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TBT: Throwback Thursday – Firemen become inventors and two obituaries

Looking back in time – This was in the News for the Times Daily June 9, 1932 Florence, Alabamapioneers


The Florence fire department has added to its equipment, through the efforts of the firemen themselves, lighst to the hook and ladder truck for use at night fires, and a test was held at the Coffee High school last night, which, according to Chief Donald White of the department was highly successful and he was extremely pleased with the results.

The lights, two of which carry 500-watt bulbs, three 150-watt and one 300-watt, operate on power furnished through a dynamo which is run from the motor of the truck, which is kept running at a speed of about 20 miles per hour.

New fire engine for the fire department in Union Springs, Alabama. 1929 (Alabama Department of Archives and History)New fire engine for the fire department in Union Springs, Alabama. 1929 C. F. Wood is driving the truck, and Henry J. Rosenstihl, chief of the department, is seated beside him. Watt Cade, a young boy, is holding an American flag in the back. This is probably typical of Alabama firetrucks at the time.  (Alabama Department of Archives and History)

The two 500-watt lamps are installed on top of the truck, and while stationary there, can be swung to any angle desired. The three 150-watt lights and the 300-watt lamp are hand-lights all having a length of cord ranging from 150 to 250 feet, so they may be taken into a burning building to facilitate the maneuvers of the fire laddies.

A switchboard is installed at the rear of the driver’s serat, with numbers on the switches corresponding to the numbers on the lamps, enabling the men to quickly connect and cut in the light desired.

The fire department is constantly improving, of its own accord, and citizens appreciate this fact.


Funeral Rites Will Be Announced

Henry Curtis, aged 56, a resident of the Center Star community dropped dead this morning about 7 o’clock at the Brush Creek fishing camp, which is situated about half a mile off Shoal creek, and about three miles above the Lee Highway bridge.

Eye witnesses stated that Curtis, who had been running his trot line, came in to the banka and sat down. Suddenly he collapsed, gasped as though for air and died. Curtis is said by friends to have been in ill health for quite some time, having recently been released from the hospital.

Dr. W. D. Hubbard, who accompanied Sheriff George W. Mitchell to the scene of the tragedy, said death was due to heart trouble.

No information was available concerning funeral arrangements this afternoon, but it was understoon that Spry was in charge of arrangements. Announcement will be made as soon as possible.

Final rites were held Wednesday afternoon at the residence, 323 East Tuscaloosa street, at 5 o’clock, for George L. Carroll, who died Tuesday afternoon at the Eliza Coffee Memorial hospital. Services were conducted by the Rev. D. W. Hollingsworth, minister of the First Presbyterian church, and interment followed in Florence cemetery with Brown directing.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. R. W. Simpson and Mrs. Annie Carroll Bird, both of Ada, Okla., and one son, Jeff O. Carroll, of Chattanooga, Tenn.

Pallbearers were I Kreisman, J. W. Milner, Dr. T. L. Bennett, R. M. Martin, F. W. Irvine and W. H. Mitchell.


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