Mont Foutty Dies in Nitro Explosion in 1916

(07/07/2001)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 3/9/1916.

Mont Foutty Blown to Atoms

Monday's Parkersburg Sentinel carried an account of the horrifying death of Mont Foutty, an oil well shooter who formerly resided at this place.

Mr. Foutty, who lived at Branchland, in the southern part of this state, had driven to the magazine containing the nitroglycerin used in his business, to get a shot for an order he had received.  Two horses were attached to the wagon and Mr. Foutty was alone.  About eight o'clock the whole countryside was shaken by a terrific explosion.  Many hurry to the scene, but all that was visible was a great gaping hole in the ground where the magazine had stood.  Foutty, the horses and the wagon had been blown to atoms and only small particles of either could be found.

Mr. Foutty was located here a few years during the height of the Yellow Creek excitement, and has many friends in this section who will be shocked to hear of the dreadful accident which cost him his life.


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