Focus on History: Heroes helped Northville family survive 1940 fire

By Bob Cudmore A fire that broke out Wednesday, Oct. 2, 1940, in a first floor apartment on Second Street in Northville almost took the lives of the five children of the Rhodes family who were living there. The oldest was Shirley, born in 1930. She told her mother smoke was coming from one of the bedrooms as she was getting her brothers and sisters up at 8 a.m. Their mother, Esther Rose, got all but one of the children out of the burning building including Shirley, Earl, John and Mary Ann. Three-year old Jimmy was missing. Esther suffered smoke inhalation.…
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