Waynesville, NC Log Building Collapse, June 1911



Waynesville, N.C., June 19. - Four convicts were killed, twelve seriously injured, and fourteen convicts and three guards slightly injured yesterday in the collapse of a bull pen near Waterville, N.C., in the heart of the Smokies. The convicts were all negroes, and were being worked in connection with the construction work of the Transcontinental Railroad.
The men killed were:
ALBERT WYNN, of Goldsboro, serving sentence of ten years for receiving stolen goods;
WILL GREEN, of Raleigh, serving sentence of four years for murder;
HENRY PAUL, of New Bern, serving sentence of three years for larceny;
CLARENCE WALKER, of western North Carolina, serving sentence of seven years for larceny.
All four men had only a few months of their time to serve.

Two Others May Die.
MAJOR WYNN, of Goldsboro, convicted at the same time as his brother, who was killed, and SYLVESTER PARHAM, serving a 30-year sentence for murder, are not expected to live.
CAPT. J. E. HOSKINS, of Raleigh, who was in charge of the prisoners, went down with the pen and was dug from the debris, suffering several painful injuries. Guards J. E. NICHOLS and ED McKERNEY had narrow escapes from death.
The bull pen was built of heavy logs and the weight of the roof caused it to collapse. The structure slid down the mountainside for 65 feet and not one of the occupants escaped uninjured.
The fact that every convict was burdened with ball and chain rendered the victims helpless, and is responsible for the great number of injuries. Several of the prisoners displayed great heroism in their efforts to rescue comrades and applications for pardons will be made to Governor Kitchin for them.

Washington Progress North Carolina 1911-06-22