Thursday, July 27, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: July 27

July 27, 1905 – Albert Erickson, 16 years old, was instantly killed while adjusting a belt in the C. A. Smith Sawmill this evening.

The boy was employed at odd jobs about the mill, and at midnight one of the belts slipped the wheel. Erickson climbed up 40 feet to adjust it, and his clothing was caught on the shafting. Before the machinery could be stopped he was whirled round and round the bar and horribly mangled. Both legs and one arm were torn from his body. Andrew Bergstrom, another mill workman, witnessed the accident, and stopped the machinery. He then called the other men to the rescue, and the first to answer the call was the boy’s own father.

The father was struck speechless by the nature of the accident and had to be taken away by friends.

The boy was dead when taken down from the shafting. Coroner Kistler was summoned and ordered the body taken to the family residence.

The Minneapolis Journal; “Boy Whirled to Death in Wheel. Father First to Answer Call of Man Who Witnessed Mill Tragedy.”; July 28, 1905; p. 1.

The C. A. Smith mill at Camden Place was the largest sawmill plant in the city of Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis Journal; “A Model Lumber Manufacturing Plant. C. A. Smith Lumber Company, an Establishment Unique and Complete—History of Its Growth and Description of Its Equipment.”; Nov. 26, 1903; p. 83.

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