Pleasant Prairie, WI powder plant explosion, Jan 1907


Explosion Occurs in Grinding Mill of a Powder Plant in Wisconsin.

RACINE, Wis., Jan. 5. - At 12:30 o'clock today an explosion occurred in the grinding mill at the Laflin & Rand Powder Mill company, located in Pleasant Prairie, Kenosha county. Four persons were killed outright, two fatally injured and two otherwise injured.

One of the dead is Ralph Alderson, 55 years old, married and has a family living in Pleasant Prairie. The other three are Russians, whose names are unknown. One of the fatally injured is Frank Mais, 30 years old and single. The other injured three are unknown and are also Russians.

The explosion was not very loud and the inhabitants of Pleasant Prairie could hardly hear it. The damage is supposed to exceed $10,000. The building is 20x60. The amount of powder blown up is not estimated. Only a short time ago an explosion occurred in a similarbuilding, but nobody was injured.

The Duluth News Tribune, Duluth, MN 6 Jan 1907
Victims of Explosion Dead.

Kenosha, Wis., Jan. 6. - Edward Main and Stephen Jokowich, two victims of yesterday's powder mill explosion, died early today. Three others injured cannot live.

The Albuquerque Morning Journal, Albuquerque, NM 7 Jan 1907