Carbondale, IL Steam Thrashing Boiler Explosion, Sep 1889

FIVE THRASHERS KILLED.

TERRIBLE EXPLOSION OF A BOILER HALF A MILE FROM CARBONDALE, ILL.

Carbondale, Ill., Sept. 10. -- The engine of a steam thrashing machine owned by Tiggett and BIggs, exploded Monday, half a mile east of Carbondale, killing five men. The engine was blown to atoms. Some of the men were hurled 175 feet.
The victims are:
JOHN SNYDER.
JOHN BIGGS.
ANDREW TIGGETT.
JOHN TIGGETT.
IKE MILLER.
All the bodies were terribly lacerated. SNYDER'S legs were blown off; BIGGS'S skull was broken and his body terribly cut; MILLER'S neck, arms and legs were broken, and every bone in the bodies of the TIGGETT brothers was broken. They were married men and have large families. BIGGS leaves a widow and eight children.
The men had been thrashing about an hour when the explosion occurred. The engine had just come from a DuQuoin shop and was considered safe.
Experts claim that pieces of the boiler picked up show that it was an old boiler, which had recently been repaired.

Logansport Journal Indiana 1889-09-11