ENGLEWOOD — Doubtful there are many residents that remember seeing the township fire engines racing to local fires back in the 1950s-1960s. Back then, every township operated its local fire department solely through volunteers.
Equipment was loaned out, and when the siren rang in the middle of the night, men put on their gear, headed to the fire house to pick up the truck, or listened to the dispatcher give the location of the fire.
It was always a treat when my mother would wrap a blanket around me and we could go with my dad to watch the fire. My dad volunteered for Harrison Twp. and our biggest fires were the Miami Hardware Store on Salem and The Keyhole Restaurant and big supper club across from it. The beer and wine bottles at the Keyhole burst with the heat and made for an interesting situation.
This rusty engine from Randolph Township could tell many a tale. It resides behind the building owned by Randy Hartman’s Vital Signs store on N. Main Street in Clayton.
Look for the Randolph Township Historical Society at the Tri-City Anniversary event at Meadowbrook from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on July 23 and at Englewood Art Festival at Centennial Park on August 13-14.
Visit the Randolph Township Historical Society website at www.rths.org for more photos and to learn about the ‘Pay off the Mortgage (POTM) drive for 2016.