Clipped From Alton Evening Telegraph
ACTING FIRE CHIEF j if! Warren Grablo, who has been named acting chief ot (he fire department by City Manager Graham W. Wall.—Staff Photo. Grable Appointed Acting Fire Chief Asst. Fire Chief Warren (Jruble has been designated acting lire chief, effective April 1. City Manager Graham W. Watt announced today. Grable. 51, has been a member of the Alton Fire Department since lfJ'15, and assistant chief since 1952. In announcing the appointment. Watt said: "It is not proper for me to leave without some one individual in charge of the fire department." He pointed out that, in the absence of a fire chief, the operation of the department had been ultimately his responsibility as city manager. In the interim, before a new city manager can be selected and appointed, however, the fire department should operate with one person in charge, rather man with divided Research Reported chairman; Mrs. Earl Dodd, Bethal to Woman's Club; Mrs. George responsibility as would be the case under two assistant chiefs, Watt added. Watt is scheduled to leave his post in Alton April 15, to become city manager of Portland, Maine. The city has not yet received applications for the city manager- ship, but has written to the city managers' association asking that notice of the vacancy left by Watt's resignation be published in the association's newsletter. Grable was named acting clu'ef in July 1961 after the death of FtteChieT fame's J. Lewis, and held the post until Watt appoint- ied Ricliard G. Houren as chief. Houren served as chief for only 10 days before submitting his resignation on Dec. 15. Since that time the fire department has op- ierated without a chief, under the joint, leadership of the two assistant chiefs, Grable and Paul Stil- ! Slarbwk. East 'lub chairman; Miss Kulalia Hot/, Alton Wo-' month. As assistant chief, ho re- Ambrosius and Mrs. J. D. Pat-! well. I" his post as acting fire co-chairman Collinsville; Mrs.|chief. Grable will receive $610 aj Myron SI; Clul eeived $r>10. Madison County Clerk at Edwardsville, an-i nounced that Business and Pro-! fessional Women's Club members | will conduct the Edwardsville i Crusade; Mrs. William Stone, Godfrey chairman; Stephen Hordesky, Granite City Long Lake Amvef's Post 187; Mrs. Virginia February Traffic Toll 2,440 in U.S. CHICAGO (API—The National Safety Council reported Thursday that traffic accidents claimed 2,440 lives in (he United States in Ditch, Madison; Mrs. Robert)February, a 7 per cent increase Wood, Moro Woman's Club; Mrs. J over February 1961. j J. Clyde Lawrence, Roxana; Mrs.j February was the fourth con-! R. 12. Moore. Hartford Junior Wo- secutive month to show an in- iman's Club; Mrs. Frederick Hab-|crease or no change from the! beggar and Mrs. Herbert Lory, Highland; Mrs. James A. Bivens, Rosewood Heights Fireman's Auxiliary; Mrs. Rosalee Hill, South Roxana Dad's Club; Mrs. Charles H. Corzinc, Wood River. Dow Metal Products- Co., Madison Employes Welfare Fund presented same month a year earlier, the! council said. Rockford, 111., was one of three communities in the 100,000-200,00( population range which reportec no deaths in highway accidents in February.