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Maurice Times, March 10, 1911
J.E. Mieras has been confined to the house several days with a bad
attack of rheumatism in his limbs.
F.A. Mieras has been enjoying an attack of the grip [sic] this week.
Mr. and Mrs. S. Ridderbos and Miss Helma Mieras were Orange City
visitors last Friday.
Monday evening relatives here were informed of the death at Sioux
Center of Miss Kittie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Kuhl, at the age of
twenty years. Deceased had been sick since last December. The funeral
services were held at Sioux Center on Thursday and were conducted by Rev.
Johnson of Sioux City and Rev. DeJong of Sioux Center. Interment was made at
Maurice. This is a hard blow to the parents to lose a daughter at such a
promising age, but we can assure them of the sympathy of all in their area.
The Hawarden Independent
March 16, 1911
SERIOUS SCHOOL FIRE
St. Anthony’s School Almost Destroyed
Fire Breaks Out in the Roof and Fanned by Fierce Gale Soon Wrecks Big
St. Anthony’s parochial school in this city was practically destroyed by
fired during the high gale which prevailed Wednesday morning. The fire was
discovered shortly after nine o’clock issuing from the roof of the south end
of the building. The wind was blowing a perfect gale and the fire had gained
such headway that there was little hope of saving the building. The children
were all marched from the burning building in perfect order and no
excitement prevailed while this was being accomplished.
While the fire department was busy getting two lines of hose laid to the
fire, the citizens were busy saving what clothing and furniture the could
from the flames. The fire proved to be one of the most stubborn that the
Hawarden firemen have had to contend against and not until the entire roof
was burned off and the interior of the building on the second floor wrecked
were they able to subdue the flames. The extreme cold froze the clothing of
the firemen to solid mass of ice and the wind made it difficult to scale the
walls. But thus handicapped they continued the fight for over three hours
and again gave evidence that Hawarden has one of the best volunteer fire
companies in the state.
The children who made their home at the school had their rooms on the third
floor and most of them lost all of their clothing and keepsakes. The Sisters
also lost a large portion of their clothing and valuables. The furniture on
the upper floors was a total loss. While nearly everything on the lower
floors was carried out, much of it was damaged in the hurried efforts to
save it. Insurance to the amount of $4500 was carried on the building and
contents but this sum will not nearly pay the large loss sustained.
The origin of the fire is unknown.
Efforts will be made at once to rebuild the school on a larger and better
scale. A fire proof building may possibly take the place of the old frame
structure. The Catholic school grounds are the most sightly in the city and
it is hoped that the desires of the parishioners for a bigger and better
building can be accomplished.
Arrangements have been made for the temporary use of the unoccupied rooms in
the North side public school and the Sisters hope to be able to resume their
school work next Monday.
NOTE: The date of this fire was Wednesday, March 15, 1911.
Maurice Times, March 17, 1911
Mrs. A. Van Pelt of Orange City visited here Saturday.
We are pleased to note that J.E. Mieras is in so far recovered that he
is able to be on duty again.
Maurice Times, March 24, 1911
Wm. Mieras transacted business at the county seat Monday.
J.M. Mieras has bought a cement block machine and will employ his
spare time manufacturing the blocks.
Mrs. F.A. Mieras and children visited Alton Wednesday.
Wm. Mieras is again confined to the house through sickness.
Maurice Times, March 31, 1911
Mrs. F.A. Mieras visited in Alton Monday.
Mrs. J.E. Mieras visited with relatives in Orange City Wednesday.
Mieras and DeJong have purchased a small engine and dynamo and will
run same whenever any current is wanted when the large plant is not running.
Miss Kate Lynch has resigned her position as "hello" girl at the
telephone office and has taken an examination with a view of teaching at the
John Linnan School this spring term. Miss Ada Mieras has taken her place at
[The Maurice Times suspended publication at this time and was restarted in
August of 1911 with editor F.W. Walden.]
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