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Title: The Boiler Explosion at The Fair
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Twenty Killed and Forty Wounded- Want of Water in the Boiler the Cause of the Explosion- The Condition of the Wounded- Parts of Four Bodies not yet Identified.

From the La Fayette Courier, Octber 4.

The details of the frightful boiler explosion that occurred at the fair grounds on Friday, are mostly known, and we are glad to say that the facts and nothing to do with the horrors of the first account. The news of the accident swept over the country, causing the wildest excitement in every town in the State where the telegraph told that an explosion had taken place in the Fair grounds. The rush of the crowd to the scene of the terrible calamity produced rumors of the wildest character, and for some time it was almost impossible to gather any thing like a correct report of the number killed and wounded. The facts as published on Saturday were substantially true. Mrs. Dunlap, of Columbus, was not killed, but badly bruised on the back and hips. She was removed on the night of the disaster, which led to the belief that she had been killed. The body supposed to be that of E.L. Davis, son of P.L. Davis, turns out to be that of Gustave Siedler, an apprentice at Sinker & Co.'s. Young Davis was at home sick. There were two additional deaths yesterday, those of Sherrod Lahorn and John A. McVey. The list of dead, then, is as follows:

P.L. Davis, Indianapolis
John Goll, do
John Wilson, do
Jerome Spriggs, Do
Gustab Leidler, do
Peter Kreitz, do
Myron B. McBey, Marion county
John A. McVey, do do
Clara Dawson, do do
Ignatius L. Rossiter, Indianapolis
Ruel Beverly, Paragon, Morgan County
A.P. Jackson, Memphis, Clark county
Philo M Benham, Fort Wayne
Daniel Long, Vinna, Scott county
John Lahourn, Franklin
Isaac Barker, Eagleton, Hamilton County

There now remains at Weaver's undertaking establishment one body and parts of three others. The fragments have not been identified. ONe of them has the stump of an arm attached to it, and was first thought to be that of William Dunning, head sawyer at McKendry & Lovecraft's stave factory, but it was afterwards identified as that of John Slack, of Rob Roy, who was in the city on Friday, and drew ninety dollars pension money. Dunning is missing, but it is not known whether Slack went home or not.

This make twenty in all who gave up their lives in this unequal contest, and it is thought that the name of John Kennedy, the boiler maker, will yet be added to the already frightful list. Mr. J. Ayer, of Milton, is yet missing, and it is feared that he is among the fragments. The wounded, with the exception of the boiler maker are in a fair way of recovery. The following names are added to the list since Saturday:

Martin Haug, of Indianapolis, who was standing with Gruenert, was badly scalded, but is expected to recover.

Isaac Johnson, who lives in Indianapolis, was badly scalded and received two severe cuts in the head and a blow upon the knee, which crushed the cap and will lame him for life, even if it does not have to be amputated.

The son of John Johnson was badly scalded.

William Ballard, of Indianapolis, hip bruise.

Miss Maggie Bell, of Connorsville, injured in the foot.

Robert Butler, of Indianapolis, terribly scalded.

George Waldo, of Indianapolis, cut in the head.

Joseph Chance, Rockville, scalded.

Richard Matheny, Lima, Ohio, hand, arms and ribs broken.

Mr. and Mrs. Tracy, of Indianapolis, slightly injured.

Mrs. Stalely and daughter, bruised.

Geo, P. Kelley, Connersville, bruised.

J.J. Cox, Charlottesville; bruised.

George Wright, St. Paul, bruised.

Up to Saturday evening, most of the dead had been buried. The Coroner's Jury is yet in session,a nd the verdict will be looked for with interest. The evidence thus far discloses the fact that the explosion was caused by a deficiency of water in the boiler. There are mnay conflicting statements as to what was said and done by the bystanders. Some practical engineers claimed to have seem the damage and walked away, but we can not see how it was possible for so many men to see the danger, and yet give no alarm to those who had means of knowing that they were in the very jaws of death.

Date: 10/28/1869
Origin: Warren Republican
Record ID: 00001784
Type: Periodical
Source Archive: Warren County Historical Society
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Clippings Scrapbook
Entered By: Amber M Knipe

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