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"The man replied, "I may go back to farming; we store stuff in that." He told Mears the family had lived in the 9-by-10-by-18-foot structure when they first moved to the farm.Mears went to his truck, got a bill and gave it to the old man.Mears bought his buggy and was the last person remaining after the auction finished.After he loaded the buggy onto his truck, he walked over to the farmer with an offer."I said, 'Sir, what are you going to do with the standing building?Johnson also collected several records on gold mining in the Wiseman area and has written several papers on a variety of historical topics in Alaska.The university’s Consortium Library already has several of Johnson’s papers and items in its collection.Authorities said that mutual Aid crews assisted with suppression, limiting the fire damage mainly to the attic and 2 rooms of the second floor.The rest of the house suffered significant smoke and water damage, but was untouched by the fire.

The story of how Mears came to own the building starts with a buggy. He saw an advertisement for an auction in Gumboro, Delaware, including a buggy for sale."I wanted a buggy, so I went on up there," he said.

James intended to donate several records and items he collected during that time, but when she stopped by her storage unit Tuesday, several items were missing, including the box full of antique medical equipment.

“Sealed glass tubes I remember seeing in the box with silk suturing thread and a sterile needle,” James explained. These things are well over 100 years old, and the packaging is a little bit rough.” Some of the medications date back to the 1880s.

Authorities said that the residents were awoken up by their smoke detectors to discover that their attic was on fire. When crews arrived the fire was quickly raised to a second alarm bringing in crews from as far away as Wentworth, Meredith and Bristol. According to the Campton-Thornton Fire Rescue they used a deck gun attached to one of the fire trucks to knock down a substantial amount of fire.

A crew on the inside began aggressively attacking the fire, but were hampered by severely damaged stairs leading to the attic.

Mears disassembled the building, log by log, and transported the whole thing from Delaware down to Virginia, where he put it back together again in his yard, along with the split-rail fence.

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