Frank Leach

 Bartow Tribune
Cartersville, Georgia

November 14, 1918

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(In the paper, the top portion was added to the story when Leach died of his injuries overnight.)

One Man Killed, Two Others Are Hurt At Aubrey

Frank Leach Died From Injuries Received Wednesday Afternoon When Folley Head Exploded

Mr. Frank Leach died early Thursday morning despite the efforts of attending physicians to save his life.  He was the more seriously hurt o the three men who were victims of the explosion at the roundhouse on the Hurt property at Aubrey.

The funeral will be preached Friday morning at the Stamp Creek church, and interment takes place immediately afterward in the nearby graveyard.


One man was probably fatally hurt, and two others badly injured at Aubrey, Wednesday afternoon, shortly after two o’clock when a folley head on which they were working exploded.

The injured are:

Frank Leach, age 24, whose right jaw bone was splintered and suffering serious bruises on other parts of the body.

Warren Lands, age 18, 3 ribs broken, and concussion of skull.

Fred Wright, age 34, both eyes badly injured by flying cinders, but no bones broken.

These men are at work in the round house at Aubrey, attempting to heat the folley head in order that it might be straightened when suddenly there was a terrific explosion, and those working nearby rushed to the side of the stricken men.

A hasty examination showed the victims were badly hurt and every available physician was summoned; Drs Felton, Wilson, Greene and Griffin responding from Cartersville.

It was found that Mr. Leach was the most seriously injured and for a time it was feared he could not survive through the night.  He is a son of Mrs. Ed Leach of White, and is one of the best known popular young men of his home section.  Only recently, he was married to Miss Fannie Shinall, the ceremony taking place about three weeks ago.

Mr. Wright is a man with a family, but Warren Lands has a sister as the only near relative, she making her home with her uncle at Pine Log.

The accident is said to be a most unusual one and those familiar with the work they were doing say it is a common practice to heat the folley heads when they become bent while running in the steam chests on railroad locomotives.  In this particular instance, the piece which played such havoc came from one of the dinky locomotives used in hauling ore about the extensive mines at Aubrey.

[NOTES: Frank’s parents were Edward and Della Leach.]


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