Butler, OH, Devestating Downtown Fire, Sep 1917

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TAKING STOCK OF FIRE LOSSES.

SEVERAL BUTLER MERCHANTS ARE HEAVY LOSERS AS RESULT OF THE FIRE ON TUESDAY.

INSURANCE COVERS SMALL PART OF LOSS.

SOME HAVE ALREADY ARRANGED FOR TEMPORARY QUARTERS IN WHICH TO LOCATE.

Butler residents are today recovering from the excitement attendant on the destructive blaze which visited that village yesterday and which resulted in damage to residence and business properties and mercantile stocks estimated at approximately $50,000.
Practically all of those who were burned out of stores, offices or homes have arranged for at least temporary quarters until plans can be made for the rebuilding of that part of the business section which was wiped out by the flames.
A more accurate idea of the losses sustained by various firms and individuals was arrived at today and it is found that in only one or two cases was the amount of insurance carried sufficient to cover the losses sustained.
Following is a list of those who suffered loss in the fire, together with an estimate of the amount of the loss and the amount of insurance carried:
D. H. LEEDY, value of building, $1,000, insurance on building, $659; insurance on stock, $2,000 -- more than sufficient to cover stock loss as practically all of the stock was removed. MR. LEEDY has secured a room formerly occupied by a shoe repair shop and resumes business at once.
DR. E. B. ACOMB, loss of dental equipment valued at $600 with $200 insurance. DR. ACOMB has gone to Cincinnati to buy a new outfit and has secured office rooms in the bank building.
D. C. SCOTT, barber, loss on the building and contents, $2,500, insurance, $1,525. MR. SCOTT will reopen a shop in the Wise hotel building.
D. Z. GRUBB, loss on building and household goods, $4,500; insurance, $2,000 on building. Household goods total loss with no insurance.
R. D. BEAL, general store, loss $11,000; insurance, $6,000. MR. BEAL has not yet decided on plans for the future.
J. D. GEISELMAN, hardware store, loss, $22,000 on building and stock; insurance $9,500 on building and contents. MR. GEISELMAN has secured the DeLong building on Grant Street, formerly occupied as a hardware store, in which to resume business.
HARRY JAMES, meat market, loss $700; insurance $500. MR. JAMES has not yet secured a new location for his business.
JAMES PIERCE, $1,500 insurance practically covers loss on building.
FRED LEASE, barber shop, loss $100, no insurance. MR. LEASE has opened a shop across the street from his former location.
R. WHARTON, restaurant goods removed, loss small.
WINKLER & McBRIDE, $2,500 loss on building, no insurance.
BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY, exchange in Scott building, loss small.

Mansfield News Ohio 1917-09-12