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Coal Mine Fatalities
of
Washington County, Illinois

     Underground mining has always been wrought with accidents and tragedies of many different types. Coal mining in this area was mainly all in underground mines and over the years, there were many accidents, fires, cave-ins, rock falls, and machinery failures. The saddest of all the catastrophes is the loss of life. Some of the fatalities that occured during the heaviest coal mining years in this vicinity are listed below in an effort to provide an aid in genealogy and historical research.
      Additional entries are always welcome.

See : Washington County, IL. Coal Mines

BERSCHELT
April 5, 19285, Thursday, Gus Berschelt, of Nashville, loader age 50 years, widower, was killed by a fall of slate in Clarkson Coal Company's mine, [Nashville, Washington County, Illinois]. He leaves a dependent child.

FORTMEYER
March 25, 194710, Tuesday, William F. Fortmeyer, of Irvington, buggy operator, aged 25 years, married, died in the Centralia Coal Company's No. 5 Mine explosion disaster. He leaves a widow and two children.

FRIEND
March 25, 194710, Tuesday, Albet J. Friend, of Richview, triprider, aged 36 years, married, died in the Centralia Coal Company's No. 5 Mine explosion disaster. He leaves a widow and one child.

KEIL
September 12, 19224, Tuesday, Matt Keil, of Tamaroa, mine manager, age 48 years, married, died from injuries received six days previous in Kuhn Coalery Company's mine [DuBois, Washington County, Illinois]. The mine had been closed about one year and preparations were being made to start operating. Deceased was at shaft bottom and stepped across the cage to start a pump which was about six feet from the cage, while thus engaged the cage without his knowledge was taken away and in attempting to cross back, he walked into cage seat, which was about 3 feet deep in water that had been heated by exhaust from pump. He was so badly burned that he died as stated above. He leaves a widow and three children.

KROEGER
October 28, 194710, Tuesday, Leonard Kroeger, of DuBois, coupler, age 56 years, married, died from injuries received on Friday, September 12, 1947, being crushed between coal cars in Bois Coal Comapny's Kuhn Mine, DuBois, Washington County, Illinois.

MAXWELL
February 18, 19133, Tuesday, Ira Maxwell, of Nashville, miner, aged 33 years, married, was killed by falling slate in the Nicholson Coal Company's mine, Nashville, Washington County, Illinois. He leaves a widow and two children.

PELKER
March 25, 194710, Tuesday, Walter Pelker, of DuBois, timberman, aged 31 years, married, died in the Centralia Coal Company's No. 5 Mine explosion disaster. He leaves a widow and two children.

PRIVETTE
March 25, 194710, Tuesday, Richard Privette, of DuBois, timberman, aged 39 years, married, died in the Centralia Coal Company's No. 5 Mine explosion disaster. He leaves a widow and two children.

SANDERS
March 25, 194710, Tuesday, Daniel C. Sanders, of Irvington, driller, aged 66 years, married, died in the Centralia Coal Company's No. 5 Mine explosion disaster. He leaves a widow.

SEIFERT
February 16, 19358, Saturday, Herbert G. Seifert, of Venedy, miner, aged 40 years, married, died from blood poison resulting from injuries received in mine of Venedy Coal Company [Venedy, Washington County, Illinois] ; leaving widow and four children.

SHINDALL
October 14, 18841, Tuesday, William Shindall
At the Nashville mine, Nashville, Wm. Shindall, a married man, 27 years old, father of two children, was instantly killed on the 14th of October. he was timbering in sinking a shaft, and a plank which he was sending up became detached from the rope and fell about 100 feet, striking him on the head, causing instant death.

SMITH
February 7, 19347, Wednesday, John Smith, of Nashville, loader, age 47 years, married, ws killed by falling coal in Clarkson Coal Mining Company's mine. [Nashville, Washington County, Illinois] He leaves a widow and one child.

WALIGORSKI
January 8, 19419,Wednesday, Michael Waligorski, of DuBois, miner, aged 62 years, married, died on January 8, 1941 from injuries he received on Saturday, January 4, 1941, when a shot exploded on him in Bois mine No.1, DuBois, Washington County, Illinois. He leaves a widow.

WATTS
January 16, 18932, Monday, Griffin Watts, of DuBois, miner, married, aged 44 years, employed bu Kuhn & Schwind, at DuBois, was instantly killed by a piece of rock falling on him at the face of his room. The room had a rock top, and a piece of the same, about sixteen inches thick and twenty-five feet long, became loose; he put two props under the back end; the end next to the face of the room was resting on a loose shot he had fired; he mined the coal off, when the rock fell with the above result. He left a widow and four children.

WRIGHT
June 10, 19306, Tuesday, Morrison Wright, of Nashville, miner, age 59 years, married, died from injuries received six days prior in Clarkson Coal and Mining Company's mine, Nashville, Washington County, Illinois, by a rock fall. He leaves a widow.

 

 

Sources :

1 Statistics of Coal In Illinois 1885
                A Supplemental Report
                State Bureau of Labor Statistics
                Reports of Mine Inspectors
                For the Year Ended July1, 1885
                Springfiled, ILL; H. W. Roker, State Printer and Binder, 1885

2 Statistics of Coal In Illinois 1893
                Twelveth Annual Report
                Springfiled, ILL.; H. W. Rokker, State Printer and Binder, 1894

3 Thirty-Second Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1913
                State Mining Board
                Printed by authority of the State of Illinois
                Springfield, ILL.: Illinois State Journal Co., State Printers, 1914

4 Forty-Second Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1923
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Illinois Printing Co., Danville, ILL., 1923

5 Forty-Seventh Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1928
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Illinois Printing Co., Danville, ILL., 1929

6 Forty-Ninth Annual Coal Report of Illinois, 1930
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Illinois Printing Co., Danville, ILL., 1931

7 Fifty -Third Coal Report of Illinois, 1934
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

8 Fifty -Fourth Coal Report of Illinois, 1935
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

9 Sixieth Coal Report of Illinois, 1941
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

10 Sixty Sixth Coal Report of Illinois, 1947
                Department of Mines and Minerals
                Printed by authority of the State of Illinois

 

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