Minneapolis, MN Lafayette Club Fire, Jun 1922 - Two Women Perish

Two Women Perish As Flames Destroy Club In Minnesota

100 Guests and Employees Flee Fire at Fashionable Hostelry; N.Y. Village Threatened

Minneapolis, June 18.-Two women were burned to death in fire which destroyed the fashionable Lafayette Club at Minnetonka Beach, Lake Minnetonka, near here, early today. A dozen guests and employees among the 100 persons forced to flee, were injured.

The loss to the building is estimated at $250,000.

The dead are Mrs. Martin B. Koon, widow of Judge Koon, and Mrs. Lucy Gilbert, her companion, both prominent socially here.

The fire started at 2 a.m. in the spacious ballroom. There had been a dance at the club last night, but the dancers left at midnight, and about 100 people were sleeping in rooms at the club. John Bergman, house detective, was notified by a passing automobilist that the ballroom was in flames.

Mrs. Koon and Mrs. Gilbert had been aroused by employees, but were late leaving the building. Their bodies were found charred in the ruins, near where the main stairway had stood.

The Lafayette was one of the leading golf clubs of the twin cities. It was situated on a promontory overlooking Lake Minnetonka. It was built entirely of wood and the flames swept through the halls, so that in fifteen minutes the whole structure was afire.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 19 Jun 1922