The Bangor Daily News from Bangor, Maine on May 1, 1911 · 3
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The Bangor Daily News from Bangor, Maine · 3

Bangor, Maine
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Monday, May 1, 1911
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TIU2 nVNOOlt DAILY XUWS MONDAY1 MAY 1 1011 o ' t- t r h rl 1 t i ii w ii i U Cl 1 II i i ’f t t f' T H i T j I J 4 II rj?- t! i i5 l i Ji' i! 1 r A I ii 3 VVj T t 1 V ‘V ( ' 1 f I"- 1 9 i f iiiJ EGTAGLE i m Awe-Inspiring Scene as'llie Heart of Bail- i gor Burned Out--Popu!ace Swarms the Streets ' - The spectacle of Bangor in flames as night closed in is beyond thi power of ordinary language to 'describe 't i j Devastation in Exchange and State street complete the tornado of flame raced ' iv north with the wind engulfing Harlow - s Park Central lower Hammond and Fra nk- i v i !:n streets and faster still did the 'fiery blast ') f 1 u 1 progress through the residential districts of Centre French and Broadvyaytan the cross streets 'between thoe thorhughfares licking I v up the shingle-roofed wooden dwellings like i - — so much chaff t In this district of dwellings there were valiant and desperate but pitifully futile attempts on the part of the householders to save their property The firemen lx llHtST(a BAV&OS? MA1VE We Invite You to I Open a Checking To: Account" - ’Ve c Jer all the advantages that come through dealing -w a -tKrij and perfectly organietl bank y icm thL ‘ura! depositor receives the same r 1 1 -1 1 1 "i a-rJoe-s the large one Ayi till £l aa£Si:2i b rendered each depositor at the c’’ u run pv'nth inurmg accuracy and precision V'e imrte uu to become a depositor with uMerrill Trust Company Bangor Me t mm0j Eastern Trust & Banking Co Bangor Me r Y Capital 17500000 Surplu (EARNED) 46971955 Deposits 359311009 WE SOLICIT YOUR ACCOUNT 3 i DEPOSITORS 1 ’ rv jo-ir 73 stott ' 7 - ir JS-—W - Von Late the firfet claim on the abeU of your Hank acl com--rvatlvc’ management means profettioa at welt as the protection of stock holde a I j j Out desire is to help our C!i-t)iaiia Tn 1-t ujj h-ir bj'Uif-ss for tLtlr tt' f on success r a- V -ST-- Mutual confidence la necessary and Ate ak tour cooperation ( Merchants National Bank Bangor Maine 'ii I Jfl I g tl k1 A jr i 1 UU n' ill T It w mi ty filE3335 70531 1 ' were all busy down town and so the people in the1 region of homes were left to their own resources' At 530 o’clock showers of blazing brands from the business! section began to fall upon the roofs of the wooden buildings in Park street arid at 610 these were all ablaze whereupon tlie residents of French street above State I began to move out Present- K j ly the residences alongthe westerly side of Broadway began to blaze and it was seen' thajb many' of the best hohses were doomed The Field house' took fire at 74i6 I 1 and was soon ’a mass of name followed ip quick succession by the Garman residence and j others The F A Wilson residence was saved ' : i At 8 o'clock the Central Parish house 1 I was a furnace of flame 'and the! beautiful church itself was well on the way to destruct- i t i ion St Johnfs Episcopal church had already been destroyed i t The Broadway mall was filled with the contents of residences1 along the street and i truckmen were busy conveyingthe goods to I j places of safety Automobiles were racing everywhere conveying the laged and’ sick beyond-the-fire rone' v 1 — was in ruins-the Hotel Royal in York street and Gilbert next above going early and only one building the Nichols building at York and Exchange escaped without being gutted The Graphic Theatre and the Burns-building on the other side of York street was saved by theatre employes using garden hose and buckets A1 stubborn fight sved the Nichols building and First National Bank and stayed the progress of the fire down the east side of Excha ige street ' - 1 i Throjigs in the Streets The 'firer visible for ! 25 miles aroiind attracted to the ’ city throngs from every surrounding town while hundreds came fropi Portland- i Waterville Augusta and more distant places - - 1 i - i - Strange as it may seem in the midst of ail the fiery ruin there was nothing-like panic The ieople removing household effects worked with quiet earnestness arid the tremendous throngsriir the streets for the most part viewed the conflagration much as they would gaze upon any great spectacle that interested but did not especially concern theml i i i -1 It was a grand as -well: as an awful spectacle I without-a parallel in the history of Maine iwith the possible exception of the great Portland fire of 1866 1 ' 11 in nnimi! A Woman’s Money i l ul F i f 1 Sf V' f W y i-v 't t u o‘ ' f J! 1 -r t - 1 uiir an I f a Uii I t t- !(! fIC iJAi ikk r A’ tffV'f Ji la 'i V hydrangeas ft a t i i”y 1 t ' mfi 1 r !y it t ly utfl i tw In h il I t nniri I JC at Vaa ' ! i'g ! ' i i--r a' 1 1 'I r fe i ' i at a nJa k filn r! t ' j I I f r°- V &! ' ! 1 1 ! iA 1 1 1 t t" Ii 1 1 ' y t ! !) ' tf I e ) 1 in ‘it V in nr fl) t4 fill ail milt i In q k t ii SEKZHGSlR’S rvdCi i i w dChy br I 'J J- i lifttl I litaill’li U v’h hi iikiUyi 614 Crash of a Sfeeple 1 T Ati 630 the walls of the Morse-Oliver building began falling and each thunderous crash was followed by a sky-soaringolumlT of iSparksana grands which sailed far and-wide carrying destruction ill all directions It Vas at about this time that a1 tiny" wreath of flame began curling about the western gable of the First Parish church ' " little water at ohee would have saved uhe church but there were none to pay heed to this blaze and soon the church roof was i all aflame and thA historic structure - was doomed Thousands thronged Stetson square to watch the! destruction 'of the church t'hel cliv A ' max of "‘the spectacle coming when at 742 the spire which had long stood fiame-vzrapped and tottering fell with a1 thunderous crash the ' cro wds scattering in terror At least 3000 people viewed this impressive incident of the conflagration - A Vita!(i Point THetall buildings kt ’the! head' of Exchange street having been reduced to ruins the next danger in that locality appeared to be the wooden buildings in the rear of Exchange and running back to French St The fire got intg"hose at 730 and within an hou"or twoT thecnliret squbre bounded by Arthur Allen Optical Co Exchange State French and York streets r'aJl o I 1 t 1 ' - 1 iko t4 m- to be safe but across the ' urs road Frank Hinckley’s home was made the center of a fierce fight Bernard Pol and Fred Ayer lost their residences in French St a tenement house owifed by the Wingate heirs' and a house occupied 7 by Elder Smith were destroyed The upper end of French'St was where people of moderate circumstances lived and they suffered greatly but little of their belongings being saved Among the losses were: two houses owned by Richard 11 Downing two owned-feyJohn Weatherbee Mrs J G White a house owned by Max Brady and occupied by H A Damoii Airs J Y Day Frank Murphy house ownedbyMr Weather-beeand occupied by Simon Vtilrd house owned by F W Hill and occupied by Mrs Henry Cro$sma‘n ‘ Just adjacent the residences of F M Cole 3nd Philip Coombs were burned to the ' ground but at last accounts' Thomas White and T Herbert "White The sheriff looked to be safe from loss -A B Haskell’s residence in the pathway of the fire late last night had escaped the fiamesl The uptown Mire started on a small wooden building in (he rear of "the S L Crosby Co in Exchange street and ate upon the inflammable material with rapidity A spark had lodged therev i — — t OiLrlC JOUIiJ! UUin” hrtld tl b’i'J riYa ln-hind th line to tl taL rt Roittr ” on tlm uht ft i? ov’j iot5in headway lu the Lf the fcal-" Ihrrt Vii-n't any ali‘t th tiu c" a u rd he of the Hi1 imroi 1 Miy mil" rftertrd the e r I i i-hli “ji-t miko It ti ad In the fa! f tfth of- the gale' — C’hUao HAPPc'MGS'AT IH- PISH 'Before the iStorm the Hut Is what it was on Sun Jay Its diy was bright anJ nature ap-' ’ prarei to be joyous On the streets were the usual SunJay gatherings in bright holiJay attire Traf was the first pic ure Then suJJenly the -change Bangor was plungeJ into the throes of the worst conflagration in -her' h story one dutineJ to cause great business and property lcsS anj ' " to deprive poor people of the homes which to them meant so much When the alarm came in people in the vicinity of Poi's corner nlanced down Broad streeVand sawimmerse clouds of smoke ascending It' meant littlc-to the people out for j their afternoon stroll merely the satisfying of the craving for some- ' thing out of the ordlrary To the fire they went for entertainment and the bearing of the spectators was in accord with this feeling Then the other alarms came in but stilt the attitude of thecrod remained thesame for t’'ey thought thefirer while large would not entail the loss they did As realization came a X- r ' feeling of sorrow spread and there' weremany willing volunteers to carry hose into the face of the'Taire many volunteers to wield a stick as v authority in the face of the crowd that crowded in the way of autos-' ’ igs etc - Cars stopped electricity andgas-were deprived the: people Restaurants were compelled to clo'e ntany of them I we pe being threatened by the flames Food became scarce and more than one woiker lived on to- i — bacco The News oilice was plunged Into darkness lanterns and candles serving to assist the reporter and the compositor Hie crowd that witnessed the conflagration? It was into the thousands maybe ranged from 25000 to 35-COO for nearby towns poured In their visitor t ‘ 1 ’ A widow disconsolate among her two quits all that she saved end by her her faithful dog sorrowly' told of making the last payment' Saturday' on her hom "Now it’s - — - - gone” she concluded A foreman in the "water depart ment arrived home and founcf hif home threatend ' He was reeded iu the bujrness section to attend to a hydarnt ifiz duty lay where? 'Twas a conflict but he went to his-post The house w-as levelled C This is true In the midst of thT conflagration a reporter was asked by someone to put in the paper announcing a" coming dance "He wa obliged — not A pretty girl sobbed because th Highjschool was burning “1 was ta have graduatedln June Now where will we go?” Another girl “1 have $7 ia tha bank and it’s gone” ’ - There were many others grave aTd gry" h a £pc n mgs-a 1 1 w h Ich g o to rrfafte lip the sfor of the fre but these will sulTice Former Chief Bowen and Former’ Chief Gilman donned their old uniforms and went to work 'with a will ’ Qood mcnl The Boy Scouts flocked here-and there on errandsA'ehicles of every'"de$criptioa scurried here and there caitmgwaythe contents of the stores and thebrfices The (lawifs Ut the skies it was as light as day and and at great dstance£ from the city 'e glare was notice-' a leF ' The Spring Styles of inoim for pLatopraj h Tf i- iHim-’y HitliJl'' lhy aro I’i i ly wc-tl uiuth jour a nun u To is T - ta 23 Hammond StTlangor ' - e P - l1 1 iiirl ! 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