So I decided to see if I could find anymore information online about the school fire. Unfortunately historical copies of the Harbor Beach Times (published from 1899-1998*) or the Huron Daily Tribune are not (currently) available online. And the local Harbor Beach Area District Library does not have any historical photos on their website either.
So I started with a Google search of "Harbor Beach"+school+November+1946+fire -- which did not turn up anything specific. Then I tried a search of the Michigan newspapers available at NewspaperArchives.com (a subscription service) in hopes of finding an article from a nearby community.
Imagine my surprise and delight when I found the following article on the front page of the Lundington Daily News, dated November 25, 1946. For those not familiar with the state of Michigan ... Ludington is on the complete opposite side of the state -- not exactly what I would call "nearby". ;o)
|Ludington Daily News|
November 25, 1946
|Cass City Chronicle|
November 29, 1946
Plus an interesting side note is that the article indicated that there was $200,000 worth of damage done. A quick calculation done at The Inflation Calculator shows that: What cost $200,000 in 1946 would cost $2,208,800.23 in 2010. WOW!! That must have been a fancy school ;o)
If you have any memories of this event and how it affected your life that you'd like to share with me ... please feel free to leave a comment on this post or email me your remembrances. Meanwhile I shall have to think on what are some of my earliest memories. Funny how time just all seems to melt together. I guess that's why we have been asked to keep a journal; now to dust mine off and add a few more entries this weekend.
Love & Aloha,