Tuscarawas County, Ohio
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News Stories of
Fires, Accidents, Train Wrecks
and other Calamities


On the 5th ult. the dwelling house of Ebenezer Sweet, in Hiram, Portage county, Ohio, with most of its contents, were destroyed by fire. On the 6th, the mills of Parkman and Converse, in Parkman, Geauga Co. were also destroyed – loss 10,000 dollars. On the 11th, three buildings belonging to the society of Shakers, in Cuyahoga county were destroyed and an infant burnt to death in one of them.  On the 31st Jan. the Presbyterian church in Wheeling township, Belmont Co. was burnt down. On the 12th ult. the house of Samuel Dunlap, Esq. of New Hagerstown Tuscarawas county, was destroyed with most of his personal property.  – Ohio Repository [Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, March 16, 1830; NP, Sub by FoFG]

Fire by Lightning
We regret to learn, that on the morning of the 6th inst. the large barn recently built at Zoar, (225 feet in length) was struck by lightning and consumed, together with four adjoining stables, containing in the whole about 350 tons of Hay.  With much diffic ulty the cattle in the stables, to the number of 200, were got out in safety.  The loss is estimated at from 3 to 5000 dollars.
On the same day a tornado was experienced in Pike township, in this county.  The barn s of Messrs John and George Beghtle were unroofed, their fences and forest trees prostrated. – Ohio Repos. [Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, September 28, 1830; NP,Sub by FoFG]

Workman Killed in Plant Blast

Dover, O., May 5--One workman was killed and seven were injured in an explosion which wrecked the Hardesty Chemical Company's plant yesterday. Two were burned seriously and five more had minor injuries. The firm makes cosmetics and products for use in plastic goods. The cause, and the amount of damage will not be established until after several days of investigation, Walter Sommers, plant superintendent, said. Unofficial estimates of the material loss were about $100,000. [The Huronite and Daily Plainsman, Huron, SD, Friday, October 22, 1948 - KS- Sub by FoFG]


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