The Tavern, Old and New, Monk Watson

The Tavern, Old and New


From the Colon Express newspaper, June 26, 1968, by Monk Watson: “The swinging doors are long gone, as is the sawdust on the floor. Yes, only a very few of us will remember the old Jay Marr’s Saloon. However, we’ll not ever forget the real nice place that has taken its place over the years. Today we, the people of Colon have a new front to look at and be proud of. Every town in Michigan I guess, has a tavern and takeout place, but none has a better looking one than Curly’s. “Curly’s” is the name that we’ll remember, but really it is the son, Kenny, who has taken over and made the new improvements.

In the old, old days t was a terrible thing to be found in a saloon. That is, to make it a daily habit. As a little boy I remember people saying, “So and So is down at Jay Marr’s saloon getting loaded.” Some would even walk on the other side of the street so as not to get close to those swinging doors and the smell of sawdust and beer. Those people are long, long gone and the people of today just don’t feel that ways. Maybe it’s because we don’t have that sort of saloon anymore … that is, in Colon.

My first brush with old Jay Marr’s saloon was when I was about eight or nine years old. I had a tin flute and my friend Allison Havens had a tin drum. We could play two tunes, “Home Sweet Home” and “Jesus Lover Of My Soul”. We’d play those tunes over and over again as we’d parade down the street to town, and then Jeff took up a collection. I believe we must have had two dollars in his hat. We took the money home and I remember my dear mother asking, “Where in the world did you get all of the money?”

I told her Jeff Hill had taken us into Jay Marr’s saloon and had passed his hat. That’s all it took to have her walk across the road to the Havens’ house and get Mrs. Havens and the two of them took off for the saloon. My mother pushed the doors open with both hands swinging, said, “Don’t you ever bring my boy into this hell hole again!”

She was never very well so it did take a lot of doing just for her to walk that far and I’m sure the strain on her voice didn’t help any. I was very sorry, especially after my father gave me a going over. I know that Mr. Hill got a big kick out of it as he was always my friend, and he always asked me how my music was coming along.  He was very fond of music and made it possible for the LKG (Lamb Knit Goods) to have one of the best brass bands in the country. His favorite tune was “In The Good Old Summer Time” and he’d ask the band to play it over and over again, and he’d ask Arthur Kane and his daughter Marion to sing it and Arthur would also dance to it. Jeff would swing his gold headed cane and lead the band. Then, during the concert he’d have the boys drop into the two or three saloons and have a little lift. I’m sure the music was a little sweeter.

The two hotels are both gone and so is Jay Marr’s saloon. I started to write about in the first place, before being carried away with my dreams of Long Ago.

When my father moved to Colon, after forty-five years of railroad life. He was a lonesome man and bored with the slow and easy life in Colon. So, because he loved to play cards, he found much happiness in going into
Curly’s and playing cards with his friends. I need to stand in back of him and listen to the laughs that they had whenever a good hand came up. Good clean fun, just as it is today. I never heard any cussing or any rough talk in this place in my life. Curly wouldn’t allow it. Now that Ken has taken over he also sees to it that it is a place of fun and no rough stuff. The place got too small to take care of the many nice people who liked to come in, so they took over the building next door where the old Dream-Land Theatre was located.”

School Daze From 1917 to 1976

School Daze From 1917 to 1976


By Monk Watson in the Colon Express newspaper, 1976: “The year was 1917 and the 32nd Division of Michigan and Wisconsin was training for overseas duty as a combat division. I found myself in the 125th Infantry Band as a clarinet player. The duty of the band was to play for parades and learn first aid and to be stretcher-bearers. This I found was terrible, but was necessary for the survival of the fighting men. Also it was very necessary for somebody to entertain those fighting men, to give them a little relaxation between fronts. I turned out to be the man they were looking for. I could sing, dance, tumble and all-around clown. All of these talents were good for me, even when the fighting was rough and I had no idea I’d even make it back. I found time to put on a red wig and give out anything for a laugh.

So, back to my memories I see Gus Edwards’ “School Days” that played the vaudeville theatres from coast to coast. I saw the act many times in Jackson where I ushered at the Bijou Theatre. I remembered every word and move. So I wrote to New York for permission to produce the act for the men, and I put the act on in Waco Texas in the YMCA tent, along with my Jazzers, ie., jazz band. We also had a couple of more acts on the program. My school kids consisted of men playing girls and boys.  It went over so well that we were asked to do the same show over again in Waco at the big theatre. Again it went over very big, and General Hahn came back and told me to keep up the good work. We were close friends from that day to the end of the war. “School Daze” played all over Germany and France. After the war I had to have a new cast because I had lost most of the first cast in action.

Now we jump to Detroit and the largest theatre west of New York City, the Grand Riviera. I put “School Daze” on several times in the four years I was in that theatre. Then came the movies, and stage shows were out. Again I formed a new cast for commercial shows to play across the country several times.

Now come World War II and again I find myself in Texas as morale director in several flying schools, and again I produce “School Daze” with the young future pilots. I wrote a song for these young men to learn and sing around the world. I received letters from these pilots telling me that hey heard my song on the streets of London, and fou8nd the singers were from my schools in Texas. What a thrill that was for me. All of that cast of young men are long gone, most of them shot down.

Now we’re in the year 1976 and I have promised the Bicentennial committee that I’ll again do School Daze on July 16 – 17 in the air-conditioned high school gym with a real good cast of Hal Wright as Toughy”, Wade Drake as “Izzy”,  David Farrell as “Percy”, Sharon Drake as “Ima Pest”, Bertha Frohriep as “Ura Nut” and Hilda Butler as “Carrie Potts”.”

Abbott Employees Stage Show 1940



From the Colon Express newspaper, November 14, 1940: “When more than two hundred men, women and children gathered at the Abbott Magic Theatre last Saturday night, they came to enjoy the first of a series of shows given my the Abbott Employees’ Club, and enjoy it they did.

For the most part, the two-hour program was made up of acts in which the mysteries of legerdemain predominated, but there were novelties interspersed with the magic acts, and good humor throughout, so all of the folks in the chairs were glad they had come.

Besides the acts presented by the various members of the club, three out-of-town performers, Jack Ricketts of Battle
Creek, Neil Sweet of Kalamazoo, and Keystone the Magician, now playing through Michigan.

Percy Abbott officiated as master of ceremonies and did bits of magic before his announcements of the various acts, as well as a turn in which he did the linking rings and a thumb tie trick just before the closing act. He introduced the acts in the following order:

Jack Riketts opened the show with clever presentation of a milk vanish and a later production of mild from a seemingly empty handkerchief. Jesse Thornton, with his usual easy manner, followed with a cut and restored taps tricks, caught money from the air much to the amazement of a young lad who assisted him, and closed with the chopper illusions in which the lad was his victim. Mel Melson appeared with some new sketches in chalk and Cliff Bennett manipulated cigarettes in a clever manner. The fist half was closed by Lyman and Company, one of the high spots. Lyman did a variety act in which he quickly removed a wood block from a tape, sawed a rabbit in half and produced a canary from a light bulb.

Gen. Grant opened the second half with some fast effects – baking a cake in a man’s hat, vanishing a half dollar and producing it in a lemon, causing a dozen cards to go one at a time from his outstretched hand to his pocket, and closing with the shooting through a woman illusion, assisted by Gladys Abbott. Neil Sweet then came on to do his shadowgraph act and this proved one of the most amusing and entertaining acts on the bill. Keystone closed the show with a clever dove production, some humorous hocus-pocus with a youngster from the audience and a dice box, production of a bowl of water, and various silk tricks.”


E. Hill & Sons’ Bank 89th Year

E. Hill & Sons’ Bank Now Serving 89th Year


From the Colon Express, November 12, 1940: “E. Hill & sons’ Bank in Colon is in its 89th year of unrestricted banking.

The firm of E. Hill & Son was organized in 1851, a partnership of Elisha Hill and his son Edwin E. Hill. The firm operated a general store and according to the advertisement in the Farmers and Merchants Almanac of 1869, sold dry goods, groceries, queensware, hardware, drugs, paints, oils and family medicine.

In 1870, the general store was liquidated and the partnership of E. Hill & Son entered the banking field. The bank was known as the Exchange Bank of E. Hill & sons, as more members of the Hill family were admitted into partnership. This was the period of the famous wild cat banking when anyone was allowed to enter banking without capital or resources. The record of this banking era was almost 100 per cent disastrous.

Critical Periods

The banking firm of E. Hill & Sons faced many critical periods from its inception in 1870 but was always able to carry on unrestricted.

The direction of the Hill bank over the 89 years always has been by some member of the family. Elisha Hill, the bank’s founder, was its president frin 1870 – 1884, Thomas J. Hill from 1884 – 1909, and Frank I. Hill from 1909 – 1929.

Edwin J. Hill became the bank’s president at the age of 28, after the untimely death of his father two weeks before the memorable Black Friday in October 1929.

It is a lasting credit to the present management of E. Hill & Sons’ State Bank that during the depression years of 1930 – 1933, customer confidence was maintained with deposits fluctuating only 10 percent while the national average was at 50 percent.

At the close of the national Bank Holiday, E. Hill & Sons’ State Bank was given permission to reopen on an unrestricted basis.

Steady Growth

The growth of the establishment has been steady. Its financial statement dated March 25, 1931 showed total resources of $288,036.65, its total resources at the present time is rapidly approaching the 4 million mark. The present capital is $100,000 and its surplus $260,000.

The board of directors of the bank is Roy J. Barholomew, John W.  DeBack, Raymond H. Dresser Jr., Edwin J. Hill, Virginia B. Hill, Amelia H. Tenney, and Richard B. Tomlinson.

The bank’s officers are Edwin J. Hill, President; Amelia H Hill, Vice-President, Roy J. Bartholomew, Vice-President, Joyce Cartwright, Cashier, Kathryn Ladyman, Assistant Cashier, and Marie Miller, Assistant Cashier, Irene Groth, Cashier, Lillian Hinkley and Mildred Letherbury are also employed by the bank.

The bank is represented in legal matters by Attorney Raymond H. Dresser, Jr., of Sturgis.”

Minstrel Show Change 1940



From the Colon Express newspaper, October 31, 1940: “The date of the Lions Club Minstrel Show has been changed from Friday night, November 8, to Tuesday night, November 5th.  This change was made necessary because Monk Watson, one of the leading actors in the show, has a week’s engagement at the Colonial Theatre in Detroit as master of ceremonies, opening with the well-known Milt Britton Band next week, and Monk will be compelled to leave for Detroit on Wednesday, or immediately after the Minstrel Show Tuesday night.

The big show will be staged at Hill’s Opera House, and everyone will be glad of the opportunity to return to the favorite play house for this grand show of the season.

The Lions have sold tickets for the show in advance, and while they have been very successful, there are many good tickets available. The reserved seat board is at Niendorf’s Pharmacy where you can secure your seats any time, however, better get busy as they are going quite rapidly. It really appears like a “packed house.” All tickets purchased from the Lions must be exchanged for reserve seats at Niendorf’s not later than 7:00 o’clock the night of the show, as all remaining tickets in the reserved seat board will be sold at the opera house ticket office after that hour Tuesday night.

In case you purchased tickets in advance for the show and the change of date makes it impossible for you to attend, you have the privilege of returning the tickets to Niendorf’s and your money will be refunded.

And now something about the show. Really, folks, it’s going to be an outstanding entertainment, and how could it be otherwise with Colon’s own outstanding show people – Skippy, Jean and Monk – among the leads? Jupie Stevens, who is well known here and who was with Skippy’s Comedians for several years, will swing the minstrel music.

Just an outline of the show. In the first part, Jean LaMore will be the interlocutor. The premier and end men, Skippy LaMore and Monk Watson will be assisted by Bob VanDeventer and “Ray” Ward; and in the grand black-face circle, Virg Farrand, Chax. Williams, Mel Flowers, Don, Bubb, Carleton West, Lawrence West, Edwin Loudenslager, Earl Brown, Ralph McMurray, Geo. Conklin. And what a lot of comedy that group has in store for your amusement.

The songs they will sing– Opening Chorus “Strutters Ball” by entire cast.

Introduction of premier end men, Skippy and Monk.

“Smiling Thru” – George Conklin.

“Cecelia” – Monk Watson.

“Gold Mine in the Skies” – Chas. Williams.

“Liza Jones” – Skippy LaMore.

“Bells of the Sea” – Melvin Flowers.

“Why Do You Sit On Your Patio?” – Skippy and Monk.

“God Bless America” – Circle, and for the second chorus the audience is invited to join. Following an “intermission of ten minutes, sure” as the program states will come the grand second part.

The opening will be a special musical treat, a marimba solo and drum solo by Mary Joan Ward, of Brunson, who was out in front with the first prize as a marimba artist in the state contest, and won second place in the international contest.

The second act, “Back Stage,” courtesy Elsie Janis, with the following cast – Monk, the stage manager; Skippy, wants to be a singer; Jean LaMore, temperamental star; George Conklin, props. Song number, “Too Young for Love” (by Elsie Janis).

The scene “Back Stage” was produced by Elsie Janis and played for one year in London, featuring Lapino Lane, international comic; also played in the United States for one year, featuring Monk Watson. This scene is now being sought by the largest film producers.

The third act – “Arkansaw Travelers” by Carleton and Lawrence West, who are well known to Colon as musicians and entertainers. Their song numbers will be “Hiccough Rag”, “Wabash Blues”, and “Alabama Jubilee.”

And the final act, “The Crazy House”, featuring Skippy, will be a side-splitter from start to finish. As the program states, anything can happen here. Hang onto your hats and stuff.

As a fitting line to describe this show we go back to the old Kempton Komedy Kompany headline, “You Laugh, You Scream, You Roar.”

That’s just what you are bound to do, if you see the Lions for the show, and the band will give a short concert before the curtain.

We advise you to get your reserved seats at Niendorf’s now.”

Lamore’s and Watson in Lions Minstrel 1940



From the Colon Express newspaper, October 24, 1940: “The script is written, the rehearsals are under way, and the Lions Club Minstrel, to be presented at Hill’s Opera House on Friday evening, Nov. 8, promises to be the leading attraction in the line of entertainment of the season.

The fact that Skippy wrote the lines is sufficient evidence that the show will be a mirth-provoking affair from start to finish.

Another reason why the Minstrel will be a real attraction – Jean and Skippy and Monk Watson are all doing their bit. Jean LaMore will be the interlocutor, Skippy, Monk, Bob VanDeventer and George Conklin the end-men – and what a snappy show combination that will be. And along with these professional actors is a minstreal group of ten local people who can all do their bit for entertainment.

The tickets will be sold by Lion members or you can get them reserved at Niendorf’s Pharmacy, where the ticket board will be on display. The admission will be 15¢ for children, 28¢ for adults.

It’s all being done to secure funds for the Lions Club, to be used at Christmas time. Just what the Lions will do this year is a question as yet. There is some thought of changing from a Christmas party for children to a planned distribution of Christmas baskets to the needy and shutins. Regardless of which plan they follow, funds will be needed.”

Street Paving Project 1938



From the Colon Express newspaper, August 25, 1938: “The street Black-top paving project which the village council has out is very commendable and when presented to the people for a decision at the special election, Thursday, September 8th, should not receive a dissenting vote. It should be accepted by far more than the necessary two-thirds majority.

Considering the proposition from all angles, the people cannot afford to reject it. The council’s original plan of paving a short stretch with black-top every few years, and eventually covering the entire town, was a perfectly sane and sound method of procedure. However, with the opportunity presented to pave practically every main street in the village, covering a stretch of about two miles, and having a government grant take care of forty-five per cent of the total cost of completing the job, that is a proposition which should be considered favorably.

The total cost of the paving project is estimated at $6,820.00. as a PWA project, the government grant would cover forty-five percent of this amount. With gravel on hand valued at $700.00 and this years gas and weight tax money, amounting to nearly $400.00 the council estimates that a bond issue of $3,000.00 would complete the job. The bond issue would be paid off over a period of six years, in equal installments of $500.00 each year. The interest rate to be no more than 4 per cent. As we see this proposition, why not have this paving done now on this proposition.

Included in the proposed street improvements will be the leveling of the two blocks on the main street, doing away with the old-fashioned deep gutters and refinishing the street nearly on a level. This improvement will be greatly appreciated by everyone, including out-of-town people as well as local citizens.

As mentioned before, the extra bond issue, including the dam propositions, is a very small item for the village to assume.”

New School Addition 1937



From the Colon Express, February 7, 1937: “Next Sunday afternoon, February 7th at 3:00 o’clock, the new Colon School building addition will be open for inspection. Everyone interested in the Colon School is invited to be present.

Mr. I. D. Brent, state director of the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, Dr. Paul Sargren, president of
Western State Teachers College, will be the principal speakers on the program.

The following dedicatory program has been arranged:

Music – High School Orchestra

Invocation – Reverend L. B. Hull,

Greeting, Board of Education Mr. C. G. Elliott.

Remearks – Mr. A. R. Wagner, architect; Mr. M. C. J. Billingham, builder; Mr. J. McCarty, P. W. A. Supervisor.

Music – selected – High School Choir

Greetings – Dr. Paul Sargren, President Western State Teachers College.

Music – High School Orchestra

Address – Mr. I. D. Brent, State Director P. W. A.

Benediction – Reverend Stanley Buck.

Music – High School Orchestra”


Colon Air Minded 1932

Capers the Chopper



From the Colon Express, August 4, 1932: “The people of Colon, tuning in their radios last Monday from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. over station WKZO, Kalamazoo, were entertained by a program rendered by the Mid-Lakes Café orchestra.

Manager Fletcher of WKZO informed Mr. Sultan, thru whose courtesy the program was given, that the café orchestra was the best rhythm music ever heard in the studio of their station and urged that they be permitted to play over WKZO each Monday. This request was granted by Mr. Sultan because he feels that Colon will receive nation wide publicity over the air.

Everyone owning a radio is requested to tune in next Monday from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. it is possible that one of Colon’s popular high school girls will be heard in conjunction with the Mid-Lakes orchestra.

Every Wednesday and Saturday night this same orchestra can be heard in popular dance music at the Mid-Lakes Cage.

Mr. Sultan is attempting to arrange with the owners of the Kalamazoo station to place a remote control unit in his place of business.”


A menu from Mid-Lakes Café at this time advertises a Plate Dinner of Country Style Steak, Ham and Cabbage, and Coffee, Tea, or milk for 35¢.

A full dinner of Fruit or Shrimp cocktail, Assorted Cold Meats and Potato Salad, Roast Beef, New Potatoes, Vegetable, Salad, Dessert and Coffee, Tea, or milk for 65¢.  According to the Inflation Calculator, 65¢ in 1932 would be the same as $10.27 in 2010.

Wattles Home Burns 1930



From the Colon Express, February 10, 1930:

Property for Several  Blocks Carefully Guarded; Neighboring Fire Departments Hold Blaze in Check

Colon’s population is recovering from a scare which it will not soon forget. We were at the mercy of the ravings of a bad fire Sunday morning and as far as our own means of checking it were concerned we were helpless. Luck was with us in a measure – the roads were in excellent condition and when the call for help was sent to our neighbors they all generously responded and made mighty quick runs to Colon. – We can thank our neighbors with their modern equipment for coming to our rescue, otherwise a good portion of Colon would have been ashes – families would have been homeless and undoubtedly numerous business places would be in ruins, never to be replaced. We have much to be thankful for.

Ed Correll Gives Alarm


Mr. and Mrs. Ed Correll were driving through Colon about eleven o’clock Sunday morning when they noticed fire in the upper story of the large double residence of the Wattles families, located just a block west of the business district, directly across from Mrs. Susan Hill’s home. The alarm was given and it was soon realized the small chemical outfit which comprises Colon’s fire fighting equipment could not do a thing more than try to protect other buildings.


Call for Help


Authorities immediately sent out a call for help. The Sturgis community truck was first to arrive, but for lack of hose did not try to fight the main fire but aided in keeping the nearest residence, property of D. G. E. Godfrey, from burning until more help arrived. Coldwater responded next with their very effective equipment and plenty of hose for their own use and a supply to complete a hose line for Sturgis.

With the Coldwater machine pouring about 1,000 gallons per minute and throwing it directly on the large house, which was by that, time a mass of flames and the Sturgis machine with a capacity of 500 gallons per minute, turning their attention to saving nearby buildings the danger point seemed to have passed. The pumps were working from the millrace.


Other Buildings Fired


Sherwood and Mendon also responded quickly and were on the job with their community trucks and did much to help save other property, both towns having very good equipment. Until the main fir was driven down and practically checked by the heavy stream of water from the Coldwater machine, firemen and volunteers were kept busy stopping roof fires started in different parts of town, the particles of burning embers flying in all directions, in fact every building in the north part of town had to be watched. Firemen were just in the nick of time checking a roof fire at the Methodist church which was noticed just as church was dismissed. Roof fires were also checked at residences of W. E. Scott, O. C. Shane, Chester Smith, J. E. Moshere, Jerome Slagle and G. E. Farrand’s, both the house and the barn.


Battle Creek Sent Aid


Battle Creek firemen made the run here with a fire truck but did not hook-up their hose as the fire was under control when they arrived. Sturgis also sent over a city fire truck which was not used as it arrived after the fire was checked.

Fine Home Total Loss


Sunday’s fire completely wiped out one of Colon’s better homes, owned and occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Geo. C. Wattles, Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. Geo. A. Wattles, Jr. the former, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. C., were occupying their part of the house, the west half, and the east part of the house was closed as Mr. and Mrs. Wattles Jr. and daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Robbins and son, have been in Texas for a month and were supposed to be on their way to New Orleans at the time of the fire. A wire was sent them there and the families will undoubtedly return home as quickly as possible after they learn of their loss.


Former Hill Home


The Wattles have owned the home about twelve years, purchasing from Frank E. Hill. Mr. Hill’s mother built the west part as a residence about forty years ago and in 1906 Mr. Hill built the east part so that himself and family might be near his mother, making an unusually large residence.

Not Defective Wiring


It is believed the fire was caused by a defective chimney as it started in the garret near the chimney. Defective wiring could not be blamed as the current was off practically all Sunday forenoon. It is reported the property was covered by insurance to the amount of about $8,000. The estimated valued of the property is over $25,000.

Whether or not the property will be rebuilt will not be known until the family arrives from the south. Mr. and Mrs. Wattles Sr. are making their home in the Kenneth Robbins home for the present.




Fine Home Total Loss


Some Property Saved


While the fire was spreading through the upper story of the house hundreds of willing helpers saved practically all household effects on the first floor of both apartments, but not without much damage.

The only articles of real value on the first floor overlooked was a very choice selection of silverware and linen belonging to Mrs. Wattles Jr. Flames swept down the wide staircase and consumed draperies valued at several hundreds of dollars before rescuers could get to them. Nothing was saved from the basement and very little from the upper story.

Must Have Protection

This nerve-wrecking happening of Sunday should be a lesson to us and we must profit by it. Not that the loss of the Wattles home is of more importance than the loss of George Bond’s home the following day, or any other fire which has occurred. The loss of a home by fire is a serious set-back for anyone.

The fact remains that Colon for a good many years has just been trusting to luck – and we might say our luck has been exceptionally good – but Sunday that luck nearly failed us – just clung by a thread. Had the weather man been on a rampage, had those neighboring fire fighting trucks, particularly from Coldwater and Sturgis, been engaged at home – or been in the least delayed, the story would be different. The north part of Colon village would be in ruins – a loss which Colon can not possibly stand, if possible to prevent. We need every business place in Colon – Yet, for years, we have stood aside and took every chance of having these all wiped out, and mainly because of prejudice more than any other reason. We have every reason to believe it is a factional squabble with neither group getting anywhere. This condition works to great disadvantage regardless of what movement is undertaken. Just a bit of harmony and cooperation on the part of citizens of Colon will work wonders – we will be bound to progress. Right now we plead with you to cast aside all petty grievances and come out into the open – you are a part of Colon so why not work for Colon. Every citizen knows we are at the mercy of the greatest hazard a small town can have – fire. At present we are practically without fire protection, casting no reflections against our volunteer firemen because they surely work wonders with what we have. It is dangerous in the extreme to go on without added protection. We must have it and we urge you to join with the present village council in working out the best plan of procedure – And when that plan is presented study it with an open mind, consult with officials as to its advantages, get the true facts. Do not back too much on gossip and by all means bust the fellow between the eyes who is always sliding around through the alley and quietly whispering to you to “look out for them fellers.” You know we must have fire protection is the village lives and you as a citizen must come forward with an open and fair mind and help select and purchase that equipment – Then carry on and boost for Colon at every opportunity – you will like it. We understand that arrangements have been made for a public meeting to be held at the library auditorium next Tuesday evening, February 10, to discuss purchasing fire fighting equipment. Representatives from several companies will be there to explain the advantages of their machines and present their propositions. It’s up to you but all of you, to be present at that meeting and get first-hand information.”