Cherry, IL Coal Mine Disaster, Nov 1909

Cherry IL The morgue scene.jpg Cherry IL Mine Day After Disaster.JPG Cherry IL Caskets Loaded On Train.JPG Cherry IL Mine Disaster Ruins of Fan House 1909.jpg Cherry IL  The Morgue where Bodies Lay.JPG Cherry IL Historical Marker Of Mine Disaster.jpg Cherry IL Remains of the Fan House today.jpg Cherry IL Remains of the Tipple at the entrance.jpg CHERRY ILL MINE

No Hope Left.
At 10 o'clock the statement was made positively at Cherry be persons in charge of keeping order at the mine that there was absolutely no hope for the 400 or more men buried under the earth. At that hour persons familiar with the topography of the mine declared that the flames undoubtedly had burned away the frame work in the mine and that many of the inner works had probably caved in on the imprisoned miners.
It is expected that the fire will not burn itself out for weeks and it is believed that when the depths can be penetrated nothing will be found but heaps of charred debris, with little or nothing that bears a semblance to human bodies.
The inhabitants of the little village are dazed tonight at the magnitude of the disaster.
In spite of the frantic demonstration at the mine immediately after the explosion, it is clear that they do not yet realize the full extent of the calamity that has come into their lives. Little knots of men are scattered throughout the village discussing the tragedy in awed whispers, all probably expressing the belief that the entombed men will be rescued, but privately feeling that hope has long since passed.
Practically every house in the village has lost at least one member of the family in the disaster and the taking off of the breadwinner of the family has brought many of them to actual want. To meet this emergency General Manager W. W. TAYLOR and Supt. JAMES STEELE, of the mine sent messages to the Milwaukee railroad officials tonight asking for relief in the shape of provisions and clothing. The railroad sent a half dozen special trains bearing the necessities and also nurses and physicians to the scene.
Everything for an emergency hospital has been taken to the town, but the general belief is that the place will need coffins more than it will need bandages.
Great difficulty was encountered by newspaper men in getting news of the disaster to the outside world. The explosion which wrecked the mine also partially wrecked the telephone and telegraph wires into Cherry and it was hours before any news reached Spring Valley except by courier.

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Comments

Anton Masenetta

My Great Great grandfather dies in the Cherry mine disaster. I am trying to find information about his children. My great grandpa George and his twin sister were adopted separately after the accident. I am told that their mother died in childbirth and Anton was left to care for the twins on his own. Does anyone know how I could possibly find out this information or possibly what Anton's daughter's name possibly was?

Reading this story and all

Reading this story and all the comments from relatives makes for a very poignant and terrible tragedy. I am from a mining town in Canada and my grandfather died in a mine at age 36. I cannot imagine leaving a family member buried underneath, always wondering what happened to them.
These are incredible stories, thank you for sharing

Anton Vesel

emilio tonelli

i would like a list of names sent to me
emilio was a great grandfather that died
in the disaster. also we were told that a
petro lancelotti and a mane named gudatti
was ther can you please send me anything thanks

looking for relatives

I´m looking for list of victims. My grandfather had two brothers, Karl Johan and Axel Johanson who I´ve been told died in an explosion in young age.. They arrived to Illinois from Sweden in 1907. At least one of them worked as a "stonecutter"
The explosion should have taken place in Rockford Ill. I appreciate any help where to search.

Anton Vesel

My husband name is Kenneth Vesel. His father was Victor. Victors mother was pregnant with him when Anton died in the mine. We are trying to find information about Anton and where he was born and who his parents were. We know that Frances met him in La Salle Il. He was staying at a boarding house that her and her mother ran. We are also trying to find out why he had the alias attached to his name.

anton vesel

Hi Alice
Anton is my great grandfather.
Would like to hear from you. I did locate his tombstone . I attended the 100th anniversary of Cherry Mine disaster, were you there? Please contact me @
spaulik@charter.net

Re List of Survivors of Cherry Coal Mine Disastor - 1909

Yes There Are List Of Those Who Survied The Cherry Coal Mine Disastor of 1909 and Those Who Got Settlements
Contact The Cherry, Illinois and Spring Valley, Illinois Historical Societies. - Very Nice People - They Will Help and Direct You.
If I Were You - I Would Call Them Via the Phone and Talk With Them.
Good Luck In Your Search.

Cherry Coal Mine Disastor - 1909 - List Contain Incorrect Info

My Two Third Cousins - Sam and Alfred Howard (Develeschoward) Both Died Side By Side In The Cherry Coal Mine of Black Damp.
The Mine List and The Book " Trapped" Incorrectly State That Alfred Was 16 Years Old At The time He Died in The Mine. However, According To Family Records - Alfred Was Born in 1895 - Thus, He Was ONLY 14 At the Time He Died In The Mine and NOT 16.

The Author of The Book " Trapped" Incorrectly States That Alfred and Sam's Mother, Celina Was of Italian Descent - This is Totally Wrong.
Celina And Her Ancestors Were Of French Descent And Alfred and Sams' Father, Charles Devleschoward (Howard) was of French/Belgium and Flemish/Belgium Descent.

So Do Not Depend To Much On What The Records and List State.
Further, Given that Many of The Mine Workers Were Not Amercan Born There Are Errors In Spellings of Last Names, As Well As First and Middle Names.

If I were You, I Would Contact The Cherry and Spring Valley Illinois Historifcal Societies - I Found Them To Be Helpful when I Was Doing My Family Search. Also, Another Place That is VERY HELPFUL is The LDS - Church of Jesus Christ of The Latter Day Saints - Family Library - They Do Everyones Genealogy - Look Them Up in The Phone Directory and Call Them - They Are Very Nice People and You Do NOT Have To Be of Their Faith In order For Them To Assist And Help You. Give it A Try - I Think You Will Be Happy With The Help The Provide To You.

Good Luck To You

Cherry Mine

Sue, I believe Anton was my grandfather and the child Franceska was carrying was my dad. I dont know a lot about the story, other than that, and that his name wasnt on the marker (as Anton) anyway, and I dont remember hearing WHY it wasnt..