Galesburg, IL Church Fire, July 1909

Methodist Church, Galesburg, IL, photo from familyoldphotos.com Church Fire Ruins of the church

CHURCH BURNS AT GALESBURG.

Galesburg, July 23. -- The First Methodist church, the finest edifice in central Illinois, was totally destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon. Loss, $70,000; insurance, $68,000. A costly pipe organ and all furnishings were lost. The fire orginated in the attic, probably from defective electric wiring. The membership, numbering 1,000, will rebuild.

The Daily Review Decatur Illinois 1909-07-23