City Directories and History: Walker’s 1910 Postal Route map is an invaluable tool in tracking historical locations in York County’s early 20th century rural communities. Each section is tagged with the names associated with that particular area. Be sure to open the MORE INFORMATION / ENLARGEABLE MAP link for the enlargeable PDF map which users can easily study.
DWELLING HOUSE BURNED The Yorkville Enquirer, 20 February 1879— We regret to learn that on Monday morning last, the dwelling house of J. Leonidas Moore, on Fishing creek, eight miles south-east of Yorkville, was totally destroyed by fire, and with it all his furniture and the clothing of his family. About 4 o’clock that morning some of the inmates of the house were awakened by the crackling of the flames, and the alarm was given scarcely in time to admit the members of the family on the first floor to escape from the burning building in their night clothes. Mr. Moore saved only his pantaloons, in which was the sum of $120 belonging to a church fund. After those on the first floor had escaped, it was ascertained that Miss Lizzie Ross, a boarder in the house, whose apartment was on the second story, was still in the burning building, and t the peril of his life, Mr. Moore rushed through the flames and made his way to Miss Ross’ room, where he discovered the young lady almost paralyzed with fear and motionless. Seizing her, he dragged her from the impending danger, not, however, without both of them receiving bums in passing through the fiery ordeal.
The fire is supposed to have originated from a defective flue of a stove. Mr. Moore’s loss is quite serious, and in his misfortune he will have the sympathy of all who know him. The Yorkville Enquirer, 6 March, 1879— Miss Lizzie Ross, the young lady who so narrowly escaped with her life from the burning building of J. Leonidas Moore, on the night of the 17th ultimo, was in town last week, visiting her friends and relatives here, this being her home. Miss Ross was only slightly burned about the neck and head, though she sustained contusions on the body, the result of being dragged down stairs. We had been misinformed as to her ignorance of the fire until Mr. Moore rushed to her rescue. During the progress of the flames she displayed much courage and presence of mind, awakening and taking to a place of safety three of Mr. Moore’s children, after which she went to her own room to endeavor to secure her trunk, and while thus engaged was suffocated and blinded by smoke. Miss Ross is engaged in teaching….. (Information courtesy of and from: YCGHS – The Quarterly Magazine)
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