York, PA Rolling Mill Explosion, Aug 1908

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8 MEN KILLED AND 20 INJURED BY THE EXPLOSION OF A BOILER IN A ROLLING MILL.

HEADS AND LIMBS TORN OFF.

BODIES OF VICTIMS FRIGHTFULLY MUTILATED -- THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PROPERTY WAS WRECKED BY THE EXPLOSION.

York, Pa., August 10 -- Eight men were killed, nearly a score more or less seriously injured and thousands of dollars worth of property damaged by the explosion of a boiler in the York rolling mill late this afternoon.
The dead:
JOHN CLENCY, York.
BENJAMIN BREMER.
HARRY SEARCHRUST.
PAOLI POCI.
ALFRED STRUCK.
JOHN SLOSSMAN.
HARRY FEGER all of Columbia, Pa.
EDWARD FIGER, Marietta, Pa.
The boiler which was located in the center of the mill exploded without a moment's warning.
A rescue party was quickly organized and search for the bodies was instituted.
Ambulances from the York hospital were hurried to the scene, but owing to the number of dead and injured delivery wagons and other conveyances were pressed into service in order that the injured might be rushed to the hospital.

Heads and Limbs Tore Off.
While the injured were being looked after, the bodies of the dead were being carried from the ruins of the building. A majority of those killed had their heads and limbs torn from their bodies and were so badly mangled that identification was almost an impossibility.
The mill had been closed down for about a week and two score of men were engaged in making repairs to an engine. The men were working close to the boiler and when the explosion occurred not one of them was able to make his escape.
The shock was so terrific that it demolished a large portion of the mill and sent heavy pieces of twisted iron and metal in all directions. The plant of BROOMAL, SCHMIDT & STEADY Company, located near the scene of the explosion was badly damaged and a horse which was standing 300 yards distant from the mill was instantly killed. Box cars on the railroad siding adjoining the mill were torn to splinters and several persons near the building were slightly injured by flying debris.
The shock was felt over the entire city. The head of the boiler, about 4 feet square, was hurled nearly a block.
The injured are all expected to recover.

The Altanta Constitution Georgia 1908-08-11

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1908 Rolling Mill explosion

*Correction - The name Edward Figer on the list of deceased is actually Edward Patrick Fitler. Married to Alice Mary McKinley Fitler. They are my great-great-grandparents. They are buried at Chanceford Presbyterian Church, Airville PA along with many other McKinley family members.

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