Wester, Kevin J. (ed.) / Consumed by fire : a collection of writings about the famous Wisconsin Chair Company fire, Port Washington, Wisconsin, February 19, 1899
Sheboygan Telegram: Sheboygan, Wisconsin Monday, February 20, 1899, pp. 25-27
It is reported that Engineer Cuckle of the chair company is missing and was lost in the building. Whether or not the report is true, cannot be verified, but no one is reported to have seen him since the fire. Two Milwaukee firemen, Michael Hackett and Patrick Linehan, of No. 4 and 10 companies respectively, were badly injured by the falling of a chimney. Hackett was struck in the head and his lower limbs are paralyzed. Linehan received severe bruises about the body. They were taken to a hotel where doctors dressed their wounds. There is no truth in the report in THE MIL WAUKEE SENTINEL that a Sheboygan fireman was injured. One Port Washington man was hurt, however. The latest report received this afternoon is that the injuries of Patrick Linehan of No. 4 company of Milwaukee are so severe that it is doubtful if he will live. His back was broken by the debris from a falling building. SHEBOYGAN AT THE FIRE. Delay in Getting Away---Excellent Work Was Done. It was about 10 p.m. when the call for help reached this city and Chief Sandrok at once prepared to go to the assistance of the unfortunate neighbors. It took more than an hour to get started, however. The engineer and fireman of the yard engine had to be hunted up and the engine afterward got out of the roundhouse. Then a flat car and a box car had to be shunted into place and the engine and hose cart loaded onto the former. It was after 11 o'clock when the start was made for Port Washington. The engine and hose cart were manned by three south side men with Capt. Anton Buechel in charge. Chief Sandrok also went along. In the box car with the firemen were some fifteen interested Sheboygan citizens, including Senator Dennett. The run to Port was made in good time and little trouble was experienced in unloading the engine and hose cart. Some effective work was then done by the Sheboygan firemen. They kept it up until about 7:30 this morning when they rested and were served with refreshments. At that time the fire had been completely subdued except in the smoldering ruins and in the big coal piles adjacent to the burned chair factory. The special waited for the firemen, returning them to the city about 10 o'clock this forenoon. Among the large number thrown out of employment to the disastrous conflagration are many Sheboygan men. The blow will be a severe one to Port Washington even if the factory should be rebuilt there, for in any event there must be a long period of idleness.
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