A HOSPITAL TRAGEDY
SISTER BLANDINA KILLED AT ST. JOHN’S HOSPITAL
She Is Caught Between the Elevator and the Floor –
Death Ensues Almost Instantly – She Was Formerly Mary Yax, of Belleville
One of the most
terrible accidents which this city has had for some time occurred
yesterday at St. John’s Hospital, and one which cost Sister Blandina her
life. She had been at work early in the morning in the drug department
on the second floor, where she was an assistant druggist, and had
received orders to go to the third floor to help in some work when she
had finished her duties on the second floor. When she had finished them
she went to the elevator to ride up in it, as she had been feeling
somewhat weak. No one was around to see her enter the elevator, and so
it cannot be positively stated how the accident occurred, but
nevertheless, everyone in the Hospital was soon aroused by her pitiful
cries. They ran to the place from which the cries came, and there saw
the Sister hanging by her head, between the elevator and the wall.
Someone below suggested that a ladder be raised to her and immediately
an employee went for one, but before they returned a crash resounded
through the building and the Sister lay mangled and bleeding at the
bottom of the elevator chute, which is in the basement. She was killed
instantly, and when picked up and borne away by willing hands, it was
found that one arm and leg were broken, and that her head was crushed
and mangled in a terrible manner. Many theories are advanced as to how
she became caught in the shaft, but the most plausible one is that she
stepped in the elevator and after it was in motion attempted to leave
it, and before she could get her whole body out the floor caught her
head between it and the inside of the shaft. Sister Blandina, or Mary
Yax, came from Belleville, Ill., three years ago, and has ever since
been a faithful worker here, having won many friends among the
physicians by her intelligent ways. She was 21 years old.
The funeral will take
place at 8 o’clock tomorrow morning at St. John’s Hospital chapel, the
Rev. Father Hineson(?) officiating. Interment will be in Calvary
Illinois State Register
- January 3, 1894
DEATH OF JOHN C. POWER, CUSTODIAN OF THE LINCOLN MONUMENT
He Goes to His Duties Yesterday Morning, But
Feeling Unwell Takes a Street Car Home and Dies Shortly After Reaching
His Rooms – Apoplexy the Cause of His Death
John Carroll Power,
custodian of the National Lincoln Monument, left his home yesterday
morning, at No. 323 ½ South Fifth Street, to attend to his duties at the
Monument, but began feeling unwell before he reached his destination.
He reached the Monument and was feeling so bad that he started to return
home about 9 o’clock. He reached the car at Fifth Street and Enos
Avenue, but was unable to board it, and was assisted on by John H.
Brinkerhoff and Capt. Edward Flaherty, who accompanied him to his
rooms. With their assistance he managed to ascend the stairs, when he
grew suddenly worse. Two physicians were called, but he was beyond
human aid, and at 9:45 a. m. he passed peaceably to the world beyond.
The physicians pronounced that he had been attacked with a stroke of
Mr. Power was born in
Flemings County, Ky., September 19, 1819. Most of his early life was
spent on a farm, but he never seemed to take to that life. His mind
seemed to run more to writing, history and biography. When yet a very
young man he left the farm and moved, in 1845, to Aurora, Ind., where he
married Miss Sarah Ann Harris. From Aurora he moved to Peoria, living
there about three years, when he and his wife moved to this city in
1869. Shortly after his arrival here he began to collect information
for “The Early Settlers of Sangamon County,” which he completed with
much success. Among his other noted and best writings are: “The Rise
and Progress of Sunday Schools,” a “History of Springfield,” and “An
Attempt to Steal the Body of Lincoln.” In 1873, while he was engaged in
gathering the information for his book, “The Early Settlers of Sangamon
County,” he was appointed custodian of the Lincoln National Monument,
which position he has ever since held.
Mr. Power lived at No.
421 Keyes Avenue for fourteen years, removing to No. 323 ½ South Fifth
Street about a year ago. He has been a Presbyterian for the past fifty
years, and was a staunch member of the Second Presbyterian Church of
In his death
Springfield loses on of her best citizens; one who has always been
cheerful and kind, and of a generous nature, which has won for him a
host of friends. His wife died two and one-half years ago and was laid
to rest in a beautiful spot in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
leaves to mourn his loss one sister and one brother, Mrs. Frances
Wallace, of Sullivan, Ind., and Lawson Power, of Flemings County,
Kentucky, beside his niece, Miss Mary Wallace, who has made her home
here for the past eight years, having come from Sullivan, Ind. He
leaves $4,000 insurance from the Masonic Mutual Benefit Association in
The news of the sudden
death of the portly, fine looking old gentleman whose figure is familiar
to the majority of the citizens of Springfield, and who will be recalled
by all who have ever visited the Monument, was the occasion of much
surprise, and many expressions of regret were heard.
The funeral services
will be held in the Second Presbyterian Church this afternoon at 3:30
o’clock. Opportunity will be given to view the remains at the residence
from 10 a. m. until 1 p. m.
Illinois State Register
- January 12, 1894
A GLITTERING SCENE
THE MIDWAY PLAISANCE OPENED AT THE STATE HOUSE
The Great Halls and the Rotunda on the Third Floor
Crowded With Visitors – Some of the Finest Displays Ever Made by
Merchant and Manufacturers of Springfield to be Seen There – Music Last
Night by the Germania Mannerchor, St. Vincent’s Band and the Y. M. C. A.
Orchestra – The Watch Factory Band to Play There Tonight
Plaisance in all its glory was opened last night at the State House, and
the Senate Chamber, Hall of Representatives, old Art Gallery and rotunda
were crowded with hundreds of spectators in attendance. The
entertainment is being given by a number of generous and public-spirited
ladies of the city, headed by Mrs. Jennie Spurrier, and the proceeds,
whether in money or in edibles, are to be given to aid the unemployed of
the city. The scene which met the eye of the beholder last night was
one of glittering splendor. “Midway Plaisance” is a misnomer for the
exhibition, however, for there are not over a half a dozen of the
features which characterized the motley street of foreigners at the
World’s Columbian Exposition represented at this show at the State
House. Going into the great chambers with their vaulted domes and
gazing at the bewitching display of goods shown, one could almost
imaging himself, however, in the manufactures and liberal arts building
at the great fair, or, in some sections of he woman’s building – or
perhaps even the agricultural building, or the horticultural building,
or the machinery hall. In the glitter of the arc-electric lights and of
the numerous gas illuminators the scene was gay, beautiful and animated.
That the enterprise
will be a success financially, as well as otherwise, is assured. Last
night, with a few of the exhibits still only partially completed, the
cash receipts were $235, nearly all of which will be clear profit, and
large donations of flour, vegetables, and the like were received. Some
persons brought sacks of salt and loaves of bread, but these will not be
received as admission fees tonight.
The Y. M. C. A.
orchestra, the Germania Mannerchor and St. Vincent’s Band were stationed
at various places and rendered sweet music during the evening, and, on
the whole, with the bustle and din of voices, persons would think that
they were again enjoying the sights and scenes of the great fair for a
second time. J. L. Powell acted as doorkeeper.
Upon reaching the third
floor the first thing seen in the rotunda was an ambulance, advertising
the firm of Withey Bros.
Next to it was a
printing press owned by D. Hardin, which was kept in full operation all
Among the other
exhibitors in the rotunda as George W. Harnett’s elaborate display of
signs; and a cannon representing a Krupp gun. The Blarney Stone was a
charge of Misses Lou. Hopkins and Rena Smith.
The Old Plantation was
in charge of R. B. Bailey, assisted by Elder Meadows, it was a novel
affair, the growing cotton and a tree with three possums being
represented very naturally.
A coal mine was
operated by J. Dick Hardin and was in charge of Mr. Hardin and Fred
Eldridge, assisted by George Terrence, Albert Ball, Joe and Fred
Brinkman and Fred Wardlow, who personated miners, and could be seen away
back in the mine working. They also had an old shaft mule, which looked
display was in charge of Mrs. Kate Lorch, the noted dressmaker, who is
lately from St. Petersburg, Russia. This booth was finely decorated
with furs, which were furnished by C. D. Roberts. Mrs. Lorch
represented a Russia peasant girl attired in her Sunday gown, decorated
with beads and the like. She was assisted by Mrs. Mary Maisenberger,
Mrs. Margaret Flynn, Mrs. Mary Monnett, Miss Effie Goveia and Master
Theodore Lorch. They served tea here in the regular Russian style.
Esquimaux Village was also in the rotunda and was one of the most
attractive features of the entertainment. Everything had been covered
with cotton batting, to represent snow, and the reindeer hitched to a
sled was there, and the little Esquimaux boy was drawing it. His house
was also superbly represented in nice shape.
IN THE SENATE CHAMBER
On entering the Senate
Chamber, which had been made to represent the manufactures and liberal
arts building, the visitor was immediately struck with the grandeur and
the finery which was displayed. In the front, the Lieutenant Governor’s
stand was decorated with flags and bunting, and around the walls the
following booths were represented:
The Beauty Show, or the
congress of beauty, was chaperoned by Mrs. A. P. Williams, Mrs. La Rue
Vredenburgh and Mrs. Mary J. Stadden, and elicited much speculation as
to who was the prettiest lady. The ladies were Misses Lucy and Lydia
Williams, Laura and Nellie Fisher, Charlotte Roper, Essie Irwin, Jennie
Kimball, Louise Goltra, of this city, and Mamie Hook, of Jacksonville.
Tonight a party of the O. A. D. club will occupy the booth. One of R.
L. Berry’s pianos was here and it was kept busy all evening, and the
party received calls from Mrs. Altgeld and Mrs. Orendorff.
The Temple of Music was
represented by R. L. Berry, who had two pianos and an organ in a booth,
which was prettily decorated with large flags and white and pink cloth.
Persia was represented
by John Bressmer. It was in charge of Charles Parkinson, who
represented a Persian; Misses Mae Nafew, Jessie Fee and Blanche
Nebinger. This was one of the prettiest of the booths, and was
elaborately decorated with costly rugs, a very rich carpet, a couch and
four large, heavy chairs.
The Art Gallery was
represented by Frank Simmons who had a number of pretty pictures
artistically arranged in a large group.
China was well
represented by R. H. Ferguson, whose display was in charge of Guy R.
Mathis, assisted by little Miss Alice Conner. It was composed of dishes
of various kinds, beautiful lamps and shades, and fine Worster and
Dresden vases. The large teapot which was manufactured by Alfred Meakin
at Turnstall, Eng., was also on exhibition.
The Paris Art studio
was represented by Miss Jessie Smith, a graduate of the Florentine
School. Some elegant portraits in oil, sepia, water colors, India ink,
pastelle, charcoal and crayon were exhibited. Her assistants were
Misses Mae E. Ayer and Alice and Mabel Stockdale. Freund’s Mandolin
Club was stationed here and rendered some of their best selections. It
was composed of Lewis H. Hickman, Perl Hofferkamp, Robert O. Gomes,
Jesse Strode and Charles Bowers. The playing received much favorable
comment. The tri-color of France floated over the exhibit of Herndon,
whose exhibit consisted of parasols, silk, and pretty lamps and shades.
It was in charge of William Hawthorne, George Hesser and Misses Mary
Shaughnessy and Maggie Early.
The gents clothing
house was represented by Myers Bros., the popular clothiers. The
display, which was a very complete one, was in charge of John R. Neal,
assisted by Dixon Grout and Albert Simmons.
Tiffany’s Chapel was
represented by McGrue and Plerik, and was prettily decorated with
mantels, vases, lamps with pretty shades, and a rich Brussels carpet.
It was made with an arched dome. It was in charge of Misses Anna Grout,
Etta Stadden and Hazel Elkin.
The Merchant Tailor was
represented by B. B. Lundahl, who had his booth nicely arranged with
different kinds of cloth. He was assisted by Frank Gehlman and Miss
In the center of the
room was a magnificent display of fine candies by Maldaner, the
confectioner. It was in charge of Miss Clara Maldaner.
Bunker & Co.’s
millinery booth, in charge of Miss Millie Young, was very attractive.
Brown & Canfield’s
exhibit of flowers was directly in the center of the chamber and was one
of the prettiest in the room. It contained a large quantity of plants
and flowers, and was in charge of Messrs. Brown & Canfield.
Morocco was represented
by Klabolt & Fogarty, and was a rich display of fine boots and shoes.
It was in charge of Walter Smith, Frank Bradeen and Frank Shepherd.
wigwam was in charge of Miss Sybil Goodey, and Miss Charlotta Goodey was
IN THE OLD ART GALLERY
France was also
represented in the old Art Gallery by a French restaurant, in charge of
C. B. Spears, who served hot lunch.
display was in charge of George Diehl, who took photographs by means of
The old ladies’ corner
was represented by a number of children, who were dressed in costumes of
the olden time, and was in charge of Miss Fannie Fisher. The children
were Ethel Edwards, Lillie Phillips, Helen and Nellie Watson.
The Woman’s Building
was represented by Mendell Woman’s Relief Corps and was in charge of
IN REPRESENTATIVES HALL
Hall, wheels and cases were represented by Ralph McCord, who had a
number of electric bells and appliances put in, and little Susie
Nebinger and Jennie Price made merry music on them all evening.
The Streets of Cairo
were represented by the Fancy Bazaar, whose display was in charge of Ed.
L. Conner, assisted by Ed Link and Misses Jennie Ridgeway, Fern Frazer,
Susie French, Alma Stewart and Minnie Connor. Will Bradford sold bumbum
candy. J. W. Ramsey’s pony was there.
The Speaker’s stand was
occupied by the Ferris Wheel, in charge of Kessberger Bros. It was
operated by electricity and was illuminated by electric lights of
A ship to represent
Columbus’ flagship, the “Santa Maria,” was a conspicuous figure in the
Fitzgerald grocery exhibit.
The red and yellow flag
of Spain floated over the booth of Stephenson Woman’s Relief Corps No.
17, which was in charge of Misses Lulu DeFrates, Louise Schwarberg and
Emma Weaver, and Messrs. John Perry, Charles E. Ralph and John Miller.
The harness business
was represented by Schlierbach & Bluecke. Saddles, harness, whips and
the like were displayed here.
John S. Condell, Jr.,
represented the stove business with a very fine display, picked from his
J. J. Parkerson
represented the farm exhibit from Illinois. It contained several kinds
of potatoes, corn, turnips, onions, and cabbage arranged very
artistically in the form of a pyramid. Mr. Parkerson was assisted by
Miss Laura Parkerson.
Ceylon was represented
by George S. Connelly. The display was in charge of H. G. Tobias, a
Ceylon gentleman, who served tea in the Woman’s Building at the World’s
Fair, and who arrived yesterday from Chicago and is the guest of Mr.
Connelly. He served tea worth $200 a pound for 25 cents per cup.
The Prather and McCoy
Company had a good show, representing buggies and farm implements. They
had four of the souvenirs present, which they received from the World’s
Fair for their implements.
The Japanese display
was under H. K. Tituska, the Japanese merchant, who is now selling at
James R. Maxcy’s place some of the goods he had at the World’s Fair. He
was assisted by Misses Jessie Nodine and Tillie and Nettie Maxcy.
Harry B. Thayer’s
automatic clock was there, and a fee of 5 cents was charged to see it.
represented by Mr. & Mrs. F. A. DeFrates, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph McHue and
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Fortado, who exhibited a large amount of fancy work
from Portugal. The Sylvester String Band was stationed there.
The German booth was in
charge of seven small children dressed in old-time German dresses and
T. P. Scalzo
represented tropical fruits of the south and Green & Lewis represented
Thirty-two of the Smith
Zouaves, under the leadership of Capt. Hal M. Smith, gave a drill during
the evening, on the first floor. It was followed by a drill by sixteen
members of Oscar J. Dunn Camp, Sons of Veterans, Colored, in command of
Oscar Yates, after which seventeen of the Daughters of Rebekah,
commanded by Capt. William Duggan, gave the best drill of the evening.
The entertainment will be repeated again tonight. The Watch
Factory Band, with Prof. Louis Lehman as director, have kindly consented
to furnish music tonight.
Illinois State Register
- February 2, 1894
A SWEEPING BLAZE
FIRE STARTING IN LITTLE’S BARN PROVES DISASTROUS
A Block of Building Swept Away and Still Raging
Little’s livery stables and barns, at the corner of Fourth and Adams
streets, caught fire at 1:30 o’clock this morning. They were totally
destroyed. About twenty-five horses also perished together with an
enormous quantity of hay and feed. A number of vehicles belonging to
Lyon & Smith, the transfer men, were also enveloped in flames. At this
hour it is impossible to estimate the loss, but it will be very heavy.
At 2 o’clock Salzenstein’s barn and Armory hall and Sommer’s
drug store across Fourth Street are on fire and all efforts to save them
seem futile. The origin of the fire is unknown but it is the most
destructive blaze that has been in the city for years, and it is
impossible to tell where it will be checked, as clouds of sparks are
flying for blocks to the east.
A rough estimate of the loss at this hour – 2:10 – is
The Revere House caught about 2:10, but the firemen hope to
Illinois State Journal - November 24, 1894
THE BIG FIRE
Thousands of People Visit the Scene of Destruction and
CHARRED BODY OF GEORGE BREWER IS RECOVERED
Scores of People Involved More or Less by the Conflagration
The Approximate Losses and Where the Insurance Was Placed
Though horrible and destructive was the conflagration
yesterday morning which laid in smoking waste a half block of buildings,
destroyed a human life and incinerated a half hundred poor dumb animals,
there was a terrible sublimity and fascination about the hungry flames
which held the anxious watchers to a contemplation of the weird and
awful picture until the morning dawned. Not a block in the city could
have been chosen to furnish a fiercer sea of flame. In its entire sweep
across the block it had the most inflammable material to carry it
along. Hay, straw, drugs, chemicals of all kinds, ammunition, and
lumber perfectly dry, constituted food for the fire fiend. So vigorous
were the billows of fire that they sent huge burning brands many blocks
distant to the northeast where they planted incipient fires and kept the
owners of property on the alert. Had it not been for this vigilance, a
conflagration would have resulted against which, with the strong wind,
the entire fired department would have been powerless. Hundreds of
citizens remained up all night guarding property, and despite their
watchfulness, the fire was communicated to the Elks’ Clothing House, the
roof over the offices of Drs. Kerr and Bartlett and to the awnings and
cornice of the stores of Henson Robinson, Bengel Bros., Justice Langston
and McMahon. Prompt work saved these buildings and put the entire north
side of the square out of danger. Charred fragments were found in door
yards fully a mile northeast of the scene of the big fire. There is no
doubt that the fire was of incendiary origin and not much objection to
the theory that the fire at Boone’s grocery store in the southwest
quarter of the city was started by the same party or parties in order to
divert attention from the business portion of the city and get the fire
department as far removed as possible in order that the greater blaze
might secure good headway.
The fire started shortly after 1 o’clock and it was 6
o’clock before it was regarded under control. The invincible character
of the old brick building on the corner of Fourth and Washington,
occupied by Anderson, the tailor, undoubtedly did much to save the
Revere House and the Palace from the flames which eagerly reached for
them. The walls of this building were considerably damaged, but to the
casual observer it appears to have escaped well. Its doom seemed
certain at 3 o’clock and was so chronicled.
A Scene of Desolation
Thousands of curious people from the city and country were
attracted all day to the smoking ruins. Many farmers on their way to
the city, who were not situated as to learn from the press what had
happened, suspected that something unusual had occurred when they saw
along the highway miles to the west of the city a number of horses
covered with blankets and wearing halters from which the straps had been
partially cut. The frenzied animals, some of them severely burned, seem
to have gone as far as possible from the scene of their injuries. The
sight which greeted the spectators where the fire had done its work was
a rare one in Springfield. Tangled and fallen telegraph and telephone
wires and charred poles, weird in their nakedness, first caught the view
and prepared the spectator for the greater scene of desolation beyond.
Here and there the flames were still breaking out impatiently and dense
volumes of black smoke from wet bundles of hay and straw filled the air
and made it suffocating. Added to this was the strong odor of burned
and burning horse flesh. The falling in at intervals of the walls gave
a ragged appearance to the gutted buildings and the chaos was
intensified by the shapeless mass of charred beams, twisted iron and the
remnants of what were once handsome conveyances. Fifty feet back of the
Fourth street entrance to the Little stables lay the hideous trunks of
ten horses. The heads, limbs, and tails were gone and the bodies
presented a horribly repulsive appearance. The bodies of many poor
animals which had burned to death on the second floor were partially
concealed in the bundles of baled hay. A number of animals which
escaped with their lives were so badly burned that they were shot. Some
of them were without manes and tails; others’ eyes were burned out and
from the bodies dropped pieces of roasted flesh. It was a sickening
sight for those who perceived the agony of the beasts.
Brewer’s Charred Body Found
The report which became current when the fire was at its
height that George Brewer, a hostler at Salzenstein’s had been burned
up, was confirmed at 8 o’clock yesterday morning when the body was
recovered from the ruins in the back of the stable. Nothing was left
but the trunk of the body and a part of the clothing underneath the
unfortunate man, which had escaped the ravage of the fire. In a pocket
were found a number of letters which fully identified the body as that
of Brewer. The remains were carried into the improvised undertaking
establishment of Hemberger, across the street from where he was burned
out. In the afternoon Coroner Burkhardt held an inquest. George
Brewer, son of the dead man, and a stage carpenter at Chatterton’s,
identified the body by the letters. David Davis, the night watchman at
Salzenstein’s stable, testified that he saw Brewer come into the
building early in the evening and go up into the hay loft to bed, as was
sometimes his custom. When Stern’s stable took fire, Davis called to
Brewer several times and had to leave the old gentleman to his fate.
Davis is positive that no one else was in the loft and that no one else
perished. The jury’s verdict was in accordance with the testimony given
by these two witnesses.
The Estimates Given Are in Some Cases Still Indefinite
It was difficult yesterday to get a satisfactory footing for
the more important losses sustained. Approximately they are as follows:
Son …… $35,000 $ 3,000
Smith …… 7,000 4,100
Salzenstein …… 15,000 8,500
Illinois ….. 2,000 1,000
Pillo …… 1,100 none
C …… 1,000 none
Hemberger …… 3,000 2,000
Bros. …… 3,000 covered
Utley …… 12,000 8,500
All of the horses in Salzenstein’s barn were rescued. He
had sixty three head, including boarding horses, and they were all
accounted for yesterday afternoon. Albert Nusbaum found fifteen west of
the city. Of this number eleven belonged to Salzenstein, two to Sol
Stern, on to J. T. Grimsley and one to J. B. Barnes. The last two were
from Little’s barn and were found about eleven miles west of town. Mr.
Salzenstein lost everything that was on the second floor of his stable.
Colonel Block’s surrey and Meyer Seeberger’s phaeton were on the
elevator and were the only rigs of the boarders that were saved.
Vincent Hemberger’s hearse was standing near the front on the second
floor and was seen to fall through the floor just before the front wall
caved in. One buggy and three hacks were all the vehicles that were
saved. About fifteen sleighs, a number of rugs, sets of harness,
seventy tons of hay, about 2,000 bushels of corn and over 500 bushels of
oats were all stored on the second floor and fell an easy victim to the
flames. Nothing now remains of this outfit but a mass of twisted
irons. The safe was covered in debris, but was removed last evening.
All the books and accounts were locked up and a little money. The desk,
which contained the day book and a few minor documents, was consumed.
The exact loss could not be estimated by Mr. Salzenstein. The building,
which was a two-story brick structure, was erected in 1890, at a cost of
$6,000. An insurance of $2,500 was carried on the building. As soon as
the losses are adjusted, Mr. Salzenstein will begin to clear away the
ruins preparatory to rebuilding a stable. The building to the east of
the livery stable was occupied by Vincent Hemberger & Co., the
undertakers. The interior of the building was gutted and Mr. Hemberger
sustained a loss of $3,000, including the hearse.
Little & Son have not yet been able to compute their loss
definitely. Dr. Little fixes the loss on buildings at $20,000 to
$25,000. There are sixty or seventy horses missing. The exact number
cannot be ascertained until the stray animals are returned from the
country. With the horses, conveyances and feed in the stables, the
total would be brought well up to $35,000 or $40,000. He had $6,000
insurance on stock, $6,000 on the stable, $3,000 on Armory Hall and
$1,000 on the Hemberger building. Among the boarders who sustained loss
by the destruction of the Little stables were: Fred Buck, a horse;
Secretary Hinrichsen, a horse; Colonel N. B. Wiggins, the big heavy coal
team; McGrue & Powell, team, wagon and harness; Wickersham & Son, a
horse. Little got out four horses, two of which were afterwards
killed. Those whose property was saved are: Rev. E. B. Randle, Rev. D.
S. Johnson, John Grimsley, J. B. Barnes, Dr. Y. D. Scales, James Stout.
It is not certain about Mr. Stout’s horse. The horses of Messrs. Barnes
and Grimsley were found six miles west of town.
Those who sustained loss by the Salzenstein fire were: Dr.
Walter Ryan, Dr. George F. Stericker, Charles Hurst, three vehicles and
a sleigh; John McCreery, one buggy; John H. McCreery, buggy and sleigh;
conveyances, John Pierik, Ben Brainerd, Ernst Helmle, Armour and Will
Shutt. There are probably others not yet heard from.
Smith, the undertaker lost two fine hearses in the Little
fire. They were upstairs. Frank Williams lost his surrey, horse and
Lyon & Smith lost between sixteen and eighteen head of
horses and several single transfer wagons. All their omnibuses and
heavy transfer wagons were saved, together with a few hacks. This firm
also suffered a small additional loss in the burning of a quantity of
feed. They had thirty-four horses and sixteen have been accounted for.
Four teams were out when the fire started and eight were in Sol Stern’s
feed yard. These were rescued. Two of the other horses were found
about 9 o’clock but they were so badly burned they had to be killed.
Their loss will be about $7,000 on which is carried an insurance of one
third of the amount. The books were all saved. The safe was opened and
a number of railroad tickets and about $200 in money were taken out.
Frank Pillo, the blacksmith, suffered a loss of about
$1,100. He valued his stock of shoes at $500 and about $600 worth of
stock of the Pillo Remedy Company consisting of drugs for the treatment
of horses, was destroyed. He carried no insurance.
Yates and Co. were unable to compute their loss, but it will
probably not exceed $500. All the machinery used in the process of
making their cattle food was burned, together with a quantity of
ingredients used in their line of business.
W. M. Sidwell, a cabinet maker, and William Mullen, who
occupied rooms over Hemberger’s lost all their effects.
About 5 o’clock fire was discovered on the roof of the
building occupied by C. F. Wiesenmeyer, the harness maker, at 419 East
Washington Street. The firemen turned their attention to the buildings
and after half an hour’s labor, subdued the blaze. The upper floors
occupied by Drs. Bartlett and Kerr were scorched and drenched with
water. The adjoining building was also badly damaged with water. The
loss will probably be $250 on each building owned by Mr. Latham of
Lincoln and Mr. Wiesenmeyer.
The Gatling gun section of the Fifth Infantry had removed
its effects to the Armory Hall at 10 o’clock on the evening before the
fire. Their property was destroyed, including the Gatling gun. The new
uniforms of members were also burned, as were those of some of the
members of Company C. The Company also loses many valuable records and
trophies which can never be replaced.
J. W. Utley, the proprietor of the wholesale drug store
which was located under the Armory Hall, is a heavy loser. His stock
consisted of all sorts of chemicals, drugs and oil and he had a large
assortment on hand. He carried considerable insurance but not enough to
cover the loss.
Statement of the Insurance
Following are the insurance agents in this city whose
companies are involved in various amounts by the fire:
A. and George P. Kessberger: For Salzenstein, American
Company, Philadelphia, $500, St. Paul Fire & Marine, $750;
Hamburg-Bremen, $750; German Freeport, $500; for Vincent Hemberger,
German Freeport, $500; for Sol Stern, Hamburg-Bremen, $1,000; on the
Lutheran church, German Freeport, $3,000; Turner Hall, German Freeport,
$1,500; American, Philadelphia, $1,500.
Charles V. Hickox: For the Little & Son Livery Company,
Prussian National, $1,000; American Central, $1,000; for J. H. Utley,
Connecticut Fire, $2,000; Phoenix of Hartford, $1,000; Greenwich
Insurance Company, $1,000; Orient Insurance Company, $1,000; for E.
Salzenstein, American Central Insurance Company, $500; for Dr.
Stericker, Fireman’s Insurance Company, $300; for Stuart Broadwell,
Fireman’s Insurance Company, $400.
Vance & Dooling: For Elizabeth M. Little, Pennsylvania Fire
Insurance Company on Armory, $1,000; for S. N. and G. J. Little, Phoenix
of Brooklyn and Northern of London, $3,000 on stable; for Little & Son
Livery Company, Niagara of New York and Scottish Union, $2,000 on stock;
for Lyon & Smith, Queen of New York and Lancashire of Manchester, $4,100
on stock; for E. Salzenstein, Northern, $1,100 on stock; for G. J.
Little, Northern, $1,000 on building; for State of Illinois, Traders’
Fire Insurance Company; Chicago, $1,000 on armory supplies.
D. & F. L. Grant; for Emanuel Salzenstein, North American,
$2,700; Springfield (Mass.) Fire & Marine Company, $600; for Charles
Salzenstein, Royal of England, on horses, $2,200; for Sol Stern,
Springfield Insurance Company, on building, $650; Continental on hay,
$500; for Fred Buck, National, on horse and buggy, $225.
C. F. Herman: For J. H. Utley, on drug stock, $3,500.
E. S. Sherwood: For Little on barn, $2,000.
Will Start Up Again
Those who suffered loss will start up in business as soon as
practicable again. Salzenstein had not decided yesterday afternoon
where he should locate for the time being, but he expects to be doing
business before cold weather sets in. All his horses were saved, but he
will be obliged to stock up again with conveyances and sleighs,
considerable of this stock having been destroyed.
Little’s will begin Monday morning, if their present plans
are followed, to erect temporary quarters at the corner of First and
Adams Streets and will rebuild later, on the site of the old stable.
Pillo, Utley and Yates & Co. have not determined their course.
Hemberger has set up business on the north side of Washington, between
Third and Fourth Streets. Lyons & Smith are conducting their transfer
business as their equipments permit.
SNEAK THIEVES WERE BUSY
Sneak thieves took advantage of the fire and got in their
work. A number of arrests were made, and all had significant articles
or money on their persons.
Mrs. M. E. Waggoner, a resident of the Anderson building,
lost two revolvers, a bracelet, a clock, an oxidized comb case, three
silk handkerchiefs, $13 in money and some coin. In her excitement to
save her goods she was hurrying down stairs with a number of dresses
when she says she was met by William Ecklin. He asked her if he could
assist her in any manner. She handed him the clothes and told him to
take them to the Revere House. She then went to the Revere House to get
her clothes, but they were gone. She told the police and they found
Ecklin. He said he had taken the clothes to his room for safe keeping.
He was arrested and two of her handkerchiefs were found on his person
and some of the goods were located in his room. Mrs. Waggoner secured a
warrant for his arrest on a charge of burglary and larceny, and he was
placed in jail.
A one-legged man giving his name as Alvis Casper was
arrested as a suspicious character. He was an early arrival at the fire
and was up and down the alleys. He was taken to the police station and
when searched $118 in money and two watches were found on his person.
He told conflicting tales as to how he came in possession of the
articles and for what reason he was hanging about, so he was locked up
in jail. No charge has yet been preferred against him.
William Thompson, Charles Smith and Smith Davis were
arrested and held on suspicion. They had some fine underwear and
handkerchiefs in their possession and one was wearing a fine overcoat.
Another had a pawn ticket for a hat which he had put up for $2.
Jerry Kilday, an old offender, was arrested on a charge of
the larceny of a fine overcoat from Anderson’s tailor shop. Anderson
had his stock on the sidewalk and it is said Kilday took one.
Officer Tammany found a bunch of red wool socks, an overcoat
and clock in the alley back of Allen & Ryan’s saloon. They await the
owner at the police station.
Albert Bowman, residing at Fifteenth and Madison Streets,
had a white mare stolen from his barn.
Thieves invaded the hen house of Carrie Salzenstein on north
Sixth Street and stole five fowls.
The hen coop of Edward Purcell at Ninth and Washington
Streets was entered, but the thieves were frightened away.
Burglars entered the residence of Frank Simmons on south
Fifth Street, but were frightened away before anything was taken.
Notes of the Fire
The big nine inch main on the square was completed just in
Lewis Sommer, the druggist, loses about $500 by fire and
Company C mourns the loss of its piano and other valued
The Zouave cadets escaped without a loss. None of their
effects were in the armory.
George Gordon of Ridgely is under arrest on the charge of
being implicated in the murder of Eugene Jones.
During the fire someone made off with the overcoat belonging
to Sergeant W. T. Simpson of the regular army.
Because telephone connections were bad, a courier was
dispatched on horseback to the waterworks to ask for full pressure.
Representative W. J. Butler is a lucky one. His was about
the only horse and buggy rescued uninjured from Little’s stable.
Springfield is grateful to Decatur, Jacksonville and Lincoln
for their prompt responses when the mayor appealed to them for aid.
It is said that the Anderson building has caught fire at
least twenty times in its history. Shell though it is, the destroying
fiend cannot accomplish its ruin.
As to discovery, the fire seems to belong to Officer De
Frates and Charlie Tomlinson. Like the nut over which the boys
quarreled, Tomlinson saw it and De Frates was the first to pick it up.
Among the injured are: R. E. Corson, burned while rescuing
Utley’s books; L. J. Johnson, ankle sprained in falling from a ladder;
Officer De Frates, burned on the hand while rescuing horses.
The barn of Frank Myers was prepared by barn burners last
evening with the usual baptism of oil. The rascals were apparently
frightened away before completing their dastardly work.
Telephone connections with the northern part of the city
were ruined by the fire. Prompt work at repair put them in good running
shape by nightfall. The police and fire alarm system also suffered
Several of the firemen became intoxicated and were very
boisterous. They were sent away and were suspended pending an
investigation by the fire and water committee. While the men were
trying to subdue the blaze on the Wiesenmeyer building, one of the
intoxicated firemen wanted to drop the hose and fight. The men
suspended were Charles Kerns, William Cunningham and Al Leibers.
Illinois State Journal - November 25, 1894