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Pvt Edward Shoemaker

Pvt Edward Shoemaker

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Death 16 Jul 1887 (aged 40–41)
Hazlebrook, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 62865977 · View Source
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Private, Company H, 11th Pennsylvania Infantry, GAR

Hazleton Sentinel; Saturday, July 16, 1887:
Shortly after 11 o'clock this morning a frightful accident occurred at the Lumber Yard, several miles east of here, by which one man was instantly killed and two others seriously injured. A gang of laborers under charge of Josiah Walk have for some time been engaged in laying water pipes from Mud Run, a small stream at the Lumber Yard, to Hazle Brook colliery of J.S. Wentz & Co., for the purpose of supplying water for the boilers. This morning three of the men, Richard Walck, Henry Diehl and Edward Shoemaker, all of this borough, were engaged in drilling a hole in a large rock for the purpose of blasting it. After they had drilled the hole they put in the powder and the dualin cap, and then began putting in the tamping. As there was only about an inch of tamping on top, the drill which they were using struck the cap, and in an instant there was a terrible explosion. Shoemaker was doing the tamping and Diehl was putting the dirt into the hole, directly over which they both were leaning. The terrific force of the explosion hurled them back several yards from the rock and instantly killed Shoemaker and severely injured Diehl. Walck, who was standing within several feet of the rock was also slightly injured. The whole right side of Shoemaker's face was crushed in and the flesh was horribly lacerated. He was also badly cut and bruised about the body...

Shoemaker was aged 40 years and was unmarried. He has a brother and sister living in town and two brothers at Jeanesville. He has been living here about two years. It has not yet been decided when the funeral will take place. The accident is attributed to the carelessness of Shoemaker in tamping the hole.
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Hazleton Sentinel; Monday, July 18, 1887:
The funeral of Edward Shoemaker, who was killed by the explosion at the Lumber Yard on Saturday, took place this afternoon. The remains were laid to rest in the G.A.R. plot in Vine street cemetery, the deceased having been an old soldier. Services were conducted at the house by Rev. John Donahue. The funeral was largely attended.



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  • Created by: GPoppa
  • Added: 13 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62865977
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Edward Shoemaker (1846–16 Jul 1887), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62865977, citing Vine Street Cemetery, Hazleton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by GPoppa (contributor 46925364) .