January 4, 2011
Derry Brownfield demonstrates that the century old brass fire lantern used by his grandfather George Stegner when he was California Fire Chief still works.
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Missouri-based agricultural broadcaster and radio talk show host Derry Brownfield died Saturday at his residence in Centertown. He was 79.
A little lantern light was thrown on a bit of history recently as the result of an item in the Past in Review. According to Derry Brownfield, widely known for his radio broadcast “The Common Sense Coalition,” an item from the 100 years ago section of the Dec. 22, 2010, California Democrat caught his eye since it mentioned his grandfather George P. Stegner being appointed fire chief of the newly formed City of California Fire Department in 1910.