Clarendon, VT Fire, May 1906

Clarendon Mill and Houses Burned.

Fire was discovered Sunday morning between the hours of 1 and 2 o'clock in the lumber mill and yards of the B. E. Horton estate at North Clarendon. There was a brisk wind in a short time the fire was beyond control and was consuming the numerous buildings and dwellings houses near the mill. A bucket brigade was formed but it proved inadequate. The fire engine and men from Rutland were summoned and they arrived in time to save the house formerly occupied by Mr. Horton and a tenement house. The fire is thought to be incendiary. The loss is estimated at $20,000 and is only partially covered by insurance.

The buildings burned include a saw and shingle mill and cheese box factory, cider mill, modern sugar house, horse barn, cow barn, carriage barn, tool house, ice house, a large hen house, and many smaller buildings used for storage purposes.

A large quantity of valuable machinery was ruined, the loss on this alone being nearly $5,000. More than 100,000 feet of lumber, much of which was owned by the farmers about the town, went up in smoke.

The Horton plant was erected twenty-nine years ago by B. E. Horton, who had added buildings from year to year, putting in new machinery until the mill were among the best in point of equipment in that vicinity.

Mr. Horton died January 24 last, and since that time the business had been run by Mrs. Horton and her son. The estate is now in progress of settlement. The cause of the fire is not known but as the plant had been shut down for over a month, owing to repairs which were being made on the mill dam, it is believed to be the work of an incendiary.

The plant furnished employment for from fifteen to twenty men. It is doubtful if it will be rebuilt.

St. Albans Daily Messenger, St. Albans, VT 21 May 1906