Gambo, ME Powder Mill Explosion, Nov 1888

Powder Mill Destroyed in Maine.

Explosion of Powder.

PORTLAND, Me., Nov. 5.----About 11:30 this forenoon a terrible explosion was heard at South Windham. It was soon learned that the powder mills at Gambo, about two miles distant, belonging to the Oriental Powder Company, had been blown to atoms. There were four buildings, one kernel mill and three wheel mills. The explosion originated in the kernel mill, but how it is not known. There was only a fraction of a second between the explosion of the kernel mill and those of the other three. There were only two men in the mills at the time, and both of them are fatally hurt, Walter Childs, aged 40, and Edward Williams, aged 35. Both have families.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 6 Nov 1888