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The Binghamton Clothing Company

 
 
The Binghamton Clothing Company Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 14, 2022
1. The Binghamton Clothing Company Marker
Inscription.  The Binghamton Clothing Company stood directly across the street from this marker. The fire, which began on July 22, 1913 at approximately 2:25pm, remains the worst loss of life by fire in city history. The fire claimed 31 lives.

Nellie Connor, one of the first seamstresses hired and a local employee of 31 years, remained in the building once the fire broke out guiding people to safety. Sidney Dimmock, a foreman of 16 years, led and even carried employees to safety. The fire claimed both their lives. The names of Nellie Connor and Sidney Dimmock are worthy of honor and praise.

The fire loss was estimated at $100,000 and no cause was ever determined. This tragedy followed another fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in NYC that took 146 lives in 1911. These two fires contributed to the evolution of modern fire safety throughout the state.

Victims of the Binghamton Clothing Company fire: Nellie Theresa Connor, Sarah Doran, Emma D. Houghtaling, Emma G. Reid, Stella M. Clark, Ruth A. Button, Margaret Dimon, Martha D. Burdick, Lena Marie Kennedy, Lou G. Shove, Ella M. White, Catherine Crowe, Mary Josephine Creegan, Nellie
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F. Gleason, Mary T. Smith, Lizzie Risley, Mary Bianca, Nellie Kison, Ida G. Golden, Edith M. Chernoff, Sidney Dimmock, Hattie Freeman, Mrs. John (Cassie) Fulmer, Louise Hartman, Mary Pryor, Bessie Ray, John Schermerhorn, Mary Sullivan, 3 unidentified victims
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. A significant historical date for this entry is July 22, 1913.
 
Location. 42° 5.999′ N, 75° 54.928′ W. Marker is in Binghamton, New York, in Broome County. Marker is at the intersection of Wall Street and Dwight Street, on the right when traveling south on Wall Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 Wall Street, Binghamton NY 13901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Herbert Cameron (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fannie Lou Hamer (about 500 feet away); A. Phillip Randolph (about 500 feet away); E. D. Nixon (about 500 feet away); Daisy L. Bates (about 600 feet away); Frederick Douglass (about 600 feet away); Rosa L. Parks (about 600 feet away); James L. Farmer, Jr. (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Binghamton.
 
The Binghamton Clothing Company Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 14, 2022
2. The Binghamton Clothing Company Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 20, 2022, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 357 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 20, 2022, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.

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