Kerosene, which is a product of petroleum, did not come in until after the discovery of the oil fields in Pennsylvania ten years later.
There was, however, a fire department.
Not a paid department, but purely volunteer.
If I rightly remember, there were three companies, all friendly.
I do not recall their names, but one of them had a house on High street near the Unitarian church, and it was a favorite lounging place of the members and their friends in the evenings.
I think Captain Teel headed this organization.
All these companies did good service, no doubt, when the need came.
I remember only a single instance when it was called out. A fire broke out in somebody's shed.
It took but a few minutes to subdue it, and then the whole populace adjourned to the engine house to partake of a collation, which consisted of crackers and cheese and a pail of hot coffee, in which everybody shared.
There was no red-tape in those days.
The collation— they called it co-lation then—