Lake Ann, MI Town Fire, July 1897

MICHIGAN TOWN DEVASTATED.

LAKE ANN SWEPT BY FIRE AND AN OCTOGENARIAN WOMAN CREMATED.

Manistee, Mich., July 5. -- Lake Ann, a village of nearly 1,000 inhabitants, is almost desolate as the result of a disastrous fire that swept the town Saturday afternoon.
All wire connections are cut off through the burning of the station. The fire started in HABBLER'S stave mill, swept across the track to the south, taking the station and hotel. The business portion suffered and most of the residences are destroyed. The inhabitants had to flee for their lives.
MRS. MASTERS, aged 80, was cremated. She escaped once from her burning dwelling, but returned for valuables, when the building collapsed.
It is feared that others are burned as some are missing.
The losses amount to $100,000; insurance not to exceed one-fourth of the damage.

Waterloo Daily Courier Iowa 1897-07-05