Caddo, OK Fire, May 1903


Three Buildings Destroyed--Loss Is About $30,000.

Special to The News.

Denison, Tex., May 16.--Thursday morning at Caddo, I. T., fire started on the inside of the store of W. H. Ainsworth. A light northwest wind prevailed, which carried the flames from there to the I. O. O. F. hall, thence to the frame building formerly occupied by the Caddo Herald, owned by C. A. Hancock, where the progress of the fire was stayed.

The fire was first discovered near the middle door on the north side of the Ainsworth Building. The only theory is that the fire was started to hide a burglary. The loss on this building was about three thousand dollars, and on the stock as near as could be learned, $23,000. Insurance on house, stock and fixtures $17,350.

The I. O. O. F. Building was a two-story frame structure. The upper part was owned by the Odd Fellows and used as a lodge room by the Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows and Woodmen. The lower part was owned by P. W. Arnold and occupied by R. Wilkowsky as a dry goods store. All the contents of the lodge room except a part of the carpet and the organ, was saved, but badly broken up. Nearly all the goods of Wilkowsky were saved, but badly damaged in handling and by mud and water. Loss on building $1,000, no insurance. Damage to Wilkowsky covered by insurance.

Loss on the C. A. Hancock building about four hundred dollars.

Other occupants of houses along the street were badly damaged by moving goods out.

The prisoners in the town jail were turned loose, but the building did not burn.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 17 May 1903