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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

Sheboygan Telegram: Sheboygan, Wisconsin Friday, February 24, 1899,   pp. 32-33

Page 32

The people of Port Washington may be borrowing unnecessary trouble in
reference to the rebuilding of the Wisconsin Chair factory. It is pretty certain the factory
will be rebuilt, and rebuilt at Port Washington. The announcement is made that the new
factory will be ready for the holiday trade.
The Industry Will Stay at Port Washington.
People There Borrowing Trouble.
It is the Intention to Have the Plant Ready to Meet the Company's Holiday
It has been announced here on what seems to be reasonably good authority that
the Wisconsin Chair company will rebuild its factory at Port Washington. The company
has not made this announcement publicly for reasons which are deemed quite sufficient,
but the fact remains that it is pretty certain the factory will be rebuilt at Port Washington
and that work will be begun on the new building before very long in order that the factory
may be in a condition to meet the company's holiday trade.
This news will be extremely gratifying to the people at Port Washington, who
have been worrying themselves considerably since the fire because of the fear that the
factory if rebuilt would go somewhere else.
The employees of the factory have been paid in full and a good many of them
found at least temporary employment in other factories.
Port Washington People Hope So, at all Events.
The Milwaukee Journal says of the conflagration at Port Washington on Sunday
night that "the loss was a grave one for that little city. Its population is only 3500, and the
number of persons employed in the great chair factory was 600. For them there is no
other labor resource at hand. If the works are not rebuilt it will prove a sore calamity.
The chair company announces a loss of $350,000, and that the insurance is 80 per cent, or
"The impression at Port Washington is that the company could rebuild the plant,
and put everying in a much better condition than the former plant, with the insurance of

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