Sept. 10, 1929
Doonan, dynamite man for the Mccabe Company, was fatally injured on the
project on 10 Sept. 1929. Doonan had been anxious to complete the
drilling and blasting on a ledge face near the lower end of the road,
and asked two employees to work overtime on the drilling. As one of the
men, Jean Lipscomb, was drilling a hole, the drill steel snapped off.
When he removed it from the hole, he found it very hot and showed it to
Doonan. Although he had had thirty years of experience in blasting
work, Doonan disregarded the overheated steel, and proceeded to load the
hole with a charge. He placed two sticks of dynamite in the hole and
tamped them down. Nothing happened, but when he added a third stick
with an electric blasting cap, the charge exploded, injuring doodan so
badly that he died in the hospital the following morning. The tragedy,
did not, however, seriously delay the project.