Berlin, WI Smith Block Fire, May 1898


The Smith Block Badly Damaged by an Early-Morning Fire.

Berlin, Wis., May 18.--[Special]--The Smith block, one of the most substantial buildings in the main part of this city, was badly gutted by fire, which broke out on the second floor at an early hour this morning. The first floors were occupied by George W. Morton’s saloon and H. Brunsman’s barber shop and the second floor as apartments by D. Fero, George W. Morton and S. Whitcomb. Most of the contents of the building were destroyed. The losses on the building and contents will probably be $5,000, probably covered by insurance.

Centralia Enterprise and Tribune, Centralia, WI 21 May 1898

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