UPDATED AUGUST 2008
Oct. 24, 1887
"The residence of John Howell, president of the Lagonda National Bank, at Springfield, Ohio, was totally destroyed by fire yesterday morning, Loss $13,000. "
COLLEGE PRANK - 1901
A century ago, a prank almost led to the loss of Myers Hall at Wittenberg College. The late Rev. Willard Hackenberg, of the Class of 1901, told this story: “Two students from Indiana decided to have some real excitement and set fire to the coal bins. What a fire that was! Think of the many tons of coal that were burned. ... The Springfield Fire Department came with great force, but because the water pressure was so low, all the firemen could do was protect the dorm. They had to allow the coal and the bins to burn.'' (Wittenberg Magazine - Spring 2001.)
SQUAD RUN - 1959
The obituary of Wilbur C. Wallace, who died of a heart attack on Jan. 22, 1959, makes mention of the fire division. It is posted on a genealogy web site for the Wallace family of Clark County. Wallace, 55, of 2359 Home City Road, was found by a newspaper boy in the rear of 1701 Lexington Avenue. ``The boy discovered the body about 4:30 pm, and ran to the nearby No 6 Engine House. Firemen there called the emergency squad which took the man to City Hospital,'' according to the Springfield Daily News.