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:

James F. Wenman

Samuel A. Benson

Owen W. Brennan

Wm. A. Randall

Daniel D. Conover

George F. Nesbitt

James Y. Watkins

Thomas H. Jenkins

Robert McGinnis

Nathaniel D. White

Daniel Stanbury

Edward Smith

John Garcia

James Y. Watkins, Jr.

William A. Woodhull

John J. Donnelly

John J. Westray

James J. Kelso

Alonzo Slote

Frederick A. Ridabock

William H. Wickham

Joseph L. Perley

C. Godfrey Gunther

John C. Bailey

William H. Stoddard

John R. Platt

Jordan L. Mott

John J. Bloomfield

Frederick White

John S. Davidson

James Cameron

James E. Morris

Charles Delmonico

Charles Place

John C. Perrin, Jr.

Gustavus Isaacs

Martin V. B. Smith

J. Nelson Tappen

 

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.

Tickets sold by new York Fire Department

$1,263.00

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Tickets sold by New York Police Department

529.00

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Tickets sold at Garden

1,673.00

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Tickets sold by members Ball Committee

3,257.00

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Total

$6,722.00

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Donation, Mutual Gas company, through John P. Kennedy

100.00

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Total

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$6,822.00

Paid Messrs., Shook & Gilmore, rent for Garden, and Thomas�s orchestra as per agreement

$1,000.00

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Paulding & Moore, posting bills

30.00

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Metropolitan Printing Company

45.00

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John J. Bloomfield, tickets and bills

85.00

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Premium, George Quackenbos, Captain Engine Company No. 10, new York Fire Department, for sale of tickets.

200.00

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Total

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$1,360.00

Net proceeds

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$5,462.00

DONATIONS ON YELLOW FEVER SUFFERERS

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New Orleans Young Men Christian Association

$500.00

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Howard association, Baton Rouge

500.00

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Greenville, Miss., to E. S. Butts, Vicksburg

500.00

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Refuge Landing, Miss., to E. S. Butts, Vicksburg

500.00

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Canton, Miss., through Robert Powell

500.00

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Jackson, Miss., through J. L. Powers

500.00

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Lake Station, Miss., through J. L. Powers

500.00

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Chief Engineer, New Orleans Fire Department

500.00

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Chief Engineer, Memphis Fire Department

500.00

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Howard association, Donaldsville, La.

200.00

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St. Vincent Orphans Asylum, New Orleans

100.00

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St. Alphonse orphan Asylum, New Orleans

100.00

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Total

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$4,900.00

Balance

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$562.00

The balance of money on hand is held for another institution.

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JAMES F. WENMAN, President.
ALONZO SLOTE, Treasurer.
JAMES CAMERON, Secretary.

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,
Nor gem that twinkling hangs from beauty�s ears;
Not all the blue stars that night�s blue arch adorn,
Not e�en the rising sun that gilds the vernal morn,
Shines with such luster as the tear that flows
Down virtue�s manly cheek for others� woes."

Transcribed by Holice B. Young

HTML by Debbie

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