When the Gong Rings
|A Fire History of Charleston, Illinois
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***Index to other 1950's
73, 74, 75,
Volunteers and Captains at Work
Firefighting in the 1950's in a
small community was not a fancy high-tech job as is today.
Sometimes a fireman would arrive on the scene to help and not even
wear his helmet.
As a youngster watching many fires in Charleston from the 1950's on,
I never thought a lot about the imminent danger and the harm of
smoke on the throat and lungs. In the end, I do believe the smoke
from fires is what caused my dad, Mel Taylor, to have such a short
1952 was a rough year for the tiny
Charleston Fire Department. Many fires were stopped before turning
into total disasters. Some, as the Alexander Department Store fire
were just too much for the men and their old equipment.