Kershaw, SC, Gold Mine Explosion, August 1908


Four Men More or Less Seriously Hurt and the Stamp Mill Building Completely Wrecked

Kershaw, Aug. 10.–At 9 o'clock this morning a big 150-horsepower boiler in one of the stamp mills at the Haile gold mine plant exploded. As a result four men were more or less seriously injured by the escaping steam and falling brick, timbers and iron, the building being completely wrecked.

Mr. ERNEST A. THIES, the general manager is most seriously hurt, being unable to speak or recognize any one. Mr. B.M. TRUESDALE, one of the men in charge of the big boiler, was also seriously hurt.

During the day many friends of Mr. THIES have called to cheer him in his suffering. For several years, Mr. THIES was superintendent of the mine, and about six years ago, he succeeded his father as general manager.

THE STATE, August 11, 1908


E.A. THIES, who was injured in the boiler explosion at the Haile Gold Mine on Monday died Tuesday morning about 10.30 o'clock. He never regained consciousness after the accident. His death has cast a gloom over the town.

YORKVILLE ENQUIRER, August 14, 1908, page 3