Marinette, WI Hamilton & Merryman Sawmill Fire, June 1899


Big Hamilton & Merryman Plant at Marinette Burns to the Ground.

Marinette Depot, Wis., June 14. – The sawmill of the Hamilton & Merryman company burned to the ground last night at a loss of about $75,000, with $40,000 insurance. The fire started from a hot box in the mill and spread with great rapidity. The Marinette fire department, assisted by the Menominee department, fought it well. Soon after the fire started a heavy rainstorm set in and this was the only thing that saved the lumber yard, shingle and planning mills and a large part of the city. The wind was blowing hard, but the rain wet everything so that the sparks communicated no fire.

The mill will be rebuilt as soon as possible. It was one of the oldest on the river. The owners are A. C. Merryman of Marinette, I. K. Hamilton of Chicago and W. C. Hamilton of Fond du Lac.

In going to the fire A. C. Merryman narrowly escaped serious injury. The fire chief’s rig collided with his carriage and the thill struck him on the shoulder. Both vehicles were smashed. The Menominee fire chief in coming to the fire, ran over a man, name unknown, and probably fatally injured him.

Centralia Enterprise and Tribune, Centralia, WI 17 Jun 1899