1930: Two horses crash into automobile

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October 6, 1910: Disastrous Fire at Willow Lakes. Fire broke out in the hotel at Willow Lakes about 3 o’clock Friday morning, completely destroying that building, a general store and a building formerly occupied as a meat market, together with the contents of all of the buildings. Three people were sleeping on the second floor and Matthew Elwood, a laborer, was burned to death in his bed, all efforts to arouse him proving unavailing. L. Miller, a Minneapolis traveling man, and Grover Huston, a resident of Willow Lakes, jumped from the second story windows, the former sustaining severe injuries from the fall. The proprietor discovered the fire, which evidently started at the bottom of the stairway, and succeeded in getting his family out within a very short time, but those on the second floor were cut off by the fire and smoke and Elwood was probably suffocated by the smoke. The loss is estimated at $20,000 fairly well covered by insurance. The general store had changed hands less than a week before the fire. It took the combined efforts of the citizens to save the balance of the town.

October 9, 1930: Four horses hitched to a small building that was being moved in the west part of town Monday afternoon broke loose and tore down Quapaw Street, two of the horses striking the Bottomley automobile parked in front of the latter’s place of business. They were thrown to the ground and the leg of one horse became entangled in the rear bumper of the automobile, requiring the services of a number of by-standers to extricate the animal. Fortunately, the horses escaped injury, and the automobile had nothing worse than a scratch to show for the collision. The horses belonged to Frank Zeidler.

October 5, 1950: The Iroquois Fire Company was called to duty Sunday noon to the Merritt Fenner farm south and west of the city. The men folks had used the tractor and placed it in the runway of the double crib and before long noticed smoke coming from the tractor. Folks pushed the tractor out of the corncrib, but before this was done some of the rafters had caught fire; this blaze was soon extinguished. The fire company had the country fire truck torn down making some repairs, but some of the members of the fire company went to the Fenner farm with the small pump or sprayer. Not much damage was done.

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