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STULTZ, William R.

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STULTZ, William R.

Posted: 5 Dec 2000 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 24 May 2004 1:29AM GMT
Surnames: STULTZ
THE HENRY BULLETIN, Fri., Jan. 30, 1925, p. 1, col. 3. TANK EXPLOSION KILLS TWO MEN. Fatal Accident At City Pressing Plant. On Wednesday morning at ten-thirty, Wm. R. Stultz, proprietor of the City Pressing Club, and Dan Hairston, an employee, met with a tragic death while engaged in scouring a gasoline tank. Stultz had recently finished a new building and was unearthing the gas tank used for the purpose of storing waste gasoline. There was no eye witnesses to the accident, but the supposition is, that after having drawn off the gas the men had turned steam into the tank to scour it, and there being no vent to allow the steam to escape, the explosion resulted. Hairston was driven by the explosion a distance of perhaps two hundred feet, while Stultz was thrown by the impact about twenty feet through an archway leading from an old steam boiler to the tank. Both bodies were horribly disfigured. William Stultz was one of the most industrious and likeable negroes among our large population. For several years now he was engaged in the work of cleaning and pressing clothes, conducting a modern plant, and has been prosperous. The other man was not so well known. Both of the unfortunate men leave families.

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