Marquez, TX Town Fire, Dec 1920

TOWN OF MARQUEZ HAS DISASTROUS FIRE.

By the Associated Press.
Palestine, Texas, Dec. 30. -- The little town of Marquez, near here, was practically wiped out of existence by fire last night.  Ten business houses and the hotel were destroyed.  The origin of the fire was not known.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 31 Dec 1920

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FLAMES WIPE OUT TOWN IN LEON COUNTY

By Associated Press.
PALESTINE, Texas, Dec. 30. -- The little town of Marquez, near here, was practically wiped out of existence by fire last night.  Ten business houses and the hotel were destroyed.  The origin of the fire is not known.

Marquez is located in Leon County.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, TX 30 Dec 1920

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LIST OF LOSSES IN FIRE THAT SWEPT MARQUEZ.

Special to The News.
Marquez, Leon Co., Texas, Dec. 31. -- Fire that originated the general merchandise store of Mrs. H. H. Grimes yesterday almost wiped out the town.  The list of losses were as follows

The McVey Hotel, with its contents, insured $1,500. The hotel was owned by Miss Annie McVey.

Mrs. H. H. Grimes' general merchandise stock, $10,000, insurance $7,500 on house and goods.  The upper story of this building was owned by the Knights of Pythias Lodge; no insurance.

Lee Kaplan, general merchandise stock, $30,000; insurance $10,000.

Brick building owned by Irwin Bros, insurance $10,000.

Powell Drug Company stock, $5,000; insurance $3,200.

Dr. Seale had an office in the upper part of the Powell Building, and Dr. Carrington and Dr. WA. B. Seale, dentist, in the upper part. Total loss of books and equipment; no insurance.  The building was owned by A. M. Johnson, who had $1,000 insurance.

Postoffice building, owned by the Postmaster A. D. Woods, with contents; insurance $400 on building.

Lee Kaplan's warehouse. Two warehouses owned by Mrs. S. E. Lanier.

Picture show owned by Sparks & Connor; no insurance.

The telephone exchange and the Modern Garage and a warehouse on the opposite side of the street caught several times, but the flames were extinguished by the bucket brigade.

This is the first big fire since 1884, when Front street was cleaned up, leaving only one store.  No rural mail went out today, and so far no mail has been delivered.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 2 Jan 1921