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preceding page) Square and hydrants form the first ira- in fire protection store buildings. The Phoenix Volunteer Fire a number of Company of Mt. Pulaski, Ill., was When the city erect- organized at a meeting of the fol- splendid water lowing persons at the office of F. V. Nicholson, Frid%y night, meetings the mere- March 13, 1885: roll call and a read- John F. Schick minutes, spend the g ways and COmbating fires under calling at- hazards about the for inspec- public buildings with the ar- In the event they are duty there. Carefully a fire alarm was school and of the depart- there to make sug- to how the exodus teacher could be ROSTER OF MEMBERS SIGNING UP TO ORGANIZE FIRE DEPARTMENT F. E. Danner George Jenner Andrew Bertrang D. J. O'Brien George Wind Phil Schweigckhardt C. T. Snyder George Brookmeier B. F. Pletz J. M. Hopkins George Schafer John Klotz H. F. Gordon E. Meads J. H. Newton Otto G. Bekemeyer W. H. Stafford The committee t looked all right! ; decided that they l a Pressure test made l whether or not the i old to hold up in Service ago when the new PUrchased a sum- residing in the to the fund might receive as and wat- warrant. Many ve been handled to the these rural resi- Without Pay of the depart. a salary for is purely vol- appropriates for re- of $500 in the and what- above that they at the close of to the members a bonus. Member of the Associ. ago, which in its of only 13 de- to400 Pulaski has on the ex. John Danner and had this hon. them. The last serving as. vice- eve), reason to laddies, and but the efficiency i A temporary organization was L1, Miss Zimmer- effected by the election of John corps of teachers, J. Schick as chairman and Otto g so quickly I G. Bekemeyer as secretary, ass had little to j on motion a committee of three One suggestion I was appointed by the chair to rust how much goodl draft a constitution and by.laws. these meetings I On March 16th, three days lat- ions was the ler the following officers were the drill as to l elected: of the fire hose I Captain--W. H. Stafford 1st Lieutenant---J. M. Hopkins 2d Lieutenant---C. T. Snyder Recording Secretary--Otto G. Bekemeyer Financial SecretaryJPhil Schweigckhardt Treasurer--John F. Schick 1st Pipeman----George Jennet 3d Pipeman--D. J. O'Brien Engineer---J. M. Hopkins Asst. Engineer--Geo. Schafer Steward--George Wind Standing Committee---John F. Schick, Phil Schweigchardt, Geo. Jenner, Otto G. Bekemeyer, J. M. Hopkins. . i VOTERS APPROVE NEW FIRE HOUSE BOND ISSUE (Sept. 18, 1947) Residents of Mount Pulaski gave ample proof of their deep interest in the welfare of their city, when they went to the polls on Tuesday and voted 189 to 75 to issue bonds in the amount of $20,000 with which to erect a new fire house. Tho need for a new fire house to care for the two new fire en- gines was the issue which most voters were interested in and they voted for fire protection. FIRE DEPARTMENT STILL MAINTAINS NIGHT FORCE (Jan. 30, 1936) The fire department is still maintaining their nightly vigil at department headquarters and will continue to have four men on duty as long as tho extreme weather lasts. The men have been very grate- ful for the cigars, candy, a radio and foodstuffs sent to them by citizens who are deeply appreci- ative of their being on the job FIREMEN OF OLDEN DAYS who did much to keep the prowess and reputation of the Phoenix Fire Department up to a high standard. Back Row, left to right: Gottlicb "Pacer" Zah, Will- iam Binder, David Landis, August Weidenbacher, James Ander. son, Frank Snyder, George Snyder, Jess Barlow and Claude Holl- er. Front Row: George Neeves, Jacob Romer, Chris Kautz, James Ryan, Fred Danner, Chief; George Jenner, Ira Veail, John Zah, Gus Drobisch and William Clobes. FIREMEN OF DAYS iN Nt.XI" TOO FAR PAST--. Front Row, left to right--Chris Drobisch, Charter Hughes, Billy Binder, Fred Holmes, Chris Kautz, Claude Holier, M. J. Myers, Oscar Mayer. Back Row--Fred Mayer, Jr., win. l,enner, "Pacer" Zah, Dean DuBoce, Earl Kinert, Kelsey Anderson, Am- brose Witt, Frank Snyder, Henry Kautz.--Tlmes. News Photo. Department Is Destroyed By Fire Nation - Wide Publicity Given This Unusual Incident (Feb. 27, 1947) A rather ironical occurence took place in Mount Pulaski early Tuesday evening, when fire broke out at the city firo departrnent building and gained such head- way before being discovered that the firemen were unable to use their own equipment to save their equipment. The country fire truck, which was the newer of the two trucks housed there, was completely ruined, while the city truck suffered minor damages. The fire was discovered by Fred 3. Roth about 5:40 as he was looking out of the east window of' his apartment on the west side of tho square. Turning in a fire alarm, he rushed over to the fire house and seeing the predica. ment the local fire department was going to be in, callled the Lincoln fire department. Fire Chief O. W. Mayer on his arriv- al, summoned the Latham fire department as well. The Lin. coln truck covered the 11 mile trip in 10 minutes, and the La- tham truck made the 6 miles from there in 6 minutes after being called. The ground floor of the city hall on the east side of square, which houses the fire fighting equipment of the city, was soon filled with smoke and flames and firemen were unable to enter the building to get at any of their equipment, and were powerless to do anything. While waiting the arrival of trucks, efforts were made to dray the country fire truck out by ur- ing a wrecker, and two or three trucks. But their efforts were un- successful as the back wheels of the fire truck had sunk thru the burned floor. The the time the fire trucks arrived the flamese were shooting out the front door at a terrific rate. It wasn't long, however, after the trucks arrived and had water playing on the fire that it was under control. The country fire truck was ruined and the interior of the building badly damaged.