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 Edmund H. Bacon

Edmund H. Bacon

Death 22 Feb 1929 (aged 64)
Burial Glennville, Tattnall County, Georgia, USA
Plot Section C6
Memorial ID 44812232 · View Source
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The Tattnall Journal - February 28, 1929

6 Die Result Bursting Boiler At Glennville Last Friday

Four Killed and Seven Injured- Two Later Succumb- Explosion of Boiler at Sawmill of W.A. Canuet Most Dieful Tragedy Ever Experienced In County

E.H. Bacon, Sr., 65, Johnnie Hendricks,21, Kenneth Brown,22, Robert DeWitt, 29, F.C. Waters,44 and Lee Pope, latter colored fireman, are dead as the result of injuries sustained when the steam boiler at the saw mill of W.A. Canuet at Glennville exploded last Friday morning about 10:30 o'clock. A.L. McCall,50, Arnie Strickland, Penton Moody,43, S.E. Gordon,34, a Mr. Spier and little Annie Lou Kicklighter, 8 years old, are suffering from injuries received at the same time from the same source.

The boiler had not been fired up but a short time when it exploded, without warning of any sort, and when the workmen were at their labors in and around the mill.

Lee Pope, the negro fireman, was at work in the front of the boiler, Kenneth Brown was sitting in the driver's seat of a truck having just brought it in the mill; Johnnie Hendricks and Robert DeWitt and F.C Waters were at various places in the mill house, and E.H. Bacon, Sr., was loading a wagon with slaps when the explosion occurred. The little Kicklighter girl was playing in the yard of her parent's home about one hundred and fifty feet away. She was struck by a flying brick thrown by the explosion. Two other bricks went through the walls of the house just above her head.

The mill house was completely demolished, there being no sign left that there had ever been a house on that spot, except for trash, loose boards, and other debris scattered over the area of several hundred yards. The boiler was torn into pieces an thrown for a long distances in almost every direction.

Hendricks, DeWitt and Pope were killed instantly by the explosion, Mr. Bacon died about 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, never recovered consciousness, and Kenneth Brown died at night fall. McCall, Moody, Waters, Gordon and Strickland and the little girl were carried to hospitals where Waters later died.

At the time it was not thought that Mr. Spier was injured, and he was congratulated upon his harrowing escape. This week however, he began complaining of pain internally, and was taken to a hospital where it was discovered that he was seriously injured and he is now said to be in very serious condition.

The city and community were thrown into a panic as the terrific explosion shook houses and shattered windows in the neighborhood of the mill and most persons thought it was an earthquake. Thousands gathered around the site of the mill during the afternoon and Saturday and Sunday, making the trip from long distances to view the disaster.

Mr. Bacon is survived by his widow, Mrs. Georgia Bacon, and the following children: J. Lester, W.C. and M.P. Bacon of Glennville; Mrs. R.E. Beasley of Savannah; Mrs. E.E. Banks and Mrs. J.L. Kicklighter of Glennville, and Miss Mildred Bacon who is teaching school in Blackshear.

Mr. Waters is survived by his widow and the following children: Mrs. Ida Mae Strickland and Leila Fletcher Waters and Wilton Fletcher Waters, all of Glennville. Surviving are also his mother, Mrs. T.E. Waters of Daisy, and the following sisters, Mrs. Martha Durrence, Mrs. J.H. Burkhalter, Mrs. Z.W. Bradley, of Glennville and Mrs. L.M. Waters of Daisy, Mrs. C.L. Purvis of Mendes and Mrs. Lida Crosby of Daytona Beach, Fla.

DeWitt is survived by his wife, a bride of one month.

Transcribed by Kay Parrish Thompson (46967117)

son of Alfred Everett Bacon & Ronelda E. Kicklighter, also buried in this section. Edmund's siblings are listed on Alfred Everett Bacon's page. Edmund married Estella Whitten, b. 18 May 1868. After her death, and before 1910, he remarried Georgia T., b. 22 Feb 1866. Both wives are buried in this section.

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