Valerie, 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.
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
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
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