Rolla C. Alder came to Tulsa in March 1900. He initially went into business as a harness and saddlemaker. Alder was Tulsa's first volunteer fire chief, and in 1905 he was hired as a full time fire chief. Adler retired in 1922, and died in 1967.
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Preservation and archiving of this significant Tulsa treasure of photographs and artifacts was made possible through the Tulsa City-County Library and the Tulsa Historical Society, and the generosity of Tulsa World/Lorton Family, Chester Cadieux, the Rotary Club of Tulsa, and many other community-minded corporations, institutions, and individuals.