Monday, February 3, 2014

August 3,1882 A Hot Time in Lindley,NY

Thanks  to Bill Canfield for sharing this article in the Corning Journal August 3,1882, P3 Col.4

The sash ,door and blind factory of W.H. Hill & Co of Lindley was burned on Tuesday afternoon. The total loss is over five thousand dollars. There was $2,400 insurance on the building and machinery. The half dozen workmen had been for half an hour in the finishing room, in the second story, packing up manufactured articles .There was no one in the work room below, and the fire began in the end opposite the engine room. When the alarm was given the most of the lower story was in flames as the fire spread quickly.  The workmen hastily escaped.  There was no chance to save any of the manufactured articles, the value of which was about $1,400 .The sawmill owned by the company was in much danger and also the planning mill beyond it ,as the burning material was carried by the wind. The Lawrenceville fire company came with a hand engine and the neighbors rallied. For two hours, the contest continued. A line of men and women passed buckets of water to save the sawmill and planning mill. The ladies of the vicinity provided a late dinner for the hundred or more men that had successfully fought the fire. The burned factory was built last fall and supplied with the best machinery. The enterprising proprietors have met with a great loss.

(The 1873 map of Lindley shows a number of  properties in the vicinity of the present Lindley bridge  owned by the Hill family. In the photo display in the Town Hall lobby is a photo of what was left of the mill (probably meaning the sawmill ) after the 1889 flood. A copy of the photo is in William H. Burr's History of Lindley 1951. He identified the structures that were in the photo at the time of the flood.)
Photo of fire apparatus from an  Internet advertisement. Can you imagine the Lawrenceville Fire Fighters running from there to Lindley to fight the fire with that apparatus///????
Kitty

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