Mobile, AL Boiler Explosion, June 1885


Mobile, Ala., June 24. -- There was a terrific explosion of the boiler of Mountain & Son's grist mill, on St. Louis, near Water street, this afternoon, caused by defective iron and over pressure. The boiler house was torn to pieces, the brick walls were knocked down, and buried three persons in the ruins.
Fortunately no fire broke out, and the victims were rescued except a fireman of the establishment, HARRY SCOTT, who lost his life. JOSEPH RICHARDSON, a blacksmith, sometimes employed at the mills, was rescued still living, but died shortly afterward. SCOTT'S wife, who had just brought him his dinner and was seated with him in the doorway, was blown 20 feet out into the neighboring yard and was seriously injured. A drayman, LEVI MATHEWS, who was entering the boiler house with a load of wood, was struck on the head and killed. All of the victims are colored.

The New York Times New York 1885-06-25