Around 6:30 a.m. on October 21, 1909, fire was detected at the Harvest Queen Flour Mill located at 500-504 E. Jackson Street on the NE corner of E. Elkhart Avenue. It was suspected that mill dust ignited, starting the fire. It started on the fourth flour of the mill and eventually burned through the remaining floors. The blaze weakened a wall on the second floor which gave way, spilling hundreds of bushels of wheat onto Jackson Street. The sight was likened to a waterfall. While the fire department was unable to save the mill, it was successful in containing the fire to that building and preventing the spread of grass fires sparked by live embers from the blazing mill. The mill had been built in the late 1869 by the Martin G. and Norman Sage. At the time of the fire, Arthur Burrell and Daniel Morgan were the proprietors. Losses were estimated at $56,000.
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