It’s Wayback Wednesday, sponsored by Jamie Lockwood, broker/owner of Sutton Group Muskoka Realty!
This undated photo shows Huntsville’s early fire department, but not its first.
Until 1899, Huntsville’s fire brigade was loosely organized, but after the Morley College fire an official brigade was established. For the first time they had uniforms and were paid according to their attendance at fires and drills. Thomas Cullon was the first fire chief and served in that role through the early years of the next century.
Under his watch, the brigade became one of the best in ‘northern’ Ontario.
In April 1903, the brigade saved Hanna and Hutcheson Bros. store from fire, and in June of that year doused a huge blaze on lookout mountain that had been raging for three days.
In 1904, a fire at the tannery’s leach house threatened to take the rest of town with it in an echo of the 1894 fire that decimated Main Street (32 buildings were destroyed in that earlier fire). But the fire brigade managed to contain the blaze.
(Photo courtesy of Glen Duffield, from the 1967 Old Home Week centennial souvenir program. Details from Huntsville: With Spirit and Resolve)
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