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Albia, IA Henion Block Fire, Dec 1904

$36,000 FIRE AT ALBIA AT MIDNIGHT

ENTIRE BUSINESS BLOCK IS A TOTAL WRECK THROUGH CARELESSNESS.

Albia, Dec 19.- The entire town turned out at midnight to fight the flames that destroyed the finest business block in Albia. The Henion block is totally wrecked. Heroic work on the part citizens and fire company is all that saved the business center from destruction.

The Henion block contained the business rooms of the Webber Dry Goods company; Levans' millinery, $1,000; Dr. Holselan's $1,000; Clark Bros' office, $1,000; M.E. Henion's household goods.$1,000; building, $15,000.

It is believed the fire originated in the furnace room through the improper banking of the fire.

Tri-City Star, Davenport, IA 19 Dec 1904

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Nevertheless, another serious fire occurred later in the year, at 1 a.m. on December 18,1904, when 11 firms in the Hennion block suffered a combined loss of $35,000.

Monroe County History, Iowa 1940 page 72



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