By Kirk Carlson
Special to The Record-Times 

Arson strikes 1926 Reardan


Last updated 7/27/2023 at 12:46pm

Courtesy Kirk Carlson

A Reardan Mule Days parade is seen sometime between 1910 and 1918. The photo was taken by former Reardan mayor Otto Mahrt.

REARDAN - On the morning of Aug. 3, 1926, two sisters, Amy and Myrtle Shipman, telephone operators for the Interstate Telephone Company and daughters of the owners of the Inland Hotel in Reardan where they were living, were awakened by the crackling sounds of fire.

They quickly raised the alarm.

The fire destroyed the two-story brick building known as the Bowie Block where the fire started. It housed Hanel's Pioneer Drug Store and Sherman S. Bentley's General Store on the first floor and rooms on the second floor that housed dentists, lawyers and the Masons and Eastern Star lodges. It also...

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