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Welcome to "Steel Men and Wooden Ladders"

The First Sixty Years of the

La Grange, Illinois Fire Department

1886 to 1945

Steel Men and Wooden Ladders

This book was written using historical records from the Village of La Grange, microfilm from the La Grange Citizen newspaper at the La Grange Public Library, on line archives from the Chicago Daily Tribune and Chicago Examiner, records from the La Grange Area Historical Society,  and materials from the La Grange Fire Department.  For fire buffs of all types it offers a unique and comprehensive view of the development of typical suburban department.  The first sixty years are rich in not only the history of the department, but provide insight into the development of the village.  


I hope both fire department and local history fans will enjoy this look at La Grange.