Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

1/5/2007

Miner’s dying words create song of tribute

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AS HE waited to die, Henry Russell picked up a piece of coal and began to write. Trapped hundreds of feet down a West Virginia coal mine, and struggling with the cold, damp and failing oxygen supply, the immigrant Scot scrawled loving last messages to his family.

Russell assured them he was making peace with his lord and exhorted his family to stay in the United States. Then he lay down and prepared for death, one of more than 100 miners who perished in April 1927. for more click here

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