jwesevich wrote:Nice work! What happened to the tower?
In Sept. 1928, faulty wiring caught the attic on fire just before the grade school was letting out for lunch, luckily the children that lived here at the time saw the flames through the attic window and ran inside to tell their mom, which probably saved the house. While the top floor of the tower did suffer some fire damage the worst of it was to the right of the tower. I was able to meet the second owners granddaughter who was living in the the house at the time of the fire, and she gave me pictures of the firemen actually on the roof fighting the fire but was unsure of who took them and how they got up that high. The top floor (3rd floor) of the tower was removed (dammit) when the new roof was put on, but everything below that is still here. Here are the photos of the firemen working to put out the fire. If you look around the chimney you will see two of them next to it. How they managed to not fall off a wet, wood shingle roof it beyond me. The attic still has blacked and scorched wood.
We would love to put the third floor of the tower back on, we did put the front porch back on and this winter will start on restoring the kitchen, then the front staircase and the upstairs bathroom then if wood hasn't skyrocketed out of sight will strongly consider it... unless my lotto retirement comes early! LOL