My favorite quote:
The secret incentive of [the Silver Lake Fire Department] was to be found in the water tub of that wagon. Prohibition by this time was the law of the land.
Before the volunteers started from the shed at Pop Neilson’s, a keg of beer was put into the tub of the wagon. By the time they returned to Pop’s, that beer, immersed in the cold waters of Silver Lake, was just right for a refreshing drink.