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Richard Mullen

  • Birth 29 Aug 1869 Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 9 Nov 1905 Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
  • Plot Garden LN, Section 9, Lot 0, Space 682
  • Memorial ID 79003268

The Enquirer, Cincinnati, Friday, 10 Nov 1905, P12:C4

ONE MAN
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Killed and Three Injured
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When Boiler on a Coal Digger Exploded--Thought That Safety Valve Was Clogged.
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  One man was scalded and crushed to death and three others injured yesterday morning by the explosion of the boiler on a coal digger on one of the Queen City Coal Company's floats at the foot of Mill street.
  The victims of the explosion were Richard Mullen, the fireman, aged 34, of 24 Taylor Street, West Covington, Ky., who was killed instantly; Jerry Moore, colored, aged 28, of Fifth and Park streets, seriously scalded about the body; Sam Mullen of 100 Hannibal, scalded about the hands, and Charles Webber, engineer and river boss, whose back was injured and legs bruised.
  After an inspection made after the accident the officials of the company said the officials of the company said the explosion of the boiler is unaccountable and that no one can be blamed. The boiler had been inspected three weeks ago and found to be in good order. It was a 75-horse power upright boiler, operating a steam shovel called a "digger," used to scoop up tons of coal from the coal barges. The explosion occurred soon after work had commenced.
  The father of Richard Mullen, the fireman, has been the night watchman for the company for years, and never neglected to see that the boiler was filled when his son came to work. There was plenty of water in the boiler yesterday morning. Mullen left the boiler for a few minutes, and, with his brother Sam Mullen, hunted for the oil can. Just as Richard reached the boiler again an ominous crackling was heard, and then the explosion followed.
  The digger was wrecked and portions of the boiler flew high up the bank. Mullen was buried under the wreckage. Webber, the engineer was operating the digger from the doghouse, and elevated shed, and when this collapsed he was thrown to the deck. The float was enveloped in steam. Sam Mullen was the first to reach his brother's side and helped dig him out from under the wreckage. He was dead when taken out.
  Mullen was scalded about the hands, but he and the engineer were able to go to their homes. Jerry Moore, a colored helper, was badly scalded and was sent to the hospital, where he is reported to be in a serious condition. Coroner Cameron began an investigation to determine the cause of the explosion. It is said that the safety valve may have become clogged in some manner.
  Clara Mullen, a sister of the unfortunate victim of the accident, disappeared from the family home in West Covington about 10 years ago, since which time nothing has ever been heard of her. The morning after her disappearance some of her clothing was found in a skiff in the Ohio River by her father, a watchman. A love affair was supposed to have been the cause of her disappearance.
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Burial Card
Mullen, Richard 72831
Birth: Cin[cinna]ti. O[hio].
Res: D[itt]o.
Birth: Aug. 29, 1867
Death: Nov. 9, 1905
Interment: Nov. 10, 1905-2:30 P.M.
Disease: Accident by explosion
Parents: Samuel & Ameley [Emily] Mullen
Lot Owner: Single Sec. ( Lot 682
Size: Box---7' x 28"
Undertaker: J. H. Finn
Ordered: J. H. Finn
Place of Death: Queen City Coal Co.
Single
Charges: Grave $15;


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  • Maintained by: Marshall Lloyd
  • Originally Created by: Auto Graver
  • Added: 21 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 79003268
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Mullen (29 Aug 1869–9 Nov 1905), Find A Grave Memorial no. 79003268, citing Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Marshall Lloyd (contributor 47128715) .