The Assumption Parish LAGenWeb Project: Napoleonville Fire of 1884

Over $200,000 Destroyed With $50,000 Insurance

New Orleans, November 9 – A special to the Picayune from Thibadeaux says: At 11 o'clock last night a fire broke out in Dupity's hotel, which resulted in the destruction of the entire business part of the village of Napoleonville, including the Masonic hall, Odd Fellows hall, and many stores and residences. The only important buildings saved are the court house, the parish jail, the Catholic church and the Episcopal church. Captain J.B. Whittington, a prominent lawyer, perished in the flames. He was sleeping in Dupity's hotel, and every effort was made to rescue him, but without avail. The losses are as follows: Guion & False, law office and library; Walter Guion, law office and library; Mr. Antore, store and barbershop; Dr. Damonie, dental office and residence; Chas. Dupity, hotel and coffee house; W.T. Guelfoux, store; R. Block, store; Mrs. Guentgen, store; R.H. Webster, coffee house and hotel (the latter just completed); Nathan Webster, residence, office and lumber yard; D. Theriot, store; Edward Thibdeaux, drug store; Leon Hebert, store; Deputay & Dreyfus, store; Piffera, store, Emile Loulon, residence and bakery; Eden Vives, residence; the town market; Joseph Trale, art gallery; Mrs. Boflaw, store; Adolph Weil, store; F. Gonaux, drug store and residence; M. Ley, store and residence; Jacob's tailor shops; Toby's barber shop and restaurant; Antoine Arehordequie's residence and shop; Delanne's residence; Mrs. David Bordeaux' residence; Mrs. D. Bergeref's residence; Edward Lawton's residence; O'Reil Delanne's residence and stable; Emile Herbert's residence. The total loss is estimated at $200,000, insurance $50,000,. There were no goods saved from any store or furniture from any residence.

Source: The Atlanta Constitution, November 10, 1884, Page 4
Submitted by Bob Franks


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