Linn Grove, IA Town Fire, Mar 1911

West Side of Main Street, Linn Grove, IA before the 1911 fire Ruins of the Town Ruins of the Town Ruins of the Town

FIRE DESTROYS MUCH PROPERTY.

$30,000 DAMAGES DONE BY A BLAZE WHICH BURNS BUSINESS BLOCKS.

(By United Press.)
Linn Grove, March 28. -- Fire early today completely destroyed $20,000 worth of business property in the heart of the town.  The implement store, meat market, barber shop, hotel, and three warehouses were among those buildings totally lost.  The cause of the fire is unknown.

The Iowa City Citizen Iowa 1911-03-28

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Part of Linn Grove's business district went up in smoke on the night of March 27, 1911, when a blaze broke out in the hall of the Modern Woodmen of America.  It quickly spread to neighboring buildings - - a butcher shop, warehouse, and barber ship.  Fire fighters demolished an old bandstand to halt the blaze in one direction.  Fortunately no one was hurt, and at the livery stable the horses, as well as the harness and buggies, were all saved.  Insurance covered most of the loss.

Buena Vista County History, Iowa 1942, page 75 Read this book on line at ancestry.com