|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 11/11/1915.
Disastrous Fire at Brooksville
Brooksville, eight miles northwest of this place, was the scene of a
disastrous fire Sunday night when the two general stores, one residence
and a shop burned to the ground with a loss of $10,000 or $12,000, partly
insured. The fire was first noticed about nine o'clock Sunday night
in the store of G.W. Wells and although the whole town was soon aroused
and heroic effort was made to quench the flames it was soon communicated
to the adjoining buildings with the above result. The losses are
G.W. Well, general merchant, store building and stock of goods valued
at $6,000 totally destroyed; insurance, $4,500. Mr. Wells also lost
a residence across the street from the store valued at probably $1,000
on which there was no insurance.
L.T. Ferrell, stock of goods valued at $2,000 with no insurance.
A small part of this stock was carried from the building before the flames
completely devoured it.
G.W. Taylor. Ferrell store building, valued at $1,500 on which
there was no insurance.
H.S. Knight, wareroom, valued at $1,000, with no insurance.
C.L. Shanks, small shop, valued at $200, no insurance.
From the best reports it is thought that the fire started on the first
floor of the Wells building near the oil tank and in just a short time
the whole building was a mass of flames. Mr. Wells lived in the second
floor of the store building, but he and his family were absent when the
fire started. The fire made a big light in the sky and its glow could
be plainly seen here, but on account of the telephones being closed word
of the catastrophe was not received here until Monday morning.