Corbin School Fire (1907)
Fulton & Litchfield, Bay City, Michigan.
Transcribed April 2007.
Bay City Tribune -- July 4, 1907
CORBIN SCHOOL DESTROYED.
Fourth Celebration Has Premature Results and West Side Seat of Learning Burns Down.
Toy Balloon, Believed to Have Set Fire to Building: Loss $8,500; Insurance $3,500
The Corbin school, Fulton and Litchfield streets, was burned to the ground last night, the result, it is believed, of an ante-Fourth celebration. The fire was discovered about 10:25 and an alarm was turned in at that hour from box 82. When the fire department arrived the upper portion of the building was burning briskly, fanned by a fair breeze. The building was a one story affair, frame, and about 18 years old. The flames made short work of the seasoned wood and sparks flew in showers being carried considerable distances. Owners of nearby houses began climbing on roofs to prevent fires from starting from the sparks and Second Assistant Chief Cook, seeing the danger, turned in a second alarm, summoning two additional hose companies. This force soon had the flames in check, but the old building was a complete wreck.
The Corbin school, contained only four rooms, being the smallest school building in the city. The school board inventory of last year gave the valuation of the building as $7,500 and the contents at $1,000, making the total loss $8,500. The board carried $3,000 insurance on the building and $500 on the contents.
Residents near the school say that a toy balloon sent up by young people in the vicinity came down on the roof and that this probably started the fire. No other explanation has been advanced. As the long vacation is underway, there will be no disturbance of school arrangements until next September
COMPANY B WILL SPEND FOURTH AT WENONA BEACH. ---- Busy day for Soldiers with Regulation Camp Life in Detail. ----
-- Company B will spend today at Wenona Beach. The members will report at the armory in service uniform at 7:30 a.m., and will march to G.A.R hall, where they will raise the flag. The members will then go to the beach in special cars and will establish their grounds. Little Ironsides will be taken along to fire reville, take part in the sham battle, and fire the parting salute to the colors at sundown. Sergts. Sills and Cuthbert will have charge of the day.
-- The company will go through the entire day's routine of a regular army detachment in camp. Guard will be mounted all day, reliefs going on every hour and the sentinels will be rated on this tour of duty. Company and battalion drills, setting up exercises, bayonet exercises, and skirmish drills will be given during the day, the company resting from 1 to 4. The evening parade at sundown will be one of the day's special features.