Fire on square, Peppard

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Fire on square, Peppard - BAPTIZED WITH FIRE. Oskaloosa's Good Lack...
BAPTIZED WITH FIRE. Oskaloosa's Good Lack Deserts Her. k . i . m ti. tf fj - night th alarm of fire w sounded on our streets, until latt-ly latt-ly latt-ly so unasea to soch alarms. The flames were bursting bursting from the roof of Geo. Deter's pro eery, and seemed to have full posses ton of the building by the time help arrived. As the building was the cen ter of a block of five wooden buildings, and the water supply wa short it was seen at a glance that all that could be done was to save the contentsof the buildings and keep the flimcs from adjoining blocks. In a very short space of tims, Deter's store with the adjoining room occupied by Cohen's clothing store, Stevens' barber shop, Davis' furniture atore, Smith's bookstore bookstore and the Independent office were reduced to ashes. At one time it seemed as if the block on the west, including the Jtff-rson Jtff-rson Jtff-rson Honse, most all go, the Grange store building bp- bp- ing blistered and scorched by the heat. Hard work alone saved if, blankets being spread and saturated with salt water. So intense was the heat that Messrs. Sam. Peppard and Geo. Wise, who bore prominent part in saving the block, had to be repeatedly drenc' -ed -ed with water. Miss Fairholm's building, building, across the alley on the south, was saved in the same were other other buildings. Burning shing'es were carried to the southwest edge of town, and the residences in that direction were in great danger for a time. Charred Charred paper was p:cked up next day, as far southwest as Guff's farm three miles distant. A few articles of Davis' furniture were saved, a portion of his and Neeff's tools being destroyed. Davis figures his loss at 81,000, and was iusnred for SG00. $300 on building"and $300 on stock, in the N. Y. Alliauce, Gregory agent. Some personal property of Mrs. Milton was also destroyed in his building. Stevens saved most of his furniture, but lost carpet, blinds, dishes dishes and clothing, to the amount of $150 or more. His building was insured tor 450 iu the German of Freeport, Uasling agent, and fixtures f r $150 Cohen lost everything but a little clothing; was insured for S1500 on stock, S800 in a S in Francisco company company aud $700 in another to us uti-know uti-know uti-know n. Deter's stock was all burned; he was insured in the Cotiliueuta! f.-r f.-r f.-r $800 ou the building, and in the American Central for $1,150 on stock aud $350 on fixtures. Hasting, agent. Some of the contents of Smith's book store were got out ; enough to coutin ne business with. He was insured in the N. Y. Alliance for $500 on building, building, $825 on stock, and $100 oip fixtures. fixtures. L ss of several huudred over and above insurance. The Independent was insured in the Nort'i America, Gregory agent. for $500 on building and the same on material. The material was nearly all taken out of the building, though the newspaper press was broken badly in getting it out the dnorway. Consider ing the ! aste with which type was is a wonder more damage was not done. As it is. the loss will he some hnndreds over and ab've the in surance, just how much cannot yet be told, in the midst of the chaos which reigns Djv's h?s rented Huddleston's base ment and will continue business. Stevens hag gone to 'the north side of the squ ire, in Noble's building. Smith is iu the Fiher building, east of the old Independent office, ami the Inde pendent itself occupies four rooms in whole or in part, our editorial and business headquarters and composing room being in Paddeck'a paint shop. opposite the old etand, Mr. Paddeck kindly movirtg out and giving up his room that the Independent might have a roof over it. Lng may he live and hi shadow never grow less. In the office in te second story of Smith's bookstore. Judge Huron lost a $2,000 law library, insured for $1,000 iu Continental, and T. S Oliver lost two or three hundred dollars worth of books, insured for $100 iu the same tompaiiy. The block destroyed is probably the bestt located for business of any iu the town, and steps will be taken, we believe, believe, to rebuild with stone and brick, a block which will not go up iu flame aud smoke bo easily. AH the firn that the town has had in a quarter of a century of existence would not aggregate the loss of this one. May we never have another like it! The essay on first page is hy Dr. Morriaoo, brother of Mrs. James E. Smith of this vicinity, who furnishes us with the copy. It will be of interest to "the boys." Also see first page for an amusing account of lb way they sleigh ride iu Minnesota. r. UCO II. Mrfntr n, the pu chaser of the Kelsey farm, in company with his son, came down from Atchi-sou Atchi-sou , to to I a of after returned in for of faro-ily. of the at to at the Mi-Pherson 74 9. to is a at 15 A

Clipped from The Oskaloosa Independent10 Mar 1883, SatPage 3

The Oskaloosa Independent (Oskaloosa, Kansas)10 Mar 1883, SatPage 3
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