|Mansfield PA and Richmond Township in Tioga County PA
Hotel Allen Almost Totally Destroyed on Friday. Firemen Did Good Work in Saving Adjoining Buildings--Partially Insured.
The Hotel Allen, located on the corner of Main and Wellsboro streets in Mansfield, was almost totally destroyed by fire early Friday morning. The building, a large three story wooden structure, was owned by Postmaster and ex-County Commissioner Thomas H. Bailey, who formerly conducted it, and until a few days ago was occupied and run by Mr. E. A. Thomas.
Landlord M. S. French, of the Hotel French, of that borough, recently leased the Allen of Mr. Bailey and expected to occupy it soon. How the fire started is a mystery, as the building was unoccupied, having been closed for several days. There had been no fires or lamps in the building during that time.
Mr. Bailey, who occupies rooms near the hotel, discovered the fire shortly after 2 o’clock a. m. He saw flames leaping from the windows on the third floor and hurriedly sent in an alarm. The firemen quickly responded and did good work, but the fire had gotten under such headway before they arrived that the building and contents could not be saved. The adjoining buildings, the rear wing of the hotel and a part of the first story were saved. The Welt Smith Sloe Company, located next door to the Hotel Allen, removed all the stock from their building, but fortunately the fire was gotten under control before it spread far enough to have damaged it. Part of the stock, however, was damaged by water.
Only two rooms on the lower floor were badly damaged, but the rest of the building and its contents were a total loss, with the exception of the rear wing, containing the dining room and kitchen.
Mrs. T. H. Bailey, who was ill at the time of the fire, had to be carried out of her rooms in the second story of the Miller & Shepard block next door to the hotel. Miss Carrie Holden lost nearly all her furniture and clothing, which was in the hotel at the time. She had no insurance. A Normal student named Jackson became so excited during the fire that he was prostrated by heart trouble, falling to the sidewalk, unconscious. He was taken to the office of Dr. Wood, and a few moments later restored to consciousness.
The loss is estimated at about $8,500, with $3,000 insurance on the building, and $1,000 on the contents. It is not known at this time whether or not the hotel will be rebuilt. A short time ago Mr. Bailey dropped $1,000 insurance on the building and contents. (Wellsboro Gazette, October 19, 1904.)
Postmaster Thomas H. Bailey, of Mansfield, was here last week on the business. Landlord M. S. French of the Hotel French in Mansfield, and his son, Mark J. French, landlord of the Troy House in Troy, were also here. Mr. Bailey has leased the Hotel Allen to Mr. M. S. French for five years and the Hotel French will be closed. The Allen will be put in first-class shape and will be (Wellsboro Gazette, October 19, 1904)
---Postmaster Thomas H. Bailey, of Mansfield, has let the contract for razing the ruins of the Hotel Allen. The good material will be removed to his farm to be utilized in building a new barn.
---Editor S. E. Coles, of the Mansfield Advertiser, was in town last Friday. We are pleased to note that Messrs. Coles & VanKeuren have purchased a part of the Hotel Allen property and the building will be remodeled and fitted up for business. The location is a very desirable one. (Wellsboro Gazette, November 3, 1904.)
---Messrs. Coles & VanKeuren, proprietors of the Mansfield Advertiser,
have purchased a portion of the Hotel Allen lot in that borough and the
dining-room wing of the hotel, which escaped the recent fire, and will
move the building up on their lot. The building will be fitted up
for use as an office and “print shop” and will doubtless make very pleasant
quarters for the Advertiser. (Wellsboro Gazette, November 21, 1904.)