Guest bartenders worked behind the bar at Bald Jason’s Pub at Abbott’s Grill in Milford on Tuesday, October 7, to support and raise money for the Carlisle Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. Mayor Bryan Shupe, Tom Barnard, Angela Dorey, Wayne Whitney and Chrissy Sarro poured and mixed drinks for patrons at the restaurant. In addition to collecting tips for the organization, ten percent of all proceeds throughout the day were donated to the Carlisle Fire Company.
Carlisle Fire Company was founded in 1802 when the Delaware Legislature granted a charter to the town of Milford authorizing the establishment of a volunteer fire fighting organization. The first fire hydrants and water mains were installed in the city in 1892 and the fire company was equipped with a hand-drawn hook and ladder truck. Originally, the equipment was housed in a building owned by Angelina Marshall and located behind what was then W.A. Humes Department Store, the location of the Mispillion Art Gallery today. The first known major fire was documented on August 9, 1895 at Grier’s Laundry which was located next door to the Firemen’s Hall and Hose House. In 1903, there were reports of a “fire craze” in the town because there were four alarms in one week.
In 1915, C.E.. “Charles’ Varney was elected President of the company and he remained in office for more than 30 years. At the time Mr. Varney became president, the company was known as the Milford Fire Company, Inc. The firefighters launched a fund raising effort to purchase a triple combination fire truck that included a pump, chemical tank and ladders. They raised $4,345 to purchase the truck from American LeFrance Fire Truck Company. That truck is still operational today, known as Truck No. 1. The total cost of the truck was $6,750 and the balance was provided by the annual carnival held in town In 1918, the Milford community was rocked by news that one of their own, Paris T. Carlisle IV, had been killed near the Mense River in France. Mr. Carlisle had been an active member of the fire company before his death. In his honor, the fire company was renamed Carlisle Fire Company on November 12, 1918.
In 1925, a new firehouse was dedicated at the corner of Church and Southeast Second Streets in Milford. It was considered one of the most elegant buildings on the Eastern shore and many banquets, dances and community events were held in the large banquet facilities on the upper floors. The current firehouse, which is located on Northwest Front Street, was completed in 1978 to meet the growing needs of the fire company.
“We are not only hoping to raise some money tonight at this event, but we also want to get information out there about upcoming events,” said Kathy Jackson who organized the event. “All money raised goes to support the efforts of our fire company who are all volunteer members.”
A table was set up just inside the entrance to the restaurant providing information about upcoming events. On October 25, the Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Halloween Dance featuring the band “Hooverville.” The dance is held from 8 pm until 12 am for those 21 and older. Tickets are $15 per couple or $10 for singles. Although costumes are not required, prizes will be awarded for those choosing to dress up. On November 8, the auxiliary will hold a Beef and Dumpling Dinner and the Annual Craft Fair will be held November 30.
“We are selling raffle tickets for our Countdown to Christmas Calendar Raffle tonight as well,” Ms. Jackson said. “Each day, starting December 1 through December 24, we will draw one winning ticket. The ticket drawn wins the prize for that day. For example, if your ticket is drawn on December 1, you win a Pampered Chef baking set, recipe book and manual chopper. The tickets are returned to the drawing, so you have a chance to win more than once.” Ms. Willey said the goal of the calendar fund raffle is to raise $20,000.