Child Loses Thumb and Finger in 1906 Accident


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 11/20/1906.

Little Thurl Holland met with a very painful accident last week at the home of his grandfather, Col. W.S. Holland, of Henrietta.  Thurl together with several other small boys found several dynamite caps near the old railroad commissary at the mouth of Steer Creek, and divided them up, each putting a handfull in his trouser pocket.

They carried them for several days without any accident occurring but on Tuesday evening Thurl decided he would see what was in one of them.  He took a tobacco tag and commenced scraping out the inside, when of course there was an explosion which terribly lacerated and tore his hands.  Drs. Dye and Wright went up Wednesday and amputated the thumb and one finger of his right hand and fixed up the remaining ones and when last heard from was getting along very nicely but suffering excruciating pain.