Alton, IL Fire, May 1857
Destructive Fire At Alton, Ill.
Chicago, Saturday, April 18. A destructive conflagration occurred at Alton, Ill. On Thursday, destroying the planing Mill of MORRISON & BEAL, the Methodist Church parsonage house, and doing great damage to the Waverley Hotel, Piazza house, and the warehouse of HOLLISTER & COFFER. Total loss was $50,000.
The New York Times, New York, NY 20 May 1857