Leon had a regular epidemic of fires the latter part of last week, there being five fires within four days, but only two of them amounted to much.
The first fire was at the home of ELVA BAKER, two blocks west of the square last Thursday morning, when a fire started from unknown cause and gained such headway that practically everything in the room was ruined either by fire, smoke or water, including the piano. The house was damaged perhaps $800, and this loss was fully insured, but MR. BAKER will lose probably $750 on contents with insurance of only $500.
Then at noon on Friday a small fire was discovered on the roof of the home of JOHN BELL, but the fire boys made quick work of it and the damage was slight.
Shortly after one o'clock the same day a second alarm took the fire company to the home of JESSE ADAIR, where fire had started in a partition, but here also the damage was slight.
Saturday night about l2:30, the residence of BOB AKES on South Main Street, south of the depot was totally destroyed. MR. and MRS. AKES have been staying most of the time with his mother for some time, but were at the house every day. BOB was there Saturday forenoon, and had a fire in the kitchen, but there had been no fire at all in the room when discovered by neighbors, and only a part of the contents of the room were saved. MR. AKES had insurance of $l,000 on the house and $500 on the contents. This is the second time they have lost their home by fire, the old Givens place just south of the Christian Church being burned a few years ago, and at that time also MR. and MRS. AKES were away from home.
Sunday noon LEW VAN WERDEN was walking out in his yard when he noticed a small fire on the roof of his house, and the alarm was given, but it was extinghished quickly, a few shingles being burned. They had been burning cartons in the furnace and a piece fell on the roof.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert "With permission from the Leon Journal Reporter" August 3l, 2002