Wester, Kevin J. (ed.) / Consumed by fire : a collection of writings about the famous Wisconsin Chair Company fire, Port Washington, Wisconsin, February 19, 1899
Log from No. 2 Hose Company: Sheboygan fire department Sheboygan, Wisconsin, pp. 78-79
Fire alarm by telephone at 10:00 P.M. from Port Washington, there being a big fire in that city, they asking for help from this City, the Chief was ready to give them help; therefore, ordered Gustave Wilke to take Steamer No. I and hose wagon from the south side (No. 2 Hose Co.) to at once get ready to go down. We got started to go after a special train was made up from the North Western Railway Co., 11:40 P.M. Time taken to go to Port--- about 50 minutes. Went to work with Engine shortly after arrival. Worked about 3 hours, then flue blew out of boiler on engine, had to stop pumping but fire was under control. We were gone in all about 12 hours. Men that were down there were Anton Buechel (Captain, No. 2 Hose Co.), Michael Whalen, John Messner (Both of No. 2 Hose Co.), Gustave Wilke (Alarm systen lineman and repairman), and Chief John Sandrok.
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