Bloomington, IL Boiler Explosion, July 1884

BLOWN TO PIECES.

AN EXPLOSION KILLS FOUR MEN AND FATALLY INJURES EIGHT OTHERS.

Bloomington, Ill., July 15. -- A terrible and fatal boiler explosion occurred here last evening, which resulted in the total destruction of Carter's sawmill. The mill was literally blown into fragments, killing four men outright and seriously injuring many others. The injured were buried beneath the ruins.
The names of the killed were:
JOHN and WESLEY CARTER.
WILLIAM GRAVES.
G. GREAVER.
Portions of the mill were blown a distance of a quarter of a mile. The scene was heartrending in the extreme. The groans of the injured, and the wails of their relatives, who had flocked to the spot in great numbers, were awful. The report of the explosion was distinctly heard seven miles away. When the startled people learned what had occurred, they hastened to the place, and with willing hands tore at the mass of timbers in an effort to rescue the unfortunates beneath. There were twelve men at work in the mill when the explosion occurred, and all were buried in the wreck. After hours of labor the injured were rescued, and the dead bodies of the two CARTERS, GRAVES and GREAVER taken out. Tenderly the wounded were carried where they could receive medical assistance, and the shattered remains of the dead men were taken away by their relatives. It is feared that the eight injured men cannot survive.

Biddeford Journal Maine 1884-07-16

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Bloomington, Il Boiler Explosion 1884

I am trying to find the names of the men seriously injuried in the Bloomington, Il Boiler Explosion in July 1884. My great grandfather was killed, according to family stories, in 1884 in a saw mill accident in or near Bloomington, Il. His wife was pregnant at the time. Our family tree lists him as A. Bolden (possible Bolin, we've seen two different spellings). We are unable to find anything about him for certain.

If anyone has information or can tell me how /where too research on my own, I would greatly appreciate it.
Linda S
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