Early Apparatus Builder Dead

Early Apparatus Builder Dead

With the death of Henry M. Lane, the fire-fighting profession has lost a pioneer builder of fire apparatus.

He was educated in the public schools of Cincinnati and later was graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was president of the once well known firm of Lane & Bodley Co.

The original works of the Ahrens Manufacturing Company was owned by Latta, inventor and builder of steam fire engines. The business was sold to Lain, & Bodley in 1863, and the new company built seven or eight machines from l.atta’s patterns and then sold the business in 1868 to the Ahrens Manufacturing Company who made improvements on the old designs.

During his professional career, Mr. Lane supervised the construction of the Mt. Adams Inclined l’lane Railway, and devoted much of his time to the improvement of the various types of steam, hydraulic, and wood working machinery produced by his company.

Circleville, Ohio Rejects Bids—Bids for supplying new fire apparatus were rejected by Circleville, Ohio, as being too high. It is believed that new bids will be invited.

Latrobe, Pa., to Buy Fire Apparatus—Latrobe, Pa., has been authorized to buy a combination ladder and pumper.

Work Started on Parma, Ohio, Fire House—Ground has been broken in Parma, Ohio, for a new fire station to be completed some time this fall. The building will cost $42.000.

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