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Williamson County Coal Mining Historical Notes Reference Sources

Williamson County, Illinois
Coal Mine Fatalities

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HAGGARD
November 24, 19028, John Haggard, of Lake Creek, miner, aged 40 years, and his son, Leroy Haggard, of lake Creek, aged 14 years, were severely burned by the explosion of a tight shot in the mine of the Williamson County Coal Company, Lake Creek, Williamson County. The son died two days after the accident, the father died Dec. 4, 1902.
      Deceased and his son had finished their day's work, and started for the bottom of the shaft, through the third north entry; when but a short distance from the face of the entry, John Fehrenbaker, who was working in a room next to the face of the entry, lighted a shot; when the shot exploded the blaze shot out of Fehrenbaker's room and back onto the entry, a distance of 200 feet, burning Haggard and his son severely and causing their death. Fehrenbaker's shot was drilled 8 feet deep and was charged with over 6 feet of powder. The hole was planted in such a manner that any other result than a blown-out shot was improbable. John Haggard leaves a widow and four children.
 
HALE
February 18, 19038, Otis Hale, of Marion, driver, aged 17 years, single, was killed by being crushed between a mine car and the side of the entry, in mine No. 2 of the Southern Illinois Coal Mining & Washing Company, Marion, Williamson County.
 
HALL
September 6, 190612, Harry Hall, of Johnston City, miner, aged 39, married, employed by the Lake Creek Coal Company, was fatally burned. His death was caused by the ignition of gas in the entry where he was engaged in cutting down a standing shot; the fall caused a draft that brought the gas down on the light, which was setting on the ground. He was burned so severely that he died three days afterwards. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
October 7, 192127, Oscar Hall, of Herrin, miner, age 33 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Freeman Coal Mining Company's mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
July 8, 190713, Stinson Hall, of Oak Ridge, miner, aged 57 years, married, employed by the Big Muddy River Consolidated Coal Company at its mine No. 1, Johnston City, Williamson County, was killed instantly while cleaning slate in room No. 9 on the first north entry, on east side of the mine. He was working with two other men, when a piece of slate, probably 400 pounds, fell, striking deceased on the head, shoulders and neck. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
HAMILTON
June 7, 193843, Perry Hamilton, of Herrin, triprider, aged 44 years, married, crushed between car and rib in Freeman Spur mine of Seymour Coal & Mining Co., leaving widow and two children.
 
January 28, 193035, Sam Hamilton, of Herrin, miner, age 26 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Sincerity Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
HANELINE
June 2, 19038, James Haneline, of Herrin, miner, aged 33 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate at the face of his working place in the shaft of the Chicago & Carterville Coal Company, Herrin, Williamson County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
HANKINS
November 29, 19028, Robert Hankins, of Dewmain, cager, aged 27 years, single, employed at the Dawes shaft of the St. Louis Big Muddy Coal Company, Dewmaine, Williamson County, was severely injured by a piece of coal falling down the shaft, striking him on the head; he died at Cairo about three weeks after the accident.
 
HANSELMAN
August 9, 194853, Charles Hanselman, of Marion, loader, age 38 years, married, was killed by being electrocuted in Blue Ribbon Mine's No. 3 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
HARDCASTLE
December 28, 194853, Frank Hardcastle, of Carterville, operator, age 36 years, married, was killed in a fall in the tipple at New Black Diamond Coal Company's No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
HARKNESS
October 8, 192026, Jess Harkness, miner, age 44 years, married, was killed by being crushed between pit cars in Sandford Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
HARPER
June 8, 192126, Joseph L. Harper, trapper, age 29 years, widower, was run over by a pit car and killed in Searls Coal Company's mine. He leaves one child.
 
December 23, 1909, Thomas Harper, of Herrin, miner; aged 30 years; married, English, was killed in a gas explosion at Chicago and Carterville Coal Company at mine "A" located at Herrin. Leaves a widow and four children.
See : Explosion in Herrin
 
HARRELL
October 13, 194449, Wm. David Harrell, of Marion, mule driver, age 50 years, married, died from injuries received two days earlier, October 11, 1944, when he was ran over by a car in the Moore & Son Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
HARRIS
July 30, 190511, Benjamin Harris, of Clifford, top laborer, aged 34 years, married, employed by the Big Muddy Coal & Iron Co., at mine No. 8, Clifford, Williamson County, was injured while engaged in pinching an empty coal car down to the shaft. An engine backed some cars in and his arm was caught between the cars. The arm had to be amputated, causing his death. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
January 8, 194348, Charley Harris, of Herrin, miner, age 62 years was killed when he was crushed between a car and the face in the Bobby Dick mine operated by Freeman Coal Mining Company. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
June 29, 193944, Hugh Harris, of Marion, mine owner, aged 43 years, married, killed by runaway car down slope of Green Valley Coal Co., leaving widow.
 
August 4, 192530, William Harris, of Whiteash, driver, age 22, married, was killed by pit cars in Big Muddy Coal Company's mine, He leaves a widow.
 
HARTWELL
May 13, 193035, Vemie Hartwell, of Johnston City, loader, age 30 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves two dependents, his widow and father.
 
HASSELL
September 8, 192631, John Hassell, of Johnston City, miner, age not given, married, was caught between pit car and coal rib and killed, in Consolidated Coal Company's Lake Creek mine. He leaves a widow.
 
HASTINGS
March 6, 191419, Dial Hastings, of Marion, miner, aged 37 years, married, died from the effects of burns received on March 3, when he accidentally ignited his can of powder in the Scranton & Big Muddy Coal Mining Company's mine, Marion. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
HEARN
January 25, 191823, R. V. Hearn, of Herrin, pipeman, age 29 years, married, was killed by coming in contact with a live trolley wire in Peabody Coal Company's No. 3 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
HEDDLEY
July 3, 193540, George Heddley, of Johnston City, miner, aged 66 years, married, struck by falling prop in gob slide in mine No. 18 of Old Ben Coal Corp., leaving widow.
 
HENDERSON
January 25, 192429, J. M. Henderson, 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
 
HENSON
October 25, 190612, Allen Henson, of Herrin, timberman helper, aged 25 years, single, employed by the Sunnyside Coal Company, was cutting a hitch for cross bars, when a piece of slate fell, striking him on the shoulders, knocking him down; he arose to his feet, saying to his partner, he was not hurt, when another piece suddenly fell on him crushing his head and breast. This accident happened on the third north entry on the east side of mine No. 4.
 
HERNBECK
September 3, 191319, William Hernbeck, of Fordville, miner, aged 42 years, married, was killed by falling slate in the Taylor Coal Company's Mine No. 2, Herrin. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
HICKS
January 25, 191520, John Hicks, of Carterville, miner, age 25 years, single, was caught by a fall of top coal and killed in the Carterville Coal Company's Burr "C" mine, Carterville, Williamson County.
 
HILL
August 28, 191521, Harrison Hill, of Marion, miner, age 28 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 3 mine, Marion, Williamson County. Deceased was helping switch cars when he was caught between a car and coal rib and head crushed. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
January 13, 193035, Leslie Hill, of Johnston City, triprider, age 23 years, married, was killed by pit cars in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
HODGE
June 7, 191722, Finis Hodge, of Marion, laborer, age 35 years, was caught between two cars and killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 3 mine, Marion, Williamson County.
 
HODGSON
April 9, 191318, Tyson Hodgson, of Carterville, laborer, aged 25 years, single, employed by the Madison Coal Corporation at No. 8 Mine, Dewmaine, was killed by getting caught on a revolving wheel.
 
HOLESTEIN
December 20, 191622, Otto Holestein, of Johnston City, driver, age 20 years, single, was run over and killed by a pit car in the mine of Searls Coal Company, Johnston City, Williamson County.
 
HOLLAND
July 21, 191420, Thomas Holland, of Wever, laborer, age 29 years, married, was killed at mine No. 2, W. P. Rend Coal Company, Herrin, Williamson County. Deceased was taking care of the shaker engines and went to get a drink of water, and as he came back some men working on a screen bend about 40 feet high, threw a large piece of timber which struck him on the head, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
HOOVER
January 4, 193035, Grover Hoover, of Colp, miner, age 39 years, married, was killed by falling coal from the face, in Madison Coal Corporation's No. 9 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
HOPKINS
January 25, 192429, E. Hopkins, of Johnston City, machine man, age 38 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
 
HORN
January 16, 195660. Mr. Sherman R. Horn, of Herrin, age 54, married, one dependent child, was killed at the Bell & Zoller Coal Co. Buckhorn Mine, Johnston City, Williamson County, Illinois, by a roof fall which occurred about 6:10 P. M., January 16, 1956.
      This accident occurred in the second cross-cut block of coal between rooms 11 and 12, 6 southwest.
      This is a Joy Continuous Miner section, extracting pillars almost full recovery. This pillar had been split, driven 15 ft. wide through near the center. However, in order to shorten the belt line, it was necessary to extract a pillar farther inby. Therefore, the machine was moved from this pillar to the pillar inby. Four days later, the machine was returned to the first or partly extracted pillar. The first shift crew moved the machine at the end of the work day.
      The second shift crew began operation and had made two runs and loaded 7 buggies of coal from the inby end of the left side of the pillar. Due to a hidden slip, several tons of rock fell without warning, completely covering the loading machine, fatally injuring the machine helper, Mr. Sherman Horn, and slightly injuring the operator.
      Slip lines extended along both ribs and partly across the face the entire length of the machine. The average rock thickness was approximately 3 ft. 6 in. Six props had been set on the right side near the loading machine.
 
HORSLEY
January 10, 196263. George A. Horsley, of Carterville, driller, aged 55 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
 
HOWARD
April 17, 191621, Neil Howard, of Carterville, miner, age 37 years, married was killed by falling slate in Young Bros.' mine, Carterville, Williamson County. He leaves a widow.
 
HOWELL
January 11, 193439, Dave Howell, of Johnston City, loader, age 68 years, married, was killed in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 1 mine, by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow.
 
HOWES
January 31, 192227, Norman Howes, of Johnston City, miner, age 36 years, married, died from injuries received by a fall of coal three weeks previous in Big Muddy Coal Company's No. 26 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
HUBBARD
June 28, 191318, Thomas M. Hubbard, of Johnston City, cager, aged 47 years, married, employed at the McClintock Mine, Johnston City, died from injuries received two days previous when he was caught between a loaded car and a prop. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
HUFFSTUTLER
August 12, 194550, Frank Huffstutler, of Herrin, Joy loader helper, age 34 years, married, died from injuries received the previous day, August 11, 1945, by rock in the Buckhorn mine operated by Consolidated Coal Company, He leaves a widow and two children.
 
HULL
January 5, 191419, Lee Hull, of Dewmaine, hoisting engineer, aged 46 years, married, was killed by falling from a ladder, in the No. 8 mine, Madison Coal Corporation, Dewmaine. He leaves a widow.
 
HUNT
February 15, 192126, Milbourn Hunt, trapper, age 18 years, single, was killed by pit car in Peabody Coal Company's No. 3 mine.
 
HUNTER
May 25, 190611, Howard Hunter, miner, aged 61 years, single, employed at the St. Louis & Big Muddy Coal Co., Dewmaine, Williamson County, was killed by falling slate while loading his car. He had been notified to keep out until the place had been timbered, but paid no attention and went to work. He was injured internally and died the same day.
 
HUNTLEY
November 23, 192530, John B. Huntley, of Johnston City, assistant mine manager, age 32 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Consolidated Coal Company's Lake Creek mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
HURLEY
May 28, 191924, Thomas Hurley, of Carterville, miner, age 54 years, married, was killed in Federal Coal Company's mine, Carterville, by pit car striking him, knocking him down and breaking his neck. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
HUTCHELT / HATCHETT
January 21, 191116, Edward Hutchelt, of Johnston City, miner, aged 45 years, married, employed at the Williamson County Coal Company's mine No. 1, was killed by a fall of slate. Deceased was helping to fight a fire that had started in the fifth south entry on east side of shaft, and was standing in a crosscut, holding the hose, throwing water on the fire, when the slate fell, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and six children.
 

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ICE
September 5, 191723, Thomas Ice, of Marion, timberman, age 55 years, married, was killed in Scranton and Big Muddy Coal Company's mine by a fall of rock. Deceased and his partner were sent to timber an entry and were pulling down some loose rock in order to get a solid place for the bar when a piece fell crushing him, causing death instantly. He leaves a widow.
 
IRBY
December 22, 191319, Luther W. Irby, of Johnston City, driver, aged 19 years, single, was killed by being caught between trap door and side of car in the McClintock mine, Johnston City. He leaves a mother and two children, dependents.
 
ISAACS
August 22, 192127, James Isaacs, of Paulton, machine helper, age 22 years, single, was killed in Sanford Coal Company's mine by a mining machine. He leaves one dependent, his mother.
 

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JACES
August 25, 191723, William Jaces, of Herrin, miner, age 50 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Taylor Mining Company's No. 3 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
JACK
February 8, 191217, Marshall Jack, of Marion, machine helper, aged 36 years, married, was killed in the mine of the Carterville District Coal Co., Marion. The machine was cutting the fourth board in a room When a slip at the back of the cut caused the coal to loosen and fall on him. The slip could not be seen and the noise of the machine, which was of the puncher type, no doubt made it impossible for him to hear the coal working before it fell. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
JACKSON
November 26, 193439, Sam Jackson, of Johnston City, trackman, age 43 years, married, died as a result of a fall of rock in Mine No. 18 of the Old Ben Coal Corp. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
JARVIS
May 6, 192429, Andrew Jarvis, of Herrin, shot firer, age 32 years, married, was killed in Sunnyside Mining Company's mine by a shot blowing through the pillar. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
JAQUE
April 2, 191318, Charles Jaque, of Johnston City, miner, aged 44 years, married, employed by the Williamson County Coal Company, Johnston City, was killed by a fall of slate at the face of his room. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
JEFFERY
October 29, 194247, John T. Jeffery, of Herrin, track layer, age 68 years, married, was killed when rock from the roof fell on him in the Bobby Dick mine operated by Freeman Coal Mining Company. He leaves a widow.
 
JETER
December 15, 191117, Holiday Jeter, of Marion, miner, aged 26 years, married, employed in the No. 3 mine of the Peabody Coal Company, Marion, was killed by a fall of slate in his room. Upon entering his working place he found that a shot, fired the previous night, was standing "tight," and he started to mine it loose over the top. While so engaged a large piece of slate fell, breaking his neck. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
October 18, 192127, Theodore Jeter, of Marion, miner, age 52 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 3 mine by being caught between pit car and wall in refuge place where he had gone to get out of the way of an empty trip. Deceased was on his way out and the motor coming in with an empty trip, he went into the refuge place. The motor left the track about ten feet beyond the refuge place, doubling up the cars, breaking the coupling on one so that it turned squarely into the refuge place and pinned him against the stopping. He died before reaching the surface. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
JETTERS
December 1, 191420, Ben Jetters, of Marion, trip-rider, age 24 years, married, was killed by a motor in No. 3 mine, Peabody Coal Company, Marion, Williamson County. Deceased was sanding the rail in front of his motor when, in turning around to get to his seat, he fell and the motor ran over him. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
JOHNS
March 1, 192025, Finnie Johns, of Herrin, miner, age 29 years, married, was instantly killed by falling coal in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's mine B, Herrin. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
January 29, 195156, James Martin Johns, of Carterville, hand loader, age 35 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Wilkins Coal Company's New Spillertwon No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
JOHNSON
July 15, 191016, Lathy Johnson, of Marion, miner, aged 29 years, married, employed at the Spillertown Coal Company's mine, Marion, was injured by a fall of slate. His back was broken by the fall and he died two days later, leaving a widow and one child.
 
JONES
January 24, 19038, C. H. Jones, of Herrin, miner, aged 52 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in his room in the mine of the Big Muddy Coal & Iron Company, Herrin, Williamson County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
December 22, 194146, Elbert Ray Jones, of Carterville, driller, age 41 years, married, was killed by being electrocuted in the mine operated by McLaren Coal Company. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
June 12, 192429, Finley Jones, of Herrin, trip rider, age 23 years, single, was killed in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Mining Company's "A" mine, when the motor he was driving collided with another one.
 
October 21, 19028, Howard Jones, of Herrin, miner, aged 14 years, working with his father as a miner, was killed by being run over on the main entry, by loaded mine cars in No. 7 shaft of the Big Muddy Coal & Iron Co., Herrin, Williamson County.
 
May 12, 190914, Leslie Jones, of Herrin, aged 28, miner, employed at the Sunnyside Coal Company's mine No. 1, at Herrin, Ill., was loading a car of coal at the face of his room when a piece of slate fell upon him, striking him on the head and shoulders, from which he died three hours after the accident. He leaves a wife and three children.
 
November 22, 191521, Samuel Jones, of Johnston City, miner, age 45 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Williamson County Coal Company's mine, Johnston City, Williamson County. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
December 20, 192732, Wm. R. Jones, of Marion, age 37 years, 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
 

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KALMSKE / KALMOKE
December 12, 191016, Peter Kalmske, of Johnston City, timberman, aged 45 years, married, employed at the Williamson County Coal Company's mine, Johnston City, was cleaning some slate that had fallen, when another large piece fell, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
KARNS / KARUS
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
 
KASHU
July 25, 191622, Mike Kashu, of Johnston City, miner, age 46 years .single, was killed by falling slate while pulling pillars, in Searls Coal Company's mine, Johnston City, Williamson County.
 
KATZMARK
March 17, 190914, John Katzmark, of Marion, machinist helper, aged 38 years, married, and F. D. Norman were on the roof of the boiler house splicing a rope. Norman went up into the coal bin to lower the pulley blocks. After they had the rope spliced, Katzmark kneeled on the roof to cut a string that was holding the idler wheel, and after cutting the string he raised up on his feet and walked backward into the skylight, and fell through to the floor of the boiler room, a distance of 23 feet, breaking his neck. He leaves a wife and five children.
 
KEE
August 8, 190814, John P. Kee, of Herrin, shift hand, aged 58 years, married, employed by the Sunnyside Coal Company mine No. 1 at Herrin, Ill., was sent to clean up a fall of slate in the third south entry on the east side of the shaft, and while engaged in cleaning up the slate, a slab of slate fell from the roof, probably 15 feet long by three feet wide and 5 inches thick, striking Mr. Kee, injuring him so severely that he died in about an hour afterwards. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
KELLER
November 2, 191622, William Keller, of Marion, miner, age 44 years, married, was struck by a runaway car and killed in Chicago. Big Muddy Coal and Coke Company's mine, Marion, Williamson County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KELLY
February 18, 192227, Homer Kelly, of Dewmaine, machine helper, age 28 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Madison Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
February 21, 192227, Limmie Kelly, of Pittsburg, driver, age 21 years, married, fell off the cage while being hoisted out of Cameron Coal Company's mine and was killed. He leaves a widow.
 
KENNEDY
May 7, 191116, John Kennedy, of Herrin, track-layer, aged 38 years, married, was killed while employed at the Chicago & Carterville Coal Company's mine, Herrin. Deceased was raising track when about three feet of coal and slate fell, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KIK
January 25, 192429, Joe Kik, of Johnston City, loader, age 17 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
 
KIMMEL
January 10, 196263. Joseph H. Kimmel, of Carterville, roof bolter, aged 44 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
 
KING
July 14, 193338, Elbert King, of Johnston City, shot firer, age 37 years, married, was killed in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 1 mine. Deceased was connecting cable to a shot when some overhanging coal fell on him. He leaves a widow and eight children.
 
January 19, 190914, George King, of Carterville, shot firer, aged 32 years, single, employed at the Madison Coal Corporation mine No. 8, Dewmaine, Ill.., was killed in an explosion caused by a blown out shot. He was working as a partner with Henry Wilson.
 
KIRK
May 29, 191722, James R. Kirk, of Carterville, shot firer, age 42 years, married, was killed by a shot explosion in Federal Coal Company's No. 25 mine, Carterville, Williamson County. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
January 25, 192429, Pete Kirk, 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
 
KLINE
July 10, 190915, Fred Kline, of Carterville, miner, married, 48 years old, employed by the Hafer Washed Coal Company at Carterville, Williamson county. Deceased was engaged in loading a car of coal in room No. 11, in four west entry on the north side of the shaft. While at work loading the car a large piece of slate fell from the roof, striking him on the head, causing injuries from which he died. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
KNIGHT
August 27, 191723, William Knight, of Herrin, miner, age 22 years, single, and Samuel Scarfie, of Freeman, miner, age 50 years, married, were killed by a fall of slate in Pond Creek Coal Company's mine. Knight leaves two dependents, father and mother. Scarfie leaves a widow and five children.
 
KOLLESOR
October 17, 190814, Joseph Kollesor, of Johnston City, miner, aged 55 years, single, employed at the mine of the Johnston City and Big Muddy Coal Company at Johnston City, Ill., was mining off a shot at the face of room No. 14 in sixth west entry on east side of the shaft, when a slab of rock, which was loose at the face fell on him crushing him about the head and breast, killing him instantly.
 
KOLOVICH
September 29, 192228, Marcus Kolovich, of Johnston City, miner, age 37 years, married, was killed in an explosion that occurred in Consolidated Coal Company's Lake Creek mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
See : Gas Explosion at Johnston City, Williamson County
 
KOONCE
May 1, 192328, Sebastian Koonce, of Johnston City, miner, age 55 years, single, was killed in Pratt Brother's mine by a fall of coal and slate.
 
KOPIN
February 3, 194954, Andy Kopin, of Christopher, Air-dox operator, age 54 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Bell & Zoller Coal & Mining Company's No. 3 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
KOSOKOSKI / KASOKOSKI
March 12, 191116, Jos. Kosokoski, of Clifford, loader, aged 38 years, married, employed at the Big Muddy Coal & Iron Company's mine No. 8, Clifford, was killed. Deceased had gone to get his drill bits and was going back to his room, when he stepped to one side to let a motor pass with a trip of empty cars. He was seen to get on the last car and, when the motorman found him, he was lying under the car dead. It is not known how the body got under the car. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
KRESNECKI
March 7, 191924, Antone Kresnecki, of Herrin, miner, age 40 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Williamson County Coal Company's mine, Johnston City. He leaves a widow and four children.
 

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LaBOTTE
July 19, 193843, Joseph LaBotte, of Marion, miner and driver, aged 33 years, married, killed when car ran back down slope in Clean Coal mine of J. G. Thomas Coal Co., leaving wife and two children.
 
LACY
February 7, 191722, Evert Lacy, of Herrin, pipeman, age 38 years, married, was run over and killed by pit cars, in Pond Creek Coal Company's mine, Herrin, Williamson County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
LANBAY
June 13, 192126, Tony Lanbay, miner, age 17 years, single, was killed by falling slate in Big Muddy Coal Company's mine. He leaves his mother dependent.
 
LANGLEY
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.
 
LANNON
February 14, 193338, Oscar Lannon, of Johnston City, loader, age 53 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
November 24, 192631, Sam Lannon, of Johnston City, trip rider, age 30 years, married, was killed by pit cars in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
LATOTIC
January 25, 192429, Victor Lakotic, of Johnston City, loader, 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
 
LAVENDER
December 20, 192732, Almus Lavender, of Marion, age 26, 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
 
LAWRENCE
August 4, 191319, E. C. Lawrence, of Herrin, laborer, aged 26 years, married, was killed by being caught between two railroad cars at the Big Muddy Coal & Iron Company's Mine No. 7, Herrin. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
LAWRY
January 29, 190712. Martin Lawry, driver, aged 25 years, married, living at Johnston City, died at 10:00 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
 
LEACH
November 2, 192228, Alex. F. Leach, of Herrin, miner, age 32 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Sunny Side Mining Company's mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
LESKEY
October 22, 190814, John Leskey, of Johnston City, aged 38 years, single, employed by the Williamson County Coal Company as a slate cleaner was ordered to go to No. 15 room on the seventh south entry on the east side of the shaft, where there was a fall of slate to be cleaned up. Leskey went to No. 15 room to clean up the fall of slate, and when he went into the room he took a pick and sounded the roof, and while sounding the roof, a piece of slate fell from the side or rib of the room, which caught him in such a manner as to cause his death.
 
LEWIS
May 27, 190712, Richard D. Lewis, of Cambria, miner, aged 46 years, single and employed by the Carterville & Big Muddy Coal Company, was working in room No. 2 east entry on the north side of the shaft. About 3:30 p. m., he was supposed to be preparing a shot when a piece of slate fell from the roof, striking him on the back of the head, killing him instantly; the piece of slate was about 3 by 4 feet in size and two inches thick. This was a draw piece of slate, and the deceased was warned about it in the morning and told to take it down, and said he would but neglected to do so. when it fell upon him.
 
LIBBY     incorrectly listed as "Lebby"; correction courtesy of Nanda Parsons
August 11, 1905, Charles Libby, of White Ash, miner, aged 32 years, married, employed at the mine of the Chicago & Marion Coal Co., Marion, Williamson County, was loading coal under a piece of slate that had been marked "danger" by the mine examiner. Deceased had been trying to get it down but failed and went on loading his car. when the piece of slate fell on him, killing him instantly. Props were in the room and he could have put them under the slate, but failed to do so. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
LIDDEL
February 20, 191419, Thomas Liddel, of Johnston City, shot firer, aged 45 years, married, was killed by powder explosion in the Consolidated Coal Company's mine, Johnston City. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
LINGLE
March 21, 191015, Mip Lingle, of DeSoto, miner; aged 40 years; married; was employed at the mine of the Chicago and Carbondale Coal Company, DeSoto. Lingle was lighting a shot; he put the squib in the hole and when he put his lamp to the squib to light it, the squib exploded, setting off the shot; he died three hours after the accident. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
LINK
May 22, 190813, William Link, of Dewmaine, miner, aged 42 years, married, employed at No. 8 mine of the Madison Coal Corporation, Dewmaine, Williamson County, was injured while loading coal at the face of his room. A piece of slate fell on him, crushing him so that he died fifteen hours afterward. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
LITTLE
June 7, 192126, W. L. Little, electrician, age 37 years, widower, was killed in Freeman Coal Company's mie by falling rock. He leaves three children.
 
LITTLEFAIR
August 22, 192530, Robert Littlefair, of Johnston City, loader, age 27 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
November 22, 193742, William Littlefair, of Johnston City, miner, aged 57 years, married, killed by fall of rock in mine of Spillertown Mining Co., leaving wife.
 
LONG
June 1, 192025, Edgar Long, of Herrin, shot firer, age 41 yerars, married, died as a result of injuries received May 12, in T. G. Wardens Coal Company's mine, Herrin. Deceased returned to a shot which he thought had exploded and when he got to about eight feet of it, it went off causing his death. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
June 18, 192328, J. T. Long, of Franco, loader, age 54 years, married, was killed in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's Franco mine No. 1, by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow.
 
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
 
LOWERY
February 5, 192429, A. C. Lowery, of Carterville, miner, age 50 years, married, was killed in Madison Coal Corporation's No. 9 mine by a fall of rock. Deceased had been notified by the mine examiner to keep out of the place, but ignoring the warning he went in and commenced work, when the rock fell, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow.
 
LOSCOE
June 26, 191419, Frank Loscoe, of Clifford, miner, aged 29 years, married, was killed by trolley wire in the Big Muddy Coal & Iron Company's No. 8 mine, Clifford, Williamson County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
LOUDON
January 24, 192328, Sol. Loudon, of Colp, miner, age 51 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Madison Coal Corporation's No. 9 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
LUALDI
May 16, 19049, Carlo Lualdi, miner, aged 29 years, single, 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
 
LUDAS
October 12, 193843, Frank Ludas, of Johnston City, top coal loader, aged 54 years, married, killed by fall of rock in Freeman Spur mine of Seymour Coal & Mining Co., leaving widow.
 
LUNN
November 7, 194752, Mark Lunn, of Carterville, mine manager, age 67 years, married, was killed by a flying piece of rock in P.R.S., Inc.'s mine. He leaves a widow.
 

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MADDEN
July 27, 191723. George Madden, of Johnston City, driver, age 22 years, single, was killed in Consolidated Coal Company's mine. No one saw him injured and he was unconscious when found. The coroner's jury returned a verdict as follows: "He came to his death by an internal hemorrhage caused by a kick in the stomach from a mule."
 
MADOX
February 16, 191924, Jack Madox, of Rendville, driver, age 23 years, single, was caught between pit car and coal rib and crushed to death in W. P. Rend Colliery Company's No. 2 mine, Herrin.
 
MAGUIRE
November 5. 191723, Sam Maguire, of Johnston City, timberman, age 51 years, married, was killed in Williamson County Coal Company's mine. Deceased and his partner were sent into a room to clean up a fall of slate and timber the place. They were taking down some loose slate when a small piece fell striking him on the head and breaking his neck. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
MALANDRONE
October 15, 190511, Joseph Malandrone, an Italian, miner, aged 50 years, married, died from heart trouble. He was employed in the No. 7 mine of the Big Muddy Coal & Iron Co., at Herrin.
 
MANNING
June 30, 193035, Jesse Manning, of Herrin, driver, age 43 years, single, was caught between a pit car and the coal rib and killed in Freeman Coal Mining Company's mine. He leaves two dependent children.
 
MARFIA
January 22, 192934, Einsetti Marfia, of Murohysboro, miner, age 54 years, married, was killed by pit cars in Madison Coal Corporation's No. 12 mine. He leaves a widow and nine children.
 
MARIO
September 27, 18984, Jeo Mario, of Fredonia, a miner, age 29 years, single, employed at the Scott-Wilson Coal Co. shaft No. 2, Fredonia, Williamson county, was cleaning up a fall of slate that had come down the night before on top of some loose coal; he sounded the roof before starting to work and made the remark that it was all right, but in a few minutes afterward a piece of roof weighing about 1000 pounds suddenly fell striking him on the back, he was taken to his boarding house and died from his injuries at 5:30 p. m. the same day.
 
MARLO
July 2, 191824, Joe Marlo, of Herrin, miner, age 20 years, single, was killed by falling slate in Taylor Mining Company's Mine No. 2, Herrin. He leaves one dependent -- mother.
 
MARLORLO / MERLE
December 20, 191016. Charles Marlorlo, of Herrin, miner, aged 37 years, employed at the Big Muddy Coal & Iron Company's mine, No. 7, Herrin, was pulling a pillar, when top coal fell on him. He died in about two hours, leaving a widow and one child.
 
MARMONTI
November 13, 193742, Ernest Marmonti, of Herrin, hand loader, aged 57 years, married, killed by fall of rock in mine of Seymour Coal Mining Co., leaving wife.
 
MARTEL
November 13, 190814, Bruno Martell, of Pittsburg, aged 32, miner, was employed at the Culp Coal Company mine at Pittsburg, Ill.., as a shot firer, and the supposition is that he lighted four shots at one time, and that two of them were blown out shots, which caused an explosion by igniting the smoke from the other shots. He was overcome in the powder smoke. He was found at the mouth of the No. 2 west entry on the north side of the shaft. He was a single man.
 
MARTIN
August 27, 190915, William Martin, of Jeffries, miner, aged 24 years, single, employed at the Carterville and Herrin Coal Company, Herrin. The deceased was pushing an empty car into his room, when a large piece of slate fell on him, killing him instantly. The room was No. 2 off No. 20 room on No. 2 east entry on south side of shaft. The piece of slate that fell was 71/2 by 10 feet and 22 inches thick. There was a slip running across the room, but there were no props put up for 31 feet back from the face of room where the slate fell.
 
MASON
September 15, 191319, Homer Mason, of Johnston City, miner, aged 27 years, married, was killed by falling slate in the Southern Illinois Coal & Coke Company's Oak Ridge mine, Herrin. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
MATTIE - See : DeMATTIE
 
MAUGHAN
January 10, 1905, George Maughan, of Herrin, miner, aged 34 years, married, was killed by a powder can explosion. He leaves a widow.
 
McALLISTER
May 19, 193338, Walter McAllister, of Marion, miner, age 48 years, married, died from injuries received May 6, in Equality Coal Company's mine, by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
McALPIN
November 24, 18984, Edgar McAlpin, of Marion, laborer, age 23 years, married, leaves a widow and one child, was killed in the mine of the Ohio and Mississippi Valley Coal & Mining Co., Marion, Williamson county. The deceased was coming out of the shaft on the cage with four other men; when about 50 feet up he lost his balance and fell into the west chamber and down the shaft. This was only his third day in the mine.
 
McANALLY
January 14, 193237, Charles McAnally, of Johnston City, machineman, age 34 years, married, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 18 mine by being caught in the bits of a mining machine He leaves a widow and four children.
 
McCAIN
July 9, 193237, Chester McCain, of Marion, miner, age 35 years, married, was killed in the local mine of Roy Wilson Coal Company. He fell off a ladder while climbing up shaft. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
McCRACKEN
February 13, 194247, Thomas McCracken, of Marion, mine manager, age 63 years, married, died from injuries received on February 6, 1942, when a car jumped the track and hit him in the mine operated by McCracken & Rodney Coal company. He leaves a widow.
 
McCREE
August 9, 194752, Edgar McCree of Carterville, machine runner, age 39 years, married, died from injuries received the previous day, August 8, 1947, by a fall of rock in the Lake Creek mine operated by Consolidated Coal Company. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
McCUAN
January 16, 192732, Lester McCuan, of Marion, spragger, age 26 years, married, died from effects of injury received four days earlier, in Slogo Coal Company's mine. Deceased was thrown off the cage and fell into the sump in the same way and at the same time as Earl Groves. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
McCULLOUGH
January 25, 192429, H. J. McCullough, of Johnston City, mine manager, age 32 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
 
McDAIL
February 15, 191621, Robert McDail, of Herrin, miner, age 30 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Chicago and Carterville Coal Company's mine "A," Herrin, Williamson County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
McFARLAND
November 6, 192026, Ernest McFarland, miner, age 17 years, single, was killed in Pratt Brothers' mine by falling slate.
 
McGILL / McFILL
March 14, 190813, James McGill, of Marion, bottom laborer, aged 33 years, married, employed at the Peabody Coal Company's mine, Marion, Williamson County. Deceased was standing at the passing branch at the side of a mule, which was hitched to a trip of empty cars; he was waiting for a mule to come out with a trip of loaded cars. When the loaded cars came out, one of the cars jumped the track at the switch frogs, the car striking the mule that was hitched to the empty cars, crushing him between the mule and the rib of coal. Deceased was injured internally and died about two hours afterward.
      This accident is also listed as : James McFill, and occurring on July 29, 1907.
 
McINTURF
January 29, 192429, Carl McInturf, of Marion, loader, age 22 years, married, came in contact with a charged wire and instantly killed in Scranton Coal Mining Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
McKNOWN / McKOWAN
James Jefferson McKown was listed in the report as Jack McKowan
January 25, 192429, Jack McKowan, 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
 
McMANUS
April 19, 192025, Samuel McManus, of Cambria, miner, age 43 years, single, was killed in Carterville and Big Muddy Coal Company's mine, Cambria. It appeared that a loaded trip had just pulled onto the empty track, leaving no room to pass between the trip and the rib, just as deceased came out, and instead of going round he crossed on the bumpers to the other side and in doing so his neck cam in contact with the trolley wire.
 
McMULLIN
September 26, 192329, Gilbert McMullin, of Johnston City, loader, age 34 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
McNAIL
August 22, 193843, Estes McNail, of Marion, mine manager, aged 27 years, married, drowned at bottom of slope in Green Valley mine, leaving widow and three children.
 
January 29, 192025, Loyd McNail, of Johnston City, shot firer, age 22 years, single, was killed by an explosion due to a windy shot in Searles Coal Company's mine, Johnston City.
 
McNEAL
August 5, 18995, A. C. McNeal, of Herrin, miner, aged 28 years, was instantly killed in room 9, first south entry, by a fall of slate in the Big Muddy Coal & Iron Co.'s No. 7 mine at Herrin, Williamson county. Deceased had fired his shot, and instead of waiting a reasonable time for the powder smoke to clear away, so that he could examine the roof, he returned to the room with the intention of lighting another shot; but, when he got within a few feet of the face of the room, a piece of slate fell, with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
McNEIL
January 7, 191621, Guy McNeil, of Herrin, miner, age 29 years, single, was killed by a fall of slate in Taylor Mining Company's No. 2 mine, Herrin, Williamson County.
 
September 14, 191723, Sam R. McNeil, of Cambria, miner, age 49 years, married, died from injuries received three days before by a fall of coal in Carterville and Big Muddy Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
November 25, 190511, W. A. McNeil, of Cambria, miner, aged 24 years, married, employed with the Robert Dick Coal Co., near Cambria, Williamson County, was burned to death while sitting at the powder box making up the powder. His partner, Monroe Grain, was cleaning out a blasting barrel with a squib. The squib was lighted and went through the barrel into the open can of powder, setting the powder on fire. He died at 10:00 o'clock the same day, and leaves a widow and one child.
 
McNEILL
April 14, 191116, Thomas McNeill, Of Herrin, pumpman, aged 37 years, married, was killed while employed at the Chicago & Carterville Coal Company's mine "B," Herrin, by an explosion of gas. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
McPHERON
November 7, 192026, W. P. McPheron, miner, age 49 years, married, was killed by falling slate in Pratt Brothers' mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
MEADOWS
August 28, 191622, Robert Meadows, of Herrin, carpenter, age 38 years, married, was killed by the bursting of a compressed air pipe in Big Muddy Coal and Iron Company's No. 8 mine, Clifford, Williamson County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MEAGER
January 29, 190712. Frank Meager, flagman, aged 17 years, single, living at Johnston City, died at 4:00 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.
See : 1907 Powder Explosion
 
MECHELLE
February 1, 19049, Anton Mechelle, miner, aged 36 years, married, was killed by falling from the ascending cage, in the mine of the Chicago and Big Muddy Coal and Coke Co.. Marion, Williamson County. Deceased fell from the cage when it was about 30 feet from the bottom of the shaft. He was crushed between the cage and bunton. He leaves a widow and three children in Italy.
 
MEYERS
January 15, 191722, Ennis A. Meyers, of Herrin, driver, age 27 years, married, was killed in Big Muddy Coal and Iron Company's No. 7 mine. Herrin, Williamson County, by a fall of slate.
 
MEZO
June 2, 191722, Amos Mezo, of Herrin, age 35 years, laborer, married, was killed in an explosion of gas occurred in the W. P. Rend Coal & Coke Company's mine, Herrin, Williamson County. He leaves a widow and three children.
See : Explosion at W. P. Rend Mine No. 2
 
MICK
February 15, 194550, Clyde Mick, of Harrisburg, machine loader operator, age 47 years, married, was killed in a machinery accident in Turner Coal Compnany's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
MICKOLJACK
June 28, 191419, Jake Mickoljack, of Johnston City, miner, aged 49 years, married, was killed by falling coal in the Johnston City Coal Company's mine, Johnston City, Williamson County.
 
MILLER
November 12, 192026, Joe Miller, loader, age 38 years, single, was killed by falling slate in Searls Coal Company's mine.
 
January 21, 195257, Jonathon Miller, of Carrier Mills, driller, age 42 years, single, was killed when he was electrocuted in Harrisburg Coal Company's No. 1 mine.
 
May 11, 1904, John Miller, driver, aged 22 years, single, was killed instantly by a terrible explosion of powder in the mine of the Big Muddy Coal & Iron company, Herrin, Williamson County.
See : Powder Explosion
 
February 26, 192328, John Miller, of Marion, miner, age 32 years, was killed by a fall of rock in Davis Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
MINSELLA
September 5, 192228, C. Minsella, of Marion, miner, age 22 years, single, came in contact with the feed wire and was electrocuted in the Henderson-Wallace Coal Company's mine.
 
MITCHELL
December 27, 191218, Sam Mitchell, of Johnston City, miner, aged 26 years, single, was killed by falling coal and slate at the Williamson County Coal Company's Mine, Johnston City.
 
MOLLICO
November 23, 191521, Leo Mollico, of Colpville, miner, age 53 years, married, was run over by a motor and instantly killed in Madison Coal Corporation's No. 9 mine, Colpville, Williamson County. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
MOLLO
April 21, 193035, Pete Mollo, of Herrin, miner, age 52 years, widower, was killed in Carterville-Herrin Coal Company's mine by a fall of rock. He leaves two children.
 
MOORE
October 8, 190713, William Moore, of Johnston City, driver, aged 22 years, single, employed at the Williamson County Coal Company's mine No. 1, Johnston City, Williamson County, was killed while bringing in a trip of cars of coal to the bottom of the shaft. While trying to uncouple his mule, his head was caught between the cars. He died fifteen minutes after the accident.
 
MORGAN
January 25, 192429, Beryle Morgan, of Johnston City, motorman, age 21 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
 
August 27, 191925, Bethel Morgan, of Johnston City, driver, age 21 years, single, was killed by pit-cars in Consolidated Coal Company's mine, Johnston City.
 
March 15, 191318, James Morgan, of Cambria, shot-firer, aged 29 years, married, employed by the Carterville & Big Muddy Coal Company, Cambria, was killed by a shot blowing through pillar between two entries. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
January 9, 19016, Noah Morgan, of Herrin, driver, aged 20 years, single, was killed instantly by being caught between a pit car and the side of the entry in the Big Muddy Coal & Iron Co.'s mine No. 7, Herrin, Williamson county. The deceased was making his last trip before dinner, and was riding on the front end of the empty car, driving at full speed, the car left the track, when he was caught, with the result as stated.
 
MORNING
September 18, 191521, Henry Morning, of Herrin, miner, age 48 years, married, was killed at his working place in Chicago-Carterville Coal Company's mine "B," Herrin, Williamson County, by a fall of coal and slate. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
MORRIS
August 11, 191218, Jack Morris, of Johnston City, machine helper, aged 38 years, married, died of injuries received two days before, from a fall of slate in the Johnston City Coal Company's Mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
October 27, 192127, John Morris, of Johnston City, miner, age 20 years, single, was killed by coming in contact with a trolley wire in Consolidated Coal Company's Lake Creek mine.
 
MORSE
January 31, 190712. Claus Morse, cager, aged 46 years, widower, living at Galatia, died January 31, 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 one child.
See : 1907 Powder Explosion
 
MORTEL
September 24, 191420, Joe Mortel, of Dewmaine, miner, age 16 years, single, was killed in Madison Coal Corporation's No. 8 mine, Dewmaine, Williamson County, by a fall of coal. Deceased was carrying machine bits to his father, who was drilling a hole on one side of the room while his partner was cutting top coal on the other side, and just as he got under it about three tons fell on him.
 
MOSLEY
September 22, 192833, Ernest Mosley, of Johnston City, loader, age 23 years, married, was killed in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 18 mine, by falling coal. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
MULKINS
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
 
MURLANE
November 29, 190915, Frank Murlane, of Johnston City, miner, aged 29 years, married and employed at the Johnston City Coal Company's mine at Johnston City, Murlane was working the 7th southeast entry; the morning of November 29th, the mine examiner found gas in No. 7 southeast entry, and Murlane was told to stay out of his place, as there was gas in it; however he did not stay out, but went up the 8th south and through the cross cut into the 7th south with an open lamp, igniting the gas causing an explosion which killed him instantly. He leaves a wife and one child.
 
MURPHY
December 28, 191622, Leo Murphy, of Herrin driver, age 20 years, single, was killedin Pond Creek Coal Company's mine, Herrin, Williamson County, by being caught between a car and the coal rib while trying to get on the car.
 
June 16, 191217, William Murphy, of Weaver, timberman, aged 26 years, single, employed at No. 2 mine of the W. P. Rend Coal & Coke Co., Herrin, while engaged in cutting a hitch for an "I" beam, which was to be placed across the main entry near the shaft bottom, was killed by a large piece of slate, which fell from the roof.
 
MURRAY
October 6, 193136, Roy Murray, of Herrin, triprider, age 26 years, married, was caught between two pit cars and killed in Consolidated Coal Company's No. 7 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MURRY
November 16, 191521, Cecil Murry, of Herrin, miner, age 22 years, married, was run over by pit car and killed in Pond Creek Coal Company's mine, Herrin, Williamson County. He leaves a widow.
 

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NARBET
January 25, 192429, Charles Narbet, of Johnston City, loader, age 38 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
 
NEAL
July 18, 192530, Ira Neal, of Herrin, Assistant Mine Manager, age 39 years, married, was killed by falling slate in C. W. & F. Mining Company's A mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
NEBOLINA
May 16, 193035, Angelo Nebolina, of Herrin, miner, age 49 years, married, was killed by pit car in C. W. & F. Coal Company's mine "A". He leaves a widow and one child.
 
NEBON see : WEBAN
 
NELSON
December 29, 190612, Frank Nelson, of Dewmaine, pumpman, aged 23 years, single, employed at the Madison Coal Company, No. 9 mine, was killed by being caught in the cog wheels of an electric pump.
 
NEWBOLD
September 11, 195055, Ancie W. Newbold, of Creal Springs, loader, age 35 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Wilkins Coal Company's New Spillertown No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
NEWELL
September 26, 191016, Leo Newell, of Fordville, driver, aged 20 years, single, employed by the St. Louis & Carterville Coal Company, Herrin, was riding on the front end of a loaded car, coming out of the third south entry on the east of the shaft. He stated that his feet slipped off the bumper and he fell in front of the car and was squeezed between the rib and the car. He died the same day.
 
NEWTON
October 2, 190713, Charles Newton, of Marion, miner, aged 39 years, married, employed at the Peabody Coal Company's mine No. 2, Marion, Williamson County, was killed while working off a shot. The top coal and slate gave way without giving any warning, and deceased was caught under it. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
March 11, 192126, Hallie Newton, loader, age 24 years, married, was killed in Peabody Coal Company's No. 3 mine by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow.
 
June 4, 191318, Ralph Newton, of Herrin, driver, aged 19 years, married, employed at the "A" Mine of the Chicago & Carterville Coal Company, Herrin, was killed by being crushed between loaded car and the rib when another trip ran into his. He leaves a widow.
 
NODA
October 29, 190814, Dominick Noda, of Herrin, a miner, aged 27, single, employed at the St. Louis and Carterville Coal Company mine at Herrin, Ill., was engaged in loading a car of coal at the face of his room; a piece of draw slate fell, striking him across the small of the back, hurting him internally from which he died seven days afterwards.
 
NORBUT
February 21, 193338, Antone Norbut, of Johnston City, machine runner, age 43 years, married, died from injuries received two weeks earlier from a fall of rock, in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
NORMAN
December 3, 192833, Claude Norman, of Marion, loader, age 45 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal and rock in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow.
 

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OBED
May 27, 191924, Frank Obed, of Johnston City, miner, age 38 years, married, was killed in Williamson County Coal Company's mine, Johnston City. Deceased and his partner were filling cartridges with powder, when he stooped to pick up a keg of powder his light came in contact with a cartridge his partner was holding, ignited it, and it in turn, ignited the powder in the keg. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
OLDONA
October 13, 190410, Frank Oldona, of Herrin, miner, single, was killed by falling slate.
 
OLDONI
January 14, 193641, Charles Oldoni, of Herrin, cleanup man, aged 59 years, married, killed by fall of rock in mine No. 7 of Consolidated Coal Co., leaving widow.
 
OLIVER
June 5, 191722, Caleb Oliver, of Johnston City, trip rider, age 20 years, single, was killed by pit cars in Searls Coal Company's mine, Johnston City, Williamson County.
 
November 15, 192228, H. A. Oliver, of Marion, miner, age 23 years, married, was killed by falling slate in Johnston City Washed Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
November 23, 192127, James E. Oliver, of Pittsburg, timberman, age 24 years, single, died from injuries received by falling slate in Cameron Coal Company's mine five days previous.
 
May 7, 19027, Robert Oliver, of Herrin, driver, age 20, single, was severely injured by a collision of a pit car and mule in the Chicago & Carterville Coal Co.'s shaft, located at Herrin, Williamson county. He died two hours after the accident.
 
February 10, 193237, Sam Oliver, of Marion, machineman, age 31 years, married, died from injuries received January 26, by a fall of coal, in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 1 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
OLLIS
September 5, 193540, Clarence Ollis, of Johnston City, motorman, aged 36 years, married, killed by fall of rock in mine No. 18 of Old Ben Coal Corp., leaving widow and one child.
 
OVERLY
December 29, 190511, William Overly, of Marion, driver, aged 18 years, single, employed at the Peabody Coal Co.'s mine No. 2, Marion, Williamson County, lost his life while driving a team of mules, and riding in front of the car. The lead mule stopped, causing the rear mule to back up, deceased in jumping off of the car was caught between the car and rib. He was injured internally and died one week later.
 
OVERSBY
February 23, 193742, Joseph Oversby, of Johnston City, loader, aged 64 years, married, killed by rolling coal in mine No. 1 of the Franco Mining Corp., leaving wife.
 
OWENS
November 23, 191824, Oscar Owens, of Pittsburg, miner, age 48 years, married, was killed by falling slate in Cameron Coal Company's mine, Pittsburgh. He leaves a widow.
 
OZELLA
March 20, 193237, Frank Ozella, Jr., of Johnston City, triprider, age 25 years, single, was killed while trying to couple cars in motion in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 18 mine. He leaves his mother dependent.
 

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PANTIER
April 28, 194348, Floyd B. Pantier, of Stonefort, mule driver, age 34 years, married, died from injuries received the previous day, April 27, 1943, when he was caught between a car and rib in the Sims Coal Company mine operated by Ray Sims. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
PARCICH
April 20, 192934, John Parcich, of Johnston City, loader, age 41 years, single, was killed by a fall of roof in St. Louis Coal & Iron Company's No. 2 mine.
 
PARKS
September 19, 191117, Ernest Parks, of Johnston City, driver, aged 24 years, married, was killed by pit cars in the Williamson County Coal Company's mine, Johnston City. He leaves a widow.
 
June 8, 192126, Gerald Parks, trip rider, age 21 years, single, came in contact with the trolley wire and killed in Sandford Coal Company's mine. He leaves his mother dependent.
 
September 12, 196263. Mr. Henry Allen Parks, of Galatia, age 60, married, came to his death at approximately 2:45 a.m. on September 12, 1962 from injuries sustained from a fall of rock while in the performance of duty at the Freeman Coal Mining Corporation, Orient No. 4 Mine, Marion, Williamson County, Illinois. The accident occurred about 7:30 p.m. September 11, 1962. He was employed as a Face-Foreman and had had four years experience at this mine.
      The work being done at the time of Mr. Parks' injury was in the 3, 4, and 5 Main East Entries and consisted of driving these entries through a fault. A fall of rock occurred in cross-cut connecting 4 and 5 East, which had been loaded out. Mr. Dawes and Mr. Restivo, drillers and roof bolters in this area stated that Mr. Parks told them not to roof bolt the last clean-up from 4 East in the cross-cut; that they would not work it any more and would leave it for the day shift. Mr. Parks then decided to talk to the loading machine operator in 5 East Entry. Mr. Parks was warned by Mr. Dawes to look out, the top was working. As Mr. Parks stepped from under the roof-bolt support, a piece of rock 50" x 43" X 2'5" fell, striking Mr. Parks on the head, pushing him to a sitting position and crushing his chest, breaking several ribs and puncturing a lung.
      The roof in this territory was supported adequately by roof bolting, except an area 10 feet long by 11 feet wide in the cross-cut, the place in which the accident occurred.
 
November 18, 190915, James Parks, of Herrin, driver, aged 19 years, single, employed at the No. 1 mine of the Carterville Mining Company. Deceased was driving two mules going down a hill with a trip of empty cars. He made no attempt to sprag the wheels so that he could control the speed of the cars. When he came to the passing branch, the cars went on to the empty track, while the mules took the loaded track, pulling the first car, on which Parks was standing, against the rib of coal, breaking his neck and causing instant death.
 
PARLA
August 13, 194045, Sam Parla, of Marion, driller and shooter, age 45 years, married; killed by powder explosion at the Bruce Mine of the Wallace Coal Co., leaving widow and two children.
 
PATE
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.
 
PATTERSON
January 30, 190712. George Patterson, bottom laborer, aged 26 years, single, living at Johnston City, died at 11:00 p. m., January 30, 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, 11:30 a. m., January 29, 1907.
See : 1907 Powder Explosion
 
March 30, 191217, William Patterson, of Marion, motorman, aged 23 years, married,employed by the Chicago & Big Muddy Coal & Coke Company, Marion, lost his life by falling in front of a moving trip of loaded cars. Deceased had gone into the main west parting for a trip, and while inside a cross-bar fell across the track, one end resting on the ground, the other on the trolley wire. In coming out he did not see the bar until almost upon it, when he shut off the motor and attempted to jump, falling under the moving cars. He leaves a widow.
 
PAUL
March 15, 191722, Arthur Paul, of Johnston City, motorman, age 30 years, married, came to his death by being caught between his motor and empty pit cars in Williamson County Coal Company's mine, Johnston City, Williamson County. He leaves a widow.
 
PEARCE
December 23, 1909, W. D. (F.) Pearce, of Herrin, civil and mining engineer; age 38 years, American, was killed in a gas explosion at Chicago and Carterville Coal Company at mine "A" located at Herrin. Leaves a widow and two children.
See : Explosion in Herrin
 
PERKINS
January 25, 192429, J. J. Perkins, of Johnston City, loader, age 45 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
 
PERRETTE
January 25, 192429, James Perrette, machine man, age 40 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
 
PERRICONE
January 25, 192429, Ton Perricone, of Johnston City, loader, 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
 
PERRY
October 23, 192127, Con Perry, of Johnston City, face boss, age 38 years, married, died fro m injuries received four days before in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 18 mine by an explosion of dynamite shots. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
PETERSON
May 11, 191823, William Peterson, of Herrin, driver, age 21 years, married, died from injuries received ten days previously in Duncan Coal Company's mine. Deceased was kicked off the chain in a narrow place and was rolled between the car and rib. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
PHEMISTER
May 10, 192025, James M. Phemister, of Carterville, shot firer, age 32 years, married, was killed by a powder explosion, in Hafer Washed Coal Company's mine, Carterville.
 
PHILLIPS
January 25, 192429, George Phillips, trip rider, age 21 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
 
June 17, 193641, Loy Phillips, of Herrin, driver, aged 48 years, married, caught between cars in mine of Seymour Coal & Mining Co., leaving widow.
 
PIAZA
January 25, 192429, Gunseppe Piaza, loader, age 36 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
 
PICKERS
January 23, 194348, Willard Pickers, of Marion, miner, age 27 years, married, was killed when he was caught between a car and the ribs in the Curlee Flame mine operated by J. E. Seymour. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
PISONI
November 4, 192127, Louis Pisoni, of Herrin,miner, age 49 years, married, was killed in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's mine "A" by coming in contact with a trolley wire. He leaves a widow.
 
PODBIELSKI
October 1, 193742, William Podbielski, of West Frankfort, shift man, aged 46 years, married, killed by fall of slate in Bruce mine of the Wallace Coal Co., leaving wife.
 
POGUE
September 26, 194146, J. W. Pogue, of Crab Orchard, repairman, age 65 years, married, died from injuries received on September 23, 1941, by a run-away car in Willow Spring No. 1 mine, operated by McNail-Angel-Etherton. He leaves a widow.
 
POINTER
January 21, 190914, John Pointer, of Herrin, aged 30, a miner at the Chicago and Carterville Coal Company shaft "A," was working off a shot at face of his room, and there was a bad slip running across the roof, and when the coal fell, a large piece of slate came with it, striking Pointer on the head. He was dead when found. He leaves a wife and two children.
 
POLESMO
January 4, 191823, Sebastian Polesmo, of Johnston City, miner, age 21 years, single, was killed by falling slate while mining off a standing shot in Johnston City Coal Company's No. 1 mine.
 
POLIKAITUS
April 11, 193338, William Polikaitus, of Johnston City, machine man, age 48 years, married, died from injuries received February 17, when struck by a fall of rock, in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 18 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
POLSENELLO
February 21, 192732, Joe Polsenello, of Herrin, trackman, age 32 years, single, was killed by falling rock in Pratt Bros. Coal Company's mine.
 
PONSKI
January 9, 191520, Louis Ponski, of Johnston City, miner, age 61 years, married, employed in the McClintock mine, Standard Collieries Company, Johnston City, Williamson County, was run over and killed by a pit car. Deceased was coming out in the evening and two drivers were going in; he got out of the road for the first driver and then got back on the track and was run over by the second driver's car. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
PORCH
April 8, 192429, Tony Porch, of Johnston City, timberman, age 27 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Big Muddy Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
POSTLE
December 19, 190511, John Postle, of Marion, superintendent, aged 43 years, married, employed at the Peabody Coal Co., No. 3, Marion, Williamson County, lost his life while trying to start a stationary engine that was used to pull cars down the track. The supposition is that the engine got on the center land he put his foot on the fly wheel to get off, with the steam on the engine, and when the engine started, it threw him into the gearing of the pinion wheel, killing him instantly. No one witnessed the accident. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
POTEPAN
August 11, 192631, Rudolph Potepan, of Paulton, loader, age 48 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal from the face, in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 3 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
POVALOSKI
October 1, 191218, Joe Povaloski, of Bush, driver, aged 21 years, single, was killed by being knocked off the cage, while being hoisted out of the Western Coal and Mining Company's Mine, Bush.
 
POWELL
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.
 
November 10, 195861. Mr. Eddie Powell, of Herrin, employed as a foreman, was killed by falling rock at the Bell & Zoller Coal Company, Buckhorn Mine, located at Johnston City, Williamson County, Illinois, about 6:15 p.m. November 10, 1958. Mr. Powell was 51 years old and had worked for this company 21 years. He leaves a wife and one child as dependents.
      Ped Walker, motorman, left the bottom about 3:00 p.m. with an eight car empty trip and when the trip passed over the 2 main east switch, the fifth car wrecked. The motorman evidently did not know the car was off the track and pulled the trip through the 1 main east switch where the cars knocked the support from under four crossbars.
      The second production shift did not work. However, Guy Robinson, night mine manager, had a crew of men working on the east end of the fallen bars. About 6:15 p.m. Eddie Powell, Ward Padgett, Richard Vick, Walter Klein and John Humsick walked around the fall on the wrecked cars to look the job over and decide the best way to clear the haulage road.
      Padgett and Humsick were standing at the end of the car and Powell, Vick and Klein were standing beside the car in a crosscut when the roof at the brow of the crosscut chipped along the rib. Padgett and Klein yelled "watch out". Klein and Vick ran into the crosscut. Powell started to run, however, he was caught under the fall of rock. The rock was approximately 11 feet long, 4 to 5 feet wide, and 2½ feet thick.
 
November 12, 190814, William Powell, of Bush, a driver, aged 19, was employed at the Western Coal and Mining Company's mine at Bush, Ill. There were no witnesses to this accident. He was caught between the car and the rib on the first south entry. He died three days after the accident.
 
PRATTOLO
November 30, 191521, Augustus Prattolo, of Bush, miner, age 37 years, married, was killed in Western Coal and Mining Company's mine. Bush, Williamson County. Deceased was standing near the track when a car left the rail and struck him. He lived seven hours after accident. He leaves a widow.
 
PRAZIER / FRAZIER
September 27, 1912, Andrew Prazier, of Marion, trapper, aged 17 years, single, died of injuries received the previous day, when he fell in front of a moving car in the Chicago & Big Muddy Coal and Coke Company's Mine, Marion.
 
PREY
December 17, 192026, Anton Prey, trip rider, age 18 years, single, died from injuries received nine days earlier in Old Ben Coal Corporation's No. 17 mine. Deceased attempted to couple cars while in motion and was caught between them.
 
PRINCIPATE
September 10, 192026, Joe Principate, miner, age 48 years, widower, and Russell Principate, miner, age 20 years, single, were killed by falling rock in Peabody Coal Company's No. 3 mine.
 
PURECELLIO
October 18, 192026, Carlo Purecellio, miner, age 38 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in T. G. Warden's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
PURNELL
November 29, 194045, Otto Purnell, of Herrin, motorman, age 51 years, married; crushed by haulage motor at the Seymour Coal Mining Co. mine, leaving widow.
 

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