Sunday, October 8, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 8

October 8, 1908 – Foley, the county seat of Benton County, a village of 1,000 people, was practically destroyed by fire this evening. As the fire raged, a bucket brigade including men and women, worked hard to save what they could.

Foley has little fire protection, only a gasoline engine. Owing to strong wind, the fire spread rapidly. St. Cloud was appealed to for aid, but the city could do nothing. The fire started in Julius Hoffman’s shoe shop, where four fires have been started in the past three years.

The loss is estimated at $75,000.

The Post and Record; “Laid in Ashes. Village of Foley in Benton County Is Practically Wiped Out by Flames. Women in Bucket Brigade. Residents Put Up fierce Fight to Save Their Homes—Loss Estimated at $75,000.” Rochester, Minn.; Oct. 9, 1908; p. 10.


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