Hartford, CT Thrall Building Fire, Jan 1856
Great Fire in Hartford---Loss $100,000.
From the Hartford Courant, Jan.25.
The loss by the total destruction of Mr. Thrall's building, at the corner of Asylum and High streets, on Friday night last, will foot up on round numbers about $100,000. The building is a complete mass of ruins, and nothing remains standing but a portion of its walls.
The origin of the fire appears to be a mystery. It was perhaps the work of an incendiary, or it might possibly have been caused by spontaneous combustion. Mr. Hezekia Griswold, whose house is next north on High street, was awakened by hearing the sound of the flames as they gushed out of the windows of Mr. Thrall's room near the centre of the building, belching forth from the south windows. The building was on fire in the interior a long time before the flames burst out, and was a hopeless case when first seen. All that could be expected was to confine the fire to the building in which it originated.
The losses and insurance, from reliable sources, are as follows:
WILLIS THRALL, the owner of the building, and principal owner of the Hartford Screw Company, loses $50,000. His loss on building is $16,000; on stock, $30,000; engine and fixtures, $4,500. Insurance on building and stock, $14,500. Mr. Thrall's loss, aside from insurance, is $35,000, and all that he saves is his books.
E. B. THRALL, blind-staples, &c., Loss, $500; not insured.
L. STEBBINS & Co., book and map publishers. loss in stock, $4,000; insured, $2,500.
TOBIAS KOHN, silk manufacturer, loses eight English machines for making silk goods and ribbons; cost $3,000. Total loss, $3,500; insured Â£1,600.
DRAKE, BROWN & Co., book publishers, lose in stock and tools from $9,000 to $10,000; insured $5,500.
WILLIAMS & WILEY, power-press printers, had four Adam's power presses, two of them new, which are now all a mass of ruins. They had just commenced business under a new firm, and their loss falls heavily at this time; but they will immediately make arrangements for recommencing business. Their loss is about $6,000; insured for $4,500.
SILUS ANDRUS & SON also had an Adam's power press in the same room with Williams & Wiley, besides a lot of stereotype plates, blocks &c. Loss $1,500; insured $1,000.
G. N.CUMMINGS, spectacle factory, third floor. Loss estimated at $12,000; insured $1,000. Mr. CHARLES PARKER, of Meriden, is the principal loser. Mr. CUMMINGS has had a contract with Mr. PARKER for six years, and was now in the last year; he has recently obtained patents for manufacturing spectacles by a new and improved process, and had just commenced a successful business. He employed about 30 hands, male and female, all of whom are thrown out of employment.
WM. W. HOUSE, book publisher; loss $3,000 in stereotypes plates, cuts and blocks. Insured $2,000.
A. R. JOHNSON, mechanic, loses the whole of his machinery, lathes, tools, and all, and has not a dollar of insurance. His loss is $5,000.
GEORGE MONTAGUE loses a newly-invented printing press for printing two sets of colors simultaneously.
A. C. GOODMAN & Co., New-York, publishers and paper warehouse; loss about $3,000 in stock and books.
W. P. FETRIDGE & Co., New York, publishers; loss about $1,000.
PHILLIPS, SAMPSON & Co., Boston, publishers; loss in books from $2,000 to $3,000. Insured $2,000 in Western, Pittsfield.
L. BUSHNELL, St. Louis,---loss in books about $500. No insurance.
PRATT, OAKLEY & Co., New York, books---loss $225. Insured in the Ã†tna.
HUTCHINSON & BULLARD, paper----loss $100; uninsured.
L. E. HUNT, ($56,) and F. R. SLOCUM, ($100,) lose together $156 in leather for binding books; uninsured.
H. E. ROBINS & Co., book publishers---loss $400 in wood cuts and printed sheets; uninsured.
HASTINGS & GRISWOLD, manufacturers---loss $75; insured in Western, Pittsfield. They lost a valuable set of books.
The damage to SILAS ANDRUS & SON'S building on Asylum-street, was trifling. Probably $200 will repair all damage.
In the rear of the burnt building is a small fire-proof building, in which was $50,000 of stereotype plates and wood cuts, owned by S. ANDRUS & SON and WILLIAMS & WILEY, which were unharmed.
The destruction of THRALL'S building throws some 150 hands out of work. In good times, the number employed is much larger. It will come hard upon some of them---the females especially.
The New York Times, New York, NY 26 Jan 1856