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In Years Past

July 25, 2014

In 1914, seven persons stood upon a burning launch until the flames drove two of them into Lake Erie the past night, 5 miles off shore between the U.S. Life Saving station and Waldameer. The two who jumped made slow progress over the oily water glowing crimson in the glare of the flames behind them. The others crowded close to the one spot upon the little launch which was not in flames. Hope of rescue had left them all when a launch hove into sight. Daring danger they pushed the nose of their little boat close to where the terrified passengers of the burning launch were standing. Women first, they were lifted into the launch. They threw a line to the man and woman who were struggling bravely in the water, hauling them aboard.



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