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In Years Past

July 14, 2014

In 1914, among the legal papers in the cases before Surrogate Harley Crosby in Jamestown city hall was one of more than passing interest. It was the last will and testament of John Meehan of this city who died the past January. The interesting thing about the paper was its frail condition owing to having passed through the Gokey fire of 1910. It was in the fireproof safe of Alonzo Picard's law office and was therefore not destroyed. The intense heat to which the safe was subjected, however, affected the paper. It was yellow and brittle and had broken apart along the folds but was still perfectly legible. It was being carefully kept in tissue paper.



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