The population of Illinois was 7,897,241
Franklin D. Roosevelt was President of the United States
Charleston police reported that among their duties for 1940, they
attended eleven fires.
December 7, 1941, in a surprise attack, Japanese planes devastated the
U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor
Fire Chief Alvin Wright and Police Patrolman Al Fogleman were appointed
to head plans for fire and police protection in the event of an air
World War II was gaining in Europe and in the Pacific fronts. Nazis
were beginning to send Jews to Auschwitz in Poland.
The 10:00 P.M. curfew for children under the age of 16 was in-acted by
Charleston city government. The old Fire Bell would be rung by the crew
on duty. Five minutes before 10:00 police men would make a tour of
places where young people liked to stay out. The police would be
located down the street from the 500 Jackson Fire House. Firemen would
answer calls for the police department and relay message requests
through use of a wired light bulb signal.
January 13, 1945-- The Charleston Cheese Factory was destroyed by fire.
Auschwitz concentration camp was discovered by the Allies (the Soviets).
U.S. Marines stormed Iwo Jima in the Pacific front
April 12th-- President Franklyn Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage
in Warm Springs, Georgia. Harry Truman was sworn in at 7:09 p.m.
(This writer was told that many "cried tears" upon hearing the President
May 7th-- Germany surrendered.
Parking meters were installed on the square
August 6th--The U.S. bomber, Enola Gay dropped a 9,000 pound atomic bomb
on the Japanese city Hiroshima.
August 8th-- a second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki
A contract was let to construct Lake Charleston.
September 25-- Japan surrendered aboard the battleship Missouri
December 7-- Melvin and Louise (Lynch) Taylor were married
September 16-- The author of this website (Howard Taylor) was born in
Montgomery Hospital on Division Street, along with a lot of other future
baby boomers. Melvin Taylor was busy selling 7up and Pepsi for Hendrix
Bottling in Mattoon.
Supposedly, the economy was very bad for Americans, (as we are all used
to all the time now even in the 21st century)
Charleston Fire Department would become a professional department with
two crews of three, under the authority of the Police and Fire