Bad Fire Hits Reardan

 Town Suffers $60,000 Loss

 

“One of the worst fires in the history of Reardan occurred Tuesday of this week when some $60,000 worth of property was destroyed. The fire started in the old Bowie block and spread to several other buildings. Just twelve days previous a similar fire started in the same building but was extinguished without great damage.  It is said that the fire is thought to have been of incendiary origin. The Pioneer Drug Store, owned by A. B. Hanel and the Masonic and Eastern Star paraphernalia were in the Bowie building and were burned.  The Finrow general store, the Inland Hotel and the Reardan Gazette were also burned.  Among the losses were:  Bowie block, George Snyder, owner, $15,000, insured; Finrow company store, owned by the Farmers’ State Bank, $2,500, insured for $1,500; Finrow company stock, $18,000, insurance $13,000; Pioneer Drug, loss $7,000, insurance $6,000; Inland Hotel, $2,500, insurance $1,000; Reardan Gazette, building and damage to plant, $1,500, covered by insurance. Loss to the Masons and Eastern Stars was probably $1,500, with virtually no insurance. Plate glass fronts on the opposite side of the street were cracked and the loss is estimated to be several thousand dollars. The Farmers’ State Bank building was damaged to the extent of $500.  The Davenport fire company came to Reardan to assist in staying the fire.”  (Harrington Citizen: 8-06-1926)

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Reardan Fire of  Reardan, Washington, submitted January 17, 2006 

to the WAGenWeb by Marge Womach

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