Syracuse, NY Church Floor Collapse, June 1874

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APPALLING DISASTER -- LOSS OF MANY LIVES.

FALLING OF A FLOOR -- A PLEASURE PARTY IN DEADLY PERIL -- THE LOSS NOT YET KNOWN.

Syracuse, June 23. -- An appalling catastrophe occurred here tonight. A strawberry festival was being held at the parlors of the Central Baptist Church, when, without any premonition, the floor gave way, precipitating the room full into the story below. The parlor was on the second floor, and the room underneath was also full. A fire alarm was immediately given, and the firemen hurried to the scene. Soon ten thousand people were there, and tremendous excitement prevailed.
It is impossible to give the particulars at this hour.
Five dead bodies have been taken out, and the work has hardly commenced. Probably a hundred persons are more or less injured, many very seriously.
The following are among the dead bodies recovered:
DR. E. O. WAINWRIGHT.
MRS. WAINWRIGHT.
MISS MINNIE THOMAS.
A child named OSTRANDER.
Three little girls named LEONARD, HORTON and WINNIE COLLINS.
MISS THEODORE HOLMES.
REV. GEO. T. DOWLING, pastor of the church, is dangerously injured, also his wife, who is not expected to live. REV. H. J. EDDY is seriously wounded. Two hundred persons are injured, some dangerously.

List Of The Victims.
Midnight -- The following is a corrected list of the persons taken out dead:
DR. O. WAINWRIGHT.
MR. E. AUSTIN BARNES.
MRS. JAMES M. CROW.
MRS. J. E. KARR.
MISS GUSSIE CARPENTER.
MRS. ABIJAH VEEDER, of Utica.
MISS GRACIE HOLMES.
MISS WINNIE COLLINS, aged thirteen today.
HATTIE LEONARD, five or six years old.
JOHN OSTRANDER, a boy about nine years old.
MISS MINNIE THOMAS.
FRANK COLLINS, aged fourteen.
LULU HORTON, aged twelve.

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