• Approximately 100 people attend the Sunday afternoon ground dedication ceremony at Butte’s Uptown Fire Station No. 1, which will be home to a planned memorial to the firefighters and citizens who lost their lives in the Kenyon-Connell explosion on Jan. 15, 1895.
After blessing the ground with holy water, Father Patrick Berretta, foreground, invited Chris Fisk, left of him, and others involved with the Butte Historical Memorials Inc. project as well as several firefighters and Butte High history students to participate in the blessing.
Those remaining from left are committee members Holly Carpenter, Judy Chadwick, Lindsay Mulcahy, Karen Dolson, and Dan Callahan and firefighter Kurt Sheehan.
• Local artist Martha Cooney Simonich drew her rendition, left, of the envisioned memorial for the victims of the Kenyon-Connell Warehouse fire, as seen on this informational sign revealed Sunday at a ground dedication ceremony for the proposed memorial at Butte’s Uptown Fire Station No. 1.
“The impetus of this whole thing is to remember these firemen and the other citizens who died,” said Jim McCarthy, Butte Historical Monuments Inc. chairman.
• Butte Historical Memorials Inc. committee members who attended Sunday’s memorial dedication at the Uptown Fire Station No. 1 sported red sweatshirts listing the names of the firefighters who lost their lives in the Kenyon-Cronnell Warehouse fire of January 1895.