Canyon, TX West Texas Normal School Fire, Mar 1914
NORMAL SCHOOL BURNED MAR. 25
A NUMBER OF CLEBURNE GIRLS ARE ATTENDANTS AT THE INSTITUTION
NO ATTENDANTS INJURED
FIRE CAUSED BY TORCH USED BY WORKMEN -- WILL CONTINUE TEACHING.
The West Texas Normal School, located at Canyon City, Texas, was partially consumed by fire yesterday. Several hundred attendants got our of the building without a single injury, according to reports. Mr. Leon Cleveland, whose daughter, Miss Nellie Cleveland, attends the school, received a telephone message from his daughter. She stated that teaching would be continued in the court house and part of the building, which was not burned. She said the fire started about 2 p.m. originating from a plumber's torch. Among the young ladies from Cleburne attending the School were Misses Nellie Cleveland, Helen Kainey, Ethel Adams and others.
More About the Fire
AMARILLO, Texas. March 25. -- The West Texas Normal School, located at Canyon, eighteen miles north of Amarillo, was totally destroyed by fire, originating from a plumber's torch, today.
The loss is estimated at $200,000.
The Amarillo fire department went to Canyon's assistance.
No one was hurt.
Considerable equipment was saved. The college will hold sessions in the courthouse pending rebuilding. E. B. Cousins, president, announces that $100,000 insurance was carried.
Cleburne Morning Review, Cleburne, TX 26 Mar 1914
TELLS OF BURNING OF COLLEGE
MISS ETHEL ADAMS WRITES TO HER PARENTS ABOUT THE BIG FIRE
ABOUT PLANS TO REBUILD
EXPECT TO REPLACE OLD BUILDING WITH AN UP-TO-DATE STRUCTURE
Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Adams, of this city have received several letter from their daughter, Miss Ethel Adams, telling of the big fire which swept away the West Texas State Normal College at Canyon City, Texas, last Wednesday morning. She writes in an optimistic manner and relates that the spirits of the attendants are very bouyant. They are expecting the old building to be replaced by a modern and up to date structure. Miss Adams sent her parents a copy of the Randall County News, of March 26th, which relates several interesting facts about the fire.