1913.03.23 – Beehler Hat Store Fire

The following was publish in the Stamford Advocate on March 24, 1913.

$25,000 Fire Damage in Fessenden Block

Blaze in Cellar Ruins Big Stocks of Merchandise on Easter Day

BEEHLER’S LOSS, $12,000; H.NEWSTAD’s, $6,000

JK Lawrence suffers $2500 loss; Royce and Judd, $200, and building damaged $3500 — tenants driven from building like clouds of smoke while firemen fought hard to confined the blaze to lower part of the building.

With hundreds of people looking on, many of them wearing goods which had escaped the fire only by a matter of hours, the Stanford fire department engaged, yesterday afternoon, in the hardest battle it has had in years. After two hours and 15 minutes of desperate work, the firemen conquered a stubborn and disastrous cellar fire which broke out in FT Beehler’s haberdashery in the Fessenden Block  and spread through holes in the brick partition walls to Hyman Newsted’s millinery store on the south, and, in spots, to JK Lawrence’s drugstore on the north.

 

1913-03-23-beehler-hat-store-fire

We purchased the above postcard from eBay for $24.99 on March 15, 2015.   It is one of the oldest known action photographs of Stamford Firefighters in action, Notes on the back of the picture indicated that the photo was taken in 1910 on Easter Sunday. But according to our records, there were no fires on Easter Sunday of that year. However, we did find that on Easter Sunday, March 23, 1913, the Beehler Hat Store in the Fessenden block on Atlantic St.,  opposite Bell St. caught fire. The recorded loss was $14,776. If you zoom in on the photo, the sign above the doorway appears to read “Men’s Wear”. This would be consistent for a “Hat Shop”. The man standing in the foreground wearing the heavy overcoat appears to be then Chief Harry Parker.

img_3110

The above picture is another photo of the same fire.  This picture was found in the Stamford Historical Society.

Location on Present Day Map

Home Forums 1913.03.23 – Beehler Hat Store Fire

This topic contains 0 replies, has 1 voice, and was last updated by Philip Hayes Philip Hayes 2 years, 10 months ago.

Viewing 1 post (of 1 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #367
    Philip Hayes
    Philip Hayes
    Keymaster

    The following was publish in the Stamford Advocate on March 24, 1913. $25,000 Fire Damage in Fessenden Block Blaze in Cellar Ruins Big Stocks of Merch
    [See the full post at: 1913.03.23 – Beehler Hat Store Fire]

Viewing 1 post (of 1 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.