Family Items of Interest
From Macon Times Newspaper
dated: January 1872

Donated by: Donna Percer


In another column we give an account taken from the Macon Times of a heart-sickening accident that happened at the mill of Vader & Currey, 5 miles south of Bevier. We also learn from Mr. W.J. Summers, of this county, that the details as given by the Times are substantially correct. The mill was almost entirely demolished, some portions of it being thrown a half mile by the terrible force of the explosion. This accident should be a warning to all who have the control of steam power to be always on the watch and see that everything is right, for the results of this explosion are enough to prove to them the danger of carelessness.

The following are the names of the killed and wounded: Thos. Tabor, Johnson Summers (my grandfather), John buster, James Williams, John Shoemaker and Paul Vader, killed. Ellis Nichols, Lyman Vader, Mr. Lisle (sp?), and the engineer whose name we could not learn, wounded, Some of the killed were horribly mutilated. Bud Vestal was the only person present that escaped uninjured. Drs. Scroggins Roberts and Fredericks were in attendance, and did all in their power to alleviate the sufferings of those wounded, who were at the last accounts doing well.

Ernie Miles- - - - last updated Thursday, 17-Apr-2008 18:03:27 MDT.