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Main Street Philip 1921 …

Merchants lost no time in rebuilding after the destructive fire on October 6, 1920, as you can see by this picture of the east side of main street in 1921. The fire started in the Schimke Furniture store and was discovered by Henry Hoffman about 3:00 a.m. There was plenty of water to fight it, but it had too big a start when discovered. There were no personal injuries, but the financial loss was heavy, estimated at a total of $225,000. It was about one-third covered by insurance.