Newport O., Has 60 Firemen
By Helen M. White
News, Sunday, October 15,
Newport Twp., in Washington
County, O., was organized
in 1798, and early settlers established homes at that time in what is now the village of Newport, this settlement has never found
the need to become incorporated.
years of its existence, Newport residents depended on luck and buckets,
available water and neighboring communities whenever fire broke out in their
1958, the Men’s Civic Club of Newport began a drive to arouse local interest
and to raise sufficient funds, both of which were necessary, in order to
organize and establish a volunteer fire department in Newport.
Gale of Newport
gave encouragement and impetus to the undertaking by donating a valuable piece
of ground on which to build the fire station.
level land given by Dr. Gale fronts 80 feet on Rt. 7 and is 150 feet deep.
Fire Station was built in 1959. Heiby of
Marietta had the contract for the shell of a 37 by 47-foot building to be
constructed of 12-inch blocks.
contract included only the four walls, roof, windows, and doors for an
approximate cost of $1500.
Members Build the Rest
of the Newport Volunteer Fire Dept. donated their time and labor and completed
the building, pouring the floors, installing the wiring, the plumbing, and all
the inside trim and finishing.
“Our building alone,” said Fire
Chief, Harold Lauer, “is valued at around $25,000 with another $20,000 worth of
Having the fire department has
reduced insurance rates for Newport
residents and, “our next project,” Chief Lauer said, “will be to get a public
water supply for our town.”
The Newport Fire Dept. has one
300-gallon pumper and one 1000-gallon tanker which, according to Lauer, is
enough for most fires.
In addition to this, the department
has maps showing the location of every cistern, pond, and stream in Newport
They also have similar maps for
Lawrence and Independence Twps, with which the Newport Volunteer Fire
Department has yearly contracts to answer all fire calls.
In addition, Newport has mutual agreements with all nearby
of the department built the tanker themselves but their pumper was obtained
from the St. Marys Fire Dept. on most generous terms.
fire chief of Newport
was David Edgar* who served one year.
Lauer, the third chief, is now serving his third term in office with
assistant chiefs Earl Rouse, Paul Riggs, and David Riggs.
Perrine is president of the department and Mrs. Lucille Edgar is president of
the Ladies Auxiliary, which, said Chief Lauer, has been a wonderful help to the
around 60 members on the roll with approximately 30 of them active. The department has a regular meeting twice a
month and a training meeting every Thursday.
Volunteer Fire Dept. was host this year to the Washington County
which is held each year for all volunteer fire departments in the county.
times Chief Lauer commented on the wonderful help they had received from the
St. Marys Fire Department in both money and encouragement.
friendly assistance Newport
has received from their West Virginia
neighbors in helping them get organized and equipped would be hard to evaluate.
establishment of the Newport Fire Dept., the only two major fires they have
fought have been both in St. Marys—another example, it would seem, of the
Biblical truth about casting bread upon the water.
*First Fire Chief was Lynn Gibson. David Edgar was second. Correction courtesy of Greg Gibson