Sunday, May 10, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
George Goodwin Dies at 97
Sunday, December 07, 2014
A Worthy Legacy
The Rome News-Tribune has published an article remembering the four teenaged boys from Rome, Georgia who perished in the Winecoff fire and traces the fire safety improvements the fire inspired. The article by Doug Walker, Winecoff fire in Atlanta 68 years ago prompted safety changes, is here.
Funeral Photo Mystery Solved
|Emelda Reeves died in the Winecoff fire|
Friday, November 28, 2014
Dickerson Family Photos Newly Acquired
|Will, Bill, Mary and Mary Melinda Dickerson|
A bright future awaited Will and Mary Dickerson in post-war Georgia. Will, a Washington & Lee University graduate and a World War II veteran, worked as a lawyer for the Georgia Labor Department at the state capitol. He was a heroic figure in his hometown of Douglas, Ga. More here.
Mary was from a prominent Carterville, Ga. family. She'd attended the Florida State College for Women. The Dickerson family was staying at Atlanta's Winecoff Hotel while their new home was being built in Jonesboro, Ga. They all died of suffocation in room 1630 on the hotel's top floor. Their story is told on pages 111 and 112 of The Winecoff Fire: The Untold Story of America's Deadliest Hotel Fire.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Separated by Fire
|Harold and Robert Irvin|
|Robert Irvin 1920 - 2014|
By 1946 the brothers were in Atlanta to interview for jobs as commercial pilots and staying at the Winecoff Hotel. It is believed that Harold had been offered a job as an Eastern Airline pilot. Friday night December 6th Harold and Robert were together, attending a party in the hotel, until Robert retired to room 806. Harold remained at the party. A few hours later they were separated by fire and only Robert survived. He was rescued by ladder from the eighth floor, as high as the ladders would reach. "I went down the ladder and left everything that I had in the room except the clothes that I had on," he said.
Robert Irvin later become a Delta Airlines pilot and flew for Delta until his retirement.
|Robert A. Irvin Remained a Pilot Until Retirement|
Photos courtesy of Robert K. Irvin
Friday, July 11, 2014
Information On Navy Pilots Sought
Though that area of the hotel was burned, neither pilot was listed among the dead or injured. More than 95 percent of all other guests were accounted for during The Winecoff Fire book research.
If you can help us learn more about Winecoff Hotel guests H. J. Curtiss or G. J. Walton please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We are interested in learning of their stories.
Information is still being sought about two Army soldiers, Capt. William C. Willard and Lt. Frank Johnson.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Striking Winecoff-Based Painting Sells Quickly
|Emelda by June Johnston|
Mystery still surrounds her time at the Winecoff Hotel.
In the years following the fire and her near-miss with death, June Frazier Johnston became an award-winning artist. In 1999, still haunted by the uncertainty of her friend's death, she immortalized her grief in a painting she entitled simply, Emelda. The painting was eventually purchased by Sonya Swain of Watkinsville, Ga. Swain has now re-sold the painting to an as-yet undisclosed buyer.
Artist: June Frazier Johnston
Materials: Acrylic/mixed media on textured board
Size: 37 x 51 inches with a 2 inch unpainted wooden frame
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Ponce Press Article
The April 2014 issue of The Ponce Press features an article remembering the Winecoff Hotel fire. The Ponce Press is a monthly publication serving the well established in-town neighborhoods on Atlanta's East side including the city's most eclectic and interesting street, Ponce de Leon Avenue. The article by Bob Foreman is here.
Friday, January 31, 2014
New Survivor Photo Acquired
|Anna & Edward W. Sherwood|
"I went to my bedroom (room 922) about 7:30 p.m. and retired, leaving a call for 8:00 a.m. I had intended to check out and leave Atlanta today. I am a light sleeper and I woke up at 3:30 a.m. hearing cries of 'fire' from the alley under my room. I opened the door but found the hall full of smoke, so I shut the door at once and plugged up the cracks with bed sheets.
"After a while the floor got so hot I could no longer stand on it. I opened a window and crawled out on the ledge. The heat from the room was so intense I managed to close the window while clinging to the edge. I could see dozens of persons from my floor and from floors above and below me also standing on window ledges. Every once in a while one of them would shriek and dive off.
"A woman was standing on a ledge next to mine. She kept crying that she was going to fall. She was just too far away for me to reach her. I pleaded with her to hang on, but it did no good. She plunged down.
"I was clinging there praying, and the heat was so intense it seemed I could not bear it another minute. Then from the office building across the alley, firemen pushed a ladder at me. They were above me and the ladder came down at about a 30 degree angle. I grabbed it and got it fixed to the ledge. Then I crawled upward across the alley to the office window."
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Maude Whiteman's Courage Recalled
Whiteman operated the Winecoff Hotel's cigar shop by day but had agreed to stay in the hotel overnight to assist the elderly wife of one of the hotel's co-lessors who was away on a hunting trip.
|Unable to go down, some guests were pulled up to room 1612.|
Her quick and rational thinking had kept smoke from overtaking room 1612, the hotel's uppermost room on the Peachtree-Ellis Street corner. Said Whiteman, "I never lost my head for one moment. I put our predicament up to Almighty God."
|Nero Pitman carries Esther Geele |
away from the fire scene.
"She fell into my arms when we got her up and opened those big old eyes and said, 'God owns the world'," said Whiteman.
Whiteman was the stalwart against rising panic in room 1612 and the group she sheltered lived to tell about it.
|Maude Whiteman is assisted away from the |
scene of America's deadliest hotel fire.