When the Gong Rings
A Fire History of Charleston, Illinois
98. FIRE LOG 1959

 

 

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MAJOR GRAIN ELEVATOR FIRE AT LOXA

Damage from a fire which an elevator in Loxa on March 7, 1959, was estimated at $200,000. More than 60,000 bushels of grain— corn, oats and soybeans- were destroyed. Rex Walsh, a co-owner with Daryl Duzan of the Rex 'n Daryl Grain Company said "all storage grain was 100% insured.

 

CFD CARRIES ON FIRE PREVENTION & EDUCATION FROM OLD DAYS

Thinking back to the days of Chief Ollie Sprout, when he used to go to the schools for drills and inspections, it is nice to know that the old tradition continued some fifty years later.

 

TOTS VISITS FIRE DEPARTMENT
Kindergarten children from the Buzzard Laboratory School visited the Charleston Fire Department. Twenty children gave all three fire trucks a thorough going over, then went up stairs to see how firemen live, how boots and quick slip on clothes are waiting to jump into when a fire alarm sounds. Captain Melvin Taylor, ten years with the

 

 department said, "Fire education is being carried out regularly now as a matter of routine." At one time, he said, information to schools was a sporadic effort. The previous month, firemen went to kindergarten themselves. But they were the heroes to the toddlers who neither read nor write, but who do bunch up all around on the floor to take in information by ear. Firemen spend a day with science students at CHS giving fire instruction. They gave classes to all science students in the grades, and grade classes visit them. Most classes visit the Fire house in the Spring when teachers know it's time to get children out on a tour of the world. But spring, winter or fall, schools get regular attention under the new program firemen follow.

 

MEL TAYLOR NAMED CAPTAIN

The Charleston City Council, July 6, 1959, appointed Melvin Taylor as captain in the fire department. He was picked by the fire police board after an examination the previous week to fill a vacancy and bring the officer complement up to full strength. Captain Taylor had reinstated his career of fireman January 23,1951, after a brief period away.