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28 Nov. 1997 - The Defiance "Bulldogs" are the Div II State Champs in Football - Final Score 36 to 10

1997, March 20
Mrs. Irel Ashbaugh (Hester K. Ashbaugh) passed away today. Her husband died in 1972 in the Defiance Milk Products Co. explosion and fire. After his passing, she never went with another man. She said Grandpa was "one of a kind." Now she is with him in heaven.
Submitted by grand-daughter, Ann Mosier

1972, March 23
Explosion at Defiance Milk Products Co
"One man is dead and another in critical condition - both having been burned in an explosion and fire at the Defiance Milk Products Co., 24 Clinton, about 12:30 pm Thursday. Irel Ashbaugh, rt. 8, died this morning in the burn unit at St. Vincent's Hospital - Toledo, where Carl Sobiek, 200 Widmer, is listed in critical condition. Ashbaugh, an engineer, was doing maintenance work on the ammonia refrigeration system in the main plant when an explosion took place and was followed by fire. A spokesman for the plant said that Sobiek, a foreman, was just passing through the room at the time of the accident. Both men were first taken to Defiance Hospital by the Rescue Squad and then transferred to St. Vincents. There were no other injuries. Cause of the blast, first thought to be a rupture of an ammonia line or valve, has not definitely been determined and is still under investigation. Damage to the plant was not extensive and operations resumed this morning. Answering the alarm along with Defiance Fire Department and Defiance Rescue Squad were units from South Richmond and Jewell, all available private ambulances and all available volunteer firemen. Ammonia fumes were so great that firemen said skin was burned upon entering the area. Fumes were noticeable on the entire block of Clinton Street in front of the building. Firemen were forced to wear oxygen gear to fight the blaze which one witness said shot 40 feet up above the building after the blast. Ashbaugh was taken to Mast and Mock Funeral Home. Funeral Arrangements are incomplete."

Article from the Crescent News

1972, March 25
Obituary from the Crescent News for Irel Ashbaugh who died in an explosion in Defiance, Ohio

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