A lifetime underground should earn honor according to local woman - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Royalton, IL

A lifetime underground should earn honor according to local woman

Dominic Capogreco Dominic Capogreco

A lifetime underground should earn honor according to local woman
By: Arnold Wyrick

ROYALTON, Ill. - When Dominic Capogreco was just 14 years of age he boarded a boat in Italy and headed towards the United States.  The year was 1895.  Once he arrived he settled in Williamson County near the town of Royalton.

In 1911 Capogreco went to work in the coal mines of southern Illinois. "The mines was his life.  He loved the workers, and he loved the coal mines that was his second life," says Lois Capogreco his daughter-in-law of Royalton.

Dominic's love for being underground lasted longer then any other miner in our nations history, 57 years of swinging a pick-ax into rock looking for a piece of black gold.  And he only missed two days of work in all that time. "One because he had a broken shoulder and one because he had a broken foot where the rock fell on him.  He missed those days.  But, then he went right back to the work the next day," Lois said.

And when he wasn't underground, Lois says he worked the soil around the house nurturing his garden. "He canned, and he loved to cook.  He was a real good cook.  I can still smell that Italian food cooking when you'd pull off the road heading towards his house.  You could smell it a quarter-of-a-mile away," Lois said.

Dominic raised his four sons after divorcing his wife, all the time working nights in the coal mines.

Dominic celebrated his 85th birthday with family, friends and fellow coal miners.  He died three years later in 1983, at the age of 88.  Now his daughter-in-law would like to see him memorialized in the new Southern Illinois Miners ball park in Marion, Illinois. "Because he come here and worked the mines in Williamson County.  And he worked at the ball fields here in the county.  I've spoken with the Simmons family about putting up something at the stadium to honor his time as a miner.  But I haven't heard back from them yet if they're going to do it," Lois said.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Crash blocks both lanes of Highway B in Perry County, MO

    Crash blocks both lanes of Highway B in Perry County, MO

    Saturday, August 18 2018 8:14 PM EDT2018-08-19 00:14:41 GMT
    A crash has blocked both lanes of Highway B in Perry County, Mo. (Source: Raycom Media)A crash has blocked both lanes of Highway B in Perry County, Mo. (Source: Raycom Media)
    A crash has blocked both lanes of Highway B in Perry County, Mo. (Source: Raycom Media)A crash has blocked both lanes of Highway B in Perry County, Mo. (Source: Raycom Media)
    Traffic has been blocked after a crash in Perry County, Mo. on Aug. 18. Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android According to Perry County, MO Sheriff's Department, a crash has blocked both lanes of Highway B in Perry County, Mo. We will continue to update this story. Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved
    Traffic has been blocked after a crash in Perry County, Mo. on Aug. 18. Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android According to Perry County, MO Sheriff's Department, a crash has blocked both lanes of Highway B in Perry County, Mo. We will continue to update this story. Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved
  • Man rescued from culvert drain in Saline County, IL

    Man rescued from culvert drain in Saline County, IL

    Saturday, August 18 2018 7:45 PM EDT2018-08-18 23:45:58 GMT
    A Harrisburg, Ill. man was resuce from a culvert drain. (Source: Raycom Media)A Harrisburg, Ill. man was resuce from a culvert drain. (Source: Raycom Media)
    A Harrisburg, Ill. man was resuce from a culvert drain. (Source: Raycom Media)A Harrisburg, Ill. man was resuce from a culvert drain. (Source: Raycom Media)
    A Harrisburg, Ill. man was rescued from a culvert drain in Muddy, Ill. on Aug. 18. According to the Saline County Sheriff's Office, they received a call around 10:30 p.m. of a man being trapped in a drain. EMS crew and Harrisburg Fire Department arrive at Public Street in Muddy, Ill. A deputy arrived on the scene and saw a man trapped in a 14-inch culvert drain pipe. Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android Crews rescued David Duffy, 41, of Harrisburg, Ill.,...
    A Harrisburg, Ill. man was rescued from a culvert drain in Muddy, Ill. on Aug. 18. According to the Saline County Sheriff's Office, they received a call around 10:30 p.m. of a man being trapped in a drain. EMS crew and Harrisburg Fire Department arrive at Public Street in Muddy, Ill. A deputy arrived on the scene and saw a man trapped in a 14-inch culvert drain pipe. Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android Crews rescued David Duffy, 41, of Harrisburg, Ill.,...
  • First Alert: Scattered showers, thunderstorms possible Saturday

    Saturday, August 18 2018 6:47 PM EDT2018-08-18 22:47:45 GMT
    With higher dew points still across the Heartland, it will not only feel muggy this morning but through the entire day. (Source: Charlotte Johnson - Portagevlle, MO, cNews)With higher dew points still across the Heartland, it will not only feel muggy this morning but through the entire day. (Source: Charlotte Johnson - Portagevlle, MO, cNews)

    Partly cloudy skies today with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible this afternoon especially in western Kentucky and Tennessee. These will clear out shortly after sunset.

    Partly cloudy skies today with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible this afternoon especially in western Kentucky and Tennessee. These will clear out shortly after sunset.

Powered by Frankly