Fire Bells in the
Fire bells once had their place in the park. The late Marvin C.
Keys wrote the following history for a publication in 1974.
"Two bells have served as fire alarms for the village about
the1840's. The purchase date of the first bell is unknown. The
bell was mounted on a tower at the southwest corner of the public
square. It was moved and the tower torn down in 1900. In March,
1901, a contract was awarded to Fred C. Isch & Company to furnish
and erect a new bell and tower about 15 feet east of the Band Stand
in the Public Square. The photos above show the tower
structure. The cost was $125 plus the old bell. In August 1931, the
second bell and tower were transferred to the rear of the Village
Hall. The bell was sounded three taps, repeated three times for a
country fire and steady ringing for a Village fire alarm. The second
bell, mounted here was replaced by a siren in 1940 because the alarm
could not be heard in all parts of the Village. The bell #2 fell
into the hands of Hugh E. Malone for safe keeping. In 1970 Hugh
donated the bell to the Firemen in HONOR of our VOLUNTEER FIREMEN".
This bell currently is located on the west side of the Metamora Fire
House on South Davenport Street.
November with the announcement and signing of the armistice
following World War I, Metamora celebrated with a public holiday.
Despite the rain the fire bell, church and school bells were rung
throughout the Village. Shotguns boomed in every part of town.
photo submitted by Shirley A. Adams.