Over the next 17 years the Cedarburg Fire Department took steps that would influence the decisions for the rest of the century and beyond. The burning down of the Engine House was a game changing event for the Cedarburg Fire Department. Members of the department took great pride in building the department to what it was before the fire. Now it was time to rebuild the department again. The first step members of the Cedarburg Fire Department took to rebuild was to secure the use of a piece of equipment from Milwaukee. This would allow for the community to be protected during the early stages of the rebuilding process. A Nott Steam pumper that was intended for Milwaukee was purchased by the department for $5100. The piece of equipment was stored in a shed behind Charles Lutzís saloon until a proper quarters was built. Mr. Kannenburg was asked to replace the departments other apparatus. He began the process of building a new ladder wagon, hose wagon, and hose cart. 1907 proved to be a busy year for the fire department. The department responded to a fire call a Nic Schuhís Hall on July 21, which caused $150 in damage. The department also responded to a fire in the town of Cedarburg on October 10. The year 1907 concluded and the members looked forward to a new year.

Early in 1908, the State of Wisconsin ordered the City of Cedarburg to again build a proper firehouse. While the department watched its new firehouse being constructed, fires continued. On July 22, a fire occurred at William Jochemís Elevator. The fire caused $3,500 in damage. A week later, a fire at the Otto Jaeger home caused $7,580 in damage. These fires are some of the largest fires of the time.

The photo above is of the Nott Steam pumper that was purchased in 1907 to protect the city (CFD Collection)

In the fall of 1908, the department finally moved into their new quarters on Mequon Avenue. The fire department occupied the ground level and basement. Horses were stabled in the back of the station and owned by the city. A mighty hose tower was constructed on the building, rivaling the many steeples in the Cedarburg skyline. In the basement of the building there was a boiler for heating. Pipes were run onto the apparatus floor and connected to the steam pumper. This allowed steam to always be present in the steam pumper. A few valves were closed and hoses disconnected allowed the pumper to be ready for action. The second floor housed city hall, creating a close relationship between the City leaders and fire department leaders that would continue for many years. On November 24, a fire struck the Cedarburg Foundry and caused at least $3000 in damage.

The above picture is of the new fire station completed in the fall of 1908 with its impressive hose tower
(CFD Collection)

The next year, 1909, a fire occurred at the John Weber Brewery on June 19. This was the only reported fire in 1909.

Above is an image of the 1908 station on the apparatus floor. Chief Wurthman is on the left side of the picture. (CFD Collection)

1910 saw the department add a new piece of equipment. A 1910 Howe gasoline pumper was purchased. This engine was pulled by horse. The department made this engine the first its first due engine at a fire.

The above image is of the 1910 Howe Gasoline Engine (CFD Collection)

During this time the team of horses stabled in the rear of the station, were used by the cityís public works for watering the streets. The team however, was just like itsí human counterparts and would get excited when the fire whistle would sound. The team was always ready to be harnessed to any piece of equipment and ride off to the rescue.

Here is an image of the Hook & Ladder Wagon in full parade dress for the 4th of July  (CFD Collection)

On September 26, 1911, the fire department responded to a fire that caused $1,280 in damage. Over the next few years the department responded to numerous fire alarms and fires, however most of these did little damage.

Ernst Schneider became the fourth Chief of the Cedarburg Fire Department in May of 1914. With his election to Chief the department would start the process of changing into what it is today. One of the first changes made was that Chief Schneider would give a report of any fire call that had been received during the previous month at the monthly business meeting. 1914 also brought the Cedarburg Fire Department its first automobile garage fire on May 26th. The cause of this fire was believed to be spontaneous combustion.

In June of 1914, it seems that the Chief issued one of the first standard operating guidelines. The first out piece of equipment was the hose wagon, the second out was the gasoline engine, the third out was the hook and ladder wagon. Next was the steamer, followed by the hose cart. Later in the month, this was put into action at a barn fire which caused $1,200 in damage, a total loss.

On the 3rd of March, 1915, a house fire occurred causing $4,000 in damage, a total loss.

In 1917, the United State became involved in the Great War. One of the members of the department wrote a letter home in 1918. The letter was read to the membership at a business meeting.

One on the largest fires in Cedarburg occurred on July 22, 1918, at Grothís Lime Kiln. The fire started in the cords of wood used for firing the lime. Help was called from Grafton, Thiensville, and Port Washington. The fire caused $11,000 in damage to the business and cost the city $300 in destroyed telephone poles along with some wire.

Here is a picture from a 4th of July parade. The sign on the Hose Wagon says, "We Risk Our Lives To Save Others." (CFD Collection)

Around this time the city acquired a new team of horses. One day while the horses were standing on the side of a road, they got loose and ran off. The horses crashed into a building downtown, and were from then on known as the Wild Ones.

One of the things the Cedarburg Fire Department's traditions is to network after the monthly business meetings and trainings. With the rich German and Irish heritage of Cedarburg, the members would drink beer and other beverages during the socialization. In 1919, this was discontinued to the dismay of the members, because of Prohibition.

In 1921, the Grafton Fire Department requested help for a fire. Cedarburg responded with the hose wagon and gasoline engine.

The next few years the department responded to minor fires with minimal loss. These fires occurred at the Box Factory, Gilson Manufacturing Company, and the Hanson Canning Machine Corporation.

During these years the Chief earned a salary of $50 per year and the Secretary earned $33 per year. Members who brought their teams of horses to pull fire equipment were given $3 per call. However, many changes were about to occur that would see the end for the horse drawn equipment.

A Disastrous Blaze      Motorization



1907-Nott Steamer

1908-New Station Opened

1910-Howe Engine

1914-Chief Schneider elected

1916-50th Jublie

1917-World War 1

1918-Groth's Lime Kiln Fire


Members 1907-1924

John Kafehl 7/11/1907

John Bruss 9/9/1908

William Williams 6/8/1909

Art Jaeger 9/16/1909

Charles Klug 9/16/1909

William Roebken 1/3/1912

Allen Scherf 6/7/1912

Anton Borleske 5/6/1913

John Buth 5/12/1913

Otto Koehn 5/21/1913

Herman Zeunert 5/24/1913

Edgar Roth 8/15/1914

William Holnagel 8/17/1914

Henry Groth 8/27/1914

Walter Nero 5/6/1915

John Sieben 6/7/1915

Oscar Schultz 6/7/1915

Theodore Tews 9/3/1915

Arn Scheunemann 9/4/1915

William Loibl 1/7/1916

William Klug 9/1/1917

Rich Luedtke 6/4/1918

Elmer Drechsler 8/3/1918

Art Buch 5/8/1919

Anton Rahn 12/10/1919

John Luedtke 5/7/1920

George Armbruster 5/7/1920

John Lauterbach 8/3/1921

Arnold Butt 10/4/1921

Arnold Scherf 10/7/1921

Melvin Maronde 11/4/1921

Palmer Schneider 8/4/1922

Charles Dahlmann 6/6/1923

Ray Jung 9/5/1923

Allen Ruck 11/4/1923


Nott Steam Pumper

Howe Gas Pumper

Hook & Ladder Wagon

Hose Wagon

Hose Cart