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F.A. Wharton - Atwood Rural Fire Department

This is the glass negative of F.A. Wharton, a firefighter at the Atwood Rural Fire Department. The photo was taken by Charles Wasson of Wasson Studios in Decatur, IL on February 4, c. 1920.

Photographs from the Millikin-McRoberts Building Fire

Photographs from the February 24, 1910 fire at the Millikin-McRoberts Building located at N. Franklin. The origin of the fire seemed to be near the elevator shaft, but the exact cause of the fire was unknown. The estimated loss of the building was…

Photographs from the Decatur Hotel and Arcade Building Fire

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Photographs from the April 21, 1915 fire at the Decatur Hotel and Arcade building in downtown Decatur. The fire was discovered by an engineer in the boiler room of the basement of the hotels, but no explanation of how the fire had originated was…

Photographs from the Decatur Hotel and Arcade building Fire.

Photographs taken from the November 17, 1904 fire that occurred at the Decatur Hotel and Arcade building in downtown Decatur. The fire was discovered in the basement in engine room of the old Wait building, occupied by the hotel and department store,…

Photographs from the Decatur Coffin Company Fire

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Photographs of the fire at the Decatur Coffin Company which occurred July 10, 1907. The fire was discovered at 2 am Wednesday morning and did $20,000 damage to the building. The fire was discovered by the watchman at the plant, John Moore, on the…

Firefighters Practicing Falls

Firefighters practicing catching falling civilians taken in the early 1900's.

Photograph of Various Firefighters

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Photograph of various firefighters taken in 1907.

Photograph of James Doolen, Omar Harris, and Samuel Morthland

Photograph of James Doolen, Omar Harris and Samuel Morthland taken in 1917. Doolen was a former captain of the Fire Department. He served over 31 years on the force. He took up farming after retiring from the Fire Department. Harris was formerly with…

Photographs of Old Volunteer Firefighters Reunion

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Various photographs from the Old Volunteer Firefighters Reunions, from 1928, 1931, and 1932. These firemen were of the hose cart and ladder wagon days before modern firefighting equipment was available.