Windsor, MO Flouring Mill Explosion, Aug 1872



At fifteen minutes after 9 o'clock this morning, the boiler in HARTER & WEAVER'S steam flouring mill, at Windsor, exploded, resulting in complete destruction to the building. At the time of the accident, there were five or six men at work in different places in the mill, several of whom were more or less injured. It is barely possible that the injuries sustained by one or two of the number may prove fatal.
The entire structure, embracing the main building and engine room, were riddled and torn to pieces. Every pin, brace and support seemed to give away under the terrible momentum caused by the explosion.
The mill was built a year ago, last winter and spring, by the firm now sustaining the loss. The dimensions of the mill building were forty by fifty-feet, three stories high, and contained three run of burs. A quantity of grain and flour is lost with the building. The escape from instant death of those inside at the time is simply miraculous.
The following are their names:
HENRY DOUGLAS, SR., engineer, was badly scalded, and also received severe injuries about the head and body and leg broken. His is the worst one. The physicians expressed little hope of his recovery.
MESSRS. BOWMAN and GOFORTH were at the time in the upper story, but, fortunately, got off with but slight bruises.
MR. HARTER, one of the proprietors, was also slightly injured.
Two large pieces of the boiler were thrown at least two hundred yards, other portions of the boiler and machinery are lying about at almost incredible distances from the site of the engine house. The report of the explosion caused several teams to run away. Some idea of the severity of the explosion may be had from the jar that was felt up town, nearly a half mile distant.
MR. C. T. HURLHUT, the gentleman who brought us the intelligence, also informs us that he heard no estimate made on the probable loss.
The boiler was an old concern, and had been long used in a saw mill prior to its removal to the flouring mill.
We ought to have stated in connection with the casualties in this unfortunate affair, that a number of hogs, in a pen adjoining, were killed.
The loss will be severly felt by the citizens of Windsor and vicinity; but of course will fall more heavily on the proprietors, MESSRS. HARTER & WEAVER, whom we understand are not insured.

Daily Democrat Sedalia Missouri 1872-08-30