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1910: Fire follows celebration


The Trinity Lutheran Church will have Worship June 6 at 11:00 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Bible School will be held June 7 - 9 with a program on Wednesday the 9th at 7 p.m. The theme will be “Gone Fishing.” Classes will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, with the children bringing their noon lunches. Everyone is welcome.

Pete Miller was presented with an appreciation plaque from the museum at the UCC Service Sunday. Pete and Myrna Miller moved to Carthage in 1995 from Lebanon, Ore. They became involved in different Carthage activities, especially the museum. It was because of Pete’s suggestion that Carthage now has the Campbell Straw Bale Museum. Myrna passed away in January, 2021, and the picture was taken on their 39th anniversary. A second plaque is hung at the museum.

Jim and Kathy Roling, Piedmont, visited Shirley Stroud Friday and took her out to eat.

Friends and family of Kaley Stevens gathered at The Cabaret patio Saturday afternoon celebrating her graduation from Harrisburg High School.

Elaine and Amy Buehler visited Shirley Stroud Saturday after attending Kaley Stevens’s graduation reception.

Loralee Nelson and Emil and Janice Straka, Brookings, had supper at the Lake Campbell Country Club Saturday with the family of the late Gene Gullickson.

Did you know?

According to "Carthage, Gem of the Redstone" by Sally Madison, Carthage had a tradition of a June 7th celebration established long before 1910. The event included band concerts by the town’s 30-piece band, horse races, ball games with a neighboring town, tug-of-war, foot races, three-legged races and a dance at the old Opera House. During the later days’ celebration, carnivals were brought to town for the celebration.

The 1910 celebration was no different than other years until after midnight when the night watchman discovered a fire behind the restaurant building and reported it. The ineffective firefighting equipment at the time arrived at the scene, but there was not enough water pressure to fight the fire. All anyone could do was watch as fourteen buildings on North Main Street burned to the ground.

By morning all that was left on the northside of the street was smoldering rubble. The losses were some of the finest businesses: a drug store and stock, two hardware stores, two general merchandise stores and stock, a restaurant, a millinery store, a novelty store, real estate and insurance offices, one residence and a barn. There would have been a fatality had not someone checked the barn and found someone sleeping off the effects of too much celebrating.


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