of the Sunnyside Coal Company, Herrin. Deceased was loading coal in his room when a large piece of the roof fell upon him. There was no top coal and a slip at the face caused the slate to loosen and give way. He leaves a widow.
 
FELTS / FELTZ
December 28, 192631, James Floyd Felts, of Johnston City, trip rider, age 22 years, married, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 18 mine, when he jumped off cage, which was above the landing and fell back down the shaft. He leaves a widow.
 
FENRENBOKER
January 29, 190712. Romulus Fenrenboker, driver, aged 20 years, single, living at Johnston City, was instantly killed in the explosion that occurred at 11:30 a. m., January 29, 1907, of thirty kegs of powder in the mine of the Johnson City & Big Muddy Coal & Mining Company, located at Johnston City, Williamson County.
See : 1907 Powder Explosion
 
FERRATI
November 16, 190410, Gust. Farrati, of Herrin, miner, aged 35 years, single was killed by a powder explosion.
 
FINTERIA
November 14, 190814, Joseph Finteria, of Bush, aged 27, employed as a miner at the Western Coal and Mining Company's mine, at Brush, Ill.., got hurt December 27, 1907, and was taken to the hospital at Belleville, Ill.., and he died November 14, 1908. The deceased had fired a shot on December 21, 1907, which had knocked out the props at the face of the room, and he was told by the mine examiner to stay out of the room until the room was made safe, but he paid no heed to the orders that were given him, but pushed his car in to the face of the room and was loading it when the top coal and slate came down, striking him on the small of the back, dislocating the spine. He leaves a wife and two children.
 
FIGULA
December 31, 191117, John Figula, of Cambria, laborer, aged 26 years, single, was engaged, together with three other men, in pushing a loaded car of timber onto the cage at the top landing at No. 9 mine of the Madison Coal Corporation. The front end of the car got off the tracks on the cage and Figula took a timber off the car and attempted to lift the end onto the track. In some way the timber slipped and he fell into the shaft. He landed on the north cage which was hanging about seventy feet from the top and was dead when help reached him.
 
FLEMING
May 26, 192025, Alex Fleming, of Marion, miner, age 24 years, married, died from injuries received from falling coal on February 12, in Peabody Coal Company's mine, Marion. While shoveling a piece of coal fell from the face and struck him on the head. Sometime afterward it was supposed an abscess had formed at the seat of the injury, and while undergoing an operation at the hospital he died. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
FONTANETTA
August 1, 192127, Joe Fontanetta, of Marion, miner, age 43 years, married, died from the effects of burns received while drilling out a misfired shot in Scranton Coal Mining Company's mine five days previous. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
FORD
January 25, 192429, Jesse Ford, of Johnston City, face boss, age 36 years, married, was killed in a gas and coal dust explosion that occurred in the East mine of Johnston City, operated by the Crerar-Clinch Coal Company (successors to Searles Coal Company), and resulted in the death of 33 men. He leaves a widow and two children.
See : Gas Explosion, Crerar-Clinch McClintock Mine; Johnston City, Williamson County
 
FORMLER
August 21, 191117, Hosea Formler, of Herrin, driver, aged 21 years, single, employed in the Pond Creek Coal Co.'s mine, was killed by pit cars.
 
FOSTER
August 29, 193035, William R. Foster, of Marion, conveyor loader, age 56 years, married, was killed by pit cars in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 3 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
FOWLER
October 16, 193035, Alta Fowler, of Johnston City, loader, age 46 years, married, was killed in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 1 mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow.
 
February 4, 191924, Elmer Franklin, of Pittsburg, shotfirer, age 52 years, married, and Charley Fowler, of Pittsburg, shotfirer, age 25 years, married, were killed in Cameron Coal Company's mine, Pittsburg, by an explosion of gas caused by a windy shot. Fowler leaves a widow and one child; Franklin leaves a widow.
 
FRANCISCO
February 12, 193540, Dominic Francisco, of Johnston City, hand loader, aged 50 years, married, died from injuries received on December 24, 1934, from a fall of rock in mine No. 1 of Franco Mining Corp., leaving widow.
 
FRANKLIN
February 4, 191924, Elmer Franklin, of Pittsburg, shotfirer, age 52 years, married, and Charley Fowler, of Pittsburg, shotfirer, age 25 years, married, were killed in Cameron Coal Company's mine, Pittsburg, by an explosion of gas caused by a windy shot. Fowler leaves a widow and one child; Franklin leaves a widow.
 
FRAZIER see : PRAZIER
 
FREY
January 20, 192025, Wesley Frey, of Marion, miner, age 24 years, married, was killed in Thomas-Waters Coal Company's mine by an explosion of powder. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
FRIAR
February 28, 191722, Albert Friar, of Saginaw, Mich., machine helper, age 37 years, single, was killed by falling coal in W. P. Rend Coal and Coke Company's mine No. 2. Herrin, Williamson County.
 
FRISBY
August 11, 190713, Arthur Frisby, of Johnston City, driver, aged 22 years, married, employed in the Johnston City Coal Company's mine, Johnston City, Williamson County, was killed while driving on the fourth south entry. Deceased was coming out of No. 7 on to the entry; he failed to get the sprag in the wheel, and went in front of the car to hold it back; it is supposed that his foot slipped and he fell under the car. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
FUCHNOTIO
December 11, 191420, Tony Fuchnotio, of Jeffrey, laborer, age 29 years, single, was killed by a fall of slate in Carterville & Herrin Coal Company's mine, Herrin, Williamson County.
 
FULKERSON
November 2, 190814, Wiley Fulkerson, of Marion, aged 29, married, employed as a machine runner by the Carterville District Coal Company, at Marion, Ill., had undercut room No. 18 in the third west entry. There was a slip in the coal, which could not be seen, and when they were moving the machine a large piece of coal fell from the face of the room, striking Fulkerson on the head, breaking his neck. He leaves a wife and two children.
 
FUREY
May 5, 192631, Edward Furey, of Herrin, timberman, age 38 years, married, employed in mine A, C. W. & F. Mining Company, was killed by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow and two children.
 

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GALLIGAN
September 26, 192530, James Galligan, of Herrin, miner, age 37 years, single; John Mulkins, of Herrin, miner, age 47 years, married, and William Gruzinski, of Herrin, miner, age 37 years, married, were killed in Consolidated Coal Company's No. 7 mine. These men were working in an entry where the ventilation had become deranged allowing gas to accumulate which became ignited in some accidental way. Galligan leaves his father and mother dependent; Mulkins and Gruzinski each leave a widow and one child.
See : Gas Explosion at No. 7 Mine
 
GARAVULIA / GARAVALIA
November 18, 192631, Jacob Garavulia, of Johnston City, machine runner, age 30 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
GARRETT
October 25, 192329, Ernest Garrett, of Johnston City, assistant mine manager, age 35 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Big Muddy Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
GARTNER
January 10, 196263. William Gartner, of Carterville, loading machine operator, aged 55 years, married, one dependent, was killed in a gas and dust explosion occurred in Mine No. 2 of the Blue Blaze Coal Company, Herrin, Williamson County, Illinois.
See : Explosion at The Blue Blaze Coal Company, Mine No. 2
 
GASSAGE
June 2, 191722, John Gassage, of Herrin, age 30 years, laborer, single, was killed in an explosion of gas that occurred in the W. P. Rend Coal & Coke Company's mine, Herrin, Williamson County.
See : Explosion at W. P. Rend Mine No. 2
 
GAY
May 16, 192126, Alfred Gay, driver, age 24 years, married, fell under pit cars and was killed in Consolidated Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
GEMBLALIS
September 14, 190915, Frank Gemblalis, of Clifford, miner, aged 40 years, single, employed at the Big Muddy Coal and Iron Company's No. 8 mine at Clifford. The deceased was loading coal after the mining machines, miners shooting their own coal. Gemblalis was at the face of his room lighting a shot and came back to a crosscut that was driven behind to room No. 43. While he was in the crosscut waiting for the shot to go off which was in room No. 42, the man in room No. 43 lighted a shot which blew through into the crosscut where Gemblalis was waiting, the flying coal killing him. The room that deceased was working was No. 42 of the No. 2 south on the west side of the shaft.
 
GENELI
September 24, 18973, John Geneli, aged 38, single, was killed in a a fire damp explosion occurred at 7 a. m., in Williamson County Coal Company's mine , at Johnston City.
See : 1897 Fire Damp Explosion
 
GENOVICH
November 20, 191318, Mike Genovich, of Herrin, timberman, aged 45 years, married, employed at "B" Mine of the Chicago & Carterville Coal Co., died from injuries received November 20, 1912, by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
GERADDI
October 16, 1915, Joe Geraddi, of Johnston City, miner, age 20 years, single, was killed while pulling pillars by a fall of top coal in Johnston City Coal Company's mine, Johnston City, Williamson County.
 
GERMANN
July 5, 191218, William Germann, of Marion, loader, aged 30 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate, in the mine of the West Virginia Coal Co., Marion. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
GETER
March 20, 191924, Ellis R. Reed, of Marion, machine helper, age 56 years, married, and Robert Geter, of Marion, machine runner, age 49 years, single, were killed by a fall of slate in Scranton Big Muddy Coal Company's mine, Marion. Reed leaves a widow and four children.
 
GILBERT
March 28, 192732, Neil Gilbert, of Marion, miner, age 52 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in City Lake Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
GOOCH
January 25, 192429, Pat Gooch, loader, age not reported, married, was killed in a gas and coal dust explosion that occurred in the East mine of Johnston City, operated by the Crerar-Clinch Coal Company (successors to Searles Coal Company), and resulted in the death of 33 men. He leaves a widow and one child.
See : Gas Explosion, Crerar-Clinch McClintock Mine; Johnston City, Williamson County
 
GOOD
June 2, 191722, J. S. Good, of Herrin, age 32 years, laborer, married, was killed in an explosion of gas that occurred in the W. P. Rend Coal & Coke Company's mine, Herrin, Williamson County. He leaves a widow.
See : Explosion at W. P. Rend Mine No. 2
 
GODDARD
September 23, 193237, T. J. Goddard, of Marion, miner, age 56 years, married, and W. C. Ward, of Marion, miner, age 39 years, married, were killed by a windy shot in the mine of Ward and Bennett. Goddard leaves a widow and three children; Ward leaves a widow and one child.
 
GOODEN
January 28, 192227, Quincy Gooden, of Herrin, trip rider, age 22 years, single, was riding on front end of trip of cars when he fell off and was run over and killed in Consolidated Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves his father and mother dependent.
 
GOODRICH
January 16, 192429, Carl Goodrich, of Herrin, miner, age 17 years, single, was killed by a fall of slate in Crerar-Clinch Coal Company's Duncan mine.
 
GOSNELL / GOSWELL
October 4, 191117, Ernest Gosnell, of Herrin, trapper, aged 17 years, single, was killed by falling coal in the Sunnyside Coal Co.'s mine, Herrin.
 
GOTCH
April 19, 191924, Mike Gotch, of Johnston City, cager, age 24 years, single, was killed by pit car in Johnston City Coal Company's No. 2 mine, Johnston City.
 
GOTHARD
September 5, 194752, Arthur Gothard, of Herrin, machine runner, age 26 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in the Lake Creek mine operated by Consolidated Coal Company. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
GRAVES
April 27, 19049, Louis Graves, miner, aged 34 years, employed in No. 3 mine of the Southern Illinois Coal & Washing company, Marion, Williamson county, was instantly killed by falling slate while at work in his room. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
GRECO
December 23, 1909, Salvatore Greco, of Herrin, miner; aged 20 years; single. Italian, was killed in a gas explosion at Chicago and Carterville Coal Company at mine "A" located at Herrin.
See : Explosion in Herrin
 
GREEN
August 18, 191723, Cecil Green, of Carterville, trapper, age 18 years, single, was killed in Taylor Mining Company's No. 1 mine. Deceased was sitting in front of his door with his head resting in his arms when first seen by the trip rider. The motor ran over him and he was taken from under the third car. He lived about three hours.
 
May 25, 19049, Thomas Green, driver, aged 36 years, married, leaves a widow and three children, died from injuries received on May 11, 1904, by a terrible explosion of powder in the mine of the Big Muddy Coal & Iron company, Herrin, Williamson County.
See : Powder Explosion
 
GRENHOLD
September 16, 18973, Fred Grenhold, a miner employed at the Williamson County Coal Company's mine, at Johnston City, was instantly killed by falling coal. He was mining off a standing shot, and being old he was unable to get out of the way of the falling coal. Deceased was 54 years of age and single.
 
GROOCH
February 22, 191520, Evan Grooch, of Wever, trip-rider, age 18 years, single, was killed by pit cars in the W. P. Rend Coal & Coke Company's No. 2 mine, Herrin, Williamson County. Deceased was coming out with a trip of loaded cars and ran into a car that he had lost on a previous trip, receiving injuries that resulted in death in about three hours.
 
GROVES
January 12, 192732, Earl Groves, of Marion, cager, age 42 years, married, was killed by being thrown off a cage and falling into the sump, in Slogo Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
GRUBB
December 20, 192732, George Grubb, of Whiteash, age 40, married, was killed in an explosion of gas that occurred in Gosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 1 mine, Johnston City. He leaves a widow and three children.
See : Gas Explosion in Gosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 1 mine
 
GRUSINISKI
September 26, 192530, James Galligan, of Herrin, miner, age 37 years, single; John Mulkins, of Herrin, miner, age 47 years, married, and William Gruzinski, of Herrin, miner, age 37 years, married, were killed in Consolidated Coal Company's No. 7 mine. These men were working in an entry where the ventilation had become deranged allowing gas to accumulate which became ignited in some accidental way. Galligan leaves his father and mother dependent; Mulkins and Gruzinski each leave a widow and one child.
See : Gas Explosion at No. 7 Mine
 
GUDINAS / GUDINES
February 1, 191116, Toney Gudinas, of Johnston City, miner, aged 23 years, single, employed at the Southern Illinois Coal & Coke Company's Oak Ridge mine, Herrin, was killed. Deceased was loading a car of coal at the face of his room, when a large piece of slate fell, killing him instantly. There was a slip in the roof on the left hand side of the room, but he had plenty of props with which he could have made the place safe.
 
GULLEY
January 10, 196263. Willie Gulley, of Carterville, cager, aged 43 years, married, one dependent, was killed in a gas and dust explosion occurred in Mine No. 2 of the Blue Blaze Coal Company, Herrin, Williamson County, Illinois.
See : Explosion at The Blue Blaze Coal Company, Mine No. 2
 
GUNTHER
October 1, 191016, Jess Gunther, of Carterville, spragger, aged 30 years, single, employed at the Donelly & Koenecke Coal Company's mine, Carterville, was killed. He was working on the bottom of the shaft, and while in the act of spragging a trip of cars, he slipped and fell between the cars and his head was crushed. He died at 1:30 p. m. the day of the accident.
 
GURLEY
March 1, 192631, E. A. Gurley, of Herrin, face boss, age 39 years, married, was killed by falling rock, in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 20 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 

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