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This act was submitted to the town to be accepted and approved, and accordingly the present fire department was organized in due form. There were three engine companies formed under this act, viz.: Governor Brooks No. 1, General Jackson No 2, and J. Q: Adams No. 4. The Governor Brooks No. 1 was located where the public pound now is on Back street. The Selectmen appointed a company consisting of twenty-nine members, who on the thirteenth day of November, 1835, met and organized by the choice of the following officers: George L. Stearns, clerk; James T. Floyd, foreman; David Kimball, assistant foreman; and Luther Angier, treasurer. The company continued its organization till July 2, 1839, when there was an insufficient number to work the engine at a fire. They chose a committee to wait on the Selectmen, make a statement of the condition of the company, and request that it be disbanded. It was also voted, ‘that the foreman, Mr. John T. White, surrender the engine ‘Governor Brooks’ and whatever moneys there may be in the hands of the Treasurer to the Selectmen to be disposed of as they may judge expedient.’ On July 3, the next day after disbandment, the Selectmen appointed twenty-nine men to take charge of the engine, and on July 22 they met and chose Mr. John T. White, foreman, Joseph James, assistant foreman, and Daniel H. Forbes, clerk and treasurer. They continued the organization till March 17, 1858, when by order of
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