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Rutland Resident Comments on Cherry Mine Fire Article

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - Posted 9:24:25 AM

A news article from 1913 about the Cherry Mine disaster that killed 259 miners appeared on the MinonkTalk website today and brought a response from Rutland resident Jim Flynn. The article mentioned that a Rutland resident named George "Bulldog" Stimac had worked at that mine before the disastrous fire. Mr. Flynn also enclosed photos of the fire's aftermath which are shown below.

Following is Mr. Flynn's comments.

George "Bulldog" Stimac was from Rutland. My grand-dad knew him well.He got that nickname because he was built like one.

Grand-dad, age 19, was also working in that mine. He quit, and lying about his age,joined the army. Had he not done so, I might not be here.

I've read the historical account, "The Cherry Mine Disaster." It was swept by fire,and became the 2nd worst mine disaster in U.S. history, according to the U.S. MineRescue Assn. Add the photos to MinonkTalk if you wish.

1.) Most of the women flocking to the mine were already widows.
2.) Notice the smoke rising from the shaft.