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Amsterdam, N.Y., Friday, May 27, 1932

 

Outside Help Called.

The blaze was discovered about 1:30 o'clock by Fred Van Order and Harvey Wemple, who sounded the alarm.  When it was seen the fire was fast gaining headway, assistance was summoned from this city, the No. 1 pumper responding, Fultonville, Fonda, Tribes Hill Fort Hunter and Glen.

The stock and fixtures of the store conducted by George Hess, Tribes Hill, located in the westerly section of the building, was also destroyed and the flames quickly communicated to the barn in the rear.  The house, owned by Edward Shutts and occupied by Deputy Sheriff Garrett Witbeck, on the opposite side of the highway, was blistered by the intense heat.  The origin of the blaze is unknown.

A committee of the Auriesville Community club had already started to make arrangements for the reception of visitors at the historic site during the coming Washington bicentennial celebration.  It was hoped that the parade through the valley would give proper recognition that has long been due the old tavern.


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