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
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