The Mill Whistle Still Sounds at Noon

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM.

Ray says the fire whistle which blows today was originally located atop what was Red Alford’s Western Auto Store next door to Progressive Realty on Waukesha St. I believe it is now located atop the water tank behind the Middle School Gym atop McKinnon Hill. It was when I was teaching there.

I had always assumed that the noon whistle was set on a timer, but I called Elois Bradshaw who works at Bonifay City Hall. She said, "No. We ring it by hand." The job is assigned to Sabrina Peters, but when she has to go and work at the fire station, either Elois, Frances Kline, Betty Tadlock, or City Clerk Jeri Gibson ring it. I suppose one of them is also assigned to push the button for the start of parades. Many visitors and newcomers to our town have puzzled over the fire alarm sounding at noon. Now you know the origin.

In a future article, I will write more of the history of the Bonifay Heading Company.



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