News from the past
[From the Marietta
February 1, 1849]
On Thursday, last, the dwelling house of Mr. Nathan Bell, of
destroyed by fire, with all its contents. This is the tenth house which has to
our knowledge been destroyed in this county within the past year. In nearly
every case the contents were also lost and in no case was there any insurance.
Mr. Bell lost all the clothing of himself and
family, all his family, all his furniture, and nearly all his provisions –
including three barrels of flour and a barrel of salt, half barrel of molasses,
and other articles recently purchased. The whole loss exceeds $700.
It may not be known to all, that there is in this county a
good Mutual Insurance Company, in which every citizen may, for a very small
annual premium, secure himself against such destructive losses as we have so
frequently to record. James M. Booth, Esq., is the Secretary of the Company,
and will give applicants all necessary information.
P.S. We learn this (Tuesday) morning, that the wife of Mr.
Bell died last night. She was recovering from serious illness when the fire
occurred, but the exposure and fatigue consequent upon her hasty removal from
the burning house, have resulted in death.
The Tallow Light, Vol. 29 #4