From the Trinity Journal, February 25, 1937




          Weaverville has a new fire truck – the American LaFrance, by name.  It is a 350 gallon a minute pumper and is fully equipped with ladders, lanterns and suction hose.  And when the firemen put on the 2 and one-half inch hose belonging to the old truck it will hold 200 feet.

          The new truck, which was purchased from the Montecito fire department is a bargain.  It has gone only 3375 miles and was acquired for $850.  It has an 85 gallon booster tank and this with the 275 gallon tank already in use will give the town the best fire protection it has ever had.

          The new truck is primarily for carrying hose, while the old machine will carry the greater part of the water.

          Fire Chief J. J. Harrington, accompanied by Hal E. Goodyear and E. B. Miller drove to Los Angeles for the truck, returning Tuesday.

          A demonstration of its merits will be given with the advent of pleasant weather.



          A collision with a culvert near Williams, early Tuesday morning, overturned their car and resulted in painful injuries for Hal E. Goodyear, local plumber, and E. B. Miller, garage man.  Goodyear, the driver, stayed with the car, but was thrown against the window and the broken glass cut his face in several places.  One tooth was broken off and several chipped, and his back was wrenched.  When the car turned over, Miller landed on his head and suffered head bruises and arm injuries.

          The accident happened seven miles this side of Williams, so the injured men were taken back to Williams for medical treatment.

          The two men were returning from Los Angeles, where they went in company with J. H. Harrington, fire chief, to purchase a fire truck.

          Harrington was driving the truck, followed closely by Goodyear and Miller in the Chevrolet Coach.  Driving too long, coupled with gas fumes, which developed monoxide poisoning, overcame Goodyear and he dozed off with the result that the car ran into a retaining wall at a culvert.  When all was over, Goodyear still had a death grip on the wheel, so it is

a miracle that his arms were not broken.

          Harrington, who was a short distance ahead, was unaware of the accident, but was called back to Williams and the trio returned in the truck.

          The Chevrolet is a wreck.  The engine is turned clear around, the axle is under the motor and the body is in ruins.