Minneapolis, MN Vendome Hotel fire, Feb 1902


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Feb. 7. - Fire destroyed the Vendome Hotel, a three-story building, to-day. Many guests in the hotel had narrow escapes. The loss is estimated at $75,000.

The New York Times, New York, NY 8 Feb 1902
Minneapolis Hotel.

Minneapolis, Feb. 7. - Fire today gutted the Vendome hotel, a 3-story building on Fourth street. Many guests had narrow escapes. Loss $75,000.

The Idaho Statesman, Boise, ID 8 Feb 1902


Minneapolis, Feb. 13. - The body of a man, supposed to be Martin Aker, of Montevideo, was discovered yesterday afternoon in the ruins of the Vendome hotel building, recently gutted by fire, by Thomas Morrow, a chimney sweep.

When discovered the remains were lying incased in ice in a depression of the floor about 30 feet back of the main entrance. The body reclined on one side and was covered with the debris of falling timbers. Although swollen and mutilated it was recognizable, being that of a young man, between 25 and 30 years of age, of medium height and weight and with dark brown or red mustache and hair.

The body was dressed in its underclothing and a black alpaca shirt. In the breast pocket of the shirt a pocketbook containing $141 in bills and a scarf pin were found.

The examination of the remains at the morgue showed that the body had evidently been scalded. The scalds are supposed to have been caused y hot water from the burning building which collected in the depression in which the body was found.

The body was positively identified yesterday by Dr. Bendeke, an eye specialist, as that of Martin Aker of Montevideo, a young druggist employed by K. A. Holman of that place.

He had been in Minneapolis Thursday to have his eyes treated. During the afternoon of that day the oculist fitted the young man's eyes with glasses and told him to call two days later. Aker never returned and yesterday morning Dr. Bendeke received a telegram from Montevideo asking if Aker had been heard from since the fire at the Vendome hotel. A few hours later the remains were discovered in the ruins and Dr. Bendeke viewed them at the morgue.

The Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks, ND 14 Feb 1902