Dresden, OH Whitehouse Block Fire, Nov 1879
The Whitehouse block in the town of Desden, near Zanesville, Ohio, was destroyed by fire, Oct. 26, including the dry goods store of G. W. Lemmert & Bros., S. W. Berton's grocery and residence, the post office and two or three small wooden houses. Loss $25,000. The only insurance reported is $4,000 on the Whitehouse hotel. The fire caught from the lighted cigar of a drunken man who had crawled into the hay in the stable and supposed to have burned to death.
The Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks, ND 6 Nov 1879