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Hotel Fetter fire damage
Description: This photograph shows the remains of the Hotel Fetter after a fire in downtown Upper Sandusky, Ohio, in November 1918. Two fire-damaged buildings stand on either side of rubble. The sidewalk is roped off and still covered in bricks and wood. Two war posters, one with Uncle Sam reading, "I want you for the US Army," and one with a portrait of Woodrow Wilson reading, "Stand by the President," are hung in a shop window. All guests at the Hotel Fetter were safely evacuated and the staff had time to save the contents before the building caught fire. The fire caused two fatalities and $250,000 in damages overall. The Wyandot County Courthouse (the dome of which can be seen in the photo), was slightly damaged by smoke but otherwise unharmed by the fire. Photograph by Harry Evan Kinley (1882-1969), a native of Upper Sandusky. Kinley was active in local events and organizations, and spent his professional career as a clerk at his father's department store, and later as a traveling salesman for the Marion Paper & Supply Company (1934-1962). He was also an avid lifelong photographer, and the bulk of the Harry Kinley Collection is comprised of glass plate negatives documenting the Kinley family, the city of Upper Sandusky and Wyandot County and surrounding areas. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AV30_B04F05_30
Subjects: Fires; Upper Sandusky (Ohio); Hotels; Cities and towns--Ohio
Places: Upper Sandusky (Ohio); Wyandot County (Ohio);