Wester, Kevin J. (ed.) / Consumed by fire : a collection of writings about the famous Wisconsin Chair Company fire, Port Washington, Wisconsin, February 19, 1899
Saturday Star: Sheboygan, Wisconsin Saturday, February 25, 1899, pp. 39-40
station. After receiving word at ten o'clock for help from Port Washington, Chief Sandrok found it difficult to get the trainmen and engine necessary and it was a few minutes before midnight when the chief and his crew, with 1200 feet of hose, made the start, consuming an hour in the run. But once there the Sheboygan contingent did most efficient work, remaining until the fire was subdued, returning to this city at ten o'clock in the morning. -" t A heap of ruins from the Chair Company. Three Milwaukee firemen were injured, one of whom, Michael Hackett, died while being taken from the depot to St. Mary's hospital. Had it not been for the timely arrival of the Milwaukee and Sheboygan fire departments the town of Port Washington would have been wiped out. Senator Dennett was home at the time of the fire, and was notified by telephone. He at once communicated with Mayor Born, and he with Chief Sandrok, and the railroad company asked to make ready a train. Mr. Dennett did not leave for the scene of the fire until nine o'clock Monday morning. He said last night that the company was too busy looking up the losses and the insurance to consider the issue of rebuilding. Over 600 men are thrown out of employment and nearly fifty families are rendered homeless. Sheboygan extends its sympathy to Senator Dennett and should the Wisconsin Chair company decide to rebuild Sheboygan extends a hearty welcome to Mr. Dennett and his company associates.
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