Fire at Maitland, 1899

From the December 22, 1899 Skidmore Standard:

Fire at Maitland

A destructive fire started in Maitland, Monday night about 9:30 o’clock pm. in which four frame buildings on the west side of main street in the business portion of the town were consumed. Between $5,000 and $6,000 worth of property was destroyed and there was but little if any insurance carried on any of the burned buildings.

W. M. Carr’s Newspaper plant occupied one of the buildings but we understand he succeeded in saving nearly everything except his presses; but these will consitute a considerable loss as he had recently put in a new improved job press. The Standard regrets that this misfortune has befallen Bro. Carr.

The Maitland people fought the fire with vim and vigor and that the whole business section of the town was not destroyed is due to their effective efforts.

Only a short time ago Pratt’s livery barn and a small building burned and this last fire started where the other one was stopped, and went south to the more substantial brick buildings.