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Kirkman Visited by Terrible Fire (1921)

LOHNER, BECK, KOELMETZ

Posted By: Ken Akers (email)
Date: 5/12/2017 at 20:52:55

Audubon County Journal (IA)
Thursday, Oct. 27, 1921, pg. 1
KIRKMAN VISITED
BY TERRIBLE FIRE

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Restaurant Owned by Mrs.
John Lohner Destroyed
with Other Buildings

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Mrs. John T. Lohner (Sena L. Beck) received
word Monday morning that the
restaurant which she owned in
Kirkman, along with four other
business buildings, had been consumed
by fire in an early morning
blaze which swept the business
section of that town.

Two general stores, a hardware
store, the Lohner restaurant and a
pool hall were destroyed, causing
an estimated loss of $25,000.
The blaze seemed to have started
in the hardware store and was
discovered about four o'clock
Monday morning but it had made
such headway that it was impossible
to check it. Fire companies
from Harlan and Elk Horn were
summoned. They, aided by the
Kirkman fire team, fought valiantly
for three hours before they
were able to subdue it.

The Lohners had been residents
of Kirkman for several years unti(l)
a few weeks ago when Mrs. Lohner,
upon the death of her husband
who was killed when a train
struck the car which he was driving,
moved her family here (Exira) to be
near her relatives.

Note: Parents of Sena L. Beck were Nels Larsen Beck and Anette Kathrine Koelmetz.

Audubon County Journal (IA) - October 27, 1921
 

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