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18820722 - Sherman Barn Farm

Cleveland Lakeside Press
7/22/1882, Article

Sherman Barn Fire

July 22, 1882

Ed. Lakeside Pres.

Wednesday afternoon at a few minutes of four o'clock, a heavy volume of smoke was observed issuing from the rear of W.H. Foster's yard, and soon a large number had gathered there, when it was discovered that a small barn belonging to ex-president Sherman, was on fire.  Effort were at once made to stay the spread of the flames.  Foster's large barn, within a very few feet was in great danger, and also the old barn to the southeast, owned by Audas.  Had the fire common ___ to these, connected as they are to several large buildings, great destruction must have followed.  The fire and weather combined made things very hot, but our residents, young and old, worked faithfully and saved the adjoining property.  The loss is about $175; not insured.  Ex-president Sherman was off about a mile haying.  When a messenger went on horseback to inform him of the fire, he replied that he 'wasn't goin' to go till he had the hay finished..'  The origin of the fire is unknown; but we should not be surprised if it, as well as other mysterious fires, were brought about from boys playing with sun-glasses.

Owner/SourceCleveland Historical Society
Date22 Jul 1882
Linked toEdward Sherman (Residence)

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