History of the Bell of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church - Page 5

    1926 John E. Woody served as acting Chief of the department from Dec. 15, 1926 to Feb. 1, 1927.  He was then appointed Chief on Feb. 1, 1927, and remained so until Oct. 1958.  Chief Woody died on Dec. 21, 1987.
    The old bell that had called the members of the Austin Fire Department to so many fires since 1887 was removed from its tower in 1926.

It had hung at the top of a tower in the rear of the old City Hall. Weighing 3,597 pounds, the bell was said to be one of the purest-toned bells ever turned out in this country. The bell was sold to the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1206 E. 9th St., and still is hanging in its church tower heralding services.

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