Green Bay, WI fire, Nov 1853

Great Fire at Green Bay, Wis. - Half the Town Destroyed.

ALBANY, Monday, Nov. 7.

The town of Green Bay, Wis., was visited by a destructive fire on Monday night, which consumed some thirty buildings, including three warehouses, the United States Hotel, the Advocate's Office, &c., entailing a total loss of about $100,000, which is only partially insured. The warehouses, which contained large quantities of goods belonging to up-country merchants, were owned by Mesers. WHITNEY & SMALLEY. Mr. WHITNEY also owned seven stores which were destroyed, and is probably the heaviest loser. The fire is supposed to have been caused by drunken Indians.

The New York Times, New York, NY 8 Nov 1853
Destructive Fire in Green Bay, Wisconsin. - $100,000 worth of Property Destroyed.

The following letter, giving an account of a most destructive fire at Green Bay, Wisconsin, on the 1st instant, we find in the Milwaukee Morning News:

About 3 o'clock this morning, an alarm of fire aroused the citizens of this village from their slumbers. The wind was blowing violently, and in a direction to favor the flames. A fire was discovered in a wooden building in the rear of Mr. HERRIMAN's store. From this it spread with astonishing rapidity, until near twenty-five large wooden buildings were reduced to ashes. By far the finest portion of the village of Green Bay is in ruins, and now presents a scene of wide-spread desolation.

The lowest estimate that can be put on the property thus in an instant swept away, is $100,000, besides the inconvenience and trouble that will necessarily result from so disastrous a conflagration. At this moment it is impossible to give full particulars of all the losses, or to name all who have suffered. Among the principal ones are the following:

WHITNEY's large warehouse filled with merchandise, flour, salt, provisions, and various other valuable articles, is burnt, but a small part of what it contained is saved. The loss is not known, but it must have been great. DANIEL H. WHITNEY estimates his loss at $10,000, while his father's, DANIEL WHITNEY, must have been much greater, as all his papers, books, notes, deeds, mortgages, &c., were burned.

WILLIAM COLBURN had just received and opened his large stocks of Fall and Winter goods. All were destroyed. His loss is from $12,000 to $15,000. No insurance.

Dr. BUTLER lost his entire stock of new goods. He was insured $26,000. His loss is about $9,000.

Mr. FOLLETT's bookstore was an entire loss - not a thing saved. Insured $1,000; loss $15,000.

The office of the Green Bay Advocate was burned. All the presses, type, and material of every description were destroyed. The safe alone, containing the subscriptions and account books, was pitched out of the window and saved. Insured $700; loss $1,500 to $2,000.

S. H. MARSHALL had a heavy stock of Fall and Winter goods in his store. Hardly anything was got out. He had only $1,500 insurance. His los is not less than $4,000. Most of his fine stock of groceries were unopened, but all were consumed.

The drug store of Gen. A. H. GREEN was an entire loss, and without insurance. Mr. GREEN was sleeping in his store, but he had only time to escape with barely sufficient clothing to cover his body. Four hundred dollars in cash, principally bills, were burnt. His loss is over $4,000.

Mr. R. P. HERMAN had just put in his store two thousand dollars' worth of groceries, provisions, &c. All was destroyed, with no insurance. He was making preparations to supply his lumbermen, but all is lost.

The grocery and provision store of Mr. U. MITCHELL was burned. He loses $4,000, with no insurance.

The large storehouse of Mr. A. A. SMALLY, together with other valuable property connected with it, was destroyed. His loss is not known, but it must have been severe. He was partially insured.

Mr. TIRK had a heavy stock of plows, provisions, groceries, &c., burned. They were in different buildings, and destroyed. His loss is from $4,000 to $6,000.

Among those who have suffered in a less degree than those named above are HOLMES ELLIS, Esq., who had his ppaers and law library destroyed. MYRON P. LINDSLEY, Esq., Justice of the Peace, lost his docket library; three hundred dollars in County orders, a part of his clothes and other articles. There are a number of others who must be seriously affected by this calamity, but we have not the time to give the details.

The finest portion of the village is in ashes. Some of the best buildings are destroyed. The dock along the river is lined with lumber. It was with extreme difficulty that any was rescued from the flames. Mr. J. INGALLS had about 400,000 shingles ready for shipment. All of these were either moved or burned.

The New York Times, New York, NY 9 Nov 1853