Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on November 27, 1962 · Page 30
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 30

Greeley, Colorado
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Tuesday, November 27, 1962
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Clyde White Ends 38 Eventful Years as Fireman on Dept. Here State Studies Re-finance Plans for Highway Bonds By PAUL EDSCORN \Miir Clyde White too'K off lib uiiform a: assistant fire chief earlier thi moiilh. lie brought to, a close a 38-year career as a| GixvJey fireman. i They have been event-filled! years. There were moments of, danger while figliling several' large fires. Once lie was blow'n from :i building. There were moments of horror, such as wilncss-! s ing an explosion that severely i burned Iwo firemen and killed aj third, and carrying Ihe bodies of! two small children from a burn-, ing building. | There were many hours of long hard work in summer or winler, day or night. Work Leaves Its Mark His years as a fireman have left Iheir mark. White has been hospitalized with injuries several times. He has lost part of Ihe sight in one eye, and he is still under treatment for injuries sustained in an accident which occurred a year ago while drivin: to a fire. He is leaving a large, well- trained and well equipped de- parlmenl. When he joined the department April 21. 1924, at the age of 21, the departmenl could not be so described. {away on vacation and the build-j i ing was closed up. Learned Akeut Drift thc Hard Way When liremen arrived, there was considerable smoke, but after 1 _ __,, . ,..,,, , . ... . ,, breaking into the basement, theyj , '? TM RD ?" °' """ , . ^ TM* 'T'"? P £' , could find no fire. Then a police D , LNVtR ' A P ' - Colorado sjmisMoner Joseph J. Marrii of officer pointed to a small name ! " s ' lwav Commlssl °" launclled aiDenver said it is obvious the Page 24 GREELEV TRIBUNE Tuts.. Nov. 27, British Study 15,000 mph Bomber Pians !uau!ical research and 'mem fur the Vickers Aircraft Co. visible inside a first floor window -- it was about three niches study Monday of re-financing more'.commission will have lo conduct Uian $26 million hi bonds and high. White broke Ihe window!TM 15 in a " cffort to insl "7 ithe state enough money to match I federal funds which will become available during the next few ears. Al Ihe same lime commission m e m b e r s talked about "an and went in with a hose. The next thing he remembers he was lying on the ground outside with his hair singed and his eyebrows burned off. Fire was roaring from the roof of the building. It was not until 1932-34 that firemen began learning that a fire in a closed building burns up the available oxygen and if building is not properly ventilated bc- ore being entered, the inrush of ir will cause the fire to blow ack with destructive force. Worst Experitnct Probably White's worst exper ence is a fireman occurred the light of Nov. 6. 1936. Cijrdi Whit* In spite of what are now regarded as deficiencies in the depart- Like most fire departments of "lent of those years, the firemen were able to handle most of the major fires. that time, the Greeley Fire Department was small, with three small trucks, and lacked a training program. Mayor Appointed Firimcn It was long before civil service was adopted, and all city employes were appointed by the mayor. White refers to this as the spoils system. White was appointed by Mayor W. S. Hayden to a dcparlmenl of nine men. This meant there were only foui' men on a shift. This was eneugh to handle a small house fire, but if it were necessary to erect the department's 50-foot wooden ladder, help was needed. It took five men to raise the ladder. Difficult To Learn Job Although he got onto the department by political appointment. White found that it was more difficult to learn the work of a fir.-man once on the depart mcnt than it was to join. Older firemen were jealous o their knowledge and position. They were afraid to help the younge men. Shortly after joining the de partment, White asked a vetera fireman how a certain piece o equipment worked. "What do you want to do, tak my job?" came the unexpecte reply. While explained he just wanted to learn, but it was some time before he did learn how to use the piece of equipment. Pay Small, Hours Long in Early Days Pay at that time was meager and the. hours long. Firemen knee. This was pulled off him however, before he was burned. Describes His Second Big Fire To prove his point about luck White described his second majo fire. It was the J. V. Smith an Several Big Firis "We had several big fires."i 50 " 5 Dl 7 Go °k Store in th hite said, "but we were lucky.| s P rin S of one of them got out of control · became what we would call a lajor loss. "We did not know worked 84 earned $90 hours a week and a month. From this e do today. We had only 2'i-inch ncs and straight bore nozzles. i idea then was to put as much ater on a fire as possible. Con- ecjuently. we had several fires which Hie water loss was realer than the actual fire loss." Recalls Lumber Co. Firt White's firsl big fire is thc one hich he remembers most vividly, was thc King Lumber Co. fire February, 1925. The tempera- ure was 20 below zero with a 5 mile-an-hour wind. It was a spectacular fire to ·atch as water froze in great deles in the midst of the flames. But it was no joy for White or the jther firemen. When they first attacked the ire, they were able to walk up .he stairs on the inside of thc building. But soon this staircasi became a mass of ice, impossibl to climb. Firemen upstairs, how ever, could easily slide down. EveryThing Covered With Ice As everything became covere with ice. firemen found it impos sible to hold Uieir fooling agains the back pressure of their wale line. White described how fireme walked up to a doorway, opene the nozzles and then slid bac] wards away from thc fire. In spite of Ihcse handicaps, firc men got the fire under control an There were only four men o duly al Hie time of the fire. Whe they arrived at the store, the rea the things 10 ' tnc building was completely in aggressive campaign" lo inform the legislature and the people of a lobby in the new legislature to preserve the needed money The commission met with David F. Lawrence, an attorney for Buetlcher and Co.. Denver financial firm, which will work with department officials on the details. {Sees Sea ! CHLNCOTEAGfE. Va. (AP) - LONDON'A?'-The British Air] M r i Ralph shreeves has livtd Ministry is to study plans for a.her life close to tne sea without bomber to fly 15.UUO miles an hour being able to sec the surt until altiuide of 47 mfc. the recently. The only way she could I-onrion Daily Telegraph reported Mondav. Caesar Funny Only if You Think He Is By CYNTHIA LOWRY AP Television-Rad'n Writer NEW YCF'.K iAP) -- Apprecia- His shift was called to fight a] lion of a comedian is a very pcr- uel truck fire at 8th Ave. and sonal reaction. It simply boils ,6th St. shortly after midnight whil' Fire Chief .less Mason and about a hah" block from the fire while Fire hief Jess Mason and liremen Carl Anderson and Roy S'usbaum fought the blaze. They seemed to have it undei control when the gas lank of the truck exploded, engulfing the firemen in flames. White had to tackle Anderson, who was running about wildly, blinded by fire and pain. Nusbaum died in the hospita about six hours later. Andersoi recovered but was not able to he'; down to whether you think iumiy. Sid Caesar usually amuses me at the beginning of his sketches, and 1 invariably wind up wishing ne would quit before he beats an idea to dealh. Fur my laste. his sketches are too long, usually losing their point in the process. His ABC show Sunday night. (01 instance, consisted of three sketches, each bas:d on imagina live or fresh ideas. The Cape Canaveral scientist transplanted lo a jcosmetics factory, working on Affected in lire bonding plan are S21.900.000 in highway antici- "Ipation warrants, the remaining amount due from a 535 million | issue voted by the people in 1954, and $4.445,000 in Denver-Boulder toll road revenue bonds. ! ! Department officials said they Ihope interest rates can be reduced, perhaps by as much as .lu'ee fourths of one per cent. The ·ales now range between three X.T cent and three and one fourth er cent on the anticipation warrants. The toll road bonds carry .ower interest rates. The anticipations warrants are due to be paid off completely by Jan. l. 1975, while the last of thc|| outstanding toll road funds will be get there was by boat. When the, Absateague Bridge and Beach The~'newsuaper said the plansUutliorily opened a road and a had been produced by Dr. Barnes four-span bridge across Au»- Wallis. inventor of the skip bombs league the Royal Air Force used in dam- busting raids in World War II. Wallis, now 75. is chief of aero- back just to take a look. ilited channel Mrs. Shretm I he foui' miles to the beach and another four milu By Popular Demand . . GRAND OPENING SALE CONTINUES! go back to work on the depart-| cure (or dl j ,, was t ment. Mason had received rela-L concl , pt bl|l sil , v .,,.,,._ in m . lively minor burns while trying | culion The samc ;, as ,,. ue o[ lhc to help Anderson. | man broodln ,, about sp | iU j n ,, Schedule Started j restauran , chl , tk vvilh a , ouplc Later the same year E. A.j w h u ordcl . c(! t)le $li25 shrimp Brumley became fire chief and a regular daily training schedule were s[uck wil |, thc 25 . wms to . was set up for all firemen from ma [ 0 j u j ce volved. The heat was intense. There was little coordination o effort, bul Ihe firemen atlacke Ihe fire from front and rear a mosl simultaneously. Much t their surprise the fire was immediately knocked down and soon extinguished. It was several years before firemen could explain what happened. It was fog. White explained that when the firemen attacked the ,,,, , . , , . . . fire. Iheir streams of water lull 1 ^ough the following yea,s new ! hot metal ceiling and turnedlTP"'' 5 ? 1 .. w " ^ new , led 'steam, cooling and smothering!"'I" 05 of firc fl e htm S w , e , r i, lcarn : cocktail while he and his wife recruit to fire chief. All-purpose smoke masks were also obtained' and firemen were freed from the] fear of monoxide poisoning. White was appointed assistant fire chief in 1938, but when Greeley adopted civil service in 1940, he had to prove his ability to retain position. Speaking of comedy, what on Kennedy , , e a r h m a d e they had to buy their own uniforms. Hours are still long, bul pay is better. Today firemen work 78 hours a week but beginning firemen earn $325.50 a month. Uniforms are furnished and there are other benefits. and his wife decide to go on a variety program like Friday night's "Jack Haar Show?" The serious young senator-elect fielded Jack's awestruck questions as lie were on "Meet ihe Press." NBC's contemporary western ed. more men were added, and firemen's quarters at Station 1 were expanded and a second station at 23rd Ave. and Reservoir Rd. was buill. 7 Trucks New Today the department has seven le fire. It was not until 194.2 that Gree- ey received its [irst fog nozzles. oiled by Carbon Monoxide Twice Twice White was felled by car- wn monoxide. The first occasion was in 1926 at the Lee Brolhers hardware fire. White was working upslairs in Ihe building and rejected several suggestions lo gel out. Finally he turned to leave and felt complete- S 39 . 700 s TM^:\ (ruck. Where fiv ly limp. He had lo be helped mcn WOTC " ecflcd l ° TM=« a 50-f fire Irucks, each dwarfing llv trucks in use in 1924, allhoug one of Ihe old ones is slill use in emergencies. The mosl recen addilion lo the department is outside. When he reached fresh air he collapsed. wooden ladder, one man now raise a platform 75 feel, de The second lime was at a house liver , waler at . 1 ' 000 sa!lons * fire. He was again working upJ mlnille or P ertom rescue °t* r stairs. He fell his hands and feet become numb and recognized the danger signs. He made his way lo a window and stuck his tions. Today there are 25 firemen pr tecling the city of Greeley. Eac of them was selected only afti pul it out. When they returned i Ihe station, Ihey had to take turn standing against the healer. The bunker suits were frozen to the underwear. White also suffered his lirst injury in this fire when a burning lathe fell on him and injured a w u y lu a wuiuuw ami £Luv.n 1113 . . t l . . . head out for fresh air and co i.|P ass 'ng«'i-^n and oral examm lapsed. He was carried from thel" 0 ". 5 ' "^ s * nd scveral hou building and was laler hospitalized wilh pneumonia. In 1928 While learned, the hard way, about back dratl and venli- icach day in training, and prom Ition is according to their abilil | All this is behind him no' While has nol yel decided wh his plans will be for the futur SELECTED FROM OUR WINTHROP THE LARK BOOT Omartest casual for a season of footwear f u n . S o f t glove leather... full cushioned insole...foam crepe sole. Today's new boot look! SI 2.95 tlibbs Mor-Valu Stamp* With Each Purchase paid off by 1U78. 1'ndcr terms of the discussion, the two issues would nol be linked|| but would he refinanced separate-] y. Charles E. Shumate, assistant chief highway engineer, and Robert Livingston, planning engineer or the department, bolh told the commission the department will x unable to match all federal || und.v starting in 1964, unless it jets more money. Shumate also expressed belief llic Federal Interstate Highway program will be exlended beyond its present expiration dale of 1972. Marsh said he is concerned about (he possibility Ihc legislature might make a new raid on the highway fund, allocating a larger share of it lo sources other than the department. Empire." be around all :ar, Ihe network having ordered full season of shows. The scries ol off to a shaky start. The program is mostly a show ase for star Richard Egan. The .her regular characters have had prelly thin time of it. in spite of promise earlier lo fatten up thc oies of Terry Moore and Anne Seymour. New Nielsen ratings, released Tuesday will sea! lhc (ale of CBS' 'Fair Exchange," Ihe hour-long situation comedy that received good reviews but has been build- ng an audience slowly. !f thc net vork decides to drop the show, ·eplacemenl will be an hour-long version of Rod Serling's ight Zone." Litterally! FRANKFORT, Ky 'A!') - Scv. cnth, eighth and ninth graders held a mock government session here recently. One of the bills!] passed was a statewide antilitler-|| ing law. Aflcr llie yuulhs led, a janitor cleaning up ihe House and Scnalejl commented: "Worst Brand N HOOVER Convertibles ... still in factory cartons * * » o action, big ·to y*at. SPECIAL FACTORY PURCHASE! 57 Regular 74.95 PERRY'S VACUUM CENTER 1501 9th St. Phone 353-0759 lalion. It was at a house fire at He is considering 1300 9th Ave. The occupants wcreji,j|j lieS] Service Will Long Be Remembered But his service will not be soon rgotten. For he has received any simple, but heartfelt, Ilianks r whal White and his Icllow ·ement considered only their b. Behind him also are memories .her firemen have nf him, lhc .oric.s he has lold and the les- ons he has laught. As testimony of his service, icre is a certificate hanging on le wall al Kirc Station 1 that was resented lo Assistant Kirn Chief Russian Women Cagers Win 8th Straight Game By FRANK PITMAN Associated Press Sports Writer DENVER lAPi-IUissiiin worn en won their eighth straight vie lory without defeat bul their male were licalcn Monday night by Hie United Stales Ama leur All-Stars in the final doubleheader of their American basketball lour. The Unilod Stal-s men's 86-71 victory gave American players a 4-4 record against the traveling Russians. The Soviet national women's team thrashed Wayland Tex) College Flying Queens r4 12. The U.S. All-Stars trailed by * % rSwam/ GOLF S H I R T . . with the PATENTED UNDERARM GUSSET lyde II. White (or his "clistin- uishetl service." 4o Profit for Him PRINCETON. N. J. 'Af'i - [crbert S. Bailey uns a corpora- ion here lhat docs an annua iiisincss nf $1.5 million. His guid ng principle is: Never muke ; irofit. Bailey is director ol the Prince on University Press, anil says lis job i.s to serve thc acadcmu vnrld by publishing scholarly ;s--regardless ol how Ihry ell. He is especially proud of Iwo if his publishing house's accomplishments: I. Trip publishing in I!f22 of a volume called "The Mcaiiini- Itrl.-ttivjtv." by il liillc-kmiwn m,ilh(.-ni''itiri,'in named Albert Kin- ii-jn. 2 The publishinL. in n[ a j vmk. "Thr I'ylo'i T.ible.s." which 10 man on earth coultl iad bp- ause it was Ihe Iranvnplinn nl :m unknown laniiunpe found on 'A clay lablrl in (ircrk ruins. II was published in thr h'ipe. some rn»lar might decipher il Three years lalrr an Englishman dirt |nst lhal. providing historian: wilh * major breakthrough in Ihc fludy of Ihc Minonn civili/alion in Crete. line points, 2r,-17 midway of Hit irst half. Lloyd Sharnr's lip-in put lhc L'.S. in (rcinl 29-28 will 4:56 to play in the opening half Then Dennis Boonc, the game's leading scorer with 20 points, am Jerry Shipp. wilh 10 points, slnr ed hitting lung one-handed jump shots lo send thc I;.,S. inln a 40-32 lalltimc lead. !'hc Russians, p.iccfl by Yuris Isalnitinch and Aleksamlr Pclrov, battled back In w i ' h i n six points early in the second lialf. Bonne hit another hoi sln-ak. however, and wilh hrlp Inim Don Knjis, who scored ''' |»oinl:-. pushed U.S. into a M-|Hiinl le;id w i t h 10 minutes left. Americans wen: not seriously threatened the rest of Ihci way. A.I in their previous conic.-, here the bigger and stronger ItuS' women ejisily mnipt-d OUT lhc Flying Queens, who nev |c;imc cliw. Hcu:l;i Siilmmva, fwl-fi. controlled both liackhniir Sea Always Close FOHT OK FRANCK, Martinique ·-No part of Martinique is more than seven miles from lh« sea. rtnrl cfln!:tbu!C'd eight points before sillini! oul the lasl in mm i!cs. Mrs. VuiHle l).ikl*railr. Iml thn !tu*.:-ian women scorers with 1 Growth Postponed DKTKOIT - Biochemist*, by changing Ihe .iminu-ii.vid balance in the diets of bah) chicks ?nd hnvo U". r. .'.Sle lo poslpone growth for up lo nine monlhv they apparently have lpnuth"ned the life span .irmrdingly. M t i i i H i i i K \ v p ; t r . Slm\Mi om- of . M n n * i n K w l i n " of coif poUnUd tttaforcail underorw QUtlM Inturtl fr**dom of oetion for golfing or mwms |ti nil I h r li-ft (!tam|.KI;im noil «|i| r i ·v«ry man on your IOOK FOR THE . *,, TRAD! MARK! 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