Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 12, 1970 · Page 7
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All About Town Fire of 79 Devastated Carroll's Business District bv dM menafcan their lives. Oh the oM nlant«- th* a***** ** a r r A 1111 * IAD i*vAr*i »»*. m~~A* it** .*.<<, , „»« K O ^ K««~ ^«K,,;IH T< ; W« cannot eonskter this story * part of the Good Old Days S«- ries, for It was a sad time for • Carroll. But w« did want to . share it with you. Some weeks ago All About Town carried a two-part story on the city from wwidh we oame to Carroll, in which we spoke of a fire as the result of an explosion in *he city'* gas system. Five downtown buildings were destroyed • and ten merchants lost. In this we said, "Can you imagine five of your own stores gone within minutes?" and gave an area of downtown as an example. Ironically, Waters Dept. Store was among the ones we mentioned. Then a few evenings ago we f stood and watched <ihe store go ' as we had those hi South Carolina, and it gave us a strange feeling of having been there before. That e V e n I n g we were • delving through old papers, and material in research for a Good .Old Days story, and within a few days an old book with much rich Carroll history was brought <to our attention. In its yellowed pages, we discovered a detailed story of the Great Fire of 1879. While it was written in the flowery phrases of that day, we enjoyed it so much when we 'had finished we looked up, surprised to find ourselves in our own'liv- ing room in 1970, We thought you might like to go back to that tragic day when Carroll suffered its greatest loss, and hear of the brave pioneer businessmen, who rebuilt your city. We will try to tell ilt in the language of today. But before we <do, let us tell you who were not present ait the Waters Store ;fire, how proud we were of 4he local teenagers, : who. worked and carried the things from the Paige and Paige Studios. We wish we could give you all their names. • • • •» • • Three hours were all k took to destroy your ctty on Sept: 25, 1879. There had been very, little moisture in the summer of 1879. And Sept. 24 had passed, another day without rain. (It is difficult for a family in 1970 to imagine the fear of ffire our pioneers lived with each day of Hves. On the oM ftlanta- tioni, the kitchen was tor removed from the house proper, and then built entirely of brick. Servants carried the ihot food up well-worn pa*hs to the formal dining rooms.) Tha Cfty af Carroll wet earn- posed of about 1,200 people, who had bulk for themselves a (own of flimsy and compactly grouped wooden house*. Most were one story high. A perfect ttnder box, each one, for a carelessly Hhrown match. There were no facilities for fighting fire, other than the amount of water a man could carry in a pail, ft he owned one. Fourth and Fifth Streets, between Adams and Main were c 1 o a e 1 y lined wtth these flimsy structures, packed to the sidewalk with merchandise. With a dry wind and man, careless creature that he is, fate had been kind already. Merchants dosed doors that day in late September, assured there would be another day to do better than the one just closed. The L. T. Andersons might have talked far into the night about ithe new baby soon due. The harness business was doing fine. They had a good life before them. At present they lived over the store, but were dreaming of the time they could have a house, no doubt. C. Mark had set out for Chicago on a business trip. He owned the large general store and knowing the little village would grow, liked to bring the latest to the ladies' taste. A new village always draws fine attorneys and medical men, and Carroll had a 1 r e a d y fine care and attention hi these areas. Dr. Lane had put up a two- story building for has office and rented the second floor to Attorney George Bowen. All in all, 26 business and professional men went home thait evening, content that when the sun oame up tomorrow, their world would be waiting for them. One by one lights dimmed over the titty lage. It had withstood severe winters, and death-dealing electrical storms. Between these two seasons, other than a prayer for long overdue rain SMILE AWHILE^CASEPOWER^EQUIP. NWJB Byte's A err BLACK AND BLUE, BUT TWAT DOESNPT BBTHSSMEAMV- A CASE MAN - AND TAKE THE GAMBLE OUT OF YOUR WORK WE'LL GIVE YOU A FAIR SHAKE TRACTORS: 1. Waiver of finance charges to April 1, 1971. 2. Free—check to purchaser ($500) redeemable in certain new Case implements. 3. Plus—e sharp dollar deal. COMBINES: 1. Waiver of finance chargee fo September 1, 1971. 2. Plus—$400 bonus chock to purchaser ho may do with as ho pleases; Put In tht bank, 90 oft e vacation, or inveet it. the Avenge C a r r e 11 i t e fell eovsred with goods. Men and aiteep, content ftst "God was women seemed endowed with in Ml* heaven, and At was fight superhuman strength. The fire Mis particular then rVtnfc Cnsw, ^ while th* reps* *t*fc hard work MM a clear bring . He taw a bright light in Henry AtftaftpmaiTa saJoftn on Fourth tout, jumped from the traJh, MM looked in through *e frott to AM * blue behind the bar. It could have been easily put out hid there been water available. The engineer «heuMd for th* townspeople to awaken end help. A hose was attached by S. M. Town, to a hydrant but he failed to mutter a stream of water. A dear number of persons who had thought of fire awakened easily, while others were wondering why the coal heavere did not attend to the engine. The train whtaMt w«t Mm** steadily. In a few minutes, frightened people fathered in thestreete. The fire was still oonflned to the saloon, but beyond control. A hand engine would have halted the fire easily, but it Is well-known that Carroll had no fire apparatus whatsoever, lit is amazing that no loss of life r«ul<*d from the fire! fct an incredibly short time <he south side of tine building w* wrapped in flames. The blastaf building was situated in the south $idc of the business section. The wind Mew steadily from the south and although it was a light wind, it proved sufficient to carry the flames directly into the heart of the vil- town mantle clock. The public square was covered wMh a confused moved rapidly northward. Soon ., ., , .. .... ., . Efferts store, Jim Drees build- a ™ n ? Wft k^-*»** ^ n « tog, which had Housed Ander- 5?™_ I*™ JL y . J*?L ™ son's, a restaurant, millinery store — and gorgeous bonnets — went up n smoke. Kernner s grocery was gone. On the west side of the saloon buildings were going as well. A saloon of B. H. Brees, and on filth, Haff'* boot and shoe store, all were gone within twenty minutes. Hope had been held that the fire might be confined to the block of its origin. There were 65 feet ecross Fifth Street, but the wind was not on the side of hope. The awning of Mrs. White's building in the center of the north side of Fifth was the first to go. Blazing brands struck on the front of Hatton's Drug and it soon went down. The fire worked rapidly northward, east and west «t once. Hoyt's two story frame on the corner of Fourth and Main started to go. Now no hope remained south of Sixth. for anything lage. To the north, east west were almost two solid Weeks of wooden buildings. The kng drought had dried ttw wood to a tinder. The wels and cis- were nearly dry hi the There were no ladders, and few buckets. Thre was no organfaation, each parson acted on his own. Later, it was said low* had suffered a . almost without parallel in the history of (ires. The only resource was to save as much as passible in belongings. A large number of families lived above the stores. Every man commenced to work to salvage as much of he own world as possible. What fol- towed baffles .description. The flames fathered flame*, and together they painted a dusky hue in tints. The clouds of smoke would have denied the vfflage, except fcr en occasional new cruel finger of fire. Hurrying people neither spoke nor cried, but rushed to safe ground with belongings. L. T. Andaman manage** to save the trunk of baby clothes, °T^ Dulldul « housing the Car- fcng dreamed over, and ,HSe I**"* **• H «"W and __ _ . j • * • _Hi ... nnflsr fftrrl/iA Burin's Hottl, a Urg* and inflammable wooden structure, on the opposite corner of Fifth was soon burning. The fire here raged at its greatest fury. The flames seemed to touch the sky. and the roaring and crackling of the flames were deafening. Men's faces were grotesque in the red glare. Could it have been but two hours ago Carroll was sleeping content, that morning would bring another day, net unlike the one they had just drifted away from in sleep! It WM a nifhtmcr* e«me true, and some stood all but in shock that their city was gone! From Burke's Hotel ithe fire went up the west side of Mam wWi race horse speed. The old bank building that formerly housed a wagon shop, post office and Whitman's livery stable disappeared in smoke. The wind caught Its breath, and shifted to die east. Pathetic firefighting measures were put to use. Can you imagine fighting a fine of such magnitude by putting down wet blankets on rooftops? Meager paiis of water turned to steam as soon as they Mt blistering boards. The northwestern portion of the town was now tfireatened, and remember a vfflage of that day followed the pioneer pattern. The wagon trains attacked by Indians had mass. Every street outside the and economized every drop of immediate range of fire was tile factory flourished in that day) for rebuilding the city. Within seven weeks, after nine- tenths of the City of Carroll had the scanty supply of water been destroyed, much of the post office. Pacing inta the heat Ha weed Tfmti H«r«l4, Cttrttl, U. N*r. 12, .. M The P ulu Rev. i, the minutes 4he chapel was in ruins. The Rev. Bailey, left with but one arm as a result of the ClvH War, putted the pulpit from the burning building. Many sad hearts were heavy as the spire went down. Self-denial, labor sacred and happy associations were represented. (It is interesting to note that from the first pioneer names of Carroll, and while many German immigrants, directly from the old country and by way of the new German settlement at Cascade, Iowa near Dubuque, helped settle Carroll, the pioneer village was largely made up of men of southern background and Protestant faith.) At »ix In ttia marnJnaj, the fire was over. In less than three hours dreams, labors end hopes had gone up in flames. The sun rose upon a scene of complete desolation where a few hours before had stood the business portion of one of (he most thriving Utue towns in the state; there was nothing but blackened and distorted debris of the fire. The public square was cov ered with law books, tables, furniture, bedding, clothing; everything man needs Do exist. Soon merchants Mid others appeared with teams and began claiming their goods. How could we not admire the cheerfulness which is recorded, prevailed among the townspeople? Few if any, gave up and everywhere one went, he heard, "Let us not waste our time on vain regrets; let's rebuild our city." Twentysix places of business were gone. It is amusing in this day of building costs that some losses on buildings read "not to exceed $20." The most costly building was valued at $1,000. Tha bank building belonging to Culbertson's Bank was listec as uninsured! Unheard of in our day, but remember this was a village in its infancy. After the fire, a meeting was held by the city council, an ordinance passed. Fire laws were set up instilled a need ta fee jtaearto PMS !2: "" ''Tl T Jf up atay as close as r^bTtowJ ?***"* ^ rf *& ** "?*' neighbor ffamIr«»«L * «. tar ' "^ * ston *- AnA m€tal or "erfedge ?2 Ee£ d£ slate ""*• Nevw **>" would Met ifeS ^ oSK the Cam)U suffer su * « "*• ** credit went to G. W. WafcSes of msuranc * «"««"•• **• ««»Glidden a< ho -*~~) .* «T erous and prompt in aiding. The BeSTbu^dJS £!±* £ c * NW undertook to transport brick and stone ait half (where a * Does Lange's Milk really make you feel 10 years younger? ask any 9 ytar old! i city had been rebuilt! It is difficult to Imagine any city rebuilt that quickly, except through sheer hard work and pioneer spirit. We hope you, too, have been lost In yesteryear, as you read today'* column, and we hope we have given you still anofjher reason to appreciate your city, and its pioneer history. We only regret the men of that day did not have the foresight to store ev- ry now-antique In fihree old weathered barns, behind 50 tall trees, hidden for all time until now. And then your scribe could find the keys in some second hand store. See what happens to people who stay up until all hours reading old history books? They develop wild imaginations. You do not know of any old barns, do you? And tptaking of antiques, on* day aoxm, we will lead you into the world of antique-mad people. They are a breed all their own, dangerous only at, auctions. Next week, we visit a rehearsal of "The Prime of Miss Jean B r o d i e", Drama Coach Jim Knot t's soon4o-be-pre- sented production at Carroll High School. And on Thursday we go back through the years with Ellerbroek's to help celebrate their grand opening in their grand new store. Won't that be grand! Manning Scouts Complete Posters (Timit Herald Nawt Servlea) MANNING - On Nov. 3, the Junior Girl Scouts met at the American Legion Hall, and completed posters for the Community Oheat drive. These were distributed on Nov. 4 by Mrs. Ivan Opperman, the junior leader. Junior Girl Scouts had a Halloween masquerade on Oct. 27 in the basement of the Presbyterian church and observed the birthday of Juliet Lowe. Girl Scout Founder, which was Oct. 31. Boy Scouts served approximately 200 at their chili supper alt flhe American Legion Hall on Saturday evening, Nov. 7. Proceeds from tfie supper will be used for various projects. Carried Away It takes two to tango with this teddy bear. The youngsters got a bit carried away as they viewed a pre- Christmas display of new British toys in London. GET A WITH GUS! Here's a really big Idea from Gus Glaser Meats: they're dated! The first number is the month, the second number is the day and just by looking, anyone can tell the last day the meat is guaranteed fresh. You and your butcher know that Gus G laser Wieners, Smorgasbord Pak, Gourmet Pak, Ham Slices, all of the new vacuum packaged sliced luncheon meats are fresh because you can see the date stamped on every package. GUS GLASER MEATS, INC. FORT DODGE, IOWA olel Saturday, November 21 1 P.M. SHARP At the farm located 1 mile east, 2'/2 miles north and 1 mile east of Auburn, Iowa; 4 miles west on Highway 175, 11/2 miles north, Vz mile west, 1/2 mile north end Vz mile west of Lake City, Iowa; 2'/2 miles south of Yetter, Iowa. To be sold to the highest bidder the following real estate: 284 acre stock farm, 173 acres tillable, 111 acres in timber and creek pasture (Camp Creek runs through the timber pasture); 84 acrt corn bast with county average corn yield of 99 bushels per acre. LEGAL DESCRIPTION The South 52.64 acres of the West Half of the Southeast Quarter (WVfeSE^); the North Half of the Southwest Quarter (NVfeSW%). All that part of the Southwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SW%SW%) lying west of Camp Creek. The Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter (SBV4SWV4) in Section 5. The East Half of the Southeast Quarter (EViSE 1 ^) of Section 6, all in township 86N, range 34W of 5th P.M., Calhoun County, Iowa. Inspection of land and outbuildings can be done anytime prior to sale day. Inspection of dwelling by sppointment with the Warren Kruse family, the present tenants. BUILDINGS ARE AS FOLLOWS Large basement barn; corn crib with 16x32 lean-to machine shed, 3000 bushel ear corn capacity, 2000 bushel small grain capacity; Cattle shed, 24x84. Chicken house; three-car garage with tool shed attached; Dwelling, 9-room modern house (6 rooms downstairs, three upstairs), built-in cabinets. Good well, complete with pressure systems. Also a good spring that has never gone dry. TERMS OF SALE 20% down with contract on day of Sals. Balanace due and payable on or be* fore March 1, 1971 at the discretion of the buyer when abstract of title with warranty deed is furnished to the buyer. This farm can and will be offered for sale in various tracts to suit the buyer er in one complete unit, whichever is best for all concerned. Auctioneer's Note Thi. farm Mi ton in th* KruM family tine* 1931; hai afwayt »••* farm** 1 by atma marif •art af tha tamly; hat baan well cored for; in o high rtata of production; wall HM; lint •MS croM fancai fair to food TWi ij o vory «ood itock form—always a good money-maker—would moke an ideal family farm for young folks. This is sura one you will want to check out in ovary datail aafara Sala Day. For further information on this farm contact the executors er auctioneer any time. SELLERS WILL PAY $2,00 PER ACRE COMMISSION TO ANY LICENSED REAL ESTATE BROKER THAT REGISTERS A BONAFIDE BUYER WITH AUCTIONEER BEFORE SALE TIME. This sale it being held to settle tht Estate of Mrs. Frank (Alvina) Kruse. PAUL F. KRUSE, Lake City, Iowa WARREN C. KRUSE, Auburn, Iowa Executors of Said Estate Swenson A Swanion, Attorneys for Estata and Clerk of Sale Jeff Staten, Auct,

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