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My grandfather was Harry Boughner. His family was from Beaver County PA. He worked for American Bridge. After completion of the sister bridge (Silver Bridge) at Point Pleasant/Gallipolis, he moved his family to St. Mary where he worked on the Short Route bridge. It wasn't known as the Hi Carpenter bridge until the early 60s. He was killed in late 1927 when he was struck in the head by steel being unloaded from a boat for the bridge. According to Pleasant County historian Walter Carpenter, the section of the bridge still standing collapsed, killing 5 men, on the day of my grandfather's funeral. I grew up in the shadow of this bridge, walked it many times after it was closed, and watched its demise on a summer day at the hands of demolition experts, CDI. Of course, my grandfather Smith (Brady) worked on the original ferry as a young man before this bridge was built. He later piloted towboats.  -Sheri Smith Fleegle