Sunday, February 19, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 19

February 19, 1895 – The government school building in White Earth, Minn., burned to the ground this evening. The fire started around 9:30, originating in one of the teachers’ rooms, and in a few minutes the central part of the building was ablaze. The children had gone to bed, but, fortunately, few of them were asleep, and all were saved, although many lost most of their clothing. The teachers were in a lower room rehearsing and preparing for an entertainment to be given Feb. 22, and saved only a part of their property. Comparatively little was saved. The building was a frame one, the main part having been erected in 1878, and several smaller additions since. It had always been considered a fire trap, and it is fortunate that it burned down without loss of life. The government will probably erect a more substantial structure next summer.

St. Paul Daily Globe; “Narrow Escape of Children From a Burning White Earth School. Little Ones Escape. But They Get Out None Too Suddenly.”; Feb. 19, 1895; p. 1.


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