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Monday, February 24, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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100 years ago in Mullan, Idaho: Trapped miners would need to wait up to another week for rescue

A pair of trapped miners in Mullan would have to wait a bit longer to be rescued. After a cave-in the week before, crews determined it was safer to tunnel from below to save the miners, work that was expected to take between five and seven additional days. (S-R archives)
A pair of trapped miners in Mullan would have to wait a bit longer to be rescued. After a cave-in the week before, crews determined it was safer to tunnel from below to save the miners, work that was expected to take between five and seven additional days. (S-R archives)
Jim Kershner

Two trapped miners in the Gold Hunter Mine near Mullan, Idaho, were going to have to wait another five to seven days before they could see the light of day.

They had already been trapped for a week. However, they were currently receiving food, water and even electricity through a small hole punched through the rock with a drill.

Now that the men were considered safe, rescuers made the decision to abandon plans to reach them from above, and instead try to reach them from below.

“This is undisturbed ground, where no mishaps are likely to happen, either to the men imprisoned or their rescuers,” said a correspondent.

From the Thanksgiving beat: “Squealers” – that is, 20-pound roasting pigs – were proving more tempting than turkeys in Spokane during the Thanksgiving shopping rush.

“Porkers” were on the market for 40-45 cents a pound, while turkeys were 50-55 cents a pound.

Because of the relatively high price of turkeys, grocers reported that demand for squealers, geese and chickens was high in Spokane.

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