Riplinger Stave & Heading Co. Fire--1899
----Source: Clark Co. Press Aug. 1899
The Riplinger Stave and Heading Company Saw Mill was completely destroyed by a fire this past week. The saw mill stood 70 feet from the Heading Mill. The Christman mill was a mass of. flames almost instantly. It took the fire engine seven minutes to arrive on the scene and another seven minutes for it to build up enough steam to start the water pumps. By that time, the mill roof and upper frame had already fallen in. Stacks of wood and staves around the mill also burned. This is the second loss for this company within a year, as the dry kiln burned in February. The Heading factory burned in 1896, so that is their third fire.
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