Cherry Coal Mine Disaster

Soldier Trains
Cherry Mine Disaster Story
Story of Disaster by Steve Stout
The Fatal Day
Story in a Nutshell
Mine Site photos
Description of Cherry Mine
James Cherry
page two mine pics
Page Three Mine Pics
Page four Mine photos
Page Five Mine Photos
Page Six Mine Photos
Page Seven Mine Photos
Page Eight Mine Photos
Page Nine Mine Photos
Bell Signals etc.
Page Ten Mine photos
New Mine photos
Aerial Views
Cherry Mine Artifacts
Sunday Morning Crowds
Cherry Mine Model
Model Pics Set Two
Twelve Heroes Story
John Flood: Hero
Alex Norberg (Hero)
Read about Eight-Day Men
John Thomas Brown
George Eddy
Which Story Deserves Movie?
The Memorial and More
Miners Tombstones
Cherry Depot
Soldier Trains and more
Morgue Tent
Names of Victims
Names of Victims section two
Coal Mining Words
Map Diagrams
No Respect For History
The Day the Tipple Fell
Farewell letters
Sam Howard's Letter
More on the Subject
"Oneness" Press release
TRAPPED: Karen Tintori's new book
Ray Tutaj Model Projects
Last Days of The Milwaukee Road
Milwaukee Road Car
St. Paul Coal Mine Office
Remembering the disaster.
100th Anniversary/Car Show
100th Anniversary Photos
100th Anniversary photos by Candy Brown
100th Anniversary pics from Karen Tintori
We need Your Help (1909 song)
Cherry Word Puzzle
Favorite Links
About me
Tour of Mine Site
Contact Me
100th Anniversary Documentary Available and More!
Cherry Mine Disaster Historical Society
T-Shirts, Sweatshirts etc.(100th anniv.)
Train Photo CDs Available
Train Video DVD's Available
Train -e-books NEW!
Workers Compensation
Cherry MIne Enthusiasts Remembered
How You Can Help


Militia Soldiers from Kankakee to Cherry
Passenger cars filled with soldiers to keep the peace.

Trains of  Soldiers, Mine officials and medical personal were brought to Cherry in these passenger cars.  The photo was taken from atop one of the smaller slag piles. You can see the brick wall (front) of the boiler house at far right.  In the distance on the left you can see the Cherry Elevator and the Depot.  Notice that there were no trees for birds to "sing in".  It was all flat and lifeless when the St. Paul Co. arrived here.  The houses were simple and built by the St. Paul Mine co. for the miners.  The St. Paul Co. also had their own company store. So a miner paid the Company for rent and bought things at their store.  I bet there wasn't much spending money! 

Soldiers standing next to passenger cars.
Ok, all of you stand next to the train i want to take your picture.

You ask, "Why the Soldiers?"  
Well, let us say your family member (father, husband, brother, or relative) was down in that mine and the company decided to seal it!  This is after they had rescued many miners, so there was hope that they were still alive down there. The families became outraged and the local law enforcement could not control the several hundreds of enraged people. They were angry at the company for sealing the mine. That sealed the hope that any miners were going to survive.  So the militia kept all people away from the mine area.  The people had a good reason for being angry and the mine company had a good reason for sealing it. If they didn't it was highly probable that the twentyone men that did survive after being entombed for eight days, would have not survived.  The fire and the smoke would have eventually got to them.  So the St. Paul Co. sealed the mine and stopped the fire and checked to see the status of the underground the next day. Well, it was still bad and they sealed it again and the families were enraged again. The second time meant there was no hope.  But after eight days twentyone miners made it out alive.

Women told to stay back by the militia
Worried about the fate of their loved one, and helpless.

Cherry Coal MIne Disaster

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