Fort Smith, AR Compress Fire May 1909

FIREBUGS START A $300,000 FIRE AT FT. SMITH

Ft. Smith, Ark., May 17.--Fire here today destroyed the Ft. Smith Compress and it's contents of five thousand bales of cotton. The loss is estimated at $300,000, covered by insurance. It is believed that the fire was incendiary origin as the flames broke out simultaneously in a dozen different places in the yard.

Chillicothe Constitution, Chillicothe, MO 17 May 1909

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Tuesday, May 18.
Fire at Fort Smith, Ark., destroyed a compress and 5000 bales of cotton, causing a loss of $300,000.

Adams County News, Gettysburg, Pa 22 May 1909

Comments

John B. Thomas -- Worked For Fort Smith Compress Co.

My Grandfather, John Bennett Thomas, worked for the Fort Smith Compress Co.

1910 -- FORT SMITH ARK. CITY DIRECTORY

Thomas, John B. (c), lab., Ft. Smith Compress Co., Residence Room 12 W Ft. Smith.

1910 United States Federal Census

Name: John Thomas
Age in 1910: 23
Estimated birth year: abt 1887
Birthplace: Arkansas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Tennessee
Mother's Birth Place: Tennessee
Spouse's name: Viola
Home in 1910: Fort Smith Ward 3, Sebastian, Arkansas
Marital Status: Married
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
John Thomas 23
Viola Thomas 20
Lillian Thomas 2
Osborne Thomas 4/12

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