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ANDRIGHETTI
August 11, 195340, Louis Andrighetti, of Hillsboro, driller, aged 56 years, married, died from injuries received on August 10, 1953 from a roof fall in Freeman Coal Mining Corporation's Crown Mine. He leaves a widow.
 
ARNOLD
August 27, 193025, John A. Arnold, of Nokomis, miner, age 43 years, married, died from injuries received in Indiana and Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine, on January 18, 1927. Deceased was struck by a tie which he was using as a lever to re-rail a car, causing a rupture of the pancrea, which resulted in death. He leaves a widow.
 

BADONICI
July 31, 19108, Battisti Badonic, of Panama, timberman, aged 46 years, married, was killed by a car of cinders falling on him from a moving cage in the shaft of the Shoal Creek Coal Company's mine, located at Panama, Montgomery county. Deceased was told to step back from the cage as it was being lowered, but failed to understand the warning. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BECKHAM
January 20, 193025, Glen Orval Beckham, of Panama, miner, age not given, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BEDNARKO
March 25, 192419, Martin Bednarko, miner, age 45 years, married, was killed in Indiana and Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
BEHRENS
June 13, 191310, August Behrens, of Hillsboro, miner, aged 44 years, married, employed at Mine No. 11, Peabody Coal Co., Hillsboro, Montgomery County, was killed by a fall of slate. He leaves a widow.
 
BERNADINI
December 9, 194035, Geno Bernadini, of Nokomis, triprider, age 27 years, married, killed by runaway car at the Reliance Mine of the Nokomis Coal Co., leaving a widow.
 
BOGETTI
August 21, 191614, Martin Bogetti, of Panama, driver, age 22 years, single, was killed by a pit car in Shoal Creek Coal Company's mine, Panama, Montgomery County.
 
BORG
October 29, 192924, Harry Borg, of Nokomis, triprider, age 32 years, married, was killed in Indiana and Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine, by being run over by motor. Deceased jumped off the motor while in motion to set a switch, struck a cross-bar, and fell in front of the motor. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BOWERS
October 28, 191614, Fred Bowers, of Nokomis, trip rider, age 21 years, single, was killed by pit cars in Nokomis Coal Company's mine, Nokomis, Montgomery County.
 
BRASSA
March 23, 19129, Emilia Brasa, of Hillsboro, miner, aged 45 years, married, employed at the Hillsboro Coal Co.'s mine, Hillsboro, Montgomery County, was killed by pit cars. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BRUECKNER
April 22, 193732, Henry Brueckner, of Nokomis, miner aged 41 years, married, killed by a fall of coal in Reliance mine of the Nokomis Coal Co., leaving wife and three children.
 
BUCKLY
December 21, 192520, Oscar Buckly, of Nokomis, laborer, age 52 years, married, was killed at the Indiana and Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine. Deceased was dropping a loaded car from the chute down the railroad track when his car collided with another one catching him between them. He leaves a widow.
 
BUCKSECER
February 4, 191818, Harry Buckstecer, of Reno, trip rider, age 24 years, married, was killed in Shoal Creek Coal Company's mine. Deceased was riding trips on the motor. It appears he was intending to get off to throw a switch when he fell and the motorman did not have his motor sufficiently under control to stop it before it ran over him. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BURNS
April 5, 191512, T. H. Burns, of Panama, age 42, miner, American, married, widow, four children, five dependents.
See : Explosion at Panama No. 1
 
BUSSONI
September 19, 193025, Joe Bussoni, miner, age 63 years, married, died from injuries sustained by a fall of coal on July 23, in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow.
 

CARR
August 5, 192117, Irwin Carr, of Coffeen, miner, age 22 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in Indiana and Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine.
 
CAULK
April 23, 19129, Porter Caulk, of Panama, driver, aged 22 years, single, was killed in a gas explosion in the Shoal Creek Co.'s mine, Panama, Montgomery County.
 
CHORNAK
November 11, 19108, Charles Chornak (also spelled in report Charmack), of Panama, miner, aged 28 years, single.
See : Explosion
 
CLOVIS
October 7, 19108, Lester Clovis, of Coffeen, miner, aged 33 years, single, employed in the No. 2 mine of the Clover Leaf Coal Co., Coffeen, Montgomery county, was killed by a premature blast.
 
COOK
January 11, 196747. Mr. Bobby Ray Cook, of Kincaid, age 26, married, father of two children, suffered a severe head injury accidentally received while performing his duties as a roof bolter at 6:15 p.m. on January 11, 1967. The accident occurred at the Freeman Coal Mining Corporation "Crown" mine located in Farmersville, Montgomery County, Illinois, where Mr. Cook had been employed four years.
      Mr. Cook and his buddy, John Katcher, had bolted two other rooms in this shift and had trammed their bolter to crosscut between Room 12 and Room 13. Leaving the bolter there, they went in to examine Room 13 before taking the bolter in. Mr. Cook operated the bolter to a position on the right side of the room and was attempting to set the safety jacks on one side of the bolter while Mr. Katcher was setting the jacks on the other side.
      A roof fall weighing approximately 2½ tons made up of coal, shale and rock 18 ft. by 14½ ft. occurred. A piece of the same, 3 ft. by 3 ft. by 8 in. thick, hit Mr. Cook, knocking him against the roof bolter, Mr. Katcher, not being able to see Mr. Cook, went for help. A doctor and an ambulance were called. Mr. Cook was placed on a stretcher and died en route to St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. He died approximately 7:30 p.m.
 
COYLE
October 8, 191311, Oliver Coyle, of Panama, motorman, aged 28 years, married, was killed by a motor in the Shoal Creek Coal Company's mine, Panama, Montgomery County. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
CREVITS
January 4, 195239, Paul Crevits, of Morrisonville, cager, aged 41 years, married, was killed by being crushed between a loaded car and the cage in Freeman Coal Mining Corporation's Crown Mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 

DAVIS
September 10, 191715, David Davis, of Hillsboro, trapper, age 16 years, single, was killed by being knocked down and run over by pit cars which had left the track in mine No. 11, C. & E. I. Coal Properties.
 
December 20, 191816, David Davis, of Hillsboro, timberman, age 50 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Illinois Coal Properties No. 11 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
DAVIS
September 2, 18985, John Davis, of Litchfield, a driver, aged 19 years, was killed September 2, 1898, in the Litchfield Mining and Power Company's mine at Litchfield by being crushed between a car and a prop. He was driving through the pass-way from the fourth north entry to the third north entry. There was a slight grade. From some cause he failed to sprag the car. At the foot of the grade the car jumped the track, crushing him between the car and a prop.
 
December 3, 18985, Louis B. Davis, of Hillsboro, engineer, aged 34 years, was found dead in the dynamo room of the Hillsboro Coal Company, Hillsboro. The dynamo room was in the rear of the engine room, where the hoisting were located. The engines were running away; had destroyed ropes, cages, etc. After the engines were stopped Davis' body was found near the pulley wheel of the dynamo. His skull was fractured and life was extinct. After a week's session by the coroner's jury their verdict was that he came to his death from causes unknown to the jury.
 
DelCANTON
July 5, 19108, Angelo DelCanton, of Hillsboro, miner, aged 18 years, single, was killed by a fall of slate in the No. 1 mine of the Kortkamp Coal Co., Hillsboro, Montgomery county.
 
DENNY
July 3, 191824, C. L. Denny, of Panama, trip rider, age 36 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Shoal Creek Coal Company's mine, Panama. He leaves a widow.
 
DERIGHT
January 16, 192217, Dominic Deright, of Panama, driver, age 20 years, single, was caught between a car and rib and killed in Shoal Creek Coal Company's mine. He leaves his mother dependent
 
DETMERS
March 23, 192924, John Detmers, of Ohlman, laborer, age 17 years, single, died from injuries received three days previous, when struck by a railroad car at Mine No. 10, Indiana & Illinois Coal Corporation.
 
DORRIS
November 27, 191816, Nick Dorris, of Nokomis, trip rider, age 25 years, single, fell under the cars while switching and was killed in Illinois Coal Properties No. 10 mine, Nokomis.
 
DZURACHIN
March 17, 191815, John Dzurachin, of Taylor Springs, miner, aged 46 years, married, was killed in mine No. 15, C. & E. I. Coal Properties. Deceased was taking down top coal in his room. The coal was loose and the place had not been properly timbered. On the side of room where he was killed the nearest prop to the face was 33 feet and only one prop. The next nearest prop to the face was 37 feet. The room was reported safe by an uncertified mine examiner and an uncertified mine manager was in charge of the mine on the day of the accident. A more strict supervision of the working places would have prevented this accident. He leaves a widow and five children.
 

ECCLES
March 17, 192722, Dale Eccles, of Panama, machine helper, age 23 years, single, was killed in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 5 mine, by a fall of rock.
 
ECKLES
April 21, 19129, Jesse Eckles, of Hillsboro, foreman, aged 34 years, single, in the Montgomery County Coal Co.'s mine, Taylor Springs, was killed. Deceased was lying on the ground looking into the shaft when the cage came down striking him on the head almost severing it from the body.
 
EDWARDS
June 9, 191815, T. H. Edwards, of Coffeen, miner, aged 53 years, married, was killed in Coffeen Coal Company's mine. Deceased was entering a room where other miners were at work when the rock fell. The men employed in the room had asked a number of times to have the place timbered but the company had neglected to comply with the request. He leaves a widow.
 

FARVAN
January 31, 191411, John Farvan, of Panama, miner, aged 35 years, single, was killed by pit cars in the Shoal Creek Coal Company's mine, Panama, Montgomery County.
 
FILE
August 16, 191824, Clarence File, of Panama, driver, age 18 years, single, was killed by pit cars in Shoal Creek Coal Company's mine, Panama.
 
FRITTS
November 29, 191715, John Fritts, miner, of Coalton, age 36 years, married, was killed in Nokomis Coal Company's mine. The motorman had left two cars standing in the room neck. Deceased took one of these cars and was on his way to his room to load it when he was run over by the other car. It was down grade and he had failed to block it to prevent it running away. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
FRITZ
April 5, 191512, John Fritz, of Panama, age 45, miner, Italian, married, widow, six children, six dependents.
See : Explosion at Panama No. 1
 
April 5, 191512, Thomas Fritz, of Panama, age 26, miner, Italian, married, widow, two children, three dependents.
See : Explosion at Panama No. 1
 

GALLAGHER
September 13, 19119, Patrick Gallagher, of Burnwell, miner, aged 37 years, married, employed in the Peabody Coal Company's No. 14 mine, Witt, Montgomery County, was killed by falling coal. Deceased was loading coal at the face of his room when a slab that had been loosened by his last shot fell killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
GARNER
November 23, 191614, Henry Garner, of Irving, machine runner, age 38 years, married, was killed by electrocution while at work in C. and E. I. Coal Properties' mine, No. 11, Hillsboro, Montgomery County.
 
GAUER
November 11, 19108, Joe Gauer (also spelled in report Ganero), of Panama, miner, aged 33 years, married, leaves a widow and one child.
See : Explosion
 
GLASEKI
July 30, 192319, John Glaseki, machine man, age 33 years, married, was killed in Indiana and Illinois Coal Company's No. 15 mine. Deceased was unloading mining machine when bits caught against slide rail, causing the machine to jump backwards and catching him against the coal rib. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
GOLITKO
July 24, 194638, Steve Golitko, of Nokomis, top laborer, aged 28 years, married, died from injuries received by being electrocuted on July 17, 1946 in Nokomis Coal Company's Reliance Mine. He leaves a widow.
 
GONET
March 9, 194236, Hubert Gonet, of Nokomis, miner, aged 48 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him in Nokomis Coal Company's Reliance Mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
GORDISH
September 5, 194035, Meter Gordish, of Nokomis, miner, age 53 years, married, crushed by car at the Nokomis Coal Company mine, leaving a widow and two children.
 

HAIR
January 15, 191512, James Hair, of Hillsboro, miner, age 33 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in the Hillsboro Coal Company's mine, Hillsboro, Montgomery County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
HALEY
February 20, 191411, J. Haley, of Nokomis, machine runner, aged 43 years, married, was killed by falling coal in the No. 10 mine of the Peabody Coal Company, Nokomis, Montgomery County. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
HANCOCK
November 1, 191412, James Hancock, of Panama, laborer, age 35 years, married, fell down the shaft of the Shoal Creek Coal Company's mine No. 1, Panama, Montgomery County. Deceased and another man were trying to put a car of timbers on the cage. The cage being a little too high to allow the car to go on, they gave the engineer the signal to lower it, and, putting their backs against the car, pushed it into the shaft, the deceased following it in. The signal to stop the cage was not given until it was half way down. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
HANKHOUSE
October 25, 19119, Ed Hankhouse, of Hillsboro, miner, aged 33 years, married, was killed by flying coal from a shot explosion in the mine of the Montgomery County Coal Company, Taylor Springs, Montgomery County. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
HARRIS
May 12, 191714, George Harris, timberman, age 39 years, married, employed in Chicago & Eastern Illinois Coal Property's mine No. 14, Witt, Montgomery County, was killed, by pit cars. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
HARSTON
March 18, 191411, James Harston, of Witt, trip rider, aged 20 years, single, employed in the No. 14 mine of the Peabody Coal Company, Witt, Montgomery County, was killed by fall of slate.
 
HERMAN
November 11, 19108, Jacob Herman, of Panama, trackman, aged 62 years, married, leaves a widow an seven children.
See : Explosion
 
HILL
March 28, 191714, Thomas Hill, of Witt, miner, age 62 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in C. & E. I. Coal Properties mine No. 12, Witt, Montgomery County. He leaves a widow.
 
HODGE
April 26, 192318, Robert Hodge, of Hillsboro, miner, age 37 years, married, died from injuries received three days earlier from a fall of coal in the Indiana and Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 15 mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
HOLLOWAY
May 19, 192318, Louis Holloway, of Nokomis, blacksmith, age 34 years, married, died from injuries received three days previous. Deceased, an employee of the Indiana and Illinois Coal Corporation, at No. 10 mine, had gone into the transformer room to get some tools and while there touched an indicator attached to a charged wire carrying about 33,000 volts. His injuries resulted in death as stated above. He leaves a widow.
 
HUBENY
October 2, 193732, Emil Hubeny, of Nokomis, mechanic, aged 36 years, married, electrocuted while welding patch on boiler at Reliance mine of the Nokomis Coal Co., leaving wife and three children.
 

IZATT
May 19, 195239, Alma Izatt, of Taylorville, motorman, aged 52 years, married, was killed by being run over by a motor in Freeman Coal Mining Corporation's Crown Mine. He leaves a widow.
 

JACOBER
January 12, 192318, Frank Jacober, of Nokomis, motorman, age 22 years, married, was killed when the motor he was driving jumped the track, ran against the prop, catching him between the prop and motor in Nokomis Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
JAEEMETI
April 3. 191714, Virgilio Jaeemeti, of Panama, trip rider, age 31 years, single, was killed by falling slate in Shoal Creek Coal Company's mine, Panama, Montgomery County.
 
JAKOPIC
October 26, 192319, Steve Jakopic, miner, age 36 years, married, died from effects of injuries received September 4, by a fall of coal in Indiana and Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
JONES
July 11, 18985, Arthur Jones, a single man, aged 19 years, died July 11, 1898, from an injury received in the Litchfield Mining and Power Company's mine, Litchfield. On July 8, 1898, Arthur Jones was taken into the mine by James and Louis Ramsey, for the purpose of seeing the mine, and see the miners work. James and Louis Ramsey, both being miners working in the mine, asked the mine manager to allow them to take Jones into the mine as they said they would look after him and see that he would come to no harm. The mine manager then allowed Jones to go into the mine. It appears that James Ramsey was setting props, and his son, Louis Ramsey, was sawing a prop and the boy, Jones, was sitting on a prop. A small piece of slate fell, striking Jones on the right side of his face. He did not seem to be seriously injured at first. James Ramsey and son took the boy out of the shaft and took him home. He died, however, July 11, 1898. The doctor stated that he died of hemorrhage of the brain.
 
July 4, 18963, Morgan Jones, of Litchfield, aged 35 years, occupation sinker, married leaves a widow and three children, was killed July 4, 1896, at the mine of the Litchfield Mining and Power Company, Litchfield, Montgomery county. The shaft had recently been sunk to a seam of coal 160 feet lower than the one that had formerly been worked. A reel about two feet in diameter was set in a frame on the platform of one of the cages; around the reel was a three quarter inch steel cable that was used as a hoisting rope from the cage to the bottom of the shaft as the sinking progressed; the material from the shaft was taken off at the seam that was formerly worked and stowed in the abandoned workings. The rope was uncoiled from the reel on the cage as the sinking advanced, it passed from the drum through a hole bored through the bottom of the cage at the center. The rope was fastened at the required length by two clamps, the lowest rested on two blocks of wood placed on the platform of the cage. When it was required to unwind some of the rope from the reel, the clamps were loosened and the required length of rope allowed to slide through them. The lowest clamp was wood, the other clamp placed immediately above it was iron. At the time of the accident four men were engaged putting in slides; it being about the middle of the shift they had come to the upper seam and before lunch had concluded to place four slides on the platform that they were working on. The platform was hoisted to about nine feet from the landing at the upper seam when two of the men got off and put the guides on the platform. Morgan Jones and Charles Veit remained on the platform. A signal was given to the engineer to hoist the platform to the level of the landing at the upper seam. Just as the engine began to hoist the platform began to descend. The rope slipped through the clamps, uncoiling that part of it that remained on the reel. The platform with the slides and the two men continued falling to the bottom of the shaft. When the men were reached it was found that Jones was dead and Veit seriously injured.
 

KORTKAMP
April 8, 19129, Carl Kortkamp, of Hillsboro, timberman, aged 55 years, married, employed in the mine of the Hillsboro Coal Company, died from the effects of injuries received by pit cars on March 23. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
November 20, 191513, Louis Kortkamp, of Hillsboro, laborer, age 63 years, married, was run over by a trip of cars and killed in Hillsboro Coal Company's mine, Hillsboro, Montgomery County. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
KOZUK
February 24, 196044, At 11:30 a.m. on February 24, 1960, John Andrew Kozuk, of Litchfield, age 64, was fatally injured by a fall of rock in Freeman Coal Mining Corporation, Crown Mine, Farmersville, Montgomery County, Illinois. Mr. Kozuk had 7 years and 5 months experience at this mine.
      Mr. Kozuk, employed as a face boss, was recovering rail bars with William Lansky and Belford Phillips. They were recovering bars in the second crosscut between the No. 9 and No. 10 room and had attached a rope to the leg under the fifth bar. The rope extended out and was connected to a shuttle car. Mr. Kozuk and Mr. Lansky retreated to the intersection in the No. 10 room where they stayed while Mr. Phillips was pulling the bar. When he pulled the bar, the rope caught the leg under the collar bar in the No. 10 room intersection, tripping the collar bar which tripped four bars across the intersection where Mr. Kozuk and Mr. Lansky were standing. This caused a fall of rock, approximately 15 feet wide, 18 feet long, and from 3 to 4 feet thick. Mr. Lansky ran to the inside escaping injury. Mr. Kozuk was caught under the fall.
 
KRIDEL
July 29, 19119, John Kridel, of Hillsboro, driver, aged 21 years, single, was run over and killed in the Hillsboro Coal Company's mine, Hillsboro, Montgomery County.
 
KRISTOFIE
March 6, 193025, Leo Kristofie, of Panama, miner, age 19 years, single, was killed by a fall of coal in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 5 mine.
 
KUFSICK
January 2, 191310, John Kufsick, of Taylor Springs, trapper, aged 19 years, single, was caught between motor and loaded cars in Mine No. 15, Peabody Coal Co., Taylor Springs, Montgomery County, and killed instantly.
 

LAFFERTY
August 7, 191412, James Lafferty, of Hillsboro, machine runner, age 33 years, married, employed in the mine of Hillsboro Coal Company, Hillsboro, Montgomery County, was killed by falling coal. Deceased and his partner, after making six cuts in their room, were throwing the machine over to make another cut when the coal fell from the face. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
LAKIN
March 8, 194537, Harry "Jack" Lakin, of Nokonis, machine operator, aged 41 years, married, was killed by a rock fall in Nokomis Coal Company's Reliance Mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
LANG
August 2, 19119, Milt Lang, of Coffeen, driver, aged 24 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in the Clover Leaf Coal Company's mine No. 2, Coffeen, Montgomery County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
LEAK
October 24, 192823, Earl Leak, of Panama, motorman, age 40 years, married, died from injuries received the day before in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 5 mine, by being run over by pit-cars. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
LEITBETTER
November 20, 19119, William Leitbetter, of Sorento, driver, aged 22 years, married, employed in Shoal Creek Coal Co.'s No. 1 mine, Panama, Montgomery County, was killed by pit cars. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
LIEBSCHER
August 17, 195541, Mr. Arthur H. Liebscher, Jr., Mt. Olive, age 27, married, one dependent child, came to his death at about the hour of 1:40 P.M., Central Standard Time, August 17, 1955, while employed as a recovery man the the Crown Mine of the Freeman Coal Mining Corporation, Farmersville, Montgomery County, Illinois.
      The deceased and Mr. Earle L. Cramer were recovering rail bars under the supervision of Mr. Joe Dubinick, they were both caught under a fall of roof.
      The fall apparently was caused by the breaking of a 110 pound steel rail bar, probably due to the shifting of the weight caused by recovering rail bars ahead of this bar. This 110 pound steel rail bar was apparently the pivotal bar and when it broke, it caused a sudden collapse of the roof, trapping Mr. Arthur Liebscher and Mr. Earle L. Cramer. The fall extended about 30 feet each way from the broken steel rail bar.
      The recovery crew had been pulling rail bars and had one rail bar fastened, and, in trying to dislodge it, broke their cable. The foreman instructed the men to unhook the cable from the shuttle car while he went after another cable. In just the time it took him to travel 50 feet, the roof collapsed. In all probability, the two men were not actually pulling bars at the time of the accident, but were unfastening the cable.
      The injured man, Mr. Earle L. Cramer, was removed from under the fall at 3:45 P.M., and at 5:55 P.M. the body of the deceased was recovered. It was necessary to move 20 shuttle cars of shale before the body of the deceased was recovered.
 
LINZIE
June 11, 192318, Aldo Linzie, of Nokomis, miner, age 23 years, single, was killed in Indiana and Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine by a fall of coal. He leaves his father and mother dependent.
 
LOWE
July 23, 197550. Mr. Alfred Larry Lowe, of Witt, age 44, married, came to his death at approximately 2:10 a.m., Wednesday, July 23, 1975, from electrical shock, while in the performance of his duties as Repairman at the Consolidation Coal Company, Hillsboro Mine, Coffeen, Montgomery County, Illinois.
      Mr. Lowe, the regular Repairman in the 1st SE Entries, Left Side Section was idle on this particular shift, and was sent into the 1st Left Panel at starting time to replace the regular repairman, who was not working.
      Mr. Lanzenby, Tubing-Man, tried to start the auxiliary exhaust fan, and reported to Mr. Stanley Pele, Facevoss, that the fan would not start, and was told that he would have Mr. Lowe check to see what was wrong. Mr. Lowe began checking the fan at about 1:05 a.m., and in the course of attempting to find the trouble, checked most of the trail cable visibly, energized the power circuit several times, and had removed the cover from the control panel, as mounted on the fan. Mr. Lowe did not have his regular electrical test equipment with him, and although he thought the fan was "single-phasing", had not solved the problem by 2:00 a.m.
      Mr. Lowe's efforts were not successful in correcting the problem and Mr. Pele contacted the Master Mechanic, Mr. Dave Farr, and explained that additional help would be needed. Mr. Farr contacted Mr. Tom Henry, Assistant Master Mechanic, by radio-phone, and told him to go to the 1st Left and help Mr. Lowe, as Mr. Henry had the necessary electrical equipment with him and was on his way to the 1st Left Section at 2:10 a.m.
      At about 2:05 a.m., Mr. Pele, Mr. Lowe, and Mr Lazenby were at the power distribution unit and phone location, when Mr. Lowe wanted to try one more to find the trouble, although Mr. Pele told him that help was on the way and to wait. As Mr. Lowe started back to the fan, Mr. Pele told Mr Lazenby to go and stay with him. Mr. Lowe had previously spread some brattice cloth in front of the control panel as the area around the fan was wet and muddy, and upon returning to the fan, kneeled in front of the control panel with his right hand on the lower right corner of the control panel, near the trail cable, toward the upper left corner of the control panel. In an attempt to close the 100 amp fan motor circuit breaker, he placed the fingers of his left hand across the top of the breaker to provide leverage to pull up on the "throw" with his thumb. As he did this, his middle index finger of his left hand went against one of the energized phase leads at the top of the circuit breaker, thus receiving 277 volts through his body. Efforts were made to check for heartbeat and breathing and an attempt made to pry open Mr. Lowe's jaws, in order to apply artificial respiration. The attempt was unsuccessful.
 

MALLE
February 10, 191613, Frank Malle, of Witt, miner, age 43 years, single, died at St. Frances Hospital, Litchfield, as a result of injuries received February 3, in No. 14 mine, C. & E. I. Coal Property, Witt, Montgomery County, by falling coal.
 
MANEHEFT
November 11, 19108, George Maneheft, of Panama, trackman, aged 28 years, single.
See : Explosion
 
MANIFOR
February 11, 192823, John Manifor, of Irving, miner, age 46 years, married, was killed in Hillsboro Coal Company's mine by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
MARAK
March 29, 192217, B. Marak, of Panama, miner, age 60 years, married, died from injuries received five days previous from a fall of rock in Shoal Creek Coal Company' mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MARK
December 21, 192722, Roman Mark, of Panama, miner, age 38 years, married, was killed in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 5 mine. Deceased in some way not known, set off 42 sticks of permissible explosive and was literally blown to pieces, only small portions of the body being found. Other men were working in that section of the mine, but none were injured. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
MASON
March 7, 192722, Joseph Mason, of Nokomis, miner, age 40 years, conjugal relations not known, was killed by falling coal, in Indiana and Illinois Coal Company's No. 10 mine.
 
MATTHEWS
September 1, 193328, Fred Matthews, of Hillsboro, driver, age 29 years, married, was killed in Hillsboro Coal Company's mine, while coupling pit cars. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
McGOWN
April 9, 197149. Mr. R. Michael McGown, of Virden, age 24, single, one dependent child, came to his death at 9:30 p.m. April 9, 1971 from crushing injuries received while performing his duties as a shooter at the Freeman Coal Mining Corp., Crown Mine, Farmersville, Montgomery County, Illinois where he had been employed for 1 year and 4 months.
      Mr. Mike McGown was shooting room 12, on "A" entry, 7th Northwest. The middle and left rib bottom holes had been shot in the first sequence, right rib and bottom buster were shot in that order in the second sequence. When the bottom buster went off, it covered the right rib shell and hung it up. Mr. McGown was trying ti free the shell with with a pick, breaking the piece of coal that had it hung up when the face turned over covering him completely. The piece of coal on Mr. McGown measured 10 feet long, 5 feet wide, 22 inches on thin end, and 36 inches on the thick end and weighed approximately 3 tons. Injuries sustained were a crushed chest and head.
 
MELINI
May 27, 191310, Dante Melini, of Panama, miner, aged 24 years, married, died from the effects of injuries previously received by a fall of slate in the Shoal Creek Coal Company's Mine No. 1, Panama, Montgomery County. He leaves a widow.
 
July 22, 191311, Sam Melini, of Panama, miner, aged 26 years, single, was killed by a fall of coal in the Shoal Creek mine, Panama, Montgomery County.
 
MIHLICH
April 5, 191512, Joe Mihlich, of Panama, age 28, miner, Italian, married, widow, one child, two dependents.
See : Explosion at Panama No. 1
 
MILLER
April 30, 192621, Walter Miller of Hillsboro, was killed by coal falling from the face, in Hillsboro Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
MONTGOMERY
August 14, 197550. Mr. Donald R. Montgomery, of Witt, age 22, married , one dependent, came to his death at approximately 5:40 p.m., on August 14, 1975, from crushing injuries by a roof fall, while in the performance of his duties as a Belt Maintenance Man at the Consolidation Coal Company, Hillsboro Mine, Coffeen, Montgomery County, Illinois.
      During the regular mining cycle in #2 room in the 1 L 4 rooms, a roof fall occurred at 5:40 p.m., resulting in the death of Mr. Donald Montgomery. A piece of top rock fell striking the victim in the left side of his head, causing a skull fracture, a broken neck and other injuries.
 
MONTONETTI
April 28, 192823, Ambrose Montonetti, of Witt, miner, age 44 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Indiana and Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
MOORE
May 23, 19129, Chris Moore, of Nokomis, miner, aged 45 years, married, was killed by falling slate in the No. 14 mine of the Peabody Coal Company, Witt, Montgomery County. He leaves a widow.
 
February 23, 191815, Roy Moore, driver, of Hillsboro, aged 23 years, married, was killed in Hillsboro Coal Company's mine. Deceased was coming into entry with a mule and two cars. There is about 4 per cent grade on this entry at this place and deep holes between the ties. It is supposed that the mule stumbled causing the driver to fall off the tail chain and under the car. He leaves a widow.
 
MUNTON
November 27, 192621, Noah Munton, of Taylor Springs, laborer, age 27 years, married, was killed by falling coal, in
Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
MYERS
July 10, 191816, Peter Myers, of Taylor Springs, miner, age 40 years, single, was run over and killed by pit cars in Illinois Coal Properties No. 15 mine, Taylor Springs.
 

NORRIS
September 6, 1912 10, Alex Norris, of Taylor Springs, loader, aged 29 years, single, was handling a full keg of powder with his lamp on his head, when his lamp, or a spark, fell into the keg exploding the powder. He died within a few minutes.
 
NOVAK
November 19, 191715, Frank Novak, miner, of Coalton, age 29 years, single, was killed in Nokomis Coal Company's mine. Deceased had prepared six holes, four of them were ready to shoot. He was going to shoot three lower holes with squibs and one upper buster hole with fuse. He shot the lower middle hole and it is thought the flame from this shot ignited the fuse in the hole above; it exploded when he returned to shoot the others and killed him, instantly.
 

OLLAS
September 19, 191411, John Ollas, of Panama, miner, aged 35 years, employed in the Shoal Creek Coal Company's mine, Panama, Montgomery County, was killed by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
ONDICH
January 4, 191310, Andrew Ondich, of Schram City, miner, aged 27 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock in Mine No. 11, Peabody Coal Co., Hillsboro, Montgomery County.
 
ORLAND
August 11, 197951. Mr. Herbert A. Orland, of Hillsboro, age 55, married, three dependents, was fatally injured by a crushing blow at approximately 5:15 A.M., Saturday, August 11, 1979, while in the performance of his duties as Assistant Surface Foreman at Consolidation Coal Company, Hillsboro Mine #63, Coffeen, Montgomery County, Illinois.
      Herbert A. Orland hearing over the mine communications system that the east coal skip was not working properly went to assist in the repairs. The problem was located in a switch and was repaired. The three workmen who assisted Herbert Orland on the repairing of the switch were instructed to return to the surface, but Herbert Orland stated he was remaining to see if the hoist continued to function properly. As there was no witness to the fatal accident, it is believed that for some unknown reason, Herbert Orland placed his body in the shaft in the area traveled by the coal hoisting skip.. It is believed he was unaware of the exact position of the skip and that it arrived in the area where he was sooner than expected, therefore, resulting in his being caught by the side of the skip and receiving a crushing blow blow to the chest. Herbert Orland then fell on top of the skip which was now only about 12 feet below him. Herbert Orland was found, it is believed shortly after the accident by Don Newton, classified beltman, as he was checking he area. Don Newton heard Herbert Orland's cry for help and the skip was stopped. Herbert Orland was then hoisted to the top where first aid was administered. He was transported by ambulance to the Hillsboro Area Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:48 A.M.
 
OTTER
October 1, 191311, Earl Otter, of Panama, miner, aged 22 years, married, was killed by pit cars in the Shoal Creek Coal Company's mine, Panama, Montgomery County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
OWASINE
September 22, 191412, Vance Owasine, of Hillsboro, laborer, age 44 years, single, employed in No. 11 mine, Peabody Coal Company, Kortcamp, Montgomery County, was killed by a fall of slate. He leaves one child.
 
OWENS
February 11, 193631, John Owens, of Hillsboro, driller and snubber, aged 40 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in mine of Hillsboro Coal Co., leaving widow.
 

PAISANI
February 23, 193328, Joe Paisani, of Coalton, machine shoveler, age 37 years, married, was killed in Indiana and Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine by a fall of slate. He leaves widow and three children.
 
PAISLEY
January 8, 196948. Mr. James Lee Paisley, of Virden, age 34, married, three dependent children, came to his death at or about the hour of 3:45 p.m. January 8, 1969, from mutilating internal injuries accidentally received when he was caught between the ground and journal box on a railroad coal car which had been struck by 11 motorless run-away railroad cars near the tipple while performing his duties as a laborer at the Freeman Coal Company Crown Mine, Farmersville, Montgomery County, Illinois, where he had been employed for 10 years.
      Mr. Paisley was blocking a loaded railroad car coupled with six empties. These cars were located under the tipple on track #4. His job was to block the loaded car and relocate the wire rope of the car retarder. The car retarder maneuvers the railroad cars while they are being loaded with coal under the tipple. As he was performing his duties, he failed to see the five run-away empties coming down track four from the empty yard which is located approximately 1900 feet from the tipple. The impact of the run-away cars colliding with the blocked cars dislodged the blocking and broke the hook on the wire rope of the car retarder. This allowed the cars to roll forward, apparently catching Mr. Paisley between the surface of the ground and the journal box of the railroad car. Suffering from multiple injuries to his left side, an ambulance was immediately summoned and he was taken to St. John's Hospital in Springfield. The accident occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. and he was admitted to the emergency ward at 3:25 p.m. He died 20 minutes later at 3:45 p.m.
      Mr. Alfred Lowe and Mr Leo Edward Drabant were the employees in charge of riding the empty railroad cars down the hill to the tipple. There had been approximately 50 cars brought down that shift without any trouble prior to the five run-aways. They stated, however, that the change in the weather had allowed moisture to accumulate on the rails making them slick. When they applied the brakes to slow the cars, the wheels started sliding, it is hard to regain control of them. This is what allowed the collision of the railroad cars.
 
PAYNE
April 25, 19129, Joe Payne, of Panama, driver, aged 25 years, married, was killed in a gas explosion in the Shoal Creek Co.'s mine, Panama, Montgomery County. He leaves a widow
 
PEARSON
September 2, 191311, George Pearson, of Panama, motorman, aged 28 years, single, was killed by a motor in the Shoal Creek Coal Company's mine, Panama, Montgomery County.
 
PENDLETON
August 3, 191412, Fred Pendleton, of Witt, assistant mine manager, age 24 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in No. 14 mine of the Peabody Coal Co., Witt, Montgomery County. Deceased was riding on a motor when It ran into a crossbar and was derailed, knocking out the timbers and letting the slate fall. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
PHIPPS
November 4, 196445. Mr. Roy Dwight Phipps, of Pana, was killed almost instantly by a roof fall at the Truax-Traer Coal Company, Hillsboro Mine, located at Coffeen, Montgomery County, Illinois on November 4, 1964 at about 3:55 a.m. He was employed as a Continuous Miner Operator and had had 2 months experience at this mine.
      Mr. Phipps was fatally injured by a fall of top coal 6 feet wide, 10 ft. long, 10½ inches thick on the right side, tapering to a thin edge on the left side. This top coal fell across the boom of the continuous miner and broken into several pieces. The piece that hit Mr. Phipps measured 2½ feet by 3 feet and averaged about 10 inches thick. The coroner stated the cause of death was a broken neck and a fracture at the base of the skull.
      Ordinarily, eight to ten inches of top coal is left to help support the roof; however, a concealed slip above the coal caused caused the thickness of coal to lessen on one side, causing this top coal to fall without any warning. The roof was tested by the foreman about ten minutes before the accident and by Mr. Phipps and his buddy, and said to be safe. After each buggy, the men have about five to ten minutes to test and check the roof and ribs and other hazards that may be encountered. This roof is known to be hazardous all the way from the bottom of the shaft. This roof was watched very carefully, and at any time it was thought to be unsafe, the miner was trammed back and the roof bolted. Conventional timbers are also available if deemed necessary. This roof was bolted right to the face before the miner started to bore and advanced 23 feet when the accident happened. Mr. Phipps was 16½ feet from the face and 6½ feet in from the last roof support.
      Mr. Phipps was taken by ambulance to the Hillsboro Hospital where the doctor pronounced him dead on arrival.
 
PIPREK
October 31, 192117, John Piprek, of Panama, miner, age 37 years, married, died from injuries received three days before in Shoal Creek Coal Company's mine by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
PISTORE
May 21, 191815, John Pistore, of Taylor Springs, laborer, age 41 years, single, was killed in mine No. 15, C. & E. I. Coal Properties by falling rock. Deceased was cleaning up an old entry when the rock fell. The night boss stated that he did not know the top was bad when he sent him in there to work. He leaves two dependent children.
 
PITKOFSKY
March 28, 191714, Joseph Pitkofsky, of Nokomis, miner, age 50 years, married, was killed in mine No. 10, C. & E. I. Coal Properties, Nokomis, Montgomery County, by falling coal. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
POULSON
April 28, 191714, Alexander Poulson, of Witt, driver, age 41 years, single, employed in No. 12 mine, C. & E. I. Coal Property, Witt, Montgomery County, was unhitching the tail chain when his mule kicked him on the head knocking him against rib of entry, causing his death in a few hours. He leaves one dependent.
 

RADFORD
October 28, 19067, William Radford, of Witt, sinker, aged 33 years, married, working at mine No. 22 of the Burnwell Coal Company, Witt, Montgomery county, was being lowered in the bucket when the drum became detached from the engine, and nit having a break on the drum, the engineer had no control over it. There were two men in the bucket when it dropped 100 feet to the bottom, killing Radford instantly. He leaves a widow and three children. The other man was badly injured, an account of which is given in the non-fatal accidents.
 
RAMANOLI
November 1, 192924, Louis Ramanoli, miner, age 50 years, single, was killed in Hillsboro Coal Company's mine, by a fall of coal.
 
RANKER
March 18, 193025, Peter Ranker, of Nokomis, miner, age 58 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Indiana and Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
RASSLER
January 4, 192722, L. W. Rassler, of Pana, miner, age 58 years, married, was killed in Indiana and Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine, by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
RECKART
November 18, 192117, John Reckart, of Hillsboro, miner, age 42 years, single, was killed in Hillsboro Coal Company's mine by a fall of coal.
 
RECKERT
April 22, 191815, Joseph Reckert, of Hillsboro, miner, age 43 years, single, was killed by falling slate at his working place in Hillsboro Coal Company's mine.
 
REDMEND
March 13, 192419, Patrick Redmend, miner, age 47 years, married, died from injuries received two days before by coal falling from the face in Indiana and Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine. He leaves a dependent brother.
 
RENNER
April 5, 191512, Joseph Renner, of Panama, age 28, miner, Hungarian, married, widow, two children, three dependents.
See : Explosion at Panama No. 1
 
REPOLOSKY
January 2, 192419, Edward Repolosky, miner's apprentice, age 20 years, single, was killed by a fall of coal in Indiana and Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine. He leaves his parents dependent.
 
REVISKEY
June 5, 193025, Joseph Reviskey, Sr., of Panama, loader, age 52 years, married, was killed by falling slate in Cosgrove-Meehan Coal Company's No. 5 mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
RILEY
July 14, 19067, Mike Riley, of Braidwood, sinker, aged 37 years, single, employed in sinking the Peabody mine at Nokomis, Montgomery county, had taken sufficient dynamite down in a box to charge eight holes. When five of the holes had been charged it was discovered that the sawdust in the box containing the remaining dynamite had taken fire. Riley was in the act of upsetting the box into the water when the dynamite exploded, blowing him to pieces. His home was in Braidwood, Ill. Five other men were in the shaft at the time, but escaped unhurt.
 
ROBERTS
April 16, 195943, Mr. French Jack Roberts, of Kincaid, age 32, married, 4 dependent children, employed as a shuttle car operator, was fatally injured at the Freeman Coal Mining Corporation, Crown Mine, Farmersville, Montgomery County, Illinois, on April 16, 1959, at 12:40 p.m. while operating a shuttle car in the 45 between the second and third north while loading rock which had been shot down four days before. Mr. Roberts had 7 years experience at this mine.
      The crew had just finished pulling a rail bar from beneath the rock in the second north. Mr. Roberts had run the shuttle car within 16 feet of the loading machine tail. While he was waiting for the loading machine to move to the rock to start loading, a piece of rock, 72 inches long, 24 inches thick, and 21 inches wide fell from the rib t the roof line, which was 10 feet high at this point, crushing Mr. Roberts against the seat of the shuttle car, killing him instantly. After the rock hit Mr. Roberts, it rolled off to the side of the shuttle car.
      The rib where the accident occurred was practically straight up and down. If any overhang was present, it couldn't have been over six inches.
 
RODEGHER
March 12, 191714, Andrew Rodegher, miner, age 16 years, single, employed by C. & E. I. Coal Properties at mine No. 12, Witt, Montgomery County, was killed by falling coal. He leaves three dependent relatives.
 
ROLLINS
April 9, 193025, Ernest Rollins, of Nokomis, machine man, age 42 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in Indiana and Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
ROMANIA
November 11, 19108, Reggie Romania, of Panama, miner, aged 42 years, married, leaves a widow.
See : Explosion
 
ROSE
February 3, 195842, Mr. Kenneth Rose, of Springfield, age 41, age 41, married, two dependent children, employed as a face boss, was fatally injured at the Freeman Coal Mining Corporation, Crown Mine, located at Farmersville, Montgomery County, Illinois, on February 3, 1958, at 9:45 p.m. due to a roof fall while reinforcing the roof at the intersection at the last crosscut in the 11 north off the 14 east. Mr. Rose had 7 years and 9 months experience at this mine.
      The 11 north entry had been completely barred with steel bars approximately five feet apart up to the face of the entry. The top at the intersection of the last crosscut started to move and Mr. Rose had taken two timbermen to reinforce this intersection. While they were putting up a bar in this intersection, a leg on the left side kicked out from the stringer bar, causing the weight of the roof to knock out seven stringer bars and two collar bars which caused a roof fall in this entry 27 feet long, 21 feet wide, and approximately 6 feet deep, catching Mr. Rose approximately under the center of the fall, killing him instantly.
 
ROUEN
March 21, 192722, Patrick Rouen, of Litchfield, trapper, age 64 years, single, died from injuries to the spine caused by lifting a car, in Hillsboro Coal Company's mine, December 5, 1926.
 

SCAPINO
March 28, 192419, Charles Scapino, miner, age 48 years, married, died from injuries received one week earlier when struck by a piece of coal which had broken while lifting it into a car, in the No. 10 mine, Indiana and Illinois Coal Corporation. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
SCHWEPPE
January 2, 198052. Mr. Bobby D. Schweppe, of Sorento, age 46, married, two dependents, was fatally injured by a crushing blow at approximately 12:40 P.M., Wednesday, January 2, 1980, while in the perforance of his duties as Miner Operator at Consolidation Coal Company, Hillsboro Mine #63, Coffeen, Montgomery County, Illinois.
      Bobby Schweppe, upon the completion of cutting in room #18 parked the miner out by the intersections to room #17, approximately 10 to 12 feet from the pull through curtain. Bobby Schweppe at that time noticed a broken fitting and sent his helper, Mr. Ryder, to get a new fitting and repairman. Mr. Schweppe started washing the front of the miner.
      Mr. McKenzie, Section Foreman, arrived at the miner and questioned Bobby Schweppe as to the reason for the miner being stopped. Being told by Mr. Schweppe of the broken fitting, Mr. McKenzie ordered the scoop operator to clean the ribs in room #17 while the miner was being repaired.
      Finishing his lunch, Mr. Leitschuh, buggy operator, started shoveling on the tail of the belt. After a period of time he got on his shuttle car and proceeded to where he thought the miner was. While traveling his haulage route he saw lights in room #17 and assumed the miner and buggy were loading. He approached the pull through curtain, unaware that Bobby Schweppe was cleaning under the tail of the miner, rang the warning bell of the buggy and proceeded forward through the pull through curtain remaining in the back of the miner, pinning Mr. Schweppe between the shuttle car bumper and the miner.
      Bobby Schweppe was attended to by an EMT at the scene, then taken by ambulance to Hillsboro Area Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
 
SEBAN
April 5, 191512, Andrew Seban, of Panama, age 32, miner, Italian, married, widow, three children, four dependents.
See : Explosion at Panama No. 1
 
SEPPI
November 12, 195340, Arthur Frederick Seppi, of Divernon, electrician, aged 29 years, married, died from injuries received on November 7, 1953 when he was struck by falling rock which had lodged in a chute in Freeman Coal Mining Corporation's Crown Mine. He leaves a widow and three children
 
SERJUN
June 11, 194236, Bartell Serjun, of Nokomis, miner, aged 63 years, single, was killed when rock fell from the roof on him in Nokomis Coal Company's Reliance Mine. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
SHAW
June 17, 193328, Thomas Shaw, of Nokomis, miner, age 48 years, married, was killed by a fall of roof in Indiana and Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine by a fall of slate. He leaves widow and two children.
 
SMITH
April 30, 19077, Fred Smith, of Litchfield, laborer, aged 30 years, married, working for the Illinois Collieries Company at its mine No. 7, Litchfield, Montgomery county, was found dead under a fall of slate in a room where he had been left to clean up some slate that had previously fallen. He was sent to this place with a timberman and another laborer to do this work and was given instructions to remain and finish the work. The timberman and the other laborer were called away to do other work, but when they returned they found Smith dead under some slate some distance in from where he was left. It is not known why he went there. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
STELLA
April 5, 191512, Joe Stella, of Panama, age 32, miner, Italian, single.
See : Explosion at Panama No. 1
 
April 5, 191512, Louis Stella, of Panama, age 40, miner, Italian, single.
See : Explosion at Panama No. 1
 
April 5, 191512, Peter Stella, of Panama, age 33. miner, Italian, single.
See : Explosion at Panama No. 1
 
STICAS
August 27, 191311, Mike Sticas, of Hillsboro, miner, aged 31 years, married, was killed by falling coal in the No. 11 mine of the Peabody Coal Company, Hillsboro, Montgomery County. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
STRANKUS
July 21, 191513, Ben Strankus, of Nokomis, machine runner, age 27 years, single, was electrocuted in Nokomis Coal Company's mine, Nokomis, Montgomery County.
 

TANNER
September 19, 191715, C. J. Tanner, of Witt, miner, age 57 years, single, was killed instantly by coal falling from the face of the room where he was working, in No. 14 mine C. & E. I. Coal Properties.
 
TARRAN
January 18, 192419, John Tarran, miner, age 50 years, married, was killed in Indiana and Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 11 mine, by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
TAVAN
April 5, 191512, Baptisto Tavan, of Panama, age 34, miner, Italian, single.
See : Explosion at Panama No. 1
 
TAYLOR
October 8, 192218, Albert Taylor, of Panama, motorman, age 20 years, single, was killed in Shoal Creek Coal Company's mine when the motor he was driving left the track, knocking out some props, allowing the coal to fall on him.
 
September 8, 19108, Thomas Taylor, of Litchfield, miner, aged 55 years, married, was killed by falling slate in the Litchfield Coal Company's mine, Litchfield, Montgomery county. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
THOMAS
April 5, 191512, Dave Thomas, of Panama, age 27, miner, American, married, widow, one child, two dependents.
See : Explosion at Panama No. 1
 
TIFFIN
June 25, 19077, Charles Tiffin, of Hillsboro, top laborer, aged 28 years, married, was killed by falling into the shaft of the Hillsboro Coal Company, Hillsboro, Montgomery county. He and two others had taken a car off of the cage at the lower landing and the signal was given by the foreman to the engineer to hoist the cage to the dump. Tiffin got on to the cage after the signal was given and when the cage started jumped off, falling into the shaft. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
TOMSIC
September 27, 191715, Joe Tomsic, of Coalton, track man, aged 40 years, married, was killed in Nokomis Coal Company's mine. Deceased was standing at mouth of room, the motor man shoved an empty car in, which jumped the track, knocked out two props allowing the coal to fall on him. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
TURCHI
December 17, 193429, James Truchi , of Nokomis, miner, age 56 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Mine No. 10 of the Indiana and Illinois Coal Corp. He leaves a widow and one dependent child.
 

UKENA
October 20, 196646. Mr. Clifford E. Ukena, of Tower Hill, age 42, married, two dependent children, came to his death as the result of multiple body injuries received when he was struck by a rock fall in the Truax-Traer Coal Company, Hillsboro Mine located at Coffeen, Illinois -- death having occurred in the Hillsboro Hospital, Hillsboro, Illinois. Mr. Ukena was employed as a Roof Bolter and had had one year's experience at this mine.
      The accident happened on October 19, 1966 at about 10:15 p.m. The accident happened at the mouth of a crosscut between Room 10 and 11, 3rd Northeast off 3rd left about 11 feet from the face. The Continuous Miner mined 15 ft. when a slip was noticed in the roof. Mining was stopped in this crosscut and the roof bolter was brought in to bolt the roof to make it safe for further mining. Two holes were started in the center of this crosscut by two roof bolters, John Danis and Clifford E. Ukena (the deceased).
      The crosscut was 20 ft. wide at the mouth, due to the miner cutting off the corner so that the Miner could enter. The first row of bolts should have been started at the ribs with safety jacks or posts installed, before roof bolt holes were started.
      The bit on Mr. Danis' drill broke and he had to go to the back of the bolter to get another bit. Suddenly and without warning, the roof rock fell. The piece of rock and slate that fell measured 17 ft. long, 7 ft. wide at the widest point and 6 in. thick at the thickest point, tapering out to a thin edge on three sides in a half moon shape. This piece broke in several pieces as it fell across the arm of the roof bolting machine. The piece that hit Mr. Ukena measured 4 ft. by 4 ft. and about 6 in. thick.
      Mr. Ukena was removed immediately from under the fall of rock and taken to the Hillsboro Hospital in Hillsboro, Illinois where he died at 12:30 a.m., October 20, 1966. The injuries that caused his death were a broken left leg above the knee, broken right hand above the wrist, the small bone, multiple internal injuries and shock.
 

VANISKE
December 18, 191311, Charles Vaniskie, of Panama, miner, aged 52 years, single, was killed by falling coal in the Shoal Creek Coal Company's mine, Panama, Montgomery County.
 
VOTA
March 24, 19056, Frank Vota, of Paisley, miner, aged 26 years, single, was killed by falling top coal at the working face in the Mongomery Coal Co.'s mine at Paisley, Montgomery county.
 

WARD
January 11, 191411, George Ward, of St. Louis, Mo., laborer, aged 40 years, married, was killed in Nokomis Coal Company's mine Nokomis, Montgomery County, by falling from scaffold. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
WATSON
November 19, 191513, William Watson, of Nokomis, trackman, age 29 years, married, was killed in C. & E. I. Coal Property's No. 10 mine, Nokomis, Montgomery. County. Deceased was working near the switch when a car which was being taken by left the track and crushed him against the coal rib. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
WENDAL
March 20, 19118, John Wendal, of Hillsboro, driver, aged 25 years, single, was instantly killed when a mine car jumped the track and caught him between the car and the entry rib. Deceased was employed at the Hillsboro Coal Company's mine, Hillsboro, Montgomery county.
 
WERTLEWSKI
April 4, 191714, Mike Wertlewski, of Hillsboro, miner, age 38 years, married, was killed in Hillsboro Coal Company's mine, Hillsboro, Montgomery County, by a fall of coal. He leaves a widow.
 
WEST
September 13, 192218, Ray West, of Panama, driver, age 34 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Shoal Creek Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
WHITE
June 2, 196747. Mr. Thomas Daniel White, of Mt. Olive, age 58, married, with three dependent children, died on June 2, 1967 at approximately 6:25 a.m. due to an accident as a result of electrocution when he came in contact with high voltage source while at work at the Freeman Coal Mining Corporation "Crown" mine located at Farmersville, Montgomery County, Illinois. Mr. White had been employed as a motorman at this mine for fifteen years.
      The accident that took the life of Mr. White occurred after the deceased and Mr. Walter Gibson (Helper) had completed delivering material to Sections in the Main East and had picked up the East Mantrip Motor and two Mantrip cars at the 8th North Passing track. Mr. Gibson, operating the Mantrip Motor, proceeded toward the 10th South, pushing two Mantrip Cars and pulling four Material Cars. He was followed by Mr. White with the Material Motor, intending to couple to the material cars at the 10th South. Mr. White coupled to the Material Cars when Mr. Gibson stopped at the 10th South and then backed up several feet as Mr. Gibson uncoupled the mantrip motor from the material cars. Mr. Gibson then observed Mr. White stand up in the cab of his motor preparing to change directions of the trolley pole.
      When Mr. Gibson walked by the material cars and arrived at the motor that Mr. White was operating, he found Mr. White slumped down in the cab with his arms out-stretched on the top of the motor and with his face down on his coat which was on top of the motor. After summoning for help and removing Mr. White from the cab, efforts to revive him with artificial respiration failed.
      Since no electrical defects were found, it was assumed that Mr. White wearing gloves, while operating the motor, apparently, after coupling on to the material cars, came in contact with the trolley wire as he was standing and in the process of turning the trolley pole, causing the fatal electrical shock. This being substantiated by burns, found on the side of his head and right shoulder.
 
WILBER
November 11, 19108, Jay Wilber, of Panama, timberman, aged 39 years married, leaves a widow and four children.
See : Explosion
 
WILKINSON
February 9, 195340, Norman J. Wilkinson, of Springfield, timberman, aged 32 years, married, was killed by a roof fall in Freeman Coal Mining Corporation's Crown Mine. He leaves a widow.
 
WILLIAMS
April 1, 19118, Clarence Williams, of Coffeen, shotfirer, aged 28 years, married, was asphyxiated with the gas given off from the explosion of a windy shot which he had fired in the mine of the Clover Leaf Coal Company, Coffeen. He leaves a widow.
 
WITHERSPOON
October 26, 191816, Robert Witherspoon, of Nokomis, miner, age 48 years, married, was killed in Illinois Coal Properties No. 10 mine, Nokomis, by a shot explosion. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
WOOLRIDGE
March 30, 191714, Ernst Woolridge, of Witt, miner, age 20 years, single, was killed by falling coal in No. 14 mine, C. & E. I. Coal Properties, Witt, Montgomery County.
 
WYLD
March 27, 191714, Joseph Wyld, of Witt, miner, age 32 years, married, was killed by falling coal in C. & E. I. Coal Properties mine No. 10, Nokomis, Montgomery County. He leaves a widow.
 

YEESE
November 23, 19119, Luza Yeese, of Taylor Springs, miner, aged 48 years, married, was killed by pit cars in the Montgomery County Coal Co.'s mine, Taylor Springs, Montgomery County. He leaves a widow and three children.
 

ZARR
April 9, 191411, Nick Zarr, of Nokomis, driver, aged 27 years, single, was killed by pit cars in the Nokomis Coal Company's mine, Nokomis, Montgomery County.
 
ZERTORIS
December 19, 191311, Joe Zertoris, of Hillsboro, miner, aged 50 years, married, employed in the Peabody Coal Company's No. 11 mine, Hillsboro, Montgomery County, was killed by falling coal. He leaves a widow and six children.
 

 
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