When the Gong Rings
 
A Fire History of Charleston, Illinois
 
77.  FIRE LOG 1952

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***Index to other 1950's Pages:  70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101. 102, 103 


Alexander's Department Store Fire Appreciation Letters

 

Mel Taylor On-Duty, Age 32
 

NOTE ON FULL APPRECIATION FROM

MATTOON

Mattoon   Fire   Department   had  done  us tremendous     favor     during   the     terrible Alexander Department Store fire. Now it was our turn to reciprocate.   We sent men and a truck to their city during a blast emergency in 1952. John Rardin in his Daily News included

the thank you  letter in  his  This  &;  That column. Here is his column and the letter:


"THIS & THAT"  BY JOHN B RARDIN, THE CHARLESTON DAILY NEWS

 

Full appreciation Mattoon's recent blast emergency is expressed by officials of that city in a letter from Mayor G.W. Smith of Mattoon to Mayor Figenbaum of Charleston : : : a copy of the letter was sent to us : : : We are sure that city officials and firemen here, as well as the public in general, are glad to see the spirit of cooperation between the two cities as is expressed in the letter, which follows:
Honorable Mayor James L. Figenbaum
Charleston, Illinois

I wish to extend to your office the sincere appreciation for myself and all of our city officials for the help of your fire

 

fighting equipment during our disaster of Sunday, January 27, 1952.The services of your Fire Department were a great help to our Fire Chief and no doubt was responsible for helping curtail fires which broke out during explosions. Should your city ever have a similar emergency, please feel free to call upon the City of

Mattoon and we shall be glad to assist you with our men and equipment.  Will you please convey to your men and our

appreciation for their services during our emergency.
Yours Truly,
G.W. Smith  Mayor of Mattoon

 

TURNER & TAYLOR, DELEGATES TO PEORIA CONVENTION

Our small town boys attend the annual Fireman's Association Convention at Peoria in 1952. The Convention was held in the Hotel Pere Marquette.

 

A PERSONAL STORY FROM HOWARD TAYLOR

I would have been five years old when this fire occurred.  Evidently, the Charleston three-man crew, and other six on-call would respond with the two small Boyer fire engines.
Mattoon was called in to help, but with the storm that hit Charleston, and multiple fires, there was little hope that the big building on the square could be saved.

My mom (Louise Taylor, Coles County Reporter) was running around our house getting things organized for her two boys and ran a sewing needle in her foot.  I guess this would be a souvenir of the Alexander Fire of 1952.  The needle  would still be in her foot till her death in 2001.  Doctors said it was imbedded in bone, showed up in X-Rays. 
The Taylor's had many things happen when the Gong would ring.  The phone would ring at home to tell us imminent danger was occurring in old Charleston.

 

 


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