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1911 Parade Wapakoneta Ohio Firemen's Convention ~ Photo Lock Two New Bremen Fire Department

Parade in Wapakoneta, Ohio on June 21, 1911

This photograph sold on ebay recently for $70.00 with 3 bidders. The seller simply titled it "June 21,1911 Wapakoneta,Ohio street scene". I find it to be an interesting photo. I can feel the energy of the running men. It certainly deserved a better title than that.

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.

Info sources:

New Bremen's Fire Department building, circa 1915.

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