Cherry Coal Mine Disaster

New Mine Photos
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

The Morgue Tent behind tipple
Victims bodies were identified here

A scene in the Morgue Tent
Bodies were still being brought up even into April

Panoramic View of St. Paul mine no. 2 in Cherry IL
Water tank car was used by fire dept

Chicago Fire Dept assisting at Cherry Mine
Newspaper boy seen selling papers

Special Breathing equipment from Champaign IL.
Used when entering the smoke filled mine

EMAIL from Katherine Young:
Hello -
I enjoyed your website on the Cherry Mine Disaster, particularly the photos. My great-grandfather, John Walter Chedister, was the chief engineer at the mine and I have a photograph of him and two other men who were working at the mine at the time of the disaster. I have wanted to share this photograph with others who have an interest in the mine disaster, but never knew who to contact. I have attached the photo in a file; please feel free to add it to your website.

My grandmother (John Chedister's daughter) would tell us how her father and uncle(s) were heroes of the Cherry Mine disaster. She told us that one of her uncles died because he would not leave his position operating the elevator that brought men up. The uncles were on her mother's side, and their surname was Brown. I recently read Karen Tintori's book, "Trapped", and she describes the role that John Chedister and John Brown played. John Brown (the cager) died, but he had 4 brothers who did not die in the mine disaster: George, Robert, Ralph, and Thomas. I don't know how many of them worked in the mine at the time. Do you know if there exists a list of all the workers at the mine at the time of the disaster?

Thank you,
Katherine Young
in California