Dr. David Shanahan with early Kemptville Fire Department artifact donated by Reinder Kuntz. Photo by Larry Balzac.

An unexpected donation to the North Grenville Historical Society [NGHS] was made at the Society’s Open House last Saturday. Local resident, Reinder Kuntz, presented a cast iron plaque, possibly dating from the early decades of the last century, and bearing the logo and inscription of the Kemptville Fire Department. At the top of the piece is the word “Engineer”.

Reinder had come across the piece on eBay and got in touch with the owner, who lives in Australia. The man used to live in Kemptville, on Rideau Street, and that is how the artefact made it all the way to Australia. Reinder bought the piece, and looked for a suitable home for it. He tried to see if it would fit on either of the two heritage fire engines stored at the Fire Hall on County Road 44, but without success. He then brought it along to the NGHS Open House, where his donation was gratefully received by Society Historian, Dr. David Shanahan. It seems very appropriate indeed that the NGHS event was taking place in the room that used to be the Kemptville Fire Station. It may have taken the long way round, but the piece has found its way home again after many years.


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