Butler County, IA House Fire, Jan 1914
Will Moon and family, who live on the Ed. Perry farm northeast of Greene in Pleasant Grove township, were burned out at an early hour Friday morning. Mrs. Moon was awakened about two o'clock and smelled smoke, but did not arouse the family until later when it was discovered the house was all on fire and all that could be done was to get out and save their lives. The piano was near a door and was gotten out and a few other things. Everything else was burned, including clothing, furniture and family keepsakes that have more than money value. In the cellar were the supply of vegetables, and a good many bushels of potatoes and over two hundred cans of fruit. Mr. Moon had also put two big loads of coal in the cellar the day before.
The fire in some way caught from the furnace and when discovered was all in between the plastering and siding and it would have been hard work to have saved the property even though it had been located in town where the fire company could have had a chance at it.
This was the old Perry home and was a large well built house. Mr. Perry had a thousand dollars insurance on it. The Moon family had some insurance on their household effects but the policies were destroyed in the fire and will require some delay in the matter of adjustment.
Owing to the amount of work in taking care of the stock and looking after the farm, it will probably be necessary to build a temporary house to be used until spring when Mr. Perry can build a new house.
The Moon family have the sympathy of their many friends in their misfortune.
The Iowa Recorder, Greene, IA 28 Jan 1914