Morris, IL Man Falls Down Coal Mine Shaft, June 1912

JOHN STALKER FALLS DOWN MINE

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Coal Operator Very Seriously Injured.

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FALLS FORTY-SEVEN FEET

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STRIKES ACROSS EDGES OF WATER BARREL AND DEEP CUTS ARE INFLICTED--NOSE BROKEN AND CUT, DEEP GASH ON RIGHT THIGH, LEFT ANKLE MASHED AND INTERNAL INJURIES--WAS CLIMBING LADDER AND ONE OF THE RUNGS BROKE WHEN A SHORT DISTANCE FROM THE TOP.

Morris, Ill., June 15 - falling a distance of 47 feet to the bottom of his coal mine, and striking the edges of a water barrel, John Stalker, well-known Morris coal operator, was very seriously injured. Besides being badly bruised and cut he sustained internal injuries, the extent of which will not be known for a few days. Mr. Stalker is in the Morris Hospital.

Ladder Rung Breaks

Mr. Stalker was ascending the shaft by means of the ladder and, when on the seventh rung from the top, the rung broke, precipitating him to the bottom. He managed to crawl to the cage and his son William hoisted him to the surface. His son and "Chub" Lindsay then took him in a rig to the hospital, where Dr. Bowker was called to attend him.

It was found that Mr. Stalker's nose was broken and cut, requiring several stitches, there was a deep gash eight inches long across the left thigh, necessitating fifteen to twenty stitches, and the right ankle was badly mashed and cut requiring several more stitches. In addition Mr. Stalker was covered with bruises and injured internally. . . . .

The mine where the accident occurred is located in Saratoga township north of Morris.

Morris Daily Herald 1912-06-15