Paterson, NJ Paper Mill Boiler Explosion, Aug 1885


A boiler used for boiling rags exploded yesterday in the Ivanhoe Paper Mill at Paterson, N. J. The cause of explosion is not known. A large portion of the boiler went through an 8-inch wall, up through the roof, and lodged on a rear wall. The building and one adjoining it were badly damaged. James Graham, Lizzie Wallace, and Mary Ames were terribly scalded and bruised. Miss Wallace having nearly all her clothing stripped from her body. They were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, where the physicians express doubts of their recovery. Superintendent Hunt and William Campbell and a number of others were injured, but not seriously. The damage will amount to several thousand dollars.

The New York Times, New York, NY 12 Aug 1885