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Mathers, Harry d. 1908


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Date: 8/21/2017 at 19:54:53

Victim of Dynamite Explosion
Harry Mathers Killed at Kalispell, Montana, and Mrs. Brooks May Be Fatally Injured
Mrs. W. V. Carlon received a letter last Friday from her brother, Will Brooks written from Kalispell, Montana, telling of the killing of his nephew, Harry Mathers, by an explosion of dynamite. Mr. Brooks and wife and his father, Alonzo Brooks, went out from Irvington to Kalispell just seven weeks ago. They went on a farm about seven miles from that town, and when the accident took place the men were engaged in clearing out the stumps by the use of dynamite. On the day of the accident Harry placed a lot of dynamite in the oven of the kitchen stove to dry. The cause of the explosion is not clear, as Harry and his aunt, Mrs. Brooks, were the only ones in the house, the others being at the barn. Harry was instantly killed and Mrs. Brooks was fearfully injured, one of her thighs being broken, and her recovery is doubtful. She is in the hospital at Kalispell. It is considered a marvel that Mrs. Brooks was not killed instantly. The house was blown to pieces and left a complete wreck.
Mrs. Geo. Stewart, mother of Mrs. Brooks left Algona Monday afternoon for Kalispell to be with her daughter. The family seems to have been stunned by the catastrophe. The letter to Mrs. Carlon was not written until a week after the event. Mathers, who was killed, was a son of Charles Mathers of Irvington. He was unmarried.
Source: Upper Des Moines Republican; Wednesday, April 22th, 1908


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