The story begins in 1736, when Benjamin Franklin founded the Union Fire company.
By 1871, a Union Fire Company was launched in Centreville, Illinois with 32 members.
This is where the story gets a bit confusing, because the town 10 miles south of Centreville also named themselves Centreville.
Incredibly, this went on for about 50 years before the southern Centreville realized they had a problem, so in 1890 they changed their name to Millstadt, and the Centreville Fire Department eventually evolved into the Millstadt Union Fire Company.
– PUB DATE: 11/26/2019 12:00:00 AM – SOURCE: KMOV-TV CBS 4 St. Louis
Source: SEAFC National Fire News