Cherry Coal Mine Disaster

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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

Hello I am Ray Tutaj Jr. and I hope you liked the site. If you would like to send me an e-mail about the site or if i can help you with any of the items i have available, please let me know.

Below is an email from the grandaughter of one of the 20 men who survived after 8 days.
Dear Ray,


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.

Artwork by my Grandmother, Ruby Harmon, done back in the late 60's.

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Remnants of track structures on Slag Piles
After 90 plus years after the tragedy, theres still things to catch your eye there!

The track supports are visible here after 90 years
Remnants of a bygone era