1895  Gleason - Lemmler Harness Shop on right

photo credit:  R. C. Gleason Collection
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Note:  Click on the door to the right to enter the Gleason Lemmler Harness Shop OR click on steps to see a close-up of the R. C. Gleason Studio entry way.

1896:  Not So Serious FIRE
scene of devastating 1933 fire
McKean County Miner   February 1896
On Wednesday, while everybody in town was enjoying their midday meal, the dreaded fire alarm was made for the streets.  For a long time the crowds were undecided as to where the fire was located, when Dr. Brown came running up from the hose house and said the fire was in his dwelling, in the Gleason building. The crowd rushed to the building and upstairs. The smell of smoke was quite strong but no flames were discernible. An axe was procured and a large hole cut in the kitchen ceiling and another in the buttery ceiling, but no fire was discovered. The whole difficulty was caused by the chimney burning out. The hose cart was brought out and the hose laid, but no water was turned on. The doctor may be thankful that there was no more serious damage done.


photo credit:  An Illustrated Souvenir of Smethport, Pennsylvania, ©1895

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