This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on Saturday, December 3, 1910.
The home of Charles Dale, who resides three miles east of town, was entirely destroyed by fire Friday afternoon about 4 o’clock. The family were away from home at the time and little of the contents were saved. The cause of the fire is unknown. It was first discovered by neighbors who saw smoke issuing from the roof and immediately phoned other neighbors who went to the rescue.
One of the men broke in the windows and made a brave attempt to save the piano but was overpowered with the intense smoke and was obliged to abandon an attempt. All that was saved was a few pictures and furniture and a gold watch. The cellar contained over 500 head of cabbage which was burned with the rest. It was insured in the Washtenaw Mutual Company.