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1896 article on Burke explosion needed

1896 article on Burke explosion needed

Posted: 1340758024000
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: 1340914050000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1340914123000
Kathie: This may help, but article is pretty graphic.

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


Thomas Corlett Met His Death Thorugh Giant Powder


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: 1340915402000
Classification: Query

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.

Re: 1896 article on Burke explosion needed

Posted: 1341202625000
Classification: Query

Here's the Spokesman Review article.


Re: 1896 article on Burke explosion needed

Posted: 1341246091000
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Thank you again!
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