This picture is The East Columbus Independent “Rural” Fire Department from late 1969. This F600 Ford chassis had recently been placed in service after the pump, tank and auxiliary equipment was transferred from the 1959 chassis which was traded in on this 1969 model. Total cost was $3,980. Source: The Republic, Columbus, Indiana, Wednesday, November 19, 1969.
Row 1: Jack “Butch” Shireman, Ben Black, Otto Gatten, Carl Weichman, Bill Maze, Roger Johnson
Row 2: Kenneth I. Smith, Donald Holland, Delton Jeffries, David Gelfius, James Green, William McClain, Charles Surber, R. Bray
David, the building at the left of this picture is next to the Grocery that was located at State and Mapleton Streets.
Last Edit: Sept 3, 2015 17:19:26 GMT -5 by richard
This is a picture of the Charter Members of The East Columbus Fire Department. I believe it was formed during the early years of WW II.
After the City of Columbus annexed East Columbus this department became known as The Rural Fire Department.
Left to Right — Bill Adams, Rex Eddy Sr., Parry Setser, Harley Poole, Horace Pulliam, Rex Eddy Jr., Clarence S. Cook, Earl R. Timbrook, George W. Jones, Otto C. Gatten, Paul E. Gordon, W. Dale Greenlee, Edgar T. Reeves, Arthur E. Rager, John P. Zurbrugg, Benjamin J. Black, Paul A. Champion, William A. Palmer, Donald S. Bray, Jay Schooler, Jimmy King, Joseph R. Hotz, Benjamin F. Pittman, Carl Weichman
Picture is believed to have been taken in 1947
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Below you will find a picture of the early equipment of the East Columbus Volunteer/Rural Fire Department. Two trucks have Rural and one has East Columbus on the doors of the trucks. I see one red light on the fender and one on top of the cab. Have you seen a fire truck or other emergency vehicle pass you today? I bet you can’t count all of the warning lights as they pass. Another result of increased traffic!
Without water mains in East Columbus or the county notice the extra water tank mounted on the Simi tractor trailer style truck. Notice the hand pumps on the running boards on the trucks on the right and center. One of the venders had one of these style pumps on display at the July 15, 2006 celebration.
The building at the top of this picture was on the north side of State Street. The building housed the Columbus Process Company. You can also see a trailer of The Silver Fleet System. I believe the south side of that building housed the Terminal of the Silver Fleet System, but perhaps they shipped the products for the Columbus Process Company.
I’ve checked my 1953 City Directory but didn’t find a listing for the Silver Fleet System. I’m going to add that to my list for my next trip to the Library.
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Post by Kathy Greenlee Daller on Jun 14, 2008 23:02:35 GMT -5
Just googling Greenlee into the search engine and came up with your site. Very nice job! I noticed the Greenlee's you have.
My father, Jerald Keith Greenlee, was born and raised in Columbus, Indiana and I know there was Kenneth in his high school yearbook. My dad was born in 1935, son of Roy and Mabel Greenlee. Any relation???
Post by Mr Steven Ruse Sr on Jul 2, 2008 22:07:42 GMT -5
Mr. Steven Ruse Sr. ..He is my Dad even though he is no longer with us. It brought tears to my eyes to see this photo. I had never seen it. This is an awesome thing you are doing here. My Dad was the strongest man I ever knew. He was my best friend. Those of you who knew him either loved him or hated him. He wasn't perfect, but he cared about this place. I remember him taking me into the firehouse when I was a little girl. First time I ever was able to get up close and touch a fire truck. First time I ever was able to ride in the fire truck in a parade.
Those of you who know him, and have stories to tell, I would love to hear them. Feel free to email me.
Thanks again for posting this photo. It is so appreciated (Even though Dad looks like an absolute hippie..lol)