Culver - Union Township Fire Department 1924-1933
1924 - Jan 23 - At a meeting of the town board of trustees last Monday night E. O. Bryd was
appointed tot he post of chief of the fire department. Roy Swigart was retained as first
assistant fire chief
1924 - Jan 23 - 1923 Town of Culver City Indiana finanical statement - fire dep enteries only January 1 - Dec 31 - 1923
(partial - fire department only
|J G Mueller donation to fire truck fund || ||50.00|
|Lake Shore Garage || ||same 10.00|
| Disbursements|| |
|Treasurer, Fire Department compensastion to Fire Department employees || ||360.00 |
|Mitchell & Stabenow 1 doz pairs of gloves for fire department || ||1.62|
|Lake Shore Garage, Fire Truck repairs and supplie|| ||s 51.13|
|W. O. Osborn Insurance for fire truck || |
|Culver service station Gas and oil for fire truck|| || 4.25|
|A R McKesson oil for fire truck|| || 4.90|
|John Sandes food for Fire department (Ferrier fire)|| || 20.00|
|Treas, Fire Dept Reimbursment for personal clothing || ||54.00|
|Obenchain & Boyer, 12 chemical charge for fire truck || ||18.75|
|Fred Cook Gas Oli for Fire Truck || ||5.15|
1924 Jan 30 - Fire Truck Pump Is being Installed
Substitute on Duty
Is culmination of deal which town board started last August
If anyone is going to have a fire during the next two weeks call and notify the fire department a little
while before hand
The culver fire truck has been taken to Logansport where a new water pump is being installed. The company
brought an old truck for the local fire department to unse until the regular truck is repaired but according to
those who are well acquainted with the working parts of the engine of the substitute, it is in rocky condition
to say the least.
Eqipment to cost $1596.50
The taking of the fire truck to Logansport is the culmination of a deal which the town board made with the
company last August. The board boughte pump equipment at a cost of $1596.50 which includes installation
The pump is a Hale Rotary. It does not have a piston to pull the water, but a contraption which draws the
water. The rotary pump will not freeze during cold weather and that will be a convience almost necessary
for this locality
Two Tanks come off
The installation of the pump will require that the front chemical tanks of the tuck be taken off. A temporary
seat will be constructed just a little forward from where the present seat is located. Immediatley behind the
seat and in front of the remaining chemical tank is where the new pump will be placed
Thrre hundred gallons of water per minute can be thrown by the new pump. It is guaranteed to raise water
out of a hole twenty-four feet deep. When the new apparatus arrives. Culver will have a good fire fighting
apparatus and should be able to cope with any fire which might break out here. Another thing, it will protect
the lake cottages for the pump will draw water from the lake or from a well.
||1924 - Aug 20 - Culver Theater Friday Night (August 22nd) Fire Truck 5th Annual Benefit The treat of
the age Miss Ray Samuels The Blue Streak of Vaudeville ... |
|The 1924 Sanborn Fire Map shows it still at the location of Plymouth and Cass and the area
||Water Facilities: Municipal ownership Source - wells. System direct pressure. from 9880 gal pressure tank in pump house
Pumps:2 Haberle triples 8" X 10" 350 gals per minute 2 1/2 miles of 2" to 6" mains 28 double hydrants 33,000 gals
average daily consumption. Domestic pressure 50lbs. Fur Pressue 100 lbs.|
Fire Department Volunteer system. 1 chief. 15 men partly paid. 1 Republic motor truck combination pummper chemical
& & hose truck capcy 700 gal per min. carries 3 40 gal. chemical tanks 6000' feet of 2 1/2 " C.R.L. hose, 200' 1"
rubber chemical hose 1 hand hose reel 400" feet of 2 1/2 " C.R.L. hose, Fire alarm electic siren in Church tower Main &
Washington & telephones
Paving" 1 1/2 miles bricked street Grades nearly level Public lights Electric.
|1924 - May - 7 - Its a doggone shame - that every flivver in town can get
to a fire before the fire truck. On of thwo things ought to be done - - forbid central to tell
anyone but the fire company where the fire is or have the fire truck repaired so thay it will
run faster that fifteen miles per hour.
The fire Monday noon was at the home of Chas. Alexander. It was a small fire and was out
before rhe first flivver got ther much less the fire truck. Mrs. Alexander's stove was near the
window and the wind blew the curtain in the blaze. A little balze, a little scare, a bucket of
water and it was all over.
1924 JUL 16 - New
Fire Signals Will Be Initiated
1925 - Jun 17 - Local Fire Department Gets -- of Two Fine Checks
During the past week, the local fire department has received two checks for coin of the
realm which were greatly appreciated. The Bass Lake Business Men's association sent a
check for $25 to show appriciation for the work done by the local department at the
fire early in June when a cottage at Bass Lake burned to the ground and other property
was in danger. Warren McFarland who lives north of Burr Oak sent a check for $20 in
appreciation of the work done by the local department when his barn burned to the
ground some weeks ago. the Culver Fire Department is thankful for these checks and
have expressed their hearty thanks to the two donors.
1925 Sep 16 Chenical Fire Apparatus to Be Placed on Ford
It has been demonstrated to the members of the local fire department that the present
truck is not able to carry the heavy load of hose and the chemical equipment.
Accordingly, recommendations were submitted to the town board for a Ford to haul
the chemicals. The board agreed to this and the change will be made in thenear future.
This will enable the fire truck to make runs much quicker time than heretofore and will l
essen the fire hazard of CUlver.
1926 - Feb 3 - C. H. Bolen is named Culver's fire chief
Wants lighter truck
Town board passes ordianace prohibiting cars driving close to fire truck on run
C. H. Bolen was been appointed by the town board of trustees to the office of chief of the fire
Mr. Bolen has taken over the reigns of his office and will not direct the fighting of fires in this
Russell Fisher is Assistant chief. The first thing Mr Fisher did in his new office was to give the fire
truck a general cleaning and polishing with the new polish he has recently concocted in his
Mr. Bolen appeared before the town board Monday night and asked that body to pass an ordiance
prohibiting automobile drivers from driving neared then 150 feet to the fire truck when the
department was making a run. He pointed out that many times cars were so close to the fire trucks
that when the plugman dropped from the rear of the fire truck that he was in danger of being run
Mr. Bolen was appreciative of the work of the townspeople did at fires but stated that it would be
more helpful if they would refrain from driving so close when the truck is making a run.
Mr. Bolen also discussed with the board concerning the advisbility of starting a public subscription
campaign to gather enough funds with which to buy a light truck to haul the chemicals and ladders.
The board had discussed this matter before.
The load the present truck carries is almost too much. The lighter truck would be better able to get
to fires as a distance from town...
1926 - Feb 17 - In the business session that followed, it was decided to unite with the town board and
incestigate the possiblity of purchasing an additional fire truck to carry the chemicals and to lighten the load
for the main truck. C. I. Ferrier was appointed to represent the Chamber of Commerce in this matter.
1926 - Mar 3 - Fire Chief Bolen asked for a smoke mask and hose clamp for his department and the clerk was
orderd to purchase the same... The fire truck proposition was brought up again by
W. S. Easterday
that his present hearse chassis be purchased for that purpose. This was tabled for the present time.
1927 - Aug. 3 - Taking advantage of a new state law that was passed by the last State legislature,
Union Township is considering joining with the corporation of the town of Culver in purchasing
additional fire equipment.
1929 - Jan 2 - Firen Siren Given New Home and Coat of Paint
The strident voice of the fire siren will now be heard from a new location and a
new height. Monday the signal was tken from the tower of the Mehodist church to
the second "story" of the new water tower, which places it at a height of 68 feet
and should make it heard at a greater range and cleared. The siren was also given
a coat of bright red.
1929 - Feb 13 - The new chemical fire truck, made possible by the liberal contribution of $3,900 by our
citizens and lake cottage owners, is nearly ready for delivery
1929 - Feb 20 - Since the present tires have been on the fire truck for seven years the board decided
their life was ended and voted to purchase for new tires as an inisurance against blowouts while speeding
1930 - May 7 - New fire Truck Passes State Tests with ease
The new community fire truck, one of the best in a town of this size in Indiana, was given a fhorough
test last Wednesday by the state board of underwriteres, which gave its approval without reservation.
They pronounced the motor and pump satisfactoryand that it performed without any sign of trouble.
The test for 500 gallons per minute with 120 pounds pressure produced 517 gallons at 125 pounds pressure.
The test for 250 gallons at 200 pounds recored 253 gallons at 204 pounds pressure.
And the third test for 167 gallons per minute at 250 pounds, a terrific pressure, brought out 180 gallons at 254
In each case the results exceeded the specifications with ease.
The entire fire company received thorough instruction of the use of the new truck with the result that the general
efficiency of the department was increased.
1929 Jun 2 Fire company wants all to share in buying new truck
1929 - June 19 - Firemen asking aid to secure community truck
The need of a modern fire truck to answer calls outside of the comrporatn limits has
grown to such proportion that members of the Culver Fire department have taken it
upon themselves to request donations taid in buying a mondern fire truck that will serve
the rural dikstricts, cottages, and community in time of need.
Trustee Dennie has agreed to allowthe small truck, the only means now of combaing out of
town fires to be trned in on a new truck, which will reduce toe amount needed.
But fire trucks cost money and every person in the community should aid generously in securing
this much needed fire fighting apparatus. This would allow the department to use the present
large truck for emergency use when the new truck was fighting fires out of town
1929 - Jun 26 - FI re Company Wants All to AId in Buying Truck
"we want this to be a truly community truck", declared ROy Swigart, Culver Fier Chief, as he told of the
drive for a new fire truck for this community. He then explained how this trck would benefit every person
in the community by giving better fire protection, including farmers, cottagers, and others living outside
Every person wishing to help secure this modern fire truck should call Roy Swigart at the Goss Hardware
store. It every citizen will donate something, though only a small sum, it will show that all are interested
and ther will be no doubt but that this vicinity will have reall fire protection.
1929 - Jul 3 - 300 feet of fire hose were purchaed from the Boyr Fire Appparatus company of Logansport.
As the board has found that fires are so seldom the hose rots our instead of wearing out, it decided to try
using a less expensive hose
1929 - July 3 - We need that Fire Truck
To those who are hesitating to give financial support to the drive for a new community fire truck we
recommend that that they droppe into the fire station and see the old relic that is to give fire
protection to out of town property. One glance will convince you that the changes are dubious that
old truck will ever start and its equipment raises a question if it would do much goog if it ever got to
Then see the larger truck make a run to a fire. It can barely get started up the hill and never acquire
real speed at any time. It just can't because it is overloaded. It is old in years as fire trucks go, for
they must be never-failing to be a protection to the community.
Those two pieces comprice local fire protection. Property ownoers should realize that a donation for a
new fire truck that has adequate speed and recent equipment would be a bargin. No matter how much
fir insurance you carry it never covers all your loss in case of fire. Prompt action by the fire company
saves you many dollars at a time whin minutes are precious.
This community needs this new truck which will give tire protection to rural property, cottages and
other out of town property as will as within the city limits.
Call Roy Swigart at Goss Hardware store and tell him you want your name on that subscription list. It
will pay you big dividends.
1929 - Jul 10 - Good progress being made for fire truck Many generous subscriptions were received by the
culver fire department during the past week and a fine general response is reported, indicating that the
entire community is joining in securing this truck. every living in this vicinity is inerested in adeqaute fire
protectiion and should appear on the subscription list no matter how small the sum. Just call roy swigart
and let him know you want real fire protection.
1929 - July 24 Horace Ewald, member of the Culver fire Department, represented Culver at the 12th Annual
Convention of the Indiana Association in Gary.
1929 - Jul - Last call for donation for Community for community fire truck
for severral weeks members of the culver fire department and other interested citizens have been
soliciting for funds to buy a modern communit fire truk that will protect property in the country,
around the lake as well as in town. It has been impossible for them to see every person but their
aim is to have every adult in this community have a share in the financing of this truck
So it is requested thal all those who have not agreed to contribute to the truck do so withing the
next few days. Call or write roy swigart fire chief. There are many cottagers who are only here a day
or so out of a week and the committes have not been able to see them so this gives them a chance
to join in giving their property adequate fire protection
As soon as the complete list of donors will be published in this paper
1929 - Nov 27 Payments on fore truck pledges due
Fire boys urge that those making pledges pary promptly to hasten purchase.
Sufficient pledges have been secured to purchase the much needed new fire
truck for this comminity and the fire department had completed a thorough
investigation of the various makes.
Now all that remains, and this is the important part, is for those making the
pledges to pay promptly.
A good portion of the money had been paid in, but the fire boys do not intend
to order the truck until they have the cash in hand. Thus those who do not pay
their pledge at once are delaying th fire protection they need.
Prompt pament will mean that the fire department will not need to go too any
further expense in writing letters or making personal visits to collect these pledges,
and all money so saved will make just that much more in equiping the truck,
Make out your check today and mial it to Roy Swigart, fire chief, Culver Fire Department.
1930 - Jan 8 - New community fire truck purchased. Individuals pledged enough money
to buy truck and equipment.
Roy Swigart was elected fire chief,
Perchis Blanchard named secretary and
Horace Ewald, treasurer
1929 dec 25 - '
205 Subscription Paid to fire Truck.
1929 - Dec 4 All pledges to fire truck are not in, delaying deal - the purchase of the
new community fire truck is being delayed by the non payment of pledges by a
small number. thise in charge of this fund are insisting that they will buy the equipment
only when they have the actial cash in hand, so thise who pleged and have not
paid are urged to send their checks in at once.
1930 - Jan 1 more donations received for new fire equipment
The following donations for the new community fire truck and it is
urged that the others who have pledged but not yet paid follow
Al L. Duddleson
H. E. Medbourn
Guy R. Davis
John Altman |
C. E. Hibray
P. A. Wickizer
1930 - JAN 8 - Balance of fire truck pledges needed at once
Several more pledfes for the new community fire truck have been received by
fire chief Roy Swigart, but the balance is needed this week to insure the purchase
of the truck with full equipment.
It is stated that enough money has been received to go ahead with the purchase
of the truck, which will be done the later part of this week, but that the rest of
he subscriptions must be paid at once if the truck id to be fully equiped.
All those who have nto paid their pledges are urged to ruch their checks in at once.
Those who paid their pledges last week are :
C. L. Barnhart
W W Friend
Mrs A. N. & Miss Irene Bogardus
Major M. V. Bennett |
C D. Behmer
January - 1930 - Culver PURCHASES NEW COMMUNITY FIRE TRUCK
Culver , Ind., Jan. 20 - Sufficient funds have been received to allow H. G. Shafer and Roy
Swigart, trustees of the community fire truck and to close the deal for the actual purchase
of the truck. The contract was awarded to the General Fire Truck Co., of St. Louis, after
a thorough investigation of all of the bids submitted.
The truck is known as the "Monarch" model and develops 30 horse-power. It has a speed
of 60 miles on the open road. A detailed description of the truck will be given at a later
date when an actual picture of the new truck will be printed.
Delivery is to be made in 90 days at which time the State Board of Underwriters will conduct
a test for efficiency and the local trustees reserve the right to conduct a thorough test of
their own before accepting the truck - The News-Sentinel, Monday, January 20, 1930 -
July 2, 1930 Culver Citizen
Fire Company Called to Maxinkuckee This Morning
The Culver Fire department was called to the Verle Rhoades property at Maxinkuckee at
2:00 a.m. Wednesday when a house and an adjacent building caught on fire. The cause
was unknown and the structures were completely destroyed.
However, the damage was believed to be small. The run was made in fourteen minutes
after the call was received. The department centered its attention on saving other
buildings. From the din raised by the siren on the truck the community for a five mile
radius was able to follow the route fo [of] the truck, though it is not believed probable
that the traffic was so heavy to warrant the continual use of the strong siren.
1930 - Jul 30 Took Movies of Truck - Culver's fine fire truck has been feaured in photographs, but Sunday
the members of the companyand the truck were recorded inmoving pictures. The scene was at the
cottage on the East
Side. Mr. Howell is a manufacturer of moving picture machines and wanted to get a film of CUlver's splendid
fire fighting equipment.
1930 - Aug 20 - Fireman's benefit SHow Date Changed To Friday Aug 22
Conflict In date pospones show one day, but bill remains the same
A conflict in dates for the use of the building has forced ther firemen's benefit show to be changed to
one day later than announced last week.
This fine bill will be held on Frday, Aug 22 at 8:00 p.m. in the community building.
The company is in need of more funds to secure more hose and other needed equipment for the new
truck and the community will have the chance to better their fire protection and at the same time see
as fine a show as ever graced a vaudeville stage.
Here are a few comments from the press in cities where some of the talent has appeared:
Billy Link Jr. is the son of the famouse Billy Link
of Broadway is the bygone days, and is said to have inherited an astounding talent for vaudeville from
his father, and in addition he was given a complete schooling in the art by his famous father.
Previous to his present tour in vaudevulle, LInk was an assistant director for First National Pictures in
Miss Nancy Leslie, former premier danseuse of the Philadelphia Civic Opera Balle, proved her self a lovely
little dancer and the same time gave us a remarkable exhition of techinical perfection.
Locally other members of the bill, Charles Buffington, Billy Riggens, and Billy Link Sr. need no introduction
and their acts alone willl be worth the price of admission.
Miss Martha Eorshamm who co-features with Billy Link Jr. comes with the praise of many critics and she is
rated as one of the bright stars of the evening's entertainment.
It has been reoprted that a former Culver Citizen Sam Lenon chief of plolice of South Bend, has promised
to attend the performance and if he does he will be called to the stage for an impromptu number.
Don't forget the change of date to Friday Augus 22.
1930 - Sep 10 - 1930 Sep 10 Fire Department Makes Map of East Side Homes
As an aid to the Culver Fire Department in fighting fires on the east side of Lake Maxinkuckee. Chief Roy
Swigartis making a map showing all the cottages with their nearest approach to the lake. In this way
the fire lads can consult the map in a glance when an alarm comes in and then drive without delay to
the nearest pumping location on the lake.
Chief Swigart states that such a map is not necessary on Long Point as the approaches to the lake are
not as diffcult or far apart.
1930 - December 17, - With the addition of two new firemen to the Culver Fire Department
the quota is up to the limit. The new members are Arthur Fishburn and Jess Pettis.
|1930 - Dec 31 - Fire Boys Receive Gold Badges For Christmas
The members of the Culver Fire Department were unusually well remembered by Santa Claus this year
when he presented each with a beautiful gold fireman's badge.
Mrs. E. R. Culver prompted Santa's
action as her personal appreciaition of the fine work done by the local fire department.
The badges were made from a special design, with the seal of the state of Indiana in the center of the
badge where the fireman's emblem is usually placed. The spread eagle as used in the emblem of the
Culver Military Academy tops the badge, making a very striking and appropriste medal.
The firemen are very grateful to Mrs. Culver for her remembrance.
1931 May 27th
Culver Citizen records this incident:
Fire Truck in Ditch
The Culver fire truck ended in the ditch while answering a silent call Sunday afternoon to Ober. The truck was on State
Road 10 west of town when the front wheels hit the soft berm. The truck was to heavy to bring back
on to the gravel road and ploughed on into the ditch. The soft ground and heavy truck made it a long
and diffic ult job getting the vehicle back on solid ground . Which was not accomplished until late
Word was sent to the fire of the mishap. The house at Ober was destroyed by the flames
1931 - December Destroyed by fire of unknown origin was the Lakeview Restaurant and the Castle Garden
Dance Hall and partially destroyed was the Louden Grocery. At by accounts in the 9 December 1931 issue
of the Culver Citizen it was said the blaze threatened the whole Lakeshore Drive business district.
Damages by the paper was estimated at $7,000.
Mrs. Edwin Raymond (Alice) Culver presented members of the Culver Fire Department with badges -
on the back is inscribed: "Presented by Mrs. E. R. Culver ."
|| Mrs. Edwin Raymond (Alice) Culver presented members of the Culver Fire Department with
badges - These had to be 'special made & ordered' by
all indications as there is no badge company stamped int to it and ther is absolutely no other identifying
markings found on it other than being inscribed: "Presented by Mrs. E. R. Culver" on the back |
1931 Dec 31 The members of the Culver fire Department were unusually well remember by Santa claus this year,
when each was presented with a beautiful gold fireman's badge, Mrs. E. R. Culver promted santa's action, as her
appreciation of the fine work done by the fire department In an attempt to find out details about the badge -
B. B. Culver Jr. was contacted in Dec of 1991-
his response on 9 January 1992 was as follows
1932 - Jan13 - Fishburn Named Fire Cheif; Cromley Ass't
Arhur Fishburn was elected chief of the Culver Fire Department at its meeting Monday night,
with Alfred Cfromley as assistant.
Fishburn takes the place of Roy Swigart who has served capably in that office for several years. '
Perchis Blanchard was elected sectary and Mont Foss treasurer.
The quota of membership was filled with the appceptance of WayneVonEhr's application.
1932 - February - Maxinkuckee Ice Company [Medbourn] Ice House burnt
1932 - Apr 6 - Excavating under the Jefferson Street viaduct (??) to give head room for the fire truck
to reach the lake has been done under the supervision of Mont FOss, chief engineeer of he street
1932 - Apr 27 - Henry Litzenberger
has recently retired from active membership in the local fire department during which time, he says he has mess
but two fires in 35 years.
1933 - David Burns joins fire department; Arthur Fishburn, fire Chief.