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Feature Article on Chicago Fire. Topic: EVENTS & INDUSTRY
By Jim Sayre in September, 1999

SIDNEY'S BRUSH WITH CHICAGO FIRE

"It is highly probable that Haslup & Bro., of Sidney, will be heavy losers by the Chicago fire. They recently sold a firm in that city machinery to the amount of thirteen hundred and fifty dollars, and have been unsuccessful in getting any information from the parties since the fire" (Sidney Journal, Oct. 13, 1871).

The Great Chicago Fire started around 9 o'clock on Sunday evening, Oct. 8, 1871, somewhere in or near the O'Leary barn, where Mrs. O'Leary’s cow allegedly started the whole thing by kicking over a lantern.

Sidneyites saw another effect of the huge fire the very next day: "A special train on the Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton railroad, with thirty Cincinnati firemen and three engines, passed through Sidney on Monday for Chicago. At Dayton they were joined by seven firemen and steamer, with the Chief of the Department of the City."

G.G. Haslup & Bro. manufactured excavators, with a machine shop adjoining the large flouring mill of B.W. Maxwell. "Water power is used, and the total value of productions will range from $40,000 to $50,000 per year.

The excavator is of the famous Slusser patent, and the demand for it is constantly increasing, Messrs. Haslup & Bro. having already shipped machines to nearly all the States, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and it bears the reputation of being the best thing of the kind in the market" (Sidney Journal, Jan. 5, 1872).

 

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