07/04/11 540 W - + 2 - 4 Articles of Dissolution / Research and Records


Guess I am really a researcher at heart, as exploring the North Carolina Secretary of State's corporation records has been endlessly fascinating lo the last day or two. Now this is how to spend a holiday vacation! The topic is of course former fire departments, be they disbanded or merged or simply renamed. One more avenue of curiosity for Mr. Blogger, and as recorded in this database of mine.

Last night, found a couple more to be added: Aulander VFD (1957-1988); Brinkleyville VFD (1992-2006); Cameron Rural FD (1958-2010, merged with Circle V FD); Harrisburg VFD (1954-2010), became municipal HFD; Stoneville VFD (1981-2006), likely became municipal SFD; Sunset Beach VFD (1972-1997), assets to form town FD.

Among the available electronic information are copies of the Articles of Dissolution. at least within the last 15 years or so. These are fascinating to read and detail some additional information beyond just the date the corporate ceased to exist. Disposing of assets is listed, and it's interesting to see how these private fire department transferred their monies and other assets. Expectedly, some departments donate their funds to other departments. Others pass them along to charitable organizations, such or religious groups or firefighter organizations.

They're easily downloaded and could be posted here, just for idle reading. But would people mind? Maybe those who were involved or close to those closings? Are such (public) documents actually closer to skeletons? For historians, history is history is history. Everything's good. But for the lay readers, even those in the fire service, maybe such details are more sensitive. I have thought the same thing about death certificates.

Over the years, I have copies of dozens of 1970s and earlier death certificates of North Carolina line of duty deaths (see that database of mine). They are fascinating and informative records.1 They are also public records, as are above. Other fire historians (as well as history buffs) might jump at the chance to easily view these. But is that just too much? Is such information ultimately too sensitive or too morbid, perhaps?

Time is a factor. Death certificates from 100 years ago are going to feel different than those from 40 years ago. And certainly very different than those from fatalities in recent years or decades. (Don't know if those records are readily available. Haven't looked for them. Modern LODD reporting replaces the need to fill historical gaps.)

Your thoughts? The joy of research is thus saddled with the sensitivity of presentation. Not everything is ready to consumed by an audience other than yourself.

1Data recorded in older death certificates, this from 1950s:







  
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