|Choas at the fanhouse
|Ladies in distress as they fear the worst of their loved ones fate below.
As officials paced back and forth near the fanhouse area, the wives and mothers of the miners below are
seen here in great distress. The officials don't know what to do now with the escape shaft destroyed. The women
i am sure were yelling and screaming with great panic at these men or someone to do something, but a short time later the
decision to seal the mainshaft had come. By doing this the officials knew it would smother the fire thus not giving it any
oxeygen, and also they could save the mine below from being completely destroyed. Of course the families of the miners went
hysterical and were accusing the St. Paul officials of being more concerned about the mine rather than the miners who slaved
away in the depths below. But remember, before they sealed the mine that day there were twelve men (heroes) who made
six successful trips upon the cage at the main shaft rescuing miners from death below. But on the 7th trip, because of a mixup
in the signals of raising and lowering the cage, the miners were consumed by the fire. Imagine raising the cage to the surface
with burning bodies for all the families and folks gathered around the mainshaft. It was a most horrific and gruesome
sight to see, especially for the families of the twelve courageous men. Those family members pleaded with them not to
go down there again, for they were risking their life and the fire was getting stronger. But in an effort to save their
fellowman they became martyrs and today are Heroes in Heaven.
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|SAMUEL HOWARD who kept a diary for two days.
|Last alive on Nov 16th 1909
SAMUEL HOWARD The young man who kept the diary from November 14th to Nov. 16th and closed by saying , "It is 1pm,
Monday November 16th (did he mean 15th here)
The lights are going out, I think this is our last."