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1981 “Jaws of Life” demonstration

Columbus Area Historical Society

Columbus Area Historical Society

Miss Mildred Summerton, who taught English and history at the Wisconsin Academy in Columbus, was honored by her alma mater, Andrews University, for 30 years of dedicated teaching. After graduating in 1941, she began teaching at the Wisconsin Academy. Since 1954 she was also the deputy headmistress and registrar.

The Columbus fire department installed a new fire alarm system consisting of a master unit and 38 individual portable paging units.

The Columbus City Council was considering a proposal to burn down the remains of the Udey Dam Mill building. The owner, Robert Tramburg of Vita Plus, sent a letter to the city agreeing to clean up any remaining debris.

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Columbus Fire Chief Jim Boness was delighted to see the 200 or more citizens attending the fire brigade’s open day. The open house hit was a demonstration of the newly purchased Jaws of Life, a hydraulic lever and cutting device that can remove people trapped in wrecked cars.

The Columbus Public Library was planning a groundbreaking ceremony for its renovation work on May 14th. Completion is scheduled for January 1992. The library received a US $ 50,000 commemorative gift in honor of Phyllis Callahan given by her husband, Carroll Callahan.