1889 - FIVE THRASHERS KILLED. TERRIBLE EXPLOSION OF A BOILER HALF A MILE FROM CARBONDALE, ILL.
Carbondale, Ill., Sept. 10. - The engine of a steam thrashing machine owned by Tiggett and BIggs, exploded Monday, half a mile east of Carbondale, killing five men. The engine was blown to atoms. Some of the men were hurled 175 feet.
The victims are:
All the bodies were terribly lacerated. SNYDER'S legs were blown off; BIGGS'S skull was broken and his body terribly cut; MILLER'S neck, arms and legs were broken, and every bone in the bodies of the TIGGETT brothers was broken. They were married men and have large families. BIGGS leaves a widow and eight children.
The men had been thrashing about an hour when the explosion occurred. The engine had just come from a DuQuoin shop and was considered safe.
Experts claim that pieces of the boiler picked up show that it was an old boiler, which had recently been repaired.
September 11, 1889
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