On this day. . .January 1
- 1918-On the bitter cold morning of this day, fire was discovered at the sprawling Harrisburg Pipe and Pipe Bending Co. at 9th and Herr. Box 441 (at the plant) and 331 located at Tenth and State were struck simultaneously at 4:02 a.m. with the general alarm sounded four minutes later. Volunteer fireman Thomas A. Wenrick, age 45, remained diligently at his post on the nozzle of a Shamrock No. 11 hoseline for hours and was credited individual bravery in keeping the flames from one of the many major structures used in the production of bombs and heavy shells for the war effort. With the temperature hovering around zero, Firemen Wenrick was drenched in water. He contracted a heavy cold which eventually developed into tuberculosis. He died on September 3, 1919 and was survived by a wife and five children.