A horse driven by W.D. West of Applegate, frightened by a passing automobile, ran away on West Main Street yesterday morning and completely demolished the carriage. Mr. West escaped with minor bruises sustained when he was hurled from the carriage into a parkway. The horse continued on a run toward Jacksonville and has not yet been found.
Mr. West did not determine the identity of the autoists who ran up from behind him frightening the horse.
The Illinois Valley Creamery, located on Althouse about two-and-one-half miles east of Holland, was burned to the ground, together with the fine McVay residence adjoining, during Tuesday night, both structures being total losses with practically nothing saved of the contents.
The fire started from the defective fire in a room at the rear of the creamery. The McVays were in Grants Pass attending court, and a couple was left in charge of the property as caretakers. Yesterday afternoon 100 little chicks hatched in an incubator, and to keep them warm during the night a fire was started in a stove in the rear room of the creamery building and it is from this that the fire started. The chicks were cremated in the conflagration. None of the machinery was saved from the creamery, and a stock of goods that occupied a store in the front of the building was also a total loss.
The flames were communicated to the residence a few feet away from the creamery, and that was totally destroyed, only the piano and a few other articles being saved. There was no insurance on any of the property destroyed.
The Illinois Valley Creamery was the oldest of the creameries built in this district, having been in operation at least nine or 10 years.