When the Gong Rings
A Fire History of Charleston, Illinois
 
41.  FIRE LOG                Return to the Table of Contents 1923-24           
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THE BOYS WHO BRAVED THE COLD OF 1923

ABRAHAM LINCOLN SHRINE BURNS

       February 3, 1923, on a freezing night of up to -33 degrees would have one of the truly serious fires.  A note with a small picture card passed to the Taylor family in 1964, and with a note, related a little of the history of this fire.  Spook Hughes sent the photo of the old horse pulled fire wagon and the fire crew.  The note with the picture said, “Louise, here is an old picture that should be hung on the Charleston Fire Hall Wall.  These boys (in the picture) are the fellows that braved the sub-zero weather to help on the ‘big fire’ in the 500 block of Monroe Street, the year you were born (1923).  Just thought you and Mel might enjoy it.  I knew most of them very well, those that are still around.  Just keep it up Mel.”

This was the photo sent to Mel and Louise Taylor

       Captain Mel Taylor left a note in his files telling about another fire that night on Polk Street. 

Details of the Monroe Street fire included that the following business and the building were destroyed including the Boyer Ice Cream Factory, the old Armory building (where Abe Lincoln was present during a receptions for him in the 1860’s).  The building housed Claude Rardin’s Daily Newspaper Press, offices and all files were destroyed.  The Charleston Daily News history is in my News & Radio History site at:

http://www.learningabe.info/radio_p191.html

GRAIN ELEVATOR FIRE OF 1924

       One of many grain elevator fires in Charleston’s history occurred.  The Charleston Elevator would fall victim in 1924.  The Elevator was located along the railroad tracks of the north end of Charleston.  The Grain would burn for days.


Claude Rardin(2nd from right), Lee Lynch (far right) and Paper Workers in front of Daily News

 

Drawing of the Charleston Grain Elevator


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