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1896 article on Burke explosion needed

1896 article on Burke explosion needed

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 12:47AM GMT
Classification: Query
Can someone help me with an article from a local newspaper that covered an explosion at Burke on October 31, 1896, please? Thomas Corlett was killed, and I'm trying to find out details (age, where from, etc.) that might tell me if he was the Thomas Corlett from my family.
Thank you,
Kathie in California

Re: 1896 article on Burke explosion needed

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 8:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 28 Jun 2012 8:08PM GMT
Kathie: This may help, but article is pretty graphic.

From The Weekly Spokesman-Review [Spokane, Washington] November 5, 1896:

BLOWN TO ATOMS

Thomas Corlett Met His Death Thorugh Giant Powder

A SICKENING TRAGEDY

Kept the Explosive in his Cabin, and Was Alone When the Accident Happened

Wallace, Idaho, Nov. 2 -- At Burke, in a cabin near the lower end of town, a dynamite explosion occurred yesterday afternoon, resulting in one of the most sickening tragedies that ever happened in the Coeur d'Alenes, Thomas Corlett being blown into small fragments. When men rushed into the cabin, attracted by the sound of the explosion, a horrible sight greeted them. The body and legs of Corlett lay near the window, while blood, brains and small pieces of human flesh were strewn all over the inside of the wrecked building. The skull was blown all to pieces, the scalp torn entirely off the back of the shattered head, being still attached to the body, every bone of which was broken. Both arms were torn off at the shoulders and broken into almost unrecognizable masses of flesh and bones.

Coroner Herrington held an inquest, but the cause of the explosion was a complete mystery, no reason for suicide being known. Death was supposed to have been accidental, as he was known to keep giant powder in the cabin. He evidentally was standing near a window not far from the powder when the explosion occurred, the body being worse mutilated than the building or furniture.

Deceased was aged about 55, unmarried. His remains will be buried at Wallace tomorrow under the auspices of the miners' union.

The same article also appeared in the Idaho Daily Statesman [Boise, Idaho], November 3, 1896, under the headline "BLOWN TO PIECES -- Giant Powder Explosion Kills a Miner in Burke"

Good luck in your search. I hope this was of some help.


Gary Reedy
Boise, Idaho

Re: 1896 article on Burke explosion needed

Posted: 28 Jun 2012 8:30PM GMT
Classification: Query
Gary,

Oh my, newspapers were sure graphic back then. My Thomas Corlett was born Sept. 1839, and this poor soul was aged "about 55," which puts it close. Guess I'll have to do a little more research. Thank you very much for your kind help. If I can reciprocate with research in the Sacramento, CA, area, please just ask.
Kathie

Re: 1896 article on Burke explosion needed

Posted: 2 Jul 2012 4:17AM GMT
Classification: Query
Kathie:

Here's the Spokesman Review article.

Gary
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Re: 1896 article on Burke explosion needed

Posted: 2 Jul 2012 4:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you again!
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