Winsted Has 25th Anniversary
Union Hose Co., No. 1, of the Winsted, Conn., Fire Department, celebrated its twenty-fifth birthday.
The Winsted department is entirely volunteer, has four fire houses located in different sections of the city, the central house of these having three trucks. There are five companies of 25 men each. Each house has two housemen, who sleep at the quarters, but who are not required to be there at any specified hours.
Winsted has a Gamewell alarm system, which operates on three bells and a steam whistle in separate parts of the city. There are forty-two boxes, and these can also be operated from the telephone office.
The entire department is maintained on less than $6,500 annually. Between twenty and twenty-five bell alarms are answered each year, and the still alarms average about 125.
Van Barklow, Chief of Fire Department, Bellevue, Ohio, for eighteen years and a member of the department for forty-three years, died when a wall fell on him as he was fighting a fire. He was sixty-one years old. His widow survives.