Tidbits from Then and Now
Rutland Herald July 2, 1943
Submitted by Mickey Kelly and Fred Remington
Fire Wipes Out Turkeys
Between 1500 and 1800 Perish in North Clarendon Fire of Unknown Origin
Between 1500 and 1800 young turkeys perished in a fire of undetermined origin on the E. N. Howley farm on the so called "lower' road in North Clarendon early yesterday morning.
The birds, owned by E. C. Young Sr. of Terrill street, were being raised for market purposes, and Young placed their value at approximately $2 each. He explained that although he has been raising turkeys for the past six years, he entered the business on a larger scale than ever before, purchasing the day-old birds from his brother Hugh Young of Castleton.
The building on the Howley farm, where Young kept the turkeys, was a modern building, 20 to 80 feet. Persons connected with the farm said that coal-burning brooder stoves were used to keep the birds warm.
Young said that all was well in the building when he left there at 9 o’clock last night. Phil Pentowski, Howley farm employee, said he made a last check-up later before retiring. It was he who discovered the fire after 2 o’clock yesterday morning, and awakened Howley. The two men removed the boards from a side of the building but found that all the birds were dead by that time.
Young said that he will not attempt to resume turkey-raising operations this year, as the birds are hatched early in the spring. His loss was partly covered by insurance.
Howley estimated the loss to the building at approximately $1000.
An investigation is said to be underway by authorities to determine whether any of the birds had been stolen from the building before the time of the fire.
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