CHERRY MINE DISASTER
If you are interested in knowing more about the coal
mine disaster, these pages will help you in locating different resources of information to assist you.
Heres what can be found on the subject:
Read Steve Stout's historical novel Black Damp: The Story of the Cherry Mining Disaster
SOLD OUT! (check it out at local libraries)
(Steve also has an illustrated booklet written for children, illustrated
by Jason Kotecki. (Available at the Cherry Public Library or the Starved Rock Camera Shop in LaSalle, Illinois)
The Great Disaster of the Cherry, IL. Mine written
by Quataroli Antenore. He was a survivor of the 8-day entombment. (Booklet of 24 pages)[Available at Cherry Library]
The Peter Donna Account. Peter was a young miner who escaped at the
time of the fire and was one of the last survivors of the disaster. (Booklet 21 pages) [Available
at Cherry Library also]
KAREN TINTORI'S Book "TRAPPED"
See task bar at left for more info
Bureau of Labor Statistics report on the Cherry Mine Disaster.
(Book form 90 pages) [If not available at Cherry try the Princeton IL. Historical Museum]
THE MODEL RAILROADING MAGAZINES as found on the about me page.
THE 50th Anniversary Booklet available at Cherry Library
The Cherry Mine Disaster by Frank Buck This book is unavailable. Cherry
Library has a copy on display
The book was written in 1910 by Frank Buck. He was an office worker at the mine site when
the disaster happened. A very articulate author describing in detail every aspect of the disaster and the mine site in general.
I recorded the book on tape because the person I borrowed the book from wanted it back ASAP. The book is extremely rare and
practically unobtainable unless your willing to pay a few hundred dollars to someone who is willing to part with it. (Under very special request i could make a copy for you from my tapes.)
BLACK DIAMOND MINES by R.G. Bluemer
Black Diamond Mines contains information about Cherry and numerous other mines in the
northern Illinois. The book has many great photos of Coal mining in most all these mining towns! You may be able to
obtain this book at the Cherry Library also. Book may also now be available at book stores.
And more info about the Cherry Mine Disaster listed here below.
F.P. Buck - "The Cherry Mine Disaster" U of I at Springfield, Illinois Valley CC, Illinois-Weslyan, University
of Illinois at Urbana
"William H. Clellan: Hero of the Cherry Mine Catrastrophe" Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Commision Report of the Investigation... U of I at Urbana
Judy Giachino - "The Cherry Mine Disaster - a Collection" (she was apparently collecting pictures etc.) U
of I at Urbana
J.W. Pauley - "The Cherry Mine Disaster and its Impact on State and Federal Legislation" Illinois State, U
of I at Urbana
Duncan MacDonald - "Cherry Mine Disaster: Report of Duncan MacDonald..." U of I at Urbana
R.G. Bluemer - "Black Diamond Mines" Illinois Valley CC, U of I Urbana, State Library
Karen Tintori - "Trapped - the 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster
Steve Stout - "Black Damp" Illinois State, U of I Urbana, Southern Illinois at Edwardsville
The Peter Donna Account Cherry Library
Bureau of Labor Statistics Report Cherry Library
Antenore - "The Great Disaster of the Cherry Illinois Mine" Cherry Library
COME AND VISIT
To see the HO scale model layout of the Cherry Coal mine, come and visit
the Cherry Library. We also have detiled map diagrams to obverse for study. Open Wednesdays
5:00-7:00 or on Saturdays from 9:00-11:00! Special doings every year on the Sunday closest to Nov. 13th A
fantastic Pancake and Sausage Breakfast and Bake sale!
LIBRARY IS OPEN MOST OF THE DAY ON ANNIVERSARY.
Librarian; Eileen Pinter will answer your call within the library hours above.