Christopher P. Ruffing-fire chief
RIVAL FIREMEN. Grove City Has Two Rival Fire Departments Departments on Hand. A fight is on at Grove City between tw<i (ire departments over whicli shall be recognized by the lnnrougJi council and have authority ns ithc official department. department. After the institution of the borough's borough's water works in 1898 a fire department department was organized, with two full companies. Lack of encouragement encouragement on the part of council later on caused the interest of the fire lighters t« hif?, bowever, and all fire drills were abandoned, alfjiough the members always rcspondc'd to the call of fire and didd excellent work. Time went on and mailers remained unchanged, until a ^ew weeks ago some of the younger element of the town decided' to organize a new de- paTtnvcnt. A committee was appointed appointed and quickly enrolled (he iramc-s of enough young men to fill two companies, care being .taken that •the "old department shonH know notthing of Ui< contemplated movement. movement. Tile officers were elected and then t'lie .new organization appeared before council and. asked that the old department department be declared disbanded and the new one recognized. The ntembens of the original organization, however, 'had become cognizan.t of the facts and a protest was •entcncd, with the result tihat -action by council has been dc- fcrrsd. In view of past good work it is pro- Ixiblc that the old department will be recognized and in this event 'the new department promises to equip independently, independently, in which event it is very probable that the ill-feeling which has been occasioned will be the cause of numerous ruptures between the rival organizations. The old department has C. P. Ruffing Ruffing for chief, with W. W. Van Email Email and M. C. Baker, foreman of com- nieiS Nos. I and 2, 'respectively. M. C. Patterson is chief of the new or-- ganization, witih L. M. Bolander and Bailey Uarnc$ as foremen.