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percival_hotel [2009/06/19 11:43]
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 In the wee hours of 10 January [[1871]], a fire broke out in the hotel. ​ The cisterns and wells in town were nearly dry, and volunteers had to haul water from a pond just outside of town.  The fire was intense, and the hotel was completely destroyed. ​ Ira Percival'​s young son, Orville, a young girl named Christina Ransler who was living with the family, and a domestic servant named Amanda Garrison all died in the fire.  Soon after the tragedy, the Percivals sold the property and moved to [[Union]] where they bought another hotel. In the wee hours of 10 January [[1871]], a fire broke out in the hotel. ​ The cisterns and wells in town were nearly dry, and volunteers had to haul water from a pond just outside of town.  The fire was intense, and the hotel was completely destroyed. ​ Ira Percival'​s young son, Orville, a young girl named Christina Ransler who was living with the family, and a domestic servant named Amanda Garrison all died in the fire.  Soon after the tragedy, the Percivals sold the property and moved to [[Union]] where they bought another hotel.
  
-The victims of the fire are buried in the Percival family cemetery on Walton-Nicholson Road, including Amanda Garrison, who is listed as "​coloured"​ on her tombstone. ​ [[African-Americans]] were generally buried in separate cemeteries at that time.  It is believed that their badly burned bodies were impossible to distinguish,​ leading to all three victims ​to being buried together.+The victims of the fire are buried in the Percival family cemetery on Walton-Nicholson Road, including Amanda Garrison, who is listed as "​coloured"​ on her tombstone. ​ [[African-Americans]] were generally buried in separate cemeteries at that time.  It is believed that their badly burned bodies were impossible to distinguish,​ leading to all three victims being buried together.
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