Merchants Finance Department Project

Issue 1 and Volume 85.

Merchants Finance Department Project Wheeling, W. Va., offers the rest of the country a unique but effective method of securing Fire Department improvements even though the money is not in the treasury and the bonded indebtedness has reached its limit. Fire Department needs became so acute that Mayor-Manager T. Y. Beckett finally went to several of the city’s leading business men and outlined to them the need for a larger and more modern fire headquarters and fire alarm central office. He succeeded so well in convincing them, that a Citizen’s Fire Association of eight men was formed. The members agreed to back up Mayor-Manager Beckett. The association began to function without loss of time and arranged with the banks to loan the necessary funds for erecting new apparatus for new fire headquarters, the loan to be backed by the association and leased to the citizens for a long period at…

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