Death by Dynamite: Pre-Atom Blast Killed 11; Called Worst Local Disaster

From the June 14, 1953 issue of Sunday News

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Before the Blast

These men and boys formed the greater part of the labor force at the dynamite plant in Bausman’s Hollow. Ed Gardner, the owner of the photo, was able to identify the following men.

Front Row: Man wearing a cap, Henry Boatman (hurt); man to the right of him with a hatchet, Martin Rinser (hurt, lost two sons).

Second Row (left to right): Joseph Rineer (killed), William Funk Jr. (killed), W. Collins Parker (killed), (next unidentified), Benjamin Rinser (killed), (next unidentified), Phares Shoff (killed), John Gephart (hurt), Charles Cramer (hurt).

Third Row (second from left): John Boatman (killed); the man with the mustache, beside the dog, Jacob Shoff (hurt); the man in derby, superintendent Albert Rapp. Others unidentified; mostly from York County.


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