"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
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
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.