Issue 18 and Volume 1895 18.

MILWAUKEE’S OLD FIREMEN. PRIOR to 1887 Milwaukee had no regular fire company or fire department nor was it till the village had become a good-sized one and frequent chimney fires and incipient blazes caused its men and youths to be constantly called out that it was determined to have some organization with some one in command who had delegated authority to give orders and see that they were executed. The free-for all work had become tedious, and the ever ready spirit of criticism and fault-finding with the management was prevalent even in that early time. In order that the cynics might have some centre target for their spleen, a hook and ladder company was organized in March 1887, of which Benjamin Edgerton.and F. C. Pomeroy were the first foreman and secretary. Dr. William Gardiner, the first physician to settle in Milwaukee, being a member. The running gear of an old…

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