Madison, IN Boiler Explosion, May 1933

Madison Courier newspaper, Madison, IN
Monday 29 May 1933; Front Page, Column 2 & 3


William WARD, 61, engineer, was killed instantly at the Madison shipyards yesterday morning at 8:00 o'clock when an auxiliary boiler exploded while he was raising steam on a water pump engine.

He was crouched over, stoking the fire under the boiler when the blast occurred. His head was shattered and his body was blown a distance of fifty feet back into an open shed. His son, Everett, and George Cowan, who were working near him at the time, were not injured, nor was William Helton, who happened to be walking by the boiler when WARD was killed.

The blast victim's face was torn and his skull was laid open, the full force of the explosion having struck him directly on the head. A poker he held in his hand is thought to have struck his face as the explosion showered parts of the boiler around him.

Drs. E. C. Totten and E. C. Cook were called but there was no sign of life to be found when they arrived. Later Dr. George A. May, county coroner, was summoned, who rendered a verdict which read "crushing injury of skull, causing instant death." The body was taken to the Lytle Funeral Home.

WARD was preparing to make a cold water test of the main boilers at the shipyards and the auxiliary boiler he was firing was to be used in pumping water into the main boilers.

Damage to property at the shipyards as a result of the blast was not expected to exceed $500 as this auxiliary boiler was not near enough to other machinery to cause much damage.

Ward's son was near enough to the scene of the tragic accident that he could see his father's head blown to pieces.

Mr. WARD had been employed at the shipyards for many years. He was born in Madison and had always lived here. During the Spanish-American War he served with the 159th Infantry and he was a member of the Spanish-American veterans association and of the Red Men's lodge.

Surviving besides his son who lived with him at their home on West Second Street, is a daughter, Mrs. Vincent Forbes; a granddaughter, Betty June Forbes, and a sister, Mrs. Lyda Griffin, all of Cincinnati.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Lytle Funeral Home. Military services will be in Springdale Cemetery.

Madison Courier newspaper, Madison, IN
Wednesday 31 May 1933; Page 6, Column 3


Last Rites for William WARD

Funeral services were held at the Lytle Funeral Home this morning at 10::00 o'clock for William WARD, who was killed instantly Sunday morning at the Madison shipyards when a boiler exploded. The services were in the charge of Rev. C. O. Carnes, of the West Madison M. E. Church.

Those serving as pall bearers were: Andrew Clarkson, Wm. Bennett, Wm. Lightfoot, Geo. Kimmell, Geo. Walters and Fred Clemens.

Full military services were held at Springdale Cemetery by a firing squad fom Jefferson post number nine, American Legion. Members of the squad were E. O. Muncie, Chester Ruediger, Oscar Wilson, Arthur Corman, William Walters and Richard C. Heck. Taps was sounded by Sergeant Bugler C. R. Walker.
William Ward
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