Neumeyer, Arthur J. (ed.) / The birth of a city: Brillion from village to city April 4, 1944
(April 4, 1944)
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New Fire Truck Arrives ft I _z A Fire Chief Oscar Beilke F ir e Chief Beilke Announces Retirement BRILLION -- Brillioa Fire Chief for 29 years, Oscar Beilke, in a letter presented to the City Council on Monday evening an- nounced his retirement effective January 1, 1972. Oscar, who has served as a fireman for 50 years started his career as a fire- fighter in 1921 at the age of 19. In 1927 he was promoted to Chief Engineer and in 1942 he assumed the position of Chief of the De- partment. During his 50 years of ser- vice to the department he also was instrumental in the organi- zation of the safety league in 1936. This group of Fire De- partments from this area, which started with 16, hasnow expanded to 40 and promotes safety and education in fire fighting tech- niques. Chief Beilke also served asa n Officer of the Calumet County Fire Chiefs Association several years. He served as a member of the Brillion City Council and is presently on the AVIT 12 Fox Valley Technical Advisory Committee for Fire Fighters. Oscar will serve in an advisor capacity to the department after his retirement. His employers during his career as a fireman have been Brillion Auto Company for 36 years and the BrillionfIron Works for 11 years and isnow a retired-part time employee. In his letter to the council he stated: "After having to be available day and night, rain or shine, to save lives, protect property and to protect jobs, I would like to be a free man to do as I please and to go when I wantto." He also expressed his thanks to the people of Brillion for their cooperation and support through the years. Central Exchange during recent years. "We welcome this pay- ment as a generous return on the investment in our company's own wholesale operations," he said. Robert L. Cook, manager of Brillion Co-op said this stock retirement comes at an appro- priate time, during October which has been proclaimed "Coopera- tive Month" by many governors. It's a good reminder, he in- dicated, of how "Cooperatives Care--about a lot of things." Robert L. Cook said "the stock retirement helps the economy of the local community because this money will largely remain here to help everyone in the area through local purchases of goods and services, the payment of taxes, and furnishing employment, It also shows that in a cooperative the savings belong to the people who use it. Thus cooperatives help their members to build a better life for themselves, their community and the nation. Plan Beilke Testimonial BRILLION -- Fifty years of dedicated service to the com- munity will be recognized April 23 with a testimonial dinner for Oscar Beilke, retired Chief of the Brillion Volunteer Fire De- partment. Every civic organiza- tion in Brillion has volunteered to help with the program. Oscar joined the department in 1921, and retired January1, 1972. Many Brillion citizens have contributed to the departments present sta- ture, but few will question Beilke's role in building it into one of the best small townvolun- teer fire departments inWiscon- sin- BRILLION -- Brillion's new snorkle fire truck arrived in Brillion Monday upon comple- tion and testing in Appleton. The new fire truck has the most modern fire fighting ap- paratus with the extending boom type snorkle equipment, c. ble of extending izr over mosltibtd ings in Brillion placing the fire- man directly at the source of any blaze. The truck is capable of pumping 1,000 gallons per minute through a varied number of bose a~i~ The truck will be placed in service after thefirstoftheyear. Training of operating firemen by factory representatives will take place during the next sev- eral weeks. The cost of the vehicle will be $60,000 with additional equip- ment being placed on the vehicle through a donation by R. D. Peters. The Chassis is a Ford pur- chased from Horn Ford, Bril- lion. The body and pump were 16stom made by Pierce Body of Fire Chief Oscar Bielke re- ceives the keys for Brillion's new snorkle fire truck from Horn Ford Sales Representative Eldor Buboltz. Pictured above are left to right Chief Engineer Lloyd Wolfmeyer, Buboltz, Beilke, Truck Driver Jerome Aplin and new Fire Chief Elver Krueger. Appleton and the snorkle unit was made and installed by Snorkle at St. Joseph, Mo. ~*7 / NEW PUMPER - Mayor Clarence Wolf of Brillion, lower right, checks out the Brillion Fire Department's new, pumper - snorkel type fire truck with Oscar Beilke, former fire chief. The unit, three years in the planning, is in full use with a 500 gallon supply tank and is capable of pumping 2,000 gallons per minute. Unidentified man on extension boom eyes ladder used for special rescue work. Six persons are programmed to operated, the equipment which cost about $60,000. (R. F. Hoerth photo). Sponsored by the Fire Depart- ment, the testimonial dinner will be held Sunday, April 23 at the Community Center. The Lions Club, Women's Club, Boy and Girl Scouts, Jaycees and Jay- cettes, and the American Legion and its Auxiliary all have as- sumed responsibility for a part of the program. Tickets are priced at $3.00, and are available from the above organizations. The afternoon program will start with an open house at the Community Center from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. It will include a display, and memorabilia of the depart- ments' early years. This part of the program will be handled by the Jaycees and American Legion. The Brillion Volunteer Fire Department has a history going back to the 1880's, and the two organizations have been working hard to collect a repre- sentative sample of that three- quarter century. The dinner program will be from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Vogel's Diner will cater the meal, with the Fire Department in charge of arrangements. The Women's Club and Legion Auxilliary will be in charge of refreshmentsand a luncheon in the afternoon; the Girl Scouts and Jaycettes will be in charge of table decorations; the Boy Scouts will be in charge of the opening ceremonies for dinner; and the Lions Club of Brillion will handle the after dinner program, beginning about 7:00 p.m. The Testimonial dinner is a community effort, and one that is truly well deserved. Beilke was a leader in giving Brillion the fire protection it now enjoys.
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