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.
June 15, 1953 – “The names of the owners of cars that drove over fire hose at the last meeting were given Guy Huntley for action. Carl Schmidt was instructed to submit a notice to the Chronicle regarding driving over fire hoses.”
March 19, 1956 – “Some discussion was held on what to do with a check for $38.00 from the Village of Cottonwood for calls made within the city limits during 1955. Members agreed to place same in the Department’s General Fund.”
February 17, 1958 – “Motion made, seconded, and closed that Les Reed be re-elected Chief. Everybody happy but new Chief.”
April 21, 1958 – After considerable discussion relating to the possibility of reimbursing firemen for clothing damaged during fire fighting, it was decided to table the subject indefinitely.”
February 19, 1996 – “Terry Cochran reported that he has been shopping for “Jaws-of-Life” rescue equipment and filing for grant money. It will cost about $9,500, which will be covered by grant dollars (if approved) and donations. A new account was opened with the $500 donated by VFW Post #4902.”
August 21, 2000 – “The White Bird fire was discussed and procedures were reviewed. It was decided that Brian Latimer snores worse than anyone on the crew.”
The above appeared in the the August 20, 1963 Lewiston Morning Tribune and tells about the brand new rural firetruck. If you check last week's update you'll see this is the truck the 1977 fire crew is posing with.