Altoona, PA Down Town Fire, Oct 1906
BIG FIRE AT ALTOONA.
FURNITURE STORE AND THEATRE DESTROYED -- OTHER BUILDINGS DAMAGED.
Altoona, Pa., Oct. 20. -- One of the most serious fires that has ever occurred in Altoona started in the new five-story furniture building of OLIVER ROTHERT, and before it was brought under control property to the amount of near $500,000 was destroyed. The ROTHERT building and the new theatre of I. C. MISHLER were entirely destroyed, and the new building of the Order of Elks, which had not yet been completed, was badly damaged. The Altoona Trust company structure and the office building of the Pennsylvania Railroad company, which are on the opposite side of the street, were damaged slightly by fire and water.
The ROTHERT building carried an insurance of $155,000, MISHLER $50,000 and the Elks $20,000. The telegraph and telephone service in the neighborhood of the burned area is interrupted.
After the fire MR. MISHLER announded that he will handle his MISHLER theatre bookings at his Eleventh ave. Opera house here this winter.
The News Frederick Maryland 1906-10-20