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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several at Spectrenoir: http://ebay.to/2xI69uc, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy. I also do classes and consulting... too much to list here! Love to bring back some romance and quality to the daily life of others... 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

1958 Tragedy for Pieter's Mushroom Friends in Zichen-Zussen-Bolder in Belgium


Those caves in the Limburg village of Zichen-Zussen-Bolder in Belgium, were again the result of sawing blocks of marl, or soft stone as it is also called, for building cities.
Also here, husband Pieter came for a frequent visit in Belgium, just across the Dutch border.
For his boss, Pieter Bels, my Pieter wrote a kind of a speech, in the summer of 1957.
Read more below first screenshot...
De Roosburgramp click for video from where I got this screenshot...
There were always quite some adventures in Belgium, especially when visiting Gerard Kinet. First they had bacon breakfast at Jacquemin. That was being generously served with cognac. It caused them  having difficulty walking straight, between those mushroom beds inside the caves, with their trouser legs pushed up!
On December 23, 1958 harvesting went on inside the caves of Zichen-Zussen-Bolder in Belgium.
Prior to Christmas for having mushrooms available for special dinners...
Above screenshot is from video Roosburg 1958-2008 (link is further down below)
Belgium: Mushroom Galleries Cave In 20 Feared Dead 1958 click link for short video
Collapse of the quarry
It seems to be that one of the main reasons for such a disastrous collapse, was the gradual widening of underground corridors, plus taking away some support pillars.
The main reason for doing so was because of transport equipment being able to pass.
It also was mentioned that the mine inspectors sometimes closed an eye...
Slowly mushroom growing had also shifted away from the one layer beds on the floor to stacked trays.
The difference can clearly be seen between the first and second image above.
Screenshots from video Roosburg 1958-2008 just click it
Screenshot from video Roosburg 1958-2008
Pieter's mushroom friend Gerard Kinet, as well as others he knew very well, were among the 18 that lost their lives...
Gerard's body was never found, only 7 got recovered.
Gerard's father-in-law Willem Heynen was heartbroken and the Bishop tried to console him as he'd lost his son Pierre, father of 7 children and his son-in-law Gerard Kinet, father of 2 children...
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On December 31, they recovered the body of the youngest person and on February 17, that of a 21-year old...
On December 27, 1958 was the funeral for 5 of those that got recovered...
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My Pieter is somewhere amongst the crowd, he went to their funeral.
Quite a tragedy!

May they all R.I.P.


Related link:
Husband Pieter visiting Mushrooms in the Cave - Bradford-on-Avon in England | previous post by me

22 comments:

  1. Liebe Mariette,
    herzlichen Dank für deinen Bericht.
    Frohe Grüße
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Danke und Dir noch Frohes Osterfest!
      Liebe Grüße,
      Mariette

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  2. That was quite a tragedy. I never knew they would farm mushrooms underground.
    Hope you had a lovely Easter Mariette and I like your header photo :)

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    1. Dearest Sami,
      Happy 2nd Easter Day to you.
      Oh yes, in the caves is where the actual mushroom growing started, everywhere!
      It was the biggest tragedy in Pieter's career...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Hello Mariette, What an awful tragedy to have those galleries collapse. I had been worried about safety when you showed those underground mushroom farms. It seems that many caves, mines and other dangerous features are originally engineered safely, but people disregard the cautions in exchange for convenience. When I was researching that ghost town post, every source that talked about abandoned mines had clear warnings never under any circumstances to enter an old shaft or tunnel.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      You are so very right about that and it is often a cause of human error or neglect.
      Mines or caves can cause disastrous consequences if safety is not heeded. We all know of such tragedies through the news.
      It has been the way of the past and it still is going on in some countries but more under strict rules for safety.
      Yes, around the 1958 Christmas period that was a black page in history for the region and for Pieter a funeral event to never ever forget.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Hi Mariette! Oh, how awful!! Happy Easter!

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      Yes, indeed, so very tragic...
      Hugs and hope you had a wonderful Easter!
      Mariette

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  5. That is such a terrible tragedy. I feel so sorry for the victims and their loved ones...it’s upsetting to learn the part of the cause was due to inspectors not addressing the issue properly.
    I’m sorry your husband Pieter had to lose his friends in such way.

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Yes, this was tragic in many ways... hard to ever forget!
      Those friends had a terrible death and it is hard to grasp.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Tremenda tragedia aconteció, que aunque han pasado muchos años es bueno ser recordada para que no se produzca algo similar de nuevo.

    Besos

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    1. Querida ventana de foto,
      ¡ Esperemos que algo así nunca vuelva a suceder, en ninguna parte!
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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  7. What a terrible tragedy for the families and loved ones of those who died - imagine too how frightening it must have been to those who did not die but lay there possibly injured and trapped underground in the darkness.
    Health and safety then did not receive the top priority that it gets today in the West. However, in many parts of the third world health and safely issues are still not addressed and working underground is still a huge risk.

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    1. Dearest Rosemary,
      Guess the safety rules were in play but if not acted upon them and not inspected properly, what can be done?
      Very sad indeed for the victims and their loved ones...
      We both have worked in countries where the word safety seemed a foreign word. Sad fact but too many victims it causes annually in a great part of the world where either buildings collapse or bridges or whatever because of neglect or plain corrupt work methods.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. What a tragedy indeed, Mariette. Heartbreaking! Gone too soon.

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    1. Dearest Debbie,
      Yes indeed and in such an awful way... We only can keep their memory out of respect and also for their loved ones, left behind.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. What an interesting and sad story. Always so happy when you drop by my little part of the blog world.

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    1. Dearest LV.,
      Yes, a very sad history... One to never be forgotten though.
      Sending you hugs,
      Mariette

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    2. Was für eine Tragödie, liebe Mariette! Das erinnert mich an das Grubenunglück von Lengede, hier ganz in der Nähe. Man mag gar nicht darüber nachdenken ...

      Liebe Grüße
      Sara

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    3. Liebe Sara,
      Ja genau wie bei euch in Lengede, das war auch eine Tragödie und auch im kalten November... Es gibt noch viele Berufe mit große Gefahr!
      Liebe Grüße,
      Mariette

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  10. Wat een drama heeft daar plaatsgevonden.
    Indrukwekkend om er over te lezen en de beelden te zien.

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    1. Beste Willy,
      Ja, heel triest dit drama kort voor Kerst in 1958.
      We kunnen er bij stil staan en het nooit vergeten, uit eerbetoon voor de slachtoffers en hun nabestaanden!
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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