|Alpha Fire Company No. 1 ......A large group of interested citizens met on Saturday,
August 8, 1885, in the school building.
Their purpose was to organize a fire company for the protection of property. Dr. E.K. Foreman
was Temporary chairman and Charles B.Barker was temporary secretary. A committee of three, Mr. Barker, Joseph E. Kearnes and D.B. Allenman was appointed to frame a series of resolutions
to be presented to the Burgess and the Town Council....this was it....
"RESOLVED; That the Burgess and the Town Council are hereby requested to procure at once a good and sufficient quantity of hose, hose reel, laddeers and trucks, also fire buckets, all of which are deemed necessary for the proper equipment of said company;
BE IT ALSO RESOLVED: That the Burgess and the Town Council at their earliest convenience procure a lot and erect thereon a suitable building for the accommodation of said apparatus at aas central a point as possible."
A committee of five - C. B. Barker, James W. Ocker, L.M. Alleman, John Whaler and John A. Shorb, was appointed "to procure not less than 50, good able men to become active members
of the Fire Company."
Friday, August 13, a second meeting was held - 90 signatures had been secured for membership
and 65 answered the roll.
These officers were elected to serve for one year:
President..............Dr. E. K. Foreman
Vice President......Joseph W. Ocker
Secretary.......................C. B. Barker
Treasurer...................John A. Shorb
When a name was selected -- "Alpha" polled 38 votes; the second closest was "Junior" with 10 votes. The engine house was built on a lot 33 ft. x 264 ft. on East King Street, purchased from Lewis Rickstine and wife, Louisa, for $700. Drawings and specifications cost $20.00.
The Building itself, erected by John Eliine, cost $3000. Official dedication was
Nov. 18, 1886. The fire bell, atop the engine house was purchased January 3, 1887.
In October, 1951, an addition to the building was begun. The total cost upon completion was $5398.42. In 1964 another addition was begun and completed early at a cost of $39,500. In
the 1990's another addition was added to the building. $206.50 was spent on the first equipment purchased for Alpha Fire Company No. 1.
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