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Blog entry by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 01-05-2009 11:37 PM 1171 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We’d like to share an experience we had way back in 1973.

I just happened to find these slides I took of the fire at our school, which was across the street from our home.

It was on a Saturday afternoon, & we got a phone call from my mother.

She said “the Brooklyn school is on fire”. We happened to be in our basement rec-room.

We went upstairs, & our house was full of smoke, it was a dreadful feeling.

We thought our house was also on fire.

There was debris flying over, & landing on our roof.

We could actually feel the heat coming through our front window.

I went outside, & was going to spray water on our roof, but there wasn’t any water pressure,

because the firemen were using it all on the fire.

So that’s all we could do was stand there, & watch.

We’ll never forget the sight, & sound of the upper walls crashing to the ground.

One of our Son’s was on his way home from college for a weekend visit.

When he got home he was shocked to see this happening.

The boys used to say that they wished the school would burn down, while they spent there elementary years there.

They didn’t feel that way after it actually happened.

They said it made them feel real sad.
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I used to be on a 9th grade basketball team, & we used to practice after school.

That was in 1946

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The school was never rebuilt, so now there’s a big empty space there, with trees popping up through the

empty blacktop playground.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Slideshow.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1



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#1 posted 01-05-2009 11:45 PM

Must be bittersweet memories Dick.

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#2 posted 01-05-2009 11:50 PM

I always find it interesting to get a personal glimpse of history. Thanks for sharing, Dick & Barb!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 01-06-2009 12:24 AM

Thats very sad Dick. Something like that happened to me back in 67. My cousin and I were serving mass at night during lent. The Catholic Church caught on fire that night while we were eating supper with Father Martin the Parish Priest. The church was constructed back in the late 1800’s. We thought we had’nt blew out one of the candles used for the lenten mass that we had served that night and were much relieved to find out the fire started in the basement from a faulty pilot light on one of the stoves they used for cooking. It still was a terrible loss for this little community. I still take care of Father Martin’s grave to this day. He died in 68. The year after the fire Father Martin died. I’ve taken care of his grave since then, except for the 2 years I spent in the service. He was good to us alter boys. Bought us cloths to start school every year and gave us pocket money for keeping up the church grounds, and fixing his meals and serving mass.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 01-06-2009 12:36 AM

I love history… from just about anywhere. Thanks for giving us another glimpse into the life of Dick and Barb! That looks liike a fascinating old building.

...by the way Dick, I was born in 1973.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#5 posted 01-06-2009 01:36 AM

Hi Dick and Barb;

Bitter sweet memories of times gone by.

Happy New ears.

Lee

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#6 posted 01-06-2009 03:49 AM

Wow, that had to be something awful to live to experience. So sorry this all happened to you and that you feared your own house as well.

What struck me as I read this was how we live in a different time with the cell phones and digital cameras so many have that capturing events like this are becoming more common.

Diane

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#7 posted 01-07-2009 12:59 AM

A sad day Dick. Was it arson?.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 01-07-2009 01:10 AM

Sorry to see things like this . That is what my house is going to look like in 6 months from now .
The place i live in was built in 1864 and it has seen better days . That means i have to find a new extreme home soon . It is always sad to see a part of our history go that way .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) http://www.extremebirdhouse.com , http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112698715866

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#9 posted 01-07-2009 07:57 PM

I wish to thank you all for your nice comments.

In answer to how the fire started. The school had always been an elementary school.

Some of the elementary kids had been transferred to a newer school, so they had some extra space available.

They had started a sewing class for unwed mothers to be, & they think the fire started in that room.

The investigation showed that an overheated motor from one of the sewing machines caused the fire.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#10 posted 01-08-2009 01:37 AM

That’s a very sad day. It is a good story, because it really makes you think about life, and how fast it goe’s by. And you never know when things like this could happen. I hope you both have a great new year.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 01-08-2009 07:06 AM

Thank you Dennis!

I forgot to mention,

HAPPY NEW YEAR, TO ALL OF YOU LUMBERJOCKS, wherever you are.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#12 posted 01-09-2009 04:56 AM

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU DICK & BARB.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 01-09-2009 05:02 AM

Thank you Grumpy!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#14 posted 01-09-2009 11:30 AM

Sad story. Just think of all the young lives that were shaped and developed in that building. Thanks for sharing a piece of your lives Dick & Barb. And Happy New Year.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#15 posted 01-09-2009 12:17 PM

and in one single moment… all can change

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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