Death In A Powder Mill
Steele Scrapbook - January 18, 1892
DEATH IN A POWDER MILL.
FRIGHTFUL RESULTS OF AN EXPLOSION NEAR CEREDO, WEST VIRGINIA.
How the Awful Wreck Was Brought About Not Likely Ever to Be KnownNames of Some of the Killed and InjuredDamage Done for Miles Around the Place.
Jan. 18.Special from the cities near Ceredo, W. Va, tell of terrific
explosion of the Phoenix Powder Mills which was very distructive [sic]
to life this morning. The Phoenix mill is situated at Central City,
The local authorities
organized and surrounded the ruins with a cordon of police, through
which none of the thousands of spectators were permitted to pass. It
has been ascertained that the first explosion was in the
ARCHIE LIVINGSTON, a Scotchman, who has been superintendent of the mills since they started. He was blown to atoms. Only his hand was found.
ED WINTON, the architect and engineer, who built the works, was in the magazine when it exploded and strange to say his body was very little mutilated.
JOHN BENTON, a workman, body horribly mangled.
JOHN SCHLOSSER and CHARLES SCOTT, workmen, were both terribly mutilated. All these are either known or supposed to have been in the buildings when the explosion occurred.
Robert Cook, a glazing mill hand, was approaching the glazing mill when it blew up. His clothing, hair and whiskers were burned off. He ran 200 yards to a stream and jumped in. He will not live till midnight.
The seriously injured are: K.O. Reece, James Esteep and John Justice, who happened to be in the vicinity when the explosions occurred. There are no doubts but that there are many slightly injured, whose names have not been ascertained.
I did some sleuthing on the net and was able to find
another link to articles regarding this tragedy in the Ironton
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