The Graham Brothers fire truck Baldwin City bought new off the assembly line more than eight decades ago is still serving the city.
Baldwin City Fire Chief Allen Craig said he was preparing the truck for its annual appearance in the community’s Dec. 7 Festival of Lights Parade. He’s given it a mechanical tune-up and getting ready to put on the electrical converter that will supply power to the Christmas lights strung on the truck for the parade.
Craig has traced the purchase of the truck through fire department ledgers he saved from the scrap heap when the city converted to electronic records. The Graham truck with four-cylinder Dodge motor was purchased in May 1928 from local car dealer Perry Stover for $800. The total cost of its conversion to a fire truck with a bed and chemical soda-acid activated water tanks was $3,580, although the city was credited for a trade in of the city’s older Ford truck, the records show.
The truck was the city’s primary defense against fires until a new truck was purchased in 1949. At that time it was given to the city’s public works department for its use.
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