This week in Summit County history: Fire destroys three residences at Dillon early Wednesday morning |

This week in Summit County history: Fire destroys three residences at Dillon early Wednesday morning

Compiled by the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance
This Week in Summit County History
A boarding house sits on Iowa Hill.
Courtesy Breckenridge Heritage Alliance |

This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of May 16-20.

Fire unknown of origin burned three residences and most of their contents at Dillon at an early hour Wednesday morning, and threatened a similar fate to other nearby buildings. The destroyed buildings were situated on Main street; one was occupied by Ed Riley and family, one by Gene Kremmling and family. The other was vacant at the time of the fire but had been occupied until the day before the fire by Raymond Wehrley and family.

The flames were discovered by one of the occupants shortly before four o’clock and an alarm brought response from nearly the entire population in a short time. Volunteer firemen and the citizens made heroic efforts to check the flames, and while the buildings in which the fire gained headway could not be saved, destruction of adjacent buildings was prevented. For a time it was feared that other buildings would fall prey to the flames and plans were made to dynamite structures in the path of the flames and prevent possible destruction of the town.

The home of C.M. Cummings suffered some damage consisting principally of broken windows. Before use of dynamite was resorted to, the fire was checked and confined to the three buildings. The report that the fire was of incendiary origin proved unfounded.

New important mining enterprise

W.J. Radford, Paul Hilsdale, A.J. May and C.R. Hill, well known young mining men, have formed an association which has taken over the Oro Extension property adjacent to the Wellington. They announce that they will sing a shaft to a depth of 300 feet and that they will commence work at once.

The Oro vein is an extension of the main Wellington vein and its zinc and lead values have been well demonstrated. At a depth of 35 feet, the French Gulch dredge exposed the vein and its values and drifting from the proposed shaft will cut the vein at a depth which will thoroughly prove its worth as a producer.

Whiskey overdose

W.E. McGuire, 23 years old, a barber at Golden, was found dead in his employer’s barbershop. A coroner’s jury fixed the cause of his death to be an “overdose of whiskey.”

Brakeman killed

Thrown from a work car of the Trinidad Electric Transmission, Railway and Gas Company, near the company power house, Charles Brunner, a brakeman, formerly a Santa Fe engineer, was instantly killed, his body horribly crushed and mangled between the work car and the electric locomotive to which it was attached.

High school play of exceptional interest

High school pupils are engaged in rehearsing a play to be presented on the last day of school. It is declared that they are arranging a program of exceptional interest.

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