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Hartford Fire of 1877
Hartford, Michigan
June 21, 1877

Hartford Michigan fire of 1877


(presumed to be from the Day Spring)

No date on original newspaper article


Hartford - When the fire in Hartford on June 21, 1877, destroyed nearly all the buildings on the south side of Main Street, it was considered by some a catastrophe; however, others considered it a fortunate event, since it removed a number of unsightly buildings and cleaned up Main Street.

The fire originated in the store of Jacobson and Spaulding, dry goods and groceries; and continued to spread on main Street to include the stores of Paul Husen, jeweler; Levi Earl, butcher; C. Boynton, grocer; W. Watt, shoemaker; H.M. Olney, druggist; W.R. Mills, photographer; Harley and Smith liquor; A.H. Young, dry good and groceries; John Gross, meat market; H. Eaton, clothing and groceries; and Sherburne and Crafts, general merchandise.

The loss was valued at $20,000 but only $6,500 was covered by insurance.

Immediately after the fire, the people of Hartford began clearing away the debris and making plans to rebuild.  The businesses destroyed by the fire moved into various vacant stores around town and they continued operating until their new stores were erected, which, incidentally, due to a motion passed by the town council had to be brick structures.


Due to natural newspaper aging, which may make the story unclear to read
by some computers, the story is retypeset as it originally appeared. 

The original newspaper article
was provided by Diane Taylor Pawling 8-11-2003. 

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A Pictorial History of Hartford, Michigan
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Revised: March 20, 2014