Ashland, NH Cheney House Fire, Feb 1894
Col. Cheney's Home Destroyed.
ASHLAND, N. H., Feb. 26.---The home of Col. Thomas P. Cheney, United States Pension Agent for New-Hampshire and Vermont, was burned to the ground yesterday morning. Col. Cheney, his wife, and daughter Annie, together with Miss Grace Applebee, a guest barely escaped, clad only in the lightest clothing. Miss Applebee, who gave the alarm to the neighbors, ran several rods on the snow without clothing, and had both feet badly frozen. Mr. Cheney received a wound in the forehead, the result of an explosion. The house annex, shed, and barn, together with their contents, were entirely consumed. Col. Cheney's library and mineral and antique collection could not be saved. A brass pitcher, once the property of George Washington, was safely taken from the house. The loss is over $15,000; insurance, $3,500.
The New York Times, New York, NY 27 Feb 1894