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On February 28, 1868, the Greensboro, Alabama fire company was formed


(published 1908)

The first Fire Company organized in Greensboro was on the 28th of February, 1868, on which date a number of citizens of the town met in the old Franklin Hall and discussed the necessity of such an organization. R. H. Jackson was chairman of the meeting, and Dr. Jas. D. Osborne was secretary.

Hale County Courthouse ca. 1907-1908 (HISTORY OF GREENSBORO, ALABAMA From Its Earliest Settlement by William Edward Wadsworth Yerby, Montgomery, Alabama )

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After a thorough discussion of the matter, and the passage of a resolution to form “The Greensboro Fire Company,” the following officers were elected:

A. E. McClure, President; Wm. G. Hafner, 1st assistant; N. P. Lawrence, 2d assistant; James D. Osborne, secretary; Thomas J. Seay, treasurer.

On December 16th, 1869, an Act was approved incorporating the Greensboro Fire Company No. 1, the corporate name being the “Greensboro Fire Company No. 1, of the town of Greensboro,  Alabama.”  Those named in the body of the Act as incorporators are: L. J. Lawson, R. H. Jackson, George Breitenbach, E. T. Hutchinson, T. J. Seay and A. H. Benners.

The following is a roll of “Greensboro Fire Company No. 1:”

  • L. J. Lawson, Foreman.
  • C. A Ramsey, 1st Assistant.Geo. Breitenbach, 2nd Assistant –
  • Geo. Breitenbach, 2nd Assistant –
  • E. T. Hutchinson, Secretary.
  • Alex H. Williams, Treasurer
  • Atkins, Jno. H.
  • Benners, A. H.
  • Boardman, H.
  • Briggs, C. T.
  • Briggs, S. G., Jr.
  • Carson S. C.
  • Carson, P. K.
  • Coleman. J. B.
  • Douglass, R. B.
  • DuBose, C. P.
  • Fain, J. E.
  • Gayle, J. M.
  • Hamilton, J. D.
  • Hooton, H. H.
  • Johnson, C. A.
  • Johnson, W. P.
  • Johnson, Frank.
  • Leiser, J. P.
  • Love, J. E.
  • Loveman, A.
  • McDonald, Peyton C.
  • Mellown, S. S
  • Nelson G. T.
  • Parish, E. T.
  • Roberts, W. W.
  • Seay, T. J.
  • Sharon, F. P.
  • Stockton, John T.
  • Tramill, S. C.
  • Williams, J. A.
  • Wills, W. D.

“Phoenix Hook and Ladder Company” was soon afterward Organized as an adjunct to the Fire Company, but lasted only a few years.

In 1893, the Fire Company of which the present is the successor was organized, and the old Market House was set apart by the Mayor and Council as a fire house. It was overhauled and made a very suitable place for the storing of the fire apparatus. It is yet in use by the Company. The members of the present Greensboro Fire Company are as follows:

  • Chief – C. Y. Stollenwerck
  • Foreman & Secretary – N. L. Crabb
  • Treasurer – N. L. Crabb


  • Otts, E. V.
  • Sledge, W. G.
  • Payne Walter.
  • Helton Robert
  • Reasonover, W. L.
  • Torbert, Edgar
  • Waller, C. E. Jr.
  • Wilson, W. C.
  • Davis, H. A.
  • Winn, Lee.
  • Otts, J. W.
  • Sledge, E. W.
  • Waller, A. E.
  • Seale, Walter,
  • Powers, A. J.


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