August Hawkins and his sister Prudence around 1900

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1947 Fatal Fire

On 31 May 1947 a fire destroyed a house on the northwest corner of Beaver Dam and Old Stump Roads.  All four members of the Donald Barry family were killed.  Residents of the east wing of the house escaped.

The lot on which the house stood remains vacant to the present time.

Donald J. Barry was a son of William and Lillian Velzora Murdock Barry.  His wife was Dorothy Allen Swezey, a daughter of Everett and Lila Swezey.  Dorothy's first husband was Lawrence Costa, who was killed in action on 12 June 1944 during WW II.

This article is a transcript of the account in the Patchogue Advance, 5 June 1947.