Our Firemen, The History of the NY Fire Departments
Chapter 41, Part III
By Holice and Debbie
The greatest amount ever realized by one of the balls, six thousand two hundred and forty-four dollars and eight cents, was in 1868. The last ball was in 1873.
The by-laws of 1883 decided that the officers should consist of a president, two vice-presidents, a secretary, and a treasurer, to be elected annually.
The members at that time were:
And the following honorary members:
John Coger, peter H. Titus, Adam P. Pentz, Charles McDougal, Henry A. burr, and Viscount Mandeville.
The committee have continued their social entertainments, and have occasionally a summer excursion. They dine annually at Delmonico�s on December 16, the anniversary of the great fire of 1835.
The following is the treasurer�s report of the Yellow Fever Relief fund:
At a meeting of the New York Firemen�s Ball Committee of the old Volunteer Fire Department, held October 2, 1878, at the office of James f. Wenman, Esq., the treasurer submitted his financial report of the result of the concert in aid of the yellow fever sufferers at the South, given at Gilmore�s Garden, September 23, 1878, under the auspices of the committee, as follows:
FIREMEN�S BALL COMMITTEE OF THE OLD VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, in account with Alonzo Slote, TREASURER.
JAMES F. WENMAN, President.
On motion of James J. Kelso, Esq., the following resolution was adopted:
Resolved, That the new York Foremen�s Ball Committee of the Old Volunteer Fire Department hereby tender their sincere thanks to all who aided them in giving success to their concert at Gilmore�s Garden on the evening of September 23,1878, in aid of the Relief Fund for the benefit of the yellow fever sufferers. The committee more especially express their obligations to Mlle. Ilma di Murska, Signor Tagliapietra, Wm. J. Levy, General C. S. Grafulla, and the members of the Seventh Regiment National Guard Band, Harry B. Dodworth, Esq., and the member of Dodworth�s Band, and Messrs. Oliver S. Dorlon and Edwin Coe for their services, tendered gratuitously on that occasion, and also to Mrs. Emma Watson Doty, Mrs. George Warrenreth, and Samuel H. Crooks, Esq., and the members of Crooks� Band, and the others who volunteered, and all whose noble efforts assisted our brethren who are suffering under the affliction of the terrible scourge which has been devastating the South. No appeal was responded to more kindly, promptly, and satisfactorily then that made by the committee, and feeling that this success was very largely due to the above named, the committee takes this opportunity to make public recognition of their services, though aware that each and every one will find a greater reward in the knowledge that their charitable act will carry comfort to many a sorrowing home, and always remembering that
"No radiant pearl that crested fortune wears,
Transcribed by Holice B. Young
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