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Fire at Gallipolis.

Cincinnati. October 21. -- A special from Gallipolis to the Gazette says: Fire broke out this morning in the brick fouring mill of Lawson & Bell, destroying it. Loss on the building, $8,000; insurance, $500; all in Philadelphia companies. The fire was the work of an incendiary. [
Source: "Wheeling Register"(WV); 25 OCT 1880]

Saw Mill Explosion.
At 11:30 on Monday morning the portable saw mill of John Donnally, on the farm of Hiram Willcox, jr., about two miles from Vinton, exploded its boiler, rendering the mill a total wreck. Samuel Davis, son of Charles Davis, of Vinton, was on top of the boiler fixing the water pump which was not working well, when the boiler burst, and he was instantly killed. His head was smashed, his clothes blown off, and his body scalded. Wesley Donnally, a young man, son of the owner of the mill, had his skull fractured and was badly scalded. He died the next morning. Lorain McMillin, a young man, son of Mr. Asher McMillin, was scalded all over, and died the next morning. Harrison Donnally, another son of the proprietor had thigh bone broken in two places, and badly scalded on back and arms. Is at this writing alive, but will in all probability die within twenty-four hours. Meredith Donnally, another son of the owner of the mill, was cut on top of the head and scalded on the legs. Will probably survive.

Jacob Shenefield, another young man was hit in the breast, and will get along. G. Q. Rhoads, son-in-law of the owner of the mill, was knocked down, and received slight injuries. A buggy to which was attached a horse, standing near the mill, was blown to pieces, and the hind legs of the horse broken. Mr. Donnally at the time of the accident was at home sick. All the parties injured and killed were young men between 21 and 26 years of age. The accident as cast quite a gloom over the community. [Source: Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, September 9, 1880]

(A later article)
That Explosion....
The victims of the explosion of the boiler of Mr. John Donnally's saw mill last week, are four in number, namely:--Samuel Davis, Wesley Donnally, Lorain McMillin and Harrison Donnally. The latter died at 5 p. m. on Wednesday. He was the one we predicted would die within twenty-four hours in our last issue. Meredity Donnally, the youngest of Mr. Donnally's boys, though he had his skull fractured and his legs and arms scalded, is up and about, and will recover. The others hurt are doing well. Source: Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, September 16, 1880 - Sub. by Kathy McDaniel

REIGN OF TERROR In Southern Ohio -- Church Is Blown Up With Dynamite.
Cincinnati, July 19. -- A reign of terror in the counties of Scioto, Meigs and Gallia, Ohio, bordering the Ohio river, is reported. At Portsmouth last night the Second Presbyterian Church was badly damaged by dynamite, and previously attempts had been made to blow up the power-house of the street railway and the Offnere school building.
A gang of twenty outlaws is evading the officers and posses in Meigs and Gallia counties. Several people have been robbed on the highways and many houses burglarized. Today the large stock barn of Judge H. A. Kent was burned by incendiaries. Vigilant committees are organizing around near Pomeroy and Middleport. [
Source: "The Morning Herald" (KY); 20 July 1896]

Gallipolis, O. Dec 1. -- Two large barns were burned and thirteen cows and several head of horses were cremated to-day as a result of a fire supposed to have been of incendiary origin near Cadmus.
[Source: "The Lexington Herald" (KY); 02 Dec 1913]

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