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  •  Didn't know you had another diary up. (3+ / 0-)
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    sberel, dsteffen, joyful

    we were working at mother in law's house today doing some chores, then cleaning in preparation for our imminent vacation next week, so not only did I miss today's but I'll miss the next installment as well.

    ONe of the things I remember most talking to the townsfolks when I lived there were the stories about that 10 days or so the mine was essentially sealed.  The decendents of the townsfolk from back then would tell stories that they had heard from their parents/grandparents etc, about being able, in the silence late at night, to hear signals from deep underground, (some claimed crys/screams). I'd say farfetched, but none the less the stories persisted. the old guy that lived a block over or so who lost several uncles and cousins in the disaster was one who insisted the stories were true.

    •  Interesting. (3+ / 0-)
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      sberel, Hard to Port, joyful

      I might need to incorporate some of that in part 2 -- there are themes that piece of information would fit in with quite nicely.  When do you leave?  

      BTW, where was your house?  I've forgotten.  Wasn't it an expansion of an original miner's shack.

      People with advantages are loath to believe that they just happen to be people with advantages. --C. Wright Mills

      by dsteffen on Sun May 03, 2009 at 08:47:50 PM PDT

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      •  it was an expanded miner's shack. Four rooms. (1+ / 0-)
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        It was the main east/west street, right next to the little creek, probably 7 blocks from the Mine (of course just about everywhere in Cherry was seven blocks from the mine, so that isn't saying much)If I can figure out how to link google-earth, I'll mark it.

    •  another point (1+ / 0-)
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      this link assume you did too.

      Other stories I heard and I think one of those books talks about it, but they either about strung up the guy that had pushed the cart of hay under the lamp or almost did.  he was trying to get out of town and locals caught him, blamed him for it.

      I'll see if I can remember anything else.  In the meantime back to grading end of year stuff.  too much to do before we leave friday at 10 out of bloomington airport.  Did I send itinerary info to you?

      •  I'll have that website... (0+ / 0-)

        ... in some links for further reading in part 2.  Also a video by the guy who runs that website.

        There were actually two or three of the guys that parked the cart that started the fire who made themselves disappear.  A quotation I saw by a member of the commission making the report I quoted talks about not being able to get their testimony because they'd gone into hiding.  Dean and Francesco were two of them, I think.  I think there may have been another.  They had gotten death threats and after a close call or two like you mention decided to make themselves scarce.  

        No, no itinerary.  Let me know.

        People with advantages are loath to believe that they just happen to be people with advantages. --C. Wright Mills

        by dsteffen on Mon May 04, 2009 at 05:05:17 PM PDT

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