News Stories of
Fires, Accidents, Train Wrecks
and other Calamities
These are in date order.
A. Lent's grain house in Sumner was burned on Thursday night a week ago. About 2,500 bushels of wheat, on which there was no insurance, belonging to the farmers of that vicinity, who had stored it waiting for a rise in the market, was destroyed. Lent lost about 300 bushels, which is covered by insurance. [Newton Press, February 27, 1874]
The stables of H. Studer and A.L. ?-. R. Byers, in Olney, burned on the first of the week. Mr. Studer's loss will probably reach $700, and that of the Messrs. Byers to something near $3,000 - they having lost eight valuable mules. No insurance. [Newton Press, Feb. 11, 1875]
The Darling mansion, the finest residence in Olney, burned down one night last week. It was the property of Mrs. W.T. Lampton and valued at $20,000, fully insured. [Newton Press (Jasper Co, IL) Feb. 15, 1888]