1906: A Standard Man to Jail

Inferior Oil Sold by a Connecticut Agent Caused a Death

Middletown, Conn., April 13.–In the superior court yesterday John Boylan, local agent for the Standard Oil company, was convicted of selling oil of an inferior and dangerous quality and was sentenced to forty days in jail and fined $25 and costs. The case against the oil agent grew out of two civil suits brought against the company by Theo White as the result of an explosion of a lamp at his house in January. The explosion caused injuries to his daughter, which later resulted in her death, and Mr. White himself was badly burned.

From the Salina Daily Union (Salina, Kansas), Friday, April 13, 1906.

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