Serious Losses at Lawrenceville, Ill
Vincennes, Ind., Dec 28 - Lawrenceville, Ill., about 10 miles west of here, was practically wiped out by fire this morning. Among the burned buildings were Lave & Boyd's clothing store, T.C. Watts' grocery, T. Roberts' general store and Buchanan's general store. A number of other buildings were burned. The loss will run up well into the thousands. [December 29, 1893, Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) - KT, Sub by FoFG]]
Teacher and Five pupils lose lives near Lawrenceville, Ill
Explosion Results when a boy tries to pry open a tin of nitroglycerin, which had been found near creek.
Lawrenceville, Ill, Feb 7 - Emmett Bunyan, school teacher, and five of his pupils were killed outright today at the Gross Roads school house, two and a half miles west of here, when a can of nitroglycerine exploded. Another pupil is expected to die.
The explosion occurred in the noon recess when one of the boys found an old can partly buried in the bank of a creek near the school house. Not knowing its contents, he tossed it across the creek to another boy, and when the latter tried to open it, there was a terrific explosion, crumbling the wall of the school house and hurling the teacher and six of the pupils through the air. The boys ranged in age from 12 to 16 years. The girl pupils were inside the school house, eating their lunches while the boys were outside playing. Bunyan was romping with them. This is the center of the Southern Illinois oil field and the can was such as is used to start oil wells flowing. It presumably was dropped in the creek some time ago by an oil man passing the school. [February 7, 1921, Kansas City Star (Kansas City, MO) - KT, Sub by FoFG]
Four Hurt in Collision
Lawrenceville, Ill., July 4 - Four persons were critically injured today in a head-on automobile collision one mile east of Lawrenceville. They were Mr. and Mrs. Don Parr and their son, Ralph, of Oblong, Ill., and Freeman Scott of Lawrenceville. [July 5, 1938; Morning Star (Rockford, IL) - KT, Sub by FoFG]