A $25,000 Fire


The Village of Jonesville Goes Up in Ashes

The village of Jonesville on the line of Owen and Grant counties was visited by a destructive fire last Sunday night, destroying the property of the Star Mercantile Co., a drugstore, two residences and other property.  The loss is estimated at $25,000, with about $12,000 insurance, most of which was placed by C. C. Nesbitt & Co., of this place.

The origin of the fire is supposed to be the work of an incendiary and the people are after the guilty party.  Reports have been received that the parties had been caught, but this needs clarification.

The Star Mercantile Co. was organized about six months ago and was doing an excellent business and the loss will fall heavily on the young corporation. Williamstown Courier, October 4, 1864


Nearly all the little village of Jonesville, 18 miles west of Williamstown, was wiped out by fire Saturday night.  The largest losses are: The Star Mercantile company, about $25,000, insured; Stewart’s drug store and John Calandar’s residence. George Miller, the suspended incendiary was caught.  Greencastle (Ind.) Star Press, October 6,1894