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8. Cable-reel locomotive. Controller cover damaged. Debris in cab. 9. Body of motorman who acted as examiner for night shift in car next to loco

motive. Another body on floor just in by car. 10. Two bodies. 11. Seven bodies. 12. Explosives-storage box for section. One part box of explosives burned and

several rolls of burned and charred fuse. Some undamaged explosives in

box. 13, Cable-reel shuttle car. 14. One body. 15. Body of section boss. 16. Body of shot firer. 17. Face of No. 39 room shot down. Four shots in crosscut, three bottom holes

and top hole along right rib not fired. Ends of fuses charred. Center top

hole and top hole along left rib fired, apparently lit by flame of explosion. 18. Loading machine in crosscut to left. Nips disconnected from power wires. 19. Drill truck turned over, wheel broken off. Drill and other tools scattered

about truck. Nips disconnected from power wires. 20. Mining machine sumped in and more than half way across face. Nips dis

connected from power wires. 21. Sixteen bodies in or at man-trip cars on 1 west. Man-trip consisted of loco

motive and two cars. Six empty cars in cross-over inby man-trip. Fire

cars were off track. Two empty cars off track on 2 west inby cross-over. 22. Loading machine at face. Nips disconnected from power wires. 23. Place cut. Mining machine loaded on truck and moved back from face. Nips

disconnected from power wires. 24. Loading machine. 25. Locomotive on 20 north on track. Controller in off position. Two bodies at

locomotive. 26. Man-trip consisting of locomotive and two cars. Locomotive and cars off

track. Fourteen bodies in and around man-trip. 27. Loading machine on entry. Nips disconnected from power wires. 28. Trackman's truck blown off track. 29. Drill truck 70 feet from face of room. Nips disconnected from power wires. 30. Mining machine blown off track. 31. Explosives container destroyed and loose explosives strewn about floor. 32. Door blown open, but not destroyed. 33. Locomotive-controller cover blown off. 34. Man-trip consisting of locomotive and two cars. Ten bodies in and alongside

man-trip. 35. Five empty cars twisted and overturned. 36. Three empty cars twisted and overturned. Axle broken on one car. 37. Loading machine. Nips disconnected from power wires. 38. One body found at face rolled up in ball along left rib. 39. Four bodies near face of room. 40. One body along rib rib in crosscut. 41. Body of mining machine operator. 42. One body. Sand box on entry destroyed. 43. Mining machine controller at neutral. Nips disconnected from power wires.

Drill truck outby mining machine. Drill, tools, and loose explosires

scattered outby truck. 44. Limit of rock dust on entries. 45. Limit of rock dust on 1 west entry. 46. Concrete block seals blown in. 47. Approximate extent of rock dusting on 20, 21, and 22 north entries off 4 west. 48. Approximate extent of rock dusting on 23 and 24 south entries off 4 west. 49. Bodies of 16 workmen from 13 and 14 north section found grouped near 1 west

junction. 50. Four men from face walked out to junction with 1 west where they were

rescued along with pumper from along 1 west. Pumper died later on

surface. 51. Fourteen bodies huddled at face, most of whom left notes. Latest time dated

in notes was 7 p. m. 52. Thirteen bodies grouped along entry. 53. Body of substation attendant. 54. Body of motorman found along 4 west haulage road.

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APPENDIX “C.”-Sketch showing details of explosion evidence at and near face of

1 west

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APPENDIX D.-List of men killed in mine explosion, No. 5 mine, Centralia Coal

Co., Mar. 25, 1947

Name

Age

Occupation

Address

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1403 South Hickory St., Centralia,

III. 813 North Hickory St., Centralis,

mi. Sandoval, nii. 1137 Dover St., Centralia, mi. 1325 Weston Ave., Centralia, Dl. 516 West Rexford St., Centralis,

Tii. 515 South Maple St., Centralia,

11. Dubois, III. 623 South Hickory St., Centralia,

ni. Rickview, III. Sandoval, mi. 636 Wabash Ave., Centralia, ni. Rural Route No. 2, Centralia, nl. 2404 Le Mar Street, Mount Vernon,

Ill. 1413 Case St., Centralia, Ill. Rural Route No. 1, Centralia, ni. 425 South Walnut St., Centralia,

Ill.

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Machineman Joy operator. Machineman...

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Driller Clean-up.

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740 South Cherry St., Centralia,

Ill. 302 West 18th St., Centralia, Ill. 612 North Poplar St., Centralis,

III. 31849 East Broadway, Centralia,

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Track layer.

Edward Hofstetter.
Celso Biagi.
Joseph Cerutti.

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Trip rider.

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Timberman

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Motorman.

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Joe Bryant. Machine No. 4: Straight 1 west:

Miles McCollum.
Ray Fouts
Glenn Purceli.
Charles McGreavey..
Charles McHenry.
Arthur H. Carter..
Martin Freeman, Sr.
William Montler
John Busse
Domenick Benerenti

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Charles Oestreich.
Eugene Erwin....

H. W. Sundermeyer Machine No. 5: 20 and 21 north 1 west:

Henry Hoeinghaus.
George Powell.
Aliredo Pollaci.
Emmett Uhls.
Paul Comper.
John Figielek
Louis Grotti.
Jacob Schmidt.

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Ill. 1427 Marion Ave., Centralia, ni. 1100 North Elm St., Centralis, NI. 1207 South Hickory St., Centralia,

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1210 Western Ave., Centralia, I!I.
338 North Dougals St., Centralia,
1535 South Poplar St., Contralis,

III.
Sandoval, Ill.

Do.
212 South Commercial St., Cen-

tralia, Ill. Sandoval, II.

Ill.

515 North Maple St., Centralia,

INI. Rural Route No. 5, Centralia, III. 556 North Hickory St., Centralia,

III. 112 North Walnut St., Cenatralia,

III. 910 East Broadway, Centrali,a II. 522 West Rexford St., Centralis,

11. 427 West 6th St., Centralia, Ill. 1021 South Hickory St., Centralia,

NI. Rural Route No. 5, Centralis, II. 1224 East Rexford, St., Centraliz,

NII.
412 South Beech St., Centralia, III.
225 North Broadway, Centralia,

II).
Rural Route No. 6, Centralia, III.

do Driller.

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Rural Route No. 1, Woodlawn, m.
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Rural Route No. 5, Centralia, Di.
Sandoval, III.
110 Hardin St., Centralia, .
Rural Route No. 6, Centralia, DI.

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719 College, Centralia, Di.

APPENDIX D.-List of men killed in mine explosion, No. 5 mine, Centralia Coal

Co., Mar. 25, 1947-Continued

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Sandoval, III. Beckemeyer, Ill. 128 West Kell, Centralia, ni. 1000 South Locust St., Centralia,

nu. Irvington, III. Rural Route No. 1, Sandoval, Ill. 1003 North Poplar St., Centralia,

ni. 512 North College, Centralia, ni. Irvington, Ii. Beckemeyer, Ill. Rural Route No.5, Centralia, ni. 737 South Cherry St., Centralia, ni. 339 South Broadway, Centralia,

ni.

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1111 South Marion St., Centralia,

Ill. 710 North Poplar St., Centralia, ni. Sandoval, Il.

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Daniel C. Sanders.
Henry Niepoetter..
Nick Reggo...
James Tabor
William F. Fortmoyer.
Alfred Stevens
Clifford Copple.
Fred Laughunn.

Philip Knight...
Gang: 13 north 1 west:

Anthony Tickus..
Charles Kraus.

Martin Freeman, Jr. Repairman on No.8 territory: 20, 21, and 22 north 4 west:

Forrest Rhodes..

Edward Bude. Bratticemen working along first west:

Od Lee Francis.

Frank Copple.. Pumper: 1 west:

Mark Watson... Motor-generator set operator: 4 west:

Alva Petrea.. Foremen:

Alvin M. Barnes....

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Repairman...

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Bratticeman.

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Pumper...

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Motor-generator operator....

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Martin Basola..

Foreman, No. 1 machine, 18

and 19 north off 1 west. Foreman, No. 3 machine, 23

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409 Linden St., Centralia, II.

1011 Hester Ave., Centralis, II .
Rural route No. 2, Centralia, Ill.
917 South Hickory St., Centralia,

Ill.

150 Washington Blvd., Centralia,

Ill.

608 Wabash Ave., Centralia, III. Sandoval, ni.

and 24 south, 4 west.

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APPENDIX D. - List of men killed in mine explosion, No. 5. mine, Centralia Coal

Co., Mar. 25, 1947Continued

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Manzie Gregory..

Walnut Hill, Ill.

August Holzhauer.

Rural Route No. 3, Centralia, Iul.

Fred Bright.. William Rowekamp.

Joe Vancil, Jr... George Cruse.. William Oestreich. Ted Keil...

49 Swing motorman, 18 and 19

North off 1 west. 52 Swing motorman, 23 and 24

south 4 west. 41 Swing triprider, straight 1

west. 58 Swing motorman, 20 and 21

north 1 west. 20 Triprider, 13 and 14 north 1

west. 53 Swing triprider, 13 and 14

north 1 west. 66 Driller, 13 and 14 north 1 west. 44 Machineman, 13 and 14 north

1 west. 30 Triprider, 23 and 24 south 4

west. 41 Triprider, 20, 21, and 22 north

4 west. 63 Motorman, main line 55 ..do..

John E. Pick.

John Lorenzini..

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Henry Ziegler..
Harry Gutzler.
Henry Goforth..
Stephen Ben Kirkland.
Guy Baldridge
Clemence Zinkevicz.
Gus Harting.

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Trapper, 1 west.
Trackman, main line..
Cager, bottom.
Cleaning road, main line.

723 Wilson, Centralia, Ill. Rural Route No. 5, Centralia, TIL Rural Route No. 2, Centralia, III. 201 West Belleville, Nashville, III. 111 East 11th St., Centralia, nii. Du Bois, III. 516 West Rexford St., Centralia,

Ill. 340 West 14th St., Centralia, ni. Rural Route No. 2, Centralia, Ill. 706 South Cherry St., Centralia,

III. 435 South Hickory St., Centralia,

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George Reid.
Walter Sundermeyer
Floyd Wiegel
Harry Greathouse.
Lawrence Merkle-
Earl Wilkinson.
Lawrence Sprehe.
Fred Shaw
Don Soper..
Settimo Pollacci..
Lynn Sharp.
Scott Ward..

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Pumper, 1 west..
Cleaning road, main line
Coupler, bottom..
Blocker, bottom
Triprider, main line.

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Repairman, motor room

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room. Repairman, wire, motor room Repairman, motor room..... Track layer, 13 and 14 north

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William H. Brown Fred Hellmeyer

COAL MINE INSPECTION REPORT, NO. 5 MINE, CENTRALIA COAL CO.,

CENTRALIA, MARION COUNTY, ILL., SEPTEMBER 1-3, 1942

(By L. W. Kelly and T. H. O'Neal)

ni. 702 North Beech St., Centralia, Ill. 1405 South Locust St., Centralia,

IN.
1423 Hester St., Centralia III.
1102 South Hickory St., Centralis,

III.
Rural Route No. 2, Centralia, m.
Rural Route No. 5, Centralia, Ill.
Rural Route No. 1, Centralía, Ill.
31542 West 16th St., Centralia, ni.
Sandoval, n.

Do.
433 Anderson St., Centralia, II.
1315 North Elm St., Centralis, Ill.
Odin, III.
Rural Route No. 5, Centralia. Ill.
1536 South Poplar St., Centralia,

Ili. Rural Route No. 2, Centralia, Il. 131 South Elm St., Centralia, Ill. 917 South Walnut St., Centralia,

In.

1 west.
Mine manager
Chief electrician

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INTRODUCTION

This is a report of an inspection made in accordance with the Federal Coal Mine Inspection and Investigation Act of 1941 (H. R. 2082) for the purpose of

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