Iowa City, IA St. James Hotel Fire, Apr 1916

$350,000 HOTEL FIRE

IOWA CITY, Iowa, April 21. -- Fire causing an estimated loss of $350,000 destroyed the Iowa Union House and several business buildings and endangered the lives of a number of State University students in the hotel here early today.

Trenton Evening Times, Trenton, NJ 21 Apr 1916

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A BIG FIRE IN IOWA CITY.

Damage to Hotel and Business Building Amounted to $350,000 destroyed the old St. James Hotel and several business firms and endangered the lives of a number of state university students in the hotel, now known as the Iowa Union House, early this morning.

Many students lost all their clothing and today are wearing garments loaned by friends until they can hear from home. The losses, besides the hotel, are the stocks of the Wieneke Arcade, O. H. Fink cigar store, the University book store and the Denter Supply Company. The Coast clothing store was damaged.

Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO 21 Apr 1916