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100 years ago: Creamery building destroyed in overnight fire

January 31, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 31, 1913:

  • "Fire that broke out shortly before 11:30 o'clock practically destroyed the plant of the Kaw Valley Creamery Company, located at the corner of Pinckney and Illinois streets, occasioning a loss of about $11,500. The fire had its origin in the roof from where it spread rapidly over the entire building. When the fire was discovered by a neighbor the flames had made great headway and soon the entire roof was aflame. When the department arrived it was unable to save any of the machinery contained in the building. The cause of the fire is unknown.... 'We hope to rebuild as soon as possible,' said President J. F. Crum this morning. 'The plant is entirely free from debt and we can put the insurance back into the plant. In the meantime we hope to take care of our city trade until we can get the plant in operation again. We expect to have this taken care of in a day or so and we also hope to care for the country trade by sending the cream to some other creamery.' The building destroyed last night was built a number of years ago and a creamery operated there. After a few years the plant was closed and remained so until three years ago when it was sold by W. H. Pendleton and was again put into operation by the Lawrence Creamery Company. On January 1st of this year the firm changed hands and has been operating since then as the 'Kaw Valley Creamery Company.' The insurance was carried by Charlton and Melton."
  • "The officers of the Christian Sunday school on the north side gave their annual banquet last night in Dicker's hall to the members of the school and a few of their friends. There were 300 children sat down to the feast and a right royal time they had. The feast was prepared by the women of the church and the actual money expense was taken care of by the officers. The tables were abundantly filled with good things to eat and every child was given all the helpings he could take care of.... It was a right pleasant evening and good cheer was the order of the day."
  • "Justus Howell has decided to rent his farm and move to town. He believes he has worked long enough on the farm and will take a good, long rest."

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