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100 Years Ago - May 1913

Death came in an instant

Two men met a horrible death and another one was probably fatally injured on the morning of April 1, 1913 by the breaking of a boom on a derrick used by the Cummins Construction Co. at the new dam at Corinth. The victims were Dennis Minahan, 17 — instantly killed; Benjamin Rozelle, 23 — removed to Saratoga Hospital where he later died; and Henry Springer, 21 — seriously injured internally and also removed to the same hospital. All three men were residents of Corinth.

In swinging a load of stone into place the boom broke and fell striking all three men and pinning Minahan beneath. His body was terribly crushed, one hand was cut off and his head was badly bruised. Death was instantaneous. There were no witnesses. It was some time before Rozelle’s body could be extricated from beneath the beam. He was suffering intensely and one of his legs had been severed close to his body. He died soon after his arrival at the hospital. It is not yet known if Springer will survive.

Adventure bound

Roscoe Hadden and Paul Smith of Warrensburgh started off the morning of May 12, 1913 for Edmonton, Alberta in the great Canadian northwest where they will take up homesteads of 160 acres each. Both young men are single and will either find wives there or come back after them after they have homes established.

They went to Montreal and took the Canadian Pacific for the remainder of their long journey. The distance from Warrensburgh is 2,500 miles. They expect to reach their destination Saturday morning, May 17, 1913. (Note - Roscoe Hadden was the son of Fred and Harriet Hadden. He grew up on Hadden Hill, now called Ridge St. Family legend stated that he ended up in Shawnee (possibly Shones), North Dakota, married a school teacher, lived and died there. He must have had a change of plans as North Dakota is a long way from Alberta, Canada.)

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