Stoughton, WI Tobacco Warehouse Fire, July 1885



Immense Destruction of Tobacco at Stoughton – Loss Nearly a Million Dollars –

MADISON, Wis., July 6 – A most disastrous fire occurred at Stoughton early yesterday morning, burning 10 out of the 13 large tobacco warehouses, the St. Paul depot and about 20 freight cars loaded with wheat and merchandise, causing a loss estimated all the way from a half a million to a million dollars. The fire originated in an old bay press used as a box factory. It is thought the fire started either by tramps known to have slept there, or by an incendiary. The Stoughton chemical fire engine was unable to cope with the flames and aid was asked from this place which was immediately sent. The Madison steamer was of little aid, there being no water near the scene of the fire. The warehouses each contained from 1,000 to 3,400 cases of tobacco valued at $50 a case. The loss is partially insured, though to what extent is not known. The loss of seven companies represented by A. H. MAIN of this city is $58,000. The individual losses fall mostly upon eastern buyers, though some of the Stoughton buyers lose from $500 to $7,500 and will be ruined. The disaster throws about five hundred out of employment.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern Wisconsin 1885-07-06