La Salle County IL News


 Miners Arrested for Blowing Up Mine

Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois) July 13, 1894

The five strikers implicated in the blowing up of the Scott coal mine at Kangley, Ill., about ten days ago, were arrested by deputy sheriffs Monday night and taken to Ottawa and lodged in the county jail. They are all foreigners and hard-looking characters. -- Contributed by N. Piper

John Urich Fatally Shoots City Marshal Donaldson

Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois) September 11, 1894

Ottawa, Ill, Sept. 10

John Urich, a miner of Kangley, in La Salle county, shot and probably fatally wounded City Marshal Donaldson this morning and wounded M. E. Tobias, clerk for the Star Coal co. of Kangley. Urich’s wife appeared this morning at the poundhouse and tried to liberate the family cow by battering the gate with an axe. When Donaldson tried to arrest the woman she struggled and screamed and he called on Tobias for help. While they were putting her in the lockup Urich appeared with a big revolver and fired half a dozen bullets. Donaldson was struck in the arm and hip. Urich is being pursued by a posse of fifty men. -- Contributed by N. Piper

Star Coal Mine Air Shaft Burned

Decatur Daily Republican (Decatur, Illinois) August 11, 1894

An Air Shaft Burned

Streator, Ill., Aug. 11 – Fire at Kangley, Ill., last night destroyed the air shaft of the Star Coal Co. mine. Danage was done to the extent of $5,000 or $6,000. -- Contributed by N. Piper

Kangley Gives Up Corporation As Village

The Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois) December 17 1908

Kangley Ill., Celebrates its Last Day of Existence With Huge Blow-Out

Streator, Ill., Dec. 17

With laughter and banter and the away of the dance Kangley celebrated itself off the map Tuesday night- Kangley, the town that one day grasped to its breast the hope of growing big enough to challenge Streator and all the sister towns roundabout.

Over a banquet board the townspeople tried to jest their gloomier thoughts away. Some who were not present to clink the glasses gathered at the town hall and heard the last stage mimiery which the town shall see, while others tried to forget sadder things in the glamour and gayety of the ballroom.

Kangley, once the home of 500 souls and a thriving center of industry, is to emulate “The Deserted Village” of Goldsmith. The festal joys that made the prairie ring Tuesday night are called the wake of the town. They signalize death and parting. Yesterday the flight of the villagers began.


Kangley is giving up its corporate life because there is nothing to live fore there . Its industry was mining – an industry that started twenty years ago when the Star Coal Company began taking coal from the field. Naturally, its men were miners, its woman and children, the sons and daughters of toil, but they were all happy.

Then the Star company, whose president and vice president are L. O. Goddard and J.C. Craft of Chicago, began to abridge its activities. One after another the mines was worked out and abandoned. Now the last has been closed and no more coal will be hoisted at Kangley and, like the poem about the thrush, “What’s the use in stayin when one bird kin sing fer all.”

The other day the mules were taken out of the mines. They blinked in the sunlight they had not seen in years and wondered what it was all about. If they could have talked they might have said that Kangley was not as big as it used to be and that the stores did not seem so lively.


A year from now, if they should come again, perhaps they would see the town melted back into the cornfields from which it sprang a score of years ago.

-- Contributed by N. Piper


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