The Beaufort Fire of January 19, 1907 was the most disastrous fire to date. When the embers cooled 40 structures were damaged or gone.
The newspaper article transcriptions below are from a web page written by Dennis Adams (Information Services Coordinator, Retired) for the old Beaufort County Library website at various points between 1998 and 2007. The articles were transcribed and republished with permission granted by the editors of the Beaufort Gazette on 13 January 13, 1998. Text appearing in teal was supplied by me. I also have chosen to supply punctuation to make the articles easier to read. – Grace Cordial
The daily Beaufort Gazette dedicated most of its January 24, 1907 issue – the first issue published after the disaster since it was only a weekly newspaper at the time — to coverage about the Beaufort fire. Due to the extent of that coverage today’s post will only include the Fire Notes from the fourth column, front page. Additional articles will follow in subsequent posts:
- The Shooting of Bennett
- A Card
A virulent condemnation of the Savannah reporter and photographer Ed. Wilson ended with a not-so-veiled threat and commendations of those who worked so hard to salvage and defeat the fire feature in:
Fire Notes (Second Section)
The Savannah Photographer says he talked with the leading citizens of Beaufort and they all believed the fire would prove a blessing. Leading citizens such as Messrs. Christensen, Scheper, Talbird, Crofut, Ohlandt, Holmes and others who lost can hardly have been consulted by this special correspondent of the [Savannah] Morning News.
Another visitation of the Savannah Photographer would be a calamity just now. He is too “yellow” journalistic for our conservative people. But he was advertising himself, don’t you know.
Mrs. Cory is a brave woman. She worked courageously to save what she could, and for the present takes boarders in appartments [sic] over the Express Office.
“Where the carcass is the ravens will gather.” It was the would-be ravens who started the dissatisfaction as to the guard. The better people have little to say.
We saw no attagonism [sic] between the two races. The would-be looters had disappointment lines in their faces.
Considering the stock, the dispensary had the heaviest insurance.
Quick work. The Peoples Bank was burned at 2:30 p. m. Saturday. At 2:30 p. m. Tuesday, a new safe was being hauled into the present home of the bank.
Considering their losses, our people show wonderful nerve, especially the women.
Mr. John N. Wallace has removed into a residence on Craven street.
Mr. W. J. Thomas now occupies a part of the Ritchie house on the Bay.
The Peoples Bank is now where the Beaufort Bank used to be, in the Commercial Club building.
Mr. Thomas Talbird has his law office just opposite where his former office was located.
The County Dispensary is in the Armstrong store.
Mrs. Rachel Haynes, colored, who lost her home on Carteret street, is very grateful to those who saved her furniture.
Clearing up the debris, and repairing injured homes has began (sic).
The young lady who did such yeoman work in pulling down fences to keep back flames is a heroine.
No crowd of colored people worked harder than those at Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Waterhouse’s houses.