Ferris, TX Gin House Fire, Nov 1885

Ferris, TX Gin House Fire, Nov 1885

At Ferris.

Ferris, Nov. 10. – About 5:30 yesterday the gin house of Mutz & Cassidy, at Ferris, took fire at the saw and was entirely consumed, along with the engine house and everything that was in the building. There were about fifty-one bales of cotton in the gin and about seventy-five on the yard which were burned up. A good many others were saved partly burned by rolling them into the tank. Between thirty and fifty bales were saved unhurt. Report is, that there is no insurance. It will be a heavy loss to the owners of the gin, for they had spared neither time nor money in arranging every facility and convenience that could be devised for handling the cotton. But two weeks since they had the plant put in for lighting the establishment with electric lights at cost to them of $250.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 11 Nov 1885