Gambo, ME Powder Mill Explosion, Nov 1888


Portland, Me., Nov. 5. - At 11:30 this forenoon a terrible explosion was heard at South Windham. It was soon learned that the powder mills at Gambo, about two miles distant, belonging to the Oriental Powder Company, had been blown to atoms. There were four buildings, one kernel mill and three wheel mills. The explosion originated in the kernel mill, but how is not known. There was only a fraction of a second between the explosion of the kernel mill and those of the other three. There were only two men in the mill at the time, and both of them are fatally hurt. WALTER CHILDS, aged 40, was mangled about the head and had his legs and arms terribly torn. He is still alive but cannot recover. EDWARD WILLIAMS, aged 35, had just gone out of the kernel mill and was between two of the buildings. He was struck on all sides and cannot live. The four buildings were wooden and each was about twenty-eight feet square. The property was not valuable. Everything is a total loss. These mills have been blown up several times before, but this explosion was the most disastrous.

The Coffeyville Weekly Journal Kansas 1888-11-08