Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Clovis First Newsboy]
The first hook and ladder fire department was the greatest excitement for me. I would ride on the hose cart to keep the hose from falling off. Many a fire have I gone to riding that cart. I remember when there were several fires right close together, and the men in Clovis tho'ught there was a ‘fire bug in town.’ Sure, enough there was and what they did to him was a plenty. I think they intended to hang him, but the law took hold of him and he was run out of town.
A Mr. Jack Lewis used to drive the fire horses, Bob and Bill was the names of the smartest and finest horses that were ever in Clovis. They were always ready to go at the sound of the fire whistle. When the horses were getting too old to be used, they were put in a pasture about two miles, from town. But when they heard that whistle of alarm, they would break thro'ugh any kind of fence and come to town and go right to where the fire was. I do not know whether they are still living or not. Mr. Lewis could drive them thro'ugh the parked cars, and at a run too, and never hit a hub or make a mistake. That has been a long time ago.
I have grown up with this town and many things that interest me have been forgotten by the older people.
I graduated in high school about 1917 and wanted to join the army then, but Dad wouldn't let me. But later when the war got