Alton, IL Fire, Feb 1873

A fire at Alton, Ill., on Tuesday night, destroyed the shoe-store of SMILEY BROTHERS, the dry-goods store of RICHARD FLAGG, and the drug-store of H.W. CHAMBERLAIN. The loss is from $40,000 to $50,000, and the property is mostly covered by insurance.

The New York Times, New York, NY 28 Feb 1873