Our Firemen, The History of the NY Fire Departments

Chapter 48, Part VI

By Holice and Debbie

Hook and Ladder Companies:

"Mutual" Hook and Ladder No. 1

Disbanded September 20

"Chelsea" Hook and Ladder No. 2

Disbanded November 1

"Phoenix" Hook and Ladder No. 3

Disbanded November 20

"George B. McClellan Hook and Ladder No. 4

Disbanded November 1

"Union" Hook and Ladder No. 5

Disbanded November 1

"Lafayette" Hook and Ladder No. 6

Disbanded November 11

" Mechanics'" Hook and Ladder No. 7

Disbanded November 1

"Empire" Hook and Ladder No. 8

Disbanded October 25

"Washington" Hook and Ladder No. 9

Disbanded November 1

"Cornelius V. Anderson" Hook and Ladder No. 10

Disbanded November 1

"Harry Howard" Hook and Ladder No. 11

Disbanded October 25

"Friendship" Hook and Ladder No. 12

Disbanded September 20

"Marion" Hook and Ladder No. 13

Disbanded November 10

"Columbian" Hook and Ladder No. 14

Disbanded October 25

"Baxter" Hook and Ladder" No. 15

Disbanded November 1

"Liberty" Hook and Ladder No. 16

Disbanded September 20

"John Decker" Hook and Ladder No. 17

Disbanded November 10

"Hibernia" Hook and Ladder No. 18

Disbanded November 1

The following is an exact record of the first membership of the Metropolitan Companies, with their formation in chronological, not numerical order:

METROPOLITAN STEAM FIRE ENGINE COMPANIES

Company No. 1 -- organized July 31, 1865, at No. 4 Centre Street, in quarters of Exempt Engine Company. Had an Amoskeag steamer, built in 1865, and tender drawn by horses.

Foreman, William Corgan; assistant foreman, Walter T., Furlong; engineer, James H. Ward; stoker, James Leavy; driver, Joseph Douglass; firemen, William A. Kipp, Alexander McDonald, David Conner, James Rooney, Charles B. Angevine, William F. Hayes, Robert L. Wintringham, (first member killed on duty).

Company No. 2 -- Organized September 1, 1865, at No. 304 West Forty-seventh Street, in quarters of Hudson Engine Company No. 1, had a steamer built in 1864 by William H. Van Ness, and tender drawn by horses. Foreman, Robert Roberts; assistant foreman, Theodore A. Webb; engineer, Louis A. Lallemont; stoker, J. D. Fisher; driver, Benjamin F. Kocks; firemen, John Newman, Michael Glennon, John Canavan, James Flay, Arthur Dougherty, Samuel Griffiths, Henry Schuck.

Company No. 4 -- Organized September 8, 1865, at No. 39 Liberty Street, in quarters of City Hose No. 8. Had Amoskeag steamer, built in 1861, and tender drawn by horses. Foreman, Thomas Mccauley; assistant foreman, William F. Flock; engineer, William Matthews; stoker, Thomas P. Powers; driver, Michael C. Deiter; firemen, Dominick Sicot, Martin McEvoy, Thomas Irwin, Thomas T. Campbell, John Scanlan, Patrick Corrigan, Francis P. Murray.

Company No. 6 -- Organized September 8, 1865, at No. 100 Cedar Street, in quarters of Washington engine No. 20. Had an Amoskeag steamer, built in 1864, and a tender drawn by horses. Foreman, Joseph J. Mallen; assistant foreman, James Whelan; engineer, Timothy Flynn; stoker, Edward Steadman; driver, John W. Regan; fireman, Louis Flock, Joseph Derry, Theodore Dakin, John McKowen, Peter Byrnes, John Nolan, George Jacobs.

Company No. 10 -- Organized September 8, 1865, at No. 28 Beaver Street, in quarters of Franklin Hose No. 18. Did first duty with a hand engine while an Amoskeag steamer was making. Foreman, John Batterbury; assistant foreman, J. A. Lewis; engineer, E. Mansfield Clark; stoker, M. J. Cullan; driver, Patrick Boyle; fireman, John H. Griffen, Martin Cherry, Patrick Folger, Henry Holtje, Richard F. Scully, Timothy Leary, Thomas Cammon, Martin Goss.

Company No. 7 -- Organized September 8, 1865, at No. 26 Chambers Street, in quarters of Protector Engine No. 22. Had an Amoskeag engine, built in 1865, and tender drawn by horses. Foreman, Joseph Boynton; assistant foreman, James L. Costa; engineer, Thomas Coady; stoker, Edward Hogan; driver, Richard W. Ash; firemen, William Keane, Jules Malloy, Thomas Killey, William Conlin, William Campbell, John Conry, William H. Plunkett.

Company No. 8 -- Organized September 11, 1865, at No. 106 East Fiftieth Street, in quarters of Relief Hose No. 51. Had a Amoskeag steamer, built in 1860, and tender drawn by horses. Foreman, John H. Van Tassell; assistant foreman, William Frost; engineer, Hiram S. Williams; stoker, George Jarvis; driver, Albert Homer; firemen, John Pye, John H. Grooves, Thomas Harrison, Charles H. Smith, John I. Eagan, George W. Bell.

Company No. 3 -- Organized September 14, 1865, at No. 279 West Seventeenth Street, in quarters of Jackson Engine No. 24. Had a steamer, built by James Smith, in 1864, and tender drawn by horses. Foreman, John H. McNeil; assistant foreman, John A. Corvie; engineer, Charles Chambers; stoker, John Ritchie; driver, Thomas Clark; firemen, Alexander Ritchie, Alfred F. Lewis, Asa J. Henderson, Joseph Burns, John Fray, James Moran, P. W. Black.

Company 18 -- Organized September 4, 1865, at No. 256 West Tenth Street, in quarters of Guardian Engine No. 29. Had a steamer, built by Lee & Larned, in 1859, and tender drawn by horses. Foreman, William H. Housner, assistant foremen, Clinton McDonald; engineer, William A. Elliott; stoker, William M. Gordon; driver, Robert Beattie; firemen, James Roland, Oscar A, Pesoa, John Lee, Thomas Leonard, John H. Bush, James G. Gerau, Robert Beattie.

Company No. 15 -- Organized September 18, 1865, at No. 269 Henry Street, in quarters of Americus Engine No. 6. Had a steamer, built by Silsby Mynderse & Co., in 1861, and tender drawn by horses. Foreman, James Little; assistant foreman, Thomas Henry; engineer, Thomas Mulligan; stoker, James Riley; driver, George W. Erb; fireman, Thomas Lahey, Albert Shick, David Peffers, William Hyland, Daniel McCauley, Edward Quinn, Thomas Bannan.

Company No. 16 -- Organized September 18, 1865, at No. 109 East Twenty-fifth Street, in quarters of Lexington Engine No. 7. Had a steamer, built by Silsby Mynderse & Co., in 1860, and tender drawn by horses. Foreman, William E. Sanbeg; assistant foreman, Thomas W. Wilson; engineer, James P. Teller; stoker, William F. Wilson; driver, Thomas A. Rogers; fireman, William F. Baker, William E. Arnold, Patrick Murray, William O'Brien, John O. Roberts, Charles F. Waterbury, Samuel Davis.

Company No. 19 -- Organized September 18, 1865, at No. 227 West Twenty-fifth Street, in quarters of Mazeppa Engine No. 48. Had a steamer, built by James Smith, in 1862, and tender drawn by horses. Foreman, Stephen Mitchell; assistant foreman, William Shaw; engineer, Thomas Abbott; stoker, Thomas Pyne; driver, James McCutcheon; firemen, William Bullough, Thomas McDonough, John Rennie, Edward G. Slocum, Robert Mitchell, Owen O'Rourke, Henry Burnett.

Transcribed by Holice B. Young

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