Our Firemen, The History of the NY Fire Departments

Chapter 44, Pt. 3

By Holice and Debbie

One of the notable features of the Old Department was the number of social organizations which sprang from it. The men were not merely satisfied with being banded together for the protection of life and property from fire, but desired to form clubs and societies outside of the jurisdiction of the department. These organizations took the form of target companies, chowder clubs, and so on. The idea was to perpetuate the good fellowship which arose in the engine house. The associations gave opportunity for agreeable relaxation after the arduous duties of the department had been attended to, and the excursions and parties were participated in by friends of the members. They are by no means an insignificant part of the social history of the people of New York, and therefore should have some notice in a work of this kind. Below is a pretty full list of these clubs, with the name of the captain or leader who has been identified with them. Engine Company No. 33 (Black Joke), be it noted, has the honor of having been the first company to inaugurate a target excursion:

Engine Companies:

No. 1

Hudson Guards

John K. Oliver

No. 2

Excelsior Guards

John McDermott

No. 3

Metamora Guards

James Martin

No. 3

Forrest Guards

John Gaville

No. 3

Hope Guards

F. Breman

No. 6

Americus Guards

J. H. Johnson

No. 6

W. M. Tweed Guards

Augustus Oliver

No. 6

Gouverneur Blues

John Casilear & Wm. Gayte

No. 8

Manhattan Guards

 

No. 9

Marion Volunteers

John A. Dunn

No. 9

Marion Guards

James Hayes

No. 9

Talcott Guards

Seth R. Abrams

No. 11

Oceanus Guards

John Wildey

No. 12

Knickerbocker Guards

G. J. Brown

No. 12

Tradesmen's Guards

A. H. Mitchell

No. 13

Eagle Guards

Con. Donovan

No. 14

Independence Guards

A. H. Tyler

No. 15

Wilson Guards

 

No. 15

Peterson Guards

Sam. Jackson

No. 16

Croton Guards

Mose Jackson

No. 16

Mitchell Guards

Stephen Mitchell

No. 16

Wilson Guards

John Slowey

No. 19

Edward Walsh Battalion

James Flood

No. 19

Lafayette Volunteers

George Borstman

No. 20

Clayton Guards

Wm. Hackett

No. 20

Washington Guards

--------Hasson

No. 24

Jackson Guards

Timothy Carroll

No. 26

Jefferson Blues

Robert Smack

No. 29

Guardian Guards

Eugene Ward

No. 30

Tompkins Blues

 

No. 30

James Irwin Guards

 

No. 32

Bunker Hill Volunteers

Wm. Fiske

No. 32

Subterranean Guards

Wm. McKibben

No. 33

Black Joke Volunteers

James Buckridge and John Quinn

No. 34

Red Rover Guards

 

No. 34

Howard Guards

Charles Miller

No. 34

Broderick Guards

S. M. Phillips

No. 39

Franklin Guards

P. Black

No. 40

Gentlemen's Sons

Joe Hutton

No. 41

Clinton Guards

Dennis Kehoe, James Little & Henry Lewis

No. 44

Live Oak Volunteers

Robert Gray and J. C. Harrison

No. 44

Turk's Island Guards

Henry Munn

No. 46

Relief Guards

J. Irving

No. 46

Independent Relief Guards

 

No. 46

Valley Forge Guards

James Brown

No. 49

Pocahontas Guards

Stephen L. Finley

From Hose Companies:

No. 1

Eagle Guards

Joseph Cannon

No. 1

Eagle Guards

-

No. 6

Independent Gouverneur Blues

Daniel Sarven and James Brown

No. 7

Ringgold guards

-

No. 11

Varian Guards

-

No. 12

Washington Guards

Larry Orson, Joseph R. Riley & S. Duffin

No. 13

Jackson Volunteers

Andrew Gloar

No. 15

Hopkins Light Guards

-

No. 16

Tompkins Guards

Ed. Bonnell

No. 17

Clinton Guards

Silas Lyng

No. 17

Anderson Guards

E. Malaly

No. 21

Hudson Guards

Wm. Cullen

No. 21

Hudson Blues

------ Hoyt

No. 22

Phenix Guards

W. R. W. Chambers

No. 24

National Guards

C. L. Robinson

No. 25

McKinley guards

-

No. 26

Rutgers and Van Buren Guard

James Wilkinson

No. 26

Tremendous Curbstone Light Infantry Fantasticals

Ed. Shandley

No. 29

Union Volunteers

Chas. E. Bell

No. 31

Putnam Guards

Jesse Thomas and Thomas Sullivan

No. 32

Johnson Guards

-

No. 33

Independent Warren Guards

A. S. Barnett

No. 33

Warren Guards

H. Dennett

No. 34

Star Volunteers

Scott Gunyon and L. Kerr

No. 35

Britton Guards

M. J. Conley

No. 39

Carson Guards

Gilbert C. Dean

No. 40

Empire Guards

Wm. C. Rogers and John Kettlemen

No. 41

Alert Guards

Thos. Mitchell

No. 44

Washington Irving

Alex. Smith

Transcribed by Holice B. Young

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