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Significant events from 1872.
Beers & Faris millinery takes over the room on the west side of The Square formerly known as John P. Smith's jewelry store.
- 16th - A fire on The Square burns out the stores of several merchants, including: Joseph Howe, dry goods; J. G. McPheeters, post office and stationery; George Bollenbacher, shoe; John Shelton, groceries; Walker Brothers, meat market; Wylie L. Bates, shoe shop; Charles Moberly, notions; the Democrat printing office; Mike Smith, barber shop; Henry Knour, bakery; the hall of the Good Templars and Knights of Pythias, and four saloons.
- 7th - The Laforce & Gray tannery burns to the ground. Arson was suspected. Damages were estimated at $3000, and the owners had no insurance.
- 21st - Colored man Isaiah Loggins is arrested in Bloomington on the charge of horse theft in Orange County. Loggins would be lynched the next day on the road to Mitchell by the Southern Indiana Vigilance Committee.
- R. Leffler, owner of a flour mill, takes on J.W. Sprowle as a partner, with business continuing under the name Leffler & Sprowle.
- E. T. Taylor buys the National Hotel from Lawson McKinney.
- Due to the fire, Wylie L. Bates relocates his shoe shop to Butler's corner.
- Austin Seward, a pioneering resident of Bloomington, dies