100 Years Ago in Bienville Parish – Man Killed Near Gibsland in Dynamite Accident

Just before noon on September 22, 1921, Will Bowman, an employee of Smith Bros. Construction Co., was accidentally killed while preparing to dynamite a stump just east of Gibsland.

Will had dug a hole beneath the stump and was placing dynamite in the hole when the explosion occurred. 

The original article stated, “From those who witnessed the accident we learn that fragments of the body was all that could be found.”

Source: The Bienville Democrat, September 22, 1921, p.1.

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