When the Gong Rings        E-BOOK VERSION

FIRE HISTORY FOR CHARLESTON, ILLINOIS
Starting 1878  Ending 1985      By Howard Taylor, 2017

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Cover for "When the Gong Rings"

I
The 1919 City of Charleston Sandburg Map (The Square and Surrounding Streets) II
"When the Gong Rings" Book Title Page III
The New Fire House on Madison Street (1962):  The Gong and Phone Alarm Center IV
"When the Gong Rings" Credits and Introduction V
The Interurban, and Modernization of the City of Charleston VI
The Chemistry of Fire by Chief Taylor VII
Fire Extinguishers and Charleston Fire Trucks VIII
"Tis the Season" for Fire Safety by Chief Taylor IX
"The Power of Faith" a Chicago Chaplain's Prayer X
Chief Taylor Leaves his Personal Story and Collection XI
A List of Great Charleston Fires Part One XII
A List of Great Charleston Fires Continues Part Two XIII
A Timeline of Charleston and Other Fire-Related History XIIIa
The CFD Story Starts with an Arson Investigation in 1983 XIV
The Age of Manually Pulled and Horse Driven Fire Apparatus in Charleston XV
The Northwest Corner of the Charleston Square with Interurbans XVI
   
Dedication Page to Henry Snyder, Secretary of the Volunteers, Charleston Fireman from the "Manual Pulling Carts" to the First Gasoline Fired Engine 1
Roll Call of the Volunteers and Officers Part One 2
Roll Call of the Volunteers and Officers Part Two 3
The Interurban and Fire Equipment in Charleston 4
Fires, Fire Engines and Fire Brigades: a Training Manual, 1864 Part One 5
Fires, Fire Engines and Fire Brigades: a Training Manual, 1864 Part Two 6
Fires, Fire Engines and Fire Brigades: a Training Manual, 1864 Part Three 7
Fires, Fire Engines and Fire Brigades: a Training Manual, 1864 Part Four 8
Fires, Fire Engines and Fire Brigades: a Training Manual, 1864 Part Five 9
The Fire Horses of San Francisco (Special Section) 10
Fire Horses in Charleston, and About Fire Horses Part One 11
More About the Fire Horses in Charleston, Part Two 12
More About the Fire Horses in Charleston, Part Three 13
More About the Fire Horses in Charleston, Part Four 14
More About the Fire Horses in Charleston, Part Five 15
The Jackson Street Firehouse, Charleston, Illinois, Built 1874 16
Period of Heroism & Rescues 1869-1879 17
1864 Fundraiser for a Fire Department in Charleston (from a 1925 Newspaper Article) 18
1876  A New House Fire Bell 19
The Need for a Fire Department Arises After Nearly Half the Square is burned to ashes 19a
Volunteer Training and Social Life:  "Oyster Suppers" Upstairs in the Firehouse 20
1870's Volunteers Work Duties at the Firehouse *32
1878-- Fire Crews, Horses and Babcock Wagon 22
1878-- December 24, 1898 Central High School Fire Part One 23
1878-- More about the Central High School Fire Part Two 24
1878-- Courier Newspaper Comments About the High School Fire Part Three 25
1878-- More Courier Comments About the High School Fire, 1898 26
Photos of the Charleston Babcock Horse Pulled Fire Wagon 27
March of 1911 North End Broomcorn Factory Fire 28
1912-- Remodeling of Building on the Southwest Corner of the Square Causes Adjoining Building to Collapse &  Old Babcock Fire Wagon Going Down the Street *21
December 14, 1914 Charleston's Beautiful Grand Opera House Burns 29
Sights and Words about the Grand Opera House Fire 30
1917-- Volunteers Have Oyster Dinner, Discuss Pay Problems 31
Pre-1917-- Firemen Duties in the Firehouise & Nearby Mattoon's Fire Wagon, Crew and Horses 32
Charleston Fire Department Volunteers Section Page for Book 33
Volunteer  Meetings 34
Charleston Fire House Drawing 35
1922--5th and Madison Streets Livery Buildings Burn 36
Charleston Fire Equipment Determined Inadequate &  February 4, 1923 Daily News Burns 37
1923 Charleston Daily News Building Burns & a Photo of Mattoon Early Fire Equipment 38
1920's  Firemen Pose at Eastern Illlinois Normal College in the 1920's 39
1920's Fireman and Equipment Pose at Charleston Carnegie Public Library on 6th Street 40
1923 Fires Include Many Buildings in Charleston 41
1927-- Charleston High School Burns  1928-- New Boyer High Pressure Pumper Arrives for Duty 42
1922-1929 Major Fires Log 43
   
1940's Timeline of Charleston History 43a
1941 Charleston's First Paid Fire Department & Chief Alvan Wright 44
1941-- First Charleston Professional Paid Department 44

1941-- Chief Alvin Wright, 1st Professionally Paid Fire Department in Charleston

45
1940's Firehouse and Men On-Duty 46
1940's Aerial Firehouse Photo from the Courthouse Tower 47
1941-- Traditions of the Volunteer Meetings and Social Life End and Change to Full-Time Paid Crews *50
1944-- Duck Pin Bowling Alley Fire 48
1947  Chief Faust, Firemen Buck Fleming and Lang at the Champaign Fire College 49
1948-- The State of Illinois Passes the Fire and Police Civil Service Law 51
1948--  The Modern Years of the Charleston Begins and Described by Chief Mel Taylor 52
1948-- Chief Melvin Taylor Tells of His Career with the Fire Department to 1985 Part One 53
1948-- Taylor Career Story Continued, Part Two 54
1948-- Taylor Career Story Continued, Part Three 55
1948--Taylor Career Story Continued, Part Four 56
1948--Taylor Career Story Continued, Part Five 57
1948-- Historical First Charleston Civil Service Fire Department 58
1948-- Rules of the Police and Fire Board Commission for Charleston Part One 59
1948-- Rules of the Police and Fire Board Commission for Charleston Part Two 60
1948-- Rules of the Police and Fire Board Commission for Charleston Part Three 61
1948-- Rules of the Police and Fire Board Commission for Charleston Part Four 62
1948-- Mel Taylor Starts as Fireman & Interior Photo of Firehouse 63
1948-- Men and Trucks Pull Out of Firehouse 64
1948-- Christmas Photo of City Employees from All Departments 65
1949-- Fire Log List 66
1949-- Injuries and Fires 67
1949-- Fatal Fire in Charleston Kills Three 68
1949-- Nearby Effingham has Terrible Deadly Hospital Fire 69
   
1950 & 1951 Fire Log Lists 70
1950-- New Rescue Equipment Helps Saves Child 71
1950-- Rural Fire Calls & Fireman Edgar Wilson Dies 72
1950-- Brookins Residential Fire & Piggly Wiggly Burns 73
   
1952 & 1953 Fire Log Lists 74
December 16, 1851-- Pilgrim Holiness Church Fire at 4th and Monroe 75
1953-1957 Fire Log Lists 76
1953-- Fireman Mel Taylor & the Big Alexander Department Store Fire-- Thank You Note 77
1952-- The Dudley Railroad Car Fire 78
1953-- The Big Alexander Department Store Fire 79
Alexander Fire Described, and Picture of the 1917 Alexander's Department Store 80
Alexander Fire, the Morning After-- What Remained 81
Alexander Fire Pictures 82
Alexander Fire, Army Reservists Aid Firemen, Office Safe Survives 83
Alexander Fire, John Rardin, Publisher of the Daily News Writes and Editorial "It's About time!" 84
1952-- Family Get-together at 500 Jackson St. Firehouse 85
1952--Captain Buck Fleming and Volunteer & Bercaw O'Hara in Action at Garage Fire 86
1953 & 1954--  New "Quad" Truck Arrives, Viranda Removed from Firehouse, & Drought Hits Charleston 87
1954--  Dry Brush Fire 88
1954-- Circus Elephant Watered 89
1955-- Butane Fire Burns for Days, Carrier Pigeon Found,  & Fire Report 90
1955-- Harold "Buck" Fleming and Neal Hutton Caste Their Votes 91
1957-- Charleston Firemen Attend Champaign Fire College 92
1958-- Buchanon St. Blast Destroys Home *97
1959-- Training, Fire Log List, and Frank Dailey Gets Hired 93
1959-- Firemen Line Up Before Taking Their Exams (Maybe the Last Photo at the Old Firehouse) 94
1959-- Ladder Training at the Firehouse-- Area Fireman Also Involved 95
December, 1959-- Firemen Prepare Chickens for Needy & Charleston Country Club Burns 96
1959-- Tots Visit the Firehouse, Mel Taylor Appointed Captain 98
1959-- Training for New Howe Pumper, Firemen/Policeman Voice Opposition to Proposed State Pension Law 99
1959-- Rural Fire Protection Discussion, '38 Boyer Goes on Last Run in Country 100
December of 1959-- Captain Buck Fleming Retires & EIU Students Demonstrate with a Burning Effigy Against Dr. Quincy Doudna, President of EIU 101

Explosion Blast Through a Buchanon Street Residence, John Boyd Implement Fire on Monroe, and Neal Hutton Resigns/ George Milliner New Chief & Area Woman Dies in Fire

102
1959-- Old 1874 Firehouse to Be Demolished, and a New One to Be Built at 10th & Madison 103 
Proposed New Charleston City Fire Department Firehouse Complex with City Hall and Police Department at 10th & Madison Streets 104
The 1960's--  Modern Times Start for CFD-- Title Page 105
   
1960 Through 1963 Fire Log List 106
1960's-- A New Firehouse, More Firemen, Fire Suppression Strategies, and a New Kitchen 107

1960-- Neal Hutton Retires, Bud Hildebrand Hired, Winnett Fire, VFW Ladies and Fireman work together for Christmas Project

109
1960--Taylor Family Memorabilia and U. of I. Fire College 110
1961--  Minimum Firemen Wage Bill Passed, Bomb Scare at Two High Schools, '38 Babcock Pumper Ready to be Retired 111
1962- Do-Rite and Trailer Fires 112
1962-- Captain Mel Taylor Attends "Causes and Origin of Arson Fire" Training in Chicago 113
1962-- Hernando's Hideway Student Apartments Carbon Monoxide

Poisoning of 27 EIU Students

114
1962-- Photos of Firemen and Trucks 115
1962-- First Aid Training for First Responders & a Request for a Payraise 116
1963-- Photo of the New Firehouse, Trucks and Crews 117
1963-- Rardin Building Fire on Square-- New Strategies Used  Part One *108
1963-- Rardin Building Fire Part Two 118
Dec. 19, 1963-- Captain Taylor Receives an Alarm Call from Neer's Paint Store "Out of Control" Part Three 119
1963-- Rardin Fire Details Part Four 120
1963-- Rardin Fire Photo Part Five 121
1963-- Rardin Fire Photos Part Six 122
1963-- Rardin Fire Photo Part Seven 123
1963-- Rardin Fire Photo Part Eight 124
1963-- Rardin Fire Photo Part Nine 125
   
1964-- Through 1972 Fire Log List 126
1964-- Events & Retired Fire Chief, Neal Hutton died May 8, 1964 127
May 13, 1964-- Stingley DX on Lincoln Ave. Burns 128
1965-- Fires and Events 129
1965-- Lindley Chevrolet Warehouse Fire & Captain Harold "Buck" Fleming Dies at Age 58 130
1966-- EIU False Alarms a Problem 131
1966-- Relations with EIU Stretched Over False Alarms from Dorms Part One 131
1966-- False Alarms at EIU Dorms-- Big Problem Part Two 132
March 29, 1966-- Mattoon Fire Department Accident on Broadway Ave. Takes Fireman's Life 133
1966-- Mattoon Fire Department Accident on Broadway Ave. Part One 134
1966-- Mattoon Fire Department Accident on Broadway Ave. Part Two 135
1966-- Mattoon Fire Department Accident on Broadway Ave. Part Three 136
1966-- Mattoon Fire Department Accident on Broadway Ave. Part Four 137
1967-- EIU False Alarm and Prank Causes Injury to Fire Captain 138
1967-- EIU Taylor Hall Fire "A Prank" Injuries to Captain Mel Taylor 139
1967-- Teaters Shelter Care Fire   Charleston High School Electrical Fire   Firemen Get Raises   Captain Mel Taylor in Hospital Over Smoke Injury 140
1967-- New American LaFrance 100 ft. Ladder Truck In-Training and Ready for Action 141
1967-- The 1938 Boyer High Pressure Pumper is Retired after 29 Years of Reliable Service in Many Fires 142
August, 1967-- New Strategies for CFD with the  American LaFrance 100 ft. Ladder Truck & An Alarm to Wilb Walker's Grocery Store 143
1967-- Wilb Walker's Grocery & Ben Franklin 5 & 10 Store Fire Part One 144
1967-- Wilb Walker's Grocery & Ben Franklin 5 & 10 Store Fire Part Two 145
1967-- Wilb Walker's Grocery & Ben Franklin 5 & 10 Store Fire Part Three 146
1967-- Wilb Walker's Grocery & Ben Franklin 5 & 10 Store Fire Part Four 147
1968-- Firehouse Photos 148
1968-- Firehouse Photos 149
1968--Firehouse Photos & Courier Editor Critical of Fire Department Leadership 150
1968-- New Civil Defense Siren at Firehouse Can't be Turned Off-- Part One 151
1968-- New Civil Defense Siren at Firehouse Can't be Turned Off-- Part Two 152
1968-- Private Ambulance Service (Charleston Ambulance Service) 153
February 17, 1969--  J & M Donut Fire 154
1969-- J & M Donut Fire Part One 155
1969-- J & M Donut Fire Part Two 156
1969-- J & M Donut Fire Part Three 157
1969-- J & M Donut Fire Part Four 158
1969-- J & M Donut Fire Part Five 159
1969-- J & M Donut Fire Part Six 160
1969-- Rusty Ladders vs. The Dirty Pennies (Fire Dept. Wives vs. Police Wives) Basketball Game Fundraiser for Charleston Teen Center 161
1970-- Penn Central Train Collision with Deaths 162
1970-- Firemen Request a Pay Raise, and the Council Considers It 163
1970-- Firemen Host Mrs. Betty Elliot's 2nd Grade Class & Firemen Attend a Convention 164
1971-- Uses for the New American LaFrance 100 Ft. Ladder Truck:  at CHS 164b
1971-- Fatal Fire & Mutual Aid to Effingham for Ladder Use 165
Dec. 15, 1971-- A Tornado Hits Decker Springs Mobile Home Park and Northern Communities (Fireman Drove into a Cloud of Broken Glass)-- Part One 166
1971-- More About the Decker Springs Tornado Disaster-- Part Two 167
1971-- Eleven Mobile Homes Lost in Tornado-- Part Three 168
1972--Sportsman Lounge Fire Part One 169
Sunday, Jan. 16, 1972-- Sportsman Lounge (Sporty's) Burns-- Part Two 170
1972-- Sportsman Lounge Fire Description-- Part Three 171
1972-- City of Charleston to Get a Second Firehouse 172
June 30, 1972-- Heritage House Nursing Home Fire 173
1972-- Suspected Arson Fire and Other Blazes 174
1973-- Dedication of Site for Construction of the New Charleston Firehouse 175
   
1973-- Fire Log List, New Assistant Chief (Melvin Taylor), First Emergency Medical Technicians, and Groundbreaking of a New Firehouse 176
1973-- First EMT Class for Charleston, EIU Disaster Drill, and Rural Fire Protection 177
1973-- Charleston Outlaws City Fire Department from Fighting Rural Fires 178
1973-- Rural Fire Disaster Described-- Part One 179
1973-- Rural Fire Disaster Comments--Part Two 180
1973-- Rural Fire Disaster Comments--Part Three 181
1973-- Rural Fire Disaster Comments--Part Four 182
1973-- Rural Fire Disaster Comments--Part Five 183
1973-- Rural Fire Disaster Comments--Part Six 184
1973-- Rural Fire Disaster Comments--Part Seven 185
1973-- Rural Fire Disaster Comments--Part Eight 186
1973-- Rural Fire Disaster Comments--Part Nine 187
1973-- Rural Fire Disaster Comments--Part Ten 188
1973-- Captain Taylor Writes a Newspaper Response to Criticism on the Taitt Fire 189
1973-- Firemen's Page Set & Fire Station Two Dedicated 190
1973-- New Fire Station Dedication Pictures 191
1973-- New Fire Station Dedication Pictures 192
1973-- New Fire Station Dedication Pictures 193
1973-- New Fire Station Dedication Pictures 194
1973-- New Fire Station Dedication Pictures 195
1973-- New Fire Station Dedication Pictures 196
1973-- First Alarm Call for Station Two,  Mayor Hickman Working on a Rural Fire Protection Agreement, Melvin Taylor Appointed Assistant Chief and Eubank Ammonia Plant Leak 197
1973-- More about the Eubank Ammonia Leak & Big Storm Hits Area 198
1973-- Gano Supply Massive Explosion Disaster--Part One 199
1973-- Gano Supply Massive Explosion Disaster--Part Two 200
1973-- Gano Supply Massive Explosion Disaster--Part Three 201
1973-- Gano Supply Massive Explosion Disaster--Part Four 202
1973-- Gano Supply Massive Explosion Disaster--Part Five 203
1973-- Gano Supply Massive Explosion Disaster--Part Six 204
1973-- Gano Supply Massive Explosion Disaster--Part Seven 205
August 1, 1973-- Charleston Fire-Ambulance Starts Receiving Calls & New Class of EMT's 206
1973-- 57 Horses Die in Fairground Stable Fire 207
1973-- More Details About Stable Fire 208
   
1974-- Fire Log List 209
1974-- Commissioner Thornburgh and Others at the New Station Two & Ammonia Tank Turns Over at 4th and Madison 210
1974-- New Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Class & a Letter of Appreciation by Better Boyer for the New Ambulance Service 211
1974-- Insurrection Squelched at the Coles County Jail & Captain Gene Hackett Gives Brigade Training at Bruning 212
1974-- An "After the Fact" Vote of Support on the New Ambulance Service, Charleston High School Lounge Fire & Other Fire Incidents 213
1974-- Mix Up in Address Slows Fire Response, Attic Fire at 4th and Jackson & EIU Pemberton Hall Blaze 214

1974-- New American-LaFrance Pumper & Training at EIU

215
1974-- More About the New Pumper & House Fire on C Street 216
1974-- Vice President Gerald Ford Visits EIU, Firemen House and Wash Ford's Car 217
1974-- Ambulance Coordinator Tom Watson Shows New Ambulance, Big Railroad Explosion in Decatur & Gas Rupture in Charleston 218
   
   
1975-- Fire Log List 219
1975-- EIU Dorm False Alarms Continue & Martin Apartments Fire 220
1975-- 7 EIU Students Lose Their Homes in Martin Apartments Fire 221
1975--  Charleston Firemen Get Basic State Fire Certification & Car-Truck Collision East of Fairgrounds 222
1975-- Fireman Larry McGinnis Side Job, Chief George Milliner Announces Retirement & Commissioner Thornburgh Seeks a Chief 223
1975-- A Chief Candidate with a College Degree? 224
1975-- Mayor Hickman Makes His Choice:  Assistant Chief Mel Taylor is Appointed as Chief 225
1975-- George Milliner "Blazed Many Trails at Charleston Fire Department" Retires 226
1975-- George Milliner Honored 227
1975-- Mormons Paint Fire Hydrants for the Bicentennial & Fires and Politics in Charleston 228
1975-- Fires Cause Heavy Damage Costs & Firemen Visit Kids for Fire Safety 229
1975-- Whalen Grain Elevator Fire 230
1975-- Trailer Fire-- Three Children Die Part One 231
1975-- Trailer Fire-- Three Children Die Part Two 232
1975-- Trailer Fire-- Three Children Die Part Three 233
1975-- Trailer Fire-- Three Children Die Part Four 234
1975-- Trailer Fire-- Three Children Die Part Five 235
1975--  Charleston Fire and Police Commission Announces Exams for New Firemen & A Taylor Family Member Married 236
   
1976-- Fire Log List 237
1976-- Famous Recipe Restaurant Closed & Bicentennial Celebration Plans 238
1976-- Wayne Hampton New Captain, Les Hickenbottom New Assistant Chief , Big Ice Storm, EMT's Classified as Firemen 239
1976-- EIU Safety Program Head & Apartment Fire on Jackson 240
1976-- Emergency Driving Training & Fires 241
1976-- Fire at EIU & Major Fire at Adam's Memorial 242
1976-- More about Fire at Adam's Memorial 243
1976-- A/C Installed in Station One & Dilemma at Coles County Courthouse Safety Inspection 244
1976-- EIU Safety Director Bruce Michaels Works with CFD on Curbing False Alarms, Secret Pre-Alarm System at Dorm Revealed & Politics 245
   
1977-- Fire Log List 246
1977-- Michael Camp Home Destroyed by Fire 247
1977-- Extreme Cold Spell, New Firemen Get Raises, Jack Turner Family Home Destroyed 248
1977-- Fire Damage in January, 1977 Nearly Equals all of 1976; Ashmore & Trilla Suffer Bad Fires-- Lincoln Fire Protection Fight These 249
1977-- Jack Turner Home Destroyed by Fire 250
May 10, 1977-- Jack Eubank Family Home Burns & Charleston Memorial Hospital Closes 251
1977--  Railroad Car Fire & Regency Apartments Fire (Near EIU) 252
1977-- Pictures of People and Special Events & Danny Niles Instructs Students in CPR 253
1977-- Picture of the New Station Two 254
1977-- Celotex Semi-Truck Fire & Moving Charleston Memorial Hospital to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center 255
1977-- West Plaza Shopping Center Opens (Charleston's First Walmart) & Politics 256
1977-- Howard Taylor Works for Illinois State Fire Protection Commission- Prepares Fire Inspector Study Guide Part One 257
1977-- Honorary Fire Inspector Presented Part Two 258
1977-- Description of Fire Commission Contract Work Part Three 259
1977-- College Inn Motel & Residential Fires 260
1977-- EIU Taylor Hall Has a Second Fire & First Christian Church has Fire 261
1977-- CFD Ambulance Gets a New Ambulance & Firemen Receive "Corrections (Jail) Fire Training" 262
1977-- Two Car Burning Accident & Natural Gas Explosion with Injured Worker 263
1977-- The Year Ends Very Cold With Many Fires 264
1977-- Self Service Gasoline Introduced in Charleston 265
1977-- New Ambulance Announced by Ambulance Service Director Tom Watson 266
   
1978-- Fire Log List 267
1978-- Controversial Decision on Fire Protection for Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center & House Fire 268
1978-- Hospital Fire Service Controversy Continues 269
1978-- The State of Illinois Program (Unfunded) Explained for 1982 Plan Expectation for Coles County 270
1978-- Apartment Buildings Condemned (4th and Madison) Part One 271
1978-- More About the Building Condemnations Part Two 272
1978-- New Seagrave Pumper Bid Approved, Many Fires & City Business 273
1978--10th St. Possible Arson Blaze 274
1978-- Chief Taylor on WCIA-TV for Fire Prevention Program & Smoke Detector Awareness Month 275
1978-- Trailer Fire & An Aerial Map of Mattoon-Charleston 276
   
1979-- Fire Log List 277
1979-- CFD Pamphlet for Home Fire Prevention Page One 278
1979-- CFD Pamphlet for Home Fire Protection-- Page Two 278b
1979-- Street and Building Map for Eastern Illinois University in Charleston 279
1979-- Pay Raises for Weight Losers at CFD & Gasoline in Sewers Cause Smelly Basements in Homes 280
1979-- BOCA Building Inspection Plan Introduced "New for Charleston" & Regency Apartments Game Room Fire (Student Apartments) 281
1979-- More About the Regency Game Room Fire & "March Madness" for Many Fires in March 282
1979-- BOCA Plan is Adopted by the Charleston Council, Michael Murphy--New Fireman & Article on Fireman Steve Milliner 283
1979-- Aerial Ladder Training, John Beusch's Physical Exercise & Weight Program for Firemen Not Well Received & Famous Recipe Restaurant Closes 284
1979-- 108 4th Street Deadly Fire Takes Lives of 4 EIU Students Part One 285
1979-- More About the 108 4th Street Fire Part Two 286
1979-- More About the 108 4th Street Fire Part Three 287
1979-- The 108 4th Street Deadly Fire Part Four 288
1979-- New Building Code Will Provide Safer Structures for Homes and Businesses & The "Jaws of Life" Demonstrated 289
1979-- Furry Brothers' Kawasaki Motorcycle Shop Fire-- Up to $200,000 Damage Estimated 290
1979-- 409 Madison Fire--  Jamie Hutson Saved From Flames Part One 291
1979-- More About the 409 Madison Fire Part Two 292
1979-- Jamie Hutson Rescue Part Three 293
1979-- Jamie Hutson Rescue Part Four 294
1979-- Jamie Hutson Rescue Part Five 295
1979-- Jamie Hutson Rescue Part Six 296
1979-- Gano Acetylene Tank Explosion With Injury 297
   
1980-- Fire Log List 298
1980-- Loxa Livestock Barn Fire & Fires at EIU 299
1980-- EIU Student Plunge to Death & Dual Trailer Fires 300
1980-- Jamie Hutson Rescuers Honored 301
1980-- New Seagrave Pumper Arrives & 16 Injured in Van Accident Part One 302
1980-- New Seagrave Turns Over in Ditch Part Two 303
1980-- New Seagrave in Ditch Part Three 304
1980-- New Seagrave Arrives Part Four 305
1980-- Commissioner Clancy Pfeiffer Describes the New E-5 Seagraved Part Five 306
1980-- Dangerous Trailer Fire--Family Gets Out & Large Fire at Robert Shoot Farm 307
1980-- Larry McGinnis Presents Award to Louise Taylor & Sidwell Welding Fire 308
   
1981-- Fire Log List, Les Hickenbottom and First Smoke Detector Violation Given 309
1981-- Charleston Grain Elevator Fire Part One 310
1981-- Pictures of the Big Grain Elevator Fire Part Two 311
1981-- Aftermath of the Grain Elevator Fire Part Three 312
1981-- Trailer Fire with Injuries & EIU Student House Burns 313
1981-- Mattoon's Hulman Warehouse Burns 314
1981-- Smoke Detector Use Effective in Charleston & Former Fire Chief Edgar Riley Dies 315
1981-- "E" St. Easements Purchased to Expand to Madison St. & EIU Fined for Lawson Hall Fire Inspection Violations & Central Illinois Chiefs Meet 316
1981-- More About the Lawson Hall Violation & Gasoline Leaks into Sewers 317
1981-- Assistant Chief Les Hickenbottom Gives Holiday Fire Safety Warnings 318
   
1982-- Fire Log List 319
1982-- Blagg Furniture Store Fire Part One 320
1982-- Blagg Furniture Store Fire Part Two 321
1982-- Blagg Furniture Store Fire Part Three 322
1982-- Blagg Furniture Store Fire Part Four 323
1982-- Blagg Furniture Store Fire Part Five -- "Dog "Chances" Survived & House Fires 324
1982-- Houses on Jackson and M Kinley Burn & Several Fires in January 325
1982-- Fire Death Rate for 1971-1977 High, Warning given by Chief Taylor on Fire Danger and Safety in the Home and Heating Systems 326
1982-- Commissioner Buesch and Mayor Hickman Leave City Government for State Positions, Old Time Mattoon Fireman Dies & Hydrants Color Coded for Pressure 327
1982-- Barn Fire at Coles County Fairgrounds (Lots of Hay Burns) & Tom Watson Gives a Positive Report about the Ambulance Service 328
1982-- Quad Fire Engine "For Sale" & Fire Prevention Week Proclamation issued by Mayor Hickman 329
1982-- House Fire & a Report by Hospital Nurse Carol Watson about the Dangers of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 330
1982-- Dr. Hofacker Barn Fire, State Settles with EIU on Fire Violations (Lawson Hall) & the Fire Rating for Charleston is Improved for Lower Insurance Rating 331
   
1983-- Fire Log List 332
1983-- Captain Gene Hackett Injured & Three Fires 333
1983-- Smoke Detector Saves a Man & City Government Problems 334
1983-- New Seagrave 100 ft. Aerial Truck-- Over $200,000 335
1983-- New Aerial Truck 336
1983-- Hacker Metal Shop Fire 337
1983-- EIU Teen Visitors "Sprayed" by Firemen on a Hot Summer Day 338
1983-- The "Return to the Beginning"-- The House at 408 Madison and Those in It Witnessed Many Disasters and Firetrucks Screaming Down 339
1983-- Dick Lynch Home Fire, EIU Taylor Hall Fire & Arson Residential Fire 340
1983-- Rudeness Complaint Against CFD Resolved & Gano Welding Supplies Fire 341
   
1984-- Fire Log List 343
1984-- Arson Fire Solved & Former Chief George Milliner Dies 344
1984-- Fire Crew Pictures & Mel Taylor Preparing for Retirement Part One 345
1984-- Fire Crew & Retirement Pictures Part Two 346
1984-- Fire Crew & Retirement Pictures Part Three 347
1984-- Winding the Gong and Future Chief Les Hickenbottom Part Four 348
1984-- Retirement & the 1952 Quad Retired and Converted for Future Use 349
1984-- Apartment Fire Above Mother's Bar on Monroe 350
1984-- Tom Watson, Ambulance Head Warns Country Residents That Ambulance Service May End for Them & Tom Watson is Appointed Assistant Chief 351
   
1985-- Fire Log List 352
1985-- Chief Les Hickenbottom Retires & Photo of 1985 City Hall Employees 353
1985-- Trailer Fire, More About Les Hickenbottom & Tom Watson Appointed Chief 354
1985-- City Water Department Explosion with Injuries Part One 355
1985-- More About the Water Department Explosion Part Two 356
1985-- Tom Watson, New Chief for Charleston Fire Department 357
1985-- Tom Watson, Friends of the Taylors and New Chief 358
1985-- City Administration in the News 359
1985-- Conclusion for Mel Taylor's Story 360

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