Pump Station Explodes at Smithville in 1911

(11/10/2001)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 10/10/1911.

Smithville Pump Station Blown Up

A gas explosion destroyed the pump station of the Mountain State Gas Company at Smithville Thursday morning at 3:00 o'clock.  Two townsmen, Mac Flesher and Will Cornell, were dangerously burned.  Another tourman by the name of Bush was standing in the door of the engine house at the time of the explosion and was blown into the Hughes river, a distance of fifty yards or more.  Engines and pumps were ruined and it will be some time before the plant is running again.