Middletown, CT Wesleyan University Fire, Mar 1906

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UNIVERSITY IS DESTROYED.

FIRE CONSUMES BUILDING ERECTED IN 1827 -- RECORDS SAVED.

Middletown, Conn., March 1. -- Wesleyan University sustained a severe loss by fire early today when old North College, containing 150 rooms was practically destroyed. The fire which started in the attic burned so rapidly that little was saved. The loss is placed at $80,000, covered by insurance. The burned building was erected in 1827 and formed the nucleus of the present college group and was of great historic interest at Wesleyan. About all that was saved from the fire were the valuable college records of President Raymond and Professor Nicholson, the secretary of the faculty. All of the 150 students in the building made their escape and many left the dormitory in their night clothes.

Racine Daily Journal Wisconsin 1906-03-01