Hawkins, TX Fire, Apr 1879
HAWKINS, April 10. -- A fire broke out this morning, about 1 o'clock, in the hardware store of W. S. Giles, causing the complete destruction of that building and contents. The dry goods house of Adams & Wellborn, and barber shop of C. L. Bell, and the store occupied by Francis & Co., were entirely consumed. The dry goods and groceries were saved. The origin of the fire is as yet unknown, but is supposed to have caught from a defect in the stove-pipe in Giles's store. W. S. Giles, loss about $4500; Adams & Wellborn, loss about $5000. No insurance. The recent heavy rains undoubtedly saved the place from complete destruction, as a heavy wind was blowing at the time. Had the fire occurred during the dry season, the town could not have been saved.
Galveston Weekly News, Galveston, TX 21 Apr 1879