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Recoveries of Victims' Bodies

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Date: 13 Nov 1909 [unknown]
Location: Cherry, Bureau County, Illinoismap
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RECOVER 32 CHERRY BODIES

Many of Dead Unrecognizable -- Records Left By Victims Show They Existed Six Weeks After Being Entombed.

Spring Valley, April 12.-- Thirty-two bodies were hoisted out of the St. Paul Coal company's mine at Cherry. These were taken from the lower vein and many of the dead could not be recognized. Records left by some of the dead men go to show they lived for six weeks after being entombed, subsisting on corn and water. The food was taken from the mule stables.
During the past three weeks the work of recovery was retarded by the heavy falls encountered in the passage ways. There are now only 21 bodies unaccounted for, and most of these, it is expected, will be brought up today. Sheriff Skoglund and a squad of deputies are at the mine, but there is no disorder.

Urbana Daily Courier
Urbana, Illinois
April 13, 1910
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