Sanbornville, NH Shoe Plant Fire, Apr 1922


The shoe factory of the Wakefield Slipper Company was destroyed by fire on Tuesday night at Sanbornville with a loss at over $10,000. The shop was running full blast and over loaded with orders, and 100 operatives are thrown out of employment.

The fire evidently started in the top story , origin unknown. Shortly before the discovery of the trouble ten or fifteen persons had passed the shop and had not discovered any fire. Sanbornville has only a chemical cart which was powerless to prevent the destruction of the plant. Everything was burned including machinery and the stock.

While the shop was owned by the Wakefield company it was run by the [illegible] Shoe company. The building was situated a few rods from the square in the village.

Portsmouth Herald, Portsmouth, NH 5 Apr 1922