Showhegan, ME Fire, Feb 1868

Destructive Fire in Maine--Loss $30,000.

LEWISTON, Me., Saturday, Feb. 8.--In Skowhegan, last night, a fire destroyed the building known as the Excelsior Factory, occupied as follows:

ALMA ABBOTT, planing mills, loss $3,000
L. MILLS, slate grinding mills, loss $3,000
L. C. HOUGHTON & Co., millwrights, loss $1,500
J. F. TURNER, bedsted manufactory, loss $1,000
C. F. DOUGLAS, architect and builder, loss $700
BROWN & BARBER, carving-knife manufacturers, loss $500

The building was entirely destroyed. It was owned by M. WILLIS, whose loss is $5,000. None of the above property was injured.

The fire crossed the street, and entirely destroyed a two-and-a-half story wooden building, owned and occupied by S. L. GOULD as a machine-shop and foundry. The loss on the building, including the machinery, is $15,000.

The property was insured in a Springfield Company, of Providence, R. I., for $2,500. DARNET WHORFF's ax factory was slightly damaged, but is insured. Half the bridge crossing the river was burned. The total loss is $80,000, and insurance $5,000.

The thermometer was fifteen degrees below zero.

The New York Times, New York, NY 9 Feb 1868