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Thorold, ON Welland Canal Landslide, Oct 1928



St. Catharines, Ont., Oct. 22. -- Two men are dead and five others are in hospital receiving treatment for injuries, as a result of a landslide on section four of the Welland Ship Canal, Saturday. The slide occurred near the Ontario paper mill at Thorold, Ont., and the tons of heavy blue clay which plunged from a point near the top of the 90-foot canal bank swept toward a group of 10 workmen engaged in laying a temporary track for a tramway at the bottom of the new canal channel.
Three men managed to escape the avalanche and were slightly injured by flying clods. The other seven were caught between the bank and two dump cars and practically buried.
Rescue work was immediately undertaken and crews with pick and shovel released six of the men caught. JOSEPH DEMORILLIN was deeply buried and his body badly mangled when thrown against a dump car. Rescue workers came across his body after all the others had been released and taken to hospital for treatment.
MIKE KARSE, Thorold, was so badly injured that doctors were forced to amputate his mangled right leg. He failed to rally and died at St. Catharines General hospital yesterday morning.
The other injured men are expected to recover.

Lethbridge Herald Alberta 1928-10-22



Hello, I could be wrong, but I believe that the "Joseph Demorillen" you refer to in this article is actually my great-grandfather, Joseph DUMOULIN. My great-grandfather did die during the build of the Welland Canal in Welland, Ontario.

Would you happen to have any further information on this?

Thank you so much.

Sheena Dumoulin

article | by Dr. Radut