Saturday, February 9, 2008

Two Houses And Numerous Out Buildings Destroyed

On February 9, 1849 at 10:00 a.m. an alarm of fire was sounded for the George Beaver residence on Rail Road Street (today, Earl Street). When the firemen arrived heavy fire was found in the roof of the residence and very strong northwest winds were fanning the flames and causing it to spread rather quickly. Both hand engines were used being supplied by a bucket brigade formed by the firemen and citizens. By the time it was over the house was consumed along with the neighboring home of George Butts and numerous other small buildings. A cause was not mentioned but it was quite common for roofs to be set ablaze by sparks from a passing locomotive in those days. The Vigilant Fire and Alert Fire companies battled the blaze.
I had not planned to post a photograph today but when I got up this morning I felt like a little color was needed. This photograph was sent to me from Pat Shoop. Pat said his dad took the photo in Newville in the early 1970's at a pumping contest. I know most of the people in the photos but maybe someone can help me out with two of them. From left to right Walter "Fuzz" Geratt, Walter Crusey, Tommy Murray, Rick Sanders, and I don't know the names of the last two. They are leaning on the 1950 Seagrave Quad. I can't be responsible for mispelled names, heck I have enough trouble with my own sometimes.

7 comments:

Wagon Master In Training said...

I didn't know that Richard "My Name is Pap" Sanders actually had hair on the top of his head.

Wagon Master In Training said...

Brad, I will ask Pap about the pic. Even after all these years he might remember.

Bradley Myers said...

Thanks wagon man, he may not recognize himself in it.

ged said...

dick stouffer barry holtry

Bradley Myers said...

Thanks Ged, I would have never come up with Barry for the one. Some of the other ones he sent me are of the bucket brigade and you are in a few. I will post those some time.

shippensburgrealtor said...

Brad, I asked Ted Wise since he has mentioned "Fuzz" many times. He thought it was Dick Stouffer and Barry Holtry as well.

Seagrave said...

Brad ,
Dick Stouffer used to run up from Ike Martins gas station and drive during the day alot. As for me I was just hanging out with the BIG guys. Keep posting you have a great site.