CHARLESTON'S NEW FIREHOUSE IS CLOSE TO CONSTRUCTION
1973 was a busy and controversial year for Charleston. Louise Taylor (wife of CFD Captain, Melvin) would announce her candidacy for mayor of Charleston. She would run against Leonard Durham and Bob Hickman. Jim Pelton would later run as a write-in. Several City Council positions were open. The new firehouse was located at 1510 A St. (now next to and behind the Charleston McDonald's restaurant). The old Charleston Swimming Pool was where the restaurant is now, during 1973. It would be moved also. The cartoon shows (probably Capt. Taylor) leisurely answering an alarm. The caption says, "Sorry, the fire is out of the District." This cartoon describes the attitude of many people of Charleston and the area when the Charleston Fire Department would refuse to fight a small house fire at the Dr. Henry Taitt residence on S. 4th St. Several homes and much property was lost before the Taitt residence.
SEVERAL HOMES LOST SINCE 1959
The Eastern News was one of my father's favorite newspapers. He loved EIU, and the Taitt fire was a difficult event. .
The Eastern News
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