Culver - Union Township Fire Department 1903 - 1913
Culver - Union Township Fire Department
History of Firemans Maltese Cross
1897 - As early as this date there was the plea a fire department. The public first public call was made by the editor
of the Culver Herald on July 30th
1898 - Mar 8 - another quip was found in reference to no fire protection for Culver :
“ In times of Peace, prepare for war,” is good advice to follow in case of preparing to fight fire, in case
of necessity. After the horse is stolen the idea of locking the barn door would be preposterous. Now is the
time to plan for fire protection. Now is the time to got a move upon you, ye city dads. A good hand engine
properly handled, would have saved Dr. Rea's building and possibly the Koontz building on the
night of the recent fire. Three or four good cisterns, a first class hand engine and two thousand
feet of hose would be the means of saving thousands of dollars worth of property at the right time. Bremen
has a first class hand engine, which can be purchased right, why not make an effort to buy it? “ Procrastination
is the thief of- time.”
1900, June 22 - a quip in the Herald seems to realy an attempt to get fire protection for the town:
E . F. Obenchain, who represents Obenchain & Co. manufactures of chemical engines at Logansport, has peen in town a few days confering
with the trustees of Culver, relative to furnishing this city with two 45 gallon engines and a hook and ladder truck. When we look over the
list of a great many cities and towns which are using these engines, snd give them their unanimous endorsement, we feel that it is practically
the duty o f the town board to allow Mr. Obenchain a fair chance to prove all be claims for his engines. The fact that we need fire protection
stares us in the face in no compromising manner, and every citizen is fully aware that some system should be adopted that would be effective
as a fire extinguisher and not very expensive; and as our city citv can procure the entire outfit for $425, it should give the matter careful
consideration and the engines a fair trial
There still seems to be a discussion of having a fire department in the issue of 14 Jan 1904 Culver Citizen:
TO THE TOWN COUNCIL
Our prosperous town is exposed to the most dangerous element, that, of fire. In our helpless condilion should tiro destroy the town,
ora greater portion of it, our town officials would emulate the officials of Chicago in trying to fix the blame on others but the people
would convict them, if not in the courts, in public opinion, of gross negligence. The attention of our town council has been called, to
this matter of fire protection so often, and so forcibly, that no excuse could be offered by them. The public demands that some action
be taken in this matter. We have, the same as all other communitiesa, a few chronic grumblers, who would oppose any needed
improvent that woudl require the expenditure of money but these same gru,mblers would be the loudest in their condemnations
should there be any considerable loss by fire, especially if their property were destroyed. SOme action should be taken at once
1903 - the 22nd
of January [another source has given 9 Feb] -
Culver Fire Department was organized at the Foss Harness Shop. Confirmation of this comes in the form
of a invitation to felllow commradees to come celebrate the occasion with the Saine's
By the Issue of 29 Jan 1903 of the Culver Herald - Harry Saine was appointed fire chief. The only equipment was canvas buckets -
thus they were called the "bucket brigade". It is said that a few rubber buckets and three ladders was all that the town purchased
as equipment and that these ladders were so heavy that it required a dozen men to raise one.
The Culver fire department was organized January 22, 1903, in accordance with a resolution of the
town board. The charter members were: 0ra M. Byrd, Ed Zeckiel, Charles Medbourn, Fred W. Cook, Al Mawhorter
Walter Byrd, William "Will" Cook, Monton H. Foss,
G. W. Smith, Thomas E. Slattery: Arthur Morris, T. 0. Saine and J. R. Saine.
First Officers: Chief, T. 0. Saine; assistant chief, Arthur Morris; secretary, J. R. Saine; treasurer,
Thomas E. Slattery. T. 0. Saine held the position of chief until he resigned August 9, 1906, when 0. A.
Gandy was elected to fill the vacancy, and was reelected January 10, 1907. March 16, 1905, the company
purchased a building, where it has a permanent home.
At the time of its organization the company had no equipment save a few rubber buckets and three ladders
purchased by the town, which were so heavy it required the combined efforts of a dozen men to erect them.
With the installation of waterworks in the fall of 1907 a hose cart and hose was provided and the company
had some real practice in the art of fire fighting, developing a degree of proficiency surprising in view
of their unfamiliarity with fire apparatus. In November 1907, through the generosity of Chief Fred H. Kuhn,
of the Plymouth fire department, the company was presented with a hook and ladder truck, which has been
thoroughly overha uled and repaired and proves to be ideal for their requirements.
History of Marshall County Indiana (1908) Daniel Mc Donald pg. 128
and other account if found in the 1949 Culver citizen:
...January 24, 1903 when thriteen men petitioned the town board to organize a volunteer fire company. The petition
This is to certify that on January 22, 1903 a meeting was called for the purpose of organizing a Volunteer
fire company for the City.
The project of the meeting was fully carried out and the company was organized with a charter membership of twelve
members. these members with the officers are: T. saine, Chief; arthur Morris, assistant Chief; J. R. Saine, Secretary; Thomas
Slatery, Treasurer; Orr Byrd, Edward Zechiel, Charles Medbourn, Fred Cook, Al Mawhorter, Walter Byrd, William Cook, Monton
Foss and G. W. Smith.
At the time of the organization an invoice was made of the fire fighting apparatus which reveals that the equipment included
"two extinnguishers, 22 rubber buckets and the inventory points out that one of these was not good, 13 cans of chemicals,
and one very heavy extension ladder."
The new fire chief requested two sets of ladders, two ladders with hooks, one car for ladders, one fire hook with chain, two keys
for church, one-half inch rope for extra tapper on bell (we presume for church), on epick axe, and more rubber buckets.
An appendix indictated the town council "recieved the report favorably increasing the number of buckets by four, and purchasing two
axes. They went on record as saying that they would look the matter up and buy where the could get the materials the cheapest."
Each member of the group paid a dollar fee for the privilege of belonging and each new member was charges a dollar. It was with this
money that the fire fighting equipment of rubber buckets and a ladder was purchased.
They had installed a fire alarm on the belfry of the Methodist Episcopal Church. -
Every member was to be exempt from road work.
Since they did not have a firehouse the monthly meetings were held in the business places of the members. They met in the
blacksmith shop, the harness shop, the machine shop, the tin shop, and the back porch of the Saine store
Members were 14
and met in William
Foss' Harness shop.
||1st fire Department - "Bucket Brigade" |
Front Row Left to right: Olin Gandy, Art Fishburn, Arthur Castleman, Fred Henshaw ,
dog named Prk, ?, Harry Saine.
Back Row Left to RIght: Archi Blanchard, " J. R. Saine, Mont Foss, Ed McFeely, All
ROberts, Jim McFeely, Henry Listenberger.
1903 - Dec 17 - At the last meeting og the Volunteer Fire Company it was decided to put a toller on the M. E.
church bell, so arranged that in case, of fire it cam be tolled from outside the building
1903 Jan 21 - The fire company had a fire alarm toler placed on the beel in the town clock towe last week.
It is so arranfed than a n alarm can be founder from outside
1904 - Feb 11 = The New Fire Alarm
1904 - June 16 - There will be a special meeting of the Volunteer Fire Company on Thursday evening.
1904 - Jul 14 - The new instruments for the Volunteer Fire Company band arrived Tuesday. If the boys keep
on with the push and energy displayed so far,-Culver will soon have a band that they can well be proud
1904 - Aug 4 - The Fire Company Band is progressing nicely. Clarence Behrner
is acting as instructor.
||About 1905, the 2nd being a post card - Left to Right - Archie Blanchard, All Roberts,
Charles Asper, Arthur Fisburn, Jim McFeely, Olin Gandy (Derby) Ed McFeely, George Howard, Earl Zechiel,
Perg Blanchard, J. R. Saien, Arthur Castleman, Mot Foss, Henry Listenberger, Fredn Henshaw, dog named \
|In the photo pictured here is the Culver Volunteer Fiire Company No. 1 of many years ago. Firemen shown from
left to right are, back row (around the hose cart wheels): Mont Foss, Ed McFeely, Henry Listenberger ,
Charles Asper and George Howard.
Front row: Ira Hubler, Jake Saine, Al Roberts, Harvey McFeely, Olen Gandy, Earl Zechiel, Art Fishburn, Art Castleman and Fred Hinshaw.
Also shown is the fire-fighting equipment used at that time and in the background is the fire station, which was located at Plymouth
Street and Cass Street across from Grace United Church of Christ.
1905 - On 16 March 1905 the members met at the harness shop to discuss purchasing a building owned by Peter Kellar which was a barber
shop, for use as a permanent meeting room and fire station. $40 was the proposed cost of the building. Though the location is not stated
it was possibly noted on the Sanborn fire map of 1906.
It was voted on to sell shares for $3 per share to raise funds. No member was to hold more then 3 shares. This was the beginning
A share certificate that had been purchased by Charles Asper hangs on the fire station wall.
On 13 April 1905 the purchase of the building was completed. It was moved to property __
paid one dollar a year for what they called ground rent - tho from the Culver Citizen is found
1905 Mar 23 - The Fire Company has moved the building formerly occupied by Peter Keller for a barber shop, on
the Henry Litzenberger lot. They have bought lhe building and will have a home of their own
1906 - 18 January The Culver Volunteer Fire Co. No. 1 elected the following officers Tuesday night:
Chief - Harry Saine;
Ass't Chief - Archie Blanchard;
Secretary - Monton H. Foss;
Treasurer, Earl Zechiel
1906 - The 1906 Sanborn Fire Map gives the location of the first Fire Department building as being on Main Street - in the middle
of the block on the East side in between Madison and Marmont Streets. In behind a building which would be the approximate location
of where the horeshoe building was located before it was tore down in the late 1980's in which Emil 'Bud' Runhow Jr. had his
Sheet metal buisness (where the black dot is inside the building).
|The first location of the fire department was down on South Main Street by the
Sanborn map of 1906 - Lot 36 - This is
232 S. Main today and what would of been
226 S. Main
||The status of the fire department was also stated within the seal : Water Facilities Not Good; No Steam or Hand Engine, No
Independent Hose Cart; No Hook & Ladder Truck|
1906 - May 1 - a subscription drive was started to raise funds to purchase proper apparatus for fire protection.
1906 - May 17 - A Matter of Serious Importance
An awakeing interest in the question og fire protection has been shown during the past week and
wo citizen's meetingd have been held for the purpose of arousing public sentiment as well as to
consider ways and means.
Members of the fire company, notably Monton Foss, inaugarated the agitation, thought it may be said
that our citizens generally realize that the time has come for action.
lt be known action In this matter Culver has been peacefully sleeping have a volcano that at any hour may
bring as relative a sweeping disaster as the earthquake at San Feransico. We are horrified at the loss and
suffering of the people in the coast city, but precisley tthe same condition threatens our own community.
It requires no great stretch of imagination to draw a picture of the desolation of a two hours' fire, started
under certain conditions, which the inhabitants of Culver would look upon. It is easily possible for a chance
spark finding lodgement under an old shingle of tinder dryness to start a conflagration that one of our
frequent high winds would carry from building to building in the business district until the entire business
district would be reduced to ashes. not only would stocks of goods be swept away, but a score of families
who occupy apartments over our stores would be homeless. Most of our business men have a large portion
of their capital invested in their stocks of goods, and a fire such as we fear would set them back years in
their financial circumstances.
And yet, face to face with such a probability, there seems to be a childish that because so such calamity
has occured, none is likely to. The history of ten thousand small towns in the United States stands as a
solemn warning to our own people to prepare for an emergency that is every day imminent and
Culver needs a new school building, but a building of some sort we have. We desire our streets to be in
repair, but streets are here and will remain. Necessary as we know these improvements to be, more
necessary and pressing is the need for fire protection
And the people of Culver cannot too proptly recognize the importance of the matter now under discussion
and take steps to save themselves from the most frightful visitation to which a frame-built town is subject.
Methods have been discussed at the recent meeetings which are practical and easily adoptd when once
the citzens decide to take action. A good engine and a few cisterns will protect two-thirds of the property
of the town. The town board may or may not at this time be able to assume the responsiblity for the
expense; that will be known when the matter is taken up by them, as they promise they will do, at their
next meetin. The purpose of this article is not to deal with the practical problem of the cost (which will be
solved by competent persons), but to urge the community to sit up and take notice; to get a move on
themselves, and to shake off the everlasting indifference which so often stands in the way of the safety
and progress of the average small town.
Chairman Replogle has appointed the following committee of five to canvass the town to see how much
can be raised by popular subscription toward the cost of procuring proper apparatur and facilities.
This committee will take such action as is necessary after the next meeting of the board of town of
1906 - June 7 - A Fire Engine
H. L. Cremer, representing the Waterous Engine Works Co., of St. Paul was in town this week and appeared b efore the
town board in the interest of the gasoline fire engine which his company manufactures and of which over 600 are in
use in this and foriegn countires.
The board as well as the members of the fire company and the citizens with whom Mr. Cremer spoke, were favorably
impressed with the apparatus, the cost of which, with 1000 feet of hose and a cart, will be $1850.
The board agrees, if the citizens will contribute the first payment of $370, to take care of the balance by issuing 6
per cent warrants due in one, two, three or four years at the option of th board.
The Citizen has not the room this week to enlarge on the subject. It must suffice to say that our people realize the
grave need of fire protectin and that the majority of the buisness men are in for of an engine .
In an hour's canvass Tuesday evening the committee secured over $100 in subscriptions, and should have no difficulty
whatever in raising the required amount.
1906 - June The issue of 7 June 1906 of the Culver Citizen reported one of the first great fires of Culver - The CMA $50,000 new gymnasium burned to
the ground around midnight Friday. When discover the trumpeter was sounded and the bucket lines were formed from the lagoon to the building. The
gym was 130 by 76 feet and had been erected in 1904; Albert Knell was the architect and John E. Barnes the contract. It was covered by insurance and
immediate plans were made to replace it
1906 - June A big block of Ice Houses burned
near the south end of town burned.
The Bucket brigade was ineffectual in saving them. They were re-built before the winter's ice harvest.
The first fire truck was a hand push cart which was donated by the Plymouth Fire Department and was equipped with a bell and hose. Plymouth also
donated a light weight hand - pulled ladder truck.
1906 - Jul 19 - Harry Saine tendered his resignation as chief at the last meeting of the fire company.
The matter not acted upon.
1906 - Aug. 16 - Elected Cheif -
At a meeting of the Culver Fire Company on Thursday evening the resignation of Harry Saine, presented at a
previous meeting, was accpected
Four canidadted for a successor were put in nominiation - O. A. Gandy, Chas. Asper, Monton Foss and Henry
The election resulted in the choice of Gandy, and Asper was elected assistant chief to fill the vacancy caused by the
promotion of Gandy.
1907 - The town purchased a new Republic chassis and equipped it with three 30-gallon tanks
1907 Jan 17 - The following are the officers of the Culver fire department electer last thursday night
Chief - O. A Gandy
assistant - Chas Asper
secretary - Fred Hinshaw
treasure - J. R Saine
1907 - Feb 14 - The regular monthly meeting of the fire department will be held theis (Thursday) evening at 8 o'clock
1907 - Aug 1 - The fire Company
With the completion of the works system, and the arrival of the fire apparatus, the Culver Volunteer
Fire Company is anticipating some real; practice in the science of fire fighting.
Heretofore the equipment was consisted princepally of a dozen of so leaky rubber buckets.
The company consists of fifteen young men, mostly strong and husky lads, who, it is believed, with a
little practice will be able to make a first-class showing when called upon. That the have maintained
their organization for four years in the face of consideable opposition and with an entire lack of
equipment, and have responded to everl call and given their best effoets to the work in hand, has
proven their mettle.
1907 - Aug. 22 - Water Works and Fire Company are Now Ready for Business
... Meantime the fire company is taking hold with enthusiasm, and is getting in some good solid practice work.
On Tuesday night the boys ran the cart carrying 500 feet of 2 1/2 inch hose fromt he Osborn Hotel, made a connection
with the hydrant at the Methodist parsonage and has a stream playing over Dr. Rea's residence a block and a half from
the hydrant in two minutes.
The company gives promise of furnishing efficient service in pratical fire-fighting.
Another cart and an additional 500 feet of hose will be supplied by the construction company.
This and the hook and ladder truck which is indispensable call for adequate quarters. to provide these the company
askes the town board to build a cheap 14-foot addition to the rear of the building now owned by the company and
to provide double front doors.
Of the town authorities intend to do anything for the compnay they cannot do less than this.
Chief Gandy has assigned the following positiions:
Nozzelmen: J. R. Saine, Ira Hubler, E. McFeely, M. H. Foss
hyrdant men: H. Litzenberger, G. R. Howard, A. Blanchard , J. McFeeley
In telephoning in an alarm to central or 26-k give your name and the location of the fire.
1907 - Nov 7 - False Alarm
To afford a practical demonstration of the efficiency of the fire department Chief Gandy rang the alarm
at 11 o'clock Monday night after setting fire to a stack of boxes saturated with kerosene.
The boys responded (those who heard the alarm) in quick time - two, Howard and Saine, being at
the engine house by the time Gandy reached it after ringing the bell. Others were at the sceene
of the fire almost as soon as the cart arrived.
The gasoline engine at the water station balked and refused to run, but the tank furnished pressure
sufficient to have thrown a stream for three-quarters of an hour.
At the beginning of the fire there was 6 feet of water in the tank and 60 pounds of pressure after
throwing one stream ten minutes there was 4 1/2 feet and 30 pounds - a startling waste.
The test was satisfactory so far as effiency of the company is concerened, but entirely unsatifactory
as to the capacity and power of the water plant
There is a leak in the pipes at the station which will be difficult to locate as the pipes are menedded
under a foot of cement floor.
The well supply is insufficient, but this is expected to be overcome as soon as the new 6-inch will is
1907 - Nov 21 - Hook and Ladder - Plymouth Fire Department Makes Culver Valuable Donation
The fire company held an enthusiastice meeting on Thursday evening, nearly every member being
present. The inspiring cause was the receipt of a hook and ladder truck, donated by the Plymouth
A few weeks ago Chief Gandy suggested to Chief Kuhn of Plymouth that the racing truck of the
Plymouth department, purchased a good many years ago for tournament purposes, and for which
the Plymouth department how has no use, would be a welcome addition to Culver's fire-fighting
equipment, and that probably a saisfactory arrangement could be made to take it off of Plymouth's
hands. Mr. Kuhn became interested at one and expressed the opinion that the Plymouth department
would turn it over to Culver as a gift. The Plymouth department subsequently authorized Mr Kuhn
to make such disposition of the truck as he thought best, and on receiving notice Thursday morning
that the Culver boys could have it and Welcome Gandy and Russell Saine hitched up and drove to
Plymouth bringing the truck nack after noon.
THe apparatus is 22 feet long, light enought to be drawn by two or three men, and is in a good state
of preservation. The boys willl repaint it and purchase ladders for it. It willl do effective service for a
number of years, and culver certainly apprieciated the neighborly spirit which prompted its donation.
1908 - Jan 9 - The boys of the fire company are planning a big oyster supper and social evening to be given
some time in the near future in the hall over Saine's store. The proceeds will be applied to the purchase of
ladders and other needed equipment.
1908 Jan 16 - Fire Company Election
The anual election of officers of the Culver fire department Thursday night resulted as follows:
Chief - O. A. Gandy
A. M. Roberts was elected to membership, filling the quoat of 15 allowed the company.
Asst. Chief - G. R. Howard
Secretary - M. H. Foss
Treasurer - J. R. Saine
The other members of the company are Archie Blanchard, James and Ed McFeeley, Ira Hubler,
H. Litzenberger, Arthur Castleman, Arthur Fishburn, Chas. Asper, F. Hinshaw, Earl Zehiel.
Harry Saine took a flashlight picture of the compan of Friday evening.
1908 - Jan 16 - Everybody come and Eat Oysters with the Fire Boys Wednesday, January 22. From
5 o'clock on the fire COmpany will sere oysters in the hall over Saine's store. It is also expected that
there will be music. Come and enjoy a social evening and hel along a good cause. he net proceeds
of the supper will go toward the purchase of service ladders and other necessary equipment for the
Culver Fire Depatment. This is a worthy cause and should have the support of every citizen. Here is
where all can Help! Remember the date and Place Wednesday Jaunary 22 Saine's Halle Prices:
Adults 25cents children 15 cents
1908 - Jan 30 - NIce addition to FUnds - The fire company's supper last week was heartily patronized
and the ladder fund is boosted to the extent of $30
1908 March - The band hall caught fire during a performance - story the 12 Mar. 1908 issue of the Culver
1908 Apr 9 - Fire Ladders
the fire company has places an order for a 44-foot regulation extenion ladder. Wall and roof ladders will
be purchased as soon as the one ordered had been received and tested.
These ladders coast approiximately $60 and are guaranteed to suppor the necessar weight.
Test are being made with a view to selecting an efficient alarm wistler to be operated by compressed
1908 - May 7 - An ordinance establishing a fire department was introduced and laid over until the next
meeting. The ordinance confers upon the board the power to fix the number of firemen and also gives
the board the authority to elect the chief
1908 - May 25 - The new fire siren has arrived and is being tested.
1908 - Jun 4 - The Town Board - ...The other petition was from the fire company asking for the privilege
of licensing attractions for the Fourth of July and applying the license fees to the expense fung of the
celebration. The boad decided that it would control the issuing of th licenses, but would turn the fees
over to the fire company.
1908 Sept 17 - Culver Endangered by lack of sufficient fire-fighting facilities ;
1909 Jan 21 - Fire Company Elections
The fire company elected the following officers at their meeting on Thursday night.
Chief - A. M. Roberts
Assistant Chief - A. Blanchard
Secretary - M. H. Foss
Treasurer - J. R. Saine
1909 - Oct 7 - On account of his removal from the corporation limits Mont Foss has resigned as secretary
and member of the fire department. O. A. Gandy was elected to the vacant office.
1910 - Jan 6 - Fire company elections
The fire company on Monday night elected
Chief - A. M. Roberts
Two new members, Harley Gaff and Arthur Swigart were admitted.
Secretary - Arthur Castleman
1910, Jun 16 - The fire company naw has its full quota of membership, having admitted two new members
Monday evening - Clyde Wiseman and Charles Altheided.
1911, abt - Perchis Blanchard joins department
1911 - Jan 5 - FIire department
At the annual election of the Culver fire departmen Monday night
A. M. Roberts was re-elected Chief,
Ed McFeelye was relected as assistant in place of Ira Hubler and
Chalres Altheide was chosen in place of Arthur Castleman.
1911 - May 18 - Fire company meeting - The fire compnay will hold a special meeting Wednesday evening, May 17
(sic) for the transaction of impotant business
1911 - May Errect Building
Town Board Takes Necessary Steps to Provide
Quarters for Fire Company and Apparatus...
It may not be generally known, or at least held in mind, that the company has maintained its
organization at its own expense. It bought and furnished a building for its meetings, the water
company firnishing the apparatus.
Recently the lot on which the bulding stood was sold and the purchaser raised the rent of the land.
The company the decided to disband unless the town provided suitasble quarters. The members said as
long as they stood bettween the rpoeprty owners and a serious loss by fire they were ientitled to
finanancial support from the town authorities.
Previous town boards had never done anything for the fire boys, and when it came to a question of going
down into their own pockers and paying more rent or moving the would throw up their organization. With
the latter course in view they advertised their furniture for sale.
This movement aroused the town board, and its appeciation of the importance of the fire company to the
property owners is shown int the steps now b eing taken to give the company suitable quarters paid for, as
is the case everywhere, out of the public funds...
1911 - Jun 8 - New Fire Boundaries
At monday night's meeting of the fire company the town was redistricted into ne fire wars as follows:
Ward 1 - Bounded by Washington street (Citizen corner) on the north, Madison Street (hardware corner)
on the south, Plymouth street (Mrs. Hartzell's corner) on the east and Ohio street onthe west. This
includes the four business blocks.
Ward 2 - All eas of Main street (except the terrritory included in Ward 1) south to the Assembly addition
Ward 3 - All west of Main (except business district)
Ward 4 - All south of the north line of the assembly addition.
1911 - Sep 7 - For Sale
The following property owened by Culver Volunteer Fire Company is ofered at private sale on and
after this date September 6, 1911
Building - used as meeting room of the company located 3 door south of the hardware, size 12 X 14
feet is strongly bulit and warm, together with contents consisting of 12 folding charis, 2 solid wooden
chairs, 1 table 1 Roshcester lamp. 1 side lamp and other articles
One hook and ladder truck
Four ladders - extension, wall and roof
Spanners - four combined maileable hydrant wrenches and spanners.
Lanterns - two new No. 2 cold blast
Terms Strickly cash
For any information or to inspect property, see A. M. Roberts, Phome 69-K-1 or J. R. Saine, Phone 26-K
1911 - In the fall of 1911 the Main St. firehouse was sold for $15.00 and the furnishings for $13.81. and the
department again had to meet in various buisness places until the new Town Hall in January 1912 - tho
the following notation was found about the sale of the building
1911 - Dec 14 - The town board has bought 500 feet of first-clas hose for $450. The fire departmentnaw has 1,000 feet
of good hose.
The purchase of lanterns and axes for the hose cart was authorized, and it was decided to paint the building owned
by the company.
1912 - JANUARY 1 - A. M. Roberts was re-elected chief of the fire company and M. H . Foss was elected secretary.
1912 - Feb. 1 - Sale of Fire Building
The building owned for a number of years by the fire company has been sold to Walter Fishburn for $15
Fishburn will move it off.
The building was erected some fifteen years ago on the Kreuzberger land by Peter Keller and occupied by him as a
barber shop until sold to the fire compant.
The structure is 12 by 14, will constrcuted, and Fishburn gets a big bargain.
1912 - Feb 10 - Sale of the Fire building - the building owned for a number of years by the fire company has
been sold to Walter Fishburn for $15. Fishbirn will move it off. The building was erected some fifteen years
ago on the Kreuzberger land by Peter Keller and occupied by him as a barber shop until sold to the fire
company the strcture is 12 by 14, well constructed and Fishburn gets a big bargin.
1912 - May 12 - Al Porter has sold for Garland Bogardus the Main street lot formerly occupied by the fire
company to C. W. Newman for $450. Mr. Newman will move off the old shack, grade up the lot and put it
in readiness for erecting a home for himself.
1912 - Dec 19 -
Town Hall Completed
...It is a one story and basement cement block building, costing $1,700. The main
floor is divided into two compartments. the front room is for the fire department apparatus...
1913 Jan 9 - Fire Company Election
The fire company met Monday evening for the first time in the new room in the town building.
All the equipment has been removed from the various hiding places about town and assembled
in order, an inventory of all property made and steps taken to repair and repaint all apparatus
The following officers were choosen for the ensuing year
Chief - A. M. Roberts
Assistant - Charles Apser
Secretary - M. H. Foss
Treasurer J. R Saine
1913 - Feb 6 - The fire company in view of the fact that it has $7 in the treasury, last Monday night voted
to purchase five helmets at $5 each and rubber coats for the balance of the fund