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Our first 100 years, 1857-1957
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The middle years--1900-1945,   pp. 20-55 PDF (14.9 MB)


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Post-Crescent while the Volksfreund and Fox
River Journal have long since ceased publi-
cation.
  Going back again into the early records of
the middle years, we find that the fire depart-
ment consisted of twenty men, three hose
wagons, one truck, one fire engine, one
Chief's rig, fifteen horses, five thousand feet
of hose and three fire houses.
  The chief received a salary of $100 per
month, his assistant $75, the captain $65, and
the regular firemen $60. The men were on
duty all the time except when they were out
for meals. They had one-half day off for
every six days at work. Out of their $22,000
budget the department had to purchase,
among other things, such items as hay
$1237.57, grain $1,77.65, horse shoeing and
harness repair $17.57. The fire loss in 1906
was $13,000. There were 96 fires in 1909 and
125 in 1910. The department became fully
mechanized in about 1913 or 1914.
  On March 28, 1900 the city council moved
into its new council chambers on the second
floor of the city library. Two dedication
programs were held-one in the afternoon
and one in the evening. The speakers for the
afternoon ceremony were George C. Jones,
F. J. H-arwood, Miss Carrie Morgan, J. H.
Stuart, Dr. Samuel Plantz, Dr. J. T. Reeve,
Mrs. J. S. Davis, Samuel Ryan and Father
Kaster. G. C. Jones again presided at the
evening ceremony. Speakers were Judge
A. M. Spencer, Chris Roemer, 0. E. Clark,
M. K. Gochnauer, and John Goodland, Sr.
  Appleton has produced many outstanding
men and women; none perhaps quite as con-
troversial and internationally known as our
late Senator Joceph McCarthy but neverthe-
less famous in their fields. Edna Ferber's
novels and Harry Houdini's (Erich Weiss)
legerdermain are well known.
  Luella Meusel, Appleton's and the first
American born Coloratura Soprano sang in
Y.M.C.A. building completed in 1914.
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