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Rochelle's Great Fire - The Abbeville Chronicle December 12, 1989
Submitted by Lisa Holliday Sunderman


Rochelle's Great Fire

December 22, 1898, Abbeville Chronicle, Photographed from laminated newsprint located in Wilcox County Courthouse, Abbeville, Georgia, April 2008

Rochelle had a very serious fire Monday night which came very near destroying the entire business portion of the town. The fire originated in a negro restaurant and was headway when discovered about 10 o'clock. Below we give a list of those burned out:

T Gottlieb, general merchandise
EAI Schappel, Gen. mdse
Miss Annie Smith, millinery
Dave Jones, col. fruit stand
Giddeo, beef market
Hamilton Bros., groceries
J B D Woodburn, store house, empty
Pickard's barber shop
Sam Fenn, general merchandise
Taylor, general merchandise
Peterson's beef market
P H Coffee's drug store
Upchurch, saloon
W B Owens, general store and telephone exchange
Mitchell's beef market
George Holliday, general store
Miss Rosa Jackson, millinery
Henry Mashburn, general store
J H Shirah, music store
Miss Inez Turrentine, millinery

Everything being so dry and the supply of water exhausted the fire had its complete sway and burned 'till all exposures were consumed. This is terrible, just at his time and is deeply deplored by the friends of the sufferers


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