Wester, Kevin J. (ed.) / Consumed by fire : a collection of writings about the famous Wisconsin Chair Company fire, Port Washington, Wisconsin, February 19, 1899
Milwaukee Sentinel: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Friday February 24, 1899, pp. 74-75
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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