I had nothing prepared, nothing inspirational for you. So, this is just a smidge of some Smith Troy out of context and some interesting video.
On Wednesday afternoon, June 27, 1934, 10 people are killed and seven are injured when two explosions demolish the J. A. Denn Powder Company plant on Hawk’s Prairie, eight miles east of Olympia. An 11th victim, the company chemist, will die from his injuries the following day. Thurston County authorities investigate the accident, but so little of the plant remains that the official cause will remain a mystery.
Smith Troy, the Thurston County coroner as well as a deputy county prosecutor, began an immediate investigation of the disaster. He was assisted in the inquest by Claude Havens, Thurston County Sheriff; William A. Sullivan, Washington State Insurance Commissioner, acting as ex-officio state fire marshal; and E. Patrick Kelly, Washington State Director of Labor and Industries.
During an interview, Troy told reporters: “So little remains of the plant and surrounding buildings, about all we can hope to do is question survivors. It will be difficult to determine the causes, but we may discover who, if anybody, was responsible for the blast” (The Seattle Times).
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