Upshur County, Texas

Fires, Wrecks, and other Calamities



Mr. Wm. Parker's blacksmith shop was burned last Monday morning, but a new one is nearing completion on the same ground. [Dallas Morning News - Dallas, Texas, Monday, May 29, 1899, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]


Wall Fell At Fire - One Man Killed at Gilmer and Three Others Seriously Injured
Gilmer, Tex, Dec 5 - One man was killed and three injured in a fire which broke out at 2 o'clock Thursday morning and destroyed property valued at about $30,000.  The dead: A. M. R. Lyle.
    The injured: John Hill, Charlie Hill, son of John Hill; B. Reinhart.
    Several others were slightly injured.
    A fire destroyed a number of business houses with their contents.  In the afternoon, while numbers of people were viewing the ruins of twelve buildings a wall fell with the above result. (Bryan Morning Eagle, Bryan, Tex, Dec 6, 1902)


Gilmer, Tex., Jan 6 - News has reached here of the burning of what is known as the old Goode homestad near Bettie, in which the five year old son of Wm. Wright lost his life.  Mr. Wright was away from home when the house caught fire at night, and his wife picked up the baby in her arms and led the boy by the hand and escaped from the building, but in the excitement, the boy walked back into the house, crawled in bed, covered up and was burned.  [The Jennings Daily Record. (Jennings, La.), January 07, 1902]



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