Lewiston Morning Tribune|
Sunday, April 7, 1907
Loses Life In Flames
David Arthur Victim of Yesterday's Fire.
Four Buildings Destroyed.
Mr. Arthur Prominent in Labor Circles, Was Aged Man.
A fire yesterday morning at 4:30 o'clock, which destroyed four frame structures at the corner of East Main and new Sixth streets, owned by O. A. Kjos, resulted in David Arthur, aged 62 years, losing his life in the flames. The buildings destroyed were the Home restaurant and Thatcher lodging house, conducted by Mrs. Mary McNamara; the grocery store conducted by J. A. Landis, and the store room in which the firm of Booth & Sheehy had a quantity of materials stored. Mr. Arthur occupied a room in the lodging house. He was in feeble health, being afflicted with heart disease. The fire, which was of mysterious origin, broke out in the second floor of the lodging house. There were a large number of lodgers from the building and all quickly rushed from the building. They saw nothing of Arthur and no outcries were heard. In the crowd during the progress of the fire, no definite information could be secured as to whether the old gentleman had escaped from the building, but later when the flames were put under control by the firemen, Fire Chief Martinson and Fireman M. C. Scott discovered the body in the debris.
Arthur was a member of the carpenters' union and acted as walking delegate for the unions here. He was highly respected and has resided here several years. He was a former resident of California, where at a period he was possessed of considerable wealth, but he preferred never to talk of those days even to his most intimate friends. He has no know living relatives, and the funeral will be conducted under the auspices of the carpenters' union.
Arthur Funeral Today.
Be Held at 12:30 and Conducted by the Unions.
The funeral of the late David Arthur will be held today at 12:30 o'clock from the Jaegar undertaking parlors. The services will be conducted by Rev. B. F. Sewell of the Presbyterian church, under the auspices of the Carpenters and Joiners union, No. 398, of which Mr. Arthur was a member. The funeral cortege will leave the undertaking parlors at 1:30 o'clock and will be led by the Lewiston band.
The arrangements were completed for the funeral at a special meeting of the carpenters union last night. All members are requested to attend today and other labor organizations will also be represented.