In Bremer County, Iowa, back in 1906, a tall, gaunt, 42-year-old man named Joseph Newt Finney was blasting rock at his trade of fence-builder. A charge of dynamite went off prematurely. But he lived. He was blown up again in 1910. But when he was hit in 1922, he was blown to the gates of Kingdom Come. While the local doctor was working over him, neighbors remarked dolefully that it was good he was a bachelor and would not leave a widow to grieve for...

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