Geff, IL Oil Well Explosion, Oct 1952

TNT BLOWS UP AT OIL WELL, KILLS MT. VERNON MAN.

ROBERT E. CHASE OF 1501 LOGAN STREET IS VICTIM OF PREMATURE EXPLOSION THIS MORNING AT GEFF. OIL WORKER ALSO KILLED, BELLE RIVE MAN INJURED.

Special to The Register-News.
Geff, Ill., -- ROBERT E. CHASE, about 38, of 1501 Logan Street, Mt. Vernon, was killed at 11:30 this morning by an explosion at an oil well location here.
VERNON SCRIVNER, 32, of Belle Rive, CHASE'S companion, suffered several cuts about the face but was not seriously hurt.
WILLLIAM "BILL" CARROLL of Grayville, an oil field worker, was also killed and three others were injured.
MR. CHASE, who operates a farm and also is an employee of the Illinois Central roundhouse at Bluford and MR. SCRIVNER went to the grain elevator at Geff this morning to sell a load of corn.
While they were waiting at the elevator they went to the location to watch workers "shoot" the well.
The accident occurred when a charge of nitro-glycerine went off prematurely.
MR. CHASE was standing up and he was struck by a large piece of steel. MR. SCRIVNER fell to the ground and escaped serious injury.

Mt. Vernon Register News Illinois 1952-10-17