Jacksonville Daily Journal, November 5, 1899

The large grain elevator owned by J.V. Graff & Co., managed by Wm Constant, located in Fancy Prairie, burned to the ground Nov 3. The loss is in the neighborhood of $7,000; partly covered by insurance.

The Decatur Daily Review, November 5, 1899

Granary at Fancy Prairie Is Destroyed by the Flames

Thursday night the large grain elevator at Fancy Prairie in Logan county belonging to Mr. Graff of Middletown, was destroyed by fire. A large quantity of grain was in the elevator and the loss will be heavy. There was some insurance, but the amount is not known.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

Urbana Daily Courier, March 15, 1911

Two Banks, Hotel and Several Stores Destroyed by Incendiary Fire at Tallula, Ill

Fire which is thought to have been of incendiary origin for the purpose of burglary and robbery, destroyed six business houses at Tallula, 20 miles north of Jacksonville, entailing a loss of $65,000. The buildings destroyed were the Farmers and Merchants' bank, the Bank of Tallula, the general merchandise store of C.M. Scott, hardware store of Henderson and the Sartortius drug store and the Young hotel. The Jacksonville fire department went to Tallula by special train and assisted in stopping the fire.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn

Urbana Daily Courier, July 15, 1913

Flames Destroy Three Buildings and Threaten the Whole Town - One Man is Seriously Injured in an Explosion

Fire which threatened the destruction of Tallula was under control after three buildings had been destroyed and two slightly damaged. The loss is estimated at $25,000. An explosion occurred in the ruins of the Epperly building. The fire broke out anew, but was soon under control. Louis Van Fleet, burned by the explosion, is in a serious condition.

Contributed by Kristin Vaughn