Category Archives: Columnists

Hodgepodge: Johnny Reynolds

I guess I’m always thinking about ideas for columns I might write – right away or in the future.

I often jot an idea or a name down, sometimes with other notes. I found one of those notes a few days ago.

Johnny Reynolds – it said on the note, so I started looking for things I had written before about my friends Johnny and Ruby Reynolds, and searching my mind for memories. Continue reading

Historical Fulton: The Fulton Fire Department

The Fulton Fire Department was organized April 16,1857, although there were small volunteer groups of firefighters when the place was just a village dating back to 1838. The first steam engine was bought in 1866 and the second in 1870. This photo shows a 1900 “steam pumper.” The firefighters would draw water from the canal or river and use it to fight fires. These steam pumper were drawn by horses. The department became a paid department in 1905 along with the first salaried fire chief, assistant and eight full-time firefighters and 15 more who were being trained and on call. Also in that same time period the first series of fire hydrants were installed throughout the city eliminating the need of the canal/river in some instances. Fulton got its first fire “truck” in 1916. There was no roof and no windshield, so getting to fires in the rain or snow was quite the challenge. In 1981, the department joined the computer age and got its first computer. The paid department celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005. Photo courtesy of fultonhistory.com
The Fulton Fire Department was organized April 16,1857, although there were small volunteer groups of firefighters when the place was just a village dating back to 1838. The first steam engine was bought in 1866 and the second in 1870. This photo shows a 1900 “steam pumper.” The firefighters would draw water from the canal or river and use it to fight fires. These steam pumper were drawn by horses. The department became a paid department in 1905 along with the first salaried fire chief, assistant and eight full-time firefighters and 15 more who were being trained and on call. Also in that same time period the first series of fire hydrants were installed throughout the city eliminating the need of the canal/river in some instances. Fulton got its first fire “truck” in 1916. There was no roof and no windshield, so getting to fires in the rain or snow was quite the challenge. In 1981, the department joined the computer age and got its first computer. The paid department celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005.
Photo courtesy of fultonhistory.com

In and Around Hannibal: Quilt of Valor

Kerry Barnes, NYS Guild coordinator, presented the Rev. Moritz Fuchs with a Quilt of Valor this past Sunday following Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary. Mass was celebrated by the Rev. John Smegelsky and Deacon Phillip Kehoe. The quilt was made for Father Fuchs by the Sugar House Quilters of Crocketts. Members who worked on the quilt are Jean Derby, Shirley King, Peggy Griffin, Rita Pavo, Lois Radomski, Martha Sage, Cinda Shupe, Bonnie Thompson, Marylou Brower, Lillian Foster and Linda Leach. Pictured from left are Shirley King, Fuchs, Kerry Barnes, Jean Derby and Deacon Kehoe.
Kerry Barnes, NYS Guild coordinator, presented the Rev. Moritz Fuchs with a Quilt of Valor this past Sunday following Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary. Mass was celebrated by the Rev. John Smegelsky and Deacon Phillip Kehoe. The quilt was made for Father Fuchs by the Sugar House Quilters of Crocketts. Members who worked on the quilt are Jean Derby, Shirley King, Peggy Griffin, Rita Pavo, Lois Radomski, Martha Sage, Cinda Shupe, Bonnie Thompson, Marylou Brower, Lillian Foster and Linda Leach. Pictured from left are Shirley King, Fuchs, Kerry Barnes, Jean Derby and Deacon Kehoe.

Have you ever heard of a Quilt of Valor?

I hadn’t until last week when Jean Derby called me and told me that one was going to be presented to a special somebody in Hannibal…but it was a secret and I was not to tell.

Well the secret’s out, so now I can tell. The recipient of the Quilt of Valor is the Rev. Moritz Fuchs, Fulton native and a dear man, dear to the hearts of many throughout Central New York and especially to those parishioners of Our Lady of the Rosary in Hannibal. Continue reading