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Lansing Fire Department
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|From the History of Winneshiek and
Allamakee Counties Iowa,1882; by W. E. Alexander
A meeting was held at the office of Mayor W.H. Burford
February 25th, 1871, for the purpose of organizing a fire
company. Mayor Burford presided and S.P. Darling acted as
secretary. Proper committees were appointed and the
meeting adjourned to meet at the same place on the
evening of March 2d, 1871. At the adjourned meeting Mayor
Burford presided and Mr. S.P. Darling acted as secretary.
This meeting and several adjourned meetings immediately
following it, resulted in the organization of a fire
company, known as "Hope Fire Company No. 1,"
with the following officers:
|North Iowa Journal, December 3,
1873; page 3
A meeting was held at the Mayor's office last evening for the purpose of perfecting the organization of a fire company. The first business in order was the election of officers, which resulted as follows:
The Foreman, 1st Assistant Foreman and Secretary were
constituted a committee to draft constitution and by-laws
to govern the company, and report at the next meeting. As
no further business could be done, adjournment was had
until next Monday evening.
|North Iowa Journal, Wednesday,
January 7, 1874; page 3
The Fire Company now numbers 54 members. Twenty-one more able bodied men are wanted. Enlist while there is a chance.
|Lansing Mirror, Friday,
February 8, 1884; page 3:
Rescue Fire Co. No. 1, met at the council room, Wednesday evening, for the election of officers, which resulted in the choice of the following named gentlemen:
The foreman was instructed to give certificates to
such members as have belonged to the company for more
than ten years. The law provides that "any person
who shall have been an active member of such company in
any city or town, and shall have faithfully discharged
his duties as such for the term of ten years, shall be
forever thereafter exempted from the performance of
military duty in time of peace, from serving as a juror,
and from the performance of labor on the highways."
|Allamakee Journal, Wednesday,
February 24, 1892; page 4 (City Council Proceedings):
An application for exempt certificate of Henry Beninger, having served in Rescue Fire Company 10 years, was on motion granted.
Notes: Membership in the Fire Company came with so many 'perks', that membership grew overly large. The Lansing City Council in March 1896, enacted an Ordinance limiting membership numbers.
|Allamakee Journal, Wednesday,
March 25, 1896; page 4 ..... in part, this ordinace read:
City Ordinance No. 10
Section 1. The fire department shall consist of a
President, Secretary, Foreman, First Assist-Foreman,
Second Assist-Foreman and a Steward, elected annually
....... members of Rescue Fire Co. No. 1, with its
officers, not to exceed thirty (30) in number ..... this
ordinance shall not require dismissal of any members ....
no new members shall be taken in until membership is
reduced to thirty
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