Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum Presents “History of Fire Fighters in Hueneme”

Upcoming Events:

March 9 Wayne Jones and Jim Daniels “History of Fire Fighters in Hueneme”

March 16 Dylan Peterson, Carriage Museum, “The History & Pageantry of the Dixie Thompson Saddle”

March 23 People Making a Difference Award: The Stewart Family, City Hall

March 30 Santa Paula Times’ Peggy Kelly “Thornton Edwards, Hero of the St. Francis Dam Disaster”

Other Museum sponsored events include the monthly Historic Port Tour on third Friday of each month.  Also offered on a quarterly basis (Next is April 20, 2019), the Museum and Port provide transportation to the Lighthouse for visitors who cannot make the approximately one-mile round trip walk to Lighthouse.  Flyer below. 

In addition, the Museum and the Friends of the Bard offer tours of the Berylwood Mansion in conjunction with the quarterly dinners of the Friends of the Bard.  https://www.bardmansion.org/Current-Newsletter.html  The next Friends of the Bard Dinner March 8, 2019  (Dinner Speaker:  Robert Salas “UFOs & Nukes”) @Bard Mansion 5:30pm


The Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum

Wayne Jones and Jim Daniels

will be speaking on the topic

“History of Firefighters in Hueneme”

@Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum 220 Market St.

on March 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM.

The audience is invited to listen in as two former volunteer firefighters from the 1950s reminisce about the history of the Hueneme Fire Department. 

In 1934, not only did John Davidson Keir own Keir’s Grocery, but he was also in charge of the volunteer fire fighters.

By the 1950s, however, Captain Glen Dewar was serving as Fire Chief.  He and his volunteers were called upon to deal with the 1950 Melody Theater fire. Dewar estimated the damage—all that was left in the interior were exposed steel girders and the charred remains of 392 seats—at a total of $40,000 ($440,000 today). 

In addition to fighting fires, a crew of about 18 to 20 (which included Jones and Daniels) also decorated the Monterey Cypress (that used to tower over the Museum) and the Water Tower for Christmas, held a fundraising Firemen’s Ball and participated in the Harbor Days parades. 

Port Hueneme Historical Society Museum

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