Fire Alarm Proves to be False Alarm in 1897

(07/09/2001)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 1/26/1897.

Last Wednesday evening about 7 o'clock a fire alarm was sounded from the S.P. Stump residence, corner of Main Alley and Court Street, and the citizens of the town generally made a rush for what was supposed to be the burning building.  The flames were leaping out of the top of the building eight to ten feet, and all outward indications were that the building was on fire.  But it happened to only be a flue burning out, and when the crowd was informed that Uncle Simon had hauled two loads of wood that day each shrugged his shoulder and went away.