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The smoky remains of the business’ structures were visible in the morning light.

After tragedy, great Louisa success story

Posted on April 28, 2016 at 8:00 am

Eleven-year-old John Jerl Purcell Jr. sat with his grandfather on the porch of a West Street house while the pair watched across the street as J.S.’s lumber business burned to the ground. The August 1949 four-alarm fire swept through the retail store, the grist and flour mill, the...
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