Our Firemen, The History of the NY Fire Departments

Chapter 48, Part VIII

By Holice and Debbie


Company No. 1 -- Organized September 8, 1865, at No. 28 Chambers Street, in quarters of Mutual Hook and Ladder No. 1. Had a truck built by C. E. Hartshorn, drawn by horses. Foreman, William Brandon; assistant foreman, John Moore; driver, Patrick Honigan; firemen, Thomas J. Cortisos, William F. Craft, Charles Verry, Patrick Spillane, George Hanley, James J. Gilfeather, Thomas J. Hart, James McAlpin, William McKenzie.

Company No. 2 -- Organized September 11, 1865, at Lexington Avenue and Fiftieth Street, in quarters of Liberty Hook and Ladder No. 16. Had a truck built by C. E. Hartshorn in 1862, drawn by horses. Foreman, Andrew J. Brady, assistant foreman, John Rourke; driver, Ernest Keyser, Jr.; firemen, Henry Holdsworth, Edward Story, Jr., Robert Amos, Roger B. Hamblett, Edward R. Smith, Minthorne D. Tompkins, jr., Thomas Hutchingson, Samuel Hunt, Philip Ramee.

Company No. 3 -- Organized September 11, 1865, at No. 78 East Thirteenth Street, in quarters of Friendship Hook and Ladder No. 12. Had a truck built by C. E. Hartshorn in 1862, drawn by horses. Foreman, James Timoney; assistant foremen, John McCue; driver, John Hearn; firemen, William J. Mullin, James Horn, John Healy, John Hearn, James McGee, John. E. Hennessey, John A. Thompson, Michael Kelly, John W. White.

Company No. 4 -- Organized September 18, 2865, at Forty-eighth Street and Eighth Avenue, in quarters of Empire Hook and Ladder No. 8. Had a truck built by C. E. Hartshorn, in 1859, drawn by horses. Foreman, Michael Snyder; assistant foreman, George h. Cornell; tillerman, Henry Schick; driver, Christopher Siebert; firemen, Mathias Hines, Frederick Peyer, John McClave, John Brown, John Frederick, Francis Frank, Charles Metz.


Company No. 5 -- Organized September 25, 1865, at no. 96 chambers Street, in quarters of Columbian Hook and ladder No. 14. Had a truck built by Pine & Hartshorn in 1859, drawn by horses. Foreman, Charles Oscar Shay; assistant foreman, William wood; driver, Phillip Voris; firemen, William E. Lawrence, Charles S. Pardee, John Babcock, John L. Gulick, John Ward, Jacob Van Orden, John Fulton Theodore Ertz, James Wright.

Company No. 6 -- Organized September 27, 1865, at No. 180 Clinton Street, the quarters of Harry Howard Hook and Ladder No. 11. Had a truck built by C. E. Hartshorn in 1862, drawn by horses. Foreman, Abram C. Hull; assistant foreman, Henry M. Jones; driver, Peter H. Benjamin; fireman, Francis I. Reilly, Charles L. Kelly, Edward McPhelan, Edward Bradburn, John Brown, James H. Balentine, John f. McLoughlin, Patrick Donohue.

Company No. 7 -- Organized October 11, 1865, at 119 East Twenty-eighth Street, in quarters of Washington Hook and Ladder No. 9. Had a truck built by William Williams in 1859. Foreman, Robert King; assistant foreman, William H. Pine; driver, James martin; firemen, John L. Kelly, William T. Crane, Charles N. Hammond, John Welsh, James J. Evans, Patrick Wren, Edward Gorman, Dennis F. Sullivan, Samuel W. Hutchings.

Suburban Company No. 13 -- Organized partly on a volunteer basis--this company being paid a lump sum per annum, and the members following their usual avocations--October 11, 1865, in Eighty-seventh Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues, in quarters of Cornelius V. Anderson Hook and Ladder No. 10. Had a hand truck. Foreman, Cyrus T. Frost; assistant foreman, James Martin; firemen, Erastus Lent, P. M. Dwight, A. H. Payne, John Hanson, William H. Keller, David Brown, Jesse C. Boughton, George s. Rockwell, Jacob Brower, John S. Bosworth, John McClymont, Henry L. Dexter, Andrew Morrow, James Gerton, Nicholas Geiger, Joseph C. Totten, John R. Higbie, Albert Cox, George I. Gregory, John Warre, George W. Frost, William Morgan, Edward Wright, James M. Goodenough, James I. Marshal, Jr., James Wallace, William Gerton, William C. Mollan.

Company No. 8 -- Organized October 16, 1865, at No. 158 Franklin Street, in quarters of Baxter Hook and Ladder No. 15. Had a truck built by C. E. Hartshorn in 1863, drawn by horses. Foreman, George W. Quackenbush; assistant foreman, Edward S. Moore; driver, John E. Willerts; fireman, Joseph Johnson, James J. Pettitt, James H. Monroe, John F. Burke, John Steene, Milton J. C. Mangan, John Brackett, Edward McPhelan, John Green.

Suburban Company No. 14 -- Organized partly on a volunteer basis--the company being paid a lump sum per annum, and the members following their usual avocations--October 20, 1865, in One Hundred and twenty-fifth Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues, in quarters of Mechanics' Hook and ladder No. 7. Had a hand truck. Foreman, John S. Anderson; assistant foreman, James M. Randell; fireman, William H. H. Bingham, Morris D. Meyers, Simeon Simmons, Thomas E. B. Hawks, John Magill, N. N. Thompson, George Rogers, Charles W. Kile, W. S. Stewart, William Thompson, John D. Angus, John D. Thees, George W. Van Wagner, Jr., Charles H. Schultz, James A. Reading, James E. Braine, William Thompson, Christopher Wray, James Brown, G. Sackett, C. W. Ridley, R. J. Post, Robert Blair, Fletcher Place, W. S. Barnes, William McClellan, A. E. Cutter, John Thompson.

Company No. 9 -- Organized October 20, 1865, at No. 195 Elizabeth Street, in quarters of Hibernia Hook and Ladder No. 18. Had a truck built by W. H. Van Ness, drawn by horses. foreman, William Rowe; assistant foremen, John McCauley; driver, Patrick Conaghan; firemen, Thomas C. Lee, Patrick Fagan, Timothy McDonald, Timothy Donovan, Daniel Scully, John Carroll, James Heaney, John Sattler, Peter Steffern.

Company No. 10 -- Organized October 20, 1865, at No. 28 Ann Street, in quarters of Lady Washington Hose No. 40. Had truck built by William Williams in 1861. Foreman, William W. Bowles; assistant foreman, William Bingham; driver, Peter Mulvehill; firemen, Garrett Murphy, Michael Nagle, Daniel King, William Gardner, Henry Schultz, John McNamara, John McKenzie, Francis Lynch, Thomas L. Jacobus.

Company No. 11 -- Organized October 27, 1865, at No. 548 Fifth Street, in quarters of Mechanics' Hose No. 47. Had a truck built by C. E. Hartshorn in 1860, drawn by horses. Foreman, Christopher H. Reynolds; assistant foreman, Morris W. Roberts; driver, Thomas H. Beebe; fireman, Timothy Dillon, Thomas F. Reilly, Alfred Hendrickson, Edward J. Russell, Peter Vetter, Jr., William Quigg, John Anckner, Thomas E. Schiell.

Suburban Company No. 15 -- Organized partly on a volunteer basis--the company being paid a lump sum per annum, and the members following their usual avocations--October 30, 1865, at Tenth Avenue and One Hundred and Fifty-ninth Street, the quarters of John Decker Hook and Ladder No. 17. Had a hand truck. Foreman, Michael McDermott; assistant foreman, William Mackey; firemen, Robert Reinhart, John McLoughlin, John Joyce, Thomas Armstrong, Peter Appen, Charles Bruhl, John McCauley, John Duff, William Farmer, Robert Barrell, Henry Brecht, Christopher Harden, M. T. Branagan, William Quinn, Augustus Ilse, James Reed, Martin Cummings.

Company No. 12 -- Organized December 1, 1865, at No. 165 West Twentieth Street, in quarters of Liberty Engine No. 50. Foreman, James Walton; assistant foreman, William Terhune; driver, Charles Nodine; fireman, David Gilles, Theodore Hendricks, Robert Williams, Thomas William Geary, James C. Orton, Isaac S. Parsons, John Hopper, George Daniels, James McDowell.

The organization of the new companies, and the retirement of the Volunteers, was effected under the critical observation of the public, who were divided into friends of the Old System and the New and the Volunteers. It is not necessary to enter into complete details of the action of certain Volunteer companies, who, under bad advisement, chose to oppose in various ways the organization of the new Department. There was some exhibition of bad feeling between the Volunteers and the new companies. Their allies, the "runners" were responsible for the mischief that was done. Hose were cut at fires, apparatus were retarded in their to them. The "Mets" were greeted with cries of "Man found dead," etc., and the members of the Fire Insurance Patrol, which was considered to represent the obnoxious insurance interest, fared ill for many months. "Throw the red cap out" was often the cry of "metropolitans" when, at times, the insurance patrolmen entered a building to put waterproof covers on property. The detrimental alacrity that distinguished some of the Volunteer companies at fires, where slap-dash and reckless activity were very often considered the acme of fire duty, was for a long time continued in the Paid Department. This resulted in unnecessary damage to apparatus and property. Water was used recklessly when a pail or two should have sufficed. Hose costing $1.55 to $1.65 a foot, and which was then of riveted leather--the first step toward better hose was taken a couple of years later--was dashed around or neglected until it became as dry, brittle and unserviceable as bark, and had to be taken to the "yard" to be "slushed" or soaked in vats of grease and other implements of fire fighting. Notably, "butts" were "banged around," to be broken, dented, and in other ways rendered unserviceable. The worst act attributed to the Volunteers while the New Department was organizing was the burning of the quarters of Black Joke Engine No. 33, in Fifty-eighth Street, near Broadway, on the twenty-second of November 1, 1865. The company was then under disability, and its apparatus was removed, and public opinion was divided as to the guilt of a member or members of the company or zealous "runners." The Metropolitan, once under discipline, rarely noticed insult or worse. It was not rare, when paid men came to a fire, for some one to step out of a crowd and vent his displeasure in a blow; but the encounters that took place were petty in comparison with the less serious of the Volunteer scrimmages.

Transcribed by Holice B. Young

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