Sunday, June 1, 2008

100 Years Ago: Dycusburg Destroyed (July 18, 1907)

Dycusburg Destroyed

Almost the Entire Business Portion of the City together with Three Dwellings Go up in Flames

Loss $55,000. Insurance $11,000

On Tuesday morning about 1 o'clock our little neighboring city, Dycusburg, was practically wiped off the map by fire. The fire is supposed to have originated in the general merchandise store belonging to Griffin & Wells, but the cause is unknown.

The loss is estimated at $55,000, while the insurance is only $11,000. The following business houses went up in flames:

J.I. Hill, grocery; Owen Boaz, grocery; Will Dycus, grocery; Will Lowery, grocery; Geo. Decker, grocery, W.L. Bennett & Co., general merchandise; Griffin & Wells, Gen. merchandise; Dr. Phillips, drug store and office; Gregory's livery stable, Post Office; Peoples Bank, Rhodes hotel, Yates, hotel and residence; J.R. Glass, hardware store. Three residences were burned belonging respectively to J.B. Bennett, Ed. Lowery and T.J. Yates.

We have not been able to secure the full particulars concerning the fire, the loss and etc., but it is thought that S.H. Cassidy & Co. are the heaviest losers. We understand Dr. Phillips and the bank will rebuild soon.

Source: Crittenden Record-Press, July 18, 1907, p. 1

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