Old Fire Roster Found

Issue 11 and Volume 52.

Old Fire Roster Found The roster of Neptune Fire Company No. 1, of Quincy, Ill., has just been found. It dates hack to 1857. The names are written in round, flourishing letters. The paper has become faded and yellow-tinted by time, and has been pasted together in several places. The fire company in those days had no such facilities for reaching a tire speedily as exist to-day. Teams were organized among the different fire departments. All the men were volunteers. Races were run in tournaments held in different county seats to determine which team would be the first in arriving at a fire. The firemen’s tournament aroused as much interest in those days as many of the horse-racing events do in Quincy to-day. These were always attended with a celebration similar to a county fair. Poles were erected in Washington Park. These were greased, and prizes were offered for the…

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