Saturday, March 15, 2008

Shippensburg Fire Company Elects Officers

On March 15, 1834 the Shippensburg Fire Company elected officers. A Chief Captain, Chief Engineer and Secretary was elected for the company along with a Captain, Lieutenant, Engineer and two Directors for each of the three Wards.

This is the only information I have on the Shippensburg Fire Company other than the names of the officers elected at this time. I can only assume that this was the first organized fire company in Shippensburg. I also assume that they had a fire engine in the coffee grinder (“Alert”) used by the Vigilant’s at one time and the Alert Fire companies. In The Spirit of the Times dated Saturday September 15, 1817 an add appeared in the paper raising money to purchase an engine. The grinder was an early engine probably made in the 1700’s.

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