Big Fire at Huron
The Lexington Progress
January 2, 1926
Transcribed by, Nicki Coffman

Wednesday morning at 12:30, at Huron, ten miles West of Lexington, Miss Mildred Peskins, postmistress, whose office was in the store of T. L. West, discovered that a fire was raging in the village, but not until the fire was so far advanced that nothing was saved out of the two general stores except three barrels of flour from that of Threadgill & Melton. The fire started in the T. L. West store and that it was the work of an incendiary was indicated by the lock on the front door was smashed; hence, it was supposed that the store was robbed and then fired. The West store and post office were a complete loss, amounting to about $ 4, 000 stock and building worth $1,000, the latter belonging to T. H. Gilliam, who had sold the business to West, whose insurance covered about half his loss. The store of Threadgill & Melton, a good building, with about $4,000 stock and a carload of hay worth about $250, carried $3,000 insurance and the building was worth at least $1,000. One of the cotton see warehouses of Crook Brothers, which also went up in smoke, contained many tons of Half & Half Cotton see for planting, and some cotton, carried $5,500 insurance, but we have not heard positively the amount of the loss over and above the insurance. It is to be hoped that some clue can be found and followed that will make known the origin of the fire.