Charles City, IA Hart-Parr Traction Engine Company Fire, Jan 1912
Power House Destroyed
Hart-Parr Company of Charles City Suffers $10,000 Loss.
Charles City, Ia., Jan. 9. -- The Hart-Parr gasoline tractor power house was burned last night. A conservative estimate puts its loss between $7,000 and $10,000. Nine tractors were damaged seriously. Three thousand gallons of oil were burned besides a large amount of belting. On account of lack of power the night force or today's force cannot work, but will be ready tonight.
The fire started from an electric wire where the insulation had worn off setting a can of naphtha. There was no insurance.
The Iowa Recorder, Greene, IA 10 Jan 1912