Bloomington (IN) Evening World,
December 4, 1918
Fire at 3:30 o'clock Sunday morning was discovered in the Boland Grand Hotel block at Mitchell, situated on the west side of the Monon and north side of the B. & D. S. W. railroad crossing. The Boland building, a handsome, substantial two-story, brick, standing on the corner of Fifth Street and Mississippi Avenue, the Grand Hotel adjoining on the west and another building, together with a barber shop, were soon destroyed by the flames. The buildings were destroyed up to the Putnam Hotel north of the Boland property and that building was saved by heroic firefighting by the bucket brigade and some few chemical outfits. This is the fourth bad fire the cement town has suffered during the past few months, and it begins to look like there must be a "firebug" loose in that section.
Typed and donated by Randi Richardson.