03/16/13 217 W, 1 I - + 6 - 0 Louisburg Fire Department History Book

Retired firefighters Al Peoples and Larry Peoples have written a book about their department's history: The Louisburg Fire Department: A History. The hardcover book has 232 pages and measures 6 x 9 inches. The printer is SGA Publishing in Oxford. The book is primarily text, with a few dozen photos. The content includes both factual and personal histories of the Louisburg Fire Department, which celebrated its 106th anniversary last year.

The first half of the book is a historical timeline that begins with the first factual data as recorded in the town's minutes in 1906. There's also narratives on other subjects, including the town's colored fire company, longtime engineer Joe Perry, the old American LaFrance engine Maude. There's hefty information about the Fire Chiefs, the personnel, the apparatus, and the firefighting families. There's even a full list of references, which is appreciated by historians like myself. The authors have done their homework.

The book was printed with a limited number of copies. The authors have a good supply on hand, but don't dawdle if you want one! The cost is $35.00 shipped and signed. Proceeds benefit Maude, the aforementioned 1921 American LaFrance engine and which was recently reacquired by the department. Contact Al People (alpeoples1@nc.rr.com) or Larry Peoples (lpeoples155@gmail.com) to get yours.

Thanks for your interest and the publicity for our book Mike. One comment, my brother Larry retired from the department as the Chief Engineer several years ago; however, he continues to be a volunteer. The reason I mention this is because he is into his 41st year as a volunteer, the longest of any volunteer to serve in the history of the department (I only had about 27). We really enjoyed working on the book, as you would understand more than most. Come up to Louisburg and see our ’21 La France sometime….
Al - 03/16/13 - 22:06

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