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In Years Past

March 4, 2013
The Post-Journal

In 1913, four men perished in a fire that destroyed a wood camp at Mayburg, Forest County, Pa., near Bradford. Anton Smyrdel, Jake Meler, Tony Zartell and Frank Zartell, Austrian woodcutters, were the victims. Several months ago the camp was opened for the accommodation of woodchoppers employed by the Tionesta Valley Chemical Company. The building was a frame structure and was occupied by the Shuster family and 40 boarders. The inmates of the camp were awakened by the fire and a scene of wild confusion ensued. They resorted to different means of egress from the building and all but four succeeded in getting out. Mrs. Shuster was painfully burned in rescuing her seven-day-old infant. The child was saved.



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