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 Edwin Eli Weygandt

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Edwin Eli Weygandt

Birth
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
Death
22 Sep 1903 (aged 25)
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Burial
Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Plot
Sec 39, Lot 12, Grave 1N
Memorial ID
60066953 View Source

Two Killed by Explosion While Blasting Stumps to Clear Site for Homes—Bodies of John Simons and Edward Weygandt Thrown Far From Scene of Explosion.
By a premature blast of dynamite John Simons and his brother-in-law, Edward Weygandt, were killed upon the ground which they were clearing for new homes near Lents. The mangled remains were found early yesterday morning. The explosion occurred sometime Monday afternoon.
Simons and Weygandt left their homes in Tabasco Addition Monday to work upon the ground they had selected for dwellings. When they failed to return at 6 o'clock their wives became alarmed for their safety, and at 9 o'clock asked several neighbors to begin a search for them. Though the searchers went over the ground carefully, it was not until long after midnight that the bodies were found.
The two men had been blasting out stumps. It is supposed that the charge of dynamite exploded before they had reached a place of safety. The body of Simons was found under the stump upon which they had been working. Weygandt's body lay 80 feet away, and had been hurled through a barbed-wire fence.
An auger which had been used to bore the powder hole was found on top of the log. Aside from this there was nothing left in the vicinity with which the men had been working. The terrific force of the explosion had demolished everything around. Chips from the log were thrown in all directions.
Coroner Finley was notified by telephone early in the morning and went immediately to Lents. The bodies had then been discovered and in the darkness nothing more could be done. The bodies were brought to the morgue after daylight. As a result of the investigation make at the scene yesterday it was decided that no inquest was necessary.
The wives of the dead men were not told of the fatal accident until yesterday morning. Simons had been married but three months. Weygandt left a small child besides his widow. His father and brothers live in Tabasco Addition, while he came to Portland recently from Hood River.
A woman living in the vicinity heard an explosion about 3 o'clock Monday afternoon, and it is probable that the fatal accident occurred at that time. Apparently no one else heard the noise, or if so thought it merely an ordinary blast.
Joseph E. Weygandt, the 16-year-old brother of Edward, would have gone with the men to work Monday afternoon had he returned from Portland in time. He missed his car and was left behind, and thus probable escaped a similar fate.
No arrangements have as yet been made for the funerals but they will probably be held Friday at Lone Fir Cemetery.

Morning Oregonian; Date: 09-23-1903

Two Killed by Explosion While Blasting Stumps to Clear Site for Homes—Bodies of John Simons and Edward Weygandt Thrown Far From Scene of Explosion.
By a premature blast of dynamite John Simons and his brother-in-law, Edward Weygandt, were killed upon the ground which they were clearing for new homes near Lents. The mangled remains were found early yesterday morning. The explosion occurred sometime Monday afternoon.
Simons and Weygandt left their homes in Tabasco Addition Monday to work upon the ground they had selected for dwellings. When they failed to return at 6 o'clock their wives became alarmed for their safety, and at 9 o'clock asked several neighbors to begin a search for them. Though the searchers went over the ground carefully, it was not until long after midnight that the bodies were found.
The two men had been blasting out stumps. It is supposed that the charge of dynamite exploded before they had reached a place of safety. The body of Simons was found under the stump upon which they had been working. Weygandt's body lay 80 feet away, and had been hurled through a barbed-wire fence.
An auger which had been used to bore the powder hole was found on top of the log. Aside from this there was nothing left in the vicinity with which the men had been working. The terrific force of the explosion had demolished everything around. Chips from the log were thrown in all directions.
Coroner Finley was notified by telephone early in the morning and went immediately to Lents. The bodies had then been discovered and in the darkness nothing more could be done. The bodies were brought to the morgue after daylight. As a result of the investigation make at the scene yesterday it was decided that no inquest was necessary.
The wives of the dead men were not told of the fatal accident until yesterday morning. Simons had been married but three months. Weygandt left a small child besides his widow. His father and brothers live in Tabasco Addition, while he came to Portland recently from Hood River.
A woman living in the vicinity heard an explosion about 3 o'clock Monday afternoon, and it is probable that the fatal accident occurred at that time. Apparently no one else heard the noise, or if so thought it merely an ordinary blast.
Joseph E. Weygandt, the 16-year-old brother of Edward, would have gone with the men to work Monday afternoon had he returned from Portland in time. He missed his car and was left behind, and thus probable escaped a similar fate.
No arrangements have as yet been made for the funerals but they will probably be held Friday at Lone Fir Cemetery.

Morning Oregonian; Date: 09-23-1903


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  • Created by: VDR
  • Added: 13 Oct 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 60066953
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/60066953/edwin-eli-weygandt: accessed ), memorial page for Edwin Eli Weygandt (29 Jul 1878–22 Sep 1903), Find a Grave Memorial ID 60066953, citing Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA; Maintained by VDR (contributor 47292775) .