Buffalo, NY Grain Elevator Explosion, June 1913

Buffalo NY Husted Mill Elevator after blast.jpg

SIXTEEN DEAD IN BUFFALO DISASTER.

MORE THAN 60 BURNED AND BLACKENED VICTIMS, MANY OF WHOM WILL DIE IN HOSPITALS.

EXPLOSION IN HUSTED GRAIN ELEVATOR FOLLOWED BY FIRE CAUSED GREAT LOSS OF LIFE AND PROPERTY DAMAGE EXCEEDING HALF A MILLION DOLLARS -- HARROWING SCENES AS BODIES BURN.

Buffalo, June 25. -- According to the estimate made this afternoon by the police, twenty-six of the men who were employed in the mill when it was blown up by an explosion yesterday afternoon are still unaccounted for. Five men were killed instantly in the explosion, five have since died in hospitals and sixty are still in hospitals suffering from burns and bruises. About a dozen others were removed to their homes, suffering from burns and bruises. Of those in the hospital, many will die. The police, have been working on a list of the employes of the plant and after checking off those whose bodies have been recovered and those victims who are in the hospitals throughout the city it is found that twenty-six of the workmen are missing. The work of searching the ruins for more bodies progressed as rapidly as possible today.

Buffalo, June 25. -- It is now known that five men were hurled to instant death, eleven are missing, all believed to be dead, and sixty one burned and bruised victims are in local hospitals, as a result of the explosion yesterday afternoon in the grain elevator of the Husted Mill Company's plant, caused by spontaneous combustion. The loss of property is over half a million.

Firemen at work in the ruins this morning found the torso of a workman lying under burned freight cars. The head, arms and legs of the man had been eaten away by the flames. There was nothing by which identification could be made.
To the horror of the firemen and spectators, the bodies of two men could be seen on a disjointed upper floor slowly being consumed by the flames.

Streams of water were turned in this direction to prevent total consumption by fire but every now and then the flames would roar anew. The heat even this morning from the fire was so intense that rescue of the bodies was impossible at 9 o'clock.

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Comments

I bought an old desk in the

I bought an old desk in the 1990's and it had a letter in it from Theo F. Endress Phar. D. to Mrs. Arthur Endress. Theo was advising Esther not to sign anything until they knew the circumstances surrounding "this catastrophe". I have been researching these names and trying to find more information about the people involved.

Husted Mill Explosion

My Grandfather Arthur Endress was killed in this explosion. My father Arthur Endress was 4 yrs old at the time and my Aunt Violet was 7. My Grandmother was Esther. My father always said his 1st memory was fallowing his dads coffin down Good Ave to the Streetcar for funerals and went to Forest lawn Cemetery.

Buffalo grain elevator 1913

My G grandfather's company. Would appreciate all info possible..

Harris Husted
Austin,TX

Memorial

Marge
I am unaware of any monument or memorial of this site.
It would be a fitting tribute to those lost
Stu Beitler

victim of this disaster

my grandpa's step brother, Charlie Bird, was killed in this disaster. His body was never found. Was there any kind of monument or memorial put up for the men not found? thanks Marge