Bloomington (IN) Telephone
April 3, 1900
SERIOUS FIRE AT OOLITIC
Oolitic, Lawrence County, suffered a fire loss about two o'clock this morning. The fire started in the building owned by Lizzie Menaugh of Bedford, and this building was totally destroyed, also the building of Rome Johnson in which were a barber shop and drug store, also rooms occupied by private families who lost their household goods. An undertaker's office owned by Johnson was also burned. Total loss on all the buildings is bout $2,000, perhaps half covered by insurance. It is not known how the fire originated, but it was first discovered on the inside of the Menaugh building.
Typed and donated by Randi Richardson.