Newark, OH Licking County Courthouse Fire, Apr 1875


Court-House At Newark Burned-Valuable Records Destroyed.

Special Dispatch to the Cincinnati Gazette.

Newark, O., April 3.-The Licking County Court-house, an ancient and notable structure, located in the center of the public park, was totally consumed by fire at an early hour this morning. The light from the cupola of the doomed building was noticeable for a considerable distance, and the scene during the season of destruction was picturesque in the extreme. The origin of the fire remains a mystery. It was first discovered in the Auditor’s office, where the flames spread with such rapidity as to baffle all efforts to extinguish them. The citizens are deserving of great praise for their agility in trying to save the records of the different departments, and were in a great measure successful. The records in the Probate Judge’s office, including personal papers of value and facsimiles in the Prosecuting Attorney’s office, with the Public Library, were wholly consumed. The records in the Recorder’s, Sheriff’s, and Treasurer’s offices were saved with but little damage, and also those in the Auditor’s office, extending back to 1865. The building was insured for $10,000.

A small lad, aged about ten years, son of Robert Wilkins, while passing the wreck in close proximity to the crumbling walls, was struck by a falling timber and injured so severely that he died this afternoon.

Cincinnati Daily Gazette, Cincinnati, OH 5 Apr 1875