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Ezra C. A. Wickemeyer’s wrecked family home
300 South Third street, Richmond, Indiana

The above photograph of Ezra C. A. Wickemeyer’s childhood home in Richmond was taken in the aftermath of the gas explosion that gutted the building on 24th February 1905. The incident was reported in The Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel on 1st March 1905. [FWS]

Ezra, who was just a month short of his 12th birthday, recovered. However, he sustained burns to his face and hands that left him with visible scars for life. This was noted on his World War II draft card when he registered on 27th April 1942. [BG 25]

Photograph courtesy of Mel Helmich and Rick Kennedy

2009 Monrovia Sound Studio

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