Findlay, OH Factory Explosion, May 1904



Findlay, Ohio, May 22. -- As a result of an explosion in the two drying rooms of the Lake Shore Novelty company's plant here today seven persons are known to be dead; five are so seriously hurt that recovery is believed to be impossible, and twelve to fifteen are injured badly.
From reports of the physicians ten of the less seriously injured may die as a result of blood poisoning from the potash that was driven into their bodies.
The list of dead follows:
JOSEPH SHERWOOD, twenty-one.
JAY SHERWOOD, twenty-four.
EDITH DILLON, seventeen.
DEAN SHAW, eighteen.
MARIE SNIDER, twenty-two.
FRANK GRANT, twenty-one.
The injured who it is believed cannot recover are:
MAGGIE LOGAN, nineteen, injured by flying debris.
THOMAS BECK, struck in the back by flying barrel, arms and legs broken.
Internally injured:
CLAUDE SHAW, twin brother of Dean, back severely injured and ankle broken.
EFFIE PETERMAN and her brother ROY; caught in falling debris and internally injured.
The less seriously injured:
CARRIE PETERMAN, seventeen, breast and lungs crushed, and head and eyes powder-burned.
MAY LEAVYS, seventeen, worked beside her, similarly hurt.
LOUIS WEINGARTNER, hip fractured.
MINNIE DOLL, burned.
MRS. DOLL, forewoman, cut and burned.
MINNIE QUINLAN, floorwoman, cut and bruised about the head and shoulders.
J. S. LEARY, B. C. SWISHER and WILLIAM BAUGHMAN also sustained slight hurts.
Three others whose names could not be learned were also cut and burned.
Two employes are missing and are supposed to have been blown to atoms.
The Lake Shore Novelty works plant covered nearly ten acres of ground in the southwest part of the city and employed nearly 200 men, women and children. Railway torpedoes and Fourth of July explosives were manufactured.
Owing to the large rush of orders the officials of the plant requested the employes to report for duty today. About thirty compiled with the request.
This morning the residents of Findlay were started by two explosions that shattered windows throughout the city. The concussion was felt for miles around. Two magazines in separate rooms at the Novelty works let go simultaneously with terrible reports. The exact cause of the explosion is not definitely known. It is surmised that one of the Sherwood brothers, who were the only persons in the drying rooms, dropped a large box of torpedoes, but this theory cannot be confirmed.
The explosion occurred shortly before the employes assembled for duty. At least twenty persons were on their way to the factory when the explosion occurred.
Human forms were strewn considerable distance apart on the factory site. The remains of the Sherwood brothers were found in drying room No. 1, mangled and almost unrecognizable.
The body of EDITH DILLON was picked up 100 yards from where the explosion occurred.
The news of the catastrophe spread like wildfire, throughout the county. Every train and interurban car that has arrived in this city for the past ten hours was crowded. The large plant is shattered into fragments not one single wall remaining. Bricks and timber can be found for a half mile around.

St. Paul Globe Minnesota 1904-05-23