Roscoe in Sullivan County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Risen from the Ashes
Roscoe, November 19, 1916, a Dark Cold Night at 2am, a Horrific Fire Burned Down 23 Buildings.
Roscoe Village Ravaged by Fire Early Sunday Morning
A Score of Business and Other Buildings Devoured, with Most of Contents -- Many Families Made Homeless. $150,000 Loss, with Little Insurance.
The lively village of Roscoe, on the O & W railroad thirteen miles north of Jeffersonville, experienced one of the most devastating conflagrations ever seen in Sullivan county early last Sunday morning, when eight prominent business places and ten or eleven other buildings were burned to the ground. together with nearly all their contents, entailing a loss estimated at above $150,000 with insurance of less than a third of that amount.
Cause of Fire A Mystery
The cause of the fire is a mystery. It started about 2 a. m. in the bowling alley building, owned by Frank H. Mauer of Liberty. The fact that the people around there were aroused by an explosion gives rise to the belief that the fire was caused by a coal stove exploding.
Woman Breaks Leg Jumping From Building
Firemen soon had the fire hose out and connected to the hydrant in front of the hardware store next to the burning building. They thought they had the fire under control when the water pressure began to give out and the water got less. It then became a forlorn hope and the firemen could only do the best they could with the water available while the occupants of the neighboring buildings began to move out, placing their goods along the sidewalk, having to move them to more distant places as the fire progressed.
The O&W Railroad Deserves Censure
When word came to the Manor for help, over a hundred men gathered at the station ready to come up. The railroad refused to send up a special train. There were two crews at hand, engine and can. But the mean act did not deter the Manor boys. They scurried around town and requisitioned every automobile and wagon they could find and came up with a hundred strong.
Roscoe is truly grateful to the men of Livingston Manor and Liberty for their help. There was little they could do because there was no water, but their hearts were true and Roscoe thanks them. Special mention must be made of the heroic work of the Manor boys, who saved the Maus house while the Roscoe boys had their hands full elsewhere. There was no doubt that they not only saved the house, but also the Presbyterian church and some other buildings.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Disasters. A significant historical date for this entry is November 19, 1916.
Location. 41° 55.939′ N, 74° 54.8′ W. Marker is in Roscoe, New York, in Sullivan County. Marker is on Stewart Avenue (County Route 124) north of New York State Route 17, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 56 Stewart Avenue, Roscoe NY 12776, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Devastating Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); Roscoe Station Site N.Y Ontario & Western Rwy. (within shouting distance of this marker); Westfield Flats Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Riverside Park 2009 (about 700 feet away); The Catskill Mountains (approx. 2.6 miles away); “They Came to the Mountains by Rail” (approx. 2.6 miles away); Livingston Manor Covered Bridge (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roscoe.
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