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Posted: 928324800000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1062023367000
Surnames: MORTZ
Looking for any information on John Richard Mortz that was killed in a Mobil refinery explosion about August 1928.
This explosion was to have happened around Lawrenceville, IL.
(Lawrence County)IL.
Does any one have any newspaper clippings or any information on this explosion?
He was supposed to have died in a Vincennes Indiana Hospital
(Knox County) after this explosion.


Posted: 1015590741000
Classification: Query
Hi Connie.

My Great Uncle John (Jack) Crawford lost both his legs in an explosion. He was living in Cornwall at the time (1920-1940s). Would this possibly be the same explosion as you have any references for this explosion?

Thanks Chris


Posted: 1210722814000
Classification: Query
I have an article from a Lawrence Co History that is a re-print of the County News article from 8/1/1928 concerning the explosion at the Indian Refinery (later called Texaco Refinery - long before Mobil and Texaco merged). It's one type-written page and doesn't say much but I might be able to find more.


Posted: 1215915363000
Classification: Query
Knox County Public Library/Vincennes, IN online death index:

Date of Death: August 07, 1928
Age: 37
Book #CH-15
Page #217
From website:
"Only written requests for very specific information can be answered. Paid researchers are available to help with more detailed queries. Contact:
Brian Spangle, Historical Collection Administrator
McGrady-Brockman House
Knox County Public Library
502 N. 7th St.
Vincennes, IN 47591
Phone (812) 886-4380

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