Saturday, November 29, 2008

Combination Wagons And Siren Dedicated

On November 29, 1923, Thanksgiving Day the new ford chemical combination wagons of the Vigilant Hose and Cumberland Valley Hose companies were dedicated along with the new town siren. The new siren was placed on a 65-foot tower at the rear of the colored school building on East Burd Street. The firemen paraded around town with their four motorized rigs and the old button hand pulled engine. The Good Will Fire Company of Chambersburg, the town band and the Scotland band joined them. The parade ended at the Cumberland Valley’s station where the dedication occurred. Firemen then held a banquet and smoker in the C.V. fire hall.

The photograph is of the Cumberland Valley’s 1923 combination wagon. Unfortunately I have never seen a photograph of the Vigilant’s 1923 wagon.

4 comments:

JD Byers said...

What do you mean colored school building? what color was it painted?

Bradley Myers said...

Don't go there, I wasn't sure how to type it in living in this thin skinned society. But then I decided it is a history site so I was going to type it as it appeared in the paper and what it would have been called in 1923.

Sparky said...

What is a smoker?

Bradley Myers said...

A smoker, has it been that long since you guys seen a fire. No a smoker was when they all sat around the meeting room, or parlor as it was called in those days and smoked cigars.