History of Mantua Fire Department discussed

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The Mantua Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Mantua Center Town Hall, located on the historic Mantua Center Green at S.R. 82 and Mantua Center Road.

This month, one of the museum's treasures, the Arthur Wellington Davis tool chest and its extensive tool contents will be the topic of discussion.

At the last meeting in November, Bill Antel sported one of the first firemen's uniforms and Tim Benner was in a 1850s fire department parade uniform.

Benner, a member of the fire department, gave an informative talk on the history of Mantua's Fire Department. He told the attendees that in 1850, there were only a half dozen buildings in the town.

It began to grow in 1856 with the arrival of the train, and in 1898, Mantua became a village. He also said that from 1860 to 1901, the town had no electricity, water, phone, and only small fires could be put out, using a bucket brigade.

The museum is located on the second floor of the town hall. The meetings are free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

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