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1903/04 Corning Plant Explosions

Corning Distillery in Peoria was the second largest of it's kind in the U.S. There were 3 explosions in 1 year at the Corning Distillery, 2 of them resulting in deaths. It was located in the warehouse district along the Illinois River. The 3rd explosion in 1904 destroyed the entire property. It comprised of an 11 story warehouse made of corrugated iron, this housed 30,000 gallons of whisky. A 3 story brick cistern held 52,000 gallons of high proof spirits. A 3 story brick fermenting department held 90,000 gallons. The fire spread to the nearby stockyards and 3,000 head of cattle were burned to death when streams of burning whiskey filled the pens. The explosion originated in the warehouse.

20 memorials
No grave photo

Benjamin Franklin Babcock

1839 – 19 Feb 1880

Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA

 Guy Branham

Guy Branham

8 Nov 1869 – 3 Oct 1903

Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA

 Ernest Braun

Ernest Braun

19 Sep 1881 – 4 Jun 1904

Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA

 Milton Crowl

Milton Crowl

Feb 1885 – 1904

Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA

 William P Finley

William P Finley

unknown – 4 Jun 1904

West Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA

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George Gebhardt

1881 – 4 Jun 1904

Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA

George C. Georgs

27 Oct 1840 – 3 Oct 1903

Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA

 George C. Georgs

George C. Georgs

27 Oct 1840 – 3 Oct 1903

Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA

 Lawrence Elmer Hogan

Lawrence Elmer Hogan

16 Feb 1881 – 4 Jun 1904

Summerfield, St. Clair County, Illinois, USA

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Frank D. Knoll

1865 – 4 Jun 1904

Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA

No grave photo

Peter Lettenmeyer

unknown – 5 Jun 1904

West Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA

No grave photo

Thomas E. Montgomery

1858 – 6 Jun 1904

Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA

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Samuel Parsons

May 1852 – 4 Jun 1904

Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA

 Alexander Powell

Alexander Powell

10 Nov 1876 – 4 Jun 1904

Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA

 Charles C Powell

Charles C Powell

17 Jan 1877 – 3 Oct 1903

West Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA

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John Richardson

1839 – 19 Feb 1880

Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA

 Lewis Sax

Lewis Sax

1874 – 1904

West Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA

 George Schaefer

George Schaefer

Feb 1886 – 1903

Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA

 Adam Werner

Adam Werner

Aug 1866 – 8 Jun 1904

Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA

 Joseph Zimmerman

Joseph Zimmerman

1859 – 4 Jun 1904

Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA

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