Gallatin, TN Business Houses Burn, Oct 1886


Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 6. -- Fire broke out in Tomkins's Opera House, at Gallatin, 30 miles from this city, this morning, and spread with great rapidity. The houses of A. G. HARRIS, grocer; MYERS & JOHNS, dry goods; FOSTER & HOLMES, druggists; J. W. GLASGOW'S saloon; SAMUEL MOSELLY, butcher; W. C. BLUE, undertaker and furniture dealer, and W. WETHERSPOON, liveryman, were completely destroyed. The storehouse of MRS. M. J. LUCAS was partially burned. LEWIS TOMKINS, while engaged in removing goods, was crushed by falling walls, and it required half an hour to get him from beneath the debris. He was horribly mangled and is reported dead. L. LIPMAN and W. E. CANTRELL, were severely burned. The cause of the fire is unknown, but it is supposed the flames caught from scenery in the opera house.
The losses are as follows:
MR. TOMKINS, $25,000; insurance, $12,000.
MR. HARRIS, $10,000; insurance, $6,500.
MYERS & JOHNS, $16,000; insurance, $7,000.
FOSTER & HOLMES, $5,000; insurance, $1,500.
BLUE & Son, $3,000; no insurance.

The New York Times New York 1886-10-07