Hawley, TX Fire Destroys Town, Oct 1924



Special to The News.

ABILENE, Texas, Oct. 30 -- Hawley, Jones County, fourteen miles north of Abilene, is in ruins as a result of a fire which swept the entire business district at midnight Wednesday and left nothing standing but two garages.

Nine business buildings and most of their contents were destroyed, including a bank, postoffice, restaurant and several business houses.

The fire is said to have originated in a restaurant in a building owned by W. J. Carter, who died last Friday. The restaurant belonged to John Lewis.  The Carter grocery stock, in the same building was destroyed.

Next to the Carter building the fire consumed the drug store of Dr Blackwell.  The flames then leaped to the Red Front Mercantile Company's store.  The building was owned by M. T. McCoy and was worth $2,800, with insurance of $1,000.  The stock was valued at $16,000, with $4,000.

Other losses were:

Office and drug store of Dr. C. E. Fatherree, barber shop of T. R. Reynolds, in a building owned by Ed Hatchett, value $900, insurance $500.  Restaurant belonging to Judge French, building owned by M. T. McCoy. Conner & Fatherree dry goods and grocery store, stock valued at $12,000, with no insurance.

The First State Bank of Hawley, a complete loss.  Building valued at $6,000.

The Hawley postoffice, building owned by R. J. Blackwell, occupied by I. C. Connell, postmaster.

The Hawley telephone operator sent a call for aid to the Abilene fire department.  At 11:56 p.m., a minute later, one of the department's pumpers, carrying Chief F. J. Ferrier, Driver A. L. Barnes, Fireman Ray Roe and Clay Knox, was on the way.  The truck arrived at Hawley in about thirty minutes and immediately laid a line of hose to a take at one of the gins.  Little work could be accomplished as the water supply became exhausted.

The total loss was figured at about $49,500, with possibly some salvage in the damaged stock bringing the total down to an estimate of $35,000 or $40,000.

Hawley is the center of a rich agricultural region and a popular trading point with farmers in that part of Jones County.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 31 Oct 1924