Bellville News as reported in 1888

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Garber’s house was on the corner of Durbin Street. The bank building likely burned down in later fires that destroyed businesses on Bellville’s main street.

BELVILLE — House damaged by fire: The former Sargent Farm, located on the corner of Main Street and Durbin Avenue, currently owned and occupied by Lewis Garber, was partially destroyed by fire around noon last Saturday. The family was burning green wood and had put some of it in the stove oven to dry. During dinner, some wood caught fire. Mr. Garber placed the flaming stick outside the door and returned to his dinner.

The wind fanned the smoldering fire to a flame and, being near the house, the siding caught fire and a hole was soon burned. The flames are then mounted between the siding and the plaster and into the attic.

The smoke at that time attracted the attention of neighbors, who raised the alarm. Firefighters quickly arrived on the scene but struggled to locate the fire. Most household goods were taken, but a considerable amount of valuable bedding and clothing was destroyed.

Unfortunately, Mr. Garber had no insurance and his loss, amounting to $1,000, was total. He has moved his possessions to the Carpenter residence, located three doors down on Main Street, and will soon begin reconstruction work.

Newspaper Competitor: The Mocking Bird Publishing Company rented rooms in the Fisher Block and ordered presses and equipment and would soon be a rival company to the Bellville Star.

Moved: Dave Palm moved his barber shot to a first-floor room on the east side of Main Street.

New neighborhoods: The Commercial Bank moved into its new premises on Tuesday. Moving his huge safe was a heavy job, but it was easily accomplished by Mike Bolinger and an army of assistants. The ceiling and walls of the new room have been beautifully decorated and the bank’s facilities and equipment will be of a style to match their surroundings. The location change is good and will be appreciated by bank customers.

Garber’s house was on the corner of Durbin Street. The bank building likely burned down in later fires that destroyed businesses on Bellville’s main street.

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