03/16/09 193 W - + 12 - 8 Chestnut Hill, Cannonville, and Interstate Contests

Looking through old tournament records finds a couple interesting fire company names from the 1900s and 1910s. Chestnut Hill, an unincorporated community south of Salisbury, had a fire company from at least 1907 until at least 1912. Named Southside, they won first prizes for each of those years. If memory serves, they were or soon became part of the Salisbury Fire Department. In 1911 and 1912, a fire company from Concord named Cannonville competed in the tournament. This was probably the pre-Kannapolis fire department that protected Cannon Mills and the mill village. In 1916, a team with name Kannapolis competed.  

These were the years that the tournament also featured interstate contests, and fire companies from South Carolina often participated. The interstate horse hose wagon contest on July 25, 1912, for example, featured 18 teams: Bennettsville, S.C., Burlington, Concord, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Kinston (Caswell No. 1), Kinston No. 2, Marion, S.C., Morehead City, New Bern (Atlantic No. 1), New Bern (Fourth Ward), New Bern (Riverside), New Bern No. 1, Raleigh (Capital Hose No. 3), Raleigh (Rescue No. 1), Sanford, Statesville, and Sumter, S.C. The winners were Goldsboro and Sumter, each with a time of 33 seconds.

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