By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Regional Museum board member
Starting in Albany during the late 1860s, a group of men banded together, choosing to set themselves apart from others in the community by wearing special badges, donning ceremonial belts and carrying ornate, metal speaking horns.
They had to be voted into the association and then pay a $2 joining fee. Sounds like a fraternal organization doesn’t it. Well partly.
Members were the resident volunteers that served in the city’s early firefighting companies…