Portage, WI Church Fire, Jan 1897


Portage, Wis., Jan. 11. -- The First Baptist Church of this city was destroyed by fire Saturday afternoon. The building was an imposing brick structure, and was erected by the Presbyterians in 1851. It was partially destroyed by fire in 1892, and was afterwards purchased by the Baptists and remodeled at a cost of $5,000. The property is valued at $10,000, and was insured for $2,500.

Daily Iowa Capital Des Moines 1897-01-11