Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ,
CHARLES AULENBACHER, boilermaker,
West Point Boiler Works Explosion
March 22, 1899
Five Men Killed by a Boiler Explosion in Pittsburg.
A boiler in the WEST POINT boiler works, owned by A. MONROE & SON, on Twenty-third street, Pittsburg, Penn., exploded shortly after 12 o'clock, killing five men, wounding twelve and wrecking the building. The force of the explosion was terrible. It shook the earth for several block around, shattering windows and creating consternation in the neighborhood.
At noon the whistle was sounded, and immediately the majority of the sixty-five employes [sic] left the place. Five minutes later every man who remained in the place had been either killed or injured. In a moment hundreds of people were on the ground, and the work of rescue was begun at once. An alarm of fire was sounded, but the wreckage fortunately was of brick and the flames that had started did not make much headway before they were extinguished.
Firemen and policemen commenced the work of rescuing the buried, and in a short time the dead were removed.
The killed were: GUS LINNEBAU, engineer, 25 years, single; JAMES CARTER, boilermaker, 30 years,
married; JACOB RHEINHEIMER, boilermaker, 28 years,
married; CHARLES AULENBACHER, boilermaker,
45 years, married; DANIEL CLARK, boilermaker, 30 years, single. STEPHEN CARTER, one of the injured, had his skull fractured, and was fatally injured.
The building was a large one-story brick structure and was formally occupied by WILLIAM SMITH & SONS, pipe manufacturers. The plant was a valuable one, and will prove a complete loss. Nothing remains but a mass of brick, mortar and timbers.
The boilers were inspected six months ago,
and were thought to be in first class condition.
The real cause of the explosion will probably never be known, as the engineer was killed outright,
and no one has been found who was in the engine room at the time the disaster took place.
The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1889-03-22