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

Fulton’s Bodley High saves a ‘ton’ by recycling

By Ashley M. Casey

Since the beginning of the school year, students at G. Ray Bodley High School have reduced their carbon footprint by 16 metric tons.

Students in Dan Mainville’s Global Environment class reported the results of a yearlong recycling project at the June 10 Fulton school board meeting.

The class has been sorting and weighing all of GRB’s recyclables most Fridays since October.  Continue reading

Fulton teen competes today in Feinstein singing competition

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By Ashley M. Casey

Aspiring singer Joshua Batstone of Fulton will compete in the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Northeast High School Vocal Competition today.

The competition will be held at Yamaha Artist Services in New York City. The regional winner will advance to the national Feinstein Competition in Carmel, Indiana, July 20-25. Continue reading

Possible human remains found in car removed from river in Fulton

On Friday June 13, police officials found and removed the car that had been reported seen in the Oswego River in Fulton.

Also found in the car is which police believe are human remains. The car was an early 1990s model red, four-door Toyota Corolla LE. The vehicle did not have registration plates affixed to it nor has it been positively identified at this time as to its registered owner.

The vehicle and possible human remains have been transported to the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office in Syracuse for further investigation.

Helping with the investigation and removal of the car from the river were the Oswego City Police Department, Fulton City Police Department, Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police as well as members of the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office.

Operation Oswego County touts successes, presents awards

Operation Oswego County held its 62nd annual meeting at the SUNY Oswego Campus Center, Tuesday, June 10.  

Kevin LaMontagne, president of the Operation Oswego County board of directors, welcomed more than 160 representatives of businesses, government, education, labor and other ally organizations to the meeting.  Continue reading

Joseph J. Fauler, Air National Guard veteran, VFW life member

6-14_OBITfaulerJoseph J. Fauler, 67, of Fulton, went Home Tuesday after a brief illness.  

Joe had lived in the Fulton area since 1953 and had graduated from Oswego Catholic High.  

He retired from the NY Air National Guard at Hancock Field in 2007 after more than 28 years of military service. He had also worked at Fuccillo Kia, Oswego Industries and Birdseye Foods.  

Joe loved the time he could spend on his family’s land and the serenity it provided.  

His faith led him to Believer’s Chapel of Fulton where he was heavily involved with the food pantry and allowed him to serve his community in many ways.  

Joe was a life member of V.F.W. Post 569, Fulton and participated in its patriotic holiday ceremonies.  

He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Rose Bradley.

Joe is survived by his wife of 27 years, the former Bonnie Blaedon; two step-sons, Kenneth E. and Eric N. (Jenny Miller) Gustafson; foster-daughter, Saleta (Lackey) Morgan; his parents, Raymond and Mary Schmelzer Fauler; brothers, Raymond, Francis (Mary Jo Lamb), Paul Fauler; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.  

Calling hours were Friday with a service to immediately follow at Believer’s Chapel of Fulton, 614 S. Fourth St., Fulton (across from McDonald’s). 

Contributions may be made to Pregnancy Care Center of Oswego County, P.O. Box 5444, Oswego, 13126 or Oswego County Humane Society, 265 W. First St., Oswego, 13126.  

Arrangements are in the care of Foster Funeral Home, Fulton.

Take Dad to breakfast on Father’s Day

Need somewhere to dear ol’ Dad Sunday morning?

Here are a couple of ideas.

** A Father’s Day Breakfast Buffet is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Sunday June 15 at Masonic Lake City Lodge No. 127.

Dads can eat for free with a minimum of one paid ticket.

Lake City Lodge buffet usually includes French toast, pancakes, home fries, eggs, bacon and sausage, coffee, milk, juice and water.

The buffet is all-you-can-eat. Take out is available. To order take-out, or for more information, call 207-0127.

The lodge’s Masonic Hall is at  765 E. Seneca St., Oswego just past Centro Bus terminal and the recycling station.

** A Fathers Day breakfast is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday June 15 at the Elks Lodge, Pierce Drive in Fulton.

     

Ada Belle Gagliardo, Sealright retiree, bowler, card player


6-14_OBITgagliardoAda Belle Gagliardo, 87, of Hannibal passed away Monday June 9 at Oswego Hospital.  

Born in Fulton, she was a life resident of the Hannibal–Fulton area. Ada retired from Sealright Co., Fulton in 1988 after 38 years. 

She was a member of Prior Stock American Legion Post 1552, Hannibal. 

Ada was an avid bowler, card player and Bingo aficionado. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph J. Gagliardo, who died in 1995 and sister, Eleanor Martin. 

Surviving are two daughters, Janis M. (Richard) Stauring of Hannibal and Margaret L. Gagliardo of Cincinnati, Ohio; four sons, Joseph J. Gagliardo, Jr. of Liverpool, Patrick (Karen) Parker of Montana, Kevin Parker of Hannibal and Donald (Diane) Parker of Texas; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Richard Parker of Eaton, Ohio; several nieces and nephews. 

A graveside service was at 11 a.m. Friday at Fairdale Rural Cemetery, County Route 3, Hannibal. Calling hours were Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. 

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse 13204.

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