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Title: Obituaries Williamsport, IN. Warren Review - Thursday, June 20, 1895 Edition
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The report was current here Monday evening of an explosion which had just occurred in Attic in which two men and possibly a third had been killed and from which other heavy destruction had resulted. Upon going to the scene Tuesday morning our reporter gleaned the following facts: C.A. Perkins of Goodland who is at present engaged in putting down the tubular wells for Attica's water works, recently sold his old well outfit, having purchased a new one, to W. T. Smith, son of the late Abraham Smith of Independence and Smith, with an engineer named Linn Stumbaugh, from Goodland, was engaged upon the premises of Charles Peterson, just east of Attica on the Bethel Road, in putting down a well. At about four o'clock Monday afternoon the water in the boiler ran low, the water lauler, Frank Peterson, being an unusual length of time in returing with water. The engine and boiler was a ordinary horizontal tubular boiler with a ten horse power engine pump to the tank to fill the boiler, whena terrific explosion occurred wich dealt death and destruction for and wide. The boiler stood to the east of the drill derrick with the firebox to the west and the men were working and grouped between the two machines. The whole throwing Smith some twenty-five feet to the north at right angles to the machine killing him almost instantly. Frank Peterson was thrown on a line with the boiler some forty feet to the northwest being badly crushed and scalded and died without regaining consciousness after about thiry minutes. Stumbaugh, a trifle more fortunate was thrown some thiry feet to the westward and remained unconscious for several minutes, when he was found to be terribly scalded but otherwise uninjured. The main portion of the boiler with the engine was torn from the trucks and carried over sheds, fences, etc., across the barn lot to an adjoining field some three hundred feet away strewing wreckage in the path. Portions of the west end of the boiler were hurled through fences and across lots to the west some two hundred feet while much of it will never be found. The scene presnted was a most desolate and heartreding one while to add to the danger and fire blown from the firebox set the dry grass upon the lawn and when it was noticed several buildings were in danger. Upon the ground where Smith lay still may be seen a large pool of his lifeblood, which flowed from his unconscious body so great, was the concussion. After medical examination Smith's remains were taken to the city morgue where they were prepared for burial when they were removed to his home on what is known as the old Boggs farm in this county near Attica. Smith was married about two years ago and leaves a wife and child. He was about 27 years old, his father having died near Independence only about ten days ago. Frank Peterson was about 35 years old and leaves a wife and five small children. He was the son of Charles, upon whose premises the well was being put down. His remains were buried Wednesday from the home of the father. Linn Stumbaugh, the engineer lives in Goodland, where he was taken via the C. & E. I. Tuesday whre it is thought he will soon recover. it is reported that Alex and John Hamer of West Lebanon, with a little son of Alex, was upon the scene when the accident occurred, and fearing an accident Alex had taken the boy in his arms and the two had walked some distance away. The boy was blown from his arms some twenty feet away and landed among some bushes near a fence, but was unhurt. When the younger Peterson came with the tank of water, he unhitched his team from the tank, allowing them to go to the trough to drink, and stepped around a small building to where they were putting down the well. The horses began a distuerbance and the old gentleman Peterson, who had been at the well stepped around the building to quiet them when the explosion occurred, thus escaping death with the remainder of the boys. The cause of the explosion is said to have been the turing of cold water from the fresh tank into the heated boiler in which there was an insufficient amount of water. The affair at best is a most sad one.

Date: 6/20/1895
Origin: Warren Review extracted from microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003504
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 3/25/2014
Entered By: Chris Brown

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