Mount Pleasant, OH Massive Explosion, Dec 1888

A FEARFUL SHOCK.

MOUNT PLEASANT, O., NEARLY WIPED OUT BY A POWDER AND DYNAMITE EXPLOSION - ONE KILLED AND MANY INJURED.

Wheeling, W. Va., Dec. 24. - A few minutes after two o'clock yesterday afternoon a deep, crushing explosion, accompanied by a violent trembling of the earth, startled the citizens of this city and created great alarm. The phenomenon was generally set down to be an earthquake, and this conviction was strengthened upon the receipt within an hour of telephone and telegraphic inquiries from such widely separated points as Washington and Taylorstown, Pa., Moundsville and Wellsburg, W. Va., and Barnesville and Steubenville, O., describing the shock. Matters rested thus until six o'clock last night, when a young man came into Martin's Ferry, O., almost opposite this city, with the news that the powder and dynamite magazine of the general contractors of the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad Company, located at Mount Pleasant, O., had exploded; that a number of lives had been lost and great damage done to property in the town of Mount Pleasant, where he said there was scarcely an uninjured house. The boy could give no details.
Later advices state that there were in the magazine 210 kegs of powder and ten cases of dynamite. A fourteen-year-old boy, named CHARLES GLECK, of Charleston, W. Va., visiting near Brokelock, with two other boys went into the building smoking. The other boys ran before the explosion occurred. Young GLECK was literally blown to atoms. The other two boys were badly hurt and seventeen men were badly injured. Nearly every house within a mile was blown to pieces and the shock was heard for fifty miles around.
The town of Mount Pleasant, O., is in Jefferson County, eight miles from the Ohio River. It is in the center of a very thrifty farming and stock-raising community, most of whom are Quakers, and has a population of about 3,000 people. It is the seat of a Quaker school, and has the famous "yearly meeting house" of that sect for Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.

The Decatur Herald Illinois 1888-12-25