March 7, 1900
Monday night the livery stable owned by Mr. J. W. Stancil at Bernice was destroyed by fire. Practically nothing was saved from the building. Two or three head of stock were burned to death, and another mule while rushing through the flames had its eyes burned out. Part of this stock belonged to a Texas drover. In addition to the building and stock, all the feedstuff, harness and a few vehicles were consumed. We do not know the amount of the loss but learn that Mr. Stancil had $600 insurance, which will only partially cover his loss. It is supposed the fire originated form burning timbers near by.