GVFD Formed In 1942


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 3/26/1942.

At a meeting of the newly organized volunteer fire department of Grantsville Monday night an up-to-date fire-fighting truck was purchased. It is an American-LaFrance outfit and was used until recently by the city of Marion, Ohio. The machine will be delivered April 10.

It is equipped with a 400 gallon per minute pump and a 200 gallon booster tank. Fulmite and soda acid and tetra-chloride chemical extinguishers also come with the outfit together with ample ladder and hose equipment.

Mayor A.G. Burns, Recorder Ralph Morris, Rue Schoolcraft and Mont Smith went to Marion Sunday to inspect the truck, and Monnight a salesman of the company appeared before a meeting of the volunteers, and the deal was closed in a short time. By the way, there are thirty --two members in the company and every shining one of them were present.

The organization of the fire company is as follows: Z.N. Connolly, president; Rue Schoolcraft, secretary-treasurer; George Lambiotte, chief; Mont Smith, assistant chief; Charles Roberts and Rymer Law, captains. The membership is limited to fifty, and no deadheads should apply. What they want is workers who will spend time drilling and learning the fundamentals of scientific fire-fighting.

The volunteer fire department is in no way connected with the town council, the county civilian defense council or any other like organization. It was started by a number of younger men of the town following the high school fire, and they are going to get results if they are given a little cooperation by the property owners and citizens of Grantsville.

The cost of the truck and other expenses of the organization will be paid by voluntary subscriptions from the residents and property owners of Grantsville. No New Deal funds will be used. Granny News can support this movement without fear of being contaminated by New Deal money.

The local Rotary club started the ball rolling with a contribution of $100.00. A popular appeal for funds will be made within the next few days and it should meet with a cheerful and generous response.