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On This Day: January 18

1864 - (Civil War) 5th Wisconsin Artillery Returns Home

The 5th Wisconsin Light Artillery returned to Wisconsin for a 30-day furlough.

1908 - Fire Destroys Tobacco Warehouse

On this date fire devastated the tobacco warehouse of Julius Marqusee & Co. An estimated 4,000 cases of tobacco were destroyed. Losses were estimated at $250,000, Janesville's largest property loss to that date. Three firemen suffered injuries fighting the blaze. [Source: Janesville Gazette]

1930 - Train Crash in Janesville

On this date two passenger trains crashed head-on in Janesville. Major tragedy was averted as only three men were injured when both engines careened down embankments near the Franklin Street viaduct. Milwaukee road engineer John Higgins was found responsible for the wreck. [Source: Janesville Gazette]