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Uncle Ken'sUncle Ken's before demolition. Uncle Ken's started out as the Tastee Freez. It was torn down along with the building that housed Boudreau's Market, in March, 2006. "Walker" alerted ThreadCity to the demise of the building on the TCForum and it generated quite a response
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Alert Hose Co.The Alert Hose Company's decorated fire wagon.
Photo courtesy of Mike Tirone.
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Company "L", 1st Infantry , Connecticut Army National Guard (CTARNG), Company "L", 1st Infantry , Connecticut Army National Guard (CTARNG), prepares to leave Willimantic on June 24, 1916. They had been called to duty for the Mexican American Border War. President Wilson activated National Guard troops to reinforce garrisons along the border. On the morning of June 24th the Willimantic Fire Bell gave a "two hours 'til assembly" alert. People gathered at the Pleasant Street Armory. With all church bells ringing, government leaders, the police force and Wheeler's American Band escorted the troops to the train station. Note the troops and their gear. What we found really interesting about the pic is the fact that you can see the expressions on so many faces. Look toward the lower middle of the photo, for example, and notice the soldier shaking hands with another man. Then just below and to the left of that (near the train) is a couple talking to a soldier while a girl looks on...perhaps his parents and sister. Our soldiers from Willimantic were in Nogales for only a short period of time. Company L apparently didn't see any fighting but several soldiers sent letters back home complaining about the conditions they had to live in. Company L returned to Willi before the year's end and their return was a celebrated as their departure with the ringing of church bells, the fire bell, parades and, of course, speeches. They were mustered out of Federal service on October 24, 1916.
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Alert Hose Company's 1908 minstrel.The members of the Alert Hose Company are performing in a minstrel show held at the Loomer Opera House in March, 1908. All performers were members of the Company. A newspaper article says that, “the audience was large and appreciative “. One of the songs sung by all the performers was, “When Our Firemen Meet Their Foe”.
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Alert Hose Company's Assembly Room at Bank St. Headquarters
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ATCO's Mill Number ThreeATCO's Mill Number 3 on lower Main Street was a wooden structure. As a matter of interest, in 1917, the Alert Hose Company tested its brand new motorized pumper at Mill Number 3 in front of a large crowd. It was a resounding success. Pic of the Week - April 19, 2012
   
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