11/14/06 175 W - + 18 - 8 Mutual Aid, 1885

From the News & Observer on March 26, 1885, quoting the Henderson Gold Leaf account of their largest fire since 1870: "Our task in connection with detailing the events at the fire would not be complete without alluding to the very commendable action of Maj. John C. Winder, general manager of the Raleigh & Gaston Railroad, and the fire department of Raleigh. As soon as the fire and probable extent of it became known in Raleigh, two companies loaded their apparatus on a flat car, and by order of Maj. Winder an engine was fired up and a special train by which this branch of the Raleigh fire department could have been run to Henderson in a very short time was held in readiness, subject to the demand of Mayor Cooper. Such action was commendable indeed, and while their services were not called for, on account of the inefficiency of the water supply, etc., the people of Henderson feel a deep sense of gratitude to Maj. Winder and the Raleigh fire department for their prompt and kind action."

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