Hinckley and the Fire of 1894 by Alaina Wolter Lyseth, Walt Tomas

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By Alaina Wolter Lyseth, Walt Tomas

Think a strength in nature extra robust than a number of atomic bombsthat was once the good Hinckley fireplace of September 1, 1894. in just 4 hours, the hearth incinerated over four hundred sq. miles of woodland, killed at the least 418 settlers and an unknown variety of forest-dwelling local americans, and destroyed six cities in a firestorm of flame. the weather that ended in this exceptional disaster integrated careless logging practices, a drought, freakish climate, and suspected sparks from passing locomotives. the tale of the 1894 fireplace is a saga of devastation, heartbreak, heroism, survival, desire, and rebuilding that captured around the globe awareness. lately came upon pictures supply a backdrop for a clean examine the occasions surrounding the catastrophe and the braveness of the pioneers who survived to inform the story.

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In 1890, he opened the first furniture store in town. The newspaper editor commented that his motto should be “Birth, Marriage, and Death” because his inventory included baby carriages, home furnishings for newlyweds, and coffins. During the fire, Webster saved himself in the shallow water of the gravel pit, but he lost his wife, Belle, and his parents in the disaster. He called the first meeting of the Hinckley Building Association on September 10, just nine days after the town completely burned down.

These schoolgirls were allowed to bring their favorite dolls on the last day. middle foreground. Visible in the background are the bell towers of the town hall and the school. ) 61 By 1905, the town fathers in Hinckley were modernizing their village streets by constructing cement sidewalks. Note the decorative streetlamp on the right side of the photograph. The second man from the left is fire survivor William “Skinner” Parsons. In 1908, the second class graduated from Hinckley High School. The four members are, clockwise from top, Art Anderson, fire survivor James Brennan, James Mullins, and Mayme Wallick.

Annie Hawley Scott and daughter Margie survived the flames, along with husband and father, Walter, by fleeing on the Eastern Minnesota train. He was the manager of the Brennan Lumber Company general store in Hinckley. After the fire, the family relocated to Sandstone and opened their own mercantile. ) 37 Ten-year-old Oscar Risberg became separated from his family at the Eastern Minnesota depot and was literally thrown by the seat of his pants into a crowded boxcar. Upon arriving at Duluth, he was lodged with other young boys on a boat in the harbor.

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