Claremont, NH Tremont House Fire, Mar 1879

The building was owned by Aurelius Dickinson, and was insured as follows: On hotel building, in Commonwealth Company, $2,000; Cheshire Company, $2,000. Mr. Dickinson also owned three small buildings, which were burned; insured for $1,000 in the Atlas Company, of Hartford. F. H. Gibson & Co.'s insurance on the hotel furniture amounts to $5,000----$1,500 in the Home, New York; $1,000, Fire Association; $1,500, Royal Canadian; $1,500, Liverpool and London and Globe. Frank Clement occupied the adjoining a livery stable. His horses were rescued. He had insurance for $1,000 in the Fire Association and $1,000 in the American Central. The store occupied by A. C. Stone & Co., dealers in stoves and tinware, was also destroyed; insured for $1,000 in the Royal Canadian and $1,000 in the Westchester County. The buildings burned besides the hotel were the stove store of A. C. Stone & Co., and three small buildings on the west, one occupied by L. D. Patten, harness-maker; one by H. A. Dickinson, shoe-dealer, and a small building occupied by Mrs. Harlow, dress-maker, and F. X. Le Febvre, feather-bed renovator. A large portion of the goods in these stores was saved. Many of plate-glass windows in the fine building of the Claremont National Bank were broken as were in Farwell's block, adjoining. Brown's brick block, situated nearer the fire, was saved only by the free use of water. the Eagle office, situated in Brown's wooden block, nearly opposite the fire, was at one time in great danger. Had the least wind set in its direction nothing could have saved it. At 6 P. M. four bodies have been recovered, and search is being made for the fifth, but with little promise of success. Miss Johnson's body was recognized by parts of her clothing which had not burned. Another body, supposed to be that of Mr. Morgan, is now thought to be Mrs. Gibson's. The other two are not yet identified. The total loss is about $30,000.

The New York Times, New York, NY 30 Mar 1879



CLAREMONT, March 30.----The excitement over the disaster of yesterday morning has not abated. The search for the body of Morgan continues, but the result is doubtful, as the intense heat had doubtless obliterated all traces. The ruins have been visited to-day by a large number of people from the surrounding towns. Mrs. Marvin's condition has improved and her recovery is expected.

The New York Times, New York, NY 31 Mar 1879