Back to front | George Bet: Photographic artist, pyro criminal, fraud

    by Gundahar Burrowes
    Published: June 29, 2024 (3 weeks ago)

    On April 10, 1898, four days after the passing of his baby child, George Robert Bet’s Urbana photo display on West Central avenue burst into flames.

    The reason for the fire was accounted for in The Messenger as “beginning from a blast of synthetic compounds, evidently.”

    Protection paid $1,700 to Bet, which he said wouldn’t start to cover the loss.In June of that very year, Award M. Robeson woke around midnight to seeing a “to some degree dressed” man with dull hair and a mustache taking care of the blazes of a fire with oil on the wooden strides of one more of Bet’s studios at 105 W. Park Ave., Champaign.

    This was the third time this specific structure was set ablaze.

    Bet was engaged with about six legal disputes in Champaign District.

    One included two other neighborhood picture takers, Arthur W. Abernathy and Candid W. Stafford, with whom he had been doing business as the Bet Craftsmanship Co.

    The three money managers verbally concurred in October 1897 that Bet would rent the property on West Park to the last two and resign from the photography business for a very long time.

    Recorded as a hard copy, in any case, Bet gave no such non-contend understanding.

    Bet demanded the papers didn’t should be evaluated by a lawyer.

    Abernathy and Stafford marked the agreement without perusing it completely, confiding in Bet at his promise.

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