Newton, GA Baker County Courthouse Fire, Dec 1873

A Court-House Burned.

From the following letter from an agent at Newton, Ga, it will be seen that the Baker county Court-house, situated at Newton, together with all the records of the county, were consumed by fire on the morning of the 18th instant.  This is a serious disaster to our Baker county friends, coming as it does when taxes are so heavy and money so scarce:

Newton, GA., December 18, 1873.

Editors Telegraph and Messenger:  Our Court house, with nearly all the county records, was destroyed by fire this morning.  The Ordinary carelessly left a fire in his office when he left it last night, and, at 15 minutes to 1 o'clock this morning the whole inside of the house was discovered to be in flames.  There was nothing saved from the building.  All the papers and records of the Ordinary's office were lost. The clerk of the court had at this store record of deeds No. 20, two records of mortgages -- B and C -- execution docket from November term, 1859, bar common law docket from November term, 1869, record of homesteads, penal bond book, and civil supreme docket, all of which were saved.  All the other records of his office were destroyed.  The Courthouse was a splendid wooden building, and it cost, in 1850, $5,000.  The lost will fall pretty had on us just at this time.  -- AGENT

Macon Weekly Telegraph, Macon, GA 23 Dec 1873