Newhall, IA Business District Destroyed, July 1916
TOWN DESTROYED BY FIRE.
ENTIRE BUSINESS SECTION OF NEWHALL IS WIPED OUT BY FLAMES ENTALLING LOSS OF NEARLY $150,000.
Cedar Rapids -- Fire, which started from the explosion of a gasoline stove in a store building at Newhall spread quickly to the buildings on both sides of the main street and in two hours the entire business district of the little town was wiped out.
Seventeen business houses were burned to the ground, causing a damage amounting to approximately $150,000. Of the many business buildings which had made Newhall one of the most attractive towns near Cedar Rapids, only the bank, the Milwaukee station, the livery barn and two garages remain. The residential section escaped injury when a strong wind carried the flames away from the rest of the town.
After the fire there was nothing to eat in Newhall save what the housewives had in their pantries and ice boxes. There wasn't a grocery store left, one couldn't buy either a banana or a cigar, nor a drink of any kind. Some of the good women who had allowed their wells to be pumped dry gave thirsty visitors a drik from their own little store; it was alost as precious as water in a desert.
Of course Newhall will be rebuilt. That was the general opinion immediatey after the fire. Some of the business men gave assurance that the new town will be far better than the old for the old frame buildings have gone and brick buildings will arise in their places.
Rake Registe Iowa 1916-07-20