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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fire Partly Destroyed Pelham Town Hall in 1908

Shortly after a large Republican rally in the building, a "mysterious" fire partly destroyed Pelham's Town Hall in the early morning hours of October 24, 1908.  This was the predecessor to today's Town Hall.

A brief article about the fire appeared in the October 24, 1908 issue of The Evening Telegram - New York.  It is quoted below. 

Lockup Is Burned, but Luckily No Prisoners Are in Cells.

Officials are investigating a mysterious fire which partly destroyed the Pelham town hall early to-day.

Republicans had a big rally there last night and shortly after the meeting adjourned there was an alarm of fire.  The eastern end of the town hall where the cells are located was on fire.  There were no prisoners in the lockup, or they would have been burned to death.

Politicians who had taken part in the rally joined the volunteer firemen in fighting the flames and saved part of the hall and prevented the fire from spreading to other buildings."

Source:  Fire Partly Destroys Pelham Town Hall, The Evening Telegram - New York, Oct. 24, 1908, p. 5, col. 2.

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