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In Their Own Words

January 18, 1887

Devastating Fire Recorded in Journal

John Girardeau Legare of Darien, Georgia recorded a devastating fire in his journal:

“…Fire in town! The most disastrous since the war. At 4.30 o’clock p.m. the Masonic Hall was discovered to be on fire from a defective flue. That building was soon consumed. Then the Magnolia Hotel caught and burned. Then the Gazette office and the stores of S.A. Way and J.E. Heines, and J.E. Holmes’ office and three old unoccupied tabby buildings. These were all burned to the ground. The wind blew hard from N.W. and so the rest of the town was saved. The Fire Engine did nothing worth mentioning. …”

Source: Buddy Sullivan, ed. The Darien Journal of John Girardeau Legare, Ricegrower, The University of Georgia Press, Athens & London, 2010, p. 39.