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“The Hand-Drawn Fire Engines of Monroe Fire Company” Book

Monroe Fire Company recently published a history of the hand-drawn fire engines that are displayed at the fire house.

The book, The Hand Fire Engines of the Monroe Fire Company, documents the early history of the Union Fire Company of Churchtown and the Bull Eye and Rumsey engines located there. After the Chuchtown fire company became inactive, they enlisted the Union Fire Company of Carlisle to preserve the engines in 1959.

The Union of Carlisle was later taken to court by the Williams Grove Fire Company after the latter sued to obtain possession of the engines. It turns out Union of Carlisle lads had come to believe, erroneously, that one of the hand engines was theirs.

After extensive research, author Randy Watts was able to establish that this was not the case and tells the tale in his book.

Union Fire Company of Churchtown and Equipment

Union Fire Company of Churchtown and Equipment.

The 40 page paperback booklet contains numerous black and white photographs, including the Rumsey on the scene of a 1933 fire in Churchtown.

The book is an interesting read for those interested in the fire service, Cumberland County history, or a detective story.

Copies of the book are available for $10 each, please add $2 for shipping.

Checks can be sent to:

Monroe Fire Company
Attn: Book Order
PO BOX 1058
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. You can also arrange pickup at the station.