|Birth: ||Apr. 4, 1891|
|Death: ||Jul. 29, 1925|
Benjamin Bennin July 29, 1925 Sheboygan Press
DYNAMITE EXPLOSION AT 10:30 TODAY IS CAUSE OF INSTANT DEATH FOR MEN
New Holstein—George Schildhauer, 62, and Ben Bennin, 32, were instantly killed in a dynamite blast at the New Holstein sewage disposal plat at 10:30 today. Mr. Bennin's body was torn to pieces and was strewn for several feet in all direction by the discharge, while Mr. Schildhauer was not so badly mutilated, but death in his case also was instantaneous. The clothes of Mr. Bennin were in shreds and some of them were picked up thirty and forty feet away from where the major part of the remains were found.
The men were working at the plant, and had intentions of using the dynamite later in removing rock from the bed of the sump. While they were preparing to use the explosive, the box containing forty pound of it was left on the air compressing machine. Either the vibration from the machine, or the exhaust from the engine set off the dynamite. Mr. Schildhauer and Mr. Bennin were working within a few feet of the explosive, Mr. Bennin being nearest to it, and when it went off Mr. Bennin received the full force of the explosion, and his body was hurled into the air for a distance of thirty feet or more, while Mr. Schildhauer, who was farther away, did not receive the full extent of the blow. His body, however, was severely cut and bruised by it.
An automobile truck, which was standing ten feet away from the dynamite, was demolished by the blast, and its parts were thrown in all directions. Paul Mutschmann of Sheboygan was here five minutes after the accident occurred, and he said that the sight of the mutilated bodies was one of the most gruesome he had ever witnessed. The machinery in the plant was also wrecked by the explosion.
Immediately after the blast word was sent for Dr. E. T. Rathert, coroner of Calumet County, who arrived soon afterward, and ordered the bodies removed to the undertaking establishment of Erbe-Hoffmann .
The two men who were killed when the blast occurred are well known in this community, where they have lived for many years. They were both in the employ of the village. Mr. Schildhauer is married, and is survived by his wife and other relatives, while Mr. Bennin is survived by his wife and five small children.
July 30, 1925
Mr. Bennin had been superintendent of the New Holstein waterworks plant for a year before the fatal blast on Wednesday. He was elected by the village board to that position. Before that he was employed for a period of eight years by the Lauson Manufacturing company. Mr. Bennin was born in New Holstein on April 4, 1891, and he was the youngest of a family of seven boys and four girls. He was reared and educated in New Holstein, where he always lived. He was married to Miss Olive Ahl, who with the following five children, survive: Clarence, 12; William, 10; Alice, 8; Adeline, 5, and Marvin, 2. He is also survived by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. William Bennin, together with a large number of relatives and friends who keenly feel his loss. He was a member of the Equitable Fraternal Union, Catholic Knights, and New Holstein fire department.
Wilhelm Bennin (1840 - 1923)
Rosa Gessert Bennin (1859 - 1941)
Olive Ahl Bennin (1893 - 1964)*
Clarence G Bennin (1913 - 1974)*
William Charles Bennin (1914 - 1990)*
August Bennin (1878 - 1935)*
William Bennin (1879 - 1976)*
John Bennin (1880 - 1945)*
Christ Bennin (1882 - 1965)*
Benjamin Bennin (1891 - 1925)
Emma Bennin Schneider (1897 - 1961)*
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Record added: Feb 18, 2011
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