Cheltenham, MO Boiler Explosion, Mar 1892
The other half was carried ten or twelve feet. FRANK SEGER, the fireman, was blown into a creek thirty feet distant, from which he was fished out some moments later. He was badly burned and scalded, but still alive. The four men who were killed were all terribly mangled.
The noise of the explosion attracted people for miles, and so many gathered at the works that the police had difficulty keeping the crowds back and the works had to be shut down for the day. The shock was felt for blocks away, while the report could be heard for miles. For a minute or two after the accident a mass of escaping steam, smoke and dust obscured everything from view. When it cleared away it was seen what awful ruin the explosion had wrought.
Evening Gazette Sterling Illinois 1892-03-22