Today’s post is a glimpse at one of Joplin’s earliest firemen. As previously covered on Historic Joplin, the Joplin Fire Department came into existence in the mid-1870s. Below is an unidentified fireman of the era who helped protect the young city of Joplin from the dangerous threat of fire.
Following yesterday’s post about the Southwest Firemen’s Association Tournament in Joplin, here’s a somewhat clear photograph of the men who fought the fires of Joplin in 1907 (1902). This would be the last year before the transition from fire horse to fire automobile.
The Top Line from Left to Right: George Hays, Hiram Franks, Bert Davis, Albert J. Foster. Middle line from Left to Right: John Hinds, Henry Staab, T.E. Fowler, A.L. Moore. Bottom line from Left to Right: R.S. Pierson, Fire Chief Frank Zellers, and William Griffith.