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ABARRE   improperly reported in the Annual Coal Report with first and last names reversed
September 5, 191126, Abarre Cesare Cesare Abarre, of Coal City, miner, aged 45 years, married, was killed instantly by an explosion of dynamite in the Wilmington Star Mining Co.'s No. 7 mine. Coal City, Grundy County. Deceased, secured two sticks of dynamite with caps from the top boss, stating he was going to fire a brushing shot at noon. After receiving the dynamite he hurried into his working place, and it is supposed he made a hole in the coal with a pick and put the dynamite in thinking it would blow through to the next room, but, in some unaccountable manner, the dynamite exploded killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
ANDERSON
February 28, 18875, Fred Anderson, of Braceville, aged 59 years, married, Died from being injured by a pit-car. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
February 16, 18832, John Anderson, Scotch, aged 28 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
ARIANO
July 16, 189510, Dominico Ariano, of Coal City, a miner, 24 years of age, was instantly killed by a fall of rock at the face of his room. ( Big Four Coal Company's No. 2 mine, Coal City, Grundy county ) The cause of the accident was evidently due to incompetency or carelessness. On examination I found the nature of the roof to be what we call good, but that the props supporting the same were entirely too far apart; where the rock fell they were nearly nine feet apart, allowing the rock an opportunity to break, which it did, throwing one prop between. The rock that fell on him would weigh over a ton; his head was crushed on a sulphur that was in the gob. He was a single man and leaves no one dependent in this country.
 
ARTHUR
November 9, 190621, John Arthur, of Morris, miner, aged 36 years, married, was killed instantly by falling coal at the face of his working room in the mine of William Wood near Morris, Grundy county. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
ATKINS
February 16, 18832, John Atkins, Welsh, aged 24 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
February 16, 18832, Samuel Atkins, Welsh, aged 31 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 

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BABINGTON
February 16, 18832, A. Babington, Scotch, aged 28 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
BAUDENA
March 29, 189711, Peter Baudena, of Carbon Hill, a single man, aged 40 years, employed as a miner in the Star Coal Company No. 3 mine, at Carbon Hill, in Grundy county, was instantly killed by a fall of rock at 11:45 A. M., in the first left cross-road on the east section of the mine. The deceased and his partner, Lawrence Baudena, went from the west side of the mine, where they were employed, to see this working place (long-wall) on the east side, occupied by John Conak and Christo Renuetto; they told the deceased the night before the accident that they were going to square up and quit their place on the 29th, and that he should come and see it; as they thought it was a better one than the one he was in on the west side. This conversation took place in the boarding house, and the deceased, without saying anything to the pit boss about it, went from his own place, or long-wall face, to see Conak and Rennetto's place, intending if it suited him to ask the pit boss to let him work there. As he went in, Conak and Rennetto had just been pulling down rock at the face of their road, or what is called brushing, and several loose rocks, were still hanging over the road. They told decease to keep back, as the roof was dangerous. Baudena replied, as he went in, that he thought it was all right and would not fall. He wanted to go along the face to the next place on the right, and just as his partner had passed through under the rock, and he was directly under it, a mass of rock weighing 5,700 pounds fell, killing him instantly.
 
BEDINGTON
April 9, 18843, William Bedington, aged 32, married, leaves a widow and four children. While clearing roadway of fallen stone more fell on him, killing him instantly at Mine No. 2, Braceville.
 
BELL
October 30, 18833, Alexander Bell, aged 19, single; instantly killed at Wm. B. Suffern's mine, Coal City. While drawing his sprag to let his coal down, it came over him.
 
On February 7, 18959, at Clarke City No. 2 shaft, belonging to the Gardner Wilmington Coal Co., James Bell, of Clark City, cager, a single man, aged 49, was caught with the cage and instantly killed.
      It appears from the evidence of those present that the cage had been belled away with a loaded car and hoisted partly up the shaft, but in answer to a signal from the top-man the engineer returned the loaded car to the bottom and the empty to the top in order that the top-man might remove the check from the empty, which he failed to accomplish while the car was being dumped.
      On the return of the loaded car to the bottom, without signalling to the engineer to let the cage remain on the bottom, Mr. Bell and a new man, named Henry Facun, proceeded to remove the loaded car from the cage, Mr. Facun pulling by the ring on the car on one side, and Mr. Bell pushing on the other. When the car was partly off the engineer proceeded to hoist, tipping the car on the bottom and taking Mr. Bell away on the cage, catching him at lip of shaft, and doubling him forward on the cage, crushing his breast in, as the cage ascended, his shoulders rubbed against the side of the shaft. A signal was given in time to stop the cage at the lower landing, where the body fell outwards from the cage.
      The accident is due to the neglect of deceased to give the signal to the engineer to rest the cage while he was removing the car.
 
BENDENO
September 9, 190520. Charles Bendeno, of Eileen, miner, aged 28 years, married, was instantly killed by falling rock at the face of his working place in the No. 3 mine of the Big Four Wilmington Coal Co., Eileen, Grundy county. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BERTO
January 3, 18906, John Berto, of Braidwood, miner, aged 45 years, married, was killed by falling rock near the face in his room. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
BLACK
March 16, 189812, James Black, of Carbon Hill, a coal picker, aged 60 years and married, was caught by the cage and instantly killed, at the No. 2 mine of the Star Coal Co., Carbon Hill, Grundy county. It appears from the evidence of the cager, William Taylor, that he had belled away an empty cage for the mine manager to come down upon, and had turned away to get a car ready for the next cage, and did not see deceased on the opposite side of the shaft. It is supposed the deceased was reaching over the cage to take off a piece of coal, when the cage was taken away suddenly. Deceased was taken to the door-head and thrown back, breaking his neck. He had been warned several times to keep away from the cage. He leaves a widow and nine children, five of whom are dependent.
 
BOSKA
June 5, 18937, Frank Boska, of Carbon Hill, miner, a married man, was instantly killed in No. 2 mine of the Star Coal Co. at Carbon Hill, Grundy county, by a large piece of rock falling on him in his room; when taken from under the rock it was found that his neck was broken. He leaves a widow and eight children.
 
BOYD
February 16, 18832, John Boyd, Scotch, aged 33 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
BRAWN
June 9, 18875, John Brawn, of Braidwood, aged 41 years, married, was killed by falling stone in the mine. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
February 28, 18875, Robert Brawn, of Braidwood, aged 38 years, married, died from falling down the shaft. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
BRIDO
September 26, 190116, Domonic Brido, of Diamond, miner, age 37, married, was instantly killed by a fall of rock at the face of his working place in No. 3 mine of the Big Four Coal company, Coal City, Grundy county. He was working on the right hand side of his room, when a mass of rock fell on him, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and seven children in Italy.
 
BROKMAN / BROOKMAN
February 16, 18832, John Brokman, German, aged 50 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
BROWN
April 10, 18854, David Brown, a boy aged 15, was killed at No. 1 shaft of the Wilmington Star Mining Co. at Coal City, April 10. The father and two sons were coming up the shaft after their day's work, and got off at the lower landing, the youngest son getting off on the wrong side, into the prop room, which was locked. On discovering his mistake, he tried to cross to the other side, but the cage had started, and he was caught by the gate and thrown down the pit, killing him instantly.
 
BRTVA
July 2, 192134, John Brtva, of South Wilmington, driver, age 26 years, married, was killed by pit cars in Chicago, Wilmington and Franklin Coal Company's No. 3 mine, South Wilmington. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
BULGARINA
March 18, 18937, Emique Bulgarina, of Coal City, miner, a married man, was fatally crushed by a falling rock in his room at the Big Four Co.'s mine at Coal City, Grundy county; he had fixed a shot a short time before which cleared a slip in the roof, and while taking away the loose coal the rock fell on him, causing death thirty minutes later. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
BURNS
November 16, 18896, Joseph Burns, of Godley, miner, aged 21 years, single was killed by falling rock near the face in his room.
 
BUTSKOUSKY
February 16, 18832, Frank Butskousky, from Poland, aged 21 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
February 16, 18832, George Butskousky, from Poland, aged 32 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 

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CAIN
December 17, 18949. In "P" shaft, Braidwood, December 17, 1894, Giovanna Battisto Cain, of Braidwood, was fatally burned by powder so that he died seven days afterwards.
     Upon investigation it was found that in charging a hole on the roadhead the cartridge burst and a quantity of the powder was spilled in front of the shot. The cartridge was taken back to where they had their powder and again more powder was spilled in making It over. When the shot was fired the spilled powder was ignited, exploding what was in the keg and burning Mr. Cain and his partner, John Bravin, severely. The deceased was a single man, 22 years of age, and had no relatives in this country.
 
CALLAGHAN
February 19, 190014, Eugene Callaghan, of Diamond, driver, single, aged 21 years, was instantly killed by a fall of rock in No. 90 cross road, in the Big 4 Coal Company's mine. Coal City, Grundy county. Deceased was riding on the grip behind the car, when a piece of rock fell on him, killing him instantly.
 
CALLEGARO
Note:
      This accident is listed as Kankakee County, the address of the mine office.
      The mine operated in three counties: Grundy, Kankakee & Will.

November 29, 196542. Mr. Louis L. Callegaro, of South Wilmington, age 58, single, came to his death from subdural hemotoma following fracture of nose received when he bumped his head on a rafter in a small shack at the Peabody Coal Co., Northern Illinois mine located in South Wilmington, Kankakee County, Illinois on November 29, 1965 at about 12:30 p.m. He was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet, Illinois where he expired on December 13, 1965 at 4:00 p.m. Mr. Callegaro was employed as a Truck Driver and had had 35 years experience at this mine.
      There was an argument in the lunch and rest shack between John Favero and Louis Callegaro concerning the heat in the building. The evidence indicates there was some scuffling. Mr. Callegaro received a broken nose and severe bleeding resulted. This happened about noon, but Mr. Callegaro worked the rest of the day. Later he went to the hospital where he died on December 13, 1965. The evidence indicated that Mr. Callegaro struck his nose on a ceiling joist. This building was approximately five feet high inside.
 
CAMPASINO / CAMPASENO
January 20, 189711, Joseph Campasino, of Coal City, a miner, aged 35 years, was instantly killed by a fall of rock in his room, long-wall, while at work in No. 3 mine of the Wilmington Star Mining Company of Coal City. The deceased and his partner, Samuel Notriann, were at work in No. 2 cross-road. A branch road had just been turned off, and between the pillar of timber and the face of the coal was a slip running parallel with the face of the coal. The coal was mined under and the deceased wanted to take down the coal so that the men in the branch could get their coal down. Samuel Notriann said to the deceased that the roof was dangerous, looking, and thought a prop should be put in to secure it. The deceased admitted that the roof was not safe, but said he thought it would stand until he got the coal down, and he would then put a prop under it. He then started to take the coal down, and when it was taken down it cleared another slip in the roof. He turned around to come out to get a prop, which was close by, but before he could get out a mass of rock of over 5,000 pounds weight fell on him and covered him completely. His partner and other miners at once tried to get him out from under the rock, but it was necessary to break it, and before they could do so he was dead. He leaves a widow and one child. Deceased was considered a careful miner, but his anxiety to get his coal out of the other men's way was the cause of his not putting in a prop before taking down the coal.
 
CAPRA
September 23, 191126, John Capra, of Coal City, miner, aged 27 years, married, was killed by blast explosion in the Wilmington Star Mining Co.'s No. 6 mine, Coal City, Grundy County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
CARLSON
December 4, 190116, John P. Carlson, of Braceville, miner, age 50 years, married, was killed in the Braceville Coal company's mine, Braceville, Grundy county. He met his death at the working face by an explosion of powder. He had drilled a hole in the coal, which passed through sulphur; when he put in the cartridge it would not pass the sulphur; he put in the drill, sharp end first, to open the cartridge, but the drill struck the sulphur and ignited the powder, with the result as stated. He leaves a widow.
 
CARMEL
February 24, 190317, Dominic Carmel, of Braceville, miner, aged 26 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock at his working face, in the Braceville Coal company's No. 5 mine, Grundy county.
 
CARRA
December 23, 191126, Martin Carra, of Eilene, miner, aged 35 years, married, was killed instantly by a fall of rock at the face of his working place in the Big Four Wilmington Coal Co.'s No. 6 mine, Eilene, Grundy County. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
CARROLL
February 16, 18832, James Carroll, Irish, aged 33 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
CERUTTI
March 25, 191933, George Cerutti, of Braceville, miner, age 46 years, married, was killed in Wilmington Coal Mining and Manufacturing Company's No. 6 mine, Torino, by a fall of rock. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
CESARE
      See : ABARRE
 
CHILLER
February 16, 18832, Carl Chiller, German, aged 30 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
CLARK
April 13, 191125, William Clark, of Carbon Hill, miner, age 62 years, married, was killed instantly at the face of his working place in the Big Four, Wilmington Coal Company's No. 5 mine. Carbon Hill, Grundy county. Deceased and his partner had prepared a blast and were waiting their turn to fire; when their turn came deceased ignited the fuse and went back on the entry. After waiting some time he started to go back and, just as he reached the face, the blast went off, with the result as stated. He leaves a widow.
 
CLAYTON
March 16, 192635, James Clayton, of Morris, miner, age 35 years married, was killed in Thomas A. Ferguson Coal Company's mine by an explosion of gas which had accumulated the previous night and was ignited by an open lamp carried by deceased. He leaves a widow.
 
CONDERON
August 25, 189611, Joseph Conderon, of Gardner, aged 33 years, married, wife and one child, employed as a miner in the Gardner & Wilmington Coal Co.'s No. 1 shaft at Gardner, was fatally injured by a fall of rock in the first right cross road, of the first left and last working place, long wall. He had just started to work that morning and was sitting down, along the face about ten feet from the road, talking with the men in the next place about their giving him more room on that side of his road. While thus talking a large rock of convex shape fell on the tack behind him, sliding over on to his shoulders and doubling him under it. When taken out it was found that he was seriously injured internally about the back and ribs. He died 12 hours after being taken home. The roof had given no indications of fracture at this point.
 
COOP
May 17, 1898, Arthur Coop, of Braidwood, a miner, aged 25 years and married, was fatally injured at 7:10 a. m. in the C, W. & V. Coal Co.'s "K" shaft southwest of Braidwood, Grundy county. The accident occurred about ten minutes after work commenced in the morning. Deceased and his brother, George Coop, had gone to their room, when they observed a dangerous rock near the face of their roadway, and determined to secure it before commencing work. Deceased went back on the roadway to get a timber, and as he was coming back, and about thirty feet from the face, a mass of rock fell on him, crushing his head so that he died three hours after receiving his injuries. He leaves a widow and three children, all dependent.
 
COOPSIDER
March 12, 192837, L. F. Coopsider, of Verona, loader, age 33 years, married, was instantly killed by being caught between a car and coal rib, in Sunlight Coal Company's mine. He leaves a widow.
 
CORBINE
April 11, 18843, Edward Corbine, aged 28, married, leaves a widow and two children. He died on the 20th inst. from injuries received at No. 2, Braceville, by back brushings falling on him.
 
CORRELLO
November 21, 189510, James Corrello, of Coal City, aged 45 years, miner, employed by the Big Four Wilmington Coal Company, No. 2 shaft, near Coal City, was instantly killed by a fall of rock. He and his brother were at work mining coal in room 54 and he was getting the loose coal from the left side of the room. His brother sounded the room with his pick and said it was all right. A row of props were set along the line of the face of the room, three and one-half feet from the coal, with the cap pieces placed parallel with the line of the breakers in the roof; a slip on the edge of the props was in the roof and when the coal was taken down another slip was cleared close on the face of the coal, which continued along the face of the room for a distance of 11 feet. The deceased was passing coal to his brother, when, without warning, a large rock 11 feet long and 21 inches deep by 26 inches, fell and killed him. The placing of two props under this rock would have prevented the accident. Andrew Sloan, who was the first to go there, stated that two props would have been sufficient sustain the roof. Deceased left a widow and three children.
 
CORRILLI
November 25, 190419. John Corrilli, of Coal City, pusher, age 19 years, single, was severely injured by a loaded pit car running over him in the No. 7 mine of the Wilmington Star Mining Company, Coal City, Grundy county. Deceased was in front of the car on a steep grade, but lost control of the car. He died six days after the accident occurred.
 
COSSATTO
May 10, 190418. Fred Cossatto, of Diamopnd, miner, aged 27 years, married, was killed instantly by a fall of rock at the face of his working place, in the No. 4 mine of the Wilmington Coal Mining & Mfg. Co.. Grundy county. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
COSTIGAN
February 16, 18832, Thomas Costigan, Irish, aged 23 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
CUGUNATTI
March 30, 189812, Joseph Cuguatti, of Coal City, a miner, aged 60 years, single, was fatally injured at the Big 4 Wilmington Coal Co. 's mine at Coal City, Grundy county. Deceased was being hoisted out with five others, and when about thirty-five feet from the bottom he fell from the cage to the bottom of the shaft. This is a round shaft and there is about eighteen inches of space between the wall of the shaft and the platform of the cage from which he fell. Deceased died one hour after receiving his injuries.
 
CULLOCK
February 16, 18832, John Cullock, from Poland, aged 48 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
CUSHING
May 14, 18949, at the C. W. & V. Coal Company's "P" shaft, Braidwood, Patrick Cushing, of Braidwood, miner, 49 years of age, was caught between the cage and the side of the shaft and instantly killed.
      It was supposedly an idle day although a few places were working, cleaning and fixing up, as is usually the case in long wall workings of this section.
     William Pelton was caging some coal, when Patrick Cusliing, Garrett Gushing and Garrett's son, came to the bottom to go up. The cager told them he would let them up as soon as he caged another car of coal. The car was caged and Mr. Pelton went over to the other side of the shaft to push up the empties that had accumulated there while he was caging above. Meanwhile, the other empty cage came down and he called to Garrett to bell them away. He proceeded to bell three and at the same time his brother Patrick was pushing off the empty that was on the cage. At the first of the three bells intended to be given, the engineer pulled away the cage, throwing the deceased on the bottom of it with his breast over the edge, and as the cage ascended, he was caught at the door-head between the cage and side of the shaft and taken up quite a distance, his head downward. The space between the cage and the wall was only three inches. He was quite dead when extricated. The coroner's jury gave a verdict of accidental death. Deceased leaves a widow and four children.
 

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DALZELL
January 15, 18948, Benjamin Dalzell, Jr., of Braidwood, aged 20 years, single, was fatally injured by a fall of rock while at work on the road-head of his place in the "O" shaft of the C, W. & V. Co., at Braidwood. He was taken to his home, where he died early the next morning. An inquest was held the next day; the jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
 
DAMM
February 16, 18832, August Damm, German, aged 43 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
February 16, 18832, Ernest Damm, German, aged 35 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
DARIN
March 6, 191125, Angelo Darin, of Carbon Hill, miner, aged 17 years, single, was seriously injured in the Big Four, Wilmington Coal Company's No. 5 mine. Carbon Hill, Grundy county. Deceased was taking a loaded car from his place to the entry and, instead of using sprags, he got in front of the car to hold it down, when the car ran over his leg at the knee. He died on the ninth, three days after the accident occurred.
 
DENBROSKY
February 16, 18832, Anton Denbrosky, from Poland, aged 17 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
February 16, 18832, John Denbrosky, from Poland, aged 41 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
DOREEN
April 9. 190418, Peter Doreen, of Carbon Hill, miner, aged 45 years, married, was killed instantly by a fall of rock at the face of his working place in No. .5 mine of Taylor & Cavanaugh. Carbon Hill, Grundy county. He leaves a widow and one child.
 

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EADIE
February 16, 18832, Henry Eadie, Scotch, aged 25 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
EDWARDS
September 16, 190924, John Edwards, of Braidwood, miner, aged 58 years, married, was seriously injured by falling rock at the face of his working place in the Braceville Coal Company's No. 6 mine, Braceville, Grundy county. Deceased was putting in a building when a rock fell from the roof striking him across the back; he died January 10, 1909. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
EISENHOUR
March 16, 194240, Herman Eisenhour, of Wilmington, trackman, , aged 43 years, married, died March 18, 1942 from injuries received when an engine turned over in Northern Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine. He leaves a widow.
 
ELLENA
October 14, 18938, Anthony Ellena, of Braidwood, miner, single. 20 years of age, was killed in the "O'" shaft of the C, W. & V. Coal Co., at Braidwood, by a fall of rock at the face of the workings. He was in the act of removing some coal preparatory to setting a prop that his partner was preparing to put under the rock, which they knew was loose, when it fell crushing him to death instantly. This young man was the main support of his parents, who are both quite old: the father has been unable to do any work for the past ten years. He leaves two dependents.
 
ENRIETTA
March 27, 190822, John Enrietta, of Coal City, miner, aged 45 years, married, was killed instantly by falling rock at the face of his working place in the No. 6 mine of the Big Four Wilmington Coal Company, Carbon Hill, Grundy county. He leaves a widow and three children.
 

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FAIRLEY
September 27, 189813, James Fairley, of Carbon Hill, a miner, aged 22 years, single, was instantly killed by a fall of rock in the Star Coal Company's mine No. 3, Carbon Hill, Grundy county. Deceased and his partner had been taking down some rock at the face, and were in the act of cleaning it away, when, without any warning, a great mass of rock fell on him, resulting as stated.
 
FAWCETT
February 5, 190115, Isaac Fawcett, of Coal City, miner, aged 28 years, single, was instantly killed by a fall of rock in the straight north entry, in No. 1 mine of the Star Coal Company, Carbon Hill, Grundy county. Deceased had been brushing his roadway, and had just commenced to put in a building on the right hand side, when without warning, a large rock fell from the roof, crushing his head, with the above result.
 
FELETTO
June 2, 189812, Joseph Feletto, of Diamond, a miner, aged 28 years, single, was fatally injured by a fall of rock at the face of his entry in the straight south entry in the Diamond No. 4 mine of the Wilmington Mining and Manufacturing Co., Grundy county. Deceased was cutting in the brushing along one side of the roadway, and had cut from one break to another close to the face, which was about three feet apart and within three inches of a smooth in the top, when suddenly without any warning a large rock weighing about 3,000 pounds fell on him, breaking his neck; he died 30 minutes after receiving his injuries. This accident was due to the victim's own negligence; with one prop in the center of the roadway the accident would have been avoided.
 
FERRARA
September 12, 190318. Victor Ferrara, of Carbon Hill, miner, aged 40 years, married, was killed instantly at the face of his working place, by a fall of rock, in Taylor & Cavanaugh's No, 4 mine, located at Carbon Hill, Grundy county. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
FLEMING
March 7, 191125, William Fleming, of Braidwood, miner, age 22 years, single, was killed in the Big Four, Wilmington Coal Company's No. 6 mine, Eileen, Grundy county. Deceased put down a pair of short rails; the place was dipping towards the face about 7 inches to the yard, and while in the act of letting the car down his neck was caught between the car and a prop and he was strangled to death.
 
FORMEA
August 16, 190419. Domnic Formea, of Eileen, miner, age 31 years, single, was killed instantly by a blast blowing through the pillar in the No. 3 mine of the Big Four Coal Company, Eileen, Grundy county.
 
FOX
June 7, 189812, Zathan Fox, of Braceville, a driver, aged 22 years, single, was fatally injured by a fall of rock in the Braceville Coal Co.'s No. 4 mine at Braceville, Grundy county. At the time of receiving his injuries he was going in with two cars, the first one being empty, the second loaded with props. On this entry there is quite a grade down to the first right turn, in favor of the empties. He was sitting on the car of props and going at a good speed, when his light went out. The first car ran off the track at the frog, knocking out a set of timbers, which let down a large mass of rock and knocked him to one side of the car and crushed his head. He was so seriously injured that he never regained consciousness. He died two and a half hours after receiving his injuries.
 
FRANCES / FRANCIS
March 15, 190620. David Frances, of Braidwood, driver, aged 26 years, single, was seriously injured by being caught between the roof and a loaded car in the No. 4 mine of the Wilmington Coal Mining and Manufacturing Company, Braidwood, Grundy county. He died one week after the accident occurred.
 
FRENCH
February 16, 18832, John French, Swede, aged 20 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
FRESSO
March 5, 190014, Peter Fresso, of Carbon Hill, miner, aged 38 years, single, was fatally injured by a fall of rock in No. 3 mine of the Star Coal Company, Carbon Hill, Grundy county. Deceased and his partner had fired a shot in the brushing; he immediately returned, when a large rock fell on him, injuring him so he died one hour after the accident occurred.
 
FULTON
February 16, 18832, Alexander Fulton, Scotch, aged 33 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
January 27, 190115, Samuel Fulton, of Coal City, track layer, aged 35 years, married, was instantly killed by an explosion of gas in No. 6 mine of the Wilmington Star Mining Company, Coal City, Grundy county. Deceased, with four other men, went to work on Sunday morning putting in air boxes to convey the air current to the face of the workings. This is a new mine and was ventilated by a small fan at the bottom of the hoisting shaft; the large fan at the air shaft had not been placed in position. It appears from the evidence that the fan was stopped about four o'clock Saturday evening, and was not started again until after the men descended into the shaft Sunday morning. After the fan had been running about ten minutes the mine manager ordered Fulton and Paul Smith to go to the west side to lay a switch; they loaded the ties and rails into a car and started from the bottom; when about 125 feet from the bottom they encountered fire-damp, which ignited from their open lights. Fulton was instantly killed by the explosion, and Smith was severely burned about the arms and face, but will recover.
      Smith testified that the mine had not been examined that morning, although the mine manager and mine examiner went down with the men, and knew that that section of the mine was generating gas. Deceased leaves a widow and five children, all dependent.
 

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GALETTI
February 38, 190519. Louis Galetti, of Braceville, miner, age 50 years, married, was killed instantly by falling rock at the face of his working place in the No. 5 mine of the Braceville Coal Co., Braceville, Grundy county. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
GALLO
June 20, 190620. Louis Gallo, of Coal City, miner, aged 40 years, married, had his leg broken by falling rock at the face of his working place, in the No. 7 mine of the Wilmington Star Mining Company, Coal City, Grundy county. Gallo was conveyed to his home where the physician in charge stated that his leg would have to be amputated, but Gallo would not consent to have his leg taken off. He died the next morning. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
GALLOWAY
September 14, 18833, James Galloway, aged 35, married, leaves a widow and five children; died from injuries received by falling stone on his roadway, near the face, at shaft No. 2, Braceville.
 
GARRITY
April 9, 191024, Thomas Garrity, of Morris, miner, aged 65 years, married, was seriously injured by falling rock at the face of his working place in James Bell's mine at Morris, Grundy county. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
GARTIGLIO
December 28, 190621, John Gartiglio, of Coal City, miner, aged 42 years, single, was killed instantly by falling rock at he face of his working room in the No. 5 mine of the Wilmington Star Mining Company's mine at Coal City, Grundy county.
 
GATTI
January 12, 190519. John Gatti, of Carbon Hill, miner, age 45 years, single, was instantly killed by falling rock at the face of his working place in the No. 3 mine of the Big Four Coal Co., Carbon Hill, Grundy county.
 
GINZZETTI
October 10, 190621, John Ginzzetti, of South Wilmington, miner, aged 22 years, single, was killed instantly at the face of his working room by a falling rock in the Chicago-Wilmington and Vermilion Coal Company's No. 1 mine, South Wilmington, Grundy county.
 
GIROT
March 16, 194240, Peter J. Girot, of Braidwood, aged 27 years, single, died March 18, 1942 from injuries received when an engine turned over in Northern Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine.
 
GOOTES
February 16, 18832, Joe Gootes, from Poland, aged 24 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
GRACEIE
July 9, 190217, Antonia Graceie, of Coal City, miner, aged 50 years, married, was killed at the face of his working: place in No. mine of the Wilmington Star Mining company, Coal City, Grundy county. DeĢeased leaves a widow and two children in Italy.
 
GREENING
On July 2, 189510, at the Big Four Coal Company's No. 2 mine, Coal City, Patrick Greening, of Coal City, a miner, aged 49 years, was instantly killed by a fall of coal in his room. The coal was mined under and sprags were set in front of it upon which the coal was resting. A prop was set about fifteen inches in front of the coal between the sprags. He proceeded to take down the coal only knocking out the first sprag, but the coal did not come down, so he reached past the prop and knocked out another sprag, upon which the coal fell suddenly, catching him between the coal and the prop, breaking his neck. He died instantly. Deceased left four children and a widow.
 
GROTER
February 16, 18832, D. Groter, German, aged 38 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
GUSTIVE
November 7, 190217, Isaac Gustive, of Diamond, miner, aged 16 years, single, was instantly killed by a fall of rock at the face of his working place, in No. 4 mine of the Wilmington Coal Mining and Manufacturing company. Diamond, Grundy county. He was working with his father when the accident occurred.
 

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HACKA / HAAKE
February 16, 18832, August Hacka, German, aged 30 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
HALL
October 25, 18833, Joseph Hall, aged 14, single, driver at shaft No. 3, Braceville, was found dead under his car; supposed to have been run over while going out with two car-loads of dirt.
 
HARGETT
Note:
      This accident is listed as Kankaee County, the address of the mine office.
      The mine operated in three counties: Grundy, Kankakee & Will.

May 19, 197443. Mr. Orion H. Hargett, of Joliet, age 42, married, 2 dependent children, came to his death at 3:27 p.m.. May 19, 1974, from injuries received in a fall, while in the performance of his duties as Tractor Operator at the Peabody Coal Company, Northern Illinois Mine, South Wilmington, Kankee County, Illinois, May 14, 1974.
      Mr. Hargett was injured on May 14, 1974 at 10:30 p.m. he was working with the pumper, Mr. Fred Lestina, they were pulling pump hoses across the high wall bench. Mr. Hargett was backing the 730 Case Tractor from the bench road toward the high wall to hook up to a piece of hose. Mr. Lestina was standing back of the tractor to hook it up. He yelled that the tractor was far enough. However, Mr. Hargett said he could not stop. Mr. Lestina yelled for him to get out and Mr. Hargett said he could not. The tractor was in low range reverse position and continued over the high wall. falling 70 feet and landing in the pit in mud and water, approximately three feet deep. Mr. Hargett landed about four feet to the right of the tractor in a sitting position with mud and water up to his arm pits. Mr. Lestina went immediately for assistance. Mr. John Lamoreaes, (Foreman) and Mr. Allen Gilmore responded at once, they lifted Mr. Hargett from the mud and water and with other assistance, they carried him to a stretcher on the incline where the Braidwood Ambulance and Rescue Squad were waiting. They took Mr. Hargett to the hospital. Allen Gilmore, a Safety Committeeman made the trip to the hospital with Mr. Hargett and stated that he was conscious all the way to the hospital. Mr. Hargett sustained a concussion on the back of the head, fragments of skull in the brain, a concussion over the left eye, seven broken ribs and the left arm broken at the elbow. Mr. Hargett passed away at 3:27 p.m., May 19, 1974 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Joliet, Illinois.
 
HARPER
February 16, 18832, Robert Harper, Scotch, aged 30 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
HAZLETT
June 8, 18875, Francis Hazlett, of Braceville, aged 60 years, married, died while riding on a car in the mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
HEJNA
July 3, 191732, Vincenz Hejna, of Coal City, miner, age 55 years, married, was killed by a fall of roof shale in Wilmington Star Mining Company's mine, Coal City, Grundy County. He leaves a widow and six dependent children.
 
HOYE
April 13, 189610, Thomas Reilly and Chas. Hoye, both of Braidwood, aged respectively 27 and 22 years, both unmarried, were instantly killed by a fall of rock in the R shaft of the C, W. & V. Coal Company, at Braidwood, about 4 o'clock in the morning. The deceased were at work in the bottom of the shaft preparing to put in a sill timber in the bottom of which to place a set of timbers; two props were set up to the rock, close to the north end of the shaft; a piece of rock fell and knocked one of them out; the boss of the night shift; Wm. Hoye, just about that time came past them and told them to put up the prop again; he then left them and went into another part of the mine, and as none of the other men had seen them until the accident, it is supposed they were preparing to put up the prop, as they were ordered to do, when, without warning, a large mass of soapstone, measuring 9 x 4 x 3 ft. 6 in. thick fell on them. It was stated by one of the men called there to get them from under the rock that Chas. Hoye lived a few minutes. He was the only support of a widowed mother.
 
HUBER
February 16, 18832, Christopher Huber, German, aged 16 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
February 16, 18832, John Huber, German, aged 43 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
February 16, 18832, Lewis Huber, German, aged 15 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
HUFFARD
October 1, 18833, George Huffard, aged 49, married, leaves a widow and seven children; died from the effects of a fall of rock on the main road at Eureka Coal Company's shaft, Braidwood.
 
HUGHES
May 2, 18843, Ed. Hughes, aged 52, married, leaves a widow and three children; killed by railroad cars on switch track about two hundred feet from shaft of Eureka Coal Company, at Braidwood.
 
December 19, 18949, at Braceville No. 4 shaft, Thomas R. Hughes, of Braceville, a miner, 47 years of age, was fatally injured by a fall of rock on his own road, about thirty feet back from the face. His partner, Wm. Dobbs, was doing some back brushing and loading it into pit cars on his turn. He called Mr. Hughes to help him get enough rock down to load the car so that they would not lose their turn. Mr. Hughes came from the face where he was working to Mr. Dobbs' assistance, and, taking a pick, commenced pulling down some loose rock about four feet inside of the stone that Mr. Dobbs had been cutting and sledging. As he was prying the loose stones down with his pick, he stepped back to be out of the way of the falling stone, and got directly under the rock that Mr. Dobbs had been at work upon, which fell at the same moment, knocking him down and crushing him terribly across the small of the back. He lingered for about three days and finally died of his injuries. Mr. Hughes was a married man and leaves a widow and a grandchild who were dependent upon him.
 

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IDVACHO
Sept. 14, 189611, Batiste Idvacho, of Carbon Hill, aged 35, married, wife and one child, was fatally injured by falling rock while engaged in brushing his road in the longwall workings of the Star Coal Company's No. 2 mine at Carbon Hill, in Grundy county. He had just pushed his loaded pit-car out from the face of his room past a low place on the road, 66 feet from the face. A piece of rock was partly loose at this point and he decided to pull it down, and took his pick and sounded a larger rock just above the loose piece, and said to another miner that there was no danger of that falling, and started to cut the smaller rock from under it. He had just cut the smaller rock down to a slip on the right side of his road when, without warning, the larger rock fell and struck him on the back and left side, bearing him down on the end of his pick handle and throwing him against his loaded car. When he was removed to his home it was found that his back was broken and that he had suffered other internal injuries. He died on the 16th at 2 p. m. I found on examining this road that two slips ran from the one on the right straight across the road four feet apart and from between these slips the larger rock fell. It weighed about 1,200 pounds.
 

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JENCO
January 15, 190721, Andres Jenco, of Braceville, miner, aged 40 years, married, was seriously injured by falling rock at the face of his working room in No. 6 mine of the Braceville Coal Company, Braceville, Grundy county. He was taken to the hospital in Joliet, where he died eighteen days after the accident. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
JISA
February 15, 193538, John Jisa, of Coal City, miner, aged 59 years, married, killed in mine No. 3 of Skinner Coal Co. by fall of rock. Leaves a widow and two dependent children.
 
JOHNSON
February 16, 18832, John Johnson, Swede, aged 28 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
JUNSTACK
June 27, 18906, Anton Junstack, of Diamond, miner, aged 36 years, married, was killed by falling rock in a roadway. He leaves a widow and six children.
 

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KAE
February 16, 18832, Fritz Kae, German, aged 32 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
KALENBERG
February 16, 18832, A. Kalenberg, German, aged 30 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
KEROVSKY
May 29, 190317, James Kerovsky, of South Wilmington, miner, aged 48 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock at the face of his working place, in the South Wilmington No. 1 mine of the C., W. & V. Coal Company, Grundy county. He leaves one child dependent.
 
KLESSER / KLESSNER
February 16, 18832, Henry Klesser, German, aged 22 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
February 16, 18832, William Klesser, German, aged 26 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
KLOSS
February 16, 18832, Frank Kloss, from Poland, aged 50 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
KRULL
Note:
      This accident is listed as Kankaee County, the address of the mine office.
      The mine operated in three counties: Grundy, Kankakee & Will.

November 20, 196241. Mr. Andrew Krull, age 66, married, came to his death on November 20, 1962 at 12:05 a.m., from crushing injuries received while on duty at the Peabody Coal Company, Northern Illinois Mine, located at South Wilmington, Kankakee County, Illinois. He was employed as a Machine Repairman and had had 32 years experience at this mine.
      On November 19, 1962, the second shift foreman, four repairmen and the regular three man dragline crew were replacing the fairlead of the 8561 Marion Dragline, which had been removed for repairs, when the accident occurred. The deceased had one nut to tighten and when the rest of the crew saw him come down from his position, they though he had finished. They were installing the eight inch swivel nut on the bottom. When they were unable to tighten it far enough, they started to loosen it to see why it wouldn't go up any farther. This caused the fairlead to swing in the opposite direction, causing the accident. The foreman and none of the crew knew that the victim had returned to that position.
 
KURASOTTE / KURASOTTI
November 3, 1906, John Kurasotte, driver, aged 18 years, single, was fatally injured in the No. 6 mine of the Big Four Wilmington Coal Company, Carbon Hill, Grundy county. Deceased was attempting to hold a loaded car on the down grade when his foot caught against a tie, causing him to fall in front of the car, which passed over his body. He died the following day.
 

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LAHERTY
February 11, 190115, John Laherty, of Morris, miner, aged 28 years, single, was instantly killed at the face of his working room in William Wood's mine near Morris, Grundy county. Deceased was working alone at the time and was wedging down coal, when a mass of rock fell on him with the above result.
 
LAMB
April 6, 18937, John Lamb, of Coal City, messenger boy, was instantly crushed to death between two railway cars at the Big Four Co.'s mine at Coal City, Grundy county. He jumped on a moving car to ride down to the coal chute and failed to observe another empty car standing in the slack switch, and only passing space between the two tracks. On reaching this place he was caught between the moving and standing cars, crushing in his head and breast.
 
LEGGERO
August 20, 190823, Joe Leggero, of Coal City, miner, aged 38 years, married, was seriously burned by an explosion of powder in the Big Four Wilmington Coal Company No. 3 mine, Coal City, Grundy county. Deceased had taken a quantity of powder into the mine in a sack and while pouring it into a can, a spark from his lamp ignited it, burning him so severely about the face, hands, and body, that he died thirty hours after the accident occurred; he leaves a widow and three children.
 
LENZ
February 16, 18832, Jacob Lenz, German, aged 30 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
LENZI
May 14, 190721, Eugene Lenzi, of Braceville, miner, aged 42 years, married, was severely burned by the explosion of powder in the No. 6 mine of the Braceville Coal Company, Braceville, Grundy county. Deceased was preparing to fire a shot and found his blasting barrel was clogged. After filing off a small piece of the barrel he inserted and lighted a squib, which failed to pass through the barrel. He then inserted a second squib and thought that it had passed through the barrel. After this preparation he commenced to fasten the barrel to the cartridge, when the powder ignited, burning him severely about the face and body. It is supposed that a spark was hanging fire in the barrel, which caused the powder to ignite. He was taken to the hospital in Joliet, where he died eight days after the accident. Deceased leaves a widow and five children.
 
LEWIS
January 30, 18906, Howell Lewis, of Braceville, miner, aged 44 years, married, was killed by falling rock in his room. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
LOHMAR
December 18, 190621, Frank Lohmar, of Coal City, miner, aged 34 years, married, was killed instantly by falling rock at the face of his working place in mine No. 7 of the Wilmington Star Mining Company, Coal City, Grundy county. Deceased and his partner fired a shot at quitting time the day previous which knocked out all the props on the left hand side of their room. The next morning, instead of replacing the props, Lohmar commenced throwing out the loose coal, when a mass of rock fell on him, with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and three children.
 

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MACONA
September 14, 18896, Pat Macona, of Braidwood, miner, aged 28 years, married, was killed by falling rock in his room. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
MARTIS
June 4, 190822. Mike Martis, of Braceville, timberman, aged 26 years, married, was killed instantly by falling rock in the No. 6 mine of the Braceville Coal Company, Braceville, Grundy county. Deceased and his partner, John Golden, were cleaning and timbering a roadway when a mass of rock fell, without any warning, crushing Martis underneath, with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MATTERN
February 16, 18832, Joseph Mattern, Jr., German, aged 26 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
February 16, 18832, Joseph Mattern, Sr., German, aged 54 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
MATTS
February 16, 18832, Daniel McBride, Irish, aged 20 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
MAYHEIN
January 26. 190418, Florent Mayhein, of Coal City, miner, aged 44 years, married, was killed instantly by a fall of rock in his roadhead in the No. 6 mine of the Wilmington Star Mining Co.. Coal City. Grundy county. He leaves a widow and three children.
 
McBRIDE
February 16, 18832, Daniel McBride, Scotch, aged 28 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
McCULLEY
February 16, 18832, William McCulley, Scotch, aged 28 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
McMAHAN
January 14, 18875, John McMahan, of Braceville, aged 65 years, married, was killed by falling coal in the mine. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
McQUINSTON / McQUISTON
February 16, 18832, A. McQuinston, Jr., Scotch Irish, aged 19 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
February 16, 18832, A. McQuinston, Sr., Scotch Irish, aged 46 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
February 16, 18832, Robert McQuinston, Scotch Irish, aged 23 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
February 16, 18832, William McQuinston, Scotch Irish, aged 14 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
MEAD
February 12, 190216, Eldred P. Mead (colored), of Carbon Hill, employed as a miner, age 28 years, married, was instantly killed at the face of his working place in No. 4 mine of the Star Coal company, Carbon Hill, Grundy county. Deceased fired a shot in the coal on the right hand side of his room. He immediately returned to observe the effect of the shot, when a rock fell on him, with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
MINYETTA
June 19, 190418, James Minyetta, of Eileen, miner, aged 30 years, single, was fatally injured by a fall of rock in No. 6 mine of the Big Four Coal Co., Eileen, Grundy county. Deceased fired a shot in the right hand side of his place which loosened a rock. He neglected to secure it with a prop when it fell on him inflicting injuries from which he died the following day.
 
MORRAETTO
September 28. 18938, John Morraetto, of Carbon Hill, miner. 37 years of age, single, was instantly crushed to death by a piece of rock falling on him while at work in his room in the Star Coal Co."s No. 3 mine at Carbon Hill, Grundy county. The deceased had just finished wedging down the under portion of this rock, when the upper part fell suddenly between the two parts, resulting as stated.
 
MORRISON
October 25, 18865, Robert Morrison, of Braidwood, aged 36 years, married, was killed by falling coal in the mine. He leaves a widow and six children.
 
MULLIGAN
November 21,189611, John Mulligan, of Braidwood, aged 21 years, employed as a driver on the night shift, by the C. W. & V. Coal Co., was killed in their "K" shaft, two miles from Braidwood. The deceased, along with seven other men, was engaged in cleaning up and repairing the roadwyays in the mine, and about 5:40 a. m. were preparing to go home, as their shift was finished. As there were eight of them, they said among themselves they would all go up on one cage, the night shift boss having already gone up the shaft a few minutes previous. When they were all ready to ascend, one of their number, Michael Moffatt, gave the signal to the engineer that men were coming up on the cage, and after getting the signal from the engineer that all was right, they all stepped on the cage. Michael Moffatt asked, before giving the final signal, if they were all right. When some one said they were all ready, the final signal was given for the cage to ascend, and about four seconds elapsed before the cage began to move. It was then moved slowly upwards. One of the men on the cage said that after the cage began moving, the deceased turned half around, and it is supposed that in the act of turning he overbalanced himself, and that his head or shoulder caught on the buntons and knocked him down on the bottom of the cage, and that his body got wedged between the buntons and the cage. The others had their backs turned towards the deceased and none of them could give any direct statement as to how the accident did occur. After making a careful investigation, I found that about twenty-five feet from the bottom of the shaft one of the buntons was scratched as if something had been forced against it with considerable force; but the open space between the cage and the buntons was only seven inches, and it seems impossible that the body of a man could be forced through such a space. However, at the point where the buntons were scratched, one of the men, Patrick Corrigan, said he thought he saw something disappearing between the bottom of the cage and the buntons, but he could not say positively what it was. After the cage reached the surface, it was found that John Mulligan was missing. They called down the shaft to William Kasher, the mule feeder, asking him if he saw anything in the sump. Kasher had just come to the bottom, and on looking closely in the sump, he discovered the body of a man. They had him taken to the top as soon as possible, but he died twenty minutes after being taken out. The deceased was the principal support of his aged parents.
 
MURPHY
February 25, 189610, Michael Murphy, of Braceville, aged 34 years, was killed by falling rock in the Braceville Coal Company's No. 4 mine. The deceased was employed as a miner, but his room having been driven the distance required, where the cross-entry was cutting it off, stopped mining in his room on the 22nd of February, and, as there was no other room ready for him to start in just then, he asked the night boss to let him work a few shifts on the night shift, and on the night of the 24th went in to do company work. The night boss told him to start brushing between the two last rooms on the third northeast entry, and at 11:45 p. m. Arthur Green, the night-shift driver, went in to get his car, which was loaded with rock, and at that time he stated to the driver that he would have to go to the bottom and sharpen some picks. No one saw him from that time until Alfred Spiers, the fire boss, in going his rounds of the mine at 2 o'clock in the morning went down the entry to see how he was getting along. He found him lying dead under a rock 3 x 4 feet, 10 inches thick. He had been cutting with his pick along the left side of the roadway, and on the right side a slip ran through the rock, and when about five inches of cutting had been done on the left side another slip started running to the right, which loosened the rock, and it must have fallen without warning. He left a widow and five children.
 
MURRAY
February 16, 18832, Frank Murray, from Poland, aged 24 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 

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NESBIT
February 16, 18832, Hugh Nesbit, Scotch, aged 18 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
NEYSKI
February 16, 18832, Martin Neyski, from Poland, aged 23 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
NIEL
February 16, 18832, John Niel, Scotch, aged 34 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
NISANATTO
October 22, 190116, James Nisanatto, of Carbon Hill, miner, age 30 years, married, was instantly killed by a fall of rock in his roadway, about 8 feet from the face, in the Carbon Hill mine No. 3 of the Star Coal company, Grundy county. He was pulling an empty car into his place, when a rock suddenly fell on him, with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
NOVAC
March 10. 190418. Frank Novac, of Carbon Hill, miner, aged 46 years, married. was killed instantly by a fall of rock, at the face of his working place in Taylor & Cavanaughs No. 5 mine. Carbon Hill. Grundy county. Deceased after firing a shot immediately returned to observe the effects when a large rock fell on him with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and six children.
 

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OCHENICK
February 16, 18832, Martin Ochenick, from Poland, aged 23 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
OLSON
November 2, 190015, Louis Olson, of Braceville, miner, aged 36 years, married, was injured by a fall of rock at the face of his room in No. 5 mine of the Braceville Coal Company, Grundy county. Deceased was taking down coal at the time,when a piece of rock fell from the roof, striking him on the head and back; he lingered until March 1, 1901, when he died from the effects of his injuries. He leaves a widow and three children, all dependent.
 
OMMAR
December 28, 190722. George Ommar, of Coal City, driver, aged 35 years, married, was killed instantly by falling rock in the first left cross-road off of the straight south in the Wilmington Star Mining Company's No. 5 mine. Coal City, Grundy county. Deceased was going in with an empty trip when a rock fell on him with the result as stated. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
ORR
February 16, 18832, Alexander Orr, Scotch, aged 31 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
OTTO
October 23, 18833, Harman Otto, aged 35, married, and leaves a widow and three children. He was a night man, and run an empty car into the open shaft and fell with it, causing instant death. The gate for the protection of the top of the shaft had been broken half an hour before the accident, and laid aside until morning. Otto was at the time cautioned by the engineer about approaching the unprotected side of the shaft. He was, however, entirely unaccustomed to the business.
 

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PALMER
May 21, 191832, Herbert Palmer, of Coal City, driver, age 45 years, married, employed in Wilmington Star Mining Company's mine No. 7, was killed. There were no eye witnesses to this accident, but the evidence given at the coroner's inquest and my own investigation show that deceased was taking a car of rock out of main entry to bottom of shaft, and as far as we could judge, his head struck some timbers and he rolled off the car and was caught between car and rib, breaking his neck. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
PEAGNO
August 14, 191429. Carrolo Peagno, of South Wilmington, timberman, age 38 years, married, employed in the Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's mine, South Wilmington, Grundy County, was killed by a fall of rock. Deceased was kneeling down under a loose rock brushing the side of an entry when the rock fell, crushing him. He leaves a widow and five children.
 
PEARSON
February 16, 18832, Isaac Pearson, English, aged 23 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
February 16, 18832, James Pearson, English, aged 19 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
February 16, 18832, John Pearson, English, aged 13 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
PERANIA
December 17, 18844. At the "H" shaft of the Chicago, Wilmington and Vermilion Co., at Braidwood, Dec. 17, Marinio Perania, aged 26, was killed while attempting to get on the cage after it bad started down. It was after seven o'clock, and the hoisting had begun. Four men at the top signaled to be taken down on an empty cage, and after they had started Perania made a dash for the cage and was caught with the top, and thrown down the pit. He leaves a widow but no children.
 
PHILLIPS
August 26, 190621, Louis Phillips, of South Wilmington, roadman, aged 48 years, married, was severely crushed by falling rock on the main west entry, 450 feet from the working face, in the C. W. & V. Coal Company's No. 2 mine, South Wilmington, Grundy county. Deceased and his son were working nights, cleaning the haulage road, when a rock fell from the roof striking deceased on the head. Be was conveyed to his home, where he died three hours after the accident. He leaves a widow and eight children.
 
PLANETY / PLANETZ
November 19, 190116, Anton Planety, of Coal City, miner, age 55 years, married, was instantly killed at the face of his working place in No. 5 mine of the Wilmington Star Mining company, Coal City, Grundy county. He was taking down coal, when a rock fell on him, which caused his death. He leaves a widow and nine children.
 
POLENAS
February 16, 18832, John Polenas, German, aged 28 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
PORTERFIELD
April 10, 18906, Peter Porterfield, of Coal City, miner, aged 24 years, married, was killed by falling rock in his room. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
POSTLE
January 6, 190014, Jonathan Postle, of Braceville, miner, aged 62 years, was fatally injured by a fall of coal in the Braceville Coal Co.'s No. 4 mine, at Braceville, Grundy county. Deceased was at work in his room, and was taking down loose coal, when it came away suddenly, and caught him between a prop and the coal, breaking three of his ribs and injuring him internally, from which he died February 1st, twenty- five days after the accident occurred. Deceased leaves a widow and one child.
 
PRAZEK
September 17, 190621, Joseph Prazek, of Carbon Hill, miner, aged 34 years, married, was instantly killed by falling rock at the face of his working room in the Big Four-Wilmington Coal Company's No. 6 mine, Carbon Hill, Grundy county. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
PRICE
October 26, 191631, James Price, of Clark City, fireman, age 62 years, single, employed at the Chicago, Wilmington & Franklin Coal Company's No. 3 mine, South Wilmington, Grundy County, died from the effects of burns received the previous day from escaping steam from the blow-off pipe.
 
PROUCHIO
February 12, 190620. John Prouchio, of Carbon Hill, miner, aged 43 years, married, was instantly killed by falling rock on his road head in the No. 5 mine of the Big Four Coal Company, Carbon Hill, Grundy county. Deceased was loading a car, when the rock fell without warning, with the resillt as stated. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
PUDLAS
March 25, 18906, Otto Pudlas, of Coal City, driver, aged 15 years, single, was killed by falling rock in the entry.
 

Q
QUEKER
September 30, 18949. On Sunday evening, September 30, 1894, at the Big Four Company's No. 2 mine. Coal City, Oscar Queker, of Coal City, a lad of sixteen years, was instantly killed by a fall of rock. He and his step-father, Ernest Klein, were working together making a mule stable near the bottom of the shaft. This was being done by taking a skip off the pillar alongside of a cross entry where the slate had been brushed four feet high above the coal. The coal had been taken out and the slate had been supported by props in order to make it safe; they had just commenced to take down the stone, and instead of doing this work in a safe manner they removed the props supporting the stone alongside of the entry, and then proceeded to cut the stone on the rib. The boy was Inside cutting to meet his stepfather, who was cutting from the outside. The fire-boss, James McCullough, saw the boy at work under the stone and warned them of the danger, telling them to set props to secure themselves, and they laughed at him and said it was all right, but shortly afterward a block of stone weighing about four tons fell on the boy, causing instant death. This accident may be attributed to gross carelessness or incompetency on the part of the boy's step-father.
 

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RAFFALTI
October 10, 18927, Peter Raffalti, of Carbon Hill, miner, a married man employed in No. 1 mine of the Star Coal Co., at Carbon Hill, Grundy county, was instantly killed by a falling rock in his room ; a slip in the roof was the cause of the rock falling. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
RAMBART / RAMBATT
February 16, 18832, August Rambart, German, aged 32 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
RAMSEY
February 16, 18832, Hugh Ramsey, Scotch Irish, aged 23 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
REDMOND
February 16, 18832, Mathew Redmond, Irish, aged 13 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
February 16, 18832, P. C. Redmond, Irish, aged 42 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
REEL
October 10, 193438, died February 25, 1935, James A. Reel, of South Wilmington, driver, aged 57 years, married, from injuries received when crushed between car and rib in mine No. 3 of the Skinner Coal Co. He leaves a widow.
 
REESE
January 30, 18906, Enoch Reese, of Braceville, miner, aged 27 years, married, was killed by falling rock in his room. He leaves a widow.
 
REILLY
April 13, 189610, Thomas Reilly and Chas. Hoye, both of Braidwood, aged respectively 27 and 22 years, both unmarried, were instantly killed by a fall of rock in the R shaft of the C, W. & V. Coal Company, at Braidwood, abour 4 o'clock in the morning. The deceased were at work in the bottom of the shaft preparing to put in a sill timber in the bottom of which to place a set of timbers; two props were set up to the rock, close to the north end of the shaft; a piece of rock fell and knocked one of them out; the boss of the night shift; Wm. Hoye, just about that time came past them and told them to put up the prop again; he then left them and went into another part of the mine, and as none of the other men had seen them until the accident, it is supposed they were preparing to put up the prop, as they were ordered to do, when, without warning, a large mass of soapstone, measuring 9 x 4 x 3 ft. 6 in. thick fell on them. It was stated by one of the men called there to get them from under the rock that Chas. Hoye lived a few minutes. He was the only support of a widowed mother.
 
RIFFLERN
May 31, 190014, John Rifflern, of Coal City, aged 21 years, single, employed as a miner in the Wilmington Star Coal Co.'s No. 5 mine at Coal City, Grundy county, was instantly killed by a fall of rock at the face of his room. Deceased was cutting the left side of the brushing, where a cutter or slip was running parallel with the road, and one on the right side of the roadway, sloping upwards to the left side. As soon as he cut through to the break, he thus relieved the stone, which fell on him, causing his death.
 
ROBERTS
January 8, 190115, John Roberts, of Braceville, timberman, married, aged 40 years, was instantly killed by a fall of rock in No. 5 mine of the Wilmington Coal Mining and Manufacturing Company, Grundy county. This is a new mine; the men were employed taking up bottom and timbering the byways around the bottom of the shaft; they had drilled a bottom whole which was collecting a considerable quantity of water. Deceased went to where they were constructing the mule stable to get a blasting barrel; just as he entered a great mass of rock fell, crushing him under it. This was his first day working in this mine. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
ROBINSON
September 16, 189813, John Robinson, of Carbon Hill, a miner, aged 49 years, married, was fatally injured by a fall of rock at the face of his room in the Star Coal Company's mine No. 3, Carbon Hill, Grundy county. Deceased had cut up one side of the brushing and entered a wedge over the top, intending to take it down, but, it being quitting time, he went home, intending to take it down in the morning. However, he neglected to do so, and commenced to load coal without examining the rock. About 10 a. m. the rock fell on him, crushing him so that he died about 3 p. m. He leaves a widow and six children, of whom two are dependent.       This accident was due to his own negligence. With proper care in taking the rock down, or putting a prop under it, the accident would have been avoided.
 
RODGERS / ROGERS
February 16, 18832, Thomas Rodgers, Scotch Irish, aged 32 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
ROLANDO
December 21, 18938. Joseph Rolando, of Diamond, a miner, aged 40 years, single, was fatally injured in the No. 4 shaft of the Wilmington, Mining and Manufacturing Co., at Diamond. While setting a prop in his road-head, under a loose rock, it fell striking him on the head, producing two scalp wounds, which, at the time, were not considered serious, he was able to walk around for a day or so, but died the third day after the accident occurred, being suddenly seized with tetanus.
 
ROMAGNOLIS
September 16. 190318. Seb. Romagnolis, of South Wilmington, miner, aged 19 years, single. was killed instantly by falling down the shaft of the Chicago, Wilmington & Vermillion Coal company No. 1 mine. South Wilmington. Grundy county. Deceased with three other men were on the cage coming out of the shaft; when about 30 feet from the lower landing, deceased let loose of the handle bar, turning round, presumably to get off at the lower landing, when he fell to one side of the shaft, the cage passing him. he fell to the bottom, a distance of 165 feet.
 
ROMANY
February 12, 189711, Alfonso Romany, of Clark City, aged 36 years, married, leaves widow and one child, was employed as machine helper in the Gardner and Wilmington Coal Company's Clark City mine, and was fatally injured at 11 a. m. by a fall of rock. Along with his brother, Anthony Romany, he was undercutting the coal with a mining machine, and the air pressure having slacked off, they could not operate the machine more than a few minutes at a time. Alfonso, being the helper, thought that as the air pressure was low, he would try to operate the machine, and got on the mining board behind the machine. Just then they noticed a slight break in the roof just oyer the machine, and a miner, Peter Bullert, who happened to come into the room at the time the break in the roof was discovered, took a pick and tried to pull the rock down. He failed in this and all three of them agreed there was no danger of its falling. Then Alfonso turned the air on to the machine and began mining under the coal, when suddenly the rock fell, one edge of it resting on the machine and the other edge resting on the back of Alfonso Romany. He was removed from under the rock at once and taken to the surface, when it was found that his back was broken. He was removed to St. Joseph's Hospital in Joliet, and died on the 18th of February.
 
ROSSETTA / ROSSETTO
June I8, 189610, Peter Rossetta, of Diamond, miner, aged 30 years, was instantly killed by falling rock in longwall working place in the Diamond No. 4 mine of the Wilmington Mining and Manufacturing Company, in Grundy county. The mine was not in operation this day, but the deceased and his partner had gone in to get coal loose for the next day's work. He had taken the coal down on the left side of the roadway for a distance of ten feet along the face of the room : several breaks were in the roof and came together at this point. It is supposed that the deceased was in the act of putting in a prop to the roof where the two breaks met, which was the light end of the rock, when, without any warning, a large piece of rock, 9 ft. 6 in. x 3 ft. 2 in., fell on him, completely covering him; his partner then went some distance and secured help to remove the rock, but it was found that he was dead. Had the prop been put in five feet from the point towards the road, the rock could not have fallen. He left a widow and five children in the old country.
 
ROSSO
June 29, 190721, John Rosso, of Carbon Hill, miner, aged 39 years, married, was killed instantly by falling coal; at the face of his working place in the No. 6 mine of the Big Four Wilmington Coal Co., Carbon Hill, Grundy county. Deceased leaves a widow and five children in France.
 
RUDIZLA / RUDEZIA
August 10, 190924, Joe Rudizla, of Braceville, miner, aged 25 years, married, was severely injured by coal flying from a shot in the Braceville Coal Company's No. 6 mine, Braceville, Grundy county. Deceased was working alone, and as he did not arrive home at the usual time, John and Antoni Girat went to the mine to look for him; they found him sitting by a large stone, they called him by name but did not get any intelligent answer. It is supposed that he had fired a shot and did not reach a safe distance before it exploded; a large piece of coal was removed from his scalp, which would indicate it had been blown into the skull by the force of the explosion. He died the 22nd, twelve days after the accident occurred. He leaves a widow and one child.
 

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SALVITTO
March 25, 190115, Ambrodjio Salvitto, of Carbon Hill, miner, aged 27 years, single, was killed by a fall of rock at the face of his room in No. 1 mine of the Star Coal Company, Carbon Hill, Grundy county. Deceased was opening up his place on the left hand side, which had been closed for several days; he was throwing out coal, when a large rock suddenly fell on him, causing his death. His place was insufficiently propped, the props being about six feet back from the face. There were plenty of props at hand.
 
SAMECEK
February 6, 190317, Joseph Samecek, of Coal City, miner, aged 56 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock at the face of his working place, in No. 6 mine of the Wilmington Star Mining company, Coal City, Grundy county. He leaves a widow.
 
SAMUELSON
August 23, 1892. 7, Andrew Samuelson, of Carbon Hill, machine helper, a married man, was instantly killed in the Star Coal Co.'s No. 1 mine at Carbon Hill, Grundy county, by a large piece of rock falling on him while at work trying to take it down so as to make it safe for the men following with the mining machine. He leaves a widow and eight children.
 
SAUNDERS
November 9, 190823, Chas. Saunders, of Coal City, miner, aged 62 years, married, was killed instantly by a fall of rock at the face of his working place in the Wilmington Star Mining Company's No. 6 mine, Coal City, Grundy county. He leaves a widow and two children.
 
SCHATZEL / SCHATZL
February 16, 18832, Blazius Schatzel, German, aged 34 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
SCHOLTZ / SCHULT
February 16, 18832, William Scholtz (Wilhelm Schult), German, aged 44 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
SCURRAH
On May 3, 18959, at Braceville Coal Company's No. 4 mine, William Scurrah, of Braceville, miner, aged 47, was fatally injured by a fall of rock while he was brushing on his road about 30 yards from the face. He had been wedging down a piece of stone off the side of his road and was stooping down to pick up a wedge when a rock weighing over half a ton fell on him, crushing him along his back, making a number of contusions. The doctor said he thought some blood vessel had been broken, and that caused his death. He lived about eight hours after the accident. He leaves a widow and one boy, about 11 years of age, who is a cripple.       The stone was supposed to be good, so his partners testified, and probably in wedging down the piece of stone he had loosened the one that fell on him.
 
SEGIA
October 8, 190318, Paul Segia, of Coal City, miner, aged 28 years, single, was injured by a fall of rock, in his roadhead; he died February 24, 1904, four and one half months after receiving the injuries.
 
SEKORA
February 16, 18832, William Sekora, German, aged 30 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
SELTZER
April 3, 18948, Edward Seltzer, of Carbon Hill, topman, aged 28 years, single, was killed by failing down the No. 1 shaft of the Star Coal Co., at Carlion Hill. The company had put in a new cage; one of the lifting gales at the lower landing had been removed to make some changes. In putting it back, it was found that one of the sliding rods had been left out of the eye-bolt. The deceased had climbed up to put the rod in place, and in returning to the landing he attempted to jump, but in doing so stumbled and fell backwards into the shaft a distance of 104 feet.
 
SGRO
December 9, 190419. Anton Sgro, of South Wilmington, miner, aged 30 years, single, was killed instantly by falling down the No. 1 shaft of the C. W. & V. Coal Co., South Wilmington, Grundy county. The accident occurred about 6:4.5 a. m. The engineer was letting down the men, nine in number, they getting on the cage at the lower landing: when they were down about 30 feet the engineer suddenly reversed the engine, hoisting them to the top at a very high speed: the cage being self dumping the men were thrown out at the top; unfortunately one fell down the shaft, the other eight were more or less injured.
 
SIMS
May 14, 190014, William Sims, of Diamond, miner, aged 50 years, married, was instantly killed by a fall of rock at the face of his room in the Diamond No. 4 mine of the Wilmington Mining & Manufacturing Company, Grundy county. Deceased was getting the loose coal from the right side of his room, preparatory to setting props, when, without any warning, a large rock fell and killed him; there was a slip in the roof, sloping upwards to a break at the face, thus releasing the stone. Deceased leaves a widow and two children.
 
SKELTON
April 28, 18937, Samuel Skelton, of Carbon Hill, miner, a married man, was fatally crushed by a large piece of rock falling on him at the face of his room in the Star Coal Co.'s No. 3 mine at Carbon Hill, Grundy county. He knew that the rock was bad, and had made some preparation to take it down, but while loading a car it fell and caught him, injuring him so severely that he died the following morning. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
SLIPICKA
March 17, 190620. Frank Slipicka, of Braceville, miner, aged 17 years, single, was killed instantly by falling rock at the face of his working place, in the No. 6 mine of the Braceville Coal Company, Braceville, Grundy county. Deceased neglected to properly secure his place with props; he was throwing coal out from the right hand side of his roadway, when the rock fell with the result as stated.
 
SMITH
February 16, 18832, John Smith, Scotch, aged 23 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
February 16, 18832, Joseph Smith, German, aged 26 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
SPANGIER
Note:
      This accident is listed as Kankaee County, the address of the mine office.
      The mine operated in three counties: Grundy, Kankakee & Will.

March 26, 197443. Mr. Ralph Spangier, of Dwight, age 48, married, 5 dependents, came to his death at about the hour of 5:15 p.m. on March 26, 1974, from electrical shock while in the performance of his duties as Electrician at Peabody Coal Company, Northern Illinois Mine, South Wilmington, Kankakee County, Illinois.
      Mr. Spangier had gone to the sub-station to make some tests concerning a loss of power. He was accompanied by Foreman John Lamoreaes. However, the foreman left before the tests were completed. When Mr. Spangier notified the foreman that he had located the ground fault at the sub-station, it was approximately 5:00 p.m. At this time Mr. Spangier had been working in the portion of the sub-station where knife switch pulls are located and his ohm meter was connected for continuity, but he did not have complete knowledge of the ground fault. Apparently at this time he decided to take the cover off the back side of the oil switch, which was open and the power was off from the oil switch to the pull knife switch. The potential transformer was energized with the oil switch open. There were no witnesses with the man at this time. He was apparently trying to determine the extent of the ground fault, which we found during our inspection, in the steel sheet partition separating the oil switch from the knife switch pulls where the phases left the oil switch and went to the knife switch. The primary disconnects for the sub-station, carrying 33,000 volts are located 2400 feet from the sub-station. The secondary oil switch is located at the sub-station at 4,160 volts. Inside where Mr. Spangier was working, showed evidence of poorly constructed work, which was indicated by the method of which the cables passed through this sheet of steel, where the opening was made with a cutting torch when the ground fault was located, no protective collar was installed. Another place, the truck line from the sub-station to the field switch houses, had a similar situation. There was evidence on another phase where the same conditions apparently had happened before. The potential transformers are approximately thirty inches from the bottom of the sub-station. While working with the leads with his left hand, Mr. Spangier had made bodily contact with his left hip and thigh in the 4,160 volts, which burned the left side of his body, a portion of his left arm and hand. His left ear lobe, neck and face appeared to have a flash burn, according to the coroner. Another possibility, after making contact with the power source, some of these flash burns may have been caused after power going through his body killed Mr. Spangier. Other parts of his body which were burned, could have touched a potential transformer. Mr. Spangier fell to the ground, face up. His left hand, which had no power glove on it, was under a portion of the transformer. His right hand had a glove on it, his left foot was under the calf of his right leg. Mouth to mouth resuscitation was administered by the foreman, Mr. John Lamoreaes. without revival. Mr. Spangler was pronounced dead at the site by James Patterson, Deputy Coroner.
 
SPRINGBORN
February 7, 18854, John Springborn was killed by a fall of coal at No. 1 shaft of the Illinois Valley mines, Feb. 7. He neglected to put in sprags to keep the coal sate until he got it undermined. The result was the coal came over on him, killing him instantly. He leaves a widow and four children.
 
SPURBECK
May 23, 192837, T. A. Spurbeck, of Verona, assistant mine manager, age 34 years, married, was killed in Sunlight Coal Company's mine by a fall of rock and slate. He leaves a widow.
 
STACKER
September 16, 18833, Thomas Stacker, aged 36, single, fatally injured at Diamond mine, Braidwood, by explosion of blast which was supposed to have missed fire and which he was examining. He died three days after the accident.
 
STANLEY
January 16, 18875, Charles Stanley, of Braidwood, aged 48 years, married, was killed by falling rock in the mine. He leaves a widow and seven children.
 
STEWART
February 16, 18832, Adam Stewart, Jr., Scotch, aged 21 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
February 16, 18832, Robert Stewart, Scotch, aged 14 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
STONE
January 2, 193739, from injuries received on November 17, 1936 from fall of rock in Rural Coal Mine, William Walter Stone, of Coal City, aged 44 years, miner, single. No dependents.
 
STRAUZ
October 21, 192736, George Strauz, of South Wilmington, miner, age 22 years, single, was killed in Skinner Coal Company's mine, by a fall of coal.
 
STUMPS
February 16, 18832, Simon Stumps, German, aged 33 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
SULLIVAN
February 16, 18832, L. Sullivan, Irish, aged 25 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
SUMERVILLE
On October 13, 189510, at the Wilmington Star Mining Company, No. 3 mine,. Coal City, James Sumerville, of Coal City, engineer at the mine, was canght in the belting that run the grind stone and was taken around the shaft and pounded to a pulp. It seems that he had been grinding a knife used for splitting cap pieces, and it is supposed he had attempted to push the belt off with his foot (which was sometimes carelessly practiced) and became entangled with the belting and thus met his death. No one saw it happen, and he had been dead some time when found, as he was quite cold. He left a widow and four small children. He was 35 years of age.
 

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THOM
March 16, 194240, Robert D. Thom, of Coal City, engineer, aged 57 years, married, was killed when an engine turned over in Northern Illinois Coal Corporation's No. 10 mine. He leaves a widow.
Robert D. THOM
Born in 1884
Died : March 16, 1942
Burial : Gardner Braceville Cemetery
           west of Braceville
           Coal City, Grundy County, Illinois
Robert D. Thom tombstone photo
Photograph courtesy of Nick Koba, Jr.

TONASO
March 4, 18906, Martino Tonaso, of Diamond, miner, aged 30 years, single, was killed by falling rock at the face of the entry.
 
TREASO
January 4. 190418. Mateo Treaso, of Carbon Hill, miner, aged 42 years, married, was fatally injured at the face of his working place by a fall of rock, in Taylor & Cavanaugh's No. .5 mine. Carbon Hill. Grundy county. Deceased was brushing his roadhead when a large rock fell on him causing injuries from which he died the following day. He leaves a widow and one child.
 

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UNGER
February 16, 18832, Herman Unger, German, aged 31 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 

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VESSONI
September 10, 190823, Matthew Vessoni, of Coal City, miner, aged 45 years, married, was seriously injured by a fall of rock at the face of his working place in the Winmington Star Mining Company's No. 6 mine, Coal City, Grundy county. Deceased was undercutting the coal when a small piece of rock fell striking him on the head; he was conveyed to his home; when the physician examined him there was a clot of blood on his brain, an operation was performed, but he died on the operating table, six hours after the accident occurred. He leaves a widow and one child.
 
VINCHENCE
September 14, 18896, Don Vinchence, of Diamond, miner, aged 34 years, married, was killed by falling rock in his room. He leaves a widow and two children.
 

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WALL
February 16, 18832, P. H. Wall, Irish, aged 25 years, died by drowning in the Diamond Mine No. 2 mine flood that also killed 68 other men.    See also : Diamond Mine Disaster of 1883
 
WENDEL
December 31, 190419. John Wendel, of Braceville, miner, age 24 years, single, was severely injured by a fall of rock on his roadway, 45 feet from the face of his working place in the No. 5 mine of the Braceville Coal Company, Braceville, Grundy county. Deceased had quit work about 3:00 o'clock p. m., and was going out when a large rock fell on him. He was conveyed to his home where he died about 6 o'clock the same day.
 
WHEELWRIGHT
January 16, 189913, Edward Wheelwright, of Carbon Hill, miner, aged 60 years, single, was fatally injured by a fall of rock in his roadway about thirty feet from the face of his room in the Star Coal Company's No. 2. mine at Carbon Hill, Grundy county. Deceased was eating dinner at the time of the accident. A piece of rock fell on him, breaking one of his legs and seriously injuring him about the back. He died two days after receiving his injuries.
 
WILLIAMS
September 19, 190621, Thomas R. Williams, of Braceville, miner, aged 50 years, married, was fatally injured by falling rock on his road head in the Braceville Coal Company's No. 6 mine, Braceville, Grundy county. He died two hours after the accident, leaving a widow and four children.
 

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ZORA
October 6, 190217, Gregor Zora, of Carbon Hill, miner, aged 45 years, married, was killed by a fall of rock in No. 4 mine of the Big Four Coal Company, Carbon Hill, Grundy county. He leaves a widow and four children dependent.
 


 
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