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SIL.TEHWIKL EDFrlON (TIm.Nows, Mr. Pulasb:L IlL) AY,/ULY 13, 1961 Won Third State Championship At Ca HUNDREDS OF FANS MADE TRIP TO CANTON FOR SUM OF $1.00 Interesting Account Of. Third Champion- ship by Pulaski Paper A special excursion was handl- ed by S. Linn Beidler, publisher of the Mr. Pulaski Weekly News, for the last day of the state tournament at Canton when the local department was to defend their twice won state champion- ship. The trip was to be made by rail to Pekin where a steamboat was to take them to Canton for the day's festivities. Bands were taken along and a gala day was enjoyed all for the small sum of $1.00. The champion hose race the last day of the tournament was between Lincoln and Mt. Pulaski. and under conditions that wrought the rivalry of these i towns to a white heat--Mt. Pul- aski having twice won the cham- pionship, and now having deter- mined to win it a third time, thereby retaining the handsome gold badge forever to secure the ownership of which a team is required to win this contest. There were five entries for this race but the withdrawal of Mt. Carroll No. 2 and Savanna, nat. rowed the competition to Mr. Pulaski and Mt. Carmel No. 1. The Mr. Pulaski crowd evidently posted on what their team could do, for no sooner had Lincoln completed its run and before the judges had announced the time, than did the Mt. Pulaski people scream with delight and declare the race was theirs. And so it proved, for the Mr. Pulaski boys ran over the course and won the championship in 35 215 seconds, breaking their previous record of l 36 seconds. Mr. Carroll No. 1 then ran it in exactly the same time made by Lincoln -- 38. Lincoln and Mt. Pulaski were pitted in a hub-and-hub race which the former won in 29 sec- onds. The enthusiastic Mt. Pulaski crowd with quite a good deal of help from other visitors and no small amount of local assist. ance, painted the town a pretty bright pink in the evening, and put a few purple stripes and blue and gold dadoes by way of fin- ishing touches. The scene sug- gested the closing rally of a presidential campaign. However, it was harmless hllarity--thosel who looked for a pitched battle between Lincoln and Mt. Pulaski, were disappointed. There wasn't even one "scrap" in the course of the whole night. But noise--- there was almost enough to to drown the magnificent Lincoln band and the strong-lunged Sal- rattan Army both together in one commodious grave. Arriving in Peoria, Friday morning, headed by the Lincoln band and followed by a proces. sion several blocks in length a goodly march was made about the city. Here the champions were presented with badges, bearing the inscription, Mr. Pul- aski Hose Team, State Cham- pions, Three Time Winners: Lin- coln, Ill., Aug. 6, 1891. Time 37 315 seconds; Ottawa Sept. 1, 1892. Time 36; Canton Aug. 24, 1893. Time 35 215 seconds. Distance 600 feet to hydrant, lay 200 feet hose, break coupling and attach pipe---two full turns." Again Bcmqueted A banquet was again tendered the champions on their return from the Canton state tourney and here is a little ditty that brought the house down: See them come with a mighty tug, Goodbye, my lover, good bye, In 23 they made the plug, Goodbye, my lover, good bye, Down the stretch with mighty lifts, Goodbye, my lover, good bye, They beat the record by three. fifths, Goodbye, my lover, good bye, The boys from Lincoln set the pace, Good bye, my lover, good bye. And finished in a losing race, Goodbye, my lover, good bye, Their "coupler" he was a little late Goodbye, my lover, good bye, They got no better than 38, Goodbye, my lover, good bye, The boys from the Hill came down alive, Good bye, my lover, good bye, The judges chalked down 35, Good bye, my lover, good bye, Now we're back, no more to roam Good bye, my lover, good bye, We'll keep the badge and Good bye, my lover, good bye, Chonzs: Bye Lincoln, bye Oh, Bye Lincoln, bye, O, bye, Bye Lincoln, bye Oh, Good bye, dear bye l We went away with a P'" badge, Goodbye, my lover, We told the girls badge Good bye, my lover, Although we ran on the a hill, Good bye, my lover, You bet we are chain CHAMPION HOSE TEAM WHICH WON FIRST STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AT LINCOLN- I :i  Left to Right---Chief John M. Hopkins, Fred L. Bobell, John Klotz, Nozzleman, Charles Fred Danner, Irwin Pool, Lewis Howard, W. J. Saunders, Trainer, L. F. Turley, Louis Danner, Gus Drobisch, George H. Smith, Steve Weekel, Fred Starr, . Herschel Shrader Won Top Honors In Ladder Confesf The next bid Mt. Pulaski made for state fire honors was in 1915 when a hook and ladder com- pany represented Mt. Pulaski at Blue Island the latter part of July. The team won first in the lad- der climbing contest, third in the 100 yard dash, but lost the book and ladder event. The hook and ladder contest was a run of i0 yards with the boys making a fine time and Shrader (Her- schel) was up the ladder like a flash, but Edwardsville won by of a second. In the novelty hub and hub hook and ladder race the Mt. team ran the Edwards. vllle outfit off their feet and won easily by a margin of 30 eeL Blue Island newspaper had to say about Shrader's lad. climbing: "Shrader's victory was more notable from the fact that he is but 17 years old. He is a cool-headed little fellow and he goes into another tourna. he Is going to break some records. His time was only 1 4151 LADDER !J seconds behind the world's re-J H OK AND TEAM OF 1915 EI'ARTF.X'F ON | MARCH 14. 195 | M. J. Myers: June 7, 1889 ] G. C. Zah: July 3, 1885 | F. B. Snyder: July 11, 1890| C. J. Kautz: July 6, 1888 ] Gus Drobiseh: Nov. 5, 1886 | Claude Holler: Feb. 2, 1900 | W. F. Binder: Jan. 6, 1906 | George Snyder: Feb. 5, 1902 | O. W. Mayer: May 7, 1909 ] C. G. Hughes: June 4, 1909[ K. M. Anderson: Feb. 2, 1917 J Earl Kinert: July 7, 1922 J C. W. Renner: Dec. 4, 1911 Herman DuBoice: Dec. 4, 1914J Chas. E. Schultz: Oct. 2, 1925 l Fred Holmes: June6,1924 [ i Fred L. Mayer: Oct. 2, 1925 I d Ambrose Witt: Nov. 5, 1926 | Henry J" Kautz: June 6" 1924] iE Os [ [i  Chief: O, W. Mayer l Secretary: Claude Holler Treasurer: M. J. Myers J Steward: George Snyder | Standing Committee: W. M.| Droblsch, F. B. Snyder, C.I w .. wm Charles E. Schultz. [ , H. DuBoice. Pmnt x ! Snyder.  Ik- 11. Trowbridge, Renzi Potter, Shrader, Welby Moore.