House Resolution 4 - Introduced HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 4 BY WILLS A Resolution honoring Crampton Linley for his heroic 1 efforts in containing the Iowa State Capitol fire of 2 1904. 3 WHEREAS, Crampton Linley, an Australian, arrived in 4 Iowa in the early 1900s and worked as a surveyor and 5 architect; and 6 WHEREAS, Linley served as a consulting engineer for 7 the Sturtevant Company, which was contracted to update 8 the ventilating and heating systems within the Iowa 9 State Capitol; and 10 WHEREAS, on January 4, 1904, while installing 11 electrical lines throughout the Capitol, an electrician 12 was using a candle while working on the second floor 13 behind the House Chamber, which caused a fire that 14 spread to the attic; and 15 WHEREAS, Linley, who was in the building at the time 16 of the fire, crawled to the attic on his hands and 17 knees in dense smoke through an air duct; and 18 WHEREAS, Linley closed a connecting door, which 19 confined the fire to the north end of the Capitol and 20 saved the remainder of the building; and 21 WHEREAS, Linley, upon the request of Governor Albert 22 Cummins, was assessing the fire damage in the attic on 23 January 5, 1904; and 24 WHEREAS, while assessing the damage, an area where 25 Linley stood collapsed and he fell 47 feet to the House 26 Chamber below, dying shortly thereafter; and 27 WHEREAS, the 1902–1906 Capitol Commission determined 28 -1- LSB 2059YH (4) 89 cm/rn 1/ 2
H.R. 4 that Linley’s heroic conduct on January 4, 1904, was a 1 significant factor in containing the fire to the north 2 wing of the Capitol; NOW THEREFORE, 3 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, That 4 the House of Representatives recognizes Crampton Linley 5 for his extraordinary efforts and heroic actions on 6 January 4, 1904, in containing the Iowa State Capitol 7 fire, and honors him for his service to the state of 8 Iowa. 9 -2- LSB 2059YH (4) 89 cm/rn 2/ 2