Fire at Plattville in 1902
Kendall County Record, July 23, 1902
Edited and compiled by Elmer Dickson
About noon Tuesday, telephone messages came to Yorkville saying that the Cooperative Creamery was on fire and the drug store and big store of Munson & Tremaine were threatened.
Later accounts confirmed the news. The fire was discovered between 11:00 and 12:00 o'clock in the woodwork near the smokestack. It is thought the fire was caused by a defect in the smokestack, perhaps caused by an extra hot boiler. Efforts were made without success to halt the flames. The fire spread rapidly and the frame building was soon in ashes. The creamery scales were the only thing saved.
The Field drug store and the building occupied by Munson & Tremaine started to burn several times. They were only saved by hard work. The loss to the owners of the creamery was about $3,000.
The property destroyed belonged to the Cooperative Creamery Company, an association of farmers that controlled plants in NaAuSay, Lisbon and Plattville. S. W. Johnson is the general manager. It is unknown whether the building will be rebuilt. There was no insurance and the loss was total. The directors will meet soon to decide whether or not to rebuild.