"Where there's smoke, there's fire"
July 11, 2007 will mark the 100 year anniversary of the formation of the Cottonwood Volunteer Fire Department.  The following are some excerpts from meeting minutes and records of the department throughout the years.

Fire Department Members
February 26, 1917 – Members of the Cottonwood Volunteer Fire Company were:
J.V. Nash  H.S. Simon  Ed Malerich  Wm. Wagner
M.L. Reed  A.H. Nau  J. Captein  V.A. Dye
W.H. Simon  Martin Wimmer (?) Clem R. Hussman Paul Terhaar
Reinhart Cesau (?) H.J. Hussman  Frank Kelsey  F.J. Honer
H.S. Wimer  I.W. Albers  J.W. Robertson D.C. Lange
Walter R. Reid J.B. Seubert  R.D. Humphrey O.D. Hamlin
J.D. Southworth Felix Martzen  A. Herboth  C.L. Downer
Herman Weigand Wm. H. Kelsey H.L. Shields  G.H. McKinney
Eug. Mauer  Herman Seubert Bart Simon  John Funke
W.W. Flint  Herb Kleeman  Theo. Schaecher Hugo Funke
A. Maugg  H.C. Matthiesen

Business Topics
February 8, 1918 – “John Hoene’s bill of $49.00 for athletic goods was presented.  There not being enough money in the treasury to pay it, motion was made that $25.00 be paid now and balance of bill left standing.  Motion carried.”

March 8, 1929 – “Meeting of reorganization of fire department held in community building at 8 o’clock p.m.  Minutes of last meeting in 1922 were read.”

February 27, 1939 – “It seems that since the Department has so far not acquired a tooter for the power wagon, some members feel that the approach of the fire eaters should be heralded by the blast of something blood-chilling.  The question of the purchase of a siren was revived.  After due discussion, the question was brought to the point of a motion, made by a member of the Department, but lost for want of a second.  No tooter.”

February 6, 1931 – “Alarm at 2:45 p.m..  House of Mrs. Celia E. Gentry on North School Street.  Fire started in attic of second story, cause undetermined.  Unable to put out fire to save house on account of distance from hydrant and house being located at nearly the elevation of the water supply reservoir.  All out buildings saved and contents of house.”

August 15, 1960 – “Most of the night was spent removing the pump from the smaller truck to allow placement of a new fan belt.  The belt had come off the truck the previous day when answering a fire call at Greencreek when the Catholic Church there burned to a complete loss.”

In 1955, there were 18 fire calls, including 9 structure fires.  In 2006, there were 30 alarms.  These included 9 structure fires, 5 vehicle extrications, and 16 other events such as field fires, dumpster fires, vehicle fires, etc.

Cottonwood, Idaho 83522



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