Members of four of Toledo’s socially prominent families narrowly escaped death injury early Monday in a fire which destroyed two cottages at Wampler’s lake, 16 miles northwest of here, and badly damaged a third with a total loss estimated at $10,000.
The fire started in the cottage of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Baither of Toledo and quickly spread to the cottage of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Rorick also of Toledo. Both cottages burned.
The cottage of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Rorick, of Toledo, also was badly damaged and only quick response of the Tecumseh, Jackson, Adrian, Brooklyn and Onsted fire departments saved the building and other cottages in the vicinity.
The families of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Rorick, including two Baither children and little Norman Hascall, Jr., were forced to flee in their night clothes to escape the flames. Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Rorick and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Foster had time to dress before leaving their cottages.—Tecumseh Herald
Source: Saline Observer, September 12, 1935.