Obituary - Floyd J. Beers (hand written date 1974) - a picture is with this
Beers Was 66 Years Fireman.
Floyd J. Beers was a member of Walton Fire Department Alert Hose Company
No. 2 for 66 years. He died Monday, Sept. 9, at the age of 87 in Carrie
Eells Smith Nursing Home in Walton after a long illness.
His long service to the department was recognized in April of 1970 when
the department made him fireman of the year. At the time of the award, he
said that he had never missed a fire call.
The funeral will be this Thursday at 2 from Lyon Bros., Walton, Inc.,
chapel with Rev. Edwin N. P. Hempel of the First United Methodist church of
Walton officiating. Interment will be in Walton cemetery.
His certificate of membership in the department dated to 1909, but his
original certificate which was issued in 1905 was burned in a fire.
While working as a milkman for Meadow Brook Dairy which in those days
was operated by Herschel Garrison and Will DePuy, he was asked to become a
maintenance foreman for the New York State Department of Public Works. He
served in that post for 32 years, retiring Dec. 31, 1956.
At that time he observed that perhaps he should have retired earlier
inasmuch as he had over 100 days of sick leave built up since he had never
He recalled that as highway superintendent, he had carried water for
Walton village in 1935 when the community was left waterless by the flood
which took out the East Brook reservoir. He and his crew of four had
maintained more that 30 miles of highway.
As a fireman he recalled first drawing hand-pulled engines to fires and
was present for some of Walton's biggest blazes, including the old Novelty
Works at High and Delaware streets, the village hall, the two Crawford blazes
and the Camp Milling fire.
Mr. Beers was born at Beerston, Dec. 16, 1886, the son of Charles W. and
H. Idella Beers. Most of his lifetime was spent at 10 Brook Street, Walton,
where he cared for a neat garden.