05/01/13 174 W, 1 I - + 8 - 5 Kenly's 1944 Ford/Oren

For your Friday enjoyment, here's an old beauty out of Johnson County. This 1944 Ford/Oren pumper was the second fire engine operated in the town of Kenly.1 The truck later served the Brookville (?) Fire Department, was later privately owned in Iowa, and was returned home in November of last year. Restoration is planned. Lee Wilson photographed the rig while attending the department's pork chop fundraiser on Sunday. Our favorite apparatus photographer has been making the fundraiser rounds. It's that time of year. See more photos.

Lee Wilson photo

1Presuming purchased new. Looking at the state corporation records, Kenly Volunteer Fire Department was incorporated on February 10, 1956. Since the town was incorporated in 1887, odds favor a fire department or at least fire apparatus in place before that time. Probably correlates to installation of the first water system and fire hydrants. First apparatus might've been a true triple-combination from a couple decades prior, or maybe just a small truck that hauled hose and other equipment closer to the 1940s. Readers perhaps will inform.

I sold the truck to Kenly Fire in 2012. The paperwork I had showed Kenly had bought the truck new in 1944. Have copy of Government certificate to allow them to buy truck during WW2. I received copies of paperwork from Kenly Fire from when truck was purchased new.
Brian O'Loughlin - 05/30/13 - 19:09

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