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Illinois Mining Fatalities on November 13, 1909

Illinois Mining Fatalities on November 13, 1909

Posted: 26 Apr 2012 8:57PM GMT
Classification: Death
Surnames: Pearson
I found the deaths of two brothers on November 13, 1909 in an on-line index of mining accidents in Illinois (1889-1948). Now I am trying to learn where the deaths occurred. For both brothers, the Index makes reference to page 251--perhaps in a companion document to the index.
In the index, the names of the brothers were shown as Alexander and John Pearson, ages 30 and 37, respectively. They had emigrated from Sandhult, Sweden. When the younger brother whose name was Axel (not Alexander) emigrated in 1901, his stated destination was Spring Valley, so I assume his older brother John was living and working in Bureau County. Possible alternative spellings of the surname include Person, Persson, Pehrson and Pehrsson.

Re: Illinois Mining Fatalities on November 13, 1909

Posted: 28 Apr 2012 1:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: PEARSON
Source:
1910 Annual Coal Report of the Illinois Department of Mines and Minerals, page 251, Cherry Mine disaster, Bureau County, 2nd District,

1909Nov13, Alex Pearson, age 30, occupation miner, residence Old country, single, cause of fatal accident mine fire
1909Nov13, John Pearson, age 37, occupation miner, residence Sweden, single, cause of fatal accident mine fire

This was a major mine disaster at Cherry, IL. November 13, 1909, Cherry Mine, Cherry, IL, torch ignited car of hay causing fire, 259 killed. Details of the mine disaster are given in the above reference on pages 240, 241, etc.

The Chicago Public Library, Illinois State Library in Springfield, Milner Library in Normal, Morris Library at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, or LaSalle Public Library in LaSalle have many of the Illinois Annual Coal Reports. These Illinois reports are usually found under Library Call Number TN805.I3 A3. These reports may also cover strikes, details of mining operations at specific mines, location of the mines, pictures, production and operation details for specific mines.

Source:
United States Government Publication Reference section under Call Number L 38.2:H 62/SUM./V.1-3 by the Mine Safety and Health Administration
Volume II - Coal Mines - 1959 - 1998, Section 3, pages 19-21 is the official federal report of the accident
This publication is available in microfiche form at most large university and public libraries.

http://www3.gendisasters.com/mainlist/illinois/Mining+Explos... On this web site are two newspaper articles about the Cherry Mine disaster.

This is all the information that I have on these two men.

From Jerry,
http://www.genealogy.com/users/s/h/e/Jerry-Sherard/ “Mining Accidents U.S., Canada and Australia”
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