Another barn fire

Luray museum

October 20, 1887The fine new bank barn belonging to Mr. J.B. Ruffner, situated on his farm, about three miles northwest of Luray, was destroyed by fire Saturday night about 7 o’clock.

There were in the barn at the time about 200 bushels of grain, including wheat, rye and oats, about 20 bushels of clover seed, 28 loads of hay, $100 worth of gear and harness, wheat fan, corn sheller, and stable and barn furniture generally.

The loss altogether is estimated at $1,800. No insurance.

Mr. Ruffner and family were absent at the time, and while he has no reason to attribute to anyone so heinous a crime, yet he thinks it must have been the act of an incendiary.

~ From the public archives of the Page News and Courier

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