Hertford, NC Steam Boiler Explosion, Jan 1934

MILL WRECKED BY BLAST OF STEAM BOILER.

ONE NEGRO, HURLED 30 FEET IN AIR, IS UNHURT.

HUGE DAMAGE.

COTTON OIL PLANT AND MACHINERY RUINED.

Hertford, N.C., Jan. 13. -- (UP) -- Death list from a boiler explosion in the Eastern Cotton Oil Company plant here this morning was increased to six with discovery of the body of McKINLEY FOREHAND, negro, at noon.
FOREHAND previously had been reported missing.
Eight other workers were injured, none seriously. WADE WRIGHT, negro, sustained a broken arm. The others received cuts and bruises when the blast destroyed the plant.
Origin of the explosion was undetermined.
Several other men sustained minor injuries.
Damage was estimated between $50,000 and $75,000.
The dead:
JESSE WILDER, white.
JOHN BROWN, negro.
SOLICITOR WILSON, negro.
OSCAR EASON, negro.
GEORGE BROADY, negro.
McKINLEY FOREHAND, negro.
The entire mill was wrecked by the blast. Machinery was torn to pieces.
One negro was blown through the roof and 30 feet into the air, but landed almost unhurt on a pile of bricks.
Several men working near the boiler room narrowly escaped death.
The boilers were blown 150 to 200 feet away. Debris was scattered all over the mill section.

MIRACULOUS ESCAPE.
Hertford, Jan. 13. -- (UP) -- A minor scratch on the leg was the only damage sustained by MATTHEW WHITE, negro, when he was blown through the roof 30 feet into the air and landed on his feet on a pile of bricks today, as an explosion destroyed the Eastern Cotton Oil Company plant.
The negro was working in the press room when the boilers exploded, killing five men.
WHITE'S miraculous escape from death was attested by several other mill workers.

Gastonia Daily Gazette North Carolina 1934-01-13