Kingsbridge also known as High Bridge is located on the banks of the West Twin River in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin at latitude 441241N and longitude 0874052W. The Jindra Family has strong ties to the Kingsbridge area.
John Jindra, son of George Sr. and Mary (Krcmarika) Jindra, and his wife, Marie Ginzel, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Skrumska) Ginzel, owned the Opera Hall in Kings Bridge for a number of years. They purchased it from John’s brother Wencil. Alvin and Leona (Meineke) Jindra operated the cheese factory in Kingsbridge after their marriage in 1914.
$10,000 Fire Loss; At Kings Bridge was the headline in the Manitowoc Herald News page 1 on Wednesday, January 19, 1921.
Jindra Place Kings Bridge Burned Down
Dance Hall, Bar, Home, and Barns wiped out by Fire.
Fire which broke out some time after midnight caused total destruction of the property owned by John Jiudra at Kings Bridge, including residence, bar, dance hall and stables on the premises, the loss today being estimated a $10,000 to $ 15,000. Only a few effects were saved by the family who, when awakened, found the dance hall in flames and the fire rapidly eating its way to consume other buildings, and were forced to leave hurriedly to escape being killed in the burning structure.
To the fact that the wind was from the southeast and not, directly from the east, is due the safety of the home of Arthur Bleser, which is located directly east of the Jindra place. The
burning embers from the Jindra buildings were carried by the wind but the direction deflected them from the Bleser house which Mr. Bleser and his family watched closely, however, to safeguard.
FAMILY HAD RETIRED
Origin of the fire is not known but it is believed it may have to due with some defect in the chimney. Mr. Jindra had closed the place and retired with his family. Some time later he was awakened and noted the smell of smoke In the room and aroused
members of the family. The sleeping quarters were on the second floor of the building and when Mr. Jindra was awakened he noticed that a window, which overlooks the dance hall, on the first floor, was aglow and approaching it discovered that the interior of the hall below was a seething mass of flames. Hurriedly dressing he made his way down stairs to find that the tire was beyond control and was spreading rapidly. With the assistance of Mrs. Jindra and others he succeeded in removing a piano and a few articles from the living rooms on the first floor but the work could be continued only a short time the flames and smoke driving the workers from the building.
SAVE CATTLE IN BARNS
Mr. Jindra saved the cattle in the barn, reaching the structure in time to release the animals before the flames destroyed the buildiing. Nothing else could be saved however and the barn, sheds, ice house and silo were destroyed with the other buildings. Neighbors from the surrounding section who hurried to the scene when they learned of the fire were unable to check the flames which within a short time had laid waste the entire property.
SKIES LIGHTED UP
The reflection from the fire lighted up the skies north of the city and for an hour or more the lurid hue was visible from the city. The burned buildings were of frame construction and fed the flames fast. The fire was still burning this morning.
OWNED BY MR. JINDRA
Mr. Jindra owned the property which he had conducted for ten years or more. The dance hall was one of the popular ones of the county and frequent dances were given, attended from all parts of the county.
Mr. Jindra and his family were given shelter at the home of friends last night and today. It was stated that Mr. Jindra carried insurance on the property though it is not probably that it will nearly cover the loss. It is not known whether Mr. Jindra will rebuild the dance hall or not.