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The flames were readily located in the frame
buildings on the east side of Johnson street, between
Clark street and the railroad. Soon a great portion
of the population was out and the work of saving
goods begun with great alacrity. There was no use
and no effort made to save the buildings. It looked
at one time like the block across the street would
go, but heroic efforts rescued it from the flames.
Men never worked harder or put forth more determined
efforts than did those working to save the opposite
block. From the frame buildings, the fire communi-
cated to the two story stone buildings of R. R. Brown
and J. T. Wiley occupied by Chas. Goldberg and Dr.
Shaw, as dry goods houses; the second floor being
occupied by various parties. In these buildings
the flames spent their fury, and what ten hours be-
fore swarmed with life and activity was a bed of
Some of the losses included: R. R. Brown,
stone building, $7,000; Chas. Goldberg, dry goods,
loss $16,000; J. T. Wiley, stone building, loss
$4,000; B. Colthar, printing office, loss $2,000;
Johnson & Elbert, frame building, loss $750; Ramsey
& Marrs, drugs, loss $7,000; G. H. Shaw, dry goods,
loss $14,000. Besides the losses, all the buildings
across the street, consisting of the Duncan G. Smith,
Carter buildings and the First National Bank and
those of W. G. Lewis and B. F. Franklin were more or
less damaged. The houses will all be rebuilt with
For several weeks after the fire the damaged stores
offered "fire sales" in the manner of present times. Most
of the merchants placed notices of appreciation in the news-
papers to the people who aided in saving some of their
The only advantage of the fire was the fact that most
of the business houses were rebuilt of more lasting material.
Many of the buildings in Quanah today carry portions of the
6juanah Tribune, September 3, 1891, p. 1.
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