Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Fire razes building on Hammond farm

This story was carried by The Daily Ypsilanti Press on Saturday, May 18, 1918.

The house and large barns on what has been known as the Hammond farm or Larchfield Hall, on South Huron Street road, were destroyed by fire at about noon today.

The fire is believed to have originated in the large west barn in which was a quantity of baled hay and although strenuous efforts were made by neighbors, wind carried the fire to the other buildings. The Oliver family lived upon the farm.

The city fire company was called and responded but there was little that they could do because of the headway made by the flames before they could arrive.

The only building saved was a tenant house. The destroyed residence was one of the most beautiful in this vicinity and during the time the Hammond family lived there was a scene of many social funtions.

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