Washington, IA Banana Crate Factory Fire, Jun 1904
Serious Fire at Washington
The other day a fire broke out in the banana crate factory in the northeastern part of Washington, and before the flames could be subdued a half block of buildings were consumed and thousands of dollars of loss sustained. The crate factory with all of its machinery was a total loss. The residences of Will Ross and Fred Long, and packing and storehouse, barn and wagon sheds, etc. belonging to Scott Roister were also consumed. Most of the household property was saved from the dwellings in reasonably good condition. There was on insurance on any of the buildings or other property consumed, an the origin of the fire is unknown.
The Iowa Recorder, Greene, IA 4 Jun 1904