March 15, 1916 - Cape Girardeau's Largest Fire


1916 conflagrationBlaze discovered in Buckner-Ragsdale Co. quickly spreads to saloon and half the block ignites
Hotel Clerks Arouse Guests Trapped in Buildings


The total loss from the fire that swept Broadway, Main and Water Streets yesterday morning totaled $213,500, as accurately as the figures could be obtained yesterday afternoon and last night. Insurance covered barely half the total losses.

Firm Losses

Buckner – Ragsdale Co.   65,000.00
Riverview  45,000.00
Houck Building 
30,000.00
Terminal Hotel 
20,000.00
C. Speak & Cape Brewery 
7,000.00
A.R. Zoelsman Grocery 
6,000.00
H.E. Alexander 
5,000.00
F. Boone Millinery Store 
4,800.00
Dr. M. Rosenthal 
3,500.00
Mrs. Mollie Jones 
3,000.00
N.S. Weiler Jewelry Store 
2,500.00
Mrs. Ella Mahar 
2,500.00
E.C. Allen   1,500.00
R.H. Whitelaw 
1,200.00
Meyer-Albert Grocery 
600.00
Southeast Missouri Realty 
500.00
Palace Saloon 
200.00
Herapstead Building 
200.00
Other Parties 
15,000.00

















 





Information provided courtesy of the Southeast Missourian

1916 conflagration Cape's biggest fire

1916 conflagration Cape's biggest fire


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