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Hastings, Nebraska Fire

September 16, 1879

Great Fire in Hastings, Neb.

Hastings, Feb. [sic], September 16. -- A great fire in Hastings destroyed an entire block and burned half another.  The goods were mostly saved in a damaged condition.  Two hotels, one bank, one printing office, and one elevator are among the buildings.  The loss is estimated at $100,000; partly insured.

Wheeling Register, Wheeling, WV 17 Sept 1879

       

The fire of September, 1879, originated in the basement of Allisonís drug store, when an oil lamp or lantern exploded. The destruction of thirty-three buildings followed, creating damage estimated at from $90,000 to $100,000. The losses are set forth as follows: J. S. Allisonís stock, $5,000; J. W. Davis, building stock, $6,000; H. Lepinís hotel and fixtures, $8,000; C. Cameronís stock and his fine buildings, $13,000; Thomas Scalesí building, $800; A. W. Coxís stock and two buildings, $2,300; J. Weingart & Brosí. elevator and 800 bushels of wheat, $2,200; Kelley & Hahnís building and contents, $2,300; Dr. Naulteusí dwelling, office and stock, $3,000; Walbach Brosí. building and stock, $15,000; N. F. Damronís hotel and furniture, $6, 000; D. H. Ballardís building and stock, $4,000; G. F. Workís office, $125; Exchange Bank, furniture, $200; James Wallingís hotel furniture, $1,000; O. Oliverís lumber, $100; Wigton Bros.í office and type, $600; C. Bonnís press, $75; Millett & Mulfordís stone works, $1,000; A. L. Clarke & Coís brick building, $400; C. H. Mankerís carpenter shop, $200; Prindle & Burkeís shop, $50; Mrs. Mowís two buildings, $450; Mrs. Higginsí building, $300; Langevin & Plamondonís two buildings, $1,500; J. B. Sevageís building, $800; W. A. Smithís stock, $900; George Vollandís two livery stables, $1,200; J. Kohlís building and fixtures, $1,500; E. Stoutís building and stock, $800; A. J. Nolanís stock, $300; damage to Forcht & Coís. building, $100; Lowman & Fisherís office furniture, $150; Charles Carmichaelís personal effects, $300, and a few smaller losers.

Immediately after the fire of September, 1879, subsided, the work of rebuilding commenced, and nine brick buildings were under construction, with several frame houses, among them the Lepin House.

Biographical and historical memoirs of Adams, Clay, Webster and Nuckolls Counties, Nebraska, Chicago: Goodspeed Pub. Co., 1890

       

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