Wester, Kevin J. (ed.) / Consumed by fire : a collection of writings about the famous Wisconsin Chair Company fire, Port Washington, Wisconsin, February 19, 1899
Port Washington Star: Port Washington, Wisconsin Saturday, March 4, 1899, pp. 20-22
At a special meeting of the Common Council held Friday of last week the following resolutions were adopted: Resolved, That the Common council of the city of Port Washington, in behalf of all the citizens of this city, hereby tender to the Fire departments of the city of Milwaukee and of the city of Sheboygan our heartfelt thanks for the prompt response, generous aid and assistance rendered by them to our city in saving the city from being totally destroyed by the fire on Feb. 20. Resolved, further, That we sincerely deplore and regret the unfortunate accident which occurred at said fire, resulting in the death of Fireman Hackett and the severe injury of Capt. Linehan of Milwaukee Fire department. Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be transmitted by the city clerk to the Fire departments of said cities. Passed Feb. 24, 1899. CHARLES A. MUELLER, Mayor. W. A. THOLEN, City Clerk. Adjusting Insurance Losses. The work of adjusting the losses incurred in the big fire of Feb. 19 has been about completed except that of the Chair factory. The work of settling up this big loss may be completed next week. E. Neuendorf obtained the full amount of his insurance, $1200, from the Germantown Ins. Co. John Roob received $1000, for the loss in his house and $217.11 on household goods from the Fireman's Fund Ins. Co, represented by Alex Zastrow. Martin & Wester received $900 insurance on their foundry and $850 on both dwellings from the Phoenix Ins. Co., Frank Schumacher, agent. Mr. Lampert received $1000 from the Fireman's Fund Ins. Co., A. Zastrow, agent. Frank Wilson received $500 from the Germantown Ins. Co. Nic Poull received $1280 from the Germantown Ins. Co. The business men on lower Franklin street who were insured in the Artisan's Ins. Co., of Milwaukee, may have to wait some time for their money. Another Week of Darkness. It is probable that before the end of another week the Wisconsin Chair Co.'s electric light plant will again be in operation. The old Mallinger factory has been rented, and the boiler and engine overhauled. A new dynamo will be here next week and it is expected that everything will be in readiness to make connections and light the town shortly after the machine is received.
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