New Hope, WV Grist Mill Boiler Explosion, Jan 1889
FIVE MEN KILLED.
A MILL BOILER EXPLODES WITH APPALLING RESULTS.
A terrible accident took place at New Hope, Mercer County, W. Va., on Saturday last. The farmers of the neighborhood had congregated at W. CARTER'S steam grist-mill to obtain their usual supply of flour. WILLIAM JEROME and THOMAS CARTER, JOSEPH E. FRENCH, WADE SHOFFLEBARGER, JOHN WIMMER and LEVI and ELI SHIELDS were sitting in the mill talking when a terrible explosion occurred. The boiler had burst. The mill was totally wrecked.
JOSEPH E. FRENCH, THOMAS CARTER, LEVI SHIELDS and JOHN WIMMER were instantly killed. ELI SHIELDS was horribly scalded and shortly afterward died. WADE SHUFFLEBARGER was badly burned about the face and body, but will probably recover. JEROME CARTER was injured about the head and face. His collarbone was broken, and he was considerably burned. WM. CARTER was seriously bruised and injured internally.
The explosion was of terrific force. The heavy mill beams were rent and broken into splinters, terribly mangling the bodies of the dead men. Pieces of the boiler weighing at least 200 pounds were blown over 300 yards away. No one present can assign any cause for the accident, but it is thought it was due to the negligence of the engineer, WADE SHUFFLEBARGER, who allowed the water in the boilers to run too low.
Indiana Progress Pennsylvania 1889-01-09
BLOWN INTO ETERNITY.
SIX LIVES LOST BY THE EXPLOSION OF A WEST VIRGINIA GRIST MILL -- FRIGHTFUL MUTILATION OF THE VICTIMS.
Pittsburgh, Penn., Jan. 6. -- A frightful accident occurred Saturday afternoon at New Hope, Mercer County, W. Va. A number of farmers had gathered at WILLIAM PORTER'S grist mill, as is their custom on Saturdays, to get their supplies of flour. They were talking in the boiler-house, when the boiler exploded, completely wrecking the mill.
JOSEPH E. FRENCH.
JOHN WIMMER, were all instantly killed, their bodies being blown into shreds.
ELI SHIELDS died from his injuries today.
Pieces of flesh have dropped from the arms of WADE SHUFFELBARGER, exposing the bones, and his death will come soon.
JEROME CARTER and WILLIAM CARTER were also seriously injured.
The explosion is said to be due to the carelessness of the engineer in allowing the water in the boiler to run low.
Boston Daily Globe Massachusetts 1889-01-07