Mr. and Mrs. James Dand and Mrs. S. Fowler, mother of the latter, were burned to death while sleeping in their home on a farm 2 1/4 miles from Collingwood. The house was a two storey blue roughcast, was burnt to the ground.
The fire broke out on the top storey, where the deceased were sleeping and was first noticed by a neighbour, John Dallas who called John F. Zeigoel and they at once ran to the fire and found the top of the house in flames. The doors and windows were closed and nobody around. They immediately broke in the door but were forced back by smoke and flames. A window was next broken through and they reached the bedroom downstairs but found no one there. The bed had not been occupied. They started to remove the furniture but the fire was spreading and compelled them to get out. A search around showed that no one had entered or left the house that morning as snow fell heavily on Wednesday and there were no tracks to be found. The house was soon a mass of flames and the farmers who stood watching could do nothing as there were no means of stopping the flames. After the floors had fallen and the whole building fell through the neighbours formed a bucket brigade and were soon digging among the ruins for the bodies. The charred bones of all were recovered.
The deceased were well known in Collingwood and surrounding country having lived in the town and vicinity for over 20 years. In Collingwood Mr. Dand worked as a gardener and was a expert in this line. In the spring he decided to go farming and bought the house and land and made his home there. About six weeks ago his barn with all his harvest was burnt to the ground and he had no insurance. His health was failing and just a day or so ago he sold the property to Geo. Weir, a neighbour and had his furniture, etc. packed ready to move to his home in Collingwood.
Mrs. Fowler, Mrs. Dand's mother, had passed her 85th birthday and was quite smart for her age. She leaves a daughter in Mansfield , Missouri.
Mr. and Mrs. Dand leave an adopted daughter, Grace Dand who is a school teacher in Norland, Victoria. Mr. Dand is also related to Mr. Monehan of Osprey township.
Mr. Dand was 65 years of age and Mrs. Dand about 63 years.
The Dand's farm is only about half a mile from the scene of the Glory Whalen tragedy of 1903.