Albia, IA Western Machine Company Fire, Nov 1905

... A climax to this list of conflagrations was the destruction on November 5, 1905 of the Western Machine Company, manufacturers of the "Chieftain" line of farm machinery, including hay loaders and rakes. The company loss amounted to $30,000, with another $10,000 loss sustained by Howard Flanagan, owner of the building. The whole country suffered when the recently established company, which had been manufacturing 3,500 machines annually, moved to Ottumwa, instead of relocating in Albia.

Monroe County History, Iowa 1940 page 72-73