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Fire veteran saves past

"They worried how they were going to pay the bills," said Blow. "They owed money out that first year."

Ideally, Blow would like to have his finished product serve as a means of preserving the Malta Ridge Fire Company history as well as a point of reference for newer members.

Early planning for the book includes some of the chapters being dedicated to the original charter members, presidents and chiefs, firehouses, and the women's auxiliary.

"Back in the early days, the fire company was the center of town," said Blow. "Malta's gotten so big that the fire company is no longer the center of activities." Those activities included community functions, banquets, parties, parades and competitions.

Blow's research has included interviews with some of the charter members and previous chiefs.

Blow said he welcomes anyone to contact him with stories of the company's past, and he is in need of photographs of Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Co. members and events prior to 1970. A good find, he said, would be a photograph of the 1932 Chevrolet Fire Truck. Other early photos he would like to see would be of the presidents and chiefs who held office before 1970, the early firehouses and the Willy Garage. Photographs of original charter members and the women's auxiliary groups, as well as newspaper clippings, would also be valuable to his research.

"I will make copies of the photographs and give them back to the owners," said Blow.

People with information to offer can contact Blow at 885-4659. He said he expects the project to take a few more years before it is complete. He will offer a brief glimpse into his research in a written piece for the Malta Memories book project being spearheaded by town historian Teri Ulrich. The deadline for submissions for the book featuring the life and history of the town of Malta is drawing near, and a published version is expected to be available in 2007. ""

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