|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 10/28/1926.
Roma Hathaway, aged 25, of Phillips Run, died at the Camden-Clarke hospital
in Parkersburg Wednesday morning from burns received in a gas explosion
at his rooming house in Petroleum, where he was working for W.H. Bickel
on a drilling well.
The horrible accident occurred Tuesday night about 10:45. Hathaway
with Frank McCoy, of Spencer, were going on the midnight tower and had
just been awakened. The latter smelled the fumes of escaping gas
from defective plumbing and had just called to young Hathaway not to light
a match when the explosion came. Hathaway was enveloped in the flames
from head to foot and the burns covered his entire body with the exception
of a small area on his breast. He was rushed to Parkersburg hospital
but never had a chance for recovery.
McCoy was seriously burned in his heroic efforts to drag Hathaway from
the flames but chances for his recovery are said to be good at the hospital
where he is now resting.
W.H. Bickel narrowly escaped being in the room when the explosion came,
having just gone to use the long distance telephone.
The victim of the tragic accident was a young man of the best character
and a pall of gloom was thrown over his home community when the news was
telephoned here. He had been employed by Mr. Bickel for several years
and was one of his most trusted and faithful employees.
The deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Hathaway, of Philipps Run.
His wife, who was formerly Miss Dorfetta Stump, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
L.T. Stump, of the same community, and an infant child survive.
His remains will be brought to his home and funeral services will be
held at the Mt. Zion Church Friday Morning at 10:30.