Many years ago I remembered reading about a fellow surnamed DOBBINS who was killed when a boiler on a steamboat blew up. At the time, I had no interest in genealogy, but the article caught my eye because my maiden name was Dobbins and I wondered if maybe he had been related in some way to us. But I soon forgot all about this....until recently when I read an item that indicated explosions on steamboats were just one of the hazards that befell folks as our nation grew toward the west.
When this long-forgotten Dobbins death came to mind recently, I asked Google to do something my mind couldn't do -- and sure enough using the few words I put into its search engine, it brought up the very Dobbins that I was looking for.
Here's the article from the the Quincy Daily Whig, Illinois 1854-06-01: