Bio: Barr, Fred Jr. (Fire - 1958)
----Source: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 01/09/1958
Barr, Fred Jr. (Fire - 8 JAN 1958)
Fifteen head of dairy and beef cattle, and a barn which has been converted into a refrigerator plant and slaughter house, were destroyed early Wednesday morning by fire of unknown origin on the Fred Barr Jr. mink rank about 7 miles southwest of Greenwood.
The owner and his wife were in Chicago, Ill. when the fire occurred. On his return here yesterday afternoon, Barr estimated the loss at $75,000 and said it was partly covered by insurance. A new building will be erected to replace the destroyed structure and its facilities, he said.
The town of Eaton fire department fought the flames for nearly five hours in sub-zero temperatures, but was unable to save the building. Destroyed contents also included two walk-in type refrigerators, feed grinding and mixing machinery, and various other equipment.
The building and its contents were used to prepare rations for thousands of mink raised on the Barr ranch, one of the largest of its type in Central Wisconsin. The food preparation operations will be transferred to another building on the farm until the destroyed structure can be replaced, Barr said.
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