Barksdale, WI Powder Shed Explosion, Aug 1928

POWDER SHED BLAST KILLS TWO WORKERS.

SUDDEN EXPLOSION OCCURS AT THE DUPONT PLANT AT DARKSDALE [sic], NEAR ASHLAND -- BODIES OF THE VICTIMS ARE NOT FOUND -- BYSTANDERS INJURED.

Ashland, Wis. -- (AP) -- Two workmen were blown to death in an explosion in the jelly punching house of the Dupont company powder plant at Darksdale [sic], ten miles from here, Friday afternoon.
The dead are:
CONRAD HOLMAN, 45 years old.
ALVIN RENSTROM, 38, both of Washburn, Wis.
The cause of the explosion is unknown.
The men were working alone in a small brick house twenty feet square when the explosion tore the building to pieces. The bodies of the men were not found.
The house is where powder is pressed into cartridges. Several men standing outside nearby were slightly hurt by flying particles. Each building at the powder plant is isolated, which prevented a greater explosion.
The two deaths brought the toll of two days to three. ANTHONY MAGER, 59, the father of nine children, was asphyxiated by fumes Thursday.
Both HOLMAN and RENSTROM were married. HOLMAN had one child and RENSTROM had two children.

Daily Northwestern Oshkosh Wisconsin 1928-08-25

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