Fires! Feb. 1884
BARNARD, LAVINUS, MEYERS, RODEMEYER, SCHMIDT
Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 2/9/2017 at 12:39:37
Elkader Register, Fri., 1 Feb. 1884:
At Communia, on Saturday afternoon, about two o'clock, the building occupied by George Meyers as a store and residence, was discovered to be on fire, and despite the labor of the neighbors, was totally destroyed together with his saloon and hall attached to it, and some of his stock and household furniture. His loss is between $2,000 an $2,500, with insurance to the amount of $1,600 in H. H. Barnard's agency.
The building occupied by Mr. Meyers was one of the landmarks of Clayton county, having been built more than twenty-seven years ago by a Mr. Rodemeyer, and for nearly twenty years the Communia post office has been located in it.
We understand that Mr. Meyers and family have removed to Motor for the present.
On Thursday night of last week, the building owned by W. Schmidt & Bro., of this place, located at Farmersburg, and occupied as a saloon by James Lavinus, was totally destroyed by fire. Loss fully covered by insurance in the German of Freeport, H. H. Barnard, agent. The origin of the fire is laid to the ever present defective flue.
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