Inventor of Cellar Pipe Retires
After nearly 40 years in the Chicago Fire Insurance Patrol, Captain Charles W. O’Neil, assistant superintendent, has resigned and retired on pension. The captain will live in future on a California farm. He joined Patrol Company No. 1 in 1882, and has been an active participant in nearly all the fires of any importance that have occurred since then, one of which, that known in the annals of the department as “The Beauregard flats” when the mercury stood at 29 below zero, and the water froze in the hose, and three engines froze and had to be hauled away. He was also at the Iroquois Theatre fire and the Eastland disaster. Captain O’Neil invented the cellar pipe which is a part of the equipment of nearly every fire department today, and also a water tower.