Issue 9 and Volume 1893 13.

THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS. Chief C. W. Devore of Decatur, Ill., or “ Dick.” as he is better known throughout the country far and near, is what one might call a venerable fireman. His boyhood days were spent on a farm, he having been left alone in the world when quite young. Some years later he left the farm and went to Decatur and obtained employment in the Decatur Furniture Company. While here he gained prominence as a fireman in No. I Volunteers. He served as private a short time, when his superior officers saw he was capable of governing a company and was then raised to the rank of captain of No. 1 Engine Company, and while here he displayed his cool head and effective work, and at the first opportunity he was promoted to chief of the department. He has filled the*position with great credit. The department consists of…

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