Skidmore, TX Building Block Fire, May 1919

Skidmore, Texas Building Block Fire, May 1919

FIRE AT SKIDMORE CAUSES LOSS OF MORE THAN $50,000

Corpus Christi, Texas, May 28. -- Fire which broke out at 12:35 this morning destroyed one of the principal business blocks in Skidmore, forty miles north, entailing a loss estimated at from $50,000 to $75,000. Among the business houses in the path of the flames was the White Dry Goods Store, the Worth Drug Stores, the L. K. Garage, the Russek Restaurant and pool hall.
The origin of the fire has not been ascertained.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 28 May 1919

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FIRE AT SKIDMORE BURNS THIRTEEN FRAME BUILDINGS.

Special to The News

Skidmore, Texas, May 28. -- The business portion of Skidmore on Front street, consisting of thirteen frame buildings, was completely destroyed by fire at an early hour this morning. The fire is said to have originated in the old Thetford saloon building. The following occupied buildings were destroyed, with very little insurance: Boerne's pool hall, H. F. Haupel barber shop, K. T. Garage, Midway Cafe, M. J. White merchandise; Worth Drug Store and Mexican barber shop. Most of the contents of the building were saved. The postoffice building, across the street from the burned block, was saved. After the contents had already been taken out Conductor Dunaline and his crew of the Sap Railroad enveloped the postoffice building with steam from the engine, which no doubt kept the building from burning. The chemical fire engine from Beeville with a corps of the fire fighters stood near by to fight the flames should the postoffice catch fire. The origin of the fire is unknown.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 29 May 1919

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A devastating fire in 1919 took its toll of Skidmore. A large block of business houses burned to the ground at the time, and it is thought to have started in an empty saloon. Businesses burned in this fire were the Elite Hotel, W.R. Miller’s Dry Goods Store, Andy Tedford’s Saloon, Gus Staples’ Garage, Howard Faupel’s Barber Shop, M.M. White’s Store, Mrs. Murray’s Café, Midway Saloon, Galloway’s Confectionery, Kemp’s Tailor Shop, a millinery store, Borcher’s Hardware Store, and Ed Crow’s Palace of Sweets Confectionery, featuring the first popcorn machine and the first moving picture show in the back of the store.

http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth78847/

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A devastating fire in 1919 took its toll of Skidmore and economically it never seemed to recover. A large block of business houses burned to the ground at the time and it is thought to have started in an empty saloon. Businesses burned in this conflagration were the Elite Hotel, W. R. Miller's Dry Goods Store, Andy Tedford's Saloon, Gus Staples' Garage, Howard Faupel's Barber Shop, M. J. White's Store, Mrs. Murray's Cafe (owned by Gus Bruns), Midway Saloon, Galloway's Confectionery, Kemp's Tailor Shop, a millinery store, Borcher's Hardware Store, and Ed Crow's Palace of Sweets Confectionery, featuring the first popcorn machine and the first moving picture show in the back of the store.

The Historical Story of Bee County Texas, 1973 By Camp Ezell

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Photo above shows the buildings that burned.