Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice
Troy Township & Troy Borough, Bradford County PA
Bradford County PA
Chemung County NY
Tioga County PA
Early Postcard of Fire Station at Troy

This older fires station on corner of Canton Street and Redington was replaced in 1950s. That building has also been replaced. I will include comparative photos at a later time.

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Photo: Troy Fire House
Township: Troy Borough, Bradford County PA
Year: ? 
Postcard from Janet PETERS Ordway
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Article Kindly submitted by Paul Newell to accompany the older postcard.
Troy Gazette-Register newspaper article, circa 1980.

[Fire House and Fire Engine photo]

The Old Fire House and New Fire Engine

   The above photo [See Bottom of This Page] was taken in July 1953, just before the old fire house was torn down and the new fire truck had arrived. Standing along beside the truck are left to right – “Bucky Smith, “Vic” Warner and Paul Reynolds.

   The history of the Troy Volunteer Fire Company is worth reviewing. Troy had two destructive fires that destroyed sections in the center of town. One was in 1848 and the other 1870. Fires were not eliminated, but fire-fighting methods and equipment were improved.

   On July 7, 1871 the Oscoluwa Engine and Hose Company was created. W.H. Carnochan, a lawyer, was its president and chief. It began with a meeting of the citizens to consider the purchase of a fire engine. Some of the first equipment included a hogshead or two, holding some 150 gallons of water, mounted on a chassis that was drawn to the fire scene where bucket brigades, manned by volunteers, went into action.

   The new fire company purchased a new Clapp and Jones steamer and two hose carts. A two-story brick construction building to house the equipment and serve as a meeting place for the firemen was built in 1871 at the corner of Canton Street and Redington Avenue, where the present firehall is today.

   In 1874 a fire alarm bell was installed in a bell tower of the fire house. It served its purpose until about 1929 when an electric fire siren was installed over the former Troy Engine & Machine Company building, across the street.

   The old fire house was torn down in 1953 and replaced by a new brick building which houses firefighting equipment on the ground floor and an attractive meeting room on the second floor. The land was acquired from the George G. Beardslee estate and the borough council released title to some of the equipment to the firemen. The council also agreed to pay the volunteer fire company an annual fee for protection.

   An agreement with the supervisors of adjoining townships was entered into in 1952, whereby fire protection service, on an annual fee basis, was provided to Wells, South Creek, Columbia, Springfield, Armenia, Troy and West Burlington and Sullivan Township of Tioga County. The boroughs of Troy, Sylvania and Burlington entered a similar agreement.

   The Ladies Auxiliary of the Oscoluwa Engine & Hose Company was formed in 1948 by the wives of the volunteer firemen. They assist in numerous fund raising affairs.

   The Troy Volunteer Firemen’s Ambulance Association was organized in 1950. It has moved to its new building in the Troy Motor alley and serves Troy and surrounding communities by providing ambulance service.

   A lot of volunteer hours and community spirit have gone into the Troy Fire Company over the past 108 years, but isn’t it a great security to know it is standing by in case you need help?

Oscoluwa Engine And Hose Co., Host Of NY-Penn Fire Convention, Began In 1870 When Fire Almost Destroyed Troy Borough
By Pat Barber Submitted to Tri-Counties Site by Don Stanton (Undated scrapbook item - est. 1977) Published on Tri-Counties May 2006
This is the original home of the Oscoluwa Engine & Hose Co. in Troy, built in 1871. This photo was taken in 1901 when it was dressed for a fireman's convention. The shed next to it was washed away during Hurricane Agnes and the main building replaced, but in the same location in 1955. The bell was added in 1874
.Before 1871, Troy’s only means of combating fire was several hogsheads holding 150 gallons of water each, mounted on a chassis, drawn by horses or by hand to the scene of the fire where a bucket brigade went into action.
In the summer of 1870 the Oliver block of Main Street (a parking lot today) was completely destroyed by fire.  To save the Troy House next door, the steamer from Elmira was called by telegraph and sent down by special train to Troy.  The hotel and the rest of the town was saved, but residents knew they needed a better system of fire protection.
On July 6, 1871, by order if the Common Council of Troy Borough, a volunteer fire company was formed and known as Oscoluwa No. 1.  W. H. Carnochan was first president, with R. F. Redington as vice-president; O. T. Saltmarsh as secretary; and Horace Pomeroy, a director.  Carnochan, a lawyer, doubled as fire chief.
When the first piece of equipment arrived, a Clapp and Jones steamer to be operated in conjunction with two hose carts, the town turned out to see the steamer and the newly-uniformed company on parade.  That night, September 1, 1871, a Fireman’s Ball was held in the Troy Hotel and both affairs became annual events.
A two-story brick building was erected at the corner of Canton Street and Redington Avenue in Troy, the site of today’s firehouse.  It not only housed the fire fighting equipment on the first floor and a meeting room on the second, it also had two cells which served as the Troy jail until the building was torn down in 1954.
The fire alarm bell was purchased in 1874 and a tower built to house it.  When the new and present firehouse was built in 1955 the bell was moved to its present location in front of the Van Dyne Civic Building.
A telephone and electric lights were installed about 1903, and in 1912 a 75-gallon hand-drawn soda and acid extinguisher was added to supplement the existing equipment.
There was great excitement when the brand new American La France Pumper arrived in front of the firehouse in 1917.  It could pump 750 gallons per minute.  The volunteers still have that 1917 pumper, keep its in running order, and show it off as often as possible.  It will be a shining part of Saturday’s parade.
One of the most devastating fires in the history of Troy occurred in the winter of 1919 when, in spite of the valiant efforts of the volunteers, the Farmers’ Union, (predecessor of Agway), with its enormous supply of grain, was completely destroyed.  The equipment had not been enough and the company and the borough jointly financed the purchase of a one-ton combination chemical and hose Ford truck from the LaFrance plant in Elmira at a cost of $2250.
Other pierces of equipment were purchased over the years as needed, including a Pierce Arrow pumper with 1000 feet of hose for out of town fires and a portable lighting outfit for night fires.  The wives of the firemen formed the first ladies’ auxiliary in 1948, and the new firehouse was built in 1955 at a cost of $7100 plus more than 10,000 hours of volunteer labor.
Then as now, the motto of the Oscoluwa Engine and Hose Company is “Ever ready when duty calls.”  For 106 years it has served the people of Troy and the surrounding areas, hosted conventions in 1901 and 1949, and just purchased a new pumper at a cost of close to $50,000.
Current officers are: Chet Wills, president; Bob Williams, vice-president; Bill Hamlin, treasurer; Barry Estep, secretary; and Dale Yale, fire chief.

See Also Article - The Great Troy Fire of 1869

This is the brand new American La France pumper in 1917 with unidentified volunteer fireman of Troy. It will ride in Saturday's parade for the Firemen's Convention
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