FAIRWATER HAS BAD FIRE FRIDAY
Last Friday morning
at two o'clock the people of this village were awakened by the alarm of fire. The
blacksmith shop and residence of Owen Riant and also the home of Mr. Berg were completely
destroyed within an hour. The fire originated in the blacksmith shop and was uncontrolable
for some time. A call was made to the fire departments of Ripon, Markesan and Brandon, but
on account of the bad conditions of the roads, their service could not be obtained. The
courage and bravery of the men of this village prevented the fire from spreading farther.
Some of the house hold [sic] goods from each of the residences was saved. The estimated
loss on the Riant residence was $3,000, covered by insurance, but his loss on
blacksmithshop [sic] and tools is said to be about $6,000 with no insurance. The loss of
the Berg property is estimated at about $3,000 with $1800 insurance.