Sodus Point Hotel Fire

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An Ad for the Sodus Point Hotel from the Sodus Point, NY  Year ‘Round Vacation Wonderland (Page 2) put out by the Sodus Point Chamber of Commerce circa 1950s.


Thanks to Stuart Balch and Mark Jones Sr. for sharing this newspaper article on the December 27th, 1954 Sodus Point Hotel Fire. The Sodus Point Hotel (formerly known as the Cottage Hotel) was built in 1900 by Charles DoVille and later operated by Fred Schaible. Edwin Karweck owned the hotel at the time of the fire. Frank Grosz also had added another part of the story not mentioned in the article: After the fire started, Tom Vandee went up to the second floor to rescue the large amount of whiskey stored there. He was throwing the bottles of whiskey to a young Frank Grosz on the street below expecting it would be stored across the street. Frank tells how him and another youth stored some of the whiskey under the roller skating rink for later underage drinking. Sodus Point has always had its priorities set correctly: Women and booze first! The Sodus Point Hotel was located where the current Marlin’s restaurant is now located. The Hotel was built out over the water and one of the unusual features of this hotel was a trapdoor on the floor that when opened would allow for fishing!

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