"The Daily Critic" - Washington D.C., Dec. 5, 1877

  • Athens, Ohio, Burned.

    CINCINNATI, OHIO, Dec. 5. - The town of Athens - the seat of the Ohio University - was partially destroyed by fire yesterday. The fire started in a bakery in the business part of the town, and burned over half a block. Total loss, about $60,000, on which there is an insurance of about ten per cent. The principal losers are John Ballard, James Ballard, Congressman Van Vorhees, E. H. Moore and J. Webb, Jr.

Columbus (GA) Daily Enquirer - Sun, Dec. 5, 1877

    Fires at Athens, Ohio

  • CINCINNATI, Dec. 5. - Eight of the principal business houses and two dwellings, at Athens, Ohio, were burned last night. Loss $60,000 to $80,000
    The county bridge over the Scotia river near Chillicothe, Ohio, was burned yesterday. Loss $50,000 to $60,000.

The Wheeling Register, Jan. 14, 1879

  • Crushed Caboose. Distressing Accident on the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad near Athens, Ohio.

    ATHENS, OHIO, January 12, - King Switch, twelve miles west of Athens, on the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad, was the scene of a serious disaster at seven o'clock P.M. yesterday. The way freight on its westward course broke a coupling after she had left Mineral City about three miles, and, being closely followed by another freight, was dashed into by the rear engine. A rocky point obstructed the view of the caboose ahead from the engineer, and when seen it was too near to ward off the inevitable result. Three men, who were passengers in the caboose, as the rear engine plunged itself into them, sprang from the side door, alighting some twenty feet below on to solid ice.
    The cars, after becoming detached, had been halted immediately over the King Switch tressle, over which the men unconsciously pitched themselves. One man from Memphis, Ohio, was killed. Another, William King, of King Switch, was dangerously injured in the spine. The other was stunned and bruised. Medical aid was had from Athens, Dr. Francis reaching the injured men at 12 PM. No other damage except the caboose was partially smashed. No one is chargeable with negligence.

The Athens Messenger, Jan.6, 1881

  • Athens experienced the sensation of two conflagrations during the past week. On Thursday night about ten o'clock the nearly new frame dwelling of Mr. Wm. Jourdan (head baker at the Asylum) caught fire, it is thought from a flue, during the temporary absence of the family, and was with everything it contained wholly destroyed. The property was valued at about $1,500 on which there was an insurance of six hundred dollars together with two hundred dollars to its contents. - The house, we add, was located in "Mechanicsburg," an Athens suburb, near the Asylum.On the succeeding night just about the abevent of the new year, a double tenement frame house owned by our townsman, Mr. John Varley, and situated west of the C.& H.V. depot, also caught fire, as is supposed, from a defective flue and was burned down, together with nearly everything it contained. It was occupied at the time by the families of two section laborers who by the misfortune were reduced to dire destitution. The extreme distress of these two families, who include, we are told, a large number of small children, calls loudly for relief and those of our charitably inclined citizens who desire to contribute to their and can leave their charities with Mr. Oscar Kurtz at the postoffice, who will see that they reach their destination. Mr Varley, we add, had an insurance of seven hundred dollars on the property which we judge will nearly secure him from loss. Mr. Wm. Jourdan requests us to make known his grateful acknowledgements to his neighbors and other citizens of town and country for valuable and duly appreciated services rendered himself and family during and since the late fire that destroyed his dwelling. We add, in this connection, that Mr. John J. Moore is deserving of special complimentary mention for his venturesome and successful endeavors in rescuing effects from the burning building during the brief period following the discovery of the fire that such efforts were possible.

The Athens Messenger, January 13, 1881

  • Our townsman, Mr. John Varley, in emphatic in his expressions of gratification at the prompt and satisfactory manner in which the Cooper Fire Insurance Company of Dayton, through its adjustor Mr. J.M. Wallace, settled the liberal amount of his policy on the buildings he lately lost by fire in Athens. Mr. David Moore, of the First National Bank is, we add, the Agent here for the company named.

The Athens Messenger, Feb. 17, 1888

  • On Sunday morning of last week, the dwelling on the farm of Mr. AmosHixon, five miles west of Amesville, and occupied by the family of Lorain Gardner, caught fire during the absence of the latter at church, and was entirely consumed, together with all it contained. By this misfortune, Mr. Gardner, who has a considerable family, loses nearly his entire worldly possessions.

The Athens Messenger, Sept. 13, 1894

  • Sad Railroad Fatality

    A deplorable accident occurred at the Baltimore & Ohio Southwestern depot here about seven o'clock last Thursday evening which cost a young man his life. A west-bound extra freight drawn by engine 226, Engineer Waldo Wilson, Fireman Thomas J. Stockman, in charge of Conductor John McGraw, broke in three sections near the South bridge, below the depot. This was unknown to the crew of the train. As is customary, the engine was stopped at the depot here to replenish its water supply. Fireman Stockman climbed to the top of the tender to turn the crane and adjust the hose preparatory to turning the water into the tank of the locomotive. Suddenly and without warning several of the cars which had become detached came crashing into the front section. Stockman was thrown off onto the track between the tender and first car. Several cars passed over his body. Both legs were horribly mangled, the left one being crushed to pulp almost to the thigh. The unfortunate man was removed to the Smith House and Drs. Alderman and Biddle summoned, but he was beyond the reach of medical aid and died in less than an hour. The remains were prepared for burial and were taken to Chillicothe Friday morning and thence to Richmondale, Ross county, his home, where the interment took place.
    Stockman was about twenty-seven year of age, unmarried, and had been in the service of the road since 1892. he had many friends and was very popular among railroad men. He carried $1000 accident insurance in favor of his mother.

The Athens Messenger and Herald, September 20, 1894

  • Coolville - Ira Mickle's house caught fire Saturday from a spark on the roof, but by prompt effort on the part of our citizens it was put out with slight damage.
  • Torch - A car loaded with dry goods took fire on the side track here last Monday night and the goods were consumed before help could be obtained.

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