San Angelo, TX Tom Green County Courthouse Fire, Jun 1886


Some of the Records of Tom Green County Destroyed—No Other Damage Done.

Special to The News.

SAN ANGELO, June 28.—At an early hour this morning Jailer Drennon discovered smoke issuing from the second story of the courthouse. He fired his revolver rapidly and a crowd soon gathered. The fire was found to be in the office of Hon. John Lackey, Clerk of the District Court. It is supposed to have been caused by mice eating parlor matches, a box of which were in Mr. Lackey’s desk. The courthouse is thoroughly fire proof, and this fact saved the splendid structure. The offices are also fire proof with heavy paneled doors and shutters, and cemented floor.

The fire destroyed Mr. Lackey’s desk and most of the records in his office, including many cases filed in his office, including inconveniencing litigants and members of the bar. The walls of the room were badly injured, but the damage to the city will not be more than $150.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 29 Jun 1886