C. Magnus’ Brewery Destroyed By Fire 1874
Posted By: Cheryl Locher Moonen (email)
Date: 8/21/2016 at 23:52:06
Dubuque Herald - Jan. 9, 1874
C. Magnus’ Brewery Destroyed
By Fire, Loss between $30,000
Reported Specially for Dubuque Herald
Cedar Rapids, Jan. 8.
The large brewery owned by C. Magnus of this city was destroyed by fire last night. The flames were first discovered about 2 o’clock this morning and the first fire alarm was sounded by Tom, the colored runner of Brown’s Hotel, who was at the time attending the night express at the Union Depot. The steamer was out of the house in less than three minutes from the time the alarm was first sounded, and the Independent companies were not far behind. The location of the fire was somewhat difficult to access, being situated in the extreme northern part of the city, fronting the slough, and within a short distance of the Dubuque Southwestern railroad track. The engines, however, were put in working order in a very short time, and the work of subduing the flames vigorously kept up until the neighboring brewery owned by Mr. Schneider, which joined the burning building on the west, was pronounced to be out of danger of also being ignited. The loss of Mr. Magnus is estimated to be between $30, 000 and $40,000 on which there is about $14,000 insurance in the AEtna Company. The exact organ of the fire is not known. The walls of the building remain standing and a small portion of the machinery and fixtures were saved. Workman are engaged in clearing away the debris this morning preparatory to rebuilding at once.
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