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Progressive Miners of America
PMA - PMWA
Progressive Mine Workers of America
      The Progressive Miners of America ( PMA ) was organized on September 1, 1932 in Gillespie, Macoupin County, Illinois.
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Some of the
People
of the Progressive Miners Union
 
Allard, Gerry, Editor of "Progressive Miner," official weekly of the new union (1932)
 
Anderson, Jess R., Executive Board Member (1937)
 
Arnold, Henry, "Martyr"
 
Baima, George, President (1952), Vice-President (1949)
 
Battuello, John, Executive Board Member Local No. 1 (Gillespie), Progressive Miners of America (1946)
 
Campbell, James, President of Local No. 1 (Gillespie), Progressive Miners of America (1946)
 
Clerick, Laura, President of the Women's Auxiliary, (1935)
 
Earl Evans, Board Member
 
Fancher, John H., Vice-President (1937, 1938)
 
Fisher, John, President of Local No. 1 (Gillespie), Progressive Miners of America (1937)
 
Hughes, Arthur, Publicity (1932)
 
Jones, Sylvester L., Secretary-Treasurer (1935)
 
Karlovic, Louis, Secretary-Treasurer (1949)
 
Keck, William, Secretary-Treasurer (1932) & President (1935 - 1937)
 
Marchiando, John B., President (1946, 1949)
 
McCann, John, President (1947)
 
McGill, Dan, Progressive Miners Union Leader (1932)
 
Ozanic, Joe, President (1937 - 1939)
 
Pearcy, Claude Everett, Sr., President (1932) & Secretary-Treasurer (1938)
 
Reed, Dave, President (1939)
 
Ritchie, George P., Vice-President (1939)
 
Snodgrass, Mrs. Bevia, President of the Women's Auxiliary, (1937)
 
Taylor, John H., Executive Board Member (1937)
 
Thrush, Lloyd, Vice-President (1935)
 
Wieck, Agnes Burns, President of the Women's Auxiliary, (1932 - 1934)
 
Williams, Clyde Clarence, "Martyr"
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Undocumented
Biographies
Germinal "Gerry" Allard
March 10, 1908 - April 29, 1965
Editor of the Progressive Miner (1932 - )
 
Born on March 10, 1908 in Pas de Calais, Oignes, France.
The son of Auguste and Eugenie (nee Defresne) Allard.
Married Irene Walley on August 24, 1926 in Waukegan, Lake Co., IL
Died on April 29, 1965
newspaper photo
Photograph Courtesy of : minewar.org
 

 
Jess R. Anderson
September 3, 1884 - April 21, 1945
Executive Board Member (1937)
 
Jess Rogalian Anderson
Born on September 3, 1884 in Kentucky
The son of Samuel & Ellen (nee Dillon) Anderson
Married Bertha Augusta Blankenship on September 24, 1908 in Indiana
World War I Draft Registration (September 12, 1918)
      Medium height, slender build, blue eyes, light brown hair
      605 Madison St., Eldorado, Saline County, Illinois
      Coal Miner at J. K. Dering Coal Company
      Contact - Bertha A. Anderson
Residence in 1920 : Eldorado, Saline County, Illinois
             Occupation : Minr at Coal Mine
Residence in 1930 : Eldorado, Saline County, Illinois
             Occupation : Mine Examiner in Coal Mine
Residence in 1940 : possibly : Federal Correction Facility
                               See : December 29, 1937 - Convicted Miners Get Maximum Penalty.
Residence in 1942 : Eldorado, Saline County, Illinois
Died on April 21, 1945 in Eldorado, Saline County, Illinois

 

 
Henry Arnold
September 18, 1882 - April 7, 1933
"Martyr"
 
Henry Arnold
[ James Henry Arnold ]
Born on September 18, 1882 in Malden, Dunklin County, Missouri
The son of Gabriel Wiley (1844-1907) & Emeline (nee Walker) (1851-1935) Arnold
Married : Lerona "Nora" Ripley
Residence in 1910 : Murphysboro, Jackson County, Illinois
World War I Draft Registration (September 12, 1918)
     Henry Arnold, Born September 18, 1882
     Medium height, stout build, light gray eyes, light brown hair
     Haliday Ave., Du Quoin, Perry County, Illinois
     Coal Miner at Paradise Coal Company, Du Quoin, Perry County, Illinois
      Contact - Nora Arnold, wife
Military : 102 Coast Artillery (source = U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963)
Residence in 1920 : Du Quoin, Perry County, Illinois
                Occupation : Miner at Coal Mine
Residence in 1930 : Du Quoin, Perry County, Illinois
                Occupation : Farmer on a Truck Farm
Died on April 7, 1933 in a gun battle with sheriff's deputies
                See : Newspaper Article April 7, 1933
Buried on April 9, 1937 in Old Du Quoin Cemetery, Old Du Quoin, Perry Co., IL.
Old Du Quoin Cemetery
 
MARTYR
President of the Progressive Mine Workers of America
Tombstone Erected by P M W of A Tombstone photograph of Henry Arnold
Photo courtesy of Robert Boyett

 
George Baima
September 18, 1911 - 1978
President of the Progressive Mine Workers of America (1952)
 
Born on September 18, 1911 in Benld, Macoupin County, Illinois
The son of Dominic & Maria (nee Gorgait or Grivet) Baima
Married Minnie _?_
Occupation : Trip Rider in Coal Mine
Residence in 1930 : Benld, Macoupin County, Illinois
Residence in 1940 : Benld, Macoupin County, Illinois
1949 - Vice-President of the Progressive Mine Workers of America
1952 - President of the Progressive Mine Workers of America
Died in 1978 in Litchfield, Montgomery County, Illinois.
Photograph of George Baima

 
John Lloyd Battuello
September 21, 1899 - August 1, 1980
Executive Board Member Local No. 1 (Gillespie), Progressive Miners of America (1946)
 
Born on September 21, 1899 in Illinois
The son of Dominick & Virginia Battuello
Maried Tillie _?_
1917 World War I Draft Registration (September 12, 1918)
      Tall, medium build, gray eyes, black hair
      Residence : Benld, Macoupin County, Illinois
      Miner at Superior Coal Company, Gillespie, IL.
? possibly in 1920 Living in Los Angeles, California as a Laborer in a Ship Yard
Residence in 1930 : Wilsonville, Macoupin County, Illinois
Occupation : Coal Miner
Residence in 1940 : Wilsonville, Macoupin County, Illinois
Died on August 1, 1980
 

 
James Campbell
January 20, 1900 - Janaury 20, 1953
President of Local No. 1 (Gillespie),
           Progressive Mine Workers of America (1946)
 
Born on January 20, 1900 in Scotland
The son of Alexander F. (1860-1915) &
                Esther (nee Berry) (1859-1940) Campbell
Immigrated to the United Stateas in 1922
Married Margaret Tinney (1900-1952)
                on November 6, 1923 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Residence in 1930 : Gillespie, Macoupin County, Illinois
Occupation : Coal Miner
Residence in 1940 : Gillespie, Macoupin County, Illinois
Died on January 20, 1953 in Gillespie, Macoupin County, Illinois
 
Photograph of James Campbell

 
Laura Clerick
1906 - 1956
President of the Women's Auxiliary of the Progressive Miners of America (1935)
 
Laura Jane Center
Born in 1906 in Illinois
The daughter of Andrew Jackson & Ida Mae (nee Conner) Center
Married Arson D. Clerick
Residence in 1910 : Pana, Christian County, Illinois
Residence in 1920 : South Fork, Christian County, Illinois
Residence in 1930 : Kincaid, Christian County, Illinois
Residence in 1940 : Kincaid, Christian County, Illinois
Occupation : Joint Owner of Grocery Store
Died in 1956 in Christian County, Illinois
Buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville, Christian County, Illinois
 

 
Earl Evans
January 20, 1900 - Janaury 20, 1953
Board Member of Progressive Miners of America
 
Charles Earl "Nip" Evans
Born on March 15, 1898 in Big Ridge, Saline County, Illinois
The son of John & Isabelle (nee Leepers) Evans
Residence 1900 : Harrisburg, Saline County, Illinois
Residence 1910 : Harrisburg, Saline County, Illinois
World War I Draft Registration (September 12, 1918)
            Charles Earl Evans [ signed : Earl Evans ]
            Medium height, medium build, blue eyes, brown hair
            Miner at Coal Mine No. 11, Eldorado, Saline County, Illinois
            Contact - Elizabeth R. Evans, Eldorado, Saline County, Illinois
Residence 1920 : East Eldorado, Saline County, Illinois
Married : Opal _?_
Residence 1930 : East Eldorado, Saline County, Illinois
            Occupation: Miner
1934 to 1938 : Saline County Sheriff
Residence 1940 : Illinois State Penitentiary, Chester, Randolph County, Illinois
      See : December 29, 1937 - Convicted Miners Get Maximum Penalty.
Died on November 20, 1950 in East Eldorado, Saline County, Illinois
Buried in Lindale Memorial Gardens, East Eldorado, Saline County, Illinois.
 
Obituary photo of Earl Evans
Newspaper's Obituary Photo
Obituary
The Daily Register
Harrisburg, Illinois
November 21, 1950, Page 1
Earl "Nip" Evans Fromer Sheriff Dies at Eldorado
      Earl "Nip" Evans, 52, died at 10 p. m. Monday at his home, 720 Dewey Street, Eldorado, where he had been returned from Ferrell hospital about two weeks ago after being hospitalized during three months of illness.
      Mr. Evans, elected sheriff of Saline county on the Republican ticket in 1934 and prominent in the Progressive mine circles, was born in the Big Ridge community, the son of John Evans and Isabelle Leepers. He had served as board member of the Progressive Mine Workers of America, two terms as secretary-treasure, and was co-trustee of the Miners' Welfare fund. As a young man he moved to Eldorado, where with his family he had since resided.
      Surviving are his wife, Opal; a son James Earl Evans, at home; a daughter, Miss Thelma Evans, St. Louis; and five sisters, Mrs. Mary Carrington, Los Angeles, Calif., Mrs Lena Waage, Santa Cruz, Calif., Mrs. Mabel Gentry, Salinas, Calif., Mrs. Ruby Aaasen, Portland, Ore., and Mrs. Nell Wilson, Grants, N. M.
      Friends may call at the Martin funeral home where the body will repose in the chapel until the funeral hour.
      Funeral services wil be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday at the First Baptist church, conducted by the pastor, the Rev. H. R. Moore. Burial will be in Lindale Memorial Gardens.
      Pallbearers will be William Gallagher, Ed Pemberton, Henry Jones, Jess Chandler, James Carter and Carl Liffak.

 
John H. Fancher
February 7, 1899 - April 22, 1984
Vice-President Progressive Miners of America (1937 & 1938)
 
Born on February 7, 1899 in Alabama
Married Lela _?_
possibly Residence in 1935 : Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
Residence in 1940: Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
                        or - possibly : Federal Correction Facility
                               See : December 29, 1937 - Convicted Miners Get Maximum Penalty.
Died on April 22, 1984 in Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
 

 
John Fisher
December 3, 1893 - November 1, 1969
President of Local No. 1 (Gillespie), Progressive Miners of America (1937)
 
Born on December 3, 1893 in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland
The son of John (1863-1938) & Margaret (nee Hillhouse) (1867-1908) Fisher
Immigrated to the United States in 1913
Residence in 1920 : Gillespie, Macoupin County, Illinois (in the household of uncle, Charles Biggam)
Married Jane "Jeanie" Conn (1899-1995)
Residence in 1930 : Gillespie, Macoupin County, Illinois
Occupation : Driller at Coal Mine
Residence in 1940 : Gillespie, Macoupin County, Illinois
Died on November 1, 1969 in Gillespie, Macoupin County, Illinois
 

 
Arthur Hughes
Born in 1904
The son of Marvin E. & Gertrude E. (nee Carwile) Hughes
1910 United States Census :
      Age : 6 years
      Residence : Tower Hill, Shelby County, Illinois
      Father's occupation was : Farmer
1920 United States Census :
      Age : 15 years
      Residence : Ward 1, Gillespie, Macoupin County, Illinois
      Father's occupation was : Miner at coal mines
1930 United States Census :
      Age : 26 years
      Spouse : Callie LaFaun (nee Baugh)
      Children : Corinne, age 4 years; & Richard, age 9/12 of a year
      Residence : Gillespie, Macoupin County, Illinois
      Occupation : Loader at coal mines
 

 
Sylvester Lee Jones
March 19, 1895 - January 19, 1961
Secretary-Treasurer of the Progressive Miners of America (1935)
 
Born on March 19, 1895 in Excello, Macon County, Missouri.
Married Goldie P. Lamb (1903-1991)
1917 World War I Draft Registration (June 5, 1917)
             Single
             Residence - Belleville, St Clair County, Illinois
             Coal Miner for White & Sons at Valley Mine
             Medium height, medium build, blue eyes, light hair
Residence in 1920 : Macon County, Missouri.
Residence in 1930 : Belleville, St Clair County, Illinois
Occupation : Coal Miner
Residence in 1935 : Belleville, St Clair County, Illinois
Residence in 1940 : Danville, Montgomery County, Missouri
             Occupation : Property Manager
Died on January 19, 1961.
 

 
Louis J. Karlovic
September 29, 1903 - July 5, 1962
Secretary-Treasurer of the Progressive Mine Workers of America (1949)
 
Born on September 29, 1903
The son of Vid (1871-1915) & Anna (nee Dobrinich) (1877-1950)
In 1920 was at St. Charles School for Boys, St. Charles Township, Kane County, Illinois
Married Mary M. Ozanic (1908-1999) about 1926
Residence in 1930 : Mt. Olive, Macoupin County, Illinois
Occupation : Trip Rider at Coal Mine
Residence in 1940 : Mt. Olive, Macoupin County, Illinois
Residence in 1950 : Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
Died on July 5, 1962 in Litchfield, Montgomery County, Illinois

 

 
William Keck
March 15, 1890 - July 8, 1948
President of the Progressive Miners of America (1935 - 1937)
 
Born on March 15, 1890 in Caseyville, St. Clair County, Illinois
The son of Philip (1860-1907) & Wilhelmina "Minnie" (nee Walliser) (1864-1941) Keck
Residence 1900 : Caseyville, St. Clair County, Illinois
Residence 1910 : Caseyville, St. Clair County, Illinois
Married Jessica Mary "Jessie" Kerr (1887-1968) on May 16, 1916
Residence 1920 : Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan
Residence 1930 : East St. Louis, St Clair County, Illinois
Occupation : Coal Miner
? Residence 1935 : Gillespie, Macoupin County, Illinois
Residence 1940 : East St. Louis, St Clair County, Illinois
Died on July 8, 1948
 

 
John B. Marchiando
October 7, 1884 - September 2, 1957
President of the Progressive Mine Workers of America (1946, 1949)
 
John Battista Marchiando
[ Battista Giovanni Spirito Marchiando ]
Born on October 7, 1884 in Borgiallo, Torino, Piemonte, Italy
The son of Guiseppe & Maria Marchiando
Immigrated to the United States in 1901
1917 World War I Draft Registration (September 12, 1918)
             Medium height, medium build, brown eyes, dark hair
             Coal Miner at Spring Valley Coal Company, Spring Valley, Bureau County, Illinois
Residence 1920 : (Battista Marchiando, 39) - Carlinville, Macoupin County, Illinois
Occupation : Coal Miner
Residence 1930 : (Boniface Marchiando, 47) - Carlinville, Macoupin County, Illinois
Residence 1940 : (Boniface Marchiando, 56) - Carlinville, Macoupin County, Illinois
Died on September 2, 1957
 

 
John McCann
President of the Progressive Mine Workers of America (1947)
 
Born on October 6, 1885 in Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland
The son of Peter & Ann (nee Breen) McCann
Married Susannah "Susan" Higgins on July 6, 1912
             in Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland
Immigrated to the United States in 1923
Residence 1930 : Gillespie, Macoupin County, Illinois
      Occupation : Loader at Coal Mine
Residence 1940 : 612 Wilson, Gillespie, Macoupin Co., Illinois
      Occupation : Secretary of the PMWA
1942 Draft Registration
             John McCann, Born October 6, 1885, Age - 56 years
             608 Staunton Road, Gillespie, Macoupin Co., Illinois
             Employed at Superior Coal Company
                   Mine No. 3, Mt. Clare, Macoupin Co., Illinois
1946 - Elected President Progressive Mine Workers of America
Died on May 5, 1965 in Gillespie, Macoupin County, Illinois
Buried in in Gillespie, Macoupin County, Illinois
 
John McCann photo

 
Daniel John McGill
September 21, 1885 - 1960
Union Leader of the Progressive Miners of America (1932)
 
Born on September 21, 1885 in Illinois
The son of John & Anna (nee Walsh) McGill
Residence 1900 : Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
Occupation : Coal Miner (at 15 years of age)
Married Pauline Esther DeFrates (1878-1956) before 1918
WWI Draft Registration ( September 12, 1918)
             Daniel John McGill, Born September 21, 1885
             Medium height, medium build, grey eyes, dark hair
             300 North 14th, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
             Miner at Jones & Adams Company, north of Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
Residence 1930 : Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
Residence 1940 : Federal Correction Facility, York Township, Washtenaw County, Michigan
      See : December 29, 1937 - Convicted Miners Get Maximum Penalty.
Died in 1960
Buired at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
 

 
Joseph Ozanic
September 15, 1895 - November 1978
President of the Progressive Mine Workers of America (1937, 1939, 1940)
 
Born on September 15, 1895 in Croatia / Yugoslavia
Married Katherine "Katie" Karlovic (1901-1996)
WWI Draft Registration ( June 5, 1915)
             Joseph John Ozanic, Born on September 15, 1896
             Tall, medium build, dark brown eyes, dark brown hair
             Coal Miner at Mt. Olive Coal Company, Mt. Olive, Macoupin County, Illinois
Residence in 1930 : Mt. Olive, Macoupin County, Illinois
             Occupation : Laborer at Coal Mine
Residence in 1940 : Mt. Olive, Macoupin County, Illinois
             Occupation : President of the Progressive Mine Workers of America
Died in November 1978 in Litchfiled, Montgomery County, Illinois
 

 
Claude Everett Pearcy, Sr.
August 9, 1888 - December 22, 1962
First President of the Progressive Miners of America (1932)
 
Born on August 9, 1888 in Otter Creek, Lucas County, Iowa
The son of Perry (1843-1922) & Julia (nee Thompson) (1860-1943) Pearcy
Married Edna Madge Brower on November 24, 1908
1910 United States Census :
      Age : 21 years
      Residence : Madison, Harrison County, Missouri
1917 World War I Draft Registration
      Short, medium build, dark brown eyes, dark brown hair
      Occupation : Coal Miner at Cainsville, Coal Co., Cainsville, Harrison County, Missouri
1920 United States Census :
      Age : 32 years
      Residence : Park Center, Fremont County, Colorado
1930 United States Census :
      Age : 42 years
      Spouse : Edna Madge (nee Brower)
      Residence : Gillespie, Macoupin County, Illinois
      Occupation : Driller at coal mine
1932 - President of the Progressive Miners of America
Residence in 1935 : Gillespie, Macoupin County, Illinois
1938 - Secretary-Treasurer of the Progressive Mine Workers of America
1940 United States Census :
      Age : 52 years
      Spouse : Madge Pearcy
      Children : Bernice Pearcy, 31; Robert E. Pearcy, 19; Claude Pearcy, 28; Edna Pearcy, 20
      Residence : 1011 N 6th Street, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
      Occupation : Secretary & Organizer
Died on December 1, 1968 in Rolla, Phelps County, Missouri,
 

 
David Reed
President of the Progressive Mine Workers of America (1939)
 
Born on About 1907
Married Myrtle _?_
Residence in 1930 : Denning, Franklin County, Illinois
Occupation : Machine Man at Coal Mine
 

 
George P. Ritchie
Vice-President of the Progressive Mine Workers of America (1939)
 
Born about 1879 in Scotland
Married L. Dove _?_
Residence in 1930 : Stonington, Christian County, Illinois
             Occupation : Digger at Coal Mine
Residence in 1940 : Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois
             Occupation : Vice-President of the Progressive Mine Workers of America
 

 
John H. Taylor
Executive Board Member (1937)
 
John Henry Taylor
Born on January 16, 1895 in Bolton, England
The son of John H. & Margaret Ann (nee Cooper) Taylor
Residence in 1910 : Cahokia Township, Macoupin County, Illinois
Residence in 1920 : Gillespie, Macoupin County, Illinois
             Occupation : Miner at Coal Mine
Residence in 1930 : Gillespie, Macoupin County, Illinois
             Occupation : Miner at Coal Mine
Residence in 1940 : Mount Clare, Macoupin, Illinois
                        or - possibly : Federal Correction Facility
                               See : December 29, 1937 - Convicted Miners Get Maximum Penalty.
 

 
Lloyd Alexander Thrush
May 15, 1900 - June 6, 1973
Vice-President of the Progressive Mine Workers of America (1935)
 
Born on May 15, 1900 in Hanna City, Peoria County, IL
The son of David Samuel (1874-1938) & Jennie M. (nee Holt) (1878-1936) Thrush
Residence in 1920 : Logan, Peoria County, Illinois
Married Anna M. Selberg
Residence in 1930 : Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois
Occupation : Coal Miner
Died on June 6, 1973 in Manatee County, Florida
 

 
Agnes Burns Wieck
January 4, 1892 - October 22, 1966
Agnes Burns
Born on January 4, 1892 in Sandoval, Marion County, Illinois.
The daughter of Patrick Henry (1854-1934) & Florence A. (1862-1902) Burns
Residence in 1900 : Vance, Vermilion County, Illinois
Married Edward A. Wieck in 1921
President of the Women's Auxiliary of the Progressive Miners of America (1932 - 1934)
Died on October 22, 1966 in Troy, Rensselaer County, New York
 

 
Clyde Clarence Williams
October 21, 1890 - December 9, 1933
Clyde Clarence Williams
Born on October 21, 1890 in Bowlesville, Gallatin County, Illinois
The son of Jesse & Manzy (nee Nikelson) Williams
Residence in 1910 : Western Precinct, Williamson County, Illinois
Married Edith M Maynard in 1910 in Saline County, Illinois
World War I Draft Registration (June 5, 1917)
      Age : 27 years
      Medium height, medium build, grey eyes and brown hair
      Married with children
      Residence : Pittsburg, Williamson County, Illinois
      Occupation : Mining
      Employed by Scranton Big Muddy Coal Company, Pittsburg
Certified as Mine Examiner on September 20, 1918
Residence in 1920 : Brushy, Saline County, Illinois
Residence in 1930 : Galatia, Saline County, Illinois
Occupation : Coal Miner
Died on December 9, 1933 in Galatia, Saline County, Illinois
                See : Newspaper Article December 10, 1933
Buried on December 12, 1933 in Brushy Cemetery, Harco, Saline County, Illinois
 
Brushy Cemetery
 
MARTYR
President of the Progressive Mine Workers of America
Tombstone Erected by P M W of A Tombstone photograph of Clyde Williams
 
                Tombstone photograph of Clyde C. Williams
Photos courtesy of Gary Williams

 
Clyde Williams photo
 
Clyde Williams' Mine Examiners Certificate

 
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Page 5 PMWA in 1938 to 1999
 
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