Island Park Village Hall Memory
contributor – Doug Divine
I remember my dad Jimmy Divine who was a volunteer on the Island Park Fire Department. He spent MANY hours at the "Fire Barn" AKA: Island Park Village Hall, working on equipment and working on the Hall itself & surrounding area as that is where the road equipment for maintaining the Island was also located. About 20 or 30 firemen and their wives (Women's Auxiliary) were volunteers and did other jobs to keep the Island running. All were volunteer jobs.
Each member of the fire dept took upon themselves to offer help to anyone, AND they all had families & other jobs. They were the most dedicated group of people I have ever met; to each other & everyone else. They worked on the Island roads and drove school buses. They volunteered their time to be constables & civic leaders, Treasurers & Island Clerks, etc. I think every one of them had kids.
I can't remember how old the Village Hall was when all this took place, but it was already old, and they had it working & looking good and never outsourced any work that had to be done on it; they did it all on their own. I think, when The Island merged with Mound, the Village Hall got left out.