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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 Monday, February 20, 1899,   pp. 44-48


Page 45

Flames Cross the River.
The fire spread across the river to an unoccupied foundry formerly used by the
Western Malleable & Grey Iron works, which concern recently moved to Milwaukee.
The building was soon reduced to ashes. Several fishing shanties of Smith Bros. across
the river also were burned, and to save a fisherman's boat it was sunk.
Fire Travels Northward.
In the meantime the fire traveled northward and westward into the business
district. The building on the east side of Franklin street also caught fire.
Those which were either destroyed or damaged are:
List of Some of the Losses.
Joseph Eidenberg, livery stable, Main st ...... $1,000
Schuder's bakery, 123 Franklin ...... 500
Pelt's millinery store, 121 Franklin st ..... 1,000
N. S. Bode, saloon, 119 Franklin st ....... 500
N. Schreider, cigar factory, 115 Franklin st ...... 500
Maj. Schroeling, 113 Franklin, residence ..... 500
L. C. Wambold, 111 Franklin st., residence ..... 500
George Hauk, Barber ...... 200
H. Bulzine, 109 Franklin, jewelry ...... 700
P. Sturm, boots and shoe, 107 Franklin ...... 300
Jos. Eidenberger, residence, 105 Franklin ..... 500
Hugo Neindorf, harness, 103 Franklin ...... 300
The Postal Telegraph company's office is burned and every effort was made to
keep the fire confined to the territory in which it was fiercest.
Aid Summoned From Outside.
When Mayor Mueller found that the local department could not cope with the
flames he sent dispatches to Milwaukee and Sheboygan. Chief Foley of the Milwaukee
department dispatched Engine Co. No. 4 with Asst. Chief Clancy to the scene and after
hurriedly loading a special train at the station in Milwaukee the firemen pulled out at
10:40 o'clock last night. It was a wild ride to the town, the twenty-five miles being made
in exactly twenty-eight minutes.
It was a few minutes after 11 o'clock when the train pulled into the city. The
reflection of the fire could be seen when the train reached Whitefish Bay.
Delay in Unloading
At the depot here the Milwaukee Fire department experienced much delay in
getting the heavy apparatus unloaded and a platform had to be built by the firemen before
the engines could be taken off. It was therefore nearly midnight before the Milwaukee


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