Seymour, IN Fatal Boiler Explosion, Sept 1888

Seymour Daily Democrat newspaper, Seymour, IN
Wednesday 5 September 1888; Page 3, Column 4


William Bennette*(sic) Killed and Two Men Probably Fatally Injured

This forenoon, William Bennette and his hands were engaged in threshing wheat on the farm of Edward Green near Spraytown. About 15 minutes past 8 o'clock, Bennette noticed an unusual noise proceeding from the engine and stepped forward to ascertain what was the matter, when, just as he reached the side of the boiler, it exploded and a fragment struck him on the side of his head, crushing his skull and killing him instantly.

Other flying fragments struck Wesley Alexander and Henry Kearns, two machine hands who were standing near, injuring the latter fatally, it is thought, and the former very seriously if not fatally.

Bennette was a very prominent citizen of that neighborhood, and he, as were the wounded men, was married and all have families. The tragic occurrence caused the most intense excitement in the neighborhood, and several friends of the parties from here went to the scene of the terrible accident immediately on the receipt of the news in this city.


In addition to the above, George McElfresh received severe bruises on his head; John Lampert was badly bruised on his legs, side and abdomen; Bazil Weekly was slightly hurt; Ambrose Thompson received a number of bruises, and Charles Dabb was blown 100 feet away from where he was standing, but escaped unhurt. Bennette's body was hurled about 150 hundred(sic) yards by the force of the blow on his head.
Seymour Daily Democrat newspaper, Seymour, IN
Monday 10 September 1888; Page 3, Column 1

All the parties who were injured by the boiler explosion at Spraytown, last week, are doing well except Wesley W. Alexander, whose broken arm, which he refused to have set or otherwise cared for is badly swollen and inflamed.
Seymour Daily Democrat newspaper, Seymour, IN
Wednesday 12 September 1888; Page 2, Column 3

SPRAYTOWN (column)

There were two or three hundred people visited the place of that horrible explosion, last Sunday.

*name is BENNETT

William C. BENNETT
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