Our Firemen, The History of the NY Fire Departments

Chapter 48, Part III

By Holice and Debbie

This was approved, and a correspondence with the Fire Commissioners resulted, on the fourteenth of July, 1865, in an interview with them, when the report was left with them, it being understood that the commissioners were favorably impressed with the views embraced in it.

The first ballot for a successor to Chief Decker was taken July 19, and the resulted as follows:

Alfred Carson

1

T. L. West

1

J. L. Perley

1

John Baulch

1

The subsequent two ballots on that day were:

Baulch

1

West

2

M. Shannessey

1

West

1

Carson

1

R. C. Brown

2

The balloting was resumed June 21 as follows:

Fourth--Brown--2--West --1--Carson--1

Fifth--Carson--2-- Brown --2

Sixth--Brown--1--Haw--1 --Carson--2

Eighth--Haw--2--Miller--1--John J. Gorman--1

Eighth--Haw--2--Miller --1--John J. Gorman--1

Ninth--Haw--2--Carson--2

Tenth--West--2--Haw--1-M. Halloran--1

Eleventh--Halloran--2--

Carson--1-- Elisha Kingsland--1

Twelfth--Carson--1--Gorman --1-- Halloran--1--

Kingsland--1

Thirteenth--Cregier--1--

Brown--1--Carson--1--

Perley--1

Fourteenth--Cregier--2--

Perley--2

Fifteenth--Cregier--2

Perley--2

Sixteenth--Cregier--2--

Kingsland--1--Perley--1

Seventeenth--Brown--2--

Carson--2

Eighteenth-- Brown--2--

West--2

Nineteenth-- H. Curry--1--

Brown--2-- West--1

Twentieth--Carson--2--

Brown--1--West--1

Twenty-first--West--2--Brown --1--Haw --1

Twenty-second--West--2--

Brown--1--Kingsland--1

Twenty-third--West--2--

Brown--2

Twenty-fourth--West--2--Brown --1 --Perley--1

Twenty-fifth--Carson--2--

Perley--2

- -

The balloting was suspended until the Twenty-seventh of July, when the twenty-sixth ballot gave; 

West--2
Perley--1
John B. Leverich--1
Twenty-seventh-- Perley--2
West--1
Kingsland--1
Twenty-eighth-- Elisha Kingsland was elected by three votes to one for Perley.

ELISHA KINGSLAND was a member of Hose Company No. 32, afterwards Engine Company No. 26, of which his brother, Oliver H. Kingsland, was the last foreman. Mr. Kingsland became foreman of this company, and afterwards assistant engineer for over eleven years. He was the first chief of the Paid Department, and is now an employee of the Board of Underwriters. Mr. Kingsland had an accident at a fire in Forsyth Street in 1854, and narrowly escaped serious injury.

July 28, the comptroller was requested to place fifty thousand dollars to the credit of the Fire Department with the city chamberlain, and the "sinews of war" were provided for. The commissioners had been feeling their way to the appointment of the firs engine company. A first-class engine, that had been ordered of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, to cost four thousand five hundred dollars, and, after several quarters for it had been selected and rejected, it was decided to house it in the building occupied by the Exempt engine company, in the northeast corner of the City Hall Park. Commissioner Engs rode on its to its first destination. Foreman John J. Gorman readily complied with a request that the members of the Exempt Engine Company aid the company of the new engine when it was formed. Messrs. Engs and Brown then selected officers and men, and on then thirty-first of July the company was formed. The commissioners appreciated the action of the officers and members of the Exempt Engine Company, and on the ninth of August, on a communication from John J. Gorman, foreman of the Exempt Engine Company, requesting that the company may be relieved from active duty in connection with Metropolitan Steam Fire Engine Company No. 1, as the Paid Company had been appointed, Commissioner Brown offered the following resolutions, which were adopted:

Resolved, That at their own request, the Exempt Fire Engine Company be relieved from further active duty with Metropolitan Steam Fire Engine Company No. 1.

Resolved, That the readiness with which Exempt Engine Company came forward and volunteered to take charge of the new steamer, and the promptness and zeal manifested by that company in the discharge of duty with said steamer, is deserving of special mention and commendation.

Resolved, That the thanks of this Board be, and they are hereby, tendered to the Exempt Engine Company for the valuable assistance rendered by them to this Department.

Resolved, That the secretary furnish the Exempt Engine Company with a copy of these resolutions.

Transcribed by Holice B. Young

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