The Oxford Fire Department’s 1928 Studebaker was retired in 1961 after the truck arrived on the scene after the fire was put out.
The truck had replaced the hang-uphand-pulled/horse-drawn hose cart with a 40-gallon soda/acid tank purchased in 1918 and restored last year.
The truck cost $3,170. The fire department had $1,000 with the rest to be raised with $50 or $75 shares from people who would receive fire protection.
As the restoration — estimated at $5,000 — took shape, donations came in. One donor, familiar with the truck’s history, offered several hundred dollars on one condition — it had to finish this year’s July 4 parade. It was.
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