Chardon, OH Business Section Burns, July 1868

TERRIBLE CONFLAGRATION.

THE ENTIRE BUSINESS PORTION OF CHARDON, OHIO, IN ASHES -- LOSS OVER $100,000.

From the Chardon Democrat Extra, July 27.
On Saturday morning last, between 2 and 3 o'clock, a small fire was discovered in the rear and on the outside of J. O. TEED'S saddle and harness shop, where it adjoined PABLIN & PARKER"S store, and immediately after two others near by, the circumstances showing conclusively that they were all the work of an incendiary. The one first discovered spread so rapidly that, before many of our citizens were aroused from their slumbers, all efforts to extinguish it were abandoned. It soon swelled into an immense conflagration, spreading terror and destruction on either side. On, in their appalling course, swept the flames, gathering volume every moment, until they enveloped the whole line of the business blocks, from the Court House to the Democrat Office and Post Office. It was a grand and awful scene, such as we hope never again to witness. One building after another, with the certainty of fate, went down before the devouring element, until only a few blackened walls remained standing, and today, as we look out upon the dark waste where but so recently was our Main street, the prospect is sad and desolate beyond description.
We append a statement of the losses, which is believed to be as full and accurate as can now be made:
J. O. CONVERSE, Democrat Office and Post Office, loss $3,500 on building, no insurance.
RUSH & HARRISON, hardware store and tinshop, loss $500 on stock, loss of RUSH on rooms $2,000, no insurance.
A. WEAVER, boot and shoe store, loss $3,500 on rooms and stock, no insurance.
E. A. HAYES, billiard room and saloon, loss $500 on fixtures, furniture and stock, no insurance.
CANFIELD & CANFIELD, law office, loss $2,000 on rooms, furniture and books, no insurance.
L. J. RANDALL, dry goods store, loss $8,000 on buildings, stock, &c., no insurance.
J. U. ADAMS, boot and shoe store, loss $2,000 on stock, no insurance.
MRS. M. A. MARSH, millinery rooms, loss $200, no insurance.
EGGLESTON & Brother, photograph gallery, loss $500 on stock, no insurance.
HY CHAPMAN, loss $800 on rooms, no insurance.
TUCKER & CLARK, grocery store, loss $2,000 on stock, insurance $1,000.
PARLIN & PARKIN, grocery and crockery store, loss $4,000 on goods and fixtures, insurance $3,000.
BESTOR & TIBBALLS, photograph gallery, loss $2,000 on stock and fixtures.
B. W. & H. F. CANFIELD, insurance agents, loss $100, no insurance.
MISS CAROLINE PARMELE, dressmaker, loss $200 on goods, no insurance.
J. O. TEED, saddle and harness shop, loss $2,500 on building and stock, insurance on building $1,000.
ALPH. COOK, drug store, loss $5,000 on building and stock, insurance on building $400.
NICHOLS & PARSONS, drug store, loss $4,000 on building and goods, insurance $2,000.
W. S. WRIGHT, jeweler, loss $200 on stock, no insurance.
SAMUEL SQUIRE, dry goods and grocery store, loss $3,500 on building and stock, no insurance.
B. W. CANFIELD, clothing store, loss $2,000 on building and goods, insurance $1,000.
JOHN STROHL, tailor, loss $100 on tools and goods, no insurance.
I. N. HATHAWAY, law office, loss $800 on furniture and books, no insurance.
E. D. RICHARDSON, dental rooms, loss $1,000 on rooms, furniture and stock, insurance $800.
MURRAY & CANFIELD, bankers, loss $2,000 on building and furniture, no insurance.
ROBERT MURRAY, dry goods store, loss $5,500 on building and goods, insurance on building $800.
J. F. BRUCE, hardware and tin store, loss $3,000 on building and stock, insurance $1,200.
B. N. SHAW, shoe shop, loss $500 on stock, no insurance.
C. H. MARSH, tin shop, loss $2,000 on building and stock, no insurance.
SHAW & SHAW, dry goods store, loss $3,000 on goods, insurance $1,000.
D. C. KELLOGG, loss $2,000 on building, insurance $1,000.
KELLEY Bros., hardware, dry goods and groceries, loss $14,000 on dwelling house, store and goods, no insurance.
JOSEPH EHRLICH, dry and fancy goods, loss $100 on stock, no insurance.
R. P. MUNSELL, boot and shoe store, loss $1,500 on building and goods, no insurance.
DURFEE & STEPHENSON, law office, loss $1,500 on building and furniture, insurance $700.
Masonic Lodge, loss $2,000 on hall and furniture, no insurance.
I.O.O.F. Lodge, loss $2,000 on hall and furniture, no insurance.
A. J. WALTON, loss $500 on furniture, no insurance.
Court House, loss not less than $30,000.

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