Harper Volunteer Fire Department

History

 

The Harper Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD) was established on March 5, 1940 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  HVFD started with one fire truck parked outside a filling station on Main Street (US Hwy 290) and a group of local residents with the idea to protect the lives and property of Western Gillespie County.  At that time, the closest fire suppression help came from Fredericksburg.   With the road system of that time, travel time could be well over an hour due to poor roads.

The volunteers for the most part farmed or ranched in the area and some worked in the City of Harper.  The important point is they were quickly available if an emergency arose. 

HVFD has continued to expand and modernize its equipment over the years.  Currently, the department has one main fire engine, a rescue/pumper engine, three brush trucks, two tankers, and a command vehicle.  HVFD is now the first responder to approximately 9,000 residents over 505 square miles of rural ranch and farm land.  In addition to the designated area of coverage, the department has mutual aid agreements with six other departments and Kerr and Kimble Counties which more than doubles the effective area of coverage.

The below chart lists the officers of HVFD since 1940.

 

1940

President

C. H. Barrett

 

Fire Chief

Bill Kaiser

 

Asst. Fire Chief

W. O. Grosenbach

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Frank Staudt

1941

President

C. H. Barrett

 

Fire Chief

Bill Kaiser

 

Asst. Fire Chief

W. O. Grosenbach

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Frank Staudt

1942

President

C. H. Barrett

 

Fire Chief

Bill Kaiser

 

Asst. Fire Chief

W. O. Grosenbach

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Frank Staudt

1943

President

Bill Kaiser

 

Fire Chief

Alfred Lehne

 

Asst. Fire Chief

W. O. Grosenbach

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Frank Staudt


1944

President

Floy Bode

 

Fire Chief

Bill Kaiser

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Frank Staudt

1945

President

Floy Bode

 

Fire Chief

Bill Kaiser

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Joe Kaiser

1946

President

Floy Bode

 

Fire Chief

Richard Roeder

 

Vice President

C. W. Barrett

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Joe Kaiser

1947

President

Roy Roberts

 

Fire Chief

Bill Kaiser

 

Vice President

Neal B. Fox

 

Secretary / Treasurer

C. W. Barrett

1948

President

Neal B. Fox

 

Fire Chief

Bill Kaiser

 

Vice President

Roy Roberts

 

Captain

Floy Bode

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Edwin Klein

1949

President

Floy Bode

 

Fire Chief

Richard Roeder

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Edwin Klein


1950

President

Floy Bode

 

Fire Chief

Richard Roeder

 

Asst. Fire Chief

Bill Kaiser

 

Vice President

Roy Roberts

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Edwin Klein

 

Captain

Fred Wedikind

1951

President

Floy Bode

 

Fire Chief

Richard Roeder

 

Asst. Fire Chief

Clifford Bode

 

Vice President

Roy Roberts

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Edwin Klein

 

Captain

Dayton Rahe

1952

President

Floy Bode

 

Fire Chief

Roy Roberts

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Edwin Klein

 

Captains

Richard Roeder & Roy Roberts

1953

President

Gene Harper

 

Fire Chief

Roy Roberts

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Elmer Lange

1954

President

Elton Spencer

 

Fire Chief

Floy Bode

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Clifford Bode

1955

President

Elmer Lange

 

Fire Chief

Floy Bode

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Clifford Bode

1956

President

Floy Bode

 

Fire Chief

Richard Roeder

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Elbert Feller

1957

President

Floy Bode

 

Fire Chief

Richard Roeder

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Elbert Feller

1958

President

Richard Roeder

 

Fire Chief

Elmer Lange

 

Secretary / Treasurer

George Parker

1959

President

Elbert Feller

 

Fire Chief

Floy Bode

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Charles Bierschwale

1960

President

Elbert Feller

 

Fire Chief

Robert Lehne

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Charles Bierschwale

1961

President

Robert Lehne

 

Fire Chief

Elbert Feller

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Charles Bierschwale

1962

President

Alfred Spaeth

 

Fire Chief

Elmer Lange

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Emil Wahrmund

 

The First Miss Flame

Doylene Parker

1963

President

Hubert Rahe

 

Fire Chief

Elbert Feller

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Emil Wahrmund

 

Miss Flame

Peggy Feller

1964

President

Emil Wahrmund

 

Fire Chief

Richard Roeder

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Alfred Spaeth

 

Sergeant-at-Arms

Charles Bierschwale

 

Miss Flame

Jaydean Peril

1965

President

Elmer Lange

 

Fire Chief

Richard Roeder

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Doug Tatsch

1966

President

Delton Wilson

 

Fire Chief

Elbert Feller

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Martin R. Fiedler

 

Miss Flame

Barbara Peril

1967

President

Jim Mahon

 

Fire Chief

Elbert Fiedler

 

Secretary / Treasurer

R. E. Peril

 

Captain

ChesterTatsch

 

Miss Flame

Nancy Feller

1968

President

Douglas Tatsch

 

Fire Chief

Richard Roeder

 

Secretary / Treasurer

LawrenceMetzger, Jr.

 

Fire Marshal

Elbert Feller

1969

President

Alfred Spaeth

 

Fire Chief

Richard Roeder

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Alfred Spaeth

 

Miss Flame

Jennifer Jones

1970

President

C. H.  Bierschwale

 

Fire Chief

Elbert Feller

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Ronnie Lumpkins

 

Fire Marshal

Alfred Spaeth

1971

President

Clark Bierschwale

 

Fire Chief

Elbert Feller

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Howard Sivells

 

Fire Marshal

Alfred Edwards

 

Miss Flame

Linda Kensing

1972

President

Levi Kensing

 

Fire Chief

Darrell Holmes

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Felix Klein

 

Fire Marshal

Gene Tatsch

 

Miss Flame

Brenda Lange

1973

President

Jim McMahon

 

Fire Chief

Elbert Feller

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Alfred Spaeth

 

Fire Marshal

Darrell Holmes

1974

President

Darrell Holmes

 

Fire Chief

Gene Tatsch

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Milton Wendel

 

Fire Marshal

Elbert Feller

1975

President

Darrell Holmes

 

Fire Chief

Gene Tatsch

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Milton Wendel

 

Fire Marshals

Larry Jung & Ronnie Lumpkins

1976

President

Jim Bob Stevens

 

Fire Chief

Elbert Feller

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Paul Lang

 

Fire Marshal

Ronnie Lumpkins

 

Miss Flame

Sheila Maner

1977

President

Jim Bob Stevens

 

Vice President

Felix Klein

 

Fire Chief

Elbert Feller

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Paul Lang

 

Fire Marshal

Ronnie Lumpkins

 

Miss Flame

Joyce Lang

1978

President

Ronnie Lumpkins

 

Vice President

Felix Klein

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Paul Lang

 

Fire Marshal

DarrellHomes

1979

President

Paul Lang

 

Vice President

Ronnie Lumpkins

 

Fire Chief

Gene Tatsch

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Milton Wendel

 

Fire Marshal

David Hallenbeck

 

Miss Flame

Adie Klein

1980

President

Paul Lang

 

Vice President

Felix Klein

 

Fire Chief

Jim McMahon

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Milton Wendel

 

Fire Marshal

David Hallenbeck

 

Miss Flame

Raynette Hartman

1981

President

Boyce Grona

 

Vice President

Elmer Lange

 

Fire Chief

Gene Tatsch

 

Secretary / Treasurer

J. W. Mielke

 

Fire Marshal

David Hallenbeck

 

Miss Flame

Becky Lang

1982

President

Darrell Holmes

 

Vice President

Elmer Lange

 

Fire Chief

Elbert Feller

 

Secretary / Treasurer

John Mielke

 

Fire Marshal

David Hallenbeck

 

Miss Flame

Kim Matranga

1983

President

Darrell Holmes

 

Vice President

Boyce Grona

 

Fire Chief

Elbert Feller

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Milton Wendel

 

Fire Marshal

Bruce Giannini

 

Miss Flame

Romona Fritz

1984

President

Kelton Kramer

 

Vice President

Paul Lang

 

Fire Chief

Tom Scollard

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Milton Wendel

 

Fire Marshal

Mark Frances

 

Miss Flame

Degari Dykstra

1985

President

Kelton Kramer

 

Vice President

Charles Dykstra

 

Fire Chief

Howard Sivells

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Milton Wendel

 

Fire Marshal

Ernie Dykstra

 

Miss Flame

Monica Shaughnessy

1986

President

Jim McMahon

 

Fire Chief

Gene Tatsch

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Paul Lang

 

Fire Marshal

Ernie Dykstra

 

Miss Flame

Sonja Stevens

1987

President

Elbert Feller

 

Vice President

DarrellHomes

 

Fire Chief

Gene Tatsch

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Lou Garza

 

Fire Marshal

David Hallenbeck

 

Miss Flame

Jackie Hallenbeck

1988

President

Paul Lang

 

Vice President

Daniel Rech

 

Fire Chief

David Hallenbeck

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Milton Wendel

 

Fire Marshal

Ernie Dykstra

 

Miss Flame

Eileen Hallenbeck

1989

President

Paul Lang

 

Vice President

Richard Brondo

 

Fire Chief

Ernie Dykstra

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Milton Wendel

 

Fire Marshal

Daniel Rech

 

Miss Flame

Tanya Rodriquez

1990

President

Richard Brondo

 

Vice President

Daniel Rech

 

Fire Chief

Richard Rangel

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Irene Masters

 

Fire Marshal

David Hallenbeck

 

Miss Flame

Jayln Ernst

1991

President

Daniel Rech

 

Vice President

Ernie Dykstra

 

Fire Chief

Richard Rangel

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Irene Masters

 

Fire Marshal

Tim Mulebrad

 

Miss Flame

Roxanne Lumpkins

1992

President

Tim Mulebrad

 

Vice President

Troy Armke

 

Fire Chief

Kelton Kramer

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Wendy Garza

 

Fire Marshal

James Lenz

1993

President

Paul Lang

 

Vice President

Troy Armke

 

Fire Chief

Kelton Kramer

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Wendy Garza

 

Fire Marshal

Ernie Dykstra

1994

President

Elmer Lang

 

Vice President

Lou Garza

 

Fire Chief

Richard Decker

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Milton Wendel

 

Fire Marshal

James Lenz

 

Miss Flame

Sheri Evanoff

1995

President

Jeffery Ryan

 

Vice President

Grant Meyer

 

Fire Chief

Richard Decker

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Milton Wendel

 

Fire Marshal

Mark Tatsch

1996

President

Paul Lang

 

Vice President

Kathy Armke

 

Fire Chief

James Lenz

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Irene Masters

 

Fire Marshal

Darrell Homes

1997

President

Ernie Dykstra

 

Vice President

Kathy Armke

 

Fire Chief

James Lenz

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Irene Masters

 

Fire Marshal

Darrell Holmes

 

Miss Flame

Leah Smith

1998

President

Ernie Dykstra

 

Vice President

David Jung

 

Fire Chief

Michael Manning

 

EMS Coordinator

Wendy Garza

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Kathy Jung

 

Fire Marshal

Quent Bratcher

1999

President

Paul Lang

 

Vice President

David Jung

 

Fire Chief

Robert Bowers

 

EMS Coordinator

Wendy Garza

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Kathy Jung

 

Fire Marshal

Quent Bratcher

 

Miss Flame

Ashley Townsend

2000

President

Milton Wendel

 

Vice President

Kelton Kramer

 

Fire Chief

Robert Bowers

 

EMS Coordinator

David Jung

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Irene Masters

 

Fire Marshal

James Lenz

 

Miss Flame

Sarah Jung

2001

President

Philisha Barker

 

Vice President

Kathy Armke

 

Fire Chief

Robert Bowers

 

EMS Coordinator

David Jung

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Irene Masters

 

Fire Marshal

Josh Bratcher

 

Miss Flame

Tanya Starks

2002

President

Philisha Barker

 

Vice President

Kathy Armke

 

Fire Chief

Robert Bowers

 

EMS Coordinator

David Jung

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Kittie Conner

 

Fire Marshal

Josh Bratcher

 

Miss Flame

Brooke O’Toole

2003

President

Michael McMahon

 

Vice President

Kathy Armke

 

Fire Chief

Robert Bowers

 

EMS Coordinator

Philisha Barker

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Irene Masters

 

Fire Marshal

Josh Bratcher

 

Miss Flame

Shelley Barker

2004

President

Michael McMahon

 

Vice President

James Lenz

 

Fire Chief

Robert Bowers

 

EMS Coordinator

David Jung

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Irene Masters

 

Fire Marshal

Josh Bratcher

 

Miss Flame

Tia Taylor

2005

President

Michael McMahon

 

Vice President

Terry Theis

 

Fire Chief

Robert Bowers

 

EMS Coordinator

David Jung

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Irene Masters

 

Fire Marshal

Josh Bratcher

 

Miss Flame

Kayla Nunnemaker

2006

President

Michael McMahon

 

Vice President

Terry Theis

 

Fire Chief

Robert Bowers

 

EMS Coordinator

David Jung

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Irene Masters

 

Fire Marshal

Josh Bratcher

 

Miss Flame

Shelby Campbell

2007

President

Homer Pugh

 

Vice President

Michael McMahon

 

Fire Chief

Joe Foster

 

EMS Coordinator

Kim C. Long

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Irene Masters

 

Fire Marshal

Kim A. Long

 

Miss Flame

Jamie Nigh

2008

President

Michael McMahon

 

Fire Chief

Brent Hammons

 

EMS Coordinator

Kim C. Long

 

Secretary / Treasurer

Gary Potter

2009

President

Michael McMahon

 

Fire Chief

John Tittle

 

EMS Coordinator

Kim C. Long

 

Secretary

Okie Jackson

 

Treasurer

Gary Potter

2010

President

Richard Cowie

 

Vice President

Philisha Barker

 

Fire Chief

John Tittle

 

EMS Coordinator

Homer Pugh

 

Secretary

Kittie Conner

 

Treasurer

David Kemp

 

Fire Marshal

Ron Long

2011

President

Richard Cowie

 

Vice President

Philisha Barker

 

Fire Chief

Gary Potter

 

EMS Coordinator

Homer Pugh

 

Secretary

Kittie Conner

 

Treasurer

David Kemp

 

Fire Marshal

Ron Long

2012

President

Grant Meyer

 

Vice President

Philisha Barker

 

Fire Chief

Gary Potter

 

EMS Coordinator

Homer Pugh

 

Secretary

Kim C. Long

 

Treasurer

David Kemp

 

Fire Marshal

John Tittle

2013

President

Grant Meyer

 

Vice President

Philisha Barker

 

Fire Chief

John Tittle

 

EMS Coordinator

Homer Pugh

 

Secretary

Kim C. Long

 

Treasurer

David Kemp

 

Fire Marshal

Joe Foster

2014 President Charles Sander
  Vice President Philisha Barker
  Fire Chief Brent Hammons
  EMS Coordinator Catherine Kuhlmann
  Secretary Kim C. Long
  Treasurer Danny Criswell
  Fire Marshal Grant Meyer