The next purchase made by the Clarksburg residents was the garage that had been built by Frank Morgan and his sons, Layman and Loyd. Layman and Loyd ran the garage in the new building and sold it to the Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department. Loyd Morgan is George’s father. So that’s how the fire department got its start. It was a tremendous improvement in the whole area. Now let’s skip to the year 2000.
Today there is a new fire station that was dedicated in April 2000.It and a second station at Lake Santee, has nearly everything that the 31 firemen need to keep the more than 100 square miles that includes Fugit Township, part of Clinton Township, SE Richland Township in Rush County, SW Posey Township and western Salt Creek Township in Franklin County. Lake Santee, being a small town itself, will soon have a new station.
But, back to the Clarksburg station. It was built on three lots. George Morgan said the southern part was once a two story house that has, back in olden times, had been a hotel. The north parking lot was once where a one story house stood. The center of the Clarksburg station is where the old fire department was.
Bill Smith told Mel Fox and me that Rusty Schiebler built it according to Bill’s and others design. Rusty made a few suggestions that were incorporated. He also let the firemen help in order to save money.
The first thing that strikes you as you walk into the Clarksburg Fire station are all of the pictures, beautifully framed, that hang all around the wall of the big room. They hang above, below and in between and they make a fantastic picture story of Clarksburg for anyone interested in its history.
Bill Smith began gathering these pictures in 2000. Some were from the old school and he got Hobby Lobby to frame several. Others have been given by individuals with a history in Clarksburg. George Morgan has typed all the captions for those and later donations. George said, “It’s a real time machine to look at all of those pictures.”