The residents of the village were very ably aided by the friends fromn the country who heard the alarm and dropping everything came to the village and worked as hard and faithful as any to put out the fire and save the property of those in danger and we can assure them their efforts were fully appreciated and their kindness will not be forgotten.
The rooms which were occupied by Mr. Beebe were very fine and elegantly furnished and all the family pictures, books and keepsakes together with their clothing were destroyed and of course no money value could be placed upon them. Mr. Hams also lost nearly all his household goods and effects only having the clothing they wore.
Mr. Beebe places his loss on the buildings, including his barn in the rear of the stores which burned and on his stock and household furniture at $12,000 and on which he carried an insurance of $8,400.
Mr. Hams was taken completely by surprise and could only express his feelings by bursting into tears, which spoke more eloquent than words.
The editor of this paper cannot find words to express his feelings towards those who so kindly assisted in moving the contents of the office when danger threatened the building and also in replacing them in the building again after the danger had passed, and the heroic efforts put forth in saving the building, especially to W.H. Peek for kindness rendered in the removal of the type.
Tomorrow's post will note some of the aftereffects of this 1897 fire in the Beebe block.