Picture #131 Detail

Date of Photo: Date Unknown - Estimated: 1885-1919


Mr. W.W. Wunder


In 1886, Liberty Hose Company No. 2 purchased a hose carriage from W.W. Wunder.

W. W. Wunder was a manufacturer of fire apparatus in Reading, Pennsylvania, being proprietor of the only manufactory of its kind in the State at the time. He was born in Reading on January 17, 1850, son of Louis and Susan (Setley) Wunder. He was educated in the schools of Reading. As a boy he worked in the sheet mills and later for the Reading Iron Company. He learned the cigar maker's business at the old Maltzberger stand, which he later purchased, remaining there until 1882, when he engaged in the fire apparatus business. His fire apparatus, which was considered the best made in the country, included chemical engines and fire trucks. He organized the Pennsylvania State Firemen's Association, being elected secretary, a position which he held for more than thirty years. He was a prominent member of the Keystone Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, was their representative to the Firemen's Union for thirty-four years, and was president of his Firemen's Relief Association.

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