The Last Shift
Saying for the Day: Miner is not the safest occupation in the world.
This is another of the family stories that need to be passed from one generation to the next.
On May 5, 1911 Richard Web Yelled and his son William ( My great grandfather and great uncle ) were ready to start their own bakery. They had saved up money from working in the mine and had arranged a bank loan. The family was about to begin living its dream. Now they would not be miners but business people. Now they could put to work all that talent.
So On May 5, 1911 they left to work one last shift in the Iron Mine. One last trip underground. Great Grandmother was really happy because mines were not the safest place in the world to work.
However the dreams of running a bakery were never to come to pass. Instead what great grandmother feared worst would happen.
That day there was a fire in the mine. The men started up the shaft ladders to escape and probably would have made it but the supervisor decided to save the mine and not the men. He turned a high pressure hose into the shaft which knocked the men off the ladders. (The supervisor eventually committed suicide as he heard the screams of the men over and over again). Not a single man was saved.
Great grandmother lost husband and son all at the same time. Shortly thereafter the baby ,Grace, got the flue and died. Those were rough times. Four of her children died before the age of two.
Despite all of this great grandmother raised 11 kids to adulthood.
News from Pigeon Falls-(The little town in my back garden) -Pigeon Falls is a mess. There is pigeon poop everywhere and nobody to clean it up. With the town government paralyzed by the constitutional crisis there is nobody to hire a part time street cleaner. A few of the merchants have cleaned in front of their place of business but that’s it.
Tom Grasp and Elizabeth Scivvo who intend to get married in a couple of weeks now need to find some way to get to the county seat to get a wedding licensee. Not being a legal town is continuing to cause problems.
Nancy, who wants you to notice that her sidewalk is poop free, says the Bishop stories are the talk of the day. It seems he was seen eating at the
Railside Restaurant with that cute young blond that showed up yesterday. They were having “an intimate” conversation. From time to time he touched her hand.
They think she stayed all night at his place and then left this morning on the milk train. According to Nancy they were seen hugging on the station platform.
No dead pigeons today. That’s something to be thankful for. The present Great and Exalted, High and Wonderful, Grand Pigeon head of Pigeonelle Lodge number 1, says they are thinking of offering a reward to anyone catching the person killing the pigeons.
Dr. Fortress has announced that trains will be a bit behind schedule since work on the Crippled Creek trestles has forced him to use an alternate route.
There is a rumor going around town that the company that runs Six Flags Great America is thinking of building an amusement park in the county. Perhaps they could call it “ A Flag or Two Over Da UP “.
Beautiful day. We tore the waterfall out on the layout and have begun rebuilding it. It was leaking too badly for little repairs. Betty is cleaning getting ready for the grandsons who are coming this week end. Well I need a breathing treatment.