Saturday, June 08, 2013
Photos: Wittenberg Torch, WDTN-TV
On Feb. 10, 2013, a three-alarm fire destroyed the Carter Jewelers Co. building at Fountain Avenue and Main Street, Springfield, Ohio.
The vacant structure collapsed during the blaze. There were no serious injuries.
Coincidentally, the intersection of Main and Fountain was the site of the Black Opera House fire on Feb. 19, 1903.
That blaze destroyed several adjacent structures, including a jewelry store owned by J.H. Mulholland, who was killed trying to salvage goods from his business.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
On Jan. 12, 1867, fire struck the Warder, Mitchell & Company's reaper and mower plant in Springfield.
The New York Times published a short dispatch entitled "Destructive Fire in a Manufactory" on Jan. 15 (sent via telegraph from Cincinatti on Jan. 14.)
Damage was estimated at $40,000. The property was insured for half that amount.
At that time, Springfield was protected by a paid fire department composed of full-time drivers and hosemen and on-call "minute men" drawn from the old volunteer companies.
The first paid men were hired in 1865.
In the early 1850s, Benjamin Warder co-founded Warder, Brokaw & Child Company to acquire patent rights to "The Champion," a combined reaper and mower. In 1866, the company was reorganized as Warder, Mitchell & Company. Springfield was nicknamed "The Champion City" due to the popularity of the machinery.