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Whereas suspicion has arisen that the
Buildings which were destroyed by Fire
in Deerfield on Saturday last, was the
work of some Evil disposed person or
persons from circumstances which have
come to our knowledge. These are
therefore as Selectmen of Deerfield, to
offer the above reward of Fifty Dollars
and all reasonable charges to the Per-
son or Personís who will detect and
cause to be brought to Justice the of-
IRA ABACROMBIE. } Chairman of Selectmen.
Deerfield, October 2nd, 1843.
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On September 26, 1843, a fire destroyed several barns, sheds, and other farm buildings, and two dwellings, in the village of Deerfield, Massachusetts. The local newspaper estimated that over 40 tons of hay and nearly 1000 bushels of grain had been lost in the fire. Only one of the structures had been insured, so the owners faced financial hardship, and possibly ruin. Since the cause of the fire could not be accounted for, some believed that it had been set intentionally. The town's elected officials, the Selectmen, offered a reward for information regarding the fire, but no arrest was later reported.
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| creator Ira Abecrombie (1805-1870)
| date Oct 2, 1843
| location Deerfield, Massachusetts
| height 8.0"
| width 9.5"
| process/materials printed paper, ink
| item type Public Announcements/Poster
| accession # #L01.080
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