Herkimer, KS Fire, Apr 1902

Herkimer, Mo., Destroyed by Fire.

St. Joseph, Mo., April 26.-The town of Herkimer, on the St. Joseph and Grand Island Railroad, six miles west of here, was almost entirely destroyed by fire, which began shortly after midnight. The place had a population of about 500. The origin of the fire is unknown. The property loss is estimated at $100,000. No loss of life is reported.

The New York Times, New York, NY 27 Apr 1902

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Fire in Kansas Town.

Marysville, Kan., April 26.-The town of Herkimer, six miles west of here, was almost entirely destroyed by fire, which broke out shortly after midnight. The place had a population of about 500. The origin of this fire is unknown. The property loss is estimated at $100,000.

Paper: Idaho Statesman, Boise, ID 27 Apr 1902

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Fire Destroys Town Of 500 People

Wires All Down and No Details of Disaster to Herkimer, Kansas, Known.

St. Joseph, Mo., April 26.-Herkimer, Kan., has been totally wiped out by a fire which started at 11 o’clock last night. Herkimer is a town of about 500 inhabitants, twelve miles from St. Joseph & Grand Island railroad.

All telegraphic and telephonic communication has been cut off.

Salt Lake Telegram, Salt Lake City, UT 26 Apr 1902

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Few Buildings Left At Herkimer, Kas

Fire Starts In the Unprotected Town and Almost Completely Wipes It Out.

Flames Fanned by a Furious Gale-Loss $100,000, Mostly Covered By Insurance.

St. Joseph, Mo., April 26.-A special from Marysville, Kas., says:

The town of Herkimer , on the St. Joseph and Grand Island Railroad, six miles west of here, was almost entirely destroyed by fire which broke out shortly after midnight.

The place has a population of about 500.

The origin of the fire is unknown.

The property loss is estimated at $100,000. The losers in the business section are: A. Garish, general merchandise Henry Durse, lumber yards; George Hoorth, general merchant; Mat Malinger, restaurant; Carl Voghtman, restaurant; Henry Schreiffer, machine shop; St. Joseph & Grand Island Depot ; Huber Bros., opera house and dance hall; besides many residences and smaller buildings of miscellaneous character.

Only one business house-a Drug store-escaped the fire.

Omaha World Herald, Omaha, NE 27 Apr 1902