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Fire which started in the basement
of the Boyer Clothing Co., in the John
Ehr block on Main street shortly after
2 o'clock Wednesday morning, did fully
damage to the block, to the
Boyer Clothing stock and to the build
ings,'stocks and fixtures in nearby
The fire is believed to have ongin
and from defective wiring in the base
ment of the Boyer store, about thirty
feet back from the front. A man re
siding in one of the upstairs rooms
was awakened by the smoke and the
crackling of the flames, and gave the
The Minot firemen responded quick
ly and did very effective work, it be
ing nothing short of a miracle that the
adjoining room in the same building
occupied by the Winters Jewelry Co.
was saved, altho great damage was
done to the Winters Jewelrj^ store by
water and smoke. The firemen came
out in a blinding snow storm, the
worst of the season. A strong wind
was blowing from the northwest and
this undoubtedly assisted the firemen
in saving the Winters Jewelry store.
The firemen played water on
from 5 lines of hose, two from above,
one from the rear, another from
front and the fifth up the stairway.
By. six o'lock the fire was under con
The building occupied by the Boyer
Clothing Co. was completly gutted and
John Ehr, the owner considers it a
complete loss. The front and rear
walls are standing but will have to be
Torn down and the structure will be
entirely rebuilt. The building cannot
be rebuilt for less than 045,000. Mr.
Ehr carried some insurance tho not
•nearly enough to pay for the loss. He
states that he will rebuild just as soon
as weather will permit. The front
half of the building was constructed
ajbout twenty years ago and is regard
ed as one of the most desirable busi
ness locations in the city.
E. H. Boyer, proprietor of the Boyer
Clothing Co. left Minot for the east
Tuesday and arrived in Minneapolis
Wednesday morning. He had just
completed the best sale in the history
of his store and had gone east to buy
syring and summer merchandise. His
stock on Jan. 1 was vialued at about
$45,000, tho he had disposed of about
$15,000 worth of merchandise during
this sale. His loss in stock and
tures amounts to about $35,000, on
which he carried to 90 per cent insur
ance. He will return as soon as he
learns of the fire. Just what his future
plans will be cannot be made known
at this time. Mr. Boyer is a pioneer
clothing merchant of the city, and
built up an extensive business. He
We wish to inform you that in order to
take care of our rapidly increasing volume of
business we have found it necessary to add
both to our operating and laboratory staff.
Mahy persons whom we have been forced
FIRE IN JOHN EHR BLOCK DOES
$100,000.00 DAMAGE BOYER'S
CLOTHING STOCK DESTROYED
O W N I E S
has been engaged in business here for
eighteen years. There will be very
little salvage from the stock.
McGee & Goss, attorneys, occu
pied a suite of offices over the Boyer
store. They suffered extensive dam
age, estimated at between $5,000 and
$10,000. They were owners of a law
library worth $10,000.00. Many of the
books were in glass cases and this
saved them from considerable dam
age, altho the loss to many of the
books and fixtures will be complete.
They carried about $6,000.00 insur
ance. Many of their records were
lost and while they can all be replaced
eventually, this will require consider
able time and work. McGee and Goss
estimate their loss at several thousand
dollars more than the insurane they
carried. They have established offi
ces temporarily with John Lynch, who
has offices in the rear of the north
half of the John Ehr building.
John Ehr and Henry Hecht, auc
tioneer and real estate man had offices
over the Boyer store.
The offices of Dr. J. J. Devine, phy
sician and surgeon, over the Winters
Jewelry store was damaged by smoke
and water. Judge Lynch's offices suf
fered damage from the same cause.
The Winters Jewelry Co. suffered
a heavy loss, estimated roughly at
$15,000 or $20,000.00. This^oss was
caused by water and smoke. The water
came down from above in a perfect
stream, damaging the costly mahogany
fixtures, the leather goods and much
of the other stock in the store. Not a
piece of glassware was broken in the
store during the fire. Harry Winters
states that the loss Will be fully cov
ered by insurance. The store cannot
be opened until after the loss is ad
The Woolworth Co. had considerable
loss from water which ran into their
basement. The basement of the New
York Department store was flooded
and some of the stock damaged by
the water. The stock in both of these
stores was damaged to some extent
It appeared for a time that the
Arcade block tyas doomed), Drs.
Hartl and DeMots moved much of their
equipment to other offices across the
street when they feared the block
When Marvin Solien went down in
to the basement of the New York store
to investigate the damage done by the
smoke, he was not aware that any
water had run into the basement. He
stepped into eight inches of ice cold
water. Julius Fauchald says that it
has been 28 years since he started
business in Minot and this is his first
loss on which he will collect insurance.
A weekly Bulletin Announcing the Activities of the Members
and Friends of the Minot
Vol. 1 February 17th, 1921 No. 4
Thank you, boys! I got in more
books, circulars and pamphlets on ad
vertising than the ordinary man cbuld
read in & month of Mondays. There
is a lot of good sound sense in these
but they were originated by some fer
tile brain a month or so ago, and
might be just a little stale. I think
that a great big city like Minot should
have some advertising men in it that
are capable of writing something orig
inal, and then when it is printed let
the other fellow copy it from us.
When you have an article to adver
tise you should think out some origi
nal idea, and give the public some
thing absolutely new. This kind of ad
vertising will always bring results,
but if you use some old worn-oat
method that has been used by every
cheap store in the state, your adver
tisement will not be noticM, and if it
is noticed it will be criticized. Let
us be original.
On Saturday evening of lqst week
Otto Ellison of the Fair Store was
taken over to the home of hia brother
Norman, where he was given quite a
surprise, the occasion being the eve of
his 36th birthday. He was presented
with many valuable as well as useful
toys, such as rattle*, picture-books,
dolls, etc., and it is said that when he
came down to the store Monday he
appeared to be about thirty-two years
younger. No wonder he was so gen
erous at Rotary Monday. Dave Mair
can tell you about this.
This is supposed
to be the picture
of the well known
banker who will
have charge of the
first Town Criers
dinner put on by
boosters on Feb.
22nd, 1921, and it
has been slipped to
me gently but au
this is the one
meeting that you
don't want to miss
for they say they
A. k. KURTH
are going to outdo anything that has
ever been put on, and you know we
have had some good ones. But Kurth
is a worker, and nothing will surprise
us, even though we have to carry out
half of the members that may con
tract Laughing Sickness. It sure will
be funny. Time 6:30. Place, Associ
ation of Commerce rooms. This
means 6:30—not 7 o'clock.
The Associated Advertising Clubs
World will hold their annual
Notice of Special Interest to Our Patients
to send to other dentists on account of our
time being previously engaged will now be
taken care at our offices.
Come in and see our newly-decorated and
enlarged quarters. Meet the new dentists
convention at Atlanta, Ga., on June guests at the regular dinner Feb. 22
/12th to 16th. The Minot Town Criers in the Association of Commerce rooms
Club must have at least one delegate!at (i:•'!() o'clock.
there. What one of the Criers can I
go down there and get the most good
out of it for the club, and when he
gets it out bring it home with him
Think it over. We have some good
The hotel men (who will have a con
vention here next week) will be our
A man can make his coffee
Without a coffee mill,
But he can't make his whiskey
Without a whiskey still.
On Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 2L',
How do you like your new telephone just before the big Town Criers din
book? Kicks go to McGuire now. ner that will be engineered by the:
*. bankers, the Town Criers are pre-!
When you read over the advertise- paring to shoot Old Man Grouch.
ments in the city papers, whose do you When he has been properly shot and is
like best? Whose looks the most I thoroughly dead, he will be gracefully
truthful, and whose looks like a fake placed in his beautiful casket and
ad? This is a good way to pick out taken to the burying ground and bur
good stores. icd so deep that he will never appear
in the city again. The shooting will
If you would be of real service to! take place on Main street at 5 o'
your club, town or community, you! clock, and any person that does not
will dismiss the question, "What do see it will be grouchy for a year to
I get out of it?" and by asking "What come. Try to be there you may lose
can I put into it?" you will have that grouch you have had so long.
found the best way to get something
out of it. The following are some of the ques
tions that enter the heads of the as-
What has become of all those ass-jpiring young salesmen, as discovered
ociate editors who were so gener- at the night school. "How am 1 to
ous with their promises of ass- know how my personal ajipearan-.-e
istance. impresses my prospective c-usionie:-'.1"
"Is it not bail salesmanship to m.ike
An Ungrammaticaj TRUTH is a sale that is not acteolabie to my
worth a thousand polished lies. Build
your advertising on a solid founda
tion of TRUTH. Advertising that is
TRUTHFUL will be believed and will
customer?" '"Is creating a des
selling a customer what he does i::
want good salesmanship?" "How
would you go about it to get business
for your firm if you were a eom.iic'i
stranger in the community?"
Campbell sells us candy.
Its bright lights
and black shadows-!
Its Gay White Way
Staged-fy Charlef J- Biabin
Atncttu* of night life in the Gnat
and visit with your friends you will be sure
to find some of them here.
Remember, all our work is backed by a
None bit registered dentists employed.
Taylor keeps his brandy,
Xestos comes in handy,
Byerly is a dandy--(school clerk).
An aviator makes $5,000 a year and
yet people say you can't live on air.
".Jimmie," said the teacher, "what is
"A cape is land extending into the
"Correct. William, define a gulf."
"A gulf is water extending into the
"Correct again. Johnny, what is a
•'A mountain is land extending into
The teacher died.
Herman Schemmel pfennig, wife
and children, from near Burlington,
returned recently from a three weeks'
visit at Urownton, Minn., Herman's
boyhood home. He says the farmers
of .McLeod county, Minn., are in much
worse condition than those of North
Dakota, and he returned better satis
fied than ever with our own state.
Herman a g-i-nl farmer, tie crops a
section of land yearly and will put in
In acres of corn this year. He has
twice won the premium for squaw
corn at the Ward county Corn and
Potato show. He will grow 20 acres
of potatoes this year. He has fine
horses and makes it a rule to cover
twenty miles in the field each day.
About thirty invited guest
ererl at the comfortable farm home of
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 23, 24, 25, 26
Dr. N. B. Livingston
Saturday evening, where a splendid
Valentine dinner was served. A very
enjoyable evening was then spent,
playing games, and by the rendering
of several musical selections.
G. A. Piercy, Portal farmer, while
out looking for his horses- found a
three-year-old colt that had fallen
thru the floor of an old shaek into a
cellar. The colt belonged to a aeigh
bor. Steps were dug and the colt
walked out safely.
A Minot woman saw a butterfly,
full grown, on the back porch of Wrt
home last week. Geese flying north,
willows budding, robins in evidence,
I gophers out and young jack rabbits
appearing, there are certain to be
many disappointments if all signs of
spring fail us.
Curling took a serious slump last
week when the ice at the rink was
almost ruined by rising temperature.
FOR SALE—Early Ohio
lected seed. Joe
Ohio potatoes, se
WANTED—Good second-hand 3-bot
tom gang plow. J. B. Reed. tlcg
FARM FOR SALE—Think of it, 43!)
acres for $25,000. It would bring
$200,000 in North Dakota. Known
as the Judge Hooker Estate. In
cluding several thousand dollars
worth of equipment. Free list.
Ellis Bros.. Inc., Springville, N. Y.