Burning of the Newhall House Introduction
From the Milwaukee Journal
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The fire broke out at 4 a.m. while a light snow was falling. By noon there was nothing left but a great cellar filled with ashes, broken brick and a few rods of wire rope, used in the elevator. Firemen and citizens dug for days in quest of bodies, but little was found. It was a terrific blaze and nearly everything but the books in the safe was burned to ashes.
It will be remembered by those who lived in Milwaukee at that time how indignant everyone felt and how, finally, the man who had the saloon concession was charged with setting the place afire to collect the insurance on his place. He was acquitted. The fire started at the bottom of the elevator shaft, which was in the rear of the saloon.
One of the stories connected with the fire that has never been published was told me by August PLEISS, who at that time was a champion pool player. He had been in a match on the west side and started at 3:30 a.m. for the Newhall to go to bed.
Like all expert pocket billiard and regular billiard sharks, PLEISS, who then lived in Racine, had a bundle of cues. Now and then the cues would slip and he spent a half hour picking them up. Therefore, when he reached the corner of Wisconsin and Broadway and turned toward the Newhall, the fire alarm sounded. Pleiss always used to say the cues saved his life.
Burning of the Newhall HousePublished by the Bleyer Bros.
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On the next pages is the complete 69 page book entitled Burning of the Newhall House. Below is a list of names contained in the book. Even if you do not find your surname, I invite you to read the pages, as the writing is very eloquent.
See the story Index from Story Anderson, T.J. Occupant (Of Chicago) Anderson, Mary Lost Anglin, Lizzie Occupant Anglin, Lizzie Occupant Anglin, Lizzie Lost Antisdel, Mr. Occupant (Owner) Antisdel, John Occupant (Son) Antisdel, John H. Hotel Clerk (Owner ?) Antisdel, J.F. Owner, Occupant Barker, Fred Lost Batz, V.G. Monsignor (Mass of requiem) Baumgaertner, Common Council Black, Assistant Engineer Bleeker, Sylvester Occupant Bleeker, Wife Occupant Bleeker, Aka Lost Borngeser, John Fireman Briggs, C.W. Occupant (Of Grand Rapids, Wis.) Brown, L.W. Occupant Brown, Wife Occupant Brown, Mr Occupant Brown, Horace M. Doctor (Assisting Identity) Brown, Mrs. L.W. Lost Brown, Bessie Lost Brown, Q.C. Lost Burke, Mary Lost Burns, Julia Occupant Burns, , Christina Occupant (Worked in Dining room) Burns, Rosa Lost Busenbark, W.R. Occupant Casey, Ann Lost Chapman, T.A. Mentioned in story Chapman, Mrs. T.A. Supplied Cross Chellis, Libbie A. Occupant Chellis, Libbie A. Lost Clark, J.C. Occupant (Of Wausau) Cleary, Thomas Occupant Coates, Bathroom used. Conners, Kate Occupant Connors, Mollie Occupant Conroy, Patrick Occupant Conroy, Mary Lost Cramer, William E. Occupant Cramer, His Wife Occupant Cramer, W.E. Occupant Cramer, His Wife Occupant Curtin, Michael J. Truck 2 Forman Delancy, Tom Night Clerk Delaney, Thomas Night Clerk Dodsworth, Wm. Giving Aid Donahoe, Mrs. Anna Mentioned in story Dunn, Jane Lost Duval, J.R. Occupant Elliott, T.B. Occupant Elliott, T.B. Occupant Elliott, Theo. B. Lost Ellis, Frank R. Supplied Decorations Erickson, E. Occupant Finnegan, Maggie Lost Flanagan, Nora Lost Flesh, Emil Occupant Fogerty, Julia Lost Foley, J.H. Lost Frackelton Building. Mentioned in story Fredericks, Gust. Lost Freeman, Mr. Occupant Freeman, J.N. Reverand (Said Mass) Freeman, Chamb. Comm. Fulmer, W.E. Lost Gavin, Mary Occupant Giese, Augusta Lost Giesler, Emil Lost Gilbert, John (b.Donahoe) Occupants Real Name Gilbert, Mrs.(b.Sutton)" Occupant (Wife) Gilbert, J.E. Reverand (Psalm of David.) Gilbert, Mrs. John E. Lost Gillon, Walter Lost Goetz, Area Barbershop Goetz, Barbeshop (Mentioned in story) Goggin, Richard Lost Grant, S.A. Occupant Green, Garrett Fireman Groesbeck, Julia F. Lost Haak, Just Lost Haff, Edward P. Occupant (Of New York) Hager, Anna Lost Hall, W.H. Occupant Hall, Wm. H. Lost Hardy, Andrew Occupant Heiss, Archbishop (Performed Absolution) Heyder, Charles Fireman Hobart, H.C. Gen. Holbrook, Arthur Dentist " " Hough, Judson J. Occupant (From Maroa, Ill.) Hough, Judson J. Lost Howie, Robert Occupant (Conductor) Howie, Robert Occupant Howie, Robert Lost James, Alfred Mentioned in story. Jansen, Lieut. Policeman Helping Johnson, Allen Occupant Johnson, Mrs. His Wife Johnson, Allen Lost Johnson, Mrs. Allen Lost Kellogg, John L. Occupant Kellogg, J.Bradford Lost Kelly, Lizzie Lost Kelsey, C. Lost Kiehl, A.A Reverend ( A Prayer ) Kleinsteuber, Oscar Helping Kleinsteuber, Oscar Policeman Assisting Krause, Amelia Lost Kuepper, Coroner Kuepper, Coroner Langson, Secretary Laniham, Kate (Kitty) Lost Lee, Mr. Occupant Linehan, Kitty Hotel Chief Laundress Linehan, Wm. Hotel Fireman Linehan, Kate Lost Lippert, Fire Chief Lippert, Fire Chief Lowry, Geo. Lost Lucas, Father (Mass of requiem) Ludington, Mr. Occupant Lusk, Mrs. Housekeeper Mahoney, Occupant (Of Rock Island) Ma-roa,(Wife ?)(Baby) (Uttered by Hough) Martelle, David H. Occupant (Railroad Conductor) Martelle, David H. Occupant Martelle, David H. Lost Martin, Samuel Occupant Mason, Prof. B. Lost Mason. A.F. Said Lords Prayer Matthew, Father (Did Sermon) Maxwell, J.W. Occupant (Of Chicago) McAlpine, James Occupant McCauley, Mary Occupant McDade, Mary Lost McKenzie, William Occupant (Elevator Conductor) McKenzie, Occupant McMahon, Mary Lost McMahon, Annie Lost McManus, Detective Helping Meminger, Engine 1 Forman Miller, John M. Miller Block (for bodies) Miller, B.D. " " " " Miller, Mary Occupant Miller, Mary Lost Monahan, Kate Lost Moran, M. Occupant (Of Beloit Wis.) Moynahan, Daniel Lost Nodine, G.E. Fireman O'Brian, Police Officer Helping O'Brian, Officer on rounds O'Connell, Bridget Lost O'Connor, Capt. William P. Directing Body recovery Owens, Margaret Lost Owens, Mary Lost Palestrina, Society (Choir) Paul, Mr. Occupant Payne, Occupant Perkins, James S. Dentist " " Porteous, Mentioned in story Porteous, Mr. & Mrs. Mentioned in story Power, D.G. Occupant Power, David G. Lost Reed, Occupant Reed, Judge Geo. Occupant Reed, Judge Geo. Lost Riener, Truck 1 Forman Rogers, John R. Mentioned in story Ryan, John Fireman Schloessner, Martha Lost Schmidt, W.F. Occupant Schoenbucher, Ernst Lost Scott, Walter H. Occupant Scott, Walter H. Lost Sharpe, (Gen.) Soldiers Home. Cmnder. Smith, Alfred A. Fireman Smith, Geo. G. Lost Smith, L.K. Lost Stanley & Camps Store used Starr, Mr. Occupant Stauss, Herman F. Fireman (see obituary of Herman F. Stauss) Sullivan, Maggie Lost Thumb, Gen. Tom Occupant Thumb, Wife Occupant Tice, Ben K. Occupant Tice, Ben K. Hotel Clerk Trapp, Augusta Lost Van Hagg, Ben. Fireman Supply Hose #2 Van Loon, T.E. Occupant Van Loon, Thos. E. Lost Vogel, Fred Sr. Supplied 2 Wreaths Vose, Capt. Jas P. Lost Walterdorp, Ottilie Lost Warren, Miss Occupant Wason, Fire Chief Weber, Martin Occupant Weinman, Rev. Father (Mass of requiem) Weiss, Chrmn. Supv. Wells, George Assisting Whitnall, Frank Supplied Decorations Wiley, W.C. Occupant Wiley, Wm. C. Occupant Wiley, William C. Lost Williams, Orange Occupant (Of Janesville)