Ogdens Landing, IL CITY OF PITTSBURG Steamboat Fire, Apr 1902

The 'City of Pittsburg' Burned on Ohio River
Passengers Were Asleep When Flames Were Discovered Disaster Occurred Near Olmstead, Ill.

CAIRO, Ill., April 20 — One of the worst disasters in the history of the Ohio River navigation occurred shortly after 4 o'clock this morning, near Ogdens Landing, near this city. While almost all aboard were asleep the steamer "City of Pittsburg" was discovered to be on fire, and in a few moments was burned to the water's edge.

The loss of over $80,000 on the steamer does not include the cargo, both being a total loss. The latest estimates are that 150 persons were aboard, and that not more than half of them were saved. Many of the latter were burned or injured. As the register of the steamer was burned, no list can be given either of the victims or of the survivors, and in the confusion it has been impossible to get complete lists.

Capt. Phillips admits that the death list may reach sixty. The following is a partial list of those lost:
ADAMS, Mr., Ohio: bound for St. Louis.
DOWNS, Mr., Memphis.
SMITH, Thomas, Memphis; steerman.
BECK, Patrick, wife, and six children, Owensborough. Ky.; bound for Morehouse, Mo.
RIDDING, Joseph. Cincinnati; striker engineer.
JONES. Lud. Cincinnati: striker engineer.
BALUNGEK, William, Cincinnati; first steward.
SWENET (little girl) of Owensborough, Ky.
HUNTKR, I, Litinti, Penn.
THREE CHILDREN of Mrs. Fannie McCutchenson of Leavensworth, Ind. Among the missing passengers are a child of Pilot Al Pritchard. Clay Breeze, his wife and son; a son of Archie M. Allen of Pittsburg, Tony Gilfoyle, baker of Cincinnati.

Among the members of the crew missing are Henry Thomas, colored, Cincinnati. Second steward; Jonn Botts, Cincinnati, cook, and the following, whose names are unknown: First pantryman, three colored
firemen, six cabin boys, two chambermaids and six or eight deckhands.

Two women passengers were severely burned, but will recover. They are Mrs. S. R. Leach of Bridgeport. Ohio, burned about the hands, and Mrs. Ellen Fenmore of Arbuckle, West Va., severely burned about the face.

April 21, 1902 edition of The New York Times