Our Firemen, The History of the NY Fire Departments

Chapter 23, Part X

By Holice and Debbie


Assistant Engineer EDWARD W, JACOBS, Marshal.

Union Band.

Union Hook and Ladder Company No. 5.

Protector Engine Company No. 22.

Perry Hose Company No. 23.

Hartford Band.

Fulton Engine Company No. 21.

United States Engine Company No. 23.

Mechanics' Hook and Ladder Company No. 7.

Ruble's Band.

Phoenix Hose Company No. 22.

United States Hose Company No. 25.

Fort Washington engine Company No. 27.

Turl's Band.

Jackson Engine Company No. 24.

Rutgers Hose company No. 26.


Assistant Engineer G. JOSEPH RUCH, Marshal.

Robertson's Band.

National Hose Company No. 24.

Neptune Hose Company No. 27.

Cataract Drum Corps.

Cataract Engine Company no. 25.

Pearl Hose Company No. 25.

Waterbury Band.

Pacific Engine Company No. 28.

Laurel Hose Company No. 30.


Metamora Hose Company No. 26.

Empire Hook and Ladder Company No. 8.

Jefferson Band.

Jefferson Engine Company No. 26.

Putnam Hose Company No. 31.

Robinson's Band.

Guardian Engine Company No. 29.

Index Hose Company No. 32.

Drum Corps.

North River Engine Company No. 30.

Narragansett Hook and Ladder Company No. 10.




Assistant Engineer JOHN BRICE, Marshal.


Rohn's Band.

Black Joke Engine Company No. 38.

Peterson Engine Company No. 31.

Hackensack Band.

Warren Hose company No. 33.

Shelton's Band.

Howard Engine Company No. 34.

Lafayette Hose Company No. 34.

Manahan's Band.

Columbus Engine Company No. 35.

Albany Cornet Band.

Washington Hook and Ladder Company No. 9.

Tradesmen Engine Company No. 37.

Schottio's Band.

Harry Howard Engine Company No. 36.

Mohawk Hose Company No. 39.

Shelton's Band.

Oceana Hose Company No. 36.

Franklin Engine Company No. 39.




Assistant engineer DANIEL DONNOVAN, Marshal.


Meyer's Band

Madison Hose Company No. 37.

Lady Washington Engine Company No. 40.

Wallace's Band.

Southwark Engine Company No. 38.

Alert Hose Company No. 41.

Fifty-fifth Regiment Band.

Amity Hose Company No. 38.

Manhatta Engine Company No. 43.

Stewart's Band.

Friendship Hook and Ladder Company No. 12.

Mazeppa Hose Company No. 42.

Adkin's Band.

Empire Hose Company No. 40.

Pocahontas Engine Company No. 49.

Clinton Band.

Clinton Engine Company No. 41.

Pioneer Hose Company No. 43.

Clinton Band.

Clinton Engine Company No. 41.

Pioneer Hose Company No. 43.




Assistant Engineer WILLIAM HACKETT, Marshal.


Dodworth's Full Band.

Empire Engine Company No. 42.

Washington Irving Hose Company No. 44.

Ryer's Band.

Live Oak Engine Company No. 44.

Mechanics' Hose Company No. 47.

College Point Band.

Aurora Engine Company No. 45.

Americus Hose Company No. 48.

Castle's Band.

Valley Forge Hose Company No. 46.

Relief Hose Company No. 51.

Rahn's Band.

Marion Hook and Ladder Company No. 13.

Undine Hose Company No. 52.

Drum Corps.

Mazeppa Engine Company No. 48.

Naiad Hose Company No. 53.

Meyer's Band.

Hope Hose Company No. 50.

Harry Howard Hose Company No. 55.




Assistant Engineer STEPHEN MITCHELL, Marshal.


Palace Garden Band.

Columbian Hook and Ladder Company No. 14.

Nassau Hose Company No. 56.

Empire Band.

Liberty Engine Company No. 50.

Forrest Hose Company No. 58.

Nier's Band.

Paulding Hose Company No. 57.

Mutual Engine Company No. 51.


M. T. Brennan Hose Company No. 60.

Manhattan Hook and Ladder Company No. 16.

Adkin's Band.

Zephyr Hose Company No. 61.

Ion Hose Company No. 59.

Dodworth's Band.

Baxter Hook and Ladder Company No. 15.



When the Prince of Wales visited New York in 1860 the firemen gave a torchlight procession in his honor on the night of October 13. There were six thousand men in line, who occupied one and a half hours in passing the fifth Avenue Hotel, from the balcony of which they were received by the Prince. One of the novelties at that time was the appearance of Hook and Ladder Company No. 12, with a calcium light, lent by Professor R. Ogden Doremus. The old "Hay Wagon," decorated with flags, was drawn by Exempt Engine company, under Mr. Zophar Mills. The enthusiasm everywhere was great, and it was said this was one of the finest displays made by the Department.

The Fire Department made a notable display on Exacuation Day, November 26, 1883. The glittering engines, beautiful horses and stalwart men were as striking as any feature of the parade. Six's big dog barked back at those who cheered him. The Philadelphia disbanded Volunteers were only a shade different from the old New Yorkers, though their long pearl-colored coats distinguished them from the long line that followed ex-Chief John Decker and ex-Chief Harry Howard. The New York Volunteer Firemen made Fifth Avenue look from a distance as if a broad stream of blood was flowing down its roadway. John Decker, stalwart and erect, with his silver trumpet's mouth filled with flowers, conspicuously a favorite with the spectators. Chief Howard, in plain black, limped bravely along the whole route. Howard, Decker and Frank Clark, the foreman of Old Live Oak 44, brought out volumes of cheering from the men on the sidewalks. Big Six proved a great curiosity, and the tiger fastened to its brakes beautified the old machine. The engine had been sold to the Government at the general sale of the old apparatus in 1865. The surviving members had made diligent search for it and finally discovered it at Willett's Point. General henry L. Abbott, commanding the post, gave her up. Mr. William B. Dunley, one of her ex-foremen, and Mr. William Burns, a member, brought the "Old Gal" from Willett's Point to the city. Through the kindness of Commissioner Brennan they were allowed to bring her down on a Department steamboat. When she arrived in New York, ex-Fire commissioner Blair and Nicholas Martin, an ex-member, with his gray horse, Tiger, were waiting on the pier to receive her. The horse was hitched to the engine, and with Blair and martin on the tongue she was taken to Blake's livery stable, where ex-Foreman Anthony Burke and other ex-members were waiting to receive her. There was some wrangling among the boys as to who should "back her in," which was observed as an old-time honor, and fell to the lot of Tony Burke. The news soon spread in the neighborhood, and there was great excitement. Men, women, and children rushed to see the old engine. After many congratulations the boys retired to a neighborhood saloon and drank the health of the member of "Big Six."

Twelve hose was also there, carrying a stuffed dog. The oldest machine of all, Lafayette 19, was a valuable contribution to the show. The red shirts of the men themselves called back the new York of twenty years ago, and whether it was unconsciously or purposely reproduced, even the swagger, the instinctive curl of the upper lips, or the set of the hats were not omitted from the picture they presented. The suburban companies were, some of them, very like the old New Yorkers.

Transcribed by Holice B. Young

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