Wister, OK Business Section Fire, May 1910

Wister, OK Main Street about 1900

OKLAHOMA TOWN HIT BY FIRE.

PRACTICALLY ALL THE BUSINESS PORTION OF WISTER IS DESTROYED.

Practically the entire business portion of Wister, Okla., was destroyed by two distinct fires Wednesday night. Twenty-eight business houses were burned, causing a loss estimated at $100,000. Only a bank, two stores and the depot remain in the business section. A report that a man lost his life at the Brown Hotel was not true.

Wister, which has 600 inhabitants, is divided into two parts by the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific railroad tracks. The first fire destroyed all the buildings except three north of the tracks. This fire had just burned out when an explosion in a drug store started a fire south of the tracks, destroying all but one building. The town has no fire department and the high wind made fire fighting difficult for the citizens who volunteered.

No residences were burned.

Sioux County Herald Orange City Iowa 1910-06-01