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The Southern Democrat, June 2, 1937


FIRE RAZES LUMBER PLANT; WILL BE REBUILT AT ONCE

A loss estimated at between $10,000 and $12,000 was sustained early Tuesday morning when the sawmill of R.L. Sawyer, on First Avenue, burned

According to the first ones at the fire, somewhere between 1 and 2 A.M., the mill was then in a huge blaze and although the fire department was summoned at once little headway could be made against the flames.

The fire burned the entire mill causing serious damage to all the machinery, however a large part of the lumber on the outside was saved from the conflagration.

Mr. Sawyer reports that four carloads of finished lumber ready for transportation was inside the mill when it was burned.

A freight train arriving in the city at about the time the fire was making headway did much to wake up Oneonta to the conflagration that was taking place.

BLOUNT COUNTY HI CLOSES MOST SUCCESSFUL SEASON

Starting last Thursday evening with a musical and expression recital the commencement exercises of the Blount County High School came to a close on Tuesday night the general play “Handle With Care”…

Tuesday morning saw the final graduation exercises when the 48 seniors marched up for their diplomas and could proudly say we graduated.