Henry County Illinois
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Fires and Other Disasters

 The Geneseo Republic, Geneseo IL, June 6, 1860
During the extraordinary heavy wind of Wednesday last, the sidewalk in front of the carriage shop of Mr. Lyon, State Street, caught fire from a bunch of cotton, into which some careless person had dropped a lighted sigar; and had it not been timely discovered by Dr. Wells, who happened to be passing at the time, the whole block must, inevitably, have gone by the board. Gents should be careful when they throw their old stubs, especially where the wind blows as it did Wednesday night.

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