Tidewater in 1907 -- Explosion

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Wed May 7 21:41:35 EDT 2008

Premature Explosion of Dynamite Kills Two
Louie Longard and an unknown Austrian laborer were killed on the Tidewater railway near Ellett, in Montgomery county, Va., Tuesday, in an explosion. Longard, a foremen, had charged a hole with dynamite and powder, and while tamping, the rod struck a spark from a rock and the charge exploded instantly killing both men.
Longard was apparently a man of good family, but left nothing to show the address of any relative or friend. He was buried at Christiansburg.

Bluefield Daily Telegraph
March 29, 1907

[It seem incredible to us today that an employer would have no information about an employee's home or kin, particularly when the employee was a foreman.]

Gordon Hamilton
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