|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 12/29/1908.
The Carbon black factory, belonging to Godfrey L. Cabot, about three
miles below town, was visited by fire Tuesday evening, which totally destroyed
the stock house, and all that it contained. The origin of the fire
is not known, but it is supposed that fire was carried into the building
in a bag of black.
The fire was discovered about seven o'clock Tuesday evening and by that
time it had gained such headway that it was impossible to extinguish the
flames, or save anything in the building, and only by dint of the hardest
work by the employes of the plant, the fire was held in check and prevented
from spreading to other buildings. The building was almost entirely
filled with black, machine supplies, a car load of paper bags, and other
material. The loss will probably exceed $10,000, and was partially
covered by insurance.
The employes of the factory deserve great praise for their prompt and
untiring work in keeping the fire from spreading to the other buildings.
The plant is probably the largest manufacturing establishment in the little
Kanawha valley, and the loss would have been very great had the fire reached
the packing rooms. The fire will not cause the plant to shut down.