STRATTON – The Dead River Area Historical Society has announced that Brad Crafts of Jay has donated several black and white photographs and color slides of the Green Farm fire on Feb. 22, 1971.

The slides have been made into prints and the black and white and color photographs have been added to the Green farm album donated by Michael and Carol Reed Vanhoosier last summer.

Crafts was at his camp in Langtown the weekend of the fire and could see black smoke rising from the distance. He knew it had to be close by. He was the first one there and realized nothing could be done to save the historic landmark. He could only take pictures.

The society is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every weekend during July and August.

Collections from 1850 on include old carpentry and logging tools, china, glass, church organ, furniture from native families, a schoolroom, a memorial room to the “lost” towns of Flagstaff and Dead River, the lineage of several native families and memorabilia from native homesteads.

For more information, call Mary Henderson at 246-2271.

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