|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 4/9/1931.
Store Destroyed by Fire
The general store of Orvan Buck, located on the corner of High and Court
streets was totally destroyed by fire of an unrevealed origin which broke
out about ten-thirty o'clock Sunday night.
The flames were discovered by Mr. and Mrs. Gail Nutter who were sitting
in a car near the store and who sounded a general alarm. The building
of light frame construction was soon roaring in flames and it was impossible
by the time water was available to save any part of the store or stock
Attention was turned to the Buck dwelling which stood within a few feet
of the store building and by the valiant and well directed efforts of a
crew at the hose nozzle, led by Charter Shaffer, the Buck residence and
adjoining ones were saved. The household effects were badly damaged
by water and removal and one end of the dwelling was burned slightly and
Mr. and Mrs. John Yoak, who have living apartments over the Buck store,
were absent from home when the fire occurred and lost all their household
effects and clothing in the flames. The Yoaks had no insurance on
The Buck loss, which is estimated to be in the neighborhood of ten thousand
dollars is amply covered by insurance.
During the fire an ample supply of water was furnished by the 250 bbl.
auxillary tank erected by the town a few years ago. This tank has
been kept full all during the drought, and the wisdom of the council in
erecting it was demonstrated in Sunday night's fire. Council has
made provision for filling the large 1250 bbl. tank from the waters of
Simon's Run, and it will be kept filled for fire purposes from now on.