FIRE- Mr. D. Hallock-1876
HALLOCK, BLANCHARD, SHIRTLIF
Posted By: cheryl Locher moonen (email)
Date: 2/17/2020 at 15:25:30
Chickasaw County Times, Wednesday, Feb 23, 1876, Lawler, IA, Page: 5
FIRE- Mr. D. Hallock, living about six miles south-east of Lawler, met with a severe loss by fire on Sunday last. His stock-shed and granary were burned, together with 800 bushels of oats, 200 bushels of corn, one stack of hay, one horse, 18 sheep, 2 yearlings, 40 chickens, and a part of his farm machinery. About $1,000 worth of property was burned, which was partly insured. The hay caught fire about 12 o’clock on Sunday from the burning prairie, and was communicated to his shed in a flash, giving him just time to save all of his horses but one. Himself and two others had a lively fight with the prairie fire before it reached his property, but the wind blew so hard, and the fire ran so rapidly that they could not control it. The two gentlemen who were helping him, (Mr. Shirtlif and Mr. Blanchard) were badly burned. This is another warning to farmers living on the prairie. You cannot be secure from prairie fires without burning the grass around your property. This fire ran for some distance over timothy-stubble, and jumped across two roads.
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