Thursday, March 22, 2012

1877 :: Undoubtedly the work of an incendiary


Galveston Daily News. ROCKDALE (March 22) -- A fire broke out here about 1:30 a.m. this morning which destroyed two of the principal business blocks of the city.

It commenced on the corner of the alley, on the outside of Hubert's saddlery house, and was undoubtedly the work of an incendiary.

He threw kerosene on the outside wall of the wooden building and then set a match to it. The fire enveloped the building in an instant and, before the alarm could be spread, it was evident the whole side of the block must go.

Next to the house in which the fire originated was the warehouse of W. Max & Co., stocked with goods, none of which were saved.

Adjoining this was the Rockdale Messenger office which was entirely destroyed. Enock Breeding's (Messenger publisher) loss was $3,000, no insurance.

The fire then went through Bland's bookstore and Branch's establishment and crossed the street.

It is a sad blow to the place but everybody is in good heart and is going ahead immediately to resuscitate. Rockdale is all right. Mr. Breeding will revive the Messenger immediately.

Losses:

  • Hubert & Bros., saddlers
    $3000, no insurance
  • W. Max & Co., groceries
    $2000, no insurance
  • Bland, bookstore
    no insurance
  • Branch & Co., groceries
    $3000
  • H.P. Hale & Co.
  • Masonic Lodge
    $3500
  • Henry Montgomery building
    $2000, no insurance
  • Baum & Crohn Bros. building
    $1000, no insurance
  • John Scott, photographer
    $400, no insurance
  • Lumpkin & Redding, saddlers
    $1500, no insurance
  • John Isaacs building
    $400, no insurance
  • Robinson, building
    $500
  • Sojourner building
    $500
  • Sigurdson's building
    $500
  • Winder building
    $500
  • Durham Hotel
    $750
  • William Trigg building
    $1500
  • Henry Shoap building
    $300
  • J.H. Tracy building
    $700
  • James Wicks, groceries
    $7000, partly insured
  • George Ginder, barber
    $50
  • Henry Cone building
    $700
  • J.S. Perry building
    $700
  • Fitzgerald Saloon
    $500
  • H. Block, dry goods
    $3000, partly insured
  • B. Loewenstein & Bro., groceries
    $4000, partly insured
  • J.O. Litman, groceries
    $1500
  • Baxter building
    $500
  • J.B. Moore building
    $600
  • John Brown Saloon
    $400
  • Marx & Kempner, building
    $500
  • A. Strelsky, butcher shop
    $400
  • A. Holley & Co., groceries
    $250
  • Harkretser building
    $700
  • L. Box & Co., butcher shop & confectionery
    $400
  • Bole's office & City of Rockdale Jail
    $500
  • J. Jegedde, shoe shop & building
    $500
  • J.H. Tracy building
    $400
  • W.H. Cronin building
    $400

The Rockdale Reporter, August 1, 2002

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