Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
City administration, pp. 213-219 PDF (1.8 MB)
A HISTORY OF NEENAH John Christoph 1896-97 W. I.. Jones 1898-1901 Louis Bergstrom 1902-09 George Christoph 1910-19 (first appointed under newly-formed Commission) L. M. Rausch (first full-time paid Chief) Howard Heup John Zick On March 15, 1893, the department was disbanded, and reorganized on a volunteer basis on October 3, 18993. Heads of the Neenah Rescue Hook and Ladder Company. (Avail- able records list the following.) Adam Erghott, H. 0. Clark J. T. Enos J. H. Jones H. E. Coats A. T. Perry J. Stilp Foreman 1875 (Taken from Cunningham) (May 12) 1881 Dr. Valerious 1883 A. T. Perry (June 3) I884 John F. Brown (Aug. 6) 1884 E. Goodman 1885 J. Stilp 1886 C. Johnson 1887 (June T) 1887 1888 1889 1890 1891 Many present-day citizens recall the two ropes, with handles, that dangled at the entrance to the City Hall. The ropes connected with two clappers in the belfry, where the bell hangs. When a fire was re- ported, the nearest person grabbed the handles and set up a rapid jangling of the bell. That started a race of teamsters for the City Hall. The winner hitched his team to the hook and ladder truck, and off they galloped to the fire-and a $S reward! In 191o, pursuant to the law establishing Police & Fire Commis- sions in fourth class cities, the Fire Department was reorganized and began functioning under the Commission. Mr. George Christoph was appointed Chief, with fifteen men comprising the force. The depart- ment operated on a volunteer basis. In 1916, when C. B. Clark was Mayor, Mr. Clark and Mr. Louis Rausch purchased the first motor-driven truck, replacing the hook and ladder companies. This truck, with 35o gallon pump, was deliv- ered in i91--and Mr. Rausch and Mr. William Hoeper were the first drivers. With the arrival of the truck, the two drivers began sleep- ing at the City Hall, and Mr. Rausch recalls that after working three months without a day off, Mr. August Eberlein was hired. 1919-43 1943-47 1947- 216
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