Disasters

Water. Traffic. Airplanes. Boats. Swimming. Frame buildings. Alcohol.

The potential for death and disaster has been present at the resort town since it opened on the lakeshore in 1869.

And there have been disasters: fires, crashes, drownings and a riot.

Pages are devoted to the individual disasters:

June 28, 1945: Drowning.

July 7, 1945: Two Geneva girls drown.

June 29, 1951: Twin-engine plane crashes into Lake Erie.

July 11, 1952: Fire destroys Arcade.

July 19, 1958: Parachutist jumps into lake, drowns.

July 25, 1958: Drowning at Korabeck’s Beach.

Nov. 21, 1961: Palmetto Beach drowning (2-year-old).

July 4, 1964: Riot.

November 1979: Second arcade fire at Pera’s.