Ex-Chief Eaton, Hartford, Dies

Issue 2 and Volume 72.

Ex-Chief Eaton, Hartford, Dies Henry J. Eaton, who for fifty-two years was a member of the Hartford, Conn., fire department, and for thirty-five years head of the city’s forces, died at his home 7:10 o’clock on the evening of July 6. Chief Eaton was born October 10, 1831, in Hartford. He joined the fire department April 5, 1851, when the department consisted of six hand engines, two i n d e p e n dent hose companies, one hook and ladder company and one sack and bucket company. The church bells were used to call the department and the city paid a bounty of one dollar to any one who rang a church hell for a fire. The first steam fire engine was installed in 1861 and the permanent fire department was organized in 1864, during which year the sack and bucket brigade was done away with. In 1858 Chief…

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