Alliston, On Fire, May 1891
ALLISTON, Ontario, May 9.--The loss on the property destroyed by yesterday's fire is estimated at from $450,000 to $500,000, with a total insurance of about $140,000. Not a dry goods or a grocery store is left in town. The number of buildings destroyed is reported at 130, mostly places of business. It is the intention of most of the sufferers to rebuild. The burned district covers from five to six entire blocks, and is a complete wreck, nothing remaining but the burned walls. Provisions will have to be obtained from outside cities. Substantial aid has been offered by many places in the Province. An effort will be made to secure aid from the Government.
New York Times, New York, NY 10 May 1891