Cabarrus Heritage

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 Accidents & Calamities


Mr. John Bost, the aged man who was one of the unfortunate victims in the boiler explosion at Safrits planing mill on September 11, 1895, whose skull was so terribly crushed, died Friday night.  No hope was entertained for his recovery from the time of the accident and it is almost wonderful that he survived so long as he did.   Source: "Mr. Bost, the Explosion Victim Dead," The Daily Concord Standard, 5 October 1895, digital images, North Carolina Digital Heritage Center ( accessed 2 June 2017).


There was a fire Tuesday afternoon about 1 o'clock at the home of J. C. Cline, in No. 11 township.  Mr. Cline was engaged in shredding his crop of corn, when a spark from the shredder ignited the corn.  Heroic efforts were made to save the barn nearby, and this was done, but there were burned 200 bushels of corn all the roughness and a straw stack.  The fire burned within two feet of the barn.  The loss is about $200, with no insurance.  Mr. Cline had insurance in the Cabarrus Mutual on his barn and contents, but nothing that was burned was contained in the barn.   Source: "Concord and Cabarrus County," Carolina Watchman, 13 November 1907, digital images, Chronicling America ( : accessed 26 October 2019).

Charlie CRESS

Yesterday evening while returning home from the fair, Mr. Charlie Cress, of No. 5 township happened to a very severe accident.  While riding along in a very moderate gait, about a mile and a half from Concord, his horse stumbled, throwing him violently forward upon the ground, breaking one leg midway between the thigh and the knee.  When we arrived upon the scene, he was bearing his intense suffering with heroism that would have honored a martyr.  Not a sigh or groan escaped his lips, but he lay on the ground, seeming to recline without the least thought of his accident. - Concord Standard.   Source: "Thrown From A Horse," The Charlotte Democrat, 10 October 1890, digital images, Chronicling America ( : accessed 28 March 2020).


Frank Edwards, who was helping to wall up a well at Kannapolis had a bucket of rock to fall on him last Tuesday and broke his leg and several ribs.  He was taken to a hospital in Concord and died that night from the injuries.   Source: "Deaths," Carolina Watchman, 3 June 1914, digital images, Chronicling America ( : accessed 27 October 2019).


Mr. Adam Kees, who lives near town, had the misfortune to break the smaller bone in his left lower leg today (Monday) while driving out of town.  While sitting on the back of the wagon one of the wheels came off and one side of the wagon dropped to the ground, catching his limb under it.  Fortunately the smaller bone only was broken.   Source: "One of the Bones Broken," Daily Concord Standard, 18 September 1899, digital images, North Carolina Digital Heritage Center ( accessed 7 October 2019).


The boiler of Charley Misenheimer's saw mill blew up last Thursday afternoon.  The whole front end of the boiler blew out, and the door was sent at least 300 yards away.  The shed was demolished, and several saw logs thrown about six feet out of their places.  It was a terrific explosion.  Fortunately no one was hurt.  Mr. Misenheimer was standing within three feet of the boiler when the explosion occurred.   Source: "Concord and Cabarrus County," Carolina Watchman, 27 June 1906, digital images, Chronicling America ( : accessed 27 October 2019).


During an electric storm here today (Thursday) about 12:15 o'clock a very quick flash of lightning and a distinct clap of thunder was heard.  This was the stroke which ended the life of John Pressly, a young negro man, who lives here and whose face is familiar amongst the colored boys.  He was working for Mr. R. A. Brown and was going home to his dinner.  When the lightning struck him he was near Mr. Jas. F. Dayvault's barn on one of the streets leading from West Corbin street to the part of town occupied by the colored people.  No one saw him struck but he was found in a few minutes afterwards.  His hat was torn to pieces as was also one of his shoes.  His skin was in no way broken, except that there was a small cut in his lip, presumably caused by falling on the ground.  There is no doubt but that he was killed instantly.  John had never married and was a son of Martha Pressly, a colored woman of this place.  Mr. Jas. F. Dayvault was at home at the time of the occurrence and was stunned somewhat by the stroke.   Source: "Killed Instantly," Daily Concord Standard, 1 June 1899, digital images, North Carolina Digital Heritage Center ( accessed 12 February 2020).


Friday evening as Dan Robertson, an old colored man, was going down West Depot street he met with an accident on account of a dog.  His wife and little boy were also in his wagon.  When their mule got in front of Mr. Jim Cook's dwelling a dog ran out and commenced barking at the mule, the latter giving a quick turn to the side of the road, causing the wagon to come in contact with another wagon going in the opposite direction.  The negro woman and her boy were thrown out upon the ground and the wagon ran over both of them.  The arm of the woman was thought at first to be broken but it is only badly bruised.  The little boy was also slightly hurt.   Source: "An Accident on Depot Street," Daily Concord Standard, 6 August 1898, digital images, North Carolina Digital Heritage Center ( accessed 7 October 2019).


A very distressing accident occurred in No. 1 township, Cabarrus county, last Tuesday, resulting in the death of a young child.  Mrs. J. F. Russell was preparing the usual dinner meal over the stove in the kitchen, and her little 17 months old daughter (Minnie) was swinging to her dress.  For some unknown cause the stove turned over, spilling a kettle full of boiling water on the child, scalding it so severely that it died from the effects Wednesday night.  Mrs. Russell was also burned and steamed severely. - Salisbury Sun.   Source: "State News," The Wilson Times, 6 August 1897, digital images, Chronicling America ( : accessed 28 March 2020).


The Fayetteville Telegraph, of the 28th ult. says that Mr. Josiah Weddington, of Cabarrus county, in this state, while picking the flint of his gun, shot his young daughter through the body; she died soon after.  Too much caution cannot be observed in the use of loaded guns.   Source: The Western Carolinian, 16 May 1826, digital images, North Carolina Digital Collections ( : accessed 17 July 2017).


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