Rogers, AR Boiler Explosion, Nov 1930
ONE KILLED WHEN BOILER EXPLODES.
ANOTHER MAY LOSE SIGHT AFTER TERRIFIC BLAST NEAR ROGERS.
Rogers, Ark. -- HAROLD HOLMAN, age 50, is dead and JAKE TOWNSEND, 30, is in a local hospital in a serious condition as a result of the explosion of a boiler at a sawmill on Sugar Creek, four miles north of Rogers, about 10 a.m. today.
HOLMAN, an employe of the mill was killed instantly when a side of the boiler struck him. He also was crushed by heavy timbers and a smoke stack that fell on him.
TOWNSEND, a son of CHARLES TOWNSEND, owner of the mill, was firing the boiler when the explosion occured. He was blown for more than 100 feet, landing in a creek. His face, limbs and parts of his body were burned badly. His condition is serious but not dangerous, although it is feared that he may loose his sight.
The top of the boiler was blown through the timber for more than 100 yards cutting away tree tops and limbs.
A wheel was torn from a log wagon about 50 feet from the boiler, the iiron tire was wrapped about the trunk of a fallen tree and the hub was found on a hillside several hundred feet away.
A tube from the boiler struck one of the mules hitched to the wagon, seriously injuring the animal.
The explosion was heard for more than a mile, the concussion rattling windows almost that far away.
HOLMAN is survived by his wife and nine children.
Hope Star Arkansas 1930-11-21