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
CFD CARRIES ON FIRE PREVENTION & EDUCATION FROM
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
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.