Fire at Fred L. Haynes’ Farm, 1921

From the Skidmore News (Skidmore, Missouri), January 13, 1921, page 1:

Barn Destroyed by Fire at Fred L. Haynes Farm.
Stock Saved but Other Contents of Building Lost — Origin of Fire Unknown.

A large barn at the Fred L. Haynes home, on what is known as the Taylor Brown farm, 4 miles west and 2 miles south of Skidmore, was burned to the ground about 10 o’clock Monday night.

The fire was discovered between 9 and 10 o’clock. All of the stock was saved, but about 4500 bushels of corn, 40 tons of hay, a quantity of oats, and some harness were lost. The barn itself was valued at about $3,500.
As soon as Mr. Haynes had finished gathering his corn, he took out an insurance policy covering the barn and its contents, so the net loss will probably not be great.

The origin of the fire remains a mystery. The evening’s chores had been done early, and no one had been in the barn for several hours.

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