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Photograph of Fire Truck Designed by Fire Chief

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Photograph of a fire truck designed by Fire Chief Will Platt of Decatur. Costing nearly $17,000 and weighing almost 8 tons, the truck embodied a radical change in cab style and equipment. Seven men, including the driver, rode in the cab; none on the…

Photograph of Max Sadowski

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Photograph of Max Sadowski; died January 18, 1924. Member of the Decatur Fire Department at Station No. 2 when he was drafted in 1917 for World War I.

Photo of Building at 316 N. Main St.

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Photograph of building at 316 N. Main St., believed to be taken about 1889, was found in the personal effects of Byron Askins, who died in 1949. The picture is of the building at 316 N. Main street and a part of the Library Block. The house at the…

Brennamen Fire 1910

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Photograph of the Brennamen Fire in 1910

Brennamen Fire 1910

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Photograph of the Brennamen fire in 1910

Photos of Hue Singleton Restaurant

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Photograph of the interior of Hue Singleton's Restaurant, dining room and restaurant help. Photograph of the exterior of Hue Singleton Restaurant, located on the northwest corner of Lincoln Square, taken by George Baker of Decatur, 1912. Photograph…

Photographs from the Ehman Mantel Factory Fire

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Photographs from the January 7, 1911 fire at the Ehman Mantel Factory fire. The factory was located at the corner of Jasper and Garfield. The origin of the fire was unknown however the flames were discovered in the elevator shaft by Otto Ehman on the…

Photographs of the Culver House

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412 W. Prairie Ave. John H. Culver home, built around 1887. It was sold to Roy Phillips in 1950 by Elizabeth C. Shellabarger, daughter of John H. Culver. Phillips remodeled it into apartments. A fire in 1979 caused extensive damage to the attic and…

Photograph of James Doolen, Omar Harris, and Samuel Morthland

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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 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…