Tyler, TX Boiler Explosion, May 1934
SON-IN-LAW OF DENTON MAN ONE OF TWO MEETING DEATH IN TYLER BOILER EXPLOSION.
WM. A. POPE AND WOMAN LOSE LIVES WHEN BOILER IS HURLED THROUGH WALL INTO OFFICE WHERE THEY WERE EMPLOYED.
WM. A. POPE, son-in-law of Dr. and Mrs. W. N.
Rowell of Denton, was one of two persons killed Wednesday morning when the boiler in a dry cleaning plant at Tyler exploded and was hurled through a wall and into the office where the two were employed. Several others were severely injured.
Dr. and Mrs. Rowell left for Tyler at 11:50 upon receipt of a message telling of the tragedy, but at that time they did not know the particulars of the accident. Dr. and Mrs. Freeman Rowell were to leave later in the day for Tyler.
Mrs. Pope was formerly Miss Lorene Rowell, who was reared here. Pope had visited here a number of times and was known to many Denton people.
Tyler, May 9. -- (AP) -- Two persons lost their lives today when an explosion in the boiler room of a dry cleaning company here blew the boiler into the office of an auto supply company across the alley.
MISS LUCY LEE ANDREWS, 33, was killed instantly and WILLIAM A. POPE, assistant to the president of the supply house, died an hour later from burns and injuries.
Among others hurt were J. D. BURKETT of Lufkin; JOHN W. YOUNG; EARL ANDREWS and C. C. CARTER.
One wall of the cleaning plant was blown out and windows in the vicinity were shattered. The injured worked for the two companies.
Cause of the blast was not determined.
Both buildings were of two stories.
MISS ANDREWS and POPE were in the office of the supply house when the boiler landed. POPE'S condition was regarded as extremely serious.
Burkett had just gone into the store to purchase supplies for his business at Lufkin.
YOUNG, alteration man for the cleaning company, was burned badly about the leg and arm and CARTER was burned seriously from the waist down when he dragged POPE out of the debris and JONES was waiting while he had his pants pressed.
Denton Record Chronicle Texas 1934-05-09