Archives - 1872

Historical information has been retrieved from microfilm from the Pentwater Township Library as published in THE OCEANA TIMES and THE PENTWATER TIMES.

January 5, 1872, A portion of Common Council minutes, On motion, A Committee of two was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Herrington and Underhill, to procure two hose carts.  On motion, the President was appointed a committee to keep the engine house supplied with wood, and was also authorized to draw on the Treasurer for that purpose at any time.  A motion was made that a Committee of two be appointed to ascertain upon what terms an engineer and watchman can be procured to take permanent charge of the fire engine.  The President appointed Underhill and Hardy as such Committee.  On motion, an order was drawn in favor of Lemuel Maxfield for $30.00 for service while in charge of the fire engine.  On motion, adjourned for one week.  Ed. E. Edwards, Recorder.

February 16, 1872, SILSBY vs. CLAPP & JONES.  A recent trial of Steam Fire Engines at Lansing resulted most disastrously to Messrs. Clapp Y Jones, the manufacturers of the “Oceana.”  We have seen accounts of the trial in the Lansing Republican, and also in the Detroit Post, and Detroit Tribune.  The account of the Republican contains all the details, but is too long for our columns.  We clip the following from the Tribune.  A trial took place to-day between an engine of Clap & Jones of Hudson, New York, and an engine of the Silsby Manufacturing Company of Seneca Falls.  From the word “go” the Silsby engine got up steam and threw a stream in eight and one-fourth minutes.  The Clapp engine with pumps primed and check valve got to work in nine and three fourths minutes.  The Silsby was throwing 60 feet when the Clapp engine got a stream on, and through an inch and a quarter nozzle and 500 foot of hose.  The Silsby threw 100 feet with 32 pounds of steam, the Clapp 92 feet with 39 pounds of steam, two streams each, through 250 feet of hose.  Under equal circumstances the Silsby engine threw 270 feet, and the Clapp engine 175 feet.  The judges pronounced in favor of the Silsby engine, and their verdict is fully endorsed by all who witnessed the trial.  The Post states further that the valves of the Clapp & Jones engine got out of order three times during the trial.  The Silsby engine has a rotary pump, with no valves to get out of order.

The excuse made by some members of our Common Council for purchasing an engine of Messrs. Clapp & Jones before the same had been tested, and without any competition from other manufacturers, was that we were without adequate fire protection, and delays were dangerous.  Mr. Walker, agent of Messrs. Clapp & Jones, would guarantee that “under favorable circumstances the Steam Fire Engine “Oceana” shall do full as good work as agreed upon in the proposal made to the village of Pentwater, Aug. 9, 1871,” and under this guarantee the engine was purchased Nov. 29, 1871.  The former guarantee contained this clause.  We further agree that this engine shall be capable of doing as much work as any build of engine not weighing more than 500 pounds more than ours, and in case any other builders choose to bring an engine here within three months and do better work, we will take our engine off your hands, refunding the freight.

It being urged that the three months would come at a season when it would be impracticable to bring another engine here, Mr. Walker said he would extend the time to six months, but this agreement does not appear in writing.  A letter has been written to Messrs. Clapp & Jones, asking them if they will carry out the agreements of their agent in this respect, and it may be that we shall yet have a thorough test of the little “pet engine,” though we do not deem it probable.

FEBRUARY 16,1872, A Steam Fire Engine is kept in the Engine House, ready for use, and our citizens seem to think nothing more is needed.  If that engine were to be called out to-day, a stream could not be brought to bear upon a building in less than an hour.  Ten dollars a week, besides the interest on our bonds, is being thrown away.  Our Common Council are partly to blame for not providing hose carts sooner, but “where there’s a will there’s a way,” and this difficulty could easily be got along with, if the citizens of Pentwater had sufficient public spirit.

FIRE COMPANY MATTERS, The narrow escape from a disastrous fire on yesterday morning, has awakened us to a sense of our utter inability to successfully battle with the fire fiend, should its ravages once begin in our village. We have as yet no efficient organization, and no hose carts, so that our engine is comparatively useless.  Learning that some dissatisfaction has been expressed on account of the short notice given before the organization of the present company, a meeting will be held at Ratzel’s Hall, and Wednesday evening, February 14, 1872, at 8 o’clock, at which time the present officers will tender their resignations, and a new organization be perfected.  On the same evening the Common Council will meet and make arrangements for securing hose carts, so that the new company will at once be provided with all the necessary facilities for the speedy extinguishment of fires.  A general attendance of the members of the Company is earnestly requested. R.L. Hardy, Foreman “Oceana” S.F.E. Co., No. 1. A. Dresser, Jr., Sec’y.

Pursuant to above call, which was circulated on the 13th, a meeting of the company was held at the appointed time and place. R.L. Hardy stated the circumstances attendant upon the organization of the company and the election of officers, after which his resignation was rendered.  A.J. Underhill stated that pursuant to the fire ordinance soon to be passed by the Common Council, the annual meeting for the election of officers for Fire Companies was to be held in March, and thought it advisable to defer all action with reference to the re-organization of the Company until that time.

Sewell Moulton urged the necessity of an efficient organization, and thought a fire would arouse the citizens to action in the matter.  W. Carroll advocated an additional number of members, - men who would take an interest in the organization and attend its meetings.  On motion, a committee of three, consisting of Messrs. Carroll, Sands and Ratzel, were appointed to solicit names of new members.  Adjourned, sine die. A. Dresser, Jr., Sec’y.

FIRE BUCKET COMPANY!, As the Common Council of the village of Pentwater have furnished the citizens with a steam fire engine, which has been of no avail, and will not be of service at any fire, on account of there being no hose cart, and whereas, some of the Council, “penny wise and pound foolish,” now intend to build a hose cart, which will be another “crowning monument” similar to the “Atlantic” fire engine, - at an expense to the tax-payers of several hundred dollars, - it is thought to be expedient to organize a “Fire Bucket Company,” and a meeting for that purpose will be held at Ratzel’s Hall, next Monday evening, Feb. 19, at 7 o’clock.  Every citizen who has property at stake is requested to attend.  Signed by Numerous Citizens.

February 23,1872, THE RESULTS.  Our readers will remember that at the recent trial of steam fire engines at Lansing, a brief account of which appeared in last week’s New, the Silsby engine came off victor, and was purchased by the city.  Mr. Walker, agent of Messrs. Clapp & Jones, seeing that he was not likely to effect a sale, offered his engine for $3500, being $1000 less than his first price, and at these figures his engine was also bought.  This engine was of the third class, one size larger than the “Oceana,” which cost the same sum.  If a third class engine, priced at $4500, after coming out second best at a fair trial is sold for $3500, for what would a fourth class engine be sold under similar circumstances, whose first price is $3500?

February 23, 1872, FALSE ALARM.  At about half past eight last Sunday evening, the bells of the Congregationalist and Methodist Churches sounded an alarm, and almost instantly our citizens were to be seen hurring to fro in search of the fire.  The steamer “Oecana” was promptly on hand, leaving the engine house almost as soon as the bells were struck.  It was at first supposed by some that the alarm was given mainly to test the efficiency of our fire organization, but it was afterwards ascertained that the alarm was given in good faith, and that the Union School-house was supposed to be on fire.  A fire had been started by the engineer at the Planing Mill of Jones, Hodges & Co., and the smoke for some reason settled in a thick cloud around the school house, leading a casual observer to suppose that the building was on fire.  We are glad the matter was no worse.

February 23, 1872, AN ORDINANCE TO ESTABLISH A FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

Sec. 1. The Common Council of the village of Pentwater ordain that the fire department of the village of Pentwater shall consist of a Chief Engineer, Assistant Engineer, four fire wardens, Engine men, Hose men, Hook, Ladder and Bucket men, as are or may be from time to time appointed by the Common Council.

Sec. 2. The Chief Engineer shall in all cases of fire have the sole and absolute control of all members of the fire department, and it shall be the duty of the Chief Engineer to report quarterly to the Common Council, at their first meeting after the first day of March, June, September and December of each year, the condition of the engines, hose, hooks and ladders, buckets and other apparatus and building in which they are kept, and also to recommend such additional alteration and improvements to the same as he may deem expedient; he shall report monthly to the Common Council the names of all members of the Fire Department who shall have disobeyed his orders neglected or refused do their duty; and whenever the engines or other appurtenances shall need repairing he shall cause the same to be done without delay.

Sec. 3. The firemen shall be divided into companies of Engine men, Hose men, Hook and Ladder men and Wardens, and each company shall consist of as many men as the Common Council shall from time to time direct, and it shall be their duty to attend to the engine and other fire apparatus committed to their charge, and the building in which the same are kept.  Each of said companies respectively may adopt such constitution, by-laws and regulations for their government subordinate to the ordinances of the village as they may suppose best calculated to accomplish the object of such organization.  Each of said companies shall on the first Monday in March in each year choose from their own company a foreman, assistant foremen, secretary and treasurer, and such other officers as they may require in accordance with their constitutions; and the firemen of said village shall on the 1st Monday in March in each year elect from their number a Chief Engineer, First Assistant Engineer and Second Assistant Engineer.

Sec. 4. The different companies under control of their proper officers, shall upon an alarm of fire repair to the place of the of the fire with their engines and other fire apparatus and continue to work the same until the fire shall be extinguished and shall not remove therefrom but by permission of the engineer in command, and on such permission shall return their engines and fire apparatus well washed and cleaned to their respective places of deposit.

Sec. 5. The Engines and other apparatus shall be kept in such places as the Common Council shall provide and designate, and the several companies having charge of them shall keep the same in the best order for immediate use.  The said companies shall hold regular meetings on the first Saturday of each and every month, and also on the first Saturday in May, June, July, August, September, October and November have out their respective engines and other fire apparatus, and exercise therewith.  There shall also be a general review of the fire department, engines and other fire apparatus, by the President and Council semi-annually, in the spring and fall of each year.  It shall be the duty of the Chief Engineer to appoint a day and place in the village for such review and give notice thereof to the President and Council, and give public notice in one or more newspapers to the fire department.  Any member of the fire department failing to appear at the review appointed as aforesaid, shall forfeit and pay for the benefit of the company to which he belongs, the sum of one dollar, unless excused by the company.

Sec. 6. Whenever any member of any company of the fire department shall be justly indebted to said company in conformity with its constitution, by-laws and regulations, they having first been submitted to and approved by the Common Council of said village, it shall be lawful for said company to sue for and recover from such member, on his refusal or neglect to pay whatever sum may be so due, in an action of debt in the name of the people of the State of Michigan, for the use of said company, before any Justice of the Peace of the township of Pentwater.

Sec. 7. If any foreman shall disobey or refuse to obey the orders of the Chief Engineer or Engineer in charge, he shall forfeit and pay for each and every offense a penalty of not less than one or more than ten dollars.

Sec. 8. The Chief engineer or engineer in charge may with the consent of the President and one Councilman, or with the consent of two Councilmen, order the cutting down or removal of any building erection or fence, for the purpose of checking the fire.

Sec. 9. It shall be the duty of the fire warden to at once repair to the fire and aid in extinguishing the same, in securing property and carrying into effect the orders of the Chief engineer or engineer in charge; and any person disobeying or refusing to obey any fire warden in the discharge of his duty, shall forfeit and pay for each and every offense not less than one nor more than ten dollars.

Sec. 10. Every person not a fireman, who shall be present at a fire, shall be subject to the orders of the Chief Engineer, Engineer in charge, President and Councilmen, Marshal and Police Constables and fire wardens of the village in extinguishing the fire and the removal and protection of property, and in case such person shall refuse to obey such orders, he shall forfeit and pay the sum of five dollars.  Any such officer shall have power to arrest any person so refusing to obey such lawful orders as aforesaid, and hold them in custody until after the fire is extinguished, when he or they shall be taken before the proper officers to be dealt with according to law.

Sec. 11. It shall be lawful for the foreman, assistant foreman, or officer in command of any fire company, or for the president, councilman, chief engineer, assistant engineer or marshal, to require the aid of any citizen, inhabitant or bystander in drawing or conveying any engine or other fire apparatus to or from the fire, and on the refusal or neglect of any person to comply with such request the offender shall for each and every refusal or neglect aforesaid forfeit and pay a penalty of on dollar and costs of suit.

Sec. 12. Any person who shall willfully offer any hindrance to any officer of fireman in the performance of his duty at a fire or who shall willfully in any manner injure, deface, or destroy any engine or fire apparatus belonging to the village of Pentwater shall forfeit for every such offense and pay a penalty of twenty-five dollars and shall furthermore be liable for all damages done.

Sec. 13. Any member of the fire department who shall be elected President, Councilman, Chief engineer or Assistant engineer, shall be exempt from all company duties in the company to which he belongs.

Sec. 14. It shall not be lawful for any person or persons by outcry or ringing of bells or proclaiming Fire or by any other means whatever, to make or circulate or cause to be made or circulated in said village any false alarm of Fire, and the person or persons so offending shall on conviction thereof be punished by a fine of not more than twenty-five dollars or by imprisonment in the village lock-up or county jail not exceeding sixty days.

Sec. 15. The Common Council shall at its first regular meeting in each year appoint four of the citizens of said village who shall constitute the fire wardens thereof and whose duties are herein before defined.

Sec. 16. It shall be especially the duty of the Chief Engineer to see at all times the provisions and requirements of this ordinance carried out and fulfilled, particularly in reference to the members of the fire department.

Sec. 17. The penalties and forfeitures in this ordinance may be recovered of the person incurring the same in an action of debt in the name of the people of the State of Michigan, before any Justice of the Peace of the township of Pentwater.

Sec. 18. This ordinance shall take immediate effect. Approved February 23, 1872, A. J. Underhill, President pro tem. Ed. E. Edwards, Recorder.  On motion the ordinance was adopted.  Ayes: Flagg, Dundass, Hodges, Hardy, Nays; none.

APRIL 5, 1872, FIRE. - Just as we were going to press this noon, the building of C.M. Baker on Hancock St., occupied as a Millinery Store, caught fire.  The engine was absolutely worthless, owing to the want of an efficient organization, and the fire was extinguished by buckets.  Considerable damage was done in removing the goods and furniture, and the building was also injured.  The engineer who was placed in charge of the “Oceana” was discharged on the 1st of April by the Common Council, and no one has yet been appointed to fill his place.  We hope the present lesson will prove sufficient, and lead to proper supervision on the part of our village officers in future.

APRIL 12, 1872, The “Oceana” was out on Monday afternoon, and made the following record:  The engine commenced to work in 9 minutes, and began to throw water in 11 minutes.  Greatest distance reached, 125 feet through 500 feet of hose.  The fuel was pronounced very unsatisfactory by the engineer, Mr. Chas. Lamont, who thinks much better time and more effective work can be done in the future.  We need a hook and ladder company, to work with our engine and hose company, but we have little hope of seeing such an organization perfected until after we have been visited with another destructive fire.  Every building in the village ought also to be examined, and stoves and stove pipes properly secured.  By a little carelessness in this regard, our whole village may yet be laid in ashes.

MAY 3, 1872, The “Oceana” while standing on the pier last Tuesday, was slightly injured by a passing schooner.  Everything was promptly repaired and the engine ready for a second call by eleven o’clock.

THE OLD NORTH PEIR caught fire on Tuesday last, and the “Oceana” was promptly on hand, and did good service.  It is altogether probable that the New Government pier would have been damaged to the extent of several thousand dollars, if the fire had not been promptly extinguished, and without the little steamer this would have been almost impossible.  The fire caught in the dry pine slabs with which the old bridge pier was filled, and burned fiercely, but the steady, powerful stream of water thrown by the “Oceana” soon brought the flames under.  The engine and hose were promptly on the ground, and in a very few moments after the first alarm was given, were ready for action.  Our fire company work with a will, and only lack more complete organization and drill to make them very efficient. 

MAY 10, 1872, THE PENTWATER NEWS, The large Shingle Mill of J. E. Eldred in Ashes---One Hundred Men thrown out of Employment.  On last Monday evening the alarm of fire again sounded, and the shingle mill of J.E. Eldred, - said to be the largest in the United States,- was discovered to be in flames.  Almost instantly after the fire was discovered, the entire building was enveloped in flames, which soon communicated to the adjacent saw-mill and office.  The night was dark, and the effect of the glaring flames, lighting up the dark evergreens on the bluffs, and the bright reflection from the smooth waters of Pentwater Lake, with the clouds of lurid smoke rising high in the air, was grand.  Showers of sparks were swept across the lake by a southwest wind, and the whole village seemed for time in great danger.  In fact, several fires were kindled by the falling cinders, but were promptly extinguished, for every one was on the alert.  The next morning it was found that large pieces of shingles had been borne by the wind a distance of more than a mile, and every building in the line of the fallin shower of sparks, was in danger.

Owing to the distance, necessity for crossing the channel, and the deep sand on the opposite side of the lake, it was work of difficulty to reach the scene of the fire with the steamer; but the firemen behaved gallantly, and were on hand fully as soon as could be expected under the circumstances, but too late to save either of the main buildings.  The firemen, and many of the citizens, were untiring in their exertions; and through their efforts, and the faithful work of the little steamer-throwing two constant streams upon the flames until after midnight-the progress of the fire was stayed at the office, saving the boarding house and dwellings, and also a large part of the shingles piled on the dock.  We are sorry to say that a large number of bystanders were present - as is too frequently the case at fires - who did nothing to save property, and were only a hindrance to those who were at work.

The origin of the fire is unknown, and will probably always remain a mystery.  It is supposed to have originated from the carelessness of some employee.  Every possible precaution had always been taken by those in charge to prevent the possibility of fire, but it appears that all was of no avail.  The loss is estimated at about $55,000, on which there was insurance to the amount of $20,000.  This is a great loss to our village, for at least one hundred men are now thrown out of employment.  It is as yet uncertain whether a mill will again be erected on the old site or not.  We hope Mr. Eldred will decide to rebuild without delay.

MAY 31, 1872, PROTECTION FROM FIRE, Our Common Council having adopted the system of steam fire engines, rather than risk the introduction of water works, - which, although requiring a greater outlay, are of constant service, and in many cases prove to be a source of revenue rather than of expense, - we abide their decision with all possible grace.  Pentwater can now boast of a a very small indebtedness, that is true, and stands better prepared to aid in the construction of railroads and other works of public benefit, than she might have been if the Holly Water Works had been decided upon, instead of the steamer “Oceana,” to protect us from the ravages of fire.  This steamer has already done good service, and has probably saved property from destruction worth considerably more than her cost.  But one steamer will not long be considered an adequate protection for our rapidly growing village, and before the purchase of a second, we wish to keep before our readers the advantages of the rotary steamers over those manufactured by Messrs. Clapp & Jones.  The city of Titusville, Pa., purchased from the above firm last fall, a steamer, second class in size, for $3,150.  Within a few days a rotary engine has been purchased by this city, at a price exceeding by $1,500 that at which Clapp & Jones offered the authorities another of their machines.  The Following account of the trial we take from the Titusville Herald, of May 7.

Yesterday was a gala day, not only among the members of the Fire Department of this city, but all classes.  There has seldom been such an outpouring of the people.  The principal shops shut down, and it gave the mechanies a holiday to witness this long expected trial.  The city authorities were represented by the Fire Committee, Mr. Lowrie, Chairman, and also a Special Committee, Mr. Lynch, Chairman, to witness the test.  For several days past the engineers and firemen of the Amoskeag steamer Col. Drake, and the Clapp & Jones steamer City of Titusville, have been polishing up and putting their steamers in thorough order for the contest.  The Silsby steamer arrived incharge of Col. Marrow, and was inspected by hundreds of citizens. It was much admired for its beauty of finish and workmanship.

Washington street bridge was the place selected for the trial, the steamers drawing suction from the race. Mr. Geo. W. Harris, agent for Clapp & Jones and Mr. Clapp himself, were present superintending their engine, together with many engineers and machinists from abroad.  The Silsby engine was run and superintended by Col. Marrow, agent for the company, and J.P. Teiler, engineer.  The Col. Drake, which was not brought into direct competition with the others, being allowed a smaller nozzle by a quarter of an inch than the other two, was managed efficiently by Wm. Snyder, engineer.  Chief Engineer Bosch was on hand with his usual activity, carrying out the orders of the committee, and seeing that the mode of test adopted was faithfully complied with.  Each engine was supplied with six hundred feet of hose. The Clapp & Jones had a nozzle of 1- 7/16 inch, the Silsby 1½ in.  The first test being on the time of generating steam and getting water to the nozzle.  The signal was given at half past two o’clock by the Chief Engineer.  The Silsby put a stream on in 7 ½ minutes, being aa minute and a half before the Clapp & Jones.  In a perpendicular test the Silsby threw its stream about fifteen feet above that of the Clapp & Jones. The engines then commenced playing.

Two lines of hose, 600 feet each, were then applied to the two contesting engines, the nozzles being respectively 1-1/8 in. Both in the lateral and perpendicular streams, the Silsby kept far ahead of the Clapp & Jones.  The Silsby then pumped three streams, each line of hose being two hundred feet and inch nozzles.  On this occasion the Silsby played it alone.  The last contest between the Clapp U Jones and the Selsby was through 700 feet of hose and one and quarter inch nozzles.  The Silsby distance her rival about twenty feet on the horizontal, and thirty feet on the perpendicular streams.  The last throw of the Silsby distanced her rival bout twenty feet on the horizontal, and thirty feet on the perpendicular streams.  The last throw of the Silsby was done alone, through the same line of hose, when it forced the stream to such an enormous height, that the pentup excitement of the spectators found vent in the wildest applause.  The Silsby outdid herself on the occasion, and surpassed the expectations of her most partial friends, and was recorded the victor of the day without dispute.  The Fire Committee will make their formal report at the next meeting of the Council.  The new purchase, as we have seen, need not fear competition, and has come up to the highest expectations formed of her powers of execution.

JUNE 14, 1872, The dock near Mears’ store again caught fire on Wednesday morning, probably from a passing tug.  Why is not our ordinance enforced requiring tugs to be provided with spark-catchers?  One good thing will probably result from these late fires.  Vessels will soon cease lying in the channel, because the adjacent docks prove to be rather insecure places for the bestowment of cargoes.  Our channel should be kept entirely free if possible, so that steamers may enter at any time without trouble.

The Firemen of Pentwater are making preparations for a grand Ball in this Village on the evening of the Fourth of July.  The proceeds are to be expended in procuring uniforms for the company.

JUNE 21, 1872, A new hose cart from the Silsby Manufacturing Co., at Seneca Falls, N.Y. has just been received by the Pentwater Fire Department.

JUNE 28, 1872, Notes from Common Council Minutes, The following were the bids received: Gentlemen; - We will build the Engine House according to the plans and specifications, for the sum of twenty-three hundred and seventy five dollars. $2,375 and to have the same completed Nov. 1, 1872.

JULY 5, 1872, THE PENTWATER NEWS.  Fourth of July in Pentwater.  This is not the entire article;  The morning of the Fourth dawned bright and pleasant, and the recent showers had so moistened the parched earth and cooled the heated air, that the day seemed like one of the fairest of the “leafy month of June.”  The streets were filled at an early hour with an expectant multitude, but owing to an unfortunate change of time by the Engelman Transportation Co., the speaker did not arrive until about 1 o’clock P.M., at which time the procession formed.  A body of river-men, with pike poles, cant hooks, etc., and accompanied by a band of martial music, attracted much attention; and the Pentwater Fire Department, with their steamer and hose cart in holiday attire, made a very good appearance.  The trial of the steamer was a little premature, but after a little delay she began playing, and threw a very effective stream.  A little more drill on the part of the Company, will accomplish a good results.  The fireworks in the evening were good, and the display was very creditable for a village of this size.  The Firemen’s Ball was well attended Sixty-two couples were present.  The amount of proceeds we have not yet ascertained.  The celebration day was marked by excellent order, and not a single arrest was made or was needed, so far as we know.

JULY 19, 1872, NEW ENGINE HOUSE. - The contract has been let for building an engine house and hall, on the lot owned by the village on Fourth street, (which is now 3 rd street) immediately in the rear of the News office. The building is to be 20 x 40 ft., two stories high.  The lower story will be the engine house proper, used for storing the steamer “Oceana,” and other appurtenances of the Fire Department.  A bed-room will be provided for the engineer, who will be ready to reply to “light calls” in his line.  A force pump and other conveniences will also be provided.  The second story will be a hall, for the use of the village meetings of the Common Council, Fire Department, elections, etc.  A tower, eight feet square, will be placed at one corner, in which will be place a bell.  The building is to be sided, roofed with felt, painted, and finished inside and out in good style.  The lumber is now being delivered on the ground, and the building is to be ready for use by the 1st of November.  The estimated cost is $2,300.  Sands & Maxwell have the contract.

OCTOBER 4, 1872, TOWN HALL. The building erected for the use of the Fire Department and the Common Council, is completed.  The dimensions are 22 x 40, with a tower 8 feet square and 55 feet height.  The lower story is for the accommodation of the steam fire engine Oceana, and is provided with water, a pit for repairing the engine, and has a bed-room for the engineer.  The second story is all in one room, reached by an outside flight of stairs, and is intended for the sessions of the Common Council.  It is a high, light and pleasant room, and it is to be hoped will have a happy influence upon the deliberations of our sage village fathers.  The Common Council met yesterday A.M., inspected the building, and accepted the same, ordering bonds to be issued in payment as follows: $1,000 payable Nov. 1st, 1873; $755 Nov.1st, 1874; $600 Nov.1st, 1875.

OCTOBER 11, 1872,  An alarm of fire in Tuesday, was caused by the breaking out of flame of the roof of one of the little buildings west of Pentwater Lake, in the vicinity of where Eldred’s mill formerly stood.  The flames were extinguished by Mr. Banks, colored cook of the Metropolis, assisted by a few others who happened to be in the vicinity.  The fire is suppose to have caught from the pipe, which went through the roof.  Damage small.

OCTOBER 11, 1872, FIRE DISTRICTS. - To prevent delay in reaching fires, the Engineer has-divided the village into districts as follows: District No.1, lying south of 4th street; District No.2, lying north of 4th street; District No. 3, lying on the other side of Pentwater Lake.  The alarm for a fire in District No. 1, from the bells or whistles of the village, will be by a quick, even succession of sounds, thus: _ _ _ _ _. For District No. 2, by two sounds, as before, succeeded by a brief interval, thus:__ __ __ __.  For District No. 3, by three sounds in like manner, thus:_ __ ___ ___.

OCTOBER 18, 1872,  An alarm of fire called out the “Oceana” last Tuesday afternoon, but for the first time she failed to work, and fire, which had caught in the old north pier from some passing boat, was put out with buckets.  The engine arrived first on the ground, and pumped a stream of water before the hose was attached, but in some way the valves became clogged with pieces of bark when she stopped to have the hose put on, and it took two hours work to get her in running condition again.  One of the advantages claimed for the Silby engine, over that of Messrs. Clapp & Jones, is that rotary pumps never clog, and no valves to get out of order.

NOVEMBER 22, 1872, Burned. - On Wednesday last Ernest Dresser, aged three years, was severely burned while attempting to kindle a fire in the stove as he had seen others do.  His apron caught fire, and before the flames could be extinguished, his chin and the side of his face were badly burned.  He is getting along very well, and does not suffer a great deal, but he has made up his mind not to play with fire any more.

JANUARY 10, 1873, Fire, we understand that a house on the south side of Pentwater Lake caught fire last week, but the flames were extinguished before any serious damage was done, and before any general alarm was given.

JANUARY 10, 1873, An Ordinance to Establish Precautions against Fire. The Common Council of the Village of Pentwater ordain -

Sec. 1. That it shall not be lawful for any persons to use any stove, chimney, stovepipe, oven, or fire-place, or other heating apparatus in any house or building within the limits of said village, unless the same be kept in a safe condition.

Sec. 2. I shall not be lawful for any person to use any stove or heating apparatus, the pipe of which passes through the side or roof of any building, or into any chimney other than brick, within the limits of said village.

Sec. 3. It is hereby made the duty of the Village Marshal to examine all chimneys, stoves, stovepipes, ovens, or other heating apparatus within the limits of said village, whenever he may deem it necessary, or when notified that any such chimney, stove, stovepipe, or other heating apparatus is unsafe, and he is herby empowered to enter into any house, tenement or building within the limits last aforesaid for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this section; and it shall further be the duty of said Marshal to cause all such stoves, stovepipes, chimneys, ovens or other heating apparatus which shall be insecure and unsafe, to be made safe and secure, at the expense of the person or persons owning or occupying the building in which such defective or insecure stove, stovepipe, oven or other heating apparatus is situated, provided that such owner or occupant shall neglect to make the same secure and safe for a period of forty-eight hours after receiving a written notice from said Marshal so to do xxxx.

Sec. 4. Any person violating any of the provisions of this ordinance, shall pay a fine not exceeding One Hundred Dollars,($100), or in default thereof shall be committed to the village prison for a period not exceeding sixty days. 

Sec. 5. This ordinance shall take effect and be in force on and after the 28 day of December, A.D. 1872.  Adopted December 18, 1872, J.G. Gray President, E.B. Flagg, Recorder.


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