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Illinois Coal Mine death

Illinois Coal Mine death

Linda Brandau (View posts)
Posted: 22 Oct 2004 1:19AM GMT
Classification: Query
I am looking for information on Bernhard Herdes. Oral history is that he was a mine inspector and died in a mine collapse. He died between 1884 and 1892. He was married to Anna Rudow.

Re: Illinois Coal Mine death

Posted: 10 Mar 2014 11:26PM GMT
Classification: Death
Surnames: Herdes, Hardis
I found the information on Bernhard Herdes in 2013. (his name had been spelled wrong) I had really given up when I just stumbled upon it. The lesson? Don't give up.
Illinois Dept. of Mines and Minerals:
February 16, 1891, Bernard Hardis, miner, a married man, had his skull fractured at No. 1 mine of the Star coal Co., at Coal City; the roof had taken a heavy break through the night, bringing down all the undermined coal, with a portion of the roof also; the partner of the deceased, on entering the room, noticed that this rock was dangerous and went to work on the other side of the room: being a little late in getting to his work, the deceased commenced right under this rock without examining its condition, and before his partner could warn him, it came down and caught him; he lived only ten minutes after the accident.

Re: Illinois Coal Mine death

Posted: 24 Mar 2014 9:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
In addition to the earlier information from page 58,

Source: 1891 Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Department of Mines and Minerals, page 59.

1891Feb16, fatal accident, First District, Bernard Hardis, age 31, occupation miner, residence Coal City, married, survived by widow and 2 children, 3 dependents, accident cause falling rock

From Jerry, “Mining Accidents U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Australia”

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