Brownwood, TX Downtown Fire, Jun 1909

BROWNWOOD FIRE LOSS $50,000

FOUR BUSINESS HOUSES AND CONTENTS ARE DESTROYED BY FLAMES.

Special To The News.

Brownwood, Tex., June 16.---Fire discovered tonight at 11 o'clock in Heslip & Company's office, over the Theatorium, destroyed four business houses, together with their stocks. Losses: Bowden Bros., furniture and groceries; Heaslip[sic] Theatorium, cotton office, Citizen's National Bank, Campbell Drug Company, West Texas telephone exchange and general office.

The loss already is fully $50,000 and the fire is not under control.

Gilliam Bros., dry goods; Denman Furniture Company, McCurdy Manufacturing Company and Hardy & Denny are all threatened and may burn.

Individual losses and amounts of insurance carried can not be learned tonight.

Owing to a delay in the fire departments getting out the fire was under good headway before water was turned on. The water pressure is good but little wind blowing, which are the only hopes of saving much other property.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 17 Jun 1909

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EIGHT FIREMEN HURT IN BROWNWOOD FIRE.

Loss of $50,000 When Four Business Houses Were Destroyed.

Special To The Star-Telegram.

BROWNWOOD, Texas, June 17.---Eight firemen were slightly injured in the first[sic] last night. The bank, drug store and telephone company resumed business immediately in temporary quarters.

Fire discovered last night at 11 o'clock in Heslip & Co.'s office, over the Theatorium, destroyed four business houses, together with their stocks. Losses: Bowden Brothers, furniture and groceries; Heslip Theatorium, cotton office. Citizens National bank, Campbell Drug company, West Texas telephone exchange and general office.

The loss already is fully $50,000.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ft Worth, TX 17 Jun 1909

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LOSS NEARLY SIXTY THOUSAND.

Special To The News.

Brownwood, Tex., June 17.---The fire originated over the Bowden Furniture Company store and its origin is unknown. The alarm was turned in at 11 p. m. but the fire was not under control until 2 a. m., and for a while it looked like other buildings must go. Fortunately but little wind was blowing at the time of the fire. The greatest loss to the town and one which will be missed by all in the loss of the telephone system. Manager Stromeyer promises the service will be established at the earliest possible date and has already taken quarters over the Duley Restaurant, where the new exchange will be built until the new building, which the company is now building can be completed.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 18 Jun 1909

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Brownwood Is Rebuilding.

Special To The News.

Brownwood, Tex., June 23.---The fire losses of a few days ago are being adjusted now, and preparations are being made to rebuild the buildings which were destroyed by the fire. Rev. J. S. Chapman of Georgetown, who lost the building the Citizens' National Bank occupied, is here, and will have his building rebuilt at once.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 24 Jun 1909

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To Replace Building.

Special To The News.

Brownwood, Tex., July 17.---Plans were accepted for a two-story bank building to take the place of the building of the Citizens' National Bank, which was destroyed by fire a few weeks ago. The building will be built by the Citizens' National Bank and will be used by the bank as a banking building and offices above. When completed, the building will cost $25,000 and will be modern.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 18 Jul 1909

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Replacing Buildings Burned.

Special To The News.

Brownwood, Tex., July 23.---Work has commenced on two more of the buildings which were destroyed by fire some weeks ago. They are the R. M. Low and Rev. J. S. Chapman buildings. It was found a portion of the walls could be used and the other part is being torn away. The buildings will be two stories. The first floors are to be used for mercantile purposes and the upper floors for offices.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 24 Jul 1909