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Timothy Hunt's Barn and Sheds Destroyed by Fire
The Henry Republican, Henry Illinois, June 7, 1883

The large barn and sheds attached, belonging to Mr. Timothy Hunt in Whitefield were consumed by fire at midday on Friday last. Mr. Hunt had been away for a load of corn, and after driving the same into the shed, he unhitched his team, fed them and went into the house. While eating dinner his attention was called to the barn, which was then so completely enveloped in flames that nothing could be saved. One horse was rescued badly burned. His loss consists of top family carriage, new buggy, wagon loaded with corn, $140 worth of wool, 3 horses, 2 ½ tons of hay, a reaper, a mower and a lot of other implements. Estimated loss $2500. Insured in the Henry Township Protection Insurance Company in the sum of $700. The loss is heavy and Mr. Hunt has the sympathy of the community in his misfortune. The cause of the fire cannot be accounted for. Not one on the place uses tobacco in any form. In his efforts to arrest the flames Mr. Hunt was badly burned about the face and hands.

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