Kellyville, OK Oil Field Explosion, Sep 1930


Tulsa, Sept. 24 -- (AP) -- Steam from an exploding boiler claimed one life early today near Kellyville and sent a second man to a Sapulpa hospital, where his condition was said to be cricital. HIRAM WILSON, 45, Kellyville, a drilling contractor, died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. Slight hope was held for the recovery of HERBERT COOPER, 22, a driller.
The two men were working on an oil lease owned by C. L. McMann of Tulsa and T. E. Wheeler, of Muskogee, five miles west of Kellyville. WILSON was directing the drilling of a well. Steam started to escape from a boiler and both men ran to it. WILSON had just succeeded in turning off the gas which lept the fire under the boiler, when the explosion occurred, LEE BREWER, a driller who witnessed the accident said.
WILSON leaves his widow and four children. He was widely known among Independent Oil producers and as a Republican leader.
The explosion was felt in a radius of several miles.

Miami Daily News-Record Oklahoma 1930-09-24