Helen Burns
Fire Department History
Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:02

When looking thru old newspapers: if you can't find any reference around the time you think it was organized, look for an anniversary celebration. 1 year, 10 years, 25 years, 50 years, etc. Read the papers starting two months before the anniversary date - they may announce the upcoming celebration. Also, if the local newspaper doesn't go back far enough (ex. a fire destroyed one newspapers archive near me) look for the newspaper in a neighboring town. The area they reported on would often overlap.

  • Fire Department HistoryValerie Forrest, Mon Nov 14 11:17
    Hello all. I'm in the process of attempting to determine when our fire department formally became a volunteer department. I live in Louisville GA and I know that the town was incorporated in 1786... more
    • Fire Department History — Helen Burns, Wed Nov 16 10:02
    • FD historyAnita, Tue Nov 15 15:59
      Hi Valerie. I know Facebook isn't for everyone but it has far reaching capabilities. I'd be happy to post your request on several pages if you wish
    • Re: Fire Department HistoryFDNYhistory, Tue Nov 15 13:35
      It's ironic, because you are the source that many of would turn to for fire department histories. It's hit and miss, but newspapers can be a good resource. While working on my book about firefighter... more
    • Re: Fire Department HistoryAnonymous, Tue Nov 15 11:54
      Hi Valerie Unfortunately, there is no "secret source." When you've exhausted your obvious local sources, you might need to broaden your search. I don't know anything about Louisville, GA. Surely... more
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