ing flames, but no mention thereof appears in the records of the company.
It appears that despite the excellent lessons of discipline and obedience to authority drawn by Mr. Usher from the life of Governor Brooks, a year had not elapsed when there was a walk out of the company, which then formed the Ex-Brooks Company, and hired a room to meet in for a time.
On September 7, 1852, the record shows a reinstatement of the company by the engineers.
Things moved smoothly once more until March 14, 1858, when at a fire at the Plains a disagreement arose, and the company was disbanded by the engineers.
Then the Ex-Brooks Association was formed, a constitution adopted, officers elected and a few meetings held, the records ending with that of December 4, 1858, when Mr. Palmer was chosen a committee to get subscribers to a good time generally among ourselves.
Medford had two other engine companies, and there was certain and constant rivalry between these men that manned the brakes and