Vermillion County Indiana Genealogy
Dorner Powder MillSubmitted by Steph/Bill Norris
The Weekly Clintonian Friday May 6, 1904.
Dorner Powder Mill explodes May 5th , 1904.
The mill was located in Vermillion County near Newport. Four men Burkle Mayhew, George Mayhew, Henry Griffin & DeSota Biggs were instantly killed by the 10,000 lbs of blasting powder. The glaze & coyning mill of the North Western Powder company were demolished. The mill employeed 28 men. Griffin & Biggs were blown to atoms. Fragments of there bodies were found in tops of trees 100 ft away. Burkle Mayhew's head & left arm were blown off, George's head was blown off and both bodies burned to death. Besides the 4 men killed 4 were injured James Nelson, Marshall Taylor, Qumey Foster & Art Peareetled.
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