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Verde Heritage
By Glenda Farley, Cottonwood, AZ
Local historian Glenda Farley guides us on a journey back in time to discover fascinating moments that make up our Verde heritage and history.
Monday, January 6, 2014

1897: JEROME; John Piper, K. A. Bogard, Burned, January.

Verde Heritage

"A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT: Two Employees of the United Verde Copper Company Receive a Charge of Molten Metal."

"The Jerome News gives the following account of a fatal accident which happened at that place last week:"

"'About ten o'clock Wednesday morning one of the large converters in the United Verde Copper company's smelter was tipped over in readiness to receive a ladle of molten metal from one of the furnaces. Standing a few feet from the mouth of the converter, one of whom was heating the large piece of iron with which the mud is forced into the hole of the furnace from which the metal is run, stood K. A. Bogard and John Piper, when, without any warning, the metal in the converter spouted out covering the breast, arms and hands of young Piper and burning him in a most horrible manner, and a quantity of the hot metal hitting Bogard on top of the head, burning him badly.'"

"'The workmen who witnessed the accident, describe as heartrending the sight of the hot metal burning the men and they unable to give any assistance. As soon as possible the men were taken to the hospital and all possible care was given them by Dr. Wood and his assistants.'"

"'Young Piper's hands and breast were very badly burned, the flesh falling from the bones during the dressing of the wounds, and the poor fellow was relieved from his pain by death on Wednesday at 2 o'clock, twelve hours after the accident occured. He was from California where he has relatives. He was about 27 years old.'"

"'Bogard is still alive, but his chances for recovery are very slight. He is about 24 years of age and a new comer to Jerome.'"

(Arizona Weekly Journal-Miner; Prescott; January 5, 1897; page 1.)

No Death Certificates: A person called Thomas Bogard, about 28, born in Nashville, Tennessee, died in 1897, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery on the Hogback. His real name was Thomas McGraw. (Sharlot Hall Museum Archives, Cemetery Records.)

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