On May 25, 1957, the City of Murphysboro, Illinois signed a contract with the American LaFrance Corporation of Elmira, New York for a 500 GPM pumper to be built on Ford F-800 purchased from Morgan Motor Company in Murphysboro. The cost from American LaFrance was $6998.00. The truck (Serial Number F-3014) was shipped on October 30, 1957 and arrived in Murphysboro via Illinois Central Railroad on November 4, 1957.
In Engine 6 served as the primary in-town truck from December 1957 to 1960 with the delivery of Engine 7. Engine 6 then became the primary out-of town truck - a roll it would have for nearly 30 years. In 1990 is spent a few months as a reserve truck in Station II. 1991 marked the end of rural firefighting responsibility for the City of Murphysboro and after taking delivery of Engine #10 (a 1991 GMC/Towers with a 55' Aerial) the City of Murphysboro gave Engine #6 to the Village of Gorham.
In 1998 Brian and Ron Manwaring purchased the truck from the Village of Gorham. The truck was begining to show its age after 41 years of active fire fighting. The last 7 years of sitting outside had definitly taken a toll on the truck as can be seen in the photos of the truck taken the day Ron and Brian got the truck back. After making mechanical repairs to the truck, it received a new coat of red paint by Danny Tow of Vergennes. The truck was re-lettered by Jack Irwin of Sparta.
9/28/14 UPDATE: Engine 6 is currently in pieces for repair. The old truck was having trouble getting around and we discovered the 6 of the 8 cylinders had low compression. Parts for the 332 engine in the truck are almost non-existant and have been very hard to find. The engine is currently at a machine shop awaiting a rebuild and once we locate an intake manifold we hope to get the truck back on the road again.
|Engine 6 arrived in Southern Illinois from Elmira, NY via Illinois Central box car. The above picture appeared in the Southern Illinoisan.||Fireman Marnati and Gilloly look at Engine 6 inside Station I.
The truck is positioned as the "in-town" truck in this picture dating is somewhere between 1957 and 1960.
|Engine 6 with the Murphysboro Firemen||Engine 6 (and 8 in the background) sit on the ramp at Station I|
|Engine 6 parked just north of the station on 10th Street around 1979||Engine 6 in the late 1980s|
|A very tired looking Engine 6 the day Ron and Brian received the truck||Engine 6 sat outside for 7 years at Gorham and it has been rough on the old truck.|
|After lots of hard work, the truck was begining to show potential
but the red paint on Engine 6 was too tired to save
|Engine 6 and 392 pose for thier first picture together in the Spring of 1998.|
|Engine 6 with a fresh coat of red paint||The truck looks a little bare having been stripped down to receive
its new coat of red paint.
|Jack Irwin of Sparta paints the lettering on Engine 6 after her new coat of paint||Engine 6 poses for a picture at Murphysboro High School after restoration was completed.|
|Engine 6 in front of the Jackson County Courthouse||Engine 6 in an Apple Fesival Parade|
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