October 31, 1948 – The old water tank at the Ford House crashed to the ground with a roar that could be heard for many blocks. The tank and tower had recently been inspected for safety, and the cause of the collapse was unknown.
Albert Eddy, local handyman, was an eyewitness to the fall of the tower, “At 12:30 pm Sunday, October 31st, I was in the pond yard, looking toward the tank tower and building when it suddenly collapsed; evidently because of overloading. There was no warning, tower and building standing as usual, then came a loud crashing of breaking timbers, and as if by design, tank and tower were flung violently toward the residence. A part of the roof appeared to be thrown upward. It could not have been caused by a wind blowing at the time, because there was almost a complete calm. The whole affair took almost one minute.”
The fall of the water tower severed electricity lines and caused all of the lumber company’s buildings to be deprived of water. Debris and water were thrown over a wide area, and a nearby garage was damaged.
Last Day! Don’t miss the Jewelry For Doors Exhibit – Vintage Doorknobs From The Larry Sawyer & Harriet Bye Collection. Thursday through Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm.