Were you around in 1963, and do you remember the water spout over East Bay in December of that year? I was only three years old at the time, so I honestly don’t remember it. But here’s the photographic proof that it occurred and I was there.
These photos were apparently taken by our neighbors, Ann and Lillian, from their beach house next door. I know this because I recognize Ann’s beautiful handwriting on the back of the photos. Well, the second and third photos have my mom’s writing, but I’m pretty sure the photos were taken by Ann or Lillian.
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In the photos are me and my dad, and behind us in the distance is Haserot Beach and Old Mission Point. Based on the tractor tires, I’m guessing they were digging the channel in front of our house, and you can see just a little of our fishing boat in one of the photos. Dad built the house in 1959 and 1960 (we moved into the house in 1960, when I was just a baby), so this would have been three years into the project.
The spout looks to be out beyond Old Mission Point, so technically, in Lake Michigan headed east. I’m not sure if it actually came into East Bay or not, but no one seems to be concerned that we were out there. Also, the photos are numbered, with “Evolution of a Water Spout” written on the first one, so you can see the progression of it across the bay. Note that this was December, and there doesn’t appear to be much snow yet.
Do you remember the water spout that year? What are your recollections of it? Leave thoughts in the comments below!