Columbus Gazette, Columbus Junction, Iowa Thursday, April 6, 1899, Page 1
Transcribed by Beverly Gerdts, June 9, 2021

The citizens of our sister town Oakville were aroused from their slumbers about 1 o'clock Saturday morning to fight fire and assist in saving all the property that could be saved from the relentless flames which seems to have originated in a restaurant building owned by S. H. Creighton. The fire had a good start says the Wapello Democrat before it was discovered and the flames soon spread to the building owned by Wm. Florer, who occupies the second floor, the first being leased to Carter & Son. Keeping up it destruction of property it spread to the north and south and consumer the building of C. Ohlwein, the Oakville State Savings bank and one owned by Storks Bros & Co. It was only through the persistent efforts of the citizens that the flames were at last stopped, but work as hard as they could, they were unable to check them before six business buildings were destroyed entailing a loss as follows: W. D. Storks, $2,00, insurance $1,000; Stork Bros & Co., $3,000, insurance $2,000; State Savings bank $500, no insurance; S. R. Gawthrop, $1,000, insurance $600, household goods total loss; E. I. Dunham, $1,700, insurance $1,000; Wm Florer, $1,500, no insurance; Carter & Son $1,000, insurance $ 800; Conrad Ohlwein, $2,500, insurance $1,800; H. W. Weaver, $100, no insurance.

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