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August 7, 2013

A tour of the Clarksburg Fire Station

The first thing that strikes you as you walk into the Clarksburg Fire station are the... but wait, first I need to give you an earlier account of this station in this historic town.

Bill Smith gave Mel Fox and I a tour of the Clarksburg Fire station last week.

There’s so much to tell you that there’s no way it’ll all get done. There was a time in our history when it seemed to residents in Clarksburg that just about every town of any size had its own fire station except their town. Well, maybe not all, but certainly Greensburg, Letts, St. Paul, New Point and Westport had their own fire stations. Citizens of Clarksburg needed one and wanted one.

That’s when the Eta Chapter of the Alpha Omicron Alpha (AOA) Sorority decided to get the ball rolling. Early in 1951 they sent letters to people they thought would be interested and to various organizations asking if they would attend a meeting in which a discussion about fire protection would be the topic.

The community agreed with the women who started the drive for fire protection. Cliff Matrtz, Bob Fee, Raymond Miller, Bob Moore, John Carroll, Marion Vail, Bill Power, Don Martin, Ralph Throp, Bill Deiwert, Fred Goddard, Willard Patterson, Kenneth Helman, Jim Metz and R. G. Wallpe became the leaders of the project and to make an interesting story short, they got the job done.

By later that year they had purchased a siren, a fire truck and had entered it in the 4-H Fair. They had a “before” July 1951 (pick-up truck, ladder, pump and bucket) followed by the new truck.

Not long ago George Morgan found the siren outside beginning to rust. He said he didn’t didn’t rescue it any too soon but after cleaning it up it’s actually still working. He’s going to weld a foot back on the frame and then he’ll mount it on a base and wire it up.

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