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FIRE ! Bigelow House stable - 1876


Posted By: cheryl Locher moonen (email)
Date: 5/18/2021 at 21:26:34

McGregor News, Wednesday, Aug 02, 1876, McGregor, IA, Page: 2


A Big Blaze, but no great damage Tuesday evening the fire alarm was sounded about 11 o’clock, and the whole town rallied in full force to witness the destruction of the Bigelow House stable, and to labor manfully to prevent the spread of the flames.

The building had been standing many years and burned like shavings, and although closely surrounded by wooden buildings, the fire was confined to the barn alone.

The fortunate stillness of the night enabled the firemen and citizens who labored with then, to keep the flames confined to these limits, though not without great exertion.

The house belonging to the Davis estate, and occupied by L. J. Streusel, got pretty well warmed up, but suffered no great damage.

The Baptist Church, on the other side of the fire also has some blisters to show, but the damage is trifling.

The barn and out buildings extended from Ann Street to the sewer, and although the space burned over looks large, the actual loss is not great.

Mr. Bigelow succeeded in removing all the horses, and also his omnibus and carriages; but he had two pairs of bob-sleds destroyed and some other articles. The entire loss would not exceed $500, and perhaps would not reach that figure.


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