Centerville, TX Leon County Courthouse Fire, Nov 1885



JEWETT., Nov. 10—A very destructive fire occurred at Centerville, the county seat of this county, between 9 and 10 o’clock last night. The courthouse was discovered on fire in the office of the county treasurer, on the lower floor. The building was entirely destroyed. The fire burned out so rapidly as to preclude the possibility of saving anything except a few record books and such papers as could be got at immediately. A large sum of money was deposited in the safe of the County Clerk, as well as many valuable papers, which cannot be replaced. The whole business and records of the county for about thirty years have nearly all been consumed by the flames, the extent of which, at this time, it is impossible to estimate. The fire was undoubtedly the work of an incendiary. Kerosene oil or some other combustible material was used.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 11 Nov 1885