Leadership

Boston Conflagration Anniversary

Issue 21 and Volume 56.

Boston Conflagration Anniversary Forty of the surviving fifty-six of the 475 members of the Boston fire department at the time of the great conflagration in that city, November 9 and 10, 1872, and surviving members of 31 other fire departments who assisted them at that time, observed the anniversary of the conflagration with, a reunion and banquet at the Quincy House, November 9. Superintendent Samuel Abbott, of the Protective Department, the senior active firemen of that city, and with Fire Commissioner John Grady, the only Boston fireman of 1872 now in the service, presided and called the roll of members of 1872 to which those present responded. The first alarm for the conflagration was sent in from box 52 at 7:24 P. M., and at that time Chief Engineer P. F. McDonough rung in special box 52 installed in the banquet hall, and followed, it with other alarms at exactly…

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