From It Is Reported–
That J. T. Hodges’ stock of drugs, &c, at Canton, Texas, was damaged by fire on the 9th inst. The loss is nearly covered by insurance. (Pharmaceutical Record and Weekly Market Review: A Technical and Business Journal for Druggists. Vol. XIV, June to December, 1892.
The Fort Worth Gazette, September 10, 1892, reported a “disastrous fire comes near wiping the little city of Canton out of existence” on September 9th. The fire burned the west side of the square, which contained Hodges store and the D. F. Clark Drug store among several others. “Canton is a plucky town and where these frame buildings stood, brick ones will be immediately erected” (p. 1).
Hodges erected a brick storefront, with wood and glass windows, and complemented with metal cornice, columns, and his name emblazoned on the pediment.