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Cherry Mine Disaster of 1909
The Society of the Living Dead

"The Illustrated History of the Cherry Mine Disaster of 1909"

One of the most deadly coal mine disasters in American history happened on November 13, 1909, at Cherry, Illinois. A total of 259 men and boys were killed in a coal mine fire. The new book contains more than 400 pictures of the event, the rescue, the funerals, and victims and survivors. Many family stories are told for the first time. There are stories or horror and heroism. This is a book that will captivate your interest!

"The Society of the Living Dead"

 

"It will put pink cheeks on you."
        That is what the managers of Radium Dial in Ottawa, Illinois, told the young women who painted radium on the faces of clock dials in the 1920s and 1930s.
        Instead, their teeth fell out and their jaws and bones disintegrated. Instead of putting pink in their cheeks, it put the women in their graves.
        The company knew the hazards of working with radium but they took no safety precautions. They lied to the workers and they denied compensation to the victims.
        To avoid financial liability, Radium Dial closed its doors and reopened a few blocks away as Luminous Processes, and continued its deadly work for another forty years.
        Radium Dial cared more about the health and profitability of its company than they cared about the health of the women who made the company profitable.
        There really was a "Society of the Living Dead," formed by the women who were dying from radium poisoning. 
        Their astounding but true story is told here.

Jim Ridings is an award winning  Investigative Author in Illinois.  He has written and published more than 20 books of local Illinois history.  

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