Greenwood, WI Arsons (1893)

News: Greenwood, WI Arsons (1893)

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----Source: Wood County reporter., November 23, 1893


Firebugs at Greenwood.


Mondays Sentinel contains the following. “The timely discovery Saturday night between the hours of 9 and 10 o’clock of the work of firebugs at the little village of Greenwood, twelve miles north of Marshfield, without doubt saved the place from a serious conflagration. At that hour flames were seen shooting from the interior of one of the general stores, by two men who were passing on the opposite side of the street. They gained entrance by breaking in the door and found a roll of cotton saturated with oil which had been thrown through the window and was burning briskly, but as the brand had caught on a piece of furniture and hung suspended in the air the fire had gained but little headway and was easily smothered. Had the brand been thrown a few feet further into a pile of boxes filled with excelsior the designs of the perpetrators would have been realized. Two suspicious looking men had been noticed during the day making a survey of the business places and it is supposed their purpose was to fire the place to attract the attention of the villagers while they robbed the bank situated a few blocks away. No trace of the two men could be found this morning.”




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