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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])

Sheboygan Telegram: Sheboygan, Wisconsin Tuesday, February 21, 1899,   pp. 28-30


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buildings. Considerable dockage along the slip that connects with the harbor and the
chair factory was also burned. The docks are the property of the Chair company.
Pier Street looking southeast.
The ruins on the right are the homes of Michael Wester and Margaret
(Wester) Martin, owners of the Martin & Wester Foundry.
THREE HURT---ONE DEAD.
The firemen injured were Capt. Patrick Linehan and Pipeman Michael J. Hackett
of Milwaukee and a local volunteer fireman named W. A. Krause. Hackett's spine was
broken just below the base of the head, paralyzing him completely. He was taken to St.
Mary's hospital at Milwaukee where he died at 2:30 this morning. He suffered greatly,
but was conscious up to a short time before his death. Linehan's spine is injured, but his
condition is not regarded as serious. Krause had a leg broken.
The conduct of the Port Washington firemen is severely criticized. The local
apparatus was disabled and it is charged the volunteers arrayed in a full uniform of a


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