Tommy Warner, Columbus' No. 1 Santa Claus, in Double Exposure With Himself in Costume. This picture was Christmas, 1972, Tommy was a great friend of the firefighters, stopping at the stations almost Daly for a visit. He was known for many years in Columbus as Santa Claus and would make several visits every evening at local homes and clubs or any place he was ask to attend. All the money that he received from people for his visits he gave to the Cheer Fund, which Thur the years was quit a sum.
Great photo, George, thanks for posting. Just an FYI to newer people reading the message boards, for more information about Tommy Warner as 'Santa in Columbus,' check out the 'SANTA history' thread on the boards. I did, just this week, Oct. 1, 2007, confirm via family members that Tommy's wife is still alive and living in a senior home in Hope.
New screen name, same me---Nanc, emails should go to "Nanc" as on the members list. Thanks. Have a super day!
Interesting History of 419 5th Street Building Restaurant Before Smith, Beck Flossie Willie (Wille) and Flossie Stine (Stott)
Ref: George's, Rhonda's & Nancs' posts
Re: George's post Columbus Fire Department « Reply #122 on Yesterday at 20:18 »
Re: Nancs' post Columbus Indiana in the 1940's « Reply #218 on May 18, 2007, 7:45pm »
George's picture enlarged revealed that the restaurant in 1920 was called "Flat Iron Lunch Room". Rhonda's previous partial picture (posted at Lucas Bros. Apr 4, 2007) enlarged shows a different angle of the restaurant in 1938. In the late 1940s it was called "Stotts Food Shop". Then as we discussed a while back in the 1940s and 1950s, it was called the "Willie Food Shop" or restaurant during the 1950s. The owners names have gone from Smith, Beck, Willie (Wille) to Stine (Stott). The building was across from the Rio Theater at 419 5th Street. Rhonda's 1938 picture shows the old fire station that George presented. Both buildings were torn down many years ago. The last being the restaurant building.
George's picture was taken before the Great Depression, and Rhonda's picture was taken after the Great Depression of the 1930s.
I recall hearing some of the firefighters that were stationed at the old #1 station on 5th St. about eating across the alley at the Flat Iron Lunch Room. At that time I believe the owner was Dolph Beck, who latter on had the concession stand at Donner Park.
Well, as you know it was hard to read. You know best so I changed the name to Iron instead of what I had. Also, I added the name Beck to the list. Thanks, it is always a wild guess when you study distorted pictures. Thanks again............Bob
Post by Ricky_Berkey on Oct 5, 2007 5:01:18 GMT -5
Thanks for all this great fire department stuff! Do you happen to know what year the old Fire Station #1 was torn down? Was it soon after the new station was opened or was the building used for other purposes? I assume it was torn down so as to provide more parking around old city hall.
I LOVE the fire station at 13th & Hutchins, and I'm so glad it is still standing. I think they call it the Orinoco Fire House now because it is in the Orinoco "district" of Columbus. What is the building actually used for now? Wouldn't it make a great museum for the fire station history of Columbus?!
Old No. 1 fire house was condemned as unsafe in 1940. The fire company moved into temporary quarters, until the new Central Fire Station on Washington St. was open in November 1941. The lot where the old station was located has been a parking area since 1940. I recall hearing some of the older members of the Dept. talking about the temporary quarters as being in a building behind Irwin Union bank, which at that time was on the S-W corner of 5th. and Washington St.
I have the same thoughts about the fire house that you do, I worked at the station as did my father. I have thought for some time that it would make a great fire museum, I have talked to some of the local firefighters about it and they agree. I don't know who the present owner of the station is, since Arvin's' closed. I will be at headquarters station next week and will inquire about what information they may have.
Post by Firefighter Fan on Oct 7, 2007 21:34:48 GMT -5
On the left is Donald Perry who was the dept. chief mechanic for several years, he worked out of the back room at station #2. The " Big Guy " is Donald Young, a firefighter stationed at station #2. The picture is dated 8- 25-53. This is at old station #2, at 13th and Hutchins Ave.
Thanks for posting the picture of Donald Young. I babysat his children , Nancy and Victor , when I was a teenager in the mid 60's. The picture brought back memories.
The 1918 American LaFrance ladder truck is put back in service, it will be in service for about two weeks while a new Cummins engine is installed in the Seagraves ladder truck. Behind the steering wheel, on the left in the picture is Ken Campbell, on the right is Wendel Sweeney. Picture would be mid-1950's. The old truck was sold to the American Legion in 1949, and was on loan from them for the two weeks.