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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 11, 1921

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

Oct. 11, 1921


Considerable interest is being manifested, not only in the schools, but all over the city regarding “Fire Prevention Week” and when the week is over the city will be free of tons of rubbish. If you haven’t added your bit, do so today.

Questionnaires were sent to the home from the city schools by the pupils to make a practical fire prevention survey and it is hoped all parents who have not already done so are requested to fill them out and return by the children at once.

The Chicago fire which started 50 years ago, October 8, in O’Leary’s barn, burned for 25 hours, took the lives of 200 persons, made 92,000 homeless and wiped out 18,000 homes and places of business in an area of 2,150 acres.

Railroad terminals valued at $2,000,000, hotels appraised at $3,000,000 and churches valued at $2,900,000 were reduced to ruins in the disaster that in all destroyed $192,000,000 worth of property.

The buildings were wooden structures for the most part, with tar-paper roofs. On Sunday, the day before the big disaster, firemen had become exhausted in fighting a $700,000 blaze that gutted four block north of the business section.

Mrs. O’Leary’s son, James O’Leary, well-known sportsman, still lives in Chicago.


One of the principal activities of the Red Cross after care of soldiers and their families is disaster relief, either fire, flood or sickness, major disasters being relieved by the National Red Cross and minor disasters by the local chapters.

The Jackson County Chapter was called upon yesterday to care for a family in Central Point.

Fire had taken everything they had in the world, except what clothing they had on at the time, furniture, bedding, clothing and food, leaving them completely stripped.

The local chapter supplied the immediate relief, but much remains to be done.

We will be glad to receive donations of canned fruit and vegetables, dishes, kitchen utensils and any furniture, all of which we will turn over to the family.

They are young people with two children, and the man has work, so with a little help now they will soon be on their feet again.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com