Texarkana, AR Dry Kiln Collapses, Mar 1898

STEAM DRY KILN COLLAPSES.

NINE WORKMEN INJURED AND SEVERAL THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN KILLED AT TEXARKANA.

Texarkana, Ark., March 3 -- About 4 o'clock this afternoon a large steam dry-kiln at the Central Coal and Coke sawmill tumbled in seriously wounding a number of workmen, two of whom will die. Others are believed to have been killed outright. The east wall of the kiln tumbled in and crushed the contents, making a complete wreck. Large timbers, sheet iron and lumber and railroad iron were bent and twisted into a shapeless mass. After the crash workmen were at once placed to work and soon liberated ten of the workmen who were caught in the debris. The names of those who were removed from the wreck follow:
GUS WALTON, head mashed and internal injuries; will die.
RICHARD HUNTING, back broken, shoulder mashed, and injured internally; will die.
BILL SMITH, seriously injured internally, legs and shoulder broken; will probably prove fatal.
J. D. HOWARD, foreman, hurt in leg and arms.
WILL SLADE, foot and leg badly crushed.
J. W. RABB, badly bruised.
L. H. WILLIAMS, left leg broken and arms hurt.
JOHN HENDERSON, hips crushed.
L. REEVES, chin crushed.
It is thought several bodies are still under the debris and search is being made for them. At the first crash, an alarm was turned in to the fire companies and the firemen were soon on the scene, and the flames which started immediately after the building collapsed were soon extinguished. The property loss is small, about $10,000.

The Kansas City Journal Missouri 1898-03-04