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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

Milwaukee Journal: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Monday, February 20, 1899,   pp. 48-51

Page 50

Nearly Forty Familes Homeless.
It is estimated that from thirty to forty families have been rendered homeless by
the conflagration, although most of them saved their household goods.
Cream City Sends Aid.
When it was seen that the local fire department could not successfully fight the
flames, Mayor Miller telegraphed to Milwaukee for aid, and Chief Foley readily
Engine company No. 4 and 1,000 feet of hose in charge of Assistant Chief
Clancey, left Milwaukee for the fire at 10:30 last night. One hour later, in response to
another appeal from Mayor Miller, Chief Foley dispatched another company, engine No.
10, and more hose.
The arrival of the Milwaukee company was greeted with wild applause by the
citizens and it was soon seen that the Cream City laddies were fighters, as they did not
waste a second before getting to work.
A company from Sheboygan arrived soon afterward, and all went to work to save
the business portion of the city. The factory then was beyond hope.
From the north bluff of Port Washington looking south at the
devastation. The bluff on the top right side of the picture is the current
location of the Wisconsin Power Company.

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