Wester, Kevin J. (ed.) / Consumed by fire : a collection of writings about the famous Wisconsin Chair Company fire, Port Washington, Wisconsin, February 19, 1899
Port Washington Star: Port Washington, Wisconsin Saturday, March 18, 1899, p. 23
PORT WASHING TON S TAR PORT WASHINGTON, WISCONSIN SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 1899 Cleaning Up. On Wednesday a large force of men and teams were put at work cleaning up the premises of the Wisconsin Chair Company. Matters regarding rebuilding are yet unsettled, but the authorities have ordered the debris removed. The building of the spur hangs uncertain, because some property owners, through whose grounds the track must run, are asking what is considered a purchasers too high price. We hope both owners and buyers can get together soon. President Dennett was this week in Rockford, Ill., looking over property there which has been offered his company. THE STAR offers a word of warning and expostulation: Citizens, do not allow unreasonableness or desire for personal gain to frustrate the almost superhuman efforts that have been made to secure the rebuilding of our principal industry; fairness ought to rule, and those who are not so disposed should be labored with. The company has not asked too much,---neither ought individual's whose property may be wanted. Inconsiderateness may defeat the whole undertaking and those who contribute to this end will have only themselves to blame should their property depreciate one-half or more in value. Light Again. Wednesday the electric light plant "resumed operations", which fact was much welcomed by our citizens. The dynamo was received Monday and placed in position at once. Connections were made, lamps put in order, and Port is once more well lighted. The past three weeks of darkness has made manifest the necessity of electric lighting to even the most thick-headed kicker. Will Erect a Brick Foundry. Mr. Michael Wester informs us that his firm, Martin & Wester, will shortly begin the erection of a substantial brick foundry building on the site of the old one which was destroyed by the big fire of Feb. 19. This old and favorably known establishment has furnished plows and other implement and castings to our farmers for many years past and all are pleased that the concern is to continue in business.
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