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Below is an email from the grandaughter of one of the 20 men who survived after 8 days.
Your ears must be ringing! We have not stopped talking about how wonderful it was to meet you
and have you explain and demonstrate via your model what happened on November
13, 1909, at the Cherry mine disaster. You and your model made all the difference in the world! Thank you
for spending so much time with me, Carmelita Collins, my husband, Peter, and our friends, Ray and Kenna Baskerville yesterday,
August 1, 2009. You recall, my grandfather was Antenore Quartaroli, one of the 20 "eight day survivors."
Ray Baskerville surprised me. He presented me with your new DVD which we absolutely treasure
and appreciate. Peter and I watched it twice and just had to share it with Ray and Kenna so they could see it.
Truly, it is a masterpiece! I have a brother, Robert LaRocca in Jacksonville, Florida. I called him this morning
to tell him about our time with you. Bob has seen your model in the library. He was very impressed with it but
really was intrigued with the added insights you shared with us. He looks forward to seeing the DVD knowing how you
photographed the model outdoors. How clever and physically taxing for you. Of course, I will be ordering more
DVD's from you.
Peter and I plan to attend the 100th anniversary, November 14
and 15, 2009. We will be sure to look for you then.
Thank you again for all your interest and work regarding the the Cherry mine disaster. What
a fabulous record of this portion of our family history that you have provided.
Sincerely, Carm Collins
|Inside a Coal Mine
|This is not the Cherry Coal Mine but it gives you an idea.
|THE FLEEING MINER
|Artwork by my Grandmother, Ruby Harmon, done back in the late 60's.