Jackson County, Iowa - Fire News Articles
--1874-- CONFLAGRATIONS. (Bellevue)
At Joliet, Ill., Crawfordville, Ind., Bellevue, Iowa, New Bedford, Mass., and Other Points.
DUBUQUE, Iowa, May 2. - Schimer's brewery at Bellevue, together with his residence and barn, were destroyed by fire last night. The loss is estimated at $3,000; fully insured in Dubuque agencies. Cause unknown.
--1876-- FIRES. (Maquoketa)
A Blaze at Maquoketa, Iowa.
CHICAGO, February 14. - A special from Maquoketa, Iowa, says that early Sunday morning, Henderson's grocery store, Gardiner's photograph rooms, the book-store and other buildings were destroyed by fire. Total loss, $15,000 to $20,000. Insurance, about one-half.
- - 1876 - - Loss by Fire
CLINTON, IOWA, July 29. –A $15,000 fire destroyed the extensive furniture factory at Maquoketa at noon yesterday. No Insurance.
- - 1878 - - LOSSES BY FIRE
CLINTON, Iowa, June 10.-John Fritz's boarding house at Baldwin, nine miles from Maquoketa, was destroyed by fire Saturday night while the family were absent. Loss, $3,000.
[Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) Tuesday, June 11, 1878, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]
- - 1878 - - FIRE AT FURNITURE STORE
A fire at Maquoketa, Iowa destroyed Harrison & Sons furniture store, and also a building occupied by the Post-office. The mail was all saved. Total loss $10,000.
[The Cincinnati Daily Star, Cincinnati, Ohio, December 12, 1878, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]
- - 1879 - - MAQUOKETA FIRE
MAQUOKETA, IA., June 21.-A fire early this morning destroyed five frame buildings on North Main street. Loss, $5,000.
[Cincinnati Daily Gazette (Cincinnati, OH) Monday, June 23, 1879, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]
- - 1882 - - FIRE SATURDAY NIGHT
CHICAGO, Oct 2. - The fire at Maquoketa, Iowa, was more serious than reported last night. A special says the fire broke out in A. S. Carter's brick block, destroying that and three frame buildings. Losses, A. S. Carter, $10,000; Ringlers & Co., $70,000; Northup & Glasser, furniture $80,000. The smaller losses bring the total to $95,000. (Note . . . totals don't add up).
WORK OF THE FLAMES.
Maquoketa, Iowa.-Nearly a dozen business houses were burned on Saturday night. Loss, $30,000, insurance $15,000.
- - 1882 - - NICKERSON MILLS FIRE
A Fire at Maquoketa, Ia., Friday night destroyed Nickerson's mills, including woolen mill, planning mil, saw mill and factory. Loss, $15,000; no insurance.
NICKERSON'S mills, including woolen mill, planning mill, saw mill and stave factory, at Maquoketa, Iowa, were destroyed by fire on the 28th ult.
- - 1886 - - CARRIAGE FACTORY FIRE
Raines carriage factory was burned at Maquoketa, Ia., Monday night. Loss, $15,000; partly insured.
[Source: Daily Gazette (Rockford IL) Wednesday, June 2, 1886, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.]
- - 1886 - - RAGING FOREST FIRE
CLINTON, Iowa, Nov. 5.-A forest fire is raging on the north fork of the Maquoketa river, in Jackson county. Two houses, two horses, a large quantity of ties and about twelve miles of timber have been consumed.
- - 1890 - - DECKER HOUSE BURNS
The Decker House, Maquoketa, Ia., was burned Monday, Loss, $400,000.
- - 1891 - - MAT ALES, JR. HOME BURNS
Tuesday afternoon, March 10, while the family of Mr. Mat Ales, jr. of Maquoketa was absent from home the house was consumed by fire, including all the clothing, furniture and about $100 worth of clover seed.
- - 1892 - - DAVIS REYNOLDS HOME BURNS
The farm house of Davis Reynolds, between Maquoketa and Delmar, on the main road, caught fire at 8 o'clock last Thursday morning from the chimney, and was burned to the ground with some of its contents. The loss will exceed the insurance several hundred dollars
- - 1896 - - BURNED BY ROBBERS
Maquoketa, Ia., May 11.-The general store of John Wagoner at Emeline, 14 miles northwest of this city, was entered and the safe blown open by burglars Friday night. After looting the safe of $100 and $2,000 in securities they set fire to the store, destroying the entire stock, valued at $6,000, and a portion of the building.
--1899-- FIRE AT MONMOUTH
Special to The Journal
Clinton, Iowa, May 31. - Fire at midnight destroyed two stores and a residence at Monmouth, Iowa. A severe storm is reported from Jones county. The Methodist church at Amber was wrecked and several smaller buildings were blown down. At Monmouth windmills and outhouses suffered. The station agent's barn was blown down and a barn on Dr. Stagg's farm collapsed, injuring the stock.
- - 1910 - - BIG FIRE AT LAMOTTE, IOWA
The losses are: Milwaukee depot and stock yards, $5,000; Cahill Grain elevator and lumber yard, $6,000; Sylvestor Nestor milk depot and Goodsell milk depot, $400. Two cars of live cattle and hogs, $2,000 and other property. The origin of the fire is unknown.
- - 1915 - - COSTLY FIRE GUTTED IOWA TOWN BLOCK (Maquoketa)
Maquoketa Business Section Had Blaze That Caused Hundred Thousand Dollar Loss.
MAQUOKETA, Iowa, Dec. 4 - One hundred thousand dollars was the estimated fire loss sustained here today when the Stevens block was destroyed by a blaze which originated, it is said, through defecctive wiring.
The fire was discovered at 1:50 in the afternoon and brought under control about 5 o'clock, but was still burning tonight. The Clinton hose company was summoned by wire and aided in fighting the fire through the night. Carrol Phillips, a local fireman, is in the hospital. Five establishments were gutted by the blaze.
[Duluth News-Tribune, Duluth, Minnesota, Sunday, December 5, 1915, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman.]
Also . . .
Maquoketa, Ia., Has $100,000 Fire.
MAQUOKETA, Iowa, Dec. 4 - Fire in the heart of the business disgtrict here today destroyed five establishments, causing a loss estimated at $100,000. The blaze is believed to have started from a defective electrical wiring.
- - 1920 - - BARN FIRE
Barn is Destroyed
- - 1920 - - BIG BARN STRUCK BY LIGHTNING SUNDAY
During the storm Sunday the large horse barn of Herman L. Felderman just south of the Lutheran church at St. Donatus, was struck by lightning and burnt to the ground, with one horse, hay, 600 bushess of oats and eight sets of harness. The people were all at church but saw the smoke and hurried to the scene. The fire had gained too much headway to save anything from the horse barn, but saved the other big barn that was already on fire. This is a heavy loss for Mr Felderman. - Lamotte News.
- - 1920 - - ANOTHER FIRE SCARE
About six o'clock Monday morning a fire was discovered near the chimney in a room at the L. B. McDonald home on South Main Street. The members of the family got busy and extinguished the blaze, no alarm being turned in, although the damage will probably aggregate $50.
- - 1920 - - FIRE THREATENS HOME
Sparks from the chimney started a fire on the roof of the Clarence Sackrider home south of town Monday. The blaze was discovered by the womenfolk who notified the men working at the barn who quickly responded and extinguished the fire. The damage wasnominal.
- - 1921 - - FIRE DESTROYS HOME
Fire which broke out shortly before six o’clock this morning, practically destroyed the Al Brunson home on South Third street. A defective chimney caused the trouble and as it was a small frame house the blaze had got under good headway before the arrival of the department. Nearly all of the household goods were saved however but the building is almost beyond repair. Thru misunderstanding one of the fire companies made the run to the Al Broxam home on Matteson avenue, laid three hundred feet of hose before learning the error. Al appeared on the scene with two feet, but without hose and wondered where under the sun the fire was.
- - 1954 - - FIREMEN SEEKING OLD BARNS FOR PRACTICE (Maquoketa)
MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) - The volunteer fire department says the firemen need some old buildings which they may set ablaze in order to practice new fire-fighting methods. Anyone in the area having an old shed, barn or other structure he wishes to dispose of can get action by notifying the fire chief.
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