Reflections: Encampment fire dept. holds first annual banquet
Reprint of this story from the August 21, 1903 issue of The Grand Encampment Herald brought to you courtesy of Grandma’s Cabin, Encampment, Wyoming. Preserving History - Serving the Community.
Members of Encampment Fire Department and Friends Partake of Sumptuous Six-Course Dinner
The Encampment Fire Department held its first annual banquet at the city hall on Wednesday evening. A party of forty-five members, ladies, and guests sat down to a well spread table and enjoyed a six-course repast amid most pleasant auspices. The table was daintily decorated and the serving was interspersed with delightful music by the Wilcox orchestra.
The menu was as follows:
Fried Mountain Trout
Saratoga Chips, Fresh Tomatoes
Roast Young Turkey
Dry Epernay Champagne
French Peas, Baked Sweet Potatoes
Old Fashioned Fruit Pudding
Variegated Ice Cream
American Cream Cheese
While the guests were enjoying the cafe noir, Mr. L. M. Fishback, the toastmaster, took the floor and in a few words thanked the firemen in behalf of the invited friends for their hospitality and consideration, and assured the members of the department of sincere appreciation of their services as firemen upon the part of the community at large.
As soon as the tables were cleared, the orchestra played the sweet strains of a dreamy waltz, and the party lingered for an hour of dancing before bringing the happy event to a close. The Encampment fire department has been organized but little more than a year, but has bought and paid for by public entertainments nearly $11,500 worth of firefighting apparatus. The members have been faithful to duty, whether at fires, practice, or business meetings, and their ardent devotion to the protection of life and property has won for them the admiration of the entire community.
The department numbers thirty-one members. John Ball is chief, Frank McDaniels assistant chief, Millard F. Nogal secretary, and Frank J. Lordier treasurer.
Broken Bucket Causes Trouble
The tramway had a wreck Saturday night. A dilapidated bucket caught derrick 55 winding the driving cable about the tower until the cable broke. Several buckets were ditched as result and the tram was idle until Monday afternoon. A gang of men under the expert cable splicer, Tom Graham, worked night and day until the track was cleared of the wreck and the aerial cars in motion again. This is the first serious accident that has happened to the tram, and accidents will happen in the best of the well regulated.
Big Creek Ranch Yields 2.000 Tons of Native Hay
Hunter, Casteel & Hunter, owners of the mammoth Big Creek ranch near Grand Encampment, have cut 2,000 tons of native hay this season from approximately 2,000 acres of ground. The crop this season is an unusually good one. The North American Mercantile Co. and the firm of Rankin & Deal have purchased 1,300 tons of this hay, and George Nuzum has contracted to deliver same here. Hay is now worth at wholesale $15 per ton and $20 per ton at retail. The owners of the Big Creek ranch will soon have a large amount of new ground under irrigation for native hay. The big east ditch waters 1,800 acres, only 800 acres of which yielded a crop this year, while the new west ditch, in which the firm has an interest, will water one and one-half sections of ground which will all be producing as soon as the sagebrush is killed.