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 Thomas Bushfield Targee

Thomas Bushfield Targee

Birth
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 17 May 1849 (aged 40)
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Plot Section 98, Lot 1319
Memorial ID 21964 · View Source
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Captain of the St. Louis Volunteer Fire Department who gave his life in the Great Fire of 1849. The fire spread to the steamboats docked along the St. Louis riverfront and then to the warehouses and buildings on the shore. In order to create a firebreak, Targee decided to blow up some of the buildings. After he and his men blew up several buildings, Targee decided to blow up one more--Nathaniel Phillips' music store. He put a keg of gunpowder on his shoulder and ran into the already burning building. Seconds later, the building exploded and Targee was killed in the line of duty.

Bio by: Connie Nisinger



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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 29 Apr 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21964
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Bushfield Targee (18 Oct 1808–17 May 1849), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21964, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .