The Ponoka Volunteer Fire Department members

The Ponoka Volunteer Fire Department members

PHOTO: Remember When looks at firefighters in 1905

This week's Remember When looks at firefighters dealing with a fire call in 1905.

Remember When: The Ponoka Volunteer Fire Department members, who have faithfully served our community for 115 years are shown here responding one early morning in 1905 with their horse-drawn hose and ladder carts to a devastating fire that totally destroyed Fairley’s Store, Spackman’s Hardware, the Trimble and Fairfield Livery Stable, the bowling alley, a restaurant, and the offices of Lawyer J. Jackson and the Bank of Commerce. Only the Royal Hotel on the corner survived, which it has done so many times in the future.

Photo courtesy of the Fort Ostell Museum