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2009 Austin Fire Museum Calendars Now Available!

Monday, October 20th, 2008

The 2009 Austin Fire Museum Calendar features old photographs of Austin firefighters and fire incidents spanning every decade from the 1890′s to the 1970′s.  The calendar measures 11X17 when fully opened and each month includes a full 8X10 photo.  The calendar also includes the 2009 Austin Fire Department shift schedule.

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The price is $6 for current museum members and $8 each for non-members.  Ask about becoming a member to receive a free calendar.  We hope you’ll enjoy this calendar for yourself, or as a gift for someone interested in Austin history or general fire history. (more…)

Passing of Retired Lt. Ken Merrell

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Retired Lt. Ken Merrell passed away this past weekend with family in St. Louis after battling lung cancer. Ken was invited to be our first retired AFD member on our Fire Museum board in 2004. He served for that first year and was involved in many of the decisions that led up to the creation of the Austin Fire Museum in 2005. He had to resign from his position due to his cancer diagnosis and subsequent move to St. Louis. We asked Ken to be a part of the first museum board because he had a love for the job and the traditions of the Austin Fire Department. (more…)

Firefighter business card from the volunteer days

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Julius Schutze AH+L #1 cardThe Austin Fire Museum is fortunate enough to have about 15 of its firefighter business cards in our archive collection. These cards were traded between firefighters at the annual Texas State Firemen’s Convention that took place for many years beginning in the 1880′s. Recently we acquired a new card which belonged to Julius Schutze, a prominent Austinite and Hook and Ladder #1 member of the late 1800′s and early 1900′s. The card dates to 1911 and is in very good shape for its age. The graphic is a beautiful representation of the pride and esteem associated with being a member of the Austin Fire Department around the turn of the 20th Century. (more…)

Norman Rutledge Collection—–Courtesy of Ret. Capt. T. D. Haldiman

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Capt. Norman Rutledge (served 41 years–1930-1971) was assigned to Truck Co. 1 as a firefighter in the 1930′s when it was located at the Old Central Fire Station 1 at 114 W. 8th Street. Firefighter Rutledge steered the tiller portion of Truck 1. Rutledge promoted to Captain in the late 1940′s and served as the Captain of Truck 2 throughout the 1950′s. Captain Rutledge returned to Truck 1 in the 1960′s and retired in 1971. Ret. Capt. T. D. Haldiman was firefighter Rutledge’s son-in-law and has graciously donated many items from “Rut’s” collection to the AFD Museum archives. The following photos are just a few from Capt. Rut’s tours on Truck 1 in the 1930′s. (more…)

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