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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 Sentinel: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Friday February 24, 1899,   pp. 74-75

Milwaukee Journal: Milwaukee, Wisconsin Monday, February 27, 1899,   p. 75

Page 75

The Sentinel and the Port Washington Fire.
J. R. Dennett, vice president of the Wisconsin Chair company, Port Washington,
in writing for extra copies of The Sentinel with accounts of the burning of the company's
factory, says:
"The Sentinel is the paper of the state, as shown in the account of the calamity
which has so suddenly fallen on our little city. Over 100 of our old and trusted men are
waiting anxiously at our office doors to know what we are to do. The bond of sympathy
between the employer and employee is abundantly shown in this town. There has never
been a question of dispute between us, and now they are keen to show their kindly
feelings to a company that has always had a human feeling for them. It is the one
question which most disturbs us---What shall we do with our men?"
"Pardon the reference, but we feel it, and cannot help expressing it."
Port Washington Council Recognizes Efficient Work of Department.
Chief James Foley of the Milwaukee fire department has received from Port
Washington a copy of resolutions adopted by the Port Washington common council
Friday, expressing thanks for the prompt response and generous aid rendered at the fire
there Feb. 20, and expressing deep regret because of the death of Pipeman Hackett and of
the injury to Capt. Linehan.

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