James Murchie 4 Jul 1897 pg 2 Sunday
QUICK RESPONSE TBAVEBSE CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT DEPARTMENT ANSWERS PROMPTLY. Saved Valuable Property at Lako Ann—Special Train Carried Engine, Hose Cart and Firemen to the Scene of the Conflagration Fifty-four minutes! That was the time which elapsed after after the fire engine left the Cass street engine house, before two powerful streams of water were pouring upon th.e distructive flames whioh were destroying destroying the greater portion of Lake Ann yesterday afternoon. The time would have been six min- I utes less had net two stops been ne- cessitated on account of hot eccentrics, The first eight miles were made lu i six minutes, but after the hot boxes j became manifest it was necessary to ease up a little. The fire at Lake Ann broke out at 1:30 o'clock: shortly afterward Mayor Smith received an appeal for aid from this city. The response was quick, and i dozens of citizens signified an eager- i E 653 to ff° to Lake Ann and assist in fl;htingr the fireeighteen miles away. The fire engine and two hose carts were at once rushed to the M. ,fc N. E. freight house where a flat car was brought into requesition and the engine engine loaded in a few moments. Engine Engine No. -l was attached and manned by Engineer John Halter and Fireman George Halter. The train started at 2:30 in charge af Conductor Biggins and it was soon speeding to the rescue. The rescuing party was in charge of acting chief Fulghum and J. W. Millikin. Millikin. The following composed the force who accompanied the engine: John Verly, M. E. Haskell, Chas. Wilhelm. Wilhelm. Dr. Julius Wilheim, J. N. Mar. tinek, Jas. Garland, Jas. Murchie, Ed, Hogan, H. Wischnewski, Ed. Hardy, Arthur Despres, Sell Burns. J. W. Cliff, H. W. Cunningham, J, C. Morgan, A. E Waterbury, J. J. Baker, Dr. Moon, M. J. Weatherwsx, Tony Pohoral. ' When the special arrived at Lake Aan the people were almost panic stricken and it seemed as though the , ex i slence witn '' entire village was to be swept out of j The Traverse City firemen i commendable coolness and precision precision immediately began work in earnest. Only a few moments were re- I quired to transfer the engine to the burning mill and cooperage stock. A team was found at once and the engine hauled to the shore and placed upon an improvis- dock of slabs. Engineer Fulghum lost not a moment and effective streams were doing good work in a few moments. The men worked with r a w e 7hore,"j"ust "weVt'of | j charactcrist ; c of lhe Traverse City nro- j meD) and r^g Anr] , s business men and an energy citizens felt relieved when the excellently excellently organized force went to work. They labored like tigers and their work immediately began to show satis- j factory results, while the engine worked like a enarm and threw streams which stayed Harass. To this department can be credited the saving of thousands of dollars' worth of lumber, and all the dwellings on the west side of the track near the center of the village. Last evening before returning the assisting firemen were invited to the ! home of Adam Shiria, who supplied : food and coffee and cooling beverages, i Everyone in the place showed the most j grateful appreciation of the efforts of i the firemen, but the destruction of vai- uable property, consequent destitution ! and the sad death of the venerable Mrs. Masters cast a gloom over the whole place. The afternoon train from Manistee reached Lake Ann about 7:30. just after after the arrival of the outgoing train from Traverse City. Owing to the dam- ape to the tracks the trains' were unable unable to pass, but about S:]S everything i was in shape for trains to run al! right. The train due here at (j:3ri p. m . reached here shortly after S:40. Senator George (i. Covell, T. T. Bates, and J. W. Hannen at once started a movement to secure a quantity of supplies for the needy who | were deprived of everything, even to j neeeBSar y f 00( i. Applications to grocers who had not yet closed their stores responses, and money were were met with ready many contributions of made. When several barrels of crackers, crackers, a few hundred loaves of bread, and • a large quantity of miscellaneous sup- plies had been gathered together they were placed aboard the train, which at once pulled out for Lake Ann, in charge of Conductor Mclntosh, having on board a large number of citizens who went to view the scene of the con- (iagration. Other contributions of food, bedding, etc.. will be collected this morning and sent down on the excursion train which leaves at 3:39. About 10 o'clock last night the fire had been completely subdued, so far as further danger was concerned, and the firemen prepared to return. The entire entire party and apparatus returned on the special about midnight. The supplies sent down were placed in charge of the president of the vil- lage, and were distributed, according to the needs of the sufferers.