Marlborough, MA Building Collapse, Sept 1827

ACCIDENT. In Marlborough on Wednesday last, as the workmen were raising the frame of a building designed for an Academy and Masonic Hall, an accident occurred of very painful consequences. When the whole frame except the roof had been raised, there were eleven persons standing on the roof. In this situation, the support of the beam gave way, and the beam broke and fell, precipitating the whole eleven into the cellar; in falling, the beam was broken and shattered into several pieces. Five of these persons escaped almost unhurt though they had fallen fifteen or twenty feet, from the plate to the cellar, landing among heaps of stones, broken timbers, and rubbish. The remaining six were all badly bruised, three of these had bones broken and were otherwise much hurt. No lives were lost at the time; but one of the unfotunate[sic] workmen was so badly bruised that his chance of recovery was thought to be very small; we have not since ascertained his fate. Some of the others have the prospect of a long and painful sickness, if not a permanent lameness to anticipate.

Salem Gazette, Salem, MA 21 Sept 1827

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Fatal Accident.---We learn that an accident, which has proved fatal in its consequences, happened at Marlborough on the 12th inst. At the raising of a building, designed for an academy, after the whole of the body of the frame was raised, the middle beam broke, owing to its support not being properly secured, and precipitated a number of persons into the cellar below. Eleven were more or less hurt, and nine of them considerably. One of them, William Weeks, lingered till the morning of the 17th, when he died. -Worcester Spy.

Connecticut Courant, Hartford, CT 25 Sept 1827

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Sept. 12th, 1827. A dreadful accident in raising the academy building in town. A support under one of the beams gave way, the beam broke and fell with boards, 20 feet into the cellar, and 10 or 11 men fell with them, and one, Capt. Wm. Weeks of Stow, had one thigh broken and died a few day afterward. Two young Walcotts, (sons of Josiah Walcott, who was building it) one had an arm broken, the other had one bruise; all of them were more or less hurt.

Record of Remarkable Events in Marlborough and Vicinity, 1879, page 15