Point Pleasant, WV Gasoline Barge Explosion, Dec 1953

"One tragic event that stands out in Marietta's history occurred on the morning of December 22, 1953. On this day an empty gasoline barge exploded at the company's boat dock. This accident claimed the lives of six workers who were cleaning the barge at the time it exploded. The workers were Raymond Beller, Chester Elliot, Sherman Randolph, John Wheeler, William Fletcher and Harry "Tad" Bonecutter."

from Guide to the Marietta Manufacturing Company Records

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