Milwaukee, WI Newhall House Fire, Jan 1883 - Additional Information

The Newhall House was constructed abt. 1857 and was the original home of the Milwaukee Chess Club until the fire.

The Newhall was on the northwest corner of Main (now Broadway) and Michigan Sts., where later the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. erected a fine stone building, its second in Milwaukee.

The fire of the uninsured six-story wood frame Newhall House occurred Jan. 10, 1883. The lives of 71 of the 300 people in the hotel were claimed. The fire started on the first floor and spread up elevator shaft to all floors.

Guest General Tom Thumb of P.T. Barnum fame & wife escaped unhurt. FF Hermann Strauss carried 16 servants girls located on top floor to safety. He carried them over a ladder that was laid over a 20 foot alley from next building.

48 of the dead were unidentified.