(The following is a transcription of a newspaper article from 1931, said to be likely published in the Observer newspaper.
$15,000 Damage by Fire in Carleton Co. Community
Flames Conquered by Bucket Brigade after Six-Hour Fight
WOODSTOCK, March 6 – (Special) – An early morning fire today at Glassville, Carleton county, destroyed a corner block of four buildings before it was brought under control by a volunteer bucket brigade after a six-hour battle.The damage is estimated at $15,000, partially covered by insurance. The buildings destroyed were the residence of Mrs. Lydia Lee, the general store belonging to the estate of John McIntosh, and the blacksmith shop, residence and barn of E. M. Lamont.
The fire, the origin of which is unknown, broke out about 5 o’clock in the residence of Mrs. Lee. Residents were quickly on the scene and the flames were attacked with buckets. A strong fight put up in spite of the fact the only water available was from wells and pumps. Little could be done to prevent the flames from spreading to the adjoining buildings and the whole block was speedily ablaze. Attention was turned to getting out the contents of the burning structures, and most of the stock of the McIntosh store was saved, as was the furniture in the Lee and Lamont residence.
For a time the house of Mrs. Iola McIntosh and the residence and blacksmith shop of James Hovey were seriously threatened, but these were saved by hard work.
With the collapse of the buildings, the blaze subsided and the danger was pretty well past shortly after 10 o’clock. The last vestiges of fire had been extinguished this afternoon.