Liberty Hill, TX Fire, Dec 1903

Bad Fire At Liberty Hill.

Norman and Business College, Baptist Church and Barns Destroyed by Fire.

Special to The News.

Liberty Hill, Tex., Dec. 8.—The Liberty Hill Norman and Business College burned to the ground at 4 o’clock this evening, having caught on the north side of the building from a defective flue.

A very high wind from the north was blowing at the time, which carried burning brands over town, a great part of which was in danger and with no apparatus and little water, it was a hard matter to save buildings. South of the college building the barns of Oly PERRY, containing a large amount of feed were destroyed, also the Baptist Church, which was fully a quarter of a mile away, but just south of the college. Houses over the town caught time and again, but were put out by willing hands.

The fire broke out just at the dismissal of the school and the building was full of children, but by the coolnees of the teachers all got out safely.

Everything in the college burned except the piano and a book or two out of the library

The college building was erected in 1882 at a cost of $8,000, and there is only $3,000 insurance on it.

The Baptist Church is a total loss, with no insurance. Perry lost several hundred dollars worth of feed and buildings with no insurance. Seven bales of cotton that were near were saved.

School will likely continue, three churches being used for the present.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 9 Dec 1903

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To Rebuild College.
Citizens of Liberty Hill Raise Money for That Purpose.
Special to the News

Liberty Hill, Tex., Dec. 1[illegible]—In response to a call for a mass meeting last night of the citizens of this community to take some action in regard to rebuilding the college recently burned, a small crowd only assembled at the Methodist Church, as it was dark and threatening rain. But what the crowd lacked in numbers was made up in enthusiasm.
Twelve men and boys present pledged themselves to the amount of $1,050. A permanent organization was formed with J. W. POTTS, president, and C. E. LEATHERWOOD, secretary. Soliciting committees were formed with instructions to raise funds to rebuild the college at once, which will likely be constructed of rock or brick and be fireproof.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 14 Dec 1903