Fire at the Depot, 1908

From the March 12, 1908 Skidmore New Era, page 1:

Depot Burned

About three o’clock, Tuesday morning, the Burlington depot at this place was discovered to be on fire.  When first discovered the flames were beyond control and were bursting through the roof near the chimney.  The alarm was at once given, but nothing could be done to save the building and its contents, and everything went up in smoke.

The origin of the fire is unknown.  Agent Owen left the depot about eight o’clock the evening before and left everything as usual.

Aside from the loss to the rail road company, Agent Owen lost property valued at about $150.  Miss Grace Bohannan, who is visiting here, lost her trunk containing her clothings, books, etc., which, together with other articles belonging to private individuals, will no doubt be paid for by the company.

The New Era was so unfortunate as to lose its supply of “ready print” for this week’s issue in the fire, and for that reason we are compelled to give our readers a paper all home print.

Agent Owen is now holding forth in the north end of the coal house, and, although in uncommodious quarters, is ready to give all patrons as good accommodations as possible under the circumstances.

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