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WINTHROP, Me., April 19 - A disastrous fire occurred in Monmouth Centre this afternoon, destroying every store in the place and causing at least $75,000 damage. Monmouth is a great trading centre for the country around and one of the liveliest villages in Kennebec County. The fire, which originated in the cellar of Edwards & Flaherty's drug and general merchandise store, was discovered at 3:35 P. M. and the large building was soon in flames. The buildings adjoining caught fire, and as the town had no fire apparatus assistance was asked of Lewiston. A steamer was sent from that city and did good work, but could not save the business portion of the town, which was already enveloped in flames. The following buildings were completely destroyed:

Cochnewagon Hotel, with livery, owned by D. A. Pinkham & Son; residence of Dr. M. O. Edwards, owned by Edwards & Flaherty; Edwards & Flaherty's general store, Harlowe's shoe store, G. S. Edward's boot and shoe store, Gilman & Beal's hardware store, in two buildings, one owned by Edwards & Flaherty and the other by Samuel O. King; J. D. Dudley's grocery store, H. A. Williams' house and stable, two houses owned by Simon Clough, boarding house owned by Getchell estate, W. W. Woodbury's clothing manufactory, Dr. M. O. Edward's Block, occupied by H. M. Hooper's marble works, F. S. Jewett's feed store, Andrew Davis's livery stable, with tenement overhead.

The Post Office was kept in Edwards & Flaherty's store and nothing was saved. Edwards and Flaherty are the heaviest losers, as they had a heavy stock of goods on hand. Simon Clough's loss is $5,000; insurance, $5,000. The other large losses cannot yet be accurately estimated, but the total will probably not fall below the figures previously given, upon which there is only partial insurance. The cause of the fire is not known.

The New York Times
New York, New York
April 20, 1888

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