Newspaper excerpts regarding the Rudd House of Owensboro, KY.

1890 - Sandusky Daily Register, Sandusky, Ohio, Nov. 8, 1890.

    Swept by the Flames - Owensboro, KY., Nov. 7 -- Owensboro was visited last night by the most destructive fire in her history, and when the debris is cleared away and order reigns, it is feared that the configuration will be found to have been attended with loss of life. At 10 o'clock last night the fire had destroyed property to the amount of $250,000 and was still burning.

    At that time it was believed that at least five persons met their death under falling walls, while others were seriously injured in jumping from burning buildings. The fire originated in a pantry in the basement of the Rudd house, a handsome modern hotel which was filled with sleeping guests, and gained considerable headway before it was discovered. It rapidly gutted the house.

    The guests were awakened and ran out into the streets in their night clothing, while many, crazed by fear, jumped from the windows of the hotel. Among those were two ladies and one child, both of whom are badly injured. Wm. H. Hohn jumped from a third-story window of the Rudd house, fell on his back and is fatally injured.

    There are five guests of the Rudd house who are missing, and they are believed to have been burned to death. Charles Liebeck, a traveling salesman from Philadelphia, and Charles Bareford, of New Albany, had a narrow escape and were badly burned.

    A high wind was blowing at the time the fire originated, and after the hotel had been swept away the flames reached the Bank of Commerce building, next door, and that with the buildings occupied by Marks & Dregan, grocers, and Quicksert & Co., merchant tailors, was soon in ashes. The building on the corner, occupied by the Owensboro Messenger, with it's costly outfit, was the next to be attacked and in a few minutes was destroyed. The fire then spread around the corner and burned the buildings occupied by Marker's saloon, Smith, butcher; Williams, furnishing goods; John Rainhardt, furniture; A. J. Wadley's one stone building, and D. A. Evans, livery stable.

    After daylight this morning the six missing people were found. There were several narrow escapes from the burning hotel. Charles Bareford, of New Albany, and Charles Leibrick, of Philadelphia, were badly and probably fatally burned. The loss will probably reach $150,000.

1896 - The News, Frederick, MD - Oct.28, 1896.

    Owensboro, KY. Oct. 27 - On arriving in this city Secretary Carlisle and party were met at the depot by a delegation of fifty persons. National Democrats and Republicans and escorted to the Rudd House of which he was the guest while in the city. There were small delegations in the city from adjoining counties. At 2 p.m. he addressed a meeting of 2,000 people, nearly 1,000 of them ladies. The silver people were very much in evidence, but Mr. Carlisle was treated most courtesously. His address lasted about an hour and was well received. Several silver men were sowrn in as special policement to protect him from indignities should any be offered.

1900 - Anaconda Standard Anaconda, MT., Nov. 22, 1900

    Owensboro, KY., Nov. 21, Governor J. C. W. Beckham of KY., and Miss Jeane Raphael Fuqua were married at the 1st Presbyterian Church. A reception followed at the Rudd House, which was a notable social function.

1903 - Janesville Daily Gazette, Janesville, WI, Nov. 30, 1903

    Owensboro, KY., Nov. 30 - Mabel McKinley, a niece of President McKinley, is lying dangerously ill at the Rudd house. The vaudeville company with which she played has disbanded.