August 12, 1895:
A Fire Sweeps Over Chehalis County Doing Great Damage
By Associated Press to the Tribune.
Montesano, Wash., Aug. 10.--Word has been recieved here that a very destructive fire is sweeping over the eastern part of Chehalis county.
A large amount of fences, buildings, and growing crops have been destroyed but so far no lives have been lost, although one man has lost his eyesight from fighting the fire.
A full account of the losses is unobtainable, but a partial list is as follows:
Dan Gililes damage to engine and logging road about $500; William Mackey, all of his buildings, except residence and growing crops, value unknown; Murray school house about $500; T. Z. Slater lost everything except shingle mill, including dry kiln, residence, outbuildings and 300 cords of shingle bolts, in all value not less than $2000.
A man named Wright living on upper Satsop has lost everything except his home.
Medcalf bros. had two or three miles of fence burned.
The total los will be hard to determine, falling as it does on so many of the farmers who lost practically all that they possessed.
The fire is not yet under control and fears are entertained for several of the shingle mills located above Elma.