Friday, August 19, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 19

*August 19, 1897This afternoon a small boy playing with matches started a fire in Ortonville, Minn., destroying the entire east side of Second Street between Madison and Monroe, ten buildings in all.

By 6 p.m., the fire was done. The entire block from the Bank of Ortonville to and including Schmilling’s Bakery was a smoldering ruin.

The Herald Star; “The Most Disastrous Fire in Twenty Years Visits City.”; Ortonville, Minn.; Aug. 26, 1897; p. 1.


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