Thursday, March 27, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 27

March 27, 1902 – Fire, discovered at 1 o’clock this morning, entirely destroyed the large sawmill owned by the Glenwood Lumber Company in Cass Lake, Minn., causing a loss of $60,00 and throwing a hundred men out of employment. Immediately after the fire was discovered the whole mill was a vast sheet of flames.

By the great work of the fire department and employees of the mill, the fire was kept from spreading to the lumber yards and planning mill of the Scanlon-Gipson Lumber Company. Owing to the great distance of the mill from the hydrants, the firemen were unable to reach the fire with water.

The mill was built three years ago at a cost of $75,000. Many improvements have been made since. The mill began sawing for the season on Monday, March 24. The origin of the fire is unknown. The insurance is $35,000, carried by insurance agencies at Superior. The mill will at once be rebuilt and it is predicted will be ready for sawing in ninety days.

The Minneapolis Journal; “Big Mill Burned; Costly Building of Glenwood Company at Cass Lakes in Ruins.”; March 27, 1902; p. 1

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