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 Sentinel: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Tuesday, February 21, 1899, pp. 55-61
factory. In addition to all its brick buildings, machinery and stock, it loses 800,000 feet of hardwood lumber which when once on fire furnished excellent fuel. The foundry building was partly stored with chairs belonging to the Chair company, and these were all burned. In all the other houses burned, the contents were as a rule saved because the occupants had plenty of time to take out their household goods. The Chair company carried 90 per cent insurance on its property and it was therefore well protected, but the foundry was only insured for $4,500, while all the smaller buildings destroyed were insured for about one-half their value. The owners therefore will suffer considerable by the fire losses. Among the property threatened was the tannery of Mayor Mueller, the Wilson house, and the post office, flames burning all around these buildings. Considerable dockage along the slip that connects with the harbor and the chair factory also was burned. The docks are the property of the Chair company. The fire's terrible devastation. Notice the tall Chair Company smoke stack on the left of the photo.
This material may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, US Code).| For information on re-use see: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/Copyright