Gibson City Fire Department.
The volunteer firemen of Gibson City, Ill., won fame and made a place for themselves in the history of that city by their good work in the recent disastrous elevator fire which placed the entire business district of the city in jeopardy for over an hour. This fire, which destroyed the Shellabarger elevator, the largest structure of its kind along the line of the Illinois Central Railroad between Chicago and St. Louis, occurred on a cold night and with a northwest wind blowing that sent the flames and heat directly over a block of business houses. The work of the department was directed to the saving of adjoiningproperty, principal of which was a large frame feed and sales barn containing thirty horses and many tons of hay. This barn lay between the elevator and the business district and directly to the leeward. The ability of the fire companies to save this wooden structure would certainly prove their ability to save the city should a serious fire occur. After an hour and a half of steady fighting the elevator fire was controlled, and the efforts of the firemen were directed to saving less important property. This fight was the hardest that the Gibson firemen ever went through, and they proved themselves equal to the occasion under the able leadership of Fire Chief Alf. Jennings.