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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 Friday February 24, 1899,   pp. 74-75


Page 74

Not all the insurance adjusters are here yet and the work of adjusting the losses
will not be concluded for several days.
There is a story that President Dennett, in order to prevent the fire from spreading
to the major part of the plant, ordered the destruction of an overhead trainway connecting
two buildings, and that the order was not carried out. It appears, however, that the
company's steam pump and the Port Washington fire engine were keeping the flames
away from the trainway, or runway, when a high wall suddenly fell and demolished the
company's steam pumping plant and at the same time the Port Washington engine became
disabled. Only a hand pump remained, the Milwaukee engines not having arrived, and
the spread of the flames along the trainway could not be prevented.
HOW HACKETT WAS HURT.
Chimney Fell on Firemen, While They Were Eating Sandwiches.
Capt. Linehan, who was injured when Pipeman Michael Hackett was fatally injured, has
recovered sufficiently to tell how the accident happened. Early in the morning a basket of
sandwiches was brought to them and placed on the sidewalk in front of a chimney of a burned
dwelling. Having the fire then under control, Linehan and Hackett went to the basket for food,
and while bending over it the bricks feel on them.
Hackett's body was last night sent to Star Prairie, the home of his parents, where it will
be interred tomorrow morning. The hearse which carried the body was followed from the
undertaking rooms of S. F. Peacock & Sons to the railway depot at 8:15 o'clock by a large
number of the friends of Mr. Hackett, and was escorted by a guard of honor of thirty firemen.
The pall bearers were personal friends of Mr. Hackett, among the firemen. There were several
beautiful floral offerings.
MIL WA UKEE SENTINEL
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1899
TO REBUILD CHAIR PLANT AT PT. WASHINGTON.
So Understood at Sheboygan and to Be Ready for the Next Holiday Trade---
Employees All Paid.
Sheboygan, Wis., Feb. 23.---The employees of the burned plant of the Wisconsin
Chair company at Port Washington have been paid in full. It is understood here, the
home of Senator Dennett, that the factory is to be rebuilt immediately at Port Washington
in time to meet the company's holiday trade.


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