Brownsville Fire Company, Inc.  Ladies Auxiliary

Webster’s definition of Auxiliary; helping providing additional help when needed.  
The firemen’s auxiliary was formed after the Brownsville Canning Factory fire; fall of 1956. The definition of Webster’s dictionary is exactly what the women of Brownsville and the area did during the fire. Their way of helping as the fire was preparing food for the people fighting the fire and making sure there was enough water for the men to drink.

The Auxiliary is still going strong to this day. Since 1956, we have donated $28,900 to the fire company and in addition, we also purchased tables and chairs and various supplies for the fire house kitchen. We had various functions to raise this money. In the early days of the auxiliary the ladies would have card parties. People would pay x-amount of money of play a certain kind of card game. We did this yearly form 1958 to 1965. The next 29 years were just as successful. From 1965 to May of 1994, the auxiliary raised money by cooking and serving meals for the Brownsville Lions Club. We cooked and served every 2nd and 4th Monday from September through May, every year for 29 years.

In 1992, we began raising money by having a brat fry on Friday, every Father’s Day weekend.

We were also active in having bake sales during the Brownsville picnic years, and also made floats to go in the Brownsville parades held before the picnic. During the open house of the newly built firehouse, we served food and beverages. This was in April of 1964 at the site of the present firehouse.

In April of 1974, a tornado hit our area and the auxiliary again helped out.

In July 1975, we developed a “Welcome to Brownsville” Letter. This would give new families information about the village.

October 31, 1985, Brownsville had its first Halloween Parade. Is was sponsored by the firemen’s auxiliary but helped out by most all the businesses in the village and different clubs. This parade and party continues today, however, the Brownsville Lions Club now sponsors it.
We have also published two cookbooks; in 1986 and the second in 1990.

On July 12, 2002 the Quad Graphics fire, again, showed everyone just how important the auxiliary can be, and once more, this could not have been done without the help of many, many people. We at one time were serving 200 fire fighters throughout the day. The fire went on for 10 days. Neighbors, friends, businesses and many people all were paret of our auxiliary during that time. They were all helping out in a time of need. How blessed we are to be part of a great community.

We are always looking for more members. Our meetings are the third Monday of every other month starting on March. Meeting  begin at 7:30. Just show up if interested. Meetings are held at the firehouse.

The Regular Village Board Meeting will take place at the Village Hall 514 Railroad St., on Wednesday February 12, 2020 starting after the 6:00 p.m. Check back here closer to the date for an agenda. Please contact the clerk if you wish an ite..