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75 Years Ago

New Fire Truck is Demonstrated

Herald of Jan. 20, 1949

The Southern Cove Volunteer Fire Company demonstrated its new $11,000 fire truck for a crowd of several hundred Cove residents. Burning a century-old log house filled with 40 tires, crates and slabs of wood on the Elmer Mohr farm near Bakers Summit. The firemen brought the fire under control in 12 minutes, using only half of the water hauled on the truck. George Koontz, whose family of six was burned out in a disastrous fire in March at New Enterprise, applied the match after the building was doused with oil and gasoline.

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