Issue 8 and Volume 42.

A FIRE DEPARTMENT THAT PROGRESSES. For years Athol, Mass., has had an exceptionally efficient fire department, on which it annually expends some $5,000. In 1817 the town and the citizens between them purchased a fire engine, the former paying one-third of the cost, and on May 26, in that year, organised fire company No. 2, the engine being built by George Filts, a mechanic of the town. In 1840 it was voted to raise $60 to furnish a suitable carriage to carry ladders and hooks belonging to steamer No. 2. In the summer of 1846 the town bought two hand-engines, one for each village. One was named the Despatch and the other the Tiger. There was great rivalry between the two companies. In 1868 a steam tire engine was bought for the lower village, and in 1871 a steamer was added to the uptown department. A new era of the…

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