History

Crete Fire Brigade
"In the 1880s the Village of Crete had some of its largest fires. On November 14, 1885 Crete’s major business, the Crete Manufacturing Company, a sash and door factory, which was located on South Main Street just south of Division, burned to the ground. It was then that many people of Crete felt that there was a need to organize a fire department.

Bucket Brigade

When the manufacturing company burned, all fires were fought by a bucket brigade, men hauling buckets of water from nearby cisterns in the neighborhood. Crete’s only sources of water were 3 village cisterns located the southwest corner of Columbia and First Street, the northwest corner of Cass and Elizabeth and at the southwest corner Main and Cass, and the water tanks of the railroad company.

Organizing a Fire Company

On January 24, 1889, Myron E. Quackenbush called to order a meeting to organize a fire company. Quackenbush was elected chairman of the group. Quackenbush, D. S. Bordwell and Conrad Wilkening were elected to draft a constitution and by-laws for the company. The constitution was adopted on January 31, 1889. A Committee on Heating Room was instructed to rent a stove from J.C. Diersen and buy 500 pounds of hard coal. The charter members each then donated 20 cents to buy that coal."

Full Article
The aforementioned text is an excerpt from Carol Triebold and Phyllis Monks' article "Crete Remembered: Crete's Fire Brigade." To read the full article, please view Crete Remembered.