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Bowling Green, VA Sawmill Boiler Explosion, Jun 1891

FIVE DEAD

A Boiler Explosion Sends Scalding Water and Iron Flying.

A terrible accident, resulting in the death of five men and the wounding of eight others, all dangerously, occurred in J. I. JORDAN'S saw mill, near Bowling Green, Va.

The men were at work near the engine room when the boiler burst, and they were caught in a shower of missiles and scalding water, several of them being buried out of sight in the ruins.

The uninjured rushed to the rescue. Medical aid was immediately summoned, and everything done to relieve the injuries of those taken out alive.
The killed are:
WILLIAM SEAF (?) ,
LAWRENCE HAYES,
WILLIAM JAMES,
JOHN FRY (colored),
WESLEY CATLETT.

Seven other colored men and one white man were rescued alive, but their injuries were so serious that all may die. The cause of the explosion, which completely wrecked the mill building, was not definitely ascertained.

The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1891-06-05



article | by Dr. Radut