The New Chief of Wichita
A. S. Brownewell has been appointed chief of the fire department of Wichita, Kan. He has been identified with the department since his youth. Born in a humble log cabin in Stark county, Ohio, on the 24th day of December, 1865, his early boyhood was spent in Canton, O., attending school and working in the Balton Steel Company rolling mills. At the age of 18 he decided to go west, but as Wichita was as far as he could go by rail at that time, the young man decided to locate there. The following year, July, 1884, he joined Deluge Hose Company No. 1. This was a volunteer organization, and the following year Mr. Brownewell was elected captain, which position he held until the paid department was organized, November 15, 1886. He was one of the four men appointed and was made driver of the first horSedrawn apparatus in Wichita. He was appointed captain of hose company No. 1 in the year 1888, and was made assistant chief in 1890, in which capacity he served until April, 1906, when he was appointed chief of the department. Mr. Brownewell served as chief until April, 1908, when he was again made assistant chief, which position he held until the late Chief A. G. Walden passed away, when he was again made chief. In the year of 1903, when the Louisiana Pur chase Fire Department was organized by Chief George C. Hale, of Kansas City, Mo., who was called upon to furnish fire protection for the exposition buildings. Chief Brownewell was one of the many men chosen by him from the Middle West states, and he served as fireman at the fair grounds from August. 1903 until the close, November, 1904.