March 28 - Rich Froh
“Lost and Found - the Fire Truck that
Wouldn't Go Away. The 1917 American LaFrance fire engine"
engine itself will be on display onsite March 28th starting at 6:30
Mystic Congregational Church Hall
Broadway & East Main, Mystic, CT.
Historic artifacts that remain intact while many similar objects are
lost forever often have amazing survival stories. The restored 1917
American LaFrance fire engine that is often seen at Mystic parades
and Mystic Seaport antique vehicle events is a classic example of
such an artifact with many twists and turns in its 100-year
tale. The 1917 LaFrance fire engine serial #1855 was purchased by
and served the Watch Hill FD., owned by a private car museum owner
located on RT. 184 in Groton, owned by the Groton Long Point
Volunteer Fire Company, sold to another private owner, and donated
back to the GLPVFCo. This antique fire apparatus is a local artifact
that was saved because of its local history. The historic fire
engine will be on display, along with artifacts from its history,
prior to our March 28th meeting.