Middletown, CT Building Collapse, Apr 1873
As soon as the news spread the most extraordinary excitement prevailed, and great crowds rushed to the scene. Citizens set to work with a will extricating the bodies, and up to seven P.M. the following had been taken out dead:
JOHN KELLEY and JAMES LINAN, plasterers;
E. H. HARRISON, joiner.
OWEN SULLIVAN, laborer.
Those more or less wounded are:
HENRY HARRIS, JOSEPH EVELAND, WARREN CANFIELD, MR. TULLY and THOMAS B. WHITNEY.
The work of finding the bodies is proceeding. The southeast corner of the building settled, recently, about two inches, and the owner had, by the advice of architects and engineers, screwed up the wall and taken out twelve feet of it. The masons were, at the time of the accident, rebuilding it from the foundation, and probably the immediate cause of the fall was the slipping away of the timbers which supported the wall. The building, thus far, had cost twenty thousand dollars, and its fall completely ruins the owner, whose whole fortune was embarked in the enterprise. Late this evening several thousand people were gathered around the ruins, where two hundred persons are at work.
Boston Daily Globe Massachusetts 1873-04-10