The Cincinnati fishing club
of their new quarters at Put-in-Bay.
pretty and comfortable home for anglers of the queen city.
For many years the islands of Lake Erie have possessed irresistible charms for the disciples of Isaac Walton and their famous fishing grounds are now known all over the American continent. Their near proximity to Sandusky, which is well known to be the greatest fresh water fish market in the world, makes our city headquarters for tourists who frequent these popular resorts. Among the group of islands, none are more frequently visited by piscatorial pleasure seekers than historic Put-in-Bay.
To Ohioans, and particularly to Cincinnati people, Put-in-Bay has attractions that are unequaled by any other place on earth.
That there is no mistake about this is evidenced by the frequent visitations of queen city dwellers. Col. Wm. B, Smith,
a connoisseur in the piscatorial art, is the leading spirit among Cincinnati's expert anglers.
one year ago col. Smith succeeded in purchasing about eleven acres of
the J.De Rivera estate transferred to the Cincinnati fishing club, who
have beautified the grounds and built the pretty club house that now
adorns the spot.p;
location of the new clubhouse is near the northwest part of the island
and is known as Oak Point. It is but a short distance east of the
government fish hatchery, which is about the most conspicuous structure
in that locality.
George Feick, of Sandusky, was the architect of the new clubhouse and
the builder was Mr. George Gascoyne, of Put-in-Bay, the dimensions of
the main part are 36 by 50 feet and in connection there is an L 20 by 24
feet. It is two stories high, with ceilings 10˝ and 9˝ feet
respectively. It is a frame structure with interior oil finish in
natural pine. The plumbing and gas fitting was provided by Brohl &
Appel, of Sandusky, and the gas making machinery was put in by
Cincinnati parties. The main
reception room is reached by a large front hall in which is also an open
stairway leading to the upper floor. Heat
for the reception room radiates from a pressed brick fireplace that is
not only built for comfort but ornament as well. A dining room, kitchen,
storeroom, butler's pantry, dish pantry, refrigerator and lavatory are
also included in the complement of apartments on the first floor.
stairs are eleven sleeping rooms, each having two beds, and additional
room for sleeping is provided in the attic. The upper floor has also a
lavatory and closet. The building lacks nothing in the comforts of
modern improvements. It is fitted throughout for hot and cold water,
which comes from a tank in the attic, and nothing seems to have been
overlooked by the builder that would make it a model of perfection for
the purpose it has been adopted. Surrounding it on nearly all sides is a
ten-foot veranda from which members of the club may "hear what the
wild waves are saying" and breathe cooling comfort from the gentle
lake zephyrs. The clubhouse property complete cost is in the neighborhood
Sandusky Register, August 15, 1893, page 2
Though on three sides the structure has been swept by flames,
Victory still stands, but "Hotel de Feick" is no more,
the latter went up in smoke last Wednesday. For a week after the
powerhouse was threatened with demolition. The fire smoldered and nearly died, but rekindles afresh and broke out in the tall prairie
like grass, brown and dry from the prevailing drought, to northwest of
the Victory. The devouring element found ample territory with
plenty of material, and fanned by the breeze spread far and wide, crackling
through underbrush and making its way to the edge of the timber.
Flames curled about the trunks of cedar trees and greedily seizing the
resinous branches burned them off one by one until nothing but the
charred stem remained. "Hotel
de Feick," of happy memory,
flourished in the balmy days when its renowned successor, Hotel Victory,
was still in embryo. The former, so to speak, was the humble parent of
the latter, having been erected for the accommodation of carpenters and
builders engaged on the Victory. By whom it was christened does not now
appear but the high sounding appellation,
"Hotel de Feick," was derived from that of the
"boss" mechanic and
contractor. It was a long, low
building, capable of providing with board and lodging seventy-five or
100 men. Having survived its
usefulness in that capacity, the boarding house was ultimately and
ignominiously converted into a stable, Wednesday night the flames
continued spreading though squads of men were fighting them at various
points, and in the afternoon of Thursday word reached the Bay that the
north woods were on fire and that the residence of Mrs. Reidling, with
buildings and orchards adjoining, were threatened with destruction. The Bay fire engine and hose apparatus was ordered out and with
all the men available was sent to the scene. The men worked hard all
afternoon and at last got the fire under control, but not until a peach orchard
belonging to Mrs. Riveria was partially
destroyed. Hotel Victory is closed for the season, but the powerhouse and
electric road are still in operation and a great many people are passing
over the route daily.