Sykesville Celebrates New Fire Engine

Democratic Advocate, May 13, 1905

Business Suspended to Welcome a New Fire Engine for the Volunteer Fire Company, Etc.

Tuesday, May 9, was a Red Letter Day in the history of Sykesville. The weather was propitious and the large attendance of people from the surrounding country and citizens generally entered into the festivities of the occasion with great zest.

After the Baltimore fire the Sykesville business men felt that the time had come to take some decisive step toward protecting the town from conflagrations. Four months later Sykesville was incorporated, and although only one year has elapsed, marked has been the improvements, one of the most noticeable being the lighting of Main street.

Some months ago a volunteer fire company was organized, with Wade H. D. Warfield, president, and V. W. Ritter, manager. A combination, chemical engine and hook and ladder truck with pump and hose attachments were ordered and the same reached Sykesville today, which was the cause of the people of the town and surrounding country turning out en masse.

Mr, Louis P. Schultz, the chief of the fire company, was chairman of the purchasing committee and personally superintended the construction of the apparatus which was built by the Whitelock Mann facturing Company of Baltimore. Much praise is due Mr. Schultz for the efficient and thorough manner in which be had the truck constructed. Before ordering same he made a study of the different apparatus for town use where there was not a water supply and the outfit for Sykesville has been inspected by experts and pronounced the best coiubination yet produced.

At one o’clock every business house was closed, aud, with enthusiasm, men, women and children gathered to make this truly a gala day. At 3 o’clock the parade started from tbe Baltimore and Ohio passenger station yard, headed by the Springfield Band, consisting of 26 pieces, accompanied by marshals on horseback. Directly following the band were carriages with mayor E. M. Mellor, and
Wade H. D. Warfield, and the council. Next came the new engine, drawn by 12 colored men in white caps and bunting sashes. The Odd Fellows came out in full force, J. Harvey Fowble, builder, had a float representing tbe model town hall and truck house. R. W. Carter’s float was resplendent with furniture, as was also that of W. H. Bennet. Dorsey’s livery came next, plentifully
decorated with small flag.

W. H. D. Warfield gave a fine display of hardware and lumber and J. M. McDonald various articles of commerce. E. U. Gimple, druggist, had a unique float, with an immense bottle in the center labeled “Chloroform —Free to All Over Sixty.”

E. M. Mellor’s float represented a monument, surmounted by the notable figure known as “Mr. J. M. Mackintosh.”

A Forthman displayed stoves, ranges, etc, J. H, Harris had a very attractive display of groceries and harness. P. T, Bennett, farming implements, furniture and vehicles; L. P. Schultz. heating
and plumbing; F. M. Barnes, fresh meats and groceries; J. K. Weer. undertaker.

Richard Marsden and Master Benjamin Ridgely in a donkey cart, with numerous private carriages, brought up the rear.

J. M. McDonald gave his lawn for the tent containing “Uncle Tom and Little Eva, the snake charmer and other attractions.

There was a goodly displav of poultrv by E. M. Mellor. Mr. Warfield displayed Cornish Indian game chickens and Mr. G.
Schrade, Hillside Pigeons.

A Bazaar was held in the Lyceum by the ladies, with Miss Ella Schultz chairman of the committee.

Ex-Gov. Frank Brown has given most liberally to this enterprise.

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