This article appeared in
the Trenton Times, August 21, 1958.
TORNADO-AIR RAID SIREN ERECTING IS TRICKY
The huge boom plucked the
big red siren from the ground lifted it 90 feet in the air like a toy
and deposited it atop the tower just off King road west of Fort St. and
Trenton's second tornado-air raid device was in place.
But the operation was a
lot trickier than it appeared. A lot of planning went into the
operation performed by the Dunn & Shankus Co. of Trenton under the order
of the Trenton Engineering Department last Thursday.
And there was a sizable
crew on hand - on the ground and on top of the tower - to see that
everything was right, company owners Chuck Dunn and Bill Shankus, and
Clayton Montgomery, Jack Price, Donald Lee, Frank Porter and boom
operator Bob McTavish. Bruce Royer, of the city engineer's
department was there.
A mate of the big siren
is installed on the roof of the Chrysler Corp. Trenton plant, and
between the two, plus smaller auxiliary units, they figure the whole
town can be covered with sound to warn of tornadoes and air raids.
During the next few
weeks, you'll be hearing the sirens as they are tested to see that full
coverage of the city is a fact.
Up into the air atop the tower on King road just west of
Fort street goes the big siren which will help warn city residents of
approaching tornadoes or air raids. When the tower is finished,
there'll be a ladder along side for climbing up and down.
The big siren is shown on a truck bed for the sake of
comparison of size.