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Barrowman Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 27
An Underground Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Barrowman Coal Mine   Andrew Barrowman   1919 - 1920
Barrowman Coal Mine   Barrowman's Coal Company   Unknown - 1951
[Sources - No. 1, Index # 6320, 33, 34]

Beadle Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Buda
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 90 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness
Mine Name Operated By Years
Beadle Coal Mine   Elisha Beadle   1885 - 1887
[Sources - No. 4, 5]
1885 4       A new shaft has been sunk by Elisha Beadle during the year. It is located about three miles northeast of Buda. The shaft is 90 feet deep, the coal 4½ feet thick, and is seam No. 6 of the general section. The mine went into operation in April, 1885. E. Beadle, Manager.

Bilbenne Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Township 16 North, 7 East, Section 25
Mine Name Operated By Years
Bilbenne Coal Mine   Bilbenne Mines   Unknown
[Source - No. 1, Index # 6328]

Boyden Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 24
A Surface (Strip) Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Boyden Coal Mine   C. W. Boyden & G. W. Boyden   Unknown
[Source - No. 1, Index # 6322]

Brandt Coal Mines
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Brandt Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Buda
Mine Name Operated By Years
Brandt Coal Mine   William Brandt   1889 - 1890
[Source - No. 6]
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Brandt Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Mineral
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 15 feet to (40 feet20) with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness
Mine Name Operated By Years
Brandt Coal Mine   William Brandt   1894 - 1905
Brandt Coal Mine   William Brandt & Son   1905 - 1906
[Source - No. 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20]
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Brandt Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Mineral - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 21
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 23 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Brandt Coal Mine   Louis F. Brandt   1907 - 1914
Brandt Coal Mine   D. C. Brandt   1914 - 1926
[Sources - No. 1, Index # 2023, 20, 28]
Notes
1914 28 Change of Name. The mine has changed name since last report: L. F. Brand (Brandt) to D. C. Brandt
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Brandt Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Mineral - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 21
A Slope Mine at a depth of 30 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Brandt Coal Mine   L. F. Brandt   1907 - 1909
[Sources - No. 121, 22]
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Brandt Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 28
An Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Indian Hill Coal Mine   D. C. Brandt   1936 - 1944
Brandt Coal Mine   D. C. Brandt   1942 - 1943
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2029]
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Brandt Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 29
An Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Brandt Coal Mine   L. F. Brandt & Son   1934 - 1944
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2032]

Brooks & Ryland Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Tiskilwa
A Slope Mine at a depth of 40 feet with a coal seam of 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Brooks & Ryland Coal Mine   Brooks & Ryland   1886 - 1887
[Sources - No. 5]

Bureau County Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 27
An Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Bureau County Coal Mine   Bureau County Coal Company   prior to 1930
[Source - No. 1, Index # 6319]

Cherry Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Township 17 North, 11 East, Section 27, SE SW NW
An Underground Shaft Mine
      Upper Vein at a depth of 280 feet with an average coal seam of 1 foot to 2 feet in thickness.
      Middle Vein at a depth of 317 feet to 321 feet with a coal seam of 4.4 feet to 6½ feet in thickness.
      Lower Vein at a depth of 485 feet with a coal seam of 2 feet to 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
St. Paul Coal Mine No. 2   St. Paul Coal Company   1905 - 1927
    Idle or abandoned   1928
Cherry Coal Mine   Cherry Coal Company   1929 - 1935
Cherry Coal Mine   Cherry Coal Mining Corporation   1935
[Source - No. 1, Index # 10]
The last production was reported in 1935.
      This mine was the site of the Cherry Mine disaster in 1909, when 256 men lost their lives in a fire. The fire started on a hay wagon near the stables, and the fire spread to the timbers and thence to the coal. A further 8 fatalities were caused by falls of the roof, which was unusual for Bureau County (the other mines having two or fewer such deaths). In at least 5 of the falls, the failure was because a portion of the roof separated from the layers above, along a parting that was about 2 feet thick in most cases, and tapered to a feather edge.
 
      See : Cherry Mine Disaster of November 13, 1909
 
 
 
      Photograph of Cherry Mine Disaster Memorial Monument courtesy of Susan Otoole
Cherry Mine Disaster Memorial
Notes
1905 19       Notwithstanding the rather depressed condition of the coal trade. one new mine, at least, is being developed, which, in a short time, will materially increase the output of the district. The St. Paul Coal Co., located at Cherry, a new mining town, three miles north of Ladd, in Bureau county, has completed the sinking of both main and escapement shafts, and the shafts are already connected underground. Seam No. 2, known locally as the La Salle third vein, was pierced at a depth of 487 feet from the surface. The seam is three and one-half feet thick, with conditions excellent for long-wall mining. In sinking these shafts, however, seam No. 6 was struck at a depth of 317 feet from the surface. This seam is five feet in thickness, of seeming good quality and comparatively free from "clay slips," "horsebacks," and other irregularities so prevalent in this seam, but conditions are very favorable for the "room and pillar" system of mining. This seam. No. 6, known locally as the second vein, is being opened out on the "room and pillar" system. A steel tower is being erected: Litchfield engines -- direct acting -- cylinders 24 x 43 inches with an 8-foot drum, a battery of four boilers, 73 inches in diameter and 18 feet long, are already in position, and in a few months Bureau county will have another first class coal mine in active operation.
1906 20 New Mines
      One mine of the shipping class has gone into operation during the year, the St. Paul Coal Company's No. 2, located at Cherry, Bureau county. Active coal hoisting operations were commenced in December, 1905, and have already attained, at this writing, September 10, 1906, a daily output of over 1,200 tons. This mine is of the first class, a description of the steel tower, machinery, coal seam, etc. was given in the annual report for 1905.
1909 23       The St. Paul Coal Company at its No. 2 mine located at Cherry, Bureau county, has opened up seam No. 2 known locally as the third vein. This seam lies about 160 feet below seam No. 6 or second vein, now being operated by that company, and about 480 feet from the surface.
      The shaft pillar has been "holed around" and the circle is being steadily extended, so that by September 1, 1909, an output of about 450 tons per day will be obtained from that seam.
      The method of raising the coal is to hoist it from the third vein to the second through the air and escape shaft by a hoisting engine located on the surface.
      The coal is then taken off the cage at the second vein, hauled by mules to the bottom of the main shaft, where it is recaged and hoisted to the surface. This mine has made a high record for annual output in Bureau county. In 1907 this same mine produced 348,941 tons, which, at that time, was the highest annual production for any mine in Bureau county. This year, this mine has an output of 375,900 tons, beating all previous records.
 
1910 24 Cherry Mine Disaster of November 13, 1909
1913 27 Improvements
      The most costly and permanent improvement made, or about to be made, during the year, is the underground stables, at the St. Paul Coal Company's mine No. 2, Cherry, Bureau County, and will probably be finished in two or three months. These stables will be absolutely fire-proof, or as nearly as steel, brick and concrete can make them.
1916 30 Improvements
      The St. Paul Coal Company has installed a very ingenious and useful device on the main hoisting engine at Cherry Mine. This is used to prevent over-winding and excessive rope speeds in hoisting or landing men, and can be used on steam engines having a steam brake, steam reverse and lever throttle. The contrivance consists of a ball governor operated by a chain drive from the drum shaft and a disc suitably arranged with lugs so that when the drum makes a certain number of revolutions, the lugs on the disc trip a trigger-valve, which, by means of a suitable mechanical arrangement, throws over the throttle lever, thus shutting off the steam, and in a fraction of a second it throws over the brake lever, putting on the brake, and stopping the engine and so prevents an overwind by the failure of the engineer to stop in time. The point at which the "engine stop" will shut off the steam and apply the brake or reverse, is, of course, optional with the operator, and hoisting with the "stop" in service is exactly as it was before as far as care or skill on the part of the engineer is concerned. It does not in any way interfere with any legitimate act of the engineer, but the moment he attempts to do anything wrong, it checks him. After the engine stop has taken hold, the engineer must re-set the trigger-valve before he can release the brake, operate the reverse lever, or turn steam into the engine. Also, after re-setting the "stop," the brake will remain set until released. This company has also installed a new full-front horizontal tubular boiler of 150 horsepower, length 18 feet, diameter 72 inches, shell 7/16 inch, with 70 four inch flues and metal stack 60 feet by 3 feet.
1917 31 Improvements
      The St. Paul Coal Company, Cherry, Bureau County, has driven two new air-courses and built two concrete over-casts which has added four more splits to the ventilation.
1928 42 Mines Abandoned or Temporarily Closed - St. Paul Coal Company No. 2
1929 43 The Cherry Coal Company has reopened the second vein of the old St. Paul Coal Company's No. 2 mine, Cherry, Bureau County.

 

Churchill & Hodgett Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
Mine Name Operated By Years
Churchill & Hodgett Coal Mine   Churchill & Hodgett   1889 - 1890
[Sources - No. 6]

Coal Creek Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Township 16 North, 7 East, Section 31
A Surface (Strip) Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Coal Creek Mine   Coal Creek Coal Company   1938 - 1940
[Sources - No. 1, Index # 651, 52]

Coal Hollow Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Township 16 North, 10 East, Section 17, NE SE SE
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 180 feet to (200 feet20) with a coal seam of 2 feet to 5 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Bierman Coal Mine   Bierman   approx. 1870 - 1881
Vane Coal Mine   Joseph Vane   1881 - 1883
Heathcock Coal Mine   George Heathcock   1883 - 1895
Heathcock Coal Mine   Bloom & Cox   1895 - 1897
Heathcock Coal Mine   George Heathcock   1897 - 1905
Heathcock Coal Mine   John Griffith & Son   1905 - 1906
Heathcock Coal Mine   Earl Saunders   1906 - 1907
Heathcock Coal Mine   Eugene Martin   1907 - 1908
Heathcock Coal Mine   John Griffith   1908 - 1910
    Idle   1910 - 1926
Coal Hollow Coal Mine   Coal Hollow Coal Company   1926 - 1928
      Coal Hollow Coal Company reopened the mine in 1926 and pulled pillars.
[Source - No. 1, Index # 244; 2, 4, 20]
The last production was reported in 1928
Notes
18832       Joseph Vane, Princeton, operated an underground shaft mine at a depth of 209 with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Bureau County - Notes By The Inspector
      Joseph Vane notified to sink escapement shaft, but it is doubtful whether he will or not. I think he will give up the shaft and stop.
18854
18875
      George Heathcock, Princeton, operated an underground shaft mine at a depth of 200 with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.

Colby Coal Mines
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The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Tiskilwa
A Surface (Strip) Mine at a depth of 4 feet with a coal seam of 3½ feet in thickness
Mine Name Operated By Years
Colby Coal Mine   Francis Colby   1882 - 1885
[Sources - No. 2, 4]
1883 2 Bureau County - Notes By The Inspector
      Francis Colby -- This is strip coal No. 7. Consumes all the coal they get for the manufacturing of molasses and house use.
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The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Tiskilwa
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 35 feet with a coal seam of 3½ feet in thickness
Mine Name Operated By Years
Colby Coal Mine   Thomas Colby   1886 - 1887
[Source - No. 5]

Comp Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 22
An Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Sturm Coal Mine   Jesse Sturm   1934 - 1941
Strum Coal Mine No. 1   Jesse Strum   1942
Straum Coal Mine   Jesse Straum Coal Company   1943
 
Jones & Brewer Coal Mine   Jones & Brewer   1934 - 1937
Comp Coal Mine   Harvey Comp   1937
Comp Coal Mine   Comp Coal Mine   1938 - 1943
[Sources - No. 1, Index # 2024, 51, 55, 56]

De Phillips & Holdrich Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
Mine Name Operated By Years
De Phillips & Holdrich Coal Mine   De Phillips & Holdrich   1920
[Source - No. 34]

Dix Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Township 16 North, 7 East, Section 31
Mine Name Operated By Years
Dix Coal Mine   A. W. Dix   1922 - 1923
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2034]

Driscoll Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Tiskilwa
Mine Name Operated By Years
Driscoll Coal Mine   J. B. Driscoll   1903 - 1904
[Source - No. 18]

Duncan Coal Mines
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Duncan Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield & Mineral
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 30 feet to 45 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness
Mine Name Operated By Years
Duncan Coal Mine   Peter Duncan   1882 - 1899
[Sources - No. 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13]
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Duncan Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield & Mineral
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 25 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness
In 190620 this is listed as a Slope Mine at a depth of 20 feet.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Duncan Coal Mine   John Duncan   1892 - 1998
Duncan Coal Mine   John V. Duncan   1898 - 1906
[Sources - No. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20]
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Duncan Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
Mine Name Operated By Years
Duncan Coal Mine   Matthew Duncan   1900 - 1904
[Sources - No. 15, 16, 17, 18]

Enders Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 28
An Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Enders Coal Mine   James W. Enders (Endres)   1925
Enders Coal Mine   John Enders   1926 - 1927
[Sources - No. 1, Index # 2030, 39]

Farmers Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Hollowayville
Mine Name Operated By Years
Farmers' Coal Mine   Farmers' Second Vein Coal Company   1921 - 1926
[Sources - No. 35,37, 38, 39, 40]

Flemming Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
A Slope Mine at a depth of 80 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wictom & Flemming Coal Mine   Wictom & Flemming   1882 - 1883
Flemming Coal Mine   Joseph Flemming   1884 - 1887
not listed in 1890 
Flemming Coal Mine   Joseph Flemming   1893 - 1894
Flemming Coal Mine   Flemming & Kildow   1894 - 1895
[Sources - No. 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9]

Fletcher Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Princeton
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 138 feet to 325 feet with a coal seam of 3feet 4 inches to 4½ feet in thickness.
      Depth in 18832 & 18854 = 138 feet; in 18875 = 325 feet
Mine Name Operated By Years
Fletcher Coal Mine   Fletcher & Bro.   1882 - 1883
Fletcher Coal Mine   Fletcher Bros.   1884 - 1885
Fletcher Coal Mine   Fletcher & Sons   1886 - 1887
[Sources - No. 2, 4, 5]
1883 2 Bureau County - Notes By The Inspector
      Fletcher Bros. have got their escapement shaft down, and are driving their entries to connect the two shafts as fast as they can. distance, 230 yards, and 150 yards now driven.

Forrest Coal Mines
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Mineral
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 45 feet to 50 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness
Mine Name Operated By Years
Forrest Coal Mine   W. H. Forrest   1882 - 1894
Forrest Coal Mine No. 1   Forrest Bros.   1894 - 1895
 
Forrest Coal Mine No. 2   Forrest Bros.   1894 - 1895
 
[Sources - No. 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]
1883 2 Bureau County - Notes By The Inspector
      W. H. Forest has got his escapement shaft nearly down. This is a new shaft,only having been run one year, and is in good shape.

Foster Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Princeton
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 150 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Foster Coal Mine   Betsey E. Foster   1882 - 1883
[Sources - No. 2]
1883 2 Bureau County - Notes By The Inspector
      B. E. Foster notified to sink escapement shaft, or otherwise an escapement way through by Nichol's shaft and A. W. Walton's shaft.

Goldsmith Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
Mine Name Operated By Years
Goldsmith Coal Mine   E. B. Goldsmith   1904 - 1905
[Source - No. 19]

Good Luck Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Mineral - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 27
An Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Carlson Coal Mine   Carlson Coal Company   1925
Carlson Coal Mine   Oscar Carlson   1926
Brandt & Carlson Coal Mine   Brandt & Carlson   1927 - 1928
Carlson & Brandt Coal Mine   Carlson & Brandt   1929
Carlson Coal Mine   Oscar Carlson Coal Company   1932 - 1939
Good Luck Coal Mine   Good Luck Coal Company   1939 - 1941
[Sources - No. 1, Index # 2028, 39, 41, 42, 43]

Gotheridge Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 50 feet with a coal seam of 4¼ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Gotheridge Coal Mine   Chas. Gotheridge   1903 - 1906
[Sources - No. 18, 19, 20]

Herrington Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Princeton
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 148 with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Herrington Coal Mine   Thomas Herrington   1898 - 1908
[Sources - No. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22]

Higby Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 25 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Higby Coal Mine   A. J. Higby   1898 - 1899
[Sources - No. 13]
Notes
1887 5       John Higby, Sheffield, is listed as operating an underground shaft mine at a depth of 40 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.

Higgins Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Mineral
Mine Name Operated By Years
Higgins Coal Mine   James Higgins   1924
[Source - No. 38]

Hodgett Coal Mines
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Hodgett Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Mineral
A Slope Mine at a depth of 45 feet (listed as depth of 20 feet in 189711) with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Hodgett Coal Mine   Hodgett & Company   1894 - 1895
Hodgett Coal Mine   Hodgett Bros   1896 - 1897
Hodgett Coal Mine   Noah Hodgett   1902 - 1903
[Sources - No. 9, 11, 17]
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Hodgett Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Mineral
Mine Name Operated By Years
Hodgett Coal Mine   Ralph Hodgett   1926 - 1927
Hodgett Coal Mine   R. W. Hodgett   1928 - 1929
[Sources - No. 40, 41, 42, 43]

Hodgett & Williams Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
A Slope Mine at a depth of 30 feet to 45 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
      Depth in 18937 = 30 feet; in 18944 = 45 feet; in 18957 = 30 feet
Mine Name Operated By Years
possibly Churchill & Hodgett Coal Mine operated by Churchill & Hodgett in 1889 & 1890 6
Hodgett Coal Mine   Hodgett Bros   1892 - 1894
Hodgett & Williams Coal Mine   Hodgett & Williams   1894 - 1895
[Sources - No. 7, 8, 9]

Hotchkiss Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
Mine Name Operated By Years
Hotchkiss Coal Mine   Chas. Hotchkiss & Son   1934 - 1935
[Sources - No. 48, 49]

J & C Coal Mines
Jenkins & Crosland
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Jenkins & Crosland
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Mineral - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 28
An Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Clark Coal Mine No. 1   Joe E. Clark   1932 - 1937
Jenkins & Crosland Coal Mine No. 1   Jenkins & Crosland   1938 - 1943
[Sources - No. 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52]
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J & C Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 28
An Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Clark Coal Mine No. 2   Joe E. Clark   1935 - 1937
J & C Coal Mine No. 2
Jenkins & Crosland Coal Mine No. 2
  Jenkins & Crosland   1937 - 1943
[Sources - No. 1, Index #s 2031 & 6323; 52, 53, 54]

Jack Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Tiskilwa
Mine Name Operated By Years
Jack Coal Mine   Harry Jack   1920 - 1921
[Sources - No. 34, 35]

Jensen Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Mineral
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 28 feet to 46 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
      Depth in 18959 = 46 feet; in 189610 = 28 feet
Mine Name Operated By Years
Jensen Coal Mine   Fred Jensen   1894 - 1896
[Sources - No. 9, 10]

Johnson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Mineral
Mine Name Operated By Years
Johnson Coal Mine   James G. Johnson   1930
[Source - No. 44]

Jones Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 25
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 75 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Donahue Coal Mine   Edward Donahue   1903 - 1906
Donahue Coal Mine   Donahue & Moran   1906 - 1907
Donahue Coal Mine   Edward Donahue   1907 - 1908
D & J Coal Mine   Donahue & Jones   1908 - 1914
Jones Coal Mine   W. E. Jones   1914 - 1916
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2026, 20, 28]
Notes
1914 28 Change of Name. The mine has changed name since last report: Donahue & Jones to W. E. Jones
1916 30 Abandoned Mines. -- W. E. Jones, Sheffield

 

Katcher & Lesak Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Post Office address : Streator
A Surface (Strip) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Katcher & Lesak Coal Mine   Katcher & Lesak   1938 - 1939
[Sources - No. 1, Index # 4183, 52]

Kemmerling Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
Mine Name Operated By Years
Kemmerling Coal Mine   Jas. Kemmerling
(Kimmerling)
  1903 - 1905
[Source - No. 18, 19]

Kempin Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Neponset
Mine Name Operated By Years
Kempin Coal Mine   Henry Kempin & Company   1900 - 1901
[Source - No. 15]

L & P Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 28
An Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
L & P Mine   Lamb & Pollock   1927 - 1936
[Source - No. 1, Index # 868]

Ladd Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Township 16 North, 11 East, Section 10, NE NW SW
An Underground Shaft Mine
      Upper Vein at a depth of 167 feet with an average coal seam of 5 feet in thickness.
      Lower Vein at a depth of 463 feet with an average coal seam of 3¼ feet to 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
"A" Coal Mine   Whitebreast Fuel Company   1889 - 1890
The top vein was abandoned in 1890 because the quality was unsatisfactory.
"B" Coal Mine   Whitebreast Fuel Company   1890 - 1901
            190115 - I. W. Fowler (Receiver)
Ladd Coal Mine   Illinois Third Vein Coal Company   1901 - 1924
[Source - No. 1, Index # 240, 15, 27]
The last production was reported in December 1924
Notes
1890 6       The Whitebreast Fuel Co.'s Shaft "A," at Ladd, Bureau county; the coal from shaft A was mined from the "top vein" (No. 7). The quality of the coal being unsatisfactory this seam was abandoned and the shaft being sunk to the third vein, (No. 2).
      This company, after a liberal expenditure of time, money, patience and perseverance, has finally overcome the great difficulties encountered in sinking, and succeeded in piercing seam No. 2, three feet, seven inches thick, at a depth of 460 feet. Two shafts will be sunk to this seam, with an air-shaft between them.
1902 16 Prospective Mines
      About the 1st of September, 1901, S. M. Dalzell. general manager of the Spring Valley Coal company, in connection with other capitalists, purchased the mine located at Ladd, Bureau county, formerly owned and operated by the Whitebreast Fuel company.
1903 17 Improvements
      The Illinois Third Vein Coal company, Ladd, Bureau county, has erected a coal washing plant with a capacity of 50 tons an hour. Both washers here mentioned are the Link Belt Machinery company's pattern. The company will also erect at this mine a new Capell ventilating fan. This fan should have been put in some time ago. The company claims that the destruction of the factory at Pittsburg, Pa., has caused the delay. The old fan now in use is almost a mechanical wreck, and is quite insufficient for the proper ventilation of the mine. The mine, therefore, is in a rather disgraceful condition so far as ventilation is concerned.
1906 20 Mine Destroyed by Fire
      On Sunday morning, December 24, 1905, between 8 and 9 o'clock, the tower of the Marquette Third Vein Coal Company's mine, located at Marquette, Bureau county, was discovered to be on fire. Five men were in the mine at the time, making repairs. Messengers were sent down the escape shaft to notify those below of the fire, and all got out safely by way of that shaft. The tower proper, trestlework, etc., for a radius of 100 feet around the shaft were completely destroyed. The dynamo, winding engine and engine-room, boilers and boiler-room, box car loader, shaker screen, fan, fan house and fan engine were saved. The burning timbers from the tower fell down the shaft and ignited the wooden lining, causing the top part of the shaft to cave in, making the destruction quite complete. Sixty-two mules were in the mine at the time, and, of course, all were lost. The fire is supposed to have originated in the weigh office on the tower, but by what means is unknown, as no one was in the near vicinity at the time. This mine is part of the Devlin estate, and was at the time of the fire, and is now in the hands of a receiver. This fact caused considerable delay as to the expediency of reopening the mine. It was finally concluded, however, to do so. Since then good progress has been made; the shaft has been re-timbered, the tower rebuilt and some time in October, 1906, it is fair to assume, coal will again be hoisted from this mine.
1911 25 Strike
      A strike was called the 23d day of February, 1911, at the mine operated by the Illinois Third Vein Coal Company, at Ladd. The men returned to work May 24th. The cause was on account of trouble between the mine manager and pit committee, which resulted in officials of the United Mine Workers demanding that the mine manager be discharged. After being out three months some agreement was entered into and the men returned to work.
1913 27 Improvements
      The most costly and permanent improvement made, or about to be made, during the year, is the underground stables, at the mine of the Illinois Third Vein Coal Co., Ladd, Bureau Co., and is practically completed. These stables will be absolutely fire-proof, or as nearly as steel, brick and concrete can make them.
1915 29 Improvements
      A new coal washing plant was erected at the mine of the Illinois Third Vein Coal Company at Ladd, to take the place of the one that was destroyed by fire on September 24, 1914. The new plant has a capacity of 40 tons per hour, and is operated by one man. The screenings are conveyed direct from the screen to the washer, and deposited in a bin holding 200 tons and allows ample capacity to operate the mine in case of a breakdown at the washer. A 100-horsepower variable speed D. G. motor to drive the ventilating fan, which was formerly driven by a steam engine, has been installed. To do this, it was necessary to put in a 100 K. W. rotary converter to convert the alternating current to direct current, the alternating current being purchased from the Spring Valley Utilities Company at Spring Valley. With the converted power the fan and mine pumps are being operated.
1917 31 Improvements
      The Illinois Third Vein Coal Company at mine No. 1, Ladd, Bureau County, has installed two 7-ton Westinghouse haulage motors and purchased seven Sullivan longwall mining machines, two of which have been installed and working, two more have just been received and the other three will be received within the next two months. This mine will be operated exclusively with mining machines. New guides have been placed in the hoisting shaft, and about sixty feet of the escape shaft relined.
1925 39 Mines Not Operated - Illinois Third Vein Coal Company.

 

Lamb & Pollock Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
Mine Name Operated By Years
Lamb & Pollock Mine   Lamb & Pollock   1921 - 1924
  1927 - 1930
1936
[Sources - No. 35, 37, 38, 41, 42, 43, 44, 50]

Lester Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Mineral
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 25 with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Lester Coal Mine   C. N. Lester   1893 - 1894
[Source - No. 8]

Lloyd Coal Mines
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Lloyd Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
A Slope Mine at a depth of 30 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Lloyd Coal Mine   Silas Lloyd   1884 - 1885
[Sources - No. 4]
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Lloyd Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
A Slope Mine at a depth of 40 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Lloyd Coal Mine   H. W. Lloyd   1887 - 1893
[Sources - No. 5, 6, 7]
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Lloyd Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Mineral
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 25 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Lloyd Coal Mine   H. W. Lloyd   1892 - 1893
[Sources - No. 7]

Lloyd & Higby Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
A Slope Mine at a depth of 40 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Lloyd & Hauswell Coal Mine   Lloyd & Hauswell   1882 - 1883
Lloyd & Higby Coal Mine   Lloyd & Higby   1884 - 1885 (1887)
[Sources - No. 2, 4]
Notes
1887 5       John Higby, Sheffield, is listed as operating an underground shaft mine at a depth of 40 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
      H. W. Lloyd, Sheffield, is listed as operating a slope mine at a depth of 40 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.

Lyford Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 35 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Lyford Coal Mine   A. Lyford   1882 - 1883
[Sources - No. 2]

Mapes Coal Mine
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Mapes Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
Mine Name Operated By Years
Mapes Coal Mine   A. M. Mapes   1916 - 1917
[Source - No. 31]
Notes
1917 31 New Mines. - New or reopened mine is as follows: A. M. Mapes, Sheffield.

 
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Mapes Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Mineral
Mapes & Gorey
Mine Name Operated By Years
 1930 Annual Coal Report lists this : Mapes L. Lingwall, Newman
      ? possibly L. Mapes Coal Mine (a Longwall operation) ?
Mapes Coal Mine   Abner Mapes
(Post Office address as Kewanee)
  1931
Mapes & Gorey Coal Mine   Mapes & Gorey   1932
Mapes Coal Mine   Mapes Coal Company   1934
[Sources - No. 44, 45, 46, 48]

Maples Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
Mine Name Operated By Years
Maples & Kleckner Coal Mine   Maples & Kleckner   1925
Maples Coal Mine   Maples & Company   1926
[Source - No. 39, 40]

Marquette Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Township 16 North, 11 East, Section 31, SW NW SE
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 280 feet with an average coal seam of 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Locey Coal Mine   George H. Locey   prior to 1881 - 1887
Locey Coal Mine   A. O. Marshall (receiver)   1887 - 1889
Loceyville Coal Mine   Chicago, Wilmington & Vermilion Coal Company   1889 - 1894
Marquette Coal Mine   Marquette Third Vein Coal Company   1894 - 1914
[Source - No. 1, Index # 8]
The last production was reported in March 1914.
Notes
1883 2       G. H. Locey, at Depue, operated an underground shaft coal mine at a depth of 300 feet with a coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Bureau County - Notes By The Inspector
      Locey coal mines now taking bids for contracts to sink escapement shaft.
1884 3 Bureau County
      The most important mine in this county is known as Locey's mine, located at Loceyville on the C. R. I. & P. R. R., about six miles north from Peru. The shaft is 300 feet in depth, the seam is No. 2, of good quality and three feet thick, and the coal is mined on the long-wall system. The machinery, engine house and boiler sheds are old and worn, but it is likely that a new engine house will be built of brick and double engines put in soon. The shaft is too small for the capacity of the mine. The workings are ventilated by fan of the Guibal pattern, but the up-cast or air chamber is far too small for the capacity of the fan. An escapement has been sunk and ladders put in during the year. The fan will be moved and placed over the escape shaft, when the ventilation will be good. Covers have been put on the cages and a brake on the drum; safety catches have been tried bat failed to work satisfactorily owing to the size and construction of the cages.
      To make this a mine of the first class it will be necessary to enlarge the shaft from top to bottom, build new engine and boiler rooms and put in new machinery. The mine is under the management of Edward Lewis.
1885 4       George H. Locey, at Loceyville, operated an underground shaft coal mine at a depth of 300 feet with a coal seam of 3½ feet in thickness.
 
Loceyville
      The mine at this place, owned and operated by George H. Locey, has undergone some important improvements during the year. Especially is this true in regard to the ventilation ; the escapement shaft is being used was a downcast and the fan changed to a "blower." By this arrangement the ventilation has been changed from defective to first-class. The engine and boiler house has been rebuilt ; it is now roofed and sided with fire-proof material.
      Safety catches have not yet been put on the cages, but a set has been ordered that will -- it is thought -- suit the peculiar construction of the cages. To avoid accidents, however, from the cable breaking, a pair of new ropes are put on every year. The shaft is 300 feet deep. The coal is nearly 3½ feet thick, seam No. 2 of the general section, and is fully up to the standard of excellence usually attained by that seam. It is worked on the long-wall system, and is well adapted to this method of mining. The underground workings are in good condition, and bear witness to good management. If the hoisting machinery and shaft were equal to the capacity of the underground workings, the present maximum out-put could be doubled,
      Edward Lewis, Mine Manager.
1887 5       Geo. H. Locey, at Loceyville, operated an underground shaft coal mine at a depth of 300 feet with a coal seam of 3½ feet in thickness.
1890 6 Improvements
      The Loceyville mine, which has been in the hands of a receiver for the last three years, has been purchased by the Chicago, Wilmington & Vermilion Coal Company. The shaft has been enlarged and a new 12-foot fan has been substituted for the small one; a new tower is being erected. larger pit-cars will be put in, and the capacity of the mine, at the very lowest estimate, will be doubled.
1895 9 Improvements
      The Marquette Coal Company has purchased the mine formerly run by the C. W. & V. Coal Company, at Laceyville, Bureau county. They have changed the name of the town to Marquette; have the mine in first-class condition, and are now busy grading for railroad tracks on top, and no doubt expect to mine coal extensively in the near future.
1899 13 Improvements
      The Marquette Coal Co., of Marquette, Bureau county, has also made some very substantial improvements during the year. The main or hoisting shaft has been enlarged so that a larger mine car can be used, a new and more powerful winding engine and three new boilers are being set up, so that it is quite natural to expect a very respectable increase in the output of this mine in the very near future. An overcast has also been erected below, for the purpose of increasing and obtaining a better distribution of the ventilating current.
1907 21       The Marquette Coal Company's mine, located at Marquette, Bureau county, the top works and shaft of which were destroyed by fire in December, 1905, have been thoroughly renewed. The shaft has been resunk and retimbered, a new tower erected and coal hoisting was again resumed in October, 1906.
1915 29 Abandoned Mines.
      The following mine was not reported this year and is either temporarily closed or permanently abandoned -- Marquette Third Vein Coal Co., Spring Valley Coal Co. No. 4.

 

Masters Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield - Township 16 North, 7 East, Section 30
An Underground Shaft Mine with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Masters Coal Mine   William Masters & Son   1902 - 1904
Masters Coal Mine   Masters & Son   1909 - 1910
Masters Coal Mine   Masters Bros.   1910 - 1911
Masters Coal Mine   William Masters & Bro.   1911 - 1912
Idle or abandoned from 1913 - 1915
Masters Coal Mine   William J. Masters   1916 - 1918
Masters Coal Mine   Frank Masters   1919
[Source - No. 1, Index # 6329, 17, 18, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, 32, 33]
Notes
1914 28 Abandoned Mines - Did not produce coal this year and is classed as an abandoned mine:
William Masters & Bros., Sheffield.
1917 31 New Mines. - New or reopened mine is as follows: Wm. J. Masters, Sheffield.

 

Midland Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 22
A Surface (Strip) Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Midland Mine   Midland Electric Coal Company   1946 - 1953
[Source - No. 1, Index # 681]

Moran Coal Mines
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Moran Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 25
An Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Moran Coal Mine   Mike Moran & Sons   1920 - 1925
Moran Coal Mine   M. F. Moran   1926 - 1928
[Sources - No. 1, Index # 6334, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42]
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Moran Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
Mine Name Operated By Years
Moran Coal Mine   Charles Moran   1932
[Source - No. 46]

Nelson Coal Mines
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Nelson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
Mine Name Operated By Years
Nelson Coal Mine   J. P. Nelson   1904 - 1905
[Source - No. 19]
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Nelson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
An Underground Shaft mine at a depth of 51 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Nelson & Scott Coal Mine   Nelson & Scott   1903 - 1906
Nelson Coal Mine   Nelson & Co.   1906 - 1907
Nelson & Evans Coal Mine   Nelson & Evans   1907 - 1908
Nelson Coal Mine   P. Nelson & Co.   1908 - 1909
Nelson Coal Mine   P. C. Nelson & Co.   1909 - 1910
[Source - No. 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24]

Nelson & Moran Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
Mine Name Operated By Years
Nelson & Moran Coal Mine   Nelson & Moran   1916 - 1918
[Sources - No. 31, 32]
Notes
1917 31 New Mines. - New or reopened mine is as follows: Nelson and Moran, Sheffield.

 

Neponset Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Neponset
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 170 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness
Mine Name Operated By Years
Neponset Coal Mine   Neponset Coal & Mining Company   1882 - 1883
[Source - No. 2]

Nichols Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Princeton
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 150 with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Nichols Coal Mine   John Nichols   1882 - 1883
Nichols Coal Mine   Nichols & Sons   1884 - 1885
Nichols Coal Mine   John Nichols & Sons   1886 - 1887
[Sources - No. 2, 4, 5]

Norien Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 20 feet with a coal seam of 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Strand & Norien Coal Mine   Strand & Norien   1903 - 1904
Norien Coal Mine   A. G. Norien   1904 - 1906
[Source - No. 18, 19, 20]

Olsen & Nelson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 40 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Hansen & Olsen Coal Mine   Hansen & Olsen   1895 - 1896
Olsen & Nelson Coal Mine   Olsen & Nelson   1896 - 1897
[Sources - No. 10, 11]

Paul Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Mineral & Sheffield
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 45 with a coal seam of 4¼ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Paul Coal Mine   Paul Bros.   1895 - 1898
Paul Coal Mine   John Paul   1898 - 1900
[Sources - No. 10, 11, 12, 13, 14]

Pearson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
Mine Name Operated By Years
Pearson Mine   John Pearson   1927 - 1928
[Sources - No. 41, 42]

Pilson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
Mine Name Operated By Years
Pilson & Inch Coal Mine   Pilson & Inch   1934
Pilson Coal Mine   Peter Pilson   1935
[Sources - No. 48, 49]

Pioneer Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 16
A Surface (Strip) Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Pioneer Mine No. 2   Pioneer Coal Company   1941 - 1951
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2022]

Pollock Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 25
An Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Pollock Coal Mine   Gilbert Pollock   1925 - 1926
1932 - 1933
1935 - 1942
Pollock Coal Mine No. 2   Gilbert Pollock   1935
[Sources - No. 1, Index # 6333, 39, 40, 46, 47, 49]

Princeton Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Princeton - Township 16 North, 9 East, Section 13
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 202 feet with a coal seam of 4 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Princeton Coal Mine   Princeton Coal Mining Company   1909 - 1912
this mine is not listed in 1910 report
[Source - No. 1, Index # 728, 23]

Prunt Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Tiskilwa
A Surface (Strip) Mine a coal seam of 3 feet 8 inches in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Prunt Coal Mine   George Prunt   1911 - 1912
[Sources - No. 26, 27]
Notes
1913 27 Abandoned Mines - Did not produce coal this year and is classed as an abandoned mine:
George Prunt, Tiskilwa.

 

Ratcliff Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 30 & 31
An Underground Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Ratcliff Coal Mine   Ratcliff Bros
(Ratcliffe)
  1902 - 1903
[Source - No. 1, Index # 6327, 17]

Riley Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Neponset
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 50 feet to 65 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness
Mine Name Operated By Years
Riley Coal Mine   C. W. Riley   1886 - 1887
Riley Coal Mine   Silas W. Riley   1889 - 1898
Riley Coal Mine   Cyrus Riley   1898 - 1899
Riley Coal Mine   Cyrus W. Riley   1899 - 1913
[Sources - No. 5 through 28 inclusive]
Notes
1913 27 New Mines
      The following mine was reported tor the first time this year and is classed as a new mine:
C. W. Riley, Sheffield.
1914 28 Abandoned Mines - Did not produce coal this year and is classed as an abandoned mine:
C. W. Riley, Sheffield.

 

Ring Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Tiskilwa
Mine Name Operated By Years
Ring Coal Mine   S. L. Ring   1921
[Source - No. 35]

Roach Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Tiskilwa
Mine Name Operated By Years
Roach Coal Mine   Asa Roach   1920
[Source - No. 34]

Rocky Run Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Tiskilwa
A Slope Mine at a depth of 20 feet with a coal seam of 3½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Rocky Run Coal Mine   Rocky Run Coal Company   1908 - 1912
[Sources - No. 23, 24, 25, 26, 27]
Mine Name Operated By Years
Rocky Run Coal Mine   Rocky Run Coal Company   1934 - 1936
[Sources - No. 48, 49, 50]
Notes
1913 27 Abandoned Mines - Did not produce coal this year and is classed as an abandoned mine:
Rockyrun Coal Co., Tiskilwa

 

Rollins Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 27
An Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Rollins Coal Mine   E. P. Rollins   1918 - 1920
Rollins Coal Mine   A. W. Dix & Edward Olson   1923
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2027]

Russell Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Township 15 North, 8 East, Section 14
A Surface (Strip) Mine.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Russell Coal Mine   Francis Russell   1951
[Source - No. 1, Index # 6318]

Sheffield Coal Mine
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Sheffield Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Sheffield, Bureau County - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 24
A Slope Mine at a depth of 40 feet with an average coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Sheffield Coal Mine   Sheffield Coal Mining Company   prior to 1883 - 1902
[Source - No. 2, & No. 1, Index # 2025]
Notes
1884 3 Sheffield
      The principal mine at this point is operated by the Sheffield Mining Company. The entire product of the mine is used to coal locomotives on the C. R. I. & P. R. R. The seam worked is No. 6. The mine is ventilated by a furnace, and the condition of the mine generally is good. A. W. Boydon, Superintendent; Robert Jones, Pit-boss.
1885 4 Sheffield
      The mine at this place, operated by the Sheffield Mining Co., continues to supply locomotives on the C., R. I. & P. R. R. The opening is a slope ; the coal is brought to the surface by mules, and the underground haulage is quite extensive. The coal is mined on a kind of "block" system. Entries are driven around a square block of coal, and rooms can be opened from any side of the block. This method is adopted on account of the numerous "clay slips" that run through the coal, making the usual "room and pillar" method impracticable, A furnace is used for ventilating purposes, and the mine generally is in good condition.
      A. W. Boyden, Superintendent.
      Robert Jones, Mine Manager.
1887 5       Sheffield Mining Company, Sheffield, a slope Mine at a depth of 45 feet with an average coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
1902 16 Mines Abandoned
      One mine only of the shipping class has been abandoned during the year. The mine operated by the Sheffield Mining Co. , at Sheffield, Bureau county, went out of action in May, 1902. This mine has been classed as a shipping mine, although no coal was loaded on cars for shipment, a large percentage of the coal being disposed of in coaling engines on the C., R. I. & P. R. R. The coal in this mine is not exhausted, but the distance from the face to the tipple was too far for mule haulage; besides an endeavor to enforce the gross weight conditions may have had something to do with the closing of the mine.
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Sheffield Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Sheffield, Bureau County - Sheffield
Mine Name Operated By Years
Sheffield Coal Mine   Sheffield Mining Company   1938
[Source - No. 52]

Smith Coal Mines
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Smith Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Princeton
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 150 with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Smith Coal Mine   William M. Smith   1884 - 1890
Smith Coal Mine   William Smith   1894 - 1895
Smith Coal Mine   Smith & Sons   1895 - 1896
Smith Coal Mine   William Smith   1896 - 1897
Smith Coal Mine   William Smith & Son   1897 - 1904
Smith Coal Mine   William Smith   1904 - 1907
[Sources - No. 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21]
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Smith Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Tiskilwa
Mine Name Operated By Years
Smith Coal Mine   William Smith   1889 - 1890
[Sources - No. 6]

Sprague Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
A Slope Mine at a depth of 40 feet to 80 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
      Depth in 18832 = 60 feet; in 18854 = 80 feet; in 18875 = 40 feet
Mine Name Operated By Years
Sprague Coal Mine   James Sprague   1882 - 1887
Sprague Coal Mine   James Sprague   1894 - 1895
[Sources - No. 2, 4, 5, 9]

Spring Valley Coal Company
Spring Valley Coal Mines

Spring Valley, Bureau County, Illinois
 
Coal Mining and Coal Mines

Strunk Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County
Mine Name Operated By Years
Strunk Coal Mine   Strunk Bros.   1950 - 1951
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2298]

Sweringen Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Neponset
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 20 feet with a coal seam of 4 feet 4 inches in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Sweringen Coal Mine   N. Sweringen   1905 - 1906
[Sources - No. 20]

Thomas Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 25 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Thomas Coal Mine   W. G. Thomas & Company   1899 - 1901
[Sources - No. 14, 15]
Mine Name Operated By Years
Thomas Coal Mine   W. G. Thomas & Sons   1934 - 1936
[Sources - No. 48, 49, 50]

Tiskilwa Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Tiskilwa
Mine Name Operated By Years
Tiskilwa Coal Mine   Tiskilwa Coal Company   1900 - 1901
Hallen & Mahar Coal Mine   Hallen & Mahar   1901 - 1902
Tiskilwa Coal Mine   Tiskilwa Coal Company   1902 - 1904
[Sources - No. 15, 16, 17, 18]

Tompkins Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Mineral
Mine Name Operated By Years
Tompkins Coal Mine   Tompkins Bros.   1900 - 1901
[Sources - No. 15]

Trimble Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Tiskilwa - Township 16 North, 7 East, Section 31
Mine Name Operated By Years
Trimble Coal Mine   W. E. Trimble   1920
[Sources - No. 1, Index # 4164, 34]

Tucker & McFall Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Mineral
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 200 with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Tucker & Fall Coal Mine   Tucker & Fall   1897 - 1898
Tucker & McFall Coal Mine   Tucker & McFall   1898 - 1900
[Sources - No. 12, 13, 14]

Vanvelzer Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Mineral
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 46 feet to 60 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
      Depth in 18832 = 55 feet; in 18854 = 50 feet; in 18875 = 46 feet; in 18959 = 47 feet;
Mine Name Operated By Years
Vanvelzer & Bro. Coal Mine   Vanvelzer & Bro.   1882 - 1883
Vanvelzer Coal Mine   John Vanvelzer
( John Van Velzor )
  1884 - 1890
Vanvelzer Coal Mine   J. M. Vanvelzer   1894 - 1895
[Sources - No. 2, 4, 5, 6, 9]

Vermuelen Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield - Township 16 North, 6 East, Section 29
An Underground Shaft Mine
Mine Name Operated By Years
Vermuelen Coal Mine   Alphonse Vermuelen   1921 - 1926
[Source - No. 1, Index # 2033]

Walton Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Princeton
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 150 with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Walton Coal Mine   A. W. Walton   1882 - 1907
[Sources - No. 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21]

Weissburger Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Peru
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 135 with a coal seam of 5½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Weissburger Coal Mine   Weissburger   1882 - 1884
[Sources - No. 2, 4]
1883 2 Bureau County - Notes By The Inspector
      Weissburger notified to sink escapement shaft, but I think he is doubtful, as he is 135 feet deep to No. 5. Never works more than three or four miners. He would sink to No. 2 if the R. R. Co. would put him in a switch.
1885 4
      The mine operated by V. H. Weissenburger, on Spring Creek, was closed in July, 1884, for non-compliance with the mining law relating to escapement shafts.

Wilkinson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
An Underground Shaft mine at a depth of 50 feet with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Neave Coal Mine   James Neave   1905 - 1912
Fleming & Wilkinson Coal Mine   Fleming & Wilkinson   1912 - 1913
Wilkinson Coal Mine   T. H. Wilkinson   1913 - 1918
[Source - No. 20 through 32 inclusive]
Notes
1906 20Listed as James Weare
1907 21Listed as James Neare
1913 27 Change of Name - The name of the following mine has been changed:
James Nave to Fleming & Williams. (Wilkinson)
1914 28 Change of Name. - The mine has changed name since last report:
Fleming & Wilkinson to T. H. Wilkinson.

Williams Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Tiskilwa
A Mine at a depth of 40 with a coal seam of 3 feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Williams Coal Mine   J. H. Williams   1899 - 1900
[Sources - No. 14]

Williamson Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Sheffield
A Slope Mine at a depth of 85 with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Williamson Coal Mine   Z. E. Williamson   1895 - 1898
Williamson Coal Mine   Y. E. Williamson   1898 - 1899
[Sources - No. 10, 11, 12, 13]

Wood Coal Mine
The legal description lists this as :    Bureau County - Buda
An Underground Shaft Mine at a depth of 40 with a coal seam of 4½ feet in thickness.
Mine Name Operated By Years
Wood Coal Mine   James Wood   1882 - 1884
[Sources - No. 2, 4]
1885 4 The mine formerly operated by James Wood, northwest of Buda,has been abandoned.

 
Unidentified Coal Mines near Coal Hollow
Underground Mines operated prior to 1882.
Mine Name Location
Unidentified Coal Mine  Township 16 North, 10 East, Section 17, NW NW SE
Unidentified Coal Mine  Township 16 North, 10 East, Section 17, SW NE SW
Unidentified Coal Mine  Township 16 North, 10 East, Section 17, NE SE SW
Unidentified Coal Mine  Township 16 North, 10 East, Section 17, SE SW SE
Unidentified Coal Mine  Township 16 North, 10 East, Section 20, SW NW NE
Unidentified Coal Mine  Township 16 North, 10 East, Section 20, SE NE NW
Unidentified Coal Mine  Township 16 North, 10 East, Section 20, NW SE NW
Unidentified Coal Mineprior to 1910 Township 16 North, 11 East, Section 31, SE NE NW
[Source - No. 1, Index # 6341 & 6342]

 
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