Fire and Ice in Northern Michigan

February 8, 1924: Charlevoix suffered heavy losses following fires

Charlevoix suffered heavy losses due to a fire Friday morning when the three-story brick block occupied by the Charlevoix County Bank was completely destroyed. The fire broke out around 6 a.m. and by 11 a.m. only three walls were still standing. Occupying the building, in addition to the bank, were the Crane clothing and furniture store, on the first floor; the lawyers’ and doctors’ offices on the second floor, and on the third floor the new Knights of Pythias temple, which was just dedicated Thursday evening.

The bank was owned by the Nicholas, Buttars & Bridge banking company, with AF Bridge as cashier and vice president. Before noon arrangements were made with W. Z. Searle, of Petoskey, for the use of his store located a few doors from the burned bank.

It is believed the bank will open temporary premises in the Searle store. The occupants of the second floor of the building will also immediately open new offices. Mr. Crane had not announced his intention to reopen his store nor had the Knights Pythias of Charlevoix had time to make a statement regarding another lodge.

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February 8, 1974: Sundew cracks in the strait ice floe which hits the hull

CHARLEVOIX — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sundew, commanded by Commander PJ Bull, returned to port at midnight last night after a 10-inch crack in the vessel’s hull was repaired by welders from the cutter Southwind.

Ensign Arthur R. Butler, operations officer aboard the ship, said the hole in the starboard hull was not discovered until Thursday afternoon, when the Sundew reached open waters while heading westward near White Shoals Lighthouse, in the Straits of Mackinac. At this point, the bow carried water into the forward hold.

The Sundew shifted its weight to port and the 269-foot Southwind, which participated in icebreaking operations, stopped alongside and surveyed the extent of…

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