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Rock Island County, Illinois
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Spelling of names is as they are reported in the State of Illinois records.
November 24, 19338, Clarence Austin, of Rock Island, machine helper, age 52 years, married, was killed in Rawalt Coal Company's mine by being struck by a cutting machine bar. He leaves a widow.
April 14, 19399, John Benson, of Moline, miner, aged 55 years, married, was killed by fall of top coal in mine of Woolley-Peters & Lawson, leaving widow.
September 23, 18962. Charles DeCome, of Coal Valley, a miner, aged 31 years, single, was severely crushed by a fall of roof at the face of his working room in the mine of the Banner Coal Co., Coal Valley, Rock Island county. He was taken to the county hospital and the best attention given him, but he died from his injuries October 28th, thirty-five days after the accident.
December 4, 18931, Christ. Gibson, of Carbon Cliff, miner, aged 34 years, single, was fatally injured in the mine operated by Silvis Bros., Carbon Cliff, Rock Island county, by a fall of rock; he was working in an entry and had driven it too wide and neglected to put in the prop; the rock fell on him and injured his back so seriously that he died May 22, 1894, five months and eighteen days after the accident.
December 8, 19025, William A. Hunter, of Carbon Cliff, miner, aged 36 years, married, was severely crushed about the head by coal flying from a blast, in the Silvis Mining company's mine No. 2, near Carbon Cliff, Rock Island county. The deceased was "driving entry," and had prepared a blast; another miner was opening a room from the entry behind and had prepared two blasts. It was their intention to light the three shots at once; the miner in the room lighted both of his shots, the deceased failed to get the fuse of his shot lighted, and had to leave the face because of the shots in the other room being lighted. The shots in the room exploded but the entry shot did not explode; the deceased thought the fuse had not burned and returned for the purpose of lighting it, when about eight feet from the face the shot exploded with results as stated; death ensued from the injuries 12 hours after the accident. He leaves a widow and four children.
August 7, 18973, Bruno Lambrecht, of Coal Valley, a pump-man, aged 32 years, married, leaves a widow and two children, was killed by falling from the top to the bottom of the pump-shaft, a distance of 52 feet, at John J. Pryce's mine, located near Coal Valley, in Rock Island county. Deceased, whose duty it was to attend to the boiler and pump, came to work about noon on the above date. Another man had been acting in his place during his absence. When Lambrecht came to the shaft he was informed that everything was working all right, but he insisted on going down the shaft, at the bottom of which the pump was located. He stepped on to the ladder, and had gone but a few feet when he slipped and fell to the bottom. He was dead when removed from the shaft.
October 31, 19036, Ivy Murdock, of Coal Valley, miner, aged 39 years, married, was severely burned by powder and bruised by coal flying from a premature blast in Moore and Wahlstroms' local mine, located near Coal Valley, Rock Island county. Deceased had charged a drill-hole with loose powder, and was in the act of ramming it to the back of the hole with an iron scraper: it is assumed the scraper struck a piece of sulphur, which generated a spark, igniting the powder and the explosion followed. The heel of the shot was blown off by the explosion, and the coal flying therefrom, struck the deceased bruising him severely on his head and body. He died from the injuries received six hours after the accident. Two other miners were in the room, visiting with Murdock at the time of the explosion, one was severely and the other one slightly burned. Deceased leaves a widow and three children.
September 20, 19004, Morris Stoehr, of Carbon Cliff, a sinker, aged 23 years, single, was killed almost instantly by falling down the new sinking shaft, at Silvis' mine, located near Carbon Cliff, Rock Island county. Deceased and his partner were engaged in sinking a new shaft at the above mine; they were about to fire a blast; deceased came up the shaft in a sinking bucket, leaving his partner below to ignite the fuse. When Stoehr reached the top of the shaft he went to step from the bucket onto the platform while the bucket was yet in motion, the boards of the platform were wet and slippery, and his foot slipped in such a manner that he fell into and down the shaft, a distance of 80 feet. He died about ten minutes after being brought to the surface.
January 31, 19077, Joseph W. Zeigler, of Coal Valley, miner and operator, aged 27 years, single, was killed instantly by falling roof at the face of his working room in Zeigler Bros.' local mine, about three miles from Coal Valley, Rock Island county. Deceased and his brother operated a local mine. They employed no help whatever, mining, hoisting and selling the coal themselves. This brother was at work in his room. He knew the roof was dangerous and had evidently, as he supposed, thoroughly secured the same by propping. A large slab, twelve feet long, three feet wide and an average thickness of fully three inches, suddenly fell, crushing him underneath. He was dead when found by his brother, about ten minutes after the roof fell.

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