Gainesville, TX Drug Store Fire, Nov 1951

Fire Destroys Drugstore In Downtown Gainesville.

Special to The News.

Gainesville, Texas, Nov. 25 - Fire which gutted the Austin Drug Store on the northwest corner of the courthouse square here was brought under control late Sunday night.

The telephone company building on the east of the store and the Home Furniture Company on the west were badly damaged by smoke and water.

Fred BUCKINHAM, an insurance man, estimated the loss at $150,000, Jimmie RALSTON who with his father, Jake, operates the drug store said their inventory was over $50,000, much of it Christmas merchandise.

Dozens of volunteer firemen fought the blaze which sent smoke for blocks south of the square.

Above the drugstore were the offices of Dr. C. K. MILLS, the Texas Finance Company and the Cooke County Selective Service Board. Records in the offices were believed ruined. The office of the Robert Lynn Oil Company was damaged.

A fire truck from Whitesboro joined in the fight.

Schad & Pulte own the building occupied by the furniture company.

The 2 story building which housed the drugstore belongs to the Scott estate. It was built in 1884. Dr. Arthur SCOTT Jr., Temple, is on of the owners.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 26 Nov 1951