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Fire department dinner meeting an annual tradition in Westminster [Eagle Archives]
Fire department dinner meeting an annual tradition in Westminster [Eagle Archives]

Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 recently held its 136th annual meeting and banquet at the fire station at 28 John Street in Westminster. The annual event is a time-honored tradition that goes back to the beginning of the current fire company in Westminster, which was incorporated on Jan. 29, 1879, in the midst of enormous contention after a series of disastrous fires between 1857 and 1879, when there was no fire company in town. According to oral tradition, an annual meeting and banquet took place in the city with the original fire department, the Union Fire Company, from approximately 1823 to 1857, but records of that company have been lost. It is also said that the banquet...

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