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For Immediate Release
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky
August 22, 2001      

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky to Honor
Northeast Harbor Fire Co., Inc.
for 100 Years of Incorporation

Senator Jill Goldthwait (I - Hancock), on behalf of Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky, will honor the Northeast Harbor Fire Co., Inc. for 100 years of incorporation on Saturday, August 25, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. at the Great Harbor Museum on Main Street in Northeast Harbor.  The Northeast Harbor Fire Co., Inc. was incorporated as a non-profit corporation on September 26, 1901.

Eighteen corporations are celebrating their centennial anniversary this year.  They include eight business corporations--Beta Theta Pi Co., Chilton Paint Company, Edward H. Best & Co., Hodgco, Inc., Lewiston Daily Sun, Oxford County Telephone and Telegraph Company, Psi Upsilon Chapter House Association, The Dunlap Agency--and ten non-profit corporations--Library Club of Lovell, Megunticook Golf Club, Northeast Harbor Fire Co., Inc., Silver Harvest Grange Association, The Aid Society of Otter Creek, Maine, The Maine Optometric Association, Waldo County General Hospital, Wilson Grange, No. 321 and Wilton Free Public Library Association.

“I enjoy this opportunity to recognize these Maine businesses and nonprofit organizations that have attained this milestone,” said Secretary Gwadosky.  “Many dedicated people have been involved in keeping these organizations and businesses active for 100 years.  It is a significant achievement, given that my Department has over 50,000 active corporations on file.”

With the help and financial support of residents and seasonal visitors, a group of men called together by Ansel Manchester, A.C. Savage and Loren Kimball (proprietors of area hotels) formed a fire brigade that in 1901 was incorporated as the Northeast Harbor Fire Co., Inc.  Land on the Summit Road was selected for the central fire barn.  The firefighters were all volunteers from the community and their first equipment consisted of a two-wheel hose cart and a manual pump, both of which were drawn by hand.  In 1917, the Town of Mount Desert built a new firehouse on Main Street in Northeast Harbor, which could accommodate four or more pieces of equipment.  

An ambulance was added to the Northeast Harbor Fire Co.’s fleet of vehicles in 1939.  From that point forward, the fire company included the ambulance service.  Over time, the fire company served the villages of Northeast Harbor, Seal Harbor, Otter Creek and Somesville.   In the winter of 2001, the Town of Mount Desert accepted control of all fire fighting equipment that had been used by the Northeast Harbor Fire Co. and a professional fire chief was hired to lead the new single municipal fire department that serves these villages today.  The Northeast Harbor Fire Co. continues to provide an ambulance service with the generous contributions of the community.