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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])

Milwaukee Sentinel: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Thursday, February 23, 1899,   pp. 72-73


Page 72

No distinction could be made by our officials in the treatment of visitors---all
were treated alike. Some disturbance was created by irresponsible individuals who came
up on the relief train "to see the fun" and who passed themselves off as firemen and
reporters. They were promptly suppressed as they ought to have been. The papers are
lending their columns to air the grievances of these fellows instead of trying to get at the
real facts. No feeling except one of gratitude exists here toward Milwaukee firemen and
officials. It is perfectly natural that the firemen should have felt bitter and expressed
themselves in harsh words considering that two of their number were seriously injured
here.
It may be noted that none of the Sheboygan visitors have a word of complaint
against us, and they were not better treated than others.
Our people are most grateful to Milwaukee and Sheboygan for timely aid, and our
gratitude will not be lessened because of the harsh and largely unjust censure. A. D.
BOLENS. Port Washington, Feb. 22.
MIL WA UKEE SENTINEL
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1899
PT. WASHINGTON FIRE
RESIDENTS SAY MUCH OF THE CRITICISM HAS BEEN UNFAIR.
MISUNDERSTANDING AND ACTION OF IRRESPONSIBLE
PERSONS.
Ald. Bolens Says the People of Port Washington Appreciated All That the
Milwaukee Firemen Did for Them, and Deplore the Charges Now Made and
Which, He Says, Are Largely Uncalled For.
Ald. A. D. Bolens of Port Washington, a business man of that city, was in
Milwaukee yesterday and gave expression to the general regret felt by residents at the ill
feeling which has been engendered by the statements made by Milwaukee firemen and
others.
"The people of Port Washington fully appreciate the work of the Milwaukee
firemen," he said, "and I am sure that much of the criticism has not been justified. I have
no doubt that the Milwaukee firemen did have occasion for complaint, but I know that in
some instances at least it was due to misunderstandings and in others to the action of
irresponsible persons. In the excitement and confusion such as a great fire occasions
things happen and remarks are made which are afterwards regretted. Some of the


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