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. There will be more history published each week prior to the anniversary.
Fire Department Members
January 17, 1939 – “Motion was made and seconded that collection of fines be dispensed with. Motion lost. Fines of $1.35 were collected.”
January 21, 1952 – “Motion made by Wm. E. Simon that it be the duty of any fireman to report the name of any fireman who drives over fire hose to the Village Marshall for proper procedure. Seconded by John Seubert. Motion carried.”
April 20, 1953 – “The Department decided to move their bell from the old hall to the new hall.”
1960 – The city paid the Fire Department $100 for each fireman who responded to fire calls during the year. The Department paid each fireman $1.00 per fire call. The remainder went into the Fire Department General Fund.
February 17, 1992 – “The fund raiser sponsored by the local bars raised $1,150.22 to go for the purchase of new fire pagers. A special thank you is due to George and Pat Todd of the Royal Room for their efforts.”
February 20, 2006 – “Voted to pay for a foot massage for Colleen Sonnen as a reward for all her help in our fire safety/prevention training program at the Middle School.”
Fires & Emergency Response
August 19, 1985 – We discussed the Danny Troutman fire. It was a good learning experience.”
March 16, 1998 – “The vehicle fire and grass fire were discussed. It was agreed that the fires went out after extinguishment procedures were applied.”