Bill Castanier has been an award-wining weekly newspaper editor, advertising and public relations executive in his 40 year career. In addition, he has been an executive with a newspaper trade association and founded Michigan’s first technology association, I-TE@M. He writes a weekly newspaper feature on Michigan authors and is on the Board of the Kerrytown BookFest and the Michigan Notable Book Awards. He has the only daily blog on Michigan literature (Mittenlit) and founded

One response to “The Christmas Eve 1913 Massacre in Calumet, Michigan”

  1. MKH

    I used to live in Calumet, so the story is something that one hears from a young age. A slight correction to the article. It seems to me that the contention has always been that someone from the street level opened the doors and yelled fire up the stairwell.

    Also there has never been a confirmation of this, but I saw a picture that clearly shows two sets of door arms. There is one door arm at the street door and a second that is further behind the first. Why no one has analyzed this is beyond me, but I believe that a second set of doors did existed and they opened inward. Why would there be a second door arm directly behind the first set of doors if a second set of doors did not exist. That is where I believe the confusion lies.

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