‘Must have been the act of an incendiary’

HISTORY-Lee highway builders

October 20, 1887 — The 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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