Kalamazoo, MI Riverside Laundry Fire, May 1909

FIRE BRINGS HEAVY LOSS TO A. STAFFORD

LAUNDRY PLANT BELONGING TO SON OF RURAL ROUTE CARRIER DESTROYED.

A. Stafford, proprietor of the Riverside laundry, Grand Haven and son of P. L. Stafford, mail carrier on rural route number 2, suffered heavily when the building in which his plant is located was destroyed by fire recently. He estimated that his loss will reach at least $3,500.

Much of the big expensive machinery in the plant was practically ruined by the heat and water. Baskets, tables and laundry appliances were all badly damaged.

A new boiler has been recently installed in the laundry but Mr. Stafford believes that this escaped serious injury. Beside the actual damage to equipment, the loss of time at this season is particularly serious. It will be osme{sic} time before the wreck can be cleared away and the establishment put in running order. The loss was partly covered by insurance.

Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo, MI 8 May 1909

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