This photograph sold on ebay recently for $70.00 with 3 bidders. The seller simply titled it "June 21,1911 Wapakoneta,Ohi
Without doing a bit of research, it's obviously a fire brigade in a parade. At least those keywords should have been in the title, right? But hey, they got a decent sale price. Would the bids have gone higher with some extra info? We'll never know.
But here's what I found out about the event pictured.
We're seeing the Lock Two Fire Department running in a parade at the annual Northwestern Ohio Volunteer Firemen's Convention.
Lock Two's Fire Dept. disbanded in 1927 when New Bremen got their motorized equpiment. Their old fire fighting equipment is Lima's Allen County Museum collection.
Photo - The 6th Regiment Band and the Defiance, Ohio firemen (double row of brass buttons on their uniforms) wait for a train at the railroad depot to take them to Wapakoneta, Ohio for the annual firemen's convention.
- Lock Two parade info - New Bremen History #1
- Lock Two Fire Dept. history - New Bremen History #2
- Defiance Fire Dept. waiting to go to Wapakoneta - photo
- Municipal Journal and Engineer 1911 - Ohio Fireman's Association formed
New Bremen's Fire Department building, circa 1915.
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