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Wester, Kevin J. (ed.) / Consumed by fire : a collection of writings about the famous Wisconsin Chair Company fire, Port Washington, Wisconsin, February 19, 1899
([1997])

Saturday Star: Sheboygan, Wisconsin Saturday, February 25, 1899,   pp. 39-40


Page 39

SHEBOYGAN HERALD
SHEBOYGAN, WISCONSIN
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1899
Great Fire in a Wisconsin Town.
Port Washington, Wis., Feb. 20.---Fire which started in the large plant of the
Wisconsin Chair company threatens to destroy the whole town. Help was telegraphed for
from Milwaukee and Sheboygan. The chair factory, a total loss, is valued at $300,000
and employed 600 hands. The big lumber yards adjoin the chair factory, and the flames
are spreading with great rapidity.
SA TURDA Y STAR
SHEBOYGAN, WISCONSIN
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1899
F. A. DENNETT SUFFERS BIG LOSS.
Wisconsin Chair Factory at Port Washington in Ruins.
SIX BUSINESS BLOCKS BURNED.
Senator Dennett's Loss $300,000 upon which There is an Insurance of
Ninety Per Cent.
Senator Dennett's loss at Port Washington, in the destruction of the Wisconsin
Chair Company's plant, will foot up $300,000 upon which there is an insurance of about
nine-tenths of the total loss. The fire originated about eight o'clock in the veneering
department on the fourth floor. Six business blocks were completely destroyed entailing
a further loss of $20,000. The losses were: Wisconsin Chair factory ...... $300,000. Jos.
Edenberg, livery stable, Main street ...... $1,000.  Schruder's bakery, 123 Franklin
street ...... 500. Pelt's millinery store, 121 Franklin street ...... 1,000. N. S. Bode, saloon,
119 Franklin street ...... 500. N. Schroeder cigar factory, 115 Franklin street ...... 500. Maj.
Schroeling, 113 Franklin street ...... 500. L. C. Wambold, 111 Franklin street ...... 500.
George Hauk, barber shop ...... 200. H. Bulzine, 109 Franklin street, jewelry ...... 300. P.
Sturm, boots and shoes, 107 Franklin street ...... 300. Jos. Eidenberger, residence, 105
Franklin street ...... 500. Hugo Neuendorf, harness, 103 Franklin street ...... 300. Postal
Telegraph Co ...... 600.
The Milwaukee and Sheboygan fire departments were called upon for aid and
responded, the former city sending three and Sheboygan one engine. From this city went
Chief Sandrok, Capt. Buechel, Engineer Wilke and Fireman J. B. Messner, south side


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