Riverboat Explodes and Burns on LK in 1901


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 9/24/1901.

The railroad gasolene boat, Barney, blew up and burned at Palestine last Saturday morning.  Luckily no one was on the boat at the time except the crew, consisting of four men, Homer Hopkins, Sivey Woodyard, Babe Webb and Harvey Thorn, all of whom were badly burned and blown into the river by the explosion.  It is reported that Thorn is so badly injured that he cannot recover.  The boat was just getting ready to start on its trip to Creston and several passengers would soon have been on it.  Considerable freight was on the boat at the time, all of which was destroyed and the boat was burned to the water.