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Crumbs from the Cracker Barrel

November 23, 1999

On New Year's Day in 1791, a public meeting was held in Hagerstown for the purpose of establishing a fire company. Those who desired to be part of what became the United Fire Company had their buckets inspected and registered. An ordinance adopted in 1793 imposed a fine of seven shillings and six pence "for allowing chimneys to take fire and burn out at the top."

- The Maryland Cracker Barrel

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