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ALLEN
February 19, 191725, William J. Allen, of Sparta, pumpman, age 47 years, married, was killed by becoming entangled in the machinery of a gasoline engine, in No. 4 mine, Illinois Fuel Company, Sparta, Randolph County. Deceased was found dead, lying alongside of engine, one foot was cut off and several gashes were found on his head. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
ASHLEY
September 15, 198066, Three men fatally injured by roof fall. - William D. Ashley, Richard Berry, Craig M. Thomas
Mr. William D. Ashley, of Steelville, age 47, married, two dependents, was fatally injured by a roof fall at approximately 10:00 P.M., Monday, September 15, 1980, while in the performance of his duties at Bottom Loader at Zeigler Coal Company, Spartan Mine #2, Sparta, Randolph County, Illinois.
Craig Thomas was operating a loading machine near the face of #3 room in the 3rd South at crosscut station #690. William Ashley and Richard Berry were standing nearby to the right of Mr. Thomas's loader. The first cuts in the crosscut right, crosscut left and the face had been loaded out.
Mr. Clarence Logan, shuttle car operator had just pulled under the loader when he noticed some small chips of rock fall from the roof. Mr. Logan started flagging Craig Thomas while backing the shuttle car from under the loader when a massive roof fall occurred above the anchorage of the roof bolts. The fall was approximately 50 feet in length, 40 feet in width and 6 feet thick.
All three men were apparently killed instantly. Richard Berry, and William Ashley were recovered at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, September 16, 1980, and Craig Thomas was recovered at 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, September 16, 1980.
 

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BAILLIE
June 27, 18852. On June 16, 1885 Obadiah Baillie, a widower, 52 years old, met his death at the mine of J. L. Weir, at Sparta. He had contracted to open a new drift for Mr. Weir, and in taking out the slate from the top the slate and clod fell on him, causing internal injuries from which he died on the 27th.
 
BARINSTER
December 24, 191322, Nicholas Barinster, of Sparta, machine helper, aged 27 years, married, was killed by falling slate in the Illinois Fuel Company's mine, Sparta, Randolph County. He leaves a widow.
 
BARNES
January 12, 193438, William Barnes, of Coulterville, driver, age 49 years, single, was killed by falling rock in St. Louis Coal Company's mine. He leaves his father dependent.
 
BARTLEY
May 23, 194448, Leroy Bartley, of Tilden, loader operator, aged 37 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him, in Florida Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BEAVER
May 11, 18999, Henry Beaver, of Sparta, miner, age 38 years, married, leaves a widow and three children, was killed while at work in room No. 1, fifth east entry, north side, in the Eden mine of the Western A. Coal & Coke Co., Sparta, Randolph county. Deceased was getting ready to drill a hole, when suddenly the roof fell, striking him on the back. He died about 3 p. m., four hours after the accident.
 
BENJAMIN
October 28, 196358, Mr. Foster Benjamin, of Sparta, age 45, married, was fatally injured on October 28, 1963 at 3:15 p.m. by a fall of rock 10 feet from the face in room 32-lst North, 5th panel west at the Zeigler Coal and Coke Company, Spartan Mine, located in Sparta, Randolph County, Illinois. He was employed as a Loading Machine Helper and had had six years experience at this mine.
The room was 25' wide at this point. The fall was a double slip of lime formation 15' wide and 15' long with an average thickness of about 5 feet. The room had been bolted to within one foot of the face with 5 rows of bolts 4 feet long before it was shot. The fall went higher than the bolts and pulled the last two rows of bolts four bolts wide.
The deceased was operating the machine at the time of the accident and was crushed down beside the machine. He lived only a short time. Mr. William Glenn, the only eye witness, stated he saw the fall start and yelled at the deceased, but was not in time to save his life. The face boss of the section, Mr. Ray Smith, stated that he examined this place 20 minutes before this accident and did not detect anydangerous conditions at that time. There was no proof that the place had been examined by the loading machine operator or his helper before this accident.
 
BERRY
September 15, 198066, Three men fatally injured by roof fall. - William D. Ashley, Richard Berry, Craig M. Thomas
Mr. Richard Berry, of Pittsburg, age 43, married, two dependents, was fatallyinjured by a roof fall at approximately 10:00 P.M., Monday, September 15, 1980, while in the performance of his duties as Mine Foreman at Zeigler Coal Company, Spartan Mine #2, Sparta, Randolph County, Illinois.
Craig Thomas was operating a loading machine near the face of #3 room in the 3rd South at crosscut station #690. William Ashley and Richard Berry were standing nearby to the right of Mr. Thomas's loader. The first cuts in the crosscut right, crosscut left and the face had been loaded out.
Mr. Clarence Logan, shuttle car operator had just pulled under the loader when he noticed some small chips of rock fall from the roof. Mr. Logan started flagging Craig Thomas while backing the shuttle car from under the loader when a massive roof fall occurred above the anchorage of the roof bolts. The fall was approximately 50 feet in length, 40 feet in width and 6 feet thick.
All three men were apparently killed instantly. Richard Berry, and William Ashley were recovered at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, September 16, 1980, and Craig Thomas was recovered at 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, September 16, 1980.
 
BIERMAN
February 23, 194650, Albert Bierman, of Sparta, machine runner, married, died from injuries received the day before, February 22, 1946, by a fall of rock in Moffat Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BIGHAM
August 6, 192330, Gerald Bigham, of Tilden, miner, age 23 years, married, was killed by falling coal in Madison Coal Corporation's Crystal mine. He leaves a widow.
 
BLOOM
January 11, 192329, David E. Bloom, of Tilden, miner, age 65 years, married, was killed in Madison Coal Corporation's Crystal mine. Deceased was on his way to the shaft bottom after finishing his day's work, and apparently was trying to reach a refuge place, when struck by a car. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BORDO
February 21, 193539, Eli Bordo, of Sparta, driver, aged 48 years, married, crushed by car in mine of Moffat Coal Co., leaving wife and one child.
 
BOSTON
April 17, 198568. Mr. Olin Boston, roof bolter, age 31, four dependents, died from injuries sustained in a haulage accident which occurred at approximately 3:45 a.m., Tuesday, April 9, 1985, at the Zeigler Coal Company #11 Mine, Coulterville, Randolph County, Illinois.
Mr. Boston was standing in front of a tractor scoop, operated by Tom Klusing, at the time of the accident. Mr. Klusing had stopped to allow Mr. Boston the opportunity to inspect the dust box located in the scoop's bucket. Attached to Mr. Klusing 's scoop was an oil/grease service car, the backend of which was located approximately nine feet from a pull-thru check curtain. A scoop operated by Dennis Hopkins drove through the check curtain, striking the oil/grease service car. Mr. Klusing's scoop was pushed forward, pinning Mr. Boston between the scoop bucket and the rib.
Mr. Boston was transported to the hospital and died on April 17, 1985.
 
BOZY - BOGY
March 17, 192430, Edward Bozy, of Sparta, miner, age 60 years, married, was killed in Wilson Coal Coampany's mine by a fall of roof. He leaves a widow.
 
BRANDON
December 5, 193943, Joe Brandon, of Sparta, shift leader, aged 49 years, married, killed by runaway car down slope, in mine No. 2 of Moffat Coal Co., leaving widow and one child.
 
BRAYFIELD
December 29, 192733, John Brayfield, of Coulterville, miner, age 60 years, married, was killed in Perry Coal Company's Perco mine by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BROWN
September 19, 193136, Antwine Brown, of Coulterville, miner, age 67 years, married, was killed in St. Louis Coal Company's mine by falling on a rail, breaking his neck. He leaves a widow.
 
November 4, 192632, Clinas Brown, of Sparta, driver, age 36 years, married, was caught between two pit cars and crushed to death in Moffat Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
April 11, 193136, E. G. Brown, of Sparta, assistant manager, age 45 years, married, was killed in Moffat Coal Company's mine by falling rock. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
Monday, January 8, 1883, Frank Brown, was killed in a coal-damp explosion at the Jones & Nesbitt's Coulterville Coal Mine. The coroner held an inquest, and returned a verdict that they came to their death by suffocation or burns caused by an explosion in the mine.
 
BROWNING
February 23, 191523, John T. Browning, of Sparta, miner, age 47 years, married, was killed by falling clod in the Moffat Coal Company's mine No. 1, Sparta, Randolph County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BRUEGGMAN
November 3, 194145, Loyd Bruegeman, of Percy, miner, aged 19 years, died from injuries received on November 1, 1941, when he was run over by a pit car in the Crain Coal Company's mine.
 
BURNETT
February 15, 196961. Mr. Jake Burnett, of Ava, age 58, married, no dependent children, came to his death at 2:45 p.m. February 15, 1969, from multiple crush injuries received while performing his duties as an oiler at the Southwestern Illinois Coal Corporation, Streamline Mine, Percy, Randolph County, Illinois, where he had been employed for 30 years.
Mr. Burnett was apparently attempting to clean some grease from the hoist drum shaft on the 700 Dragline while the machine was in operation.
Some few minutes before the accident, Mr. Burnett was in the control room of the dragline with Mr. Ernest Thompson, operator of the dragline, and he told Mr. Thompson that he was going down and clean the collars. (These collars were on the hoist drum shaft.) Mr. Thompson stated that about 10 minutes later he was ready to move the machine. It was Mr. Burnett's job to stand out in front of the machine to guide it. When he did not show up after minutes, Mr. Thompson when downstairs to look for him. He found Mr. Burnett lodged between the drag hoist drum and the drum case casting. Since there were no witnesses to the accident it is not known just how Mr. Burnett came to be there. The body was badly crushed and it took about one hour and 45 minutes to remove it from between the drum and the drum casing.
 
BURY
June 4, 191321, Roscoe Bury, of Percy, miner, aged 20 years, single, was helping to sink an air shaft at Rury & Rury's local mine, Percy, Randolph County, and was being hoisted up the shaft in a tub, when, in making the landing at the top, he slipped and fell down the shaft. He was dead when brought to the top of shaft.
 
BUSH
October 20, 192531, Clyde Bush, of Eden, machine helper, age 24 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Moffat Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BUTLER
June 17, 190917, John Butler, of Percy, cager and helper, aged 38 years, in the employ of the Willis Coal and Mining Company's mine at Percy, Randolph county, was injured and died later from pneumonia and fever. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BYERS
March 5, 191826, Charles Byers, of Sparta, machine runner, age 22 years, married, was killed in Illinois Fuel Company's mine, Sparta, Randolph County, by being electrocuted; he came in contact with the machine cable. He leaves a widow and one child.
 

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CARNAHAN
January 11, 190413, Richard Carnahan, miner, aged 35 years, single, was killed while firing a shot in the mine of the Moffat Coal Co., Sparta, Randolph county.
 
CARTER
February 14, 194852, Melvin Dale Carter, of Tilden, repairman, aged 31 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Sparta Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
CHESKO
March 12, 191220, Florence Chesko, of Tilden, miner, aged 45 years, single, employed by the Bessemer Coal & Mining Company, Tilden, Randolph County, was killed. Deceased and four other men got on the cage in the morning to go to work; when the cage was down the shaft about thirty feet, the engineer lost control of the engines, and when the cage struck the bottom of the shaft, deceased fell off into the sump. He was injured internally and died twelve hours after the accident.
 
CHITTENDEN
February 17,192632, L. L. Chittenden ,of Tilden, machine helper, age 44 years,married, died from injuries received two days before by a fall of rockin St. Louis Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and twochildren.
 
CLAYTON
February 5, 195353, Frank Clayton, of Sparta, loading machine helper, aged 55 years, married, was killed by a roof fall in Moffat Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
COLLINS
October 28, 194044, Lloyd Cecil Collins, of Tilden, driver, age 46 years, married, crushed by cars at the Florida Coal Company Mine, leaving a widow and three children.
 
CONDON
March 28, 190816, Charles Condon, of Percy, miner, aged 38 years, married, employedat the mine of the Willis Coal and Mining Company, Percy. Deceased was loading coal in a cross cut, when a piece of white top slate broke loose falling and crushing him. The slate was next to the last cross bar. The fall was caused by a slip running on the rib, which did not show until after the fall had occurred. He leaves a widow and six children,
 
COOMBS
Monday, January 8, 1883, A. H. Coombs, was killed in a coal-damp explosion at the Jones & Nesbitt's Coulterville Coal Mine. The coroner held an inquest, and returned a verdict that they came to their death by suffocation or burns caused by an explosion in the mine.
 
COWELL
April 27, 191523, John S. Cowell, of Percy, loader, age 24 years, married, was killed by falling rock in the Willis Coal & Mining Company's mine, Percy, Randolph County. He leaves a widow.
 

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DAVIS
March 31, 191725, Harry Davis, of Sparta, driver, age 23 years, married, was killed by falling roof, in No. 4 mine, Illinois Fuel Company, Sparta, Randolph County. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
July 22, 196157, Mr. Lee Davis, of Sparta, age 56, married, one dependent child, was seriously injured bv a fall of top coal in room 14, third north, third panel west at the Zeigler Coal & Coke Company, Spartan mine, located at Sparta, Randolph County, Illinois, on July' 21, 1961 at 10:45 a.m. He died later at the Sparta Hospital at 12:50 a.m. on July 22, 1961. He was employed at this mine as a loading machine operator and had had eight vears experience at this mine.
This accident occurred 9 feet from the face and 1 feet in by the last row of roof bolt blocks. The coal that fell on the deceased was 4 feet long, 3 feet wide and 6 inches thick, crushing him down against the machine causing head injuries that resulted in death.
The top in this room consisted of solid lime rock and was properly bolted. The coal that fell on the deceased was coal left from the cut that was being loaded out. This ledge of coal had stuck back to the top approximately 9 feet from the face and the deceased was hit by the edge of the fall. The face boss of this section said he had examined this room after it was shot and before it was loaded out and considered it safe to load out.
 
December 28, 190414, William C. Davis, of Sparta, shot firer, aged 37 years, single, was killed by a blown out shot.
 
DELANO
October 19, 190817, Everett Delano, of Sparta, miner, aged 19 years, single, employed by the Moffat Coal Company, Sparta, Randolph county, with his father and was cleaning away to put a prop under loose slate when it gave way and caught him injuring him so that he died the following day.
 
DICKEY
September 10, 193640, A. L. Dickey, of Sparta, yard man, aged 61 vears, married, crushed by car at mine of Moffat Coal Co., married. Leaves widow.
 
December 9, 191625, John G. Dickey, of Sparta, assistant mine manager, age 48 years, single, was killed by falling coal in Moffat Coal Company's mine, Sparta, Randolph County. He leaves two dependents.
 
DUNLAP
Monday, January 8, 1883, Robert Dunlap, was killed in a coal-damp explosion at the Jones & Nesbitt's Coulterville Coal Mine. The coroner held an inquest, and returned a verdict that they came to their death by suffocation or burns caused by an explosion in the mine.
 
DUVALL
April 3, 192430, Simon Duvall, of Percy, miner, age 57 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Syndicate Mining Company's mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 

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EATON
August 28, 193337, Joseph A. Eaton, of Coulterville, loader, age 52 years, married, was killed by a fall of coal in St. Louis Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 

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FOSTER
January 9, 192329, Earl Foster, of Pinckneyville, loader, age 17 years, single, was instantly killed by a fall of rock in Southern Gem Coal Corporation's No. 5 mine.
 
March 12, 194246, Earl Foster, of Sparta, shot-firer, aged 52 years, married, was killed by an explosion of powder in Moffat Coal Comapny's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
January 23, 194044, Walter Eugene Foster, of Sparta, driver, age 53 years, single, crushed by car at the No. 2 mine of the Moffat Coal Company, leaving no dependents.
 
FRANKLIN
February 14, 192228, William 0. Franklin, of Tilden, miner, age 42 years, single, was killed in Madison Coal Corporation's Crystal mine by a fall of rock.
 
FURY
Monday, January 8, 1883, Henry Fury, was killed in a coal-damp explosion at the Jones & Nesbitt's Coulterville Coal Mine. The coroner held an inquest, and returned a verdict that they came to their death by suffocation or burns caused by an explosion in the mine.
 

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GASS
July 16, 192531, Samuel H. Gass, of Tilden, miner, age 70 years, married, died from injuries received the day before in Jones Brothers Coal and Mining Company's No. 2 mine. Deceased was mining off a shot and loosened a rock which fell, crushing him through the hips and lower part of body. He leaves a widow.
 
GEORGE
August 16, 195656, At 12:30 P. M. on Thursday, August 16, 1956, Herbert George, of Tamaroa, age 35, a shooter, was fatally injured by a fall of top coal and shale in the Bradbury Mine, Midwest Utilities Coal Corp., in Randolph County. He died in the Sparta Hospital, Sparta, Illinois, at 4:30 P. M. the same day. Mr. George had 10 years of mining experience, the last ten months as a shooter in this mine. He is survived by his widow and four dependent children.
At approximately 12:30 P. M., Mr. Herbert George, the victim, and Mr. William Glenn, moved the shooting equipment into No. 6 room 3 panel south off the 3 south main east. Glenn had started squirting water into the drill holes to allay the dust, and George was putting a shear strip into one of the blasting shells. Without warning, the overhanging top coal and some shale fell, covering George. The top coal and shale that fell was approximately 6 feet wide, 7 feet long, and 6 inches thick, and was triangular in shape. The roof bolts were as close to the face as it was possible to install them, with the exception of a bolt through the piece of overhanging top coal. Mr. Albert Simms, face foreman, had examined the place at 11:45 A. M., observed the overhanging top coal and stated that it was solid and that he considered the place to be safe.
 
GETCHE - GETCHES
November 26, 191827, William Getche, of Tilden, miner, age 39 years, single, was killed, by falling rock, in Madison Coal Corporation's Tilden mine, Tilden.
 
GIBSON
May 26, 191018, Robert Gibson, of Sparta, driver, aged 22 years, was injured September 10, 1909, in the Wilson Bros. Coal Company's mine at Sparta, Randolph county. He was coming out with a loaded trip of mine cars, and from some cause he slipped and fell under the cars. His hips and body were badly bruised, from which he died May 26, 1910. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
GILBERT
September 16, 18934. William Gilbert, water hauler, single, age 18 years, at the Valley & Gulf Coal Company's mine, Sparta, while filling the water box, the mule would not stand; he detached the tail-chain from the car and fastened it to the leg of a set of timbers: the mule made a sudden start pulling the leg out, the chain slipped over the end of the timber and the mule ran to the stable. A large piece of slate fell on Gilbert covering him to the waist, crushing his hips and body. The mine was not running that day and when it was discovered that he did not come out at quitting time, search was made when he was found as stated, being alive and conscious. He had been in that condition about ten hours; he died in about eight hours after being rescued.
 
GLENN
April 11, 191624, James Glenn, of Sparta, miner, age 50 years, married, was killed by a a shot explosion in Moffat Coal Company's mine, Sparta, Randolph County. He leaves a widow and four children, none of whom are dependent.
 
GREENWOOD
February 12, 198267. Mr. Charles R. Greenwood, of Steelville, age 44, married, three dependents, was fatally injured from a compressor explosion at approximately 5:15 A.M., Friday, February 12, 1982, while in the performance of his duties as a Drill Foreman at Peabody Coal Company, River King Pit #6, Marissa, Randolph County, Illinois.
The accident occurred in the 5761 pit at the side wall drill. The compressor was being replaced and hooked up to the old storage tank. Some air leaks had developed and they were in the process of finding these leaks by starting and stopping the compressor. During this procedure the end blew off the receiving tank striking an electrical box. The force of the blow tore the door off the electrical box striking Mr. Greenwood, in the chest. Mr. Greenwood, was transported to the Sparta Community Hospital where he expired from internal injuries.
 

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HAMILTON
October 27, 190817, J. B. Hamilton, of Coulteville, miner, aged 33 years, married, employed by the Coulterville Mining Company's mine No. 2, Coulterville, Randolph county and his partner, J. H. Bartley, were firing shots. They went into a room, lighted three shots and went back to cross cut; two of the shots went off and the other one they thought had missed; while looking for the one they thought had missed it went off killing Hamilton instantly. He leaves a wife and three children. His partner escaped uninjured.
 
December 18, 193337, Wilbur Hamilton, of Coulterville, miner, age 63 years, married, was killed in Coulterville Coal Company's mine, by falling rock. He leavesa widow.
 
HANSON
Monday, January 8, 1883, Thomas Hanson, was killed in a coal-damp explosion at the Jones & Nesbitt's Coulterville Coal Mine. The coroner held an inquest, and returned a verdict that they came to their death by suffocation or burns caused by an explosion in the mine.
 
HAPKE
February 23, 194650, Walter Hapke, of Sparta, shuttle car driver, married, died from injuries received the day before, February 22, 1946, by a fall of rock in Moffat Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
HARDING
January 3, 196560, Mr. Harry Harding, of Steelville, age 49, married, came to his death at the Southwestern Ilhnois Coal Corp., Captain Mine, located at Cutler, Perry County, Illinois on January 3, 1965 at about 11:20 p.m. Accidental death due; to asphyxiation. Accident was caused by a highwall fall. Mr, Harding was employed as a Shooter and had worked at this mine for 5 months.
Mr. Harding and the two men working with him had just completedshooting a series of two holes. The holes were 44.5 and 39 ft.deep. Liquid oxygen was the blasting agent.
The men working with Mr. Harding had moved the drill up and were getting ready to drill another series of holes. Mr. Harding went back to reclaim the leg wires of the electrical cap. He rolled up the wire from one hole, which had been shot properly. The other hole had formed a crater below and had mushroomed the dirt up on the surface. Mr. Harding stepped on this pile of mushroomed dirt, which gave way and Mr. Harding fell 12 ft. 9 in. and was covered up with dirt.
As there were no witnesses to the accident, quite some time was spent looking for him. It was decided Mr. Harding must be in the hole, when he could not be found elsewhere. Help was called and with the aid of shovels and a back-hoe ditch digger, the body was found at 2:25 a.m. He was first missed at 11:20 p.m. Dr. Vidal of Percy, Illinois and an ambulance were at the scene of the accident. Mr. Harding was pronounced dead by the doctor and removed to a funeral home.
 
HARMON
December 5, 190414, Felix Harmon, of Schuline, miner, aged 26 years, married, was killed by falling slate. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
HAYNES
April 11, 191624, James Haynes, of Sparta, miner, age 50 years, married, was killed by a shot explosion in Moffat Coal Company's mine, Sparta, Randolph County. Deceased had lighted two shots, one of which exploded and thinking the other had gone out, returned to the face of the room, when it exploded resulting in his death. He leaves a widow.
 
HIGGINS
October 4, 189910, James Higgins, of Percy, miner, aged 51 years, was fatally injured by a fall of slate and coal at the face of his working room in Rosborough Coal Co.'s mine, located at Percy, Randolph county. Deceased was aware of the dangerous condition of the slate and coal, and had said he would take down both slate and coal as soon as he could finish loading his car, but before the car was loaded the slate and coal fell, injuring him so that he died about eight hours later. He leaves a widow and four children, one who is dependent.
 
HIRTE
September 20, 192229, Alfred Hirte, of Tilden, miner, age 29 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Madison Coal Corporation's Crystal mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
HOLMAN
May 17, 18988. On May 5, 1898, Thomas Holman, of Cutler, aged 30, married, leaves a widow and two children, by occupation a miner, was injured by the explosion of a keg of powder about 2:30 p. m., in Brown & Harwell's mine, at Cutler, from which injuries he died May 17. He had got a full keg of powder that morning and did not take time to unscrew the top of the keg, but drove his steel pick into the keg, which caused the powder to explode and his death.
 
HUNT
January 15, 190917, Roy Hunt, driver, aged 20 years, single, was employed in the Moffat Coal Company's mine at Sparta, Randolph county. He was driving a mule and fell off in the middle of the track pit car running upon him. He died the following day. His home was at Odin, Ill.
 
HUSKINS
October 12, 189910, John Huskins, of Tilden, miner, aged 21 years, married, was killed in Donk Bros. Coal and Coke Co's. mine, Tilden, Randolph county. Deceased, at the time of the accident, was helping a miner working in the next room to fire two shots. They had put both squibs together, and had gone to the cross-cut about 35 feet back from the face. One of the shots exploded, and Huskins thought that the other had missed fire; he started toward the room, and when near the face the shot exploded; he was struck in the head and body by flying coal, and died when brought to the surface. He leaves a widow.
 
HUTTON
February 27, 18966, Alexander Hutton, of Percy, a widower, 65 years of age, was found dead in his room at the Randolph Coal and Coke Co. shaft No. 1, located at Percy, Randolph county. The deceased had not been in good health for some time and was working against the advice of his friends. The coroner returned a verdict of death by heart failure.
 

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JANSEN
December 31, 197563. Mr. Donald G. Jansen, of Marissa, age 21, married, one dependent, was fatally injured by an explosion at approximately 10:40 p.m., on December 31, 1975, while in the performance of his duties as Driller- Shooter at the Peabody Coal Company, River King Strip Mine, Pit #6, southwest of Marissa, Randolph County, Illinois.
Mr. Jansen, and Mr. William Bowling (Shooting Foreman) were attempting to shoot the first 9 holes of a group of 18 holes to be shot. Having tried two times to set off the shots without success, Mr. Bowling stated that Mr. Jansen ran the primer cord between #13 and #14 holes for safety, due to the fact they were positioned in front of loaded holes. Therefore, this would mean there were three groups of shots #1 thru #9, where the primer cord was cut and the cap placed, #10 thru #13 holes where the primer cord was untied for safety, and #14 thru #18 holes. Holes 1 thru 9 were wired with 17mm delays, but no delays were in truck lines on the rest of the holes. Mr. Bowling was standing on the passenger side of the truck and Mr. Jansen a few feet away by the right front fender. The hood of the truck was up so that they could shoot off the truck battery. After calling for clearance and receiving it, Mr. Bowling stated that Mr. Jansen set off the shots and he remembers seeing the first shot, the #9 hole fire, and then a second later the holes in front of which they were standing exploded. Mr. Jansen was still on the passenger side of the truck, nearly covered with rock from the blast. He was quickly uncovered and taken to the Sparta Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
 
JOHNSON
July 13, 190112, Robert Johnson, of Sparta, miner, age 36 years, married, was killed instantly by a fall of slate at the face of his working room in the Western Anthracite Coal & Coke Co.'s mine, located at Sparta, Randolph county. Deceased was working off some coal which had been shattered by the blast which had been fired the previous night. This coal was the only support the slate had and when worked out the slate fell with the result as stated.
 
JONES
April 16, 192632, David W. Jones, of Spartea, mine manager, age 36 years, married, was killed m Edward Jones and Son's mine. Deceased was going down the shaft on cage when the axle of sheave wheel came out, fell down the shaft and striking him on the head, killed him instantly. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
March 20, 191422, Robert R. Jones, of Sparta, manager, aged 35 years, married, was struck by a wheel and killed at the Ed Jones & Son's mine, Sparta, Randolph County. He leaves a widow.
 

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KELLY
October 19, 192733, Thomas Kelly, of Sparta, trackman, age 68 years, married, was killed in Willis Coal Mining Company's No. 7 mine. There was no eye witness to this accident. Deceased was found lying with his head across the rail and it is supposed he fell, breaking his neck. He leaves a widow.
 
KIEFER
March 21, 191018, Philip Kiefer, of Tilden, miner, aged 30 years, single, was killed by falling slate in the Crystal mine of the Bessemer Washed Coal Company at Tilden, Randolph county. The room was examined by the mine examiner in the morning and he considered the place safe. There was a large slip in the slate, which could not be seen until it fell. It was supposed Kiefer was undermining a standing shot, when the slate fell and caught him. Plenty of props and cap pieces were in the place.
 
KIMMEL
June 3, 194650, Harry Kimmel, of Sparta, shuttle car operator, aged 37 years, married, died from injuries received on May 18, 1946, by a fall of coal in Moffat Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
KING
Monday, January 8, 1883, James W. King, was killed in a coal-damp explosion at the Jones & Nesbitt's Coulterville Coal Mine. The coroner held an inquest, and returned a verdict that they came to their death by suffocation or burns caused by an explosion in the mine.
 
KIVEL
May 16,193741, William Kivel, of Coulterville, driller, aged 56 years, married, died from pulmonary thrombosis caused by injuries received May 5th in the Florida mine of the St. Louis Coal Co., leaving wife.
 
KNOS - Knox
November 28, 190716. On November 26, 1907, James H. Knos, of Coulterville, miner, aged 38 years, married, employed in the Coulterville Mining Company's mine, Coulterville, was filling a quart cup with powder from a full keg; a spark fell from his lamp into the cup igniting the powder causing the keg to explode. He died two days later from the injuries, leaving a widow and two children.
 
KOHL
Monday, January 8, 1883, Nicholas Kohl, was killed in a coal-damp explosion at the Jones & Nesbitt's Coulterville Coal Mine. The coroner held an inquest, and returned a verdict that they came to their death by suffocation or burns caused by an explosion in the mine.
 
KOSEBERRY
April 21, 193438, Thomas Koseberry, of Sparta, driver, age 35 years, married, was killed in Moffatt Coal Company's mine by pit cars. He leaves a widow.
 
KRAUTZ
September 20, 192632, J. W. Krautz, of Coulterville, miner, age 65 years, married, was struck by a motor and killed, in St. Louis Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 

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LAFFERTY
January 27, 18966, James Lafferty, of Sparta, a single man, aged 36 years, was instantly killed, and Sherman Lively, of Sparta, was fatally injured, he dying February 1st, by the premature explosion of a shot in Eden mine, of the Valley and Gulf Coal Co., Sparta, Randolph county. They were tamping a shot. Lafferty was using an iron tamper. It is supposed the tamper struck a sulpher, thereby producing a spark, igniting the powder in hole. Lively .said "he could not remember how much of the hole was tamped up."
 
November 7, 195554, Mr. Robert M. Lafferty, of Cutler, age 54, married, no dependent children was fatally injured at the Moffat Mine No. 2, Sparta, Randolph County, Illinois about 7:45 A.M., November 7, 1955, by a flying Airdox shell. He was shooting the right-hand corner hole in the face of No. 12 room when the shell broke 2 inches behind the head, due to a defective place in the barrel.
The face of No. 12 room was 35 feet past the inby rib of the cross cut. Mr. Lafferty was 45 feet back in the cross cut on the outby rib. The shell hit a prop in front of the cross cut, glanced, and hit a roof bolt block and went into the cross cut, striking the deceased in the head, killing him almost instantly. The deceased had ten years experience at this mine.
 
LANGWORTH
July 8, 190716, Geo. Langworth, of Spatra, machine runner, aged 42 years, married, employed at the Moffat mine, Sparta, was killed by falling clod while running a machine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
LAWS
April 13,190111, Fred Laws, of Sparta, driver, aged 17 years, single,was killed instantly by being crushed between the top of a pit car and the roof, at the Western Anthiacite Coal & Coke Co.'s Eden mine, Sparta, Randolph county. Deceased was driving a mule, and was coming out with his last trip for the day; when near the double parting in the north entry he got off at the side on which he was used to riding, into across cut; when trying to get back on to the front end of the car his head struck the roof, which was low at this place, causing him to be partly dragged on the top of the car. He was dead when found.
 
LEEPER
April 19, 197864. Mr. Roger Dale Leeper, of Lensburg, age 26, married, three dependents, came to his death by highwall slide, at approximately 4:30 A.M., on Wednesday, April 19, 1978, while in the performance of his duties as a Shooter at Peabody Coal Company, River King Pit #6, Marissa, Randolph County, Illinois.
Mr. Charles Bahre was operating the end-loader digging out shots that had been covered with dirt from a slide of the highwall a few days before. Mr. Charles Bahre had dug all the way to rock when Roger Dale Leeper spotted the primer cord. When he went to the rock face to tie off the short cord he had found with a length of primer cord, Mr. Charles Bahre warned Roger Dale Leeper that if he saw any movement of the highwall, he would flash his lights and Roger Dale Leeper acknowledged the signal. Roger Dale Leeper had not quite reached the wall when Charles Bahre flashed his lights. Roger Dale Leeper turned and started to run to the open end when his feet got tangled with dirt and Roger Dale Leeper fell face down on the coal and the slide covered him.
Roger Dale Leeper was covered up approximately 40 minutes. His head was uncovered first and he was given oxygen by the ambulance driver. Roger Dale Leeper was pronounced dead later at the hospital.
 
LINKUS
December 16, 192128, Frank Linkus, of Tilden, miner, age 19 years, single, was killed by a shot explosion in Jones Brothers Coal and Mining Company's No. 2 mine.
 
LIVELY
February 1, 18966, On January 27, 1896, James Lafferty, of Sparta, a single man, aged 36 years, was instantly killed, and Sherman Lively, of Sparta, was fatally injured, he dying February 1st, by the premature explosion of a shot in Eden mine, of the Valley and Gulf Coal Co., Sparta, Randolph county. They were tamping a shot. Lafferty was using an iron tamper. It is supposed the tamper struck a sulpher, thereby producing a spark, igniting the powder in hole. Lively .said "he could not remember how much of the hole was tamped up." Lively was a married man; leaves widow and two children.
 
LUEHRS
December 24, 193539, Henry Luehrs, of Sparta, miner, aged 54 years, married, killed by fall of slate in mine of Elm Grove Coal Co., leaving widow.
 

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MADDISON
May 6, 194751, Kenneth A. Maddison, of Sparta, coal miner, aged 68 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Beveridge Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
MALONE
October 26, 196459, Mr. Jack Dempsey Malone, age 49, married, 4 dependent children, was fatally injured on October 26, 1964 at 7:45 a.m. at the Zeigler Coal and Coke Company, Spartan Mine located at Sparta, Randolph County, Illinois. He was employed as a Roof Bolter and had had 3 years experience at this mine.
The accident happened on the main west haulage road 300 ft. outby the 4th panel north. Mr. Malone and five other men were riding to the bottom in a battery operated shuttle car after finishing their shift. Mr. Malone was sitting in the front of the car.
The conveyor on the shuttle car started causing Mr. Malone to fall in front of the car. Evidence showed the deceased had been dragged and rolled under the car about 60 ft. before the car passed over him. His body was found about 10 ft. behind the shuttle car.
Mr. George Hannah, an eye witness, said the conveyor chain on the shuttle car started and Mr. Malone fell out in front of the car, but he did not know what caused it to start. Mr. Cecil Shockley, the buggy driver, stated that he did not know what started the conveyor chain or when it started. The first thing he knew, the men in the back of the car started shouting to shut it off, but Mr. Malone was already under the car and before he got the car stopped, it had passed over his body. The brakes and other mechanical devices on the shuttle car were checked and were in good working condition.
The deceased was pronounced dead on arrival at the surface. It is believed he was killed instantly.
 
MANNING
November 14, 190414, J. A. Manning, of Couterville, miner, aged 34 years, married, was killed in a cage accident. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
MARSHALL
January 14, 192430, James R. Marshall, of Marissa, laborer, age 51 years, married, was killed in Jones Brothers Coal and Mining Company's mine, by falling down the shaft. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MARTIN
April 4, 193640, Kenneth Gail Martin, of Cutler, apprentice miner, aged 18 years, single, killed by fall of clod in mine of Whip-Poor-Will Coal & Mining Co.
 
McBRIDE
September 27, 191726, William McBride, of Tilden, miner, age 23 years, single, was killed in Jones Brothers Coal Company's mine, Tilden, Randolph County, by a shot and a keg of powder exploding.
 
McDILL
April 12, 192632, Charles McDill,of Coulterville, miner, age 62 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock m St. Louis Coal Company's mine. He leaves his wife and mother dependent.
 
McQUARTERS
December 23, 193640, Wm. John McQuarters, Jr., of Tilden, electrician helper, aged 29 years, married, killed by fall of slate in Florida mine of St. Louis Coal Co., leaving widow and one child.
 
MISKIE
October 21, 18934. Adolph Miskie, miner, aged 45 years, married, working in a local mine near Steelville, leased and worked by himself; he had fired a standing shot in the entry, the coal failed to come down, he began mining it off when the mass of coal fell on him, crushing his body severely. He was found by another man going into the mine, after he had been pinioned by the weight of coal for over five hours, being conscious when found he was able to tell how the accident happened. After being released he only lived a few hours. He left a widow and seven children, none of whom are able to work.
 
MOFFAT
February 5, 194347, Andrew T. Moffat, of Sparta, mine manager, aged 50 years, married, was killed when three cars ran down the slope and caught him, in J. D. Moffat's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MOORE
June 18, 194549, Wylie Moore, of Sparta, hand loader, aged 63 years, married, was killed by rock in Lemon & McKelvey Coal Corporation's No. 1 mine.He leaves a widow.
 

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NEWCOM
May 18, 194246, Cassie Newcom, of Marissa, loader operator, aged 52 years, married, was kill when rock from the roof fell on him, in Moffat Coal Comapny's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
NICHOLSON
August 15, 191322, William Nicholson, of Marissa, miner, aged 44 years, married, was killed by falling rock in Jones Bros. Coal Mining Company's No. 2 mine, Marissa, Randolph County. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
NOBLE
December 17, 193842, R. L. Noble, of Tilden, driller, aged 56 years, married, killed by fall of clod rock in the Florida mine of the St. Louis Coal Co., leaving widow.
 

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O'BRIEN
August 4, 193035, Richard O'Brien, of Coulterville, electrician, age 26 years, single, died from injuries received the day before, when he fell from the building at Perry Coal Company's Perco mine.
 
O'KEEFE
June 27, 194246, Henry O'Keefe, of Percy, groundman, aged 43 years, married, was killed by being electrocuted in South Western Illinois Coal Corporation's Streamline mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
OLIVER
April 15, 194347, George Oliver, of Tilden, top man, aged 64 years, died from injuries received on April 12, 1943, when rock fell on him in Randolph corporation's Eureka mine. He leaves a widow.
 

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PEMBERTON
June 23, 190715. On June 19, 1907, Joseph Pemberton, of Sparta, top man, aged 31 years, married, was fatally injured while attempting to stop a moving railroad car with a pinch-bar, his foot caught under the bar when the wheels passed over his leg crushing it badly. The leg was amputated but death resulted June 23, 1907. He was employed at the Illinois Fuel Co's. mine, Sparta, and leaves a widow and six children.
 
PENNY
February 1, 190111, William Penny, of Sparta, miner, aged 25 years, single,was severely crushed by a fall of slate in the Eden mine of the Western Anthracite Coal & Coke Co., Sparta, Randolph county. The deceased knew of the dangerous condition of the slate he was working under, as he had been warned by men working in the next room; he was in the act of loading coal when the slate fell on him, and died after being taken home, three hours after the accident.
 
PICKFORD
October 5, 194448, Jack Pickford, of Sparta, loader operator, aged 42 years, married, was killed when rock fell on him, in Moffat Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 

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REDNCUR
October 28, 192632, Nelson Redncur, of Cutler, miner, age 24 years, married, was killed in Wilson Coal Company's mine when struck by coal from a shot explosion. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
RICE
March 20, 18966, Robert Rice, of Coulterville, a miner, with seven others, was badly burned by a blown out shot explosion in the Consolidated Coal Co.'s mine, at Coulterville, Randolph county. The accident, with an attack of pheunomia, resulted in his death on March 28, 1896. The shot which caused the explosion was fired by Joseph Kahle. It was a tight corner shot being bound top and bottom by projecting coal. The hole had been fired before and blown tamping, leaving the drill hole in a cracked condition. The hole was drilled deeper and heavily charged with powder, and wlieu again fired succeeded in blowing out tamping, filling and charred coal blazing into the room, and notwithstanding the fact that the roads had been sprinkled in the morning of same day, it is evident from the intensity and extent of the fire -- it reaching about 600 feet from the hole where the shot was fired -- that the fine coal dust blown up bysaid explosion became iginited, which resulted in increasing the intensity ofthe explosion.
The deceased was standing about twenty-five feet from the entry and in anopposite room about 130 feet from where the explosion occurred, by way ofan open entry cross cut. He was a married man, leaving a widow and two children.
 
RIDGEWAY
April 2, 1929, William Ridgeway, of Coulterville, driver, age 37 years, married, was run over by pit cars and killed, in Perry Coal Company's Perco mine. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
ROBINSON
February 26, 18955. Nathan Robinson, of Sparta, a laborer, aged 45, and working at the Valley and Gulf mine, at Sparta, was caught by an empty mine car, which ran off the cage, at the lower landing, and crushed him against a railroad car standing on the stock siding. He died on the way home. He was married and left a widow and one child.
 
ROSS
March 6, 193136, Irvin Ross, of Coulterville, laborer, age 46 years, married, was killed by railway cars at the mine of the St. Louis Coal Company. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
ROTHWELL
July 15, 194751, Roy Rothwell, of Tilden, repairman, aged 56 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Randolph Coal Corporartion's Eureka No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
RUSK
April 9, 18873, John Rusk, of Randolph County, married, ws killed by falling soapstone in the mine of John L. Atchison at Blair, Randolph County, Illinois. He leaves a widow.
 
RUSSELL
June 19, 18966, Elzie Russell, of Percy, aged 27, married, wife and two children, was killed by falling slate in the Little Muddy mine, at Percy, Randolph county.
The deceased neglected to properly timber his room after passing through a clay slip in the roof of his room, consequently allowing the roof to fall on him, causing injuries which resulted in his death.
 

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SALGER
September 26, 193943, Henry Salger, of Willisville, loading machine helper, aged 49 years, married, killed by fall of clod in Florida mine of the St. Louis Coal Co. leaving widow and one child.
 
SANDS
March 1, 192430, Joe Sands, of Tilden, shot firer, age 63 years, married, died from burns received February 19 in a dust explosion caused by the firing of impractical shots, in Jones Brothers Coal and Mining Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
SCHLEBO
March 10, 190816, Walter Schlebo, of Tilden, miner, aged 28 years, single, employed in the mine of the Tilden Coal Company, Tilden. Deceased was taking tamping out of a shot and thought he had it all out. His partner ran a churn drill into the hole when the shot exploded. The men were removing the tamping for the reason that the shot had failed to explode, when the squib was placed by the shot firers it was found that the hole had not been properly tamped. Schlebo was blown on top of a pit car, standing near, and fatally injured in the chest and abdomen.
 
SCHOSLER
January 22, 191725, Russel Schosler, of Coulterville, laborer, age 60 years, single, killed at the West Side Coal & Mining Company's mine, Coulterville, Randolph County. Deceased was blocking down a coal car when his head was caught between the car and a brace on the shaker. He died six hours later.
 
SHADRICK
December 16, 192632, Anderson Shadrick, of Tilden, miner, age 68 years, single, was killed at his working place by a fall of coal in St. Louis Coal Company's mine.
 
SHANAHAN
August 18, 1910, John Shanahan, of Percy, machine helper, aged 32 vears married was injured by a fall of coal and slate from which he died in one hour. Deceased was employed in the Willis Coal Company's mine No 6 Percy, Randolph county. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
SHANFORD
Monday, January 8, 1883, Frank Shanford, was killed in a coal-damp explosion at the Jones & Nesbitt's Coulterville Coal Mine. The coroner held an inquest, and returned a verdict that they came to their death by suffocation or burns caused by an explosion in the mine.
 
SMITH
July 17, 194751, Olin Smith, of Cutler, shot firer, aged 42 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in Moffat Coal Company's No. 2 mine. He leaves a widow. He leaves a widow.
 
SNIDER
July 7, 197864. Mr. Lewellyn Snider, of Steelville, age 60, married, one dependent, came to his death when he fell from the mast to the work deck resulting in fatal injuries to his head at approximately 12:50 P.M., on Friday, July 7, 1978, while in the performance of his duties as Master Electrician UMWA at Southwestern Illinois Coal Corporation, Streamline Mine, Percy, Randolph County, Illinois.
Mr. Snider was instructed by Drill Foreman Donald Rapp to check the electrical switch of the warning bell on the mast of the 61-R Bucyrus-Erie Overburden Drill. The switch is located approximately 65 feet above the drill work deck, A 24 by 36 inch work platform had been installed on the Drill Head Carriage.in the early 1970's. The guard rails that were provided on this platform were limited in size and were slightly bent. The corner stands were 40 inches high with a 19 inch high cross bar. This platform was used for lubrication and maintenance work on the drill mast. Mr. Snider put his tool pouch on the hand rail and was raised to the bell warning switch by drill operator Joe Harding. As stated by Mr. Harding, the bell did ring 3 or 4 times which leaves one to believe Mr. Snider actuated the switch by hand. At this time, drill operator Joe Harding talked to Mr. Snider from the drill work deck. The limit switch provided for the Drill Head Carriage is located approximately 2 feet above the warning bell switch. Mr. Snider evidently was going to check the limit switch while he was on the drill mast. Mr. Hardin left the drill work deck and returned to the operators cab.
While he was raising the platform the additional 2 feet, that's when Mr. Snider fell from the mast to the work deck resulting in fatal injuries to his head.
Randolph County Coroner Gary McClure was summoned to the scene. Mr. Snider was pronounced dead and taken by ambulance to Wilson Funeral Home.
 
SORRELS
December 23, 193640, Clifford Sorrels, of Coulterville, machine helper, aged 32 years, single, killed by fall of slate in Florida mine of St. Louis Coal Co., leaving dependent mother.
 
STARR
Monday, January 8, 1883, Henry Starr, Jr., was killed in a coal-damp explosion at the Jones & Nesbitt's Coulterville Coal Mine. The coroner held an inquest, and returned a verdict that they came to their death by suffocation or burns caused by an explosion in the mine.
 
Monday, January 8, 1883, Henry Starr, Sr., was killed in a coal-damp explosion at the Jones & Nesbitt's Coulterville Coal Mine. The coroner held an inquest, and returned a verdict that they came to their death by suffocation or burns caused by an explosion in the mine.
 
STIRNAMAN
June 8, 197965. Mr. James Douglas Stirnaman, of Ellis Grove, age 44, married, one dependent, was fatally injured under a wheel of a railroad car at approximately 2:20 P.M., Friday, June 8, 1979, while in the performance of his duties as Utility Man at Ford Transfer Inc. (Arch Mineral Coal Co.), Ford Landing Loading Dock, Chester, Randolph County, Illinois.
James Douglas Stirnaman, upon uncoupling five railroad cars, was bringing them to the loading dock hopper for unloading. He was riding between the fourth and fifth cars with the intent of using the fifth car's brakes to stop once the hopper was reached. When the cars did not stop at the hopper one of the men at the hopper jumped on the first car and applied its brakes. James Douglas Stirnaman was then seen lying on the tracks, apparently having fallen and then run over by the fifth car.
 
SWEET
February 7, 191119, William Sweet, of DuQuoin, driver, aged 33 years, single, was killed in the Bessemer Washed Coal Company's Crystal mine, Tilden, Randolph county. Deceased was found dead under a loaded trip on the fourth west entry on the south side of the mine. It was not known how he came under the trip, but was supposed that his light had gone out. An inquest was held by Thos. Devine, coroner, Randolph county, and the verdict of the jury was accidental death.
 

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THOMAS
September 15, 198066, Three men fatally injured by roof fall.
William D. Ashley, Richard Berry, Craig M. Thomas

Mr. Craig M. Thomas, of Coulterville, age 30, married, four dependents, was fatally injured by a roof fall at approximately 10:00 P.M., Monday, September 15, 1980, while in the performance of his duties as Loading Machine Operator at Zeigler Coal Company, Spartan Mine #2, Sparta, Randolph County, Illinois.
Craig Thomas was operating a loading machine near the face of #3 room in the 3rd South at crosscut station #690. William Ashley and Richard Berry were standing nearby to the right of Mr. Thomas's loader. The first cuts in the crosscut right, crosscut left and the face had been loaded out.
Mr. Clarence Logan, shuttle car operator had just pulled under the loader when he noticed some small chips of rock fall from the roof. Mr. Logan started flagging Craig Thomas while backing the shuttle car from under the loader when a massive roof fall occurred above the anchorage of the roof bolts. The fall was approximately 50 feet in length, 40 feet in width and 6 feet thick.
All three men were apparently killed instantly. Richard Berry, and William Ashley were recovered at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, September 16, 1980, and Craig Thomas was recovered at 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, September 16, 1980.
 

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WATKINS
February 6, 192229, Harry Watkins, of Pinckneyville, motorman, age 28 years, single, was killed in Southern Gem Coal Corporation's No. 6 mine. Deceased, in order to avoid a collision with another car, jumped off his motor and was crushed between the motor and timbers. He leaves his mother and two sisters dependent.
 
WEATHERFORD
August 6, 197162. Mr. Howard Weatherford, of Vergennes, age 50, married, no dependent children, came to his death at 1:30 p.m. August 6, 1971, from being knocked unconscious and transported by the belt conveyor into the unit train and coal loaded into the train thus resulting in crushing injuries and death while in the process of making repairs. His occupation was tipple welder at Truax-Traer Coal Corporation, Burning Star #3, Schuline, Randolph County, Illinois, where he had been employed for 5 years.
On the day of the accident Bill Hall, Melton Hawkins, and Roger Wright repaired in the coal stacker tunnel on the #1 Shake-Out Feeder for clean coal until 1 1 :25 a.m. The repairs were not complete when a unit train of 72 cars was moved into position at 11:30 a.m. to be loaded. Due to the length of track only 70 cars could be placed in position with two cars parked on a siding. Mr. Hall told Mr. Hawkins and Mr. Wright to return to their routing jobs and that the night shift would complete the repairs on the #1 belt feeder.
Mr. Howard Weatherford loaded the unit train from 1 1 :30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and went to lunch. He returned at 12:30 and finished loading the 70 car unit train at 12:55 p.m. Mr. Weatherford and Richard Lemons left the loadout tower at 12:55 p.m. to wait for the train crew to take out the 70 loaded cars and to position the remaining two empty coal cars under the loadout tower, which would take approximately 45 minutes. Mr. Weatherford and Mr. Lemons, walked over to the Foreman's trailer near the preparation plant. Mr. Weatherford told Mr. Lemons that he was going to complete the repairs on the shake-out feeder as it would only take a few minutes. Mr. Lemons went about his duties in the preparation plant and said he saw Mr. Weatherford going toward the stacker tunnel. At approximately 1:05 p.m. Mr. Roger Wright and Mr. Don Hicks also saw Mr. Weatherford enter the stacker tunnel as they went to the loadout tower. When Mr. Wright reached the loadout tower, he started the tunnel belt to fill the two coal bins at the tower at 1 :20 p.m.
Mr. Hawkins went into the stacker tunnel at 1 :30 p.m. and went to the #1 shake-out unit. The belt was not running as the two coal bins had been filled. Mr. Hawkins noticed that the repairs were almost completed and tools had been left at the location. Mr. Hawkins stated that he locked out the belt safety switch and completed the repairs. He then walked to the load out tower and asked Mr. Hicks and Mr. Wright if they had seen Mr. Weatherford. They informed him that they had seen him enter the tunnel and assumed that he had returned to his regular job on the dumping station and raw coal feeder. At 3:45 p.m. when Mr. Weatherford did not appear at the preparation plant wash room, a search was begun for him.
After checking the surface, stacker tunnels, and coal bins, Mr. Weatherford could not be located and the Kellogg Dock was called and told to hold the unit train. Mr. Hall, Mr. Hicks, and Mr. Wright proceeded to the Kellogg Dock and started to empty the first car that was loaded after Weatherford entered the tunnel. Mr. Weatherford was found in the bottom of the first car and was dead on removal from the car.
Investigation on the following day in the stacker tunnel due to the absence of witnesses to the accident, assumed that when Mr. Weatherford was completing the repairs he was standing on the belt when Mr. Wright started the belt, to fill the coal bins at 1:20 p.m. and was knocked unconscious and transported by the belt to the coal bin and then into the coal car. There was a belt lock out safety switch within 15 feet of the area where the work was performed. A contributing factor was that the safety horn that preceded the starting of the belt could not be heard in the area of the repairs due to the noise of the raw coal belt and raw coal feeders.
 
WESTWOOD
December 28, 192229, Enoch Westwood, of Tilden, miner, age 62 years, married, was caught by a fall of coal and killed in Madison Coal Corporation's Crystal mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
WIER
December 29, 191524, Pete Wier, of Tilden, miner, age 50 years, single, was killed by a fall of coal in the Tilden Coal Company's Crystal mine, Tilden, Randolph County.
 
WILLIAMS
June 19, 190715, Wm. P. Williams, miner, of Marissa, aged 63 years, married, was killed in mine No. 2 of Jones Bros. Coal Company near Marissa, Randolph county. Deceased was placing a prop under a piece of rock when it fell killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
WISE
May 4, 194448, Clarence R. Wise, of Tilden, mule driver, aged 33 years, married, was killed when he was run over by cars, in Randolph Coal Corporation's Eureka mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 

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YATES
August 5, 191017, John Yates, of DuQuoin, laborer, aged 17 years, single, was killed by a fall of slate at the working face in the Bessemer Washed Coal Company's Crystal mine, Tilden, Randolph county. Deceased was loading a mine car when the slate fell and caught him. He was not a certified miner but was working with his father learning to mine coal.
 

 
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