Sarah Dorwart was one of George and Sarah (Nixdorf) Dorwart’s daughters, they are my maternal great-great-great grandparents. Sarah died from a boiler explosion while she was working at the Fulton Cotton Mill in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on July 13, 1867. She didn’t die right away, but eventually died from her injuries.
This is so sad. Sarah was only 15 years old. There was also an 11 year old killed. He was working because his father was unable to work.
Yes, the days before child labor laws, when children went to work to keep the family afloat and were killed on the job. Very sad.
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