our history

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The oldest volunteer 
organization in wenonah

In its early years, Wenonah relied on a bucket brigade and assistance from as far away as Camden to help extinguish fires. Fire-fighting items included 22 buckets and 2 ladders stored in the cellar of the school building on N. Marion Ave. The town recognized that it should have its own fire equipment after a barn at the Wenonah House caught fire. Thus, the Wenonah Fire Company was organized in 1888. The town’s new firefighting equipment consisted of a wooden cart called “Mareshanks” with 45-50 feet of hose. Alarms were sounded by striking a suspended locomotive wheel rim with a sledge hammer. At one time, the church bell at the Methodist Episcopal Church was the town’s fire alarm, so each fireman carried a key to the church

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A fire house was built in 1909 on S. West Ave. at a cost of about $1,600. The builder was Daniel W. Brown, who was a prolific builder of homes in Wenonah and happened to be president of the fire company at the time. The town purchased its first fire truck in 1910 – a horse-drawn hook and ladder vehicle. Its cost was $400.

Through the years though the equipment has been modernized and the practice of firefighting has changed, the backbone of the fire company remains the dedicated citizens of the borough who dedicate themselves to this time-honored tradition.

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Chiefs of the Wenonah Fire Co.

Edrwin R. Winthrop           Apr.  6, 1888 - Nov.  6, 1891

Andrew W. Carey, Sr.        Nov.  6, 1891 - Dec.  4, 1891

E. Ward Wilkins                 Dec.  4, 1891 - Oct.  7, 1892

James M. Johnsons, Jr.    Oct.  7, 1892 - Aug.  5, 1895

Louis M. Buzby                 Aug.  5, 1895 - Jun.  3, 1897

Joseph Eldridge               Jun.  3, 1897 - Jan.  4, 1900

Thomas J. Savage            Jan.  4, 1900 - Apr. 15, 1910

Joseph E. Truncer            Apr. 15, 1910 - Oct. 13, 1916

John L. Drummer             Oct. 13, 1916 - Oct. 12, 1923

Howard Ingram                Oct. 12, 1923 - May.  9, 1924

Harry E. Genther              May.  9, 1924 - Oct.  4, 1929

Wayne Ralston                 Oct.  4, 1929 - Oct.  7, 1932

Dr. R. D. Zapt                   Oct.  7, 1932 - May.  1, 1942

Albert M. Weber              May.  1, 1942 - Dec.  5, 1947

Clarence Hunt                  Dec.  5, 1947 - Dec.  3, 1948

Charles E. Holter              Dec.  3, 1948 - Dec.  7, 1951

Walter J. Kaufman, Sr.     Dec.  7, 1951 - Dec.  4, 1965

James H. Hain                  Dec.  4, 1965 - May   5, 1972

Jack R. Hart                      May   5, 1972 - July  5, 1988

Richard Black                   July  5, 1988 - Dec. 7, 1993

Andrew N. Sole III           Dec. 7, 1993 - Jan 4, 2019

Timothy R. Nessler          Jan 4, 2019 - present

Presidents of the Wenonah Fire Co.

Daniel W. Brown

George L. Dilks   

George H. Greening, Sr.

William C. Cattell  

Joseph Cattell

Slater Garver

Knollin B. Cox

Floyd C. Kinsinger

Alonzo B. Wood

Harry C. Viereck

Lowell Buckner

Walter J. Kaufman, Sr.

Roland E. Hunsinger

Martin J. Dipper

Charles A. Peters

John Mullens

Donald G. Gehring

Arthur Perry

Charles S. Cowles

Andrew Sole, III

Jim Ramsay

Richard Black

Charles Horan

Richard Black

Edward Hudson

Leonard Campbell

Richard Black

Christopher Black

Michael DiPaolo

Leonard Campbell

Andrew Sole, III


 

*The Chiefs acted as presiding officers until incorporation.

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