Edmund Donk died in 1914 and at some point in the 1920s the company's mines in Illinois were leased or sold. One of the descendants of William Collins (1850-1917), who was my great great grandmother's second husband sent me a photograph of the coal mine near Troy.
|Abandoned Donk Brothers Coal Co. mine near Troy, Illinois; photograph|
courtesy of William A. Shaffer
Many of my Riggin ancestors worked at Donk Brothers. William Collins, my great great grandmother's second husband, was killed by a fall of slate at the mine on 23 July 1917. He died at home several hours after being injured.
|Excerpt from the Coal in Illinois, 1918 (page 199) which may be found on Internet|
"July 23, 1917, William Collins, miner, aged 68 years, married, was killed by a fall of slate in Donk Bros. Coke and Coal Company's No. 3 mine. He leaves a widow."
Such a terse description of tragedy.
The idea for this post came from Geneabloggers.com.