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SOHS Amphibious Fire Engine to Participate in Concours d’Elegance!

The Southern Oregon Historical Society is pleased to announce that our 1946 “amphibious fire engine” has been chosen to participate in the Rogue Valley Country Club’s 3

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Pear Blossom Parade Saga

Thanks to SOHS's intrepid, persistent volunteers, the Amphibious Fire Engine was in the Pear Blossom Parade in 2019. Here is their story, as told by Ben Truwe (photos provided by Doug McGeary):

Wood House Harvest Festival 2018

The SOHS Amphibious Fire Engine will be at the Wood House Harvest Festival on October 6th and 7th, from 9am to 4pm. Come on out! 

Fourth of July in Ashland?

Work on the fire engine is slowing down as there's less and less to do on it.

Water pumps, steering and wires

Our new water pumps arrived Saturday.

New Water Pumps

With the radiator repaired and back in place, Phil, Mike and Joe filled it with coolant and were ready to take it for a drive around the parking lot--which they would have done if the leaks hadn't been so intractible.

New Wheels and Tires!

6 new tires and powder painted wheels were delivered today courtesy of TP Trucking and Craig Turner.

Firefighter Sandy Bennett Visits

Retired Ashland Firefighter Sandy Bennett and his wife Judy visited the workshop today.
He may be the oldest surviving  firefighter who was in the Ashland Fire Department before

The Steering Wheel is Restored

Jim Missildine offered to restore our steering wheel … and he delivered it today!  It’s as good as new now.

Fire Engine has a New Bench

Volunteer Phil Kessler designed and constructed a 4-passenger bench for the rear of our fire engine. Now we will be able to transport passengers safely during parades.

Mike and Norma Help

Mike is rebuilding the windshield wiper while Norma paints the inside of the truck bed.

Channel 12 Helps us Get the Word Out for Saturday's Open House

New website!

This is the first blog entry on the new website. Please contact (aka Pat Harper) when you encounter difficulties or have questions. 

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