is located in a double house on Chicago avenue, Engine Company No. 14 being located next door ighbor. The Company was organized January 26, 1871, J. H. Green, now Chief of the Battalion, being the first Captain; after him came Norman Holt, and John Nichol, the latter being now in command. The House was destroyed by fire October 9, 1871, and until it was rebuilt, July 3, 1873, the Company had its quarters in a shed. Captain John Nichol was a sailor in the United States Navy during the war ; served his candidacy under Captain Harmon, of Hook and Ladder Company Nu. 6, and became a member of Hook and Ladder No. 7, on July 8, 1874, and shortly afterward was promoted to Lieutenant of the same Company. He was then transferred to Hook and Ladder No. 2, but in a short time went back to Hook and Ladder No. 1. He was promoted and transferred as Captain to Hook and Ladd r No. 3, November 15, 1878. Lieutenant P. O’Malley, was assigned as a Truckman on Hook and Ladder No. 1, April 1,1876; he remained there until June 5, 1877, and was transferred to Engine No. 5, and later to No 14. He received his promotion as Lieutenant, and was transferred to Engine No. 3, February 14, 1878. G ;dfield Landolf, Pipeman, commenced as a Watchman on Engine No. 3, March 1, 1876, and was transferred to Hook and Ladder No. 3. Engine No. xo, and back to Engine No. 3, as Pipeman, January ax, 1878. Aaron Jansen, Truckman, was first a member of the San Francisco Volunteer Fire Department. He is a Swede by birth, and previous to his becoming a Fireman was a sailor, serving five years in ihe United States Navy in the Atlantic Squadron. His first Company in Chicago was Engine No. 14, under Captain D. J. Swenie, now Fire Marshal, and located on Dearborn street. He became Assistant Foreman before leaving, but was transferred here as a Truckman by hi* own request, October 1, 1873, and has remained up to the present time. Christian W. Dahnke, Truckman, has remained on this company since the time of his appointment, July 3. 1874. He has a clean record since his arrival, having never served a term before the Board. John Tagney, Truckman, was a Fireman In the Government dockyard in London, Eng., before coming here. He joined the Chicago Department in April, 1874, as a Truckman on Hook and Ladder No. 7 ; he was transferred to Engine No. 10, in December, 1876. After remaining there six months he returned to Hook and Ladder No. x, and was tran ferred to this Company September 18, 1877. Thomas Conway, Truckman, being a skillful mechanic, is detail d a great deal of the time to the repair shop. He served first on Hook and Ladder No. 5; in 1875, from there he was transferred to this Company, January xo, 1878. Thomas Webber, Truckman, was formerly a sailor. He has been in the Department since May, 1877, as Driver of Engine No. 17, and w as lately transferred to this Company. J. F. Kelly, Driver of Truck, was first Driver on Engine No. 17, under Captain Haver, from April 28, 1875, he left the Department for about a year, and was reappointed on Hook and Ladder No. 3, December X3, 1877. He has been a careful Driver and has had no accidents.


was organized in July, x877, during the administration of Marshal Benner as Chief, Captain Frederick I. Ries being the first Captain of the Company, who has, through devotion to duty, remained in the position up to the present time. The building occupied by the Company is located at No. 86 West Erie street, and is a neat two-story brick structure, which shows the care and attention bestowed upon it by the Company, being as neat as wax inside. It is provided with lockers, bathroom and all the modern appliances for convenience and comfort; the sliding poles form another feature of the house. Captain Ries was born in Germany, and came to Chicago at the age of two years and a half, consequently he has imbibed that spirit of push and enterprise characterizing Chicagoans. He joined the Fire Department in 1868 as a private, his first service being on Hook and Ladder No. 2 and on Engine No. 13. During the time that ** Shay” was Captain he resigned in order to more effectually double up, but his love for the service led him to make a second application, whereupon he was re-appointed to Engine No. 11, shortly afterward serving on Hook and Ladder No. 3 and on Engine No. 7, until this Company was organized in 1877, when he was promoted to Captain. George B. Miller joined the Department as a member of this Company September 16, 1878, having acted as a Substi u’e for over a year. He was born in Chicago and is a thorough Fireman. Alfred W. Meier, Driver, joined this Company on September 16, 1873. He thoroughly understand* his business, having had a good many years’ experience as a horseman. He is a German by birth. Frederick Sherman is the Watchman of this house. He is so thoroughly interested in the life of a Fireman that he donates his services to the Company. He is a cousin of Assistant Marshal Green, and probably has something of the spirit of that gentleman. The apparatus is a double tank Bibcock Chemical. John V. Shay is a late member of the Company, and promises to be a good one.


is located at No. 150 Southport avenue. This company was organized first as a Chemical Company, but in June, 1879, it was changed to run with a Hose Carriage. The House is a two-story frame. The Cart is a on -horse one, built by Geo. W. Hat.nis, of Chicago. The first Captain of the Company was Mathias Shuh, who was succeeded by John Fowler, July 3, 1873, who was promoted from a private of Chemical No. 1. He has been in the Department for 20 years, and was at one time a member of the Tempest Hose Company. James J. Grant, high private, joined the Department in May, 1861, as a member of Hook and Ladder Company No. 1. He was promoted to Cap ain of that Company in the spring of 1864, remaining in that position until August, 1868, when organized Hook and Ladder Company No. 2, where he remained until 1871. In September, 1871, he organized Hose Company No. 5, that Company being afterward changed to Engine Company No. 24, Mr. Grant s’ill remaining Captain. For a short time he was absent from the Department—un:il August JI, 1875, when he was appointed private on Hook and Ladder No. 7, where he remained until appointed to his present Company, in October, 1876. George W. Helmer became a member of Chicago Fire Department in September, 1874, as Pipeman on Engine No. 17. He has at various times been a member of Nos. 5 and 7 until sta ioned here. Everything about this House is in good order. Lieutenant Nicholas Meinard joined the Department on June 15, 1870, as a member of Hook and Ladder No. 3. At the expiration of service here he was transferred to Engine Company No. 14, filling the position of Pipeman so acceptably that in February, 1874, he was made a Lieutenant, and has recently been transferred to this Company. This closes the Third Battalion.




The Third Battalion, with Headquarters at Engine-house No. 3, comprises Engine Companies Nos. 3, 14 and 20, Hook and Ladder No. 3, Chemical Engines Nos. 2 and 3, and Supply Wagon No. 2. This Battalion is under the command of Chief C. S. Ret_____ie, who has held the position for the past nine years, with the exception of two years, when it was under the command of Chief J. H. Green. The record of this Battalion is a good one, and the Companies comprising it have rendered good and efficient service.


is located at No. 237 West Chicago Avenue. It was organized on November 21, 1867, under Captain John McLean, who has been in charge since, and lie is a right good Captain too. The Steamer is an Amoskeag of the first-class, and the Hose Carriage is a tw, -wheeled machine built by George W. Hannis. John McLean is the first Fireman that ever held a pipe on a Steamer in the city of Chicago. In the Volunteer Department, Captain McLean played a prominent part, being first a member of Red Jacket No. 4, and Second Assistant under Chief Silas McBride, and also Foreman of No. 4 for two years. He was on the Long J I10 when the war broke out in 1861, and joined the army as a volunteer in die Twentythird Illinois, serving as Sergeant of Com, any B liefore leaving. He returned to the Department at the end of the war, and was re-appointed to his old Company, Long John No. 1, where he remained until this Company was organized, November 21, 1867, when he was appointed Captain. He was nearly sent into eterni y at the Crosby disti.lery fire by an exposion. Lieutenant August L. Slmbert first became connected with Engine Company No 3 on January 9, 1873, and was promoted to Lieutenant in September, 1875. He was transferred 111 the same position to Engine No. 20, November 6, 1876, and to Engine No. 27, April 25 the m xt year. He was recently transferred to this Company. W. T. M. Figg, Pipeman, was at one time a member of Hose Company No. 7 of the Volunteer Department of Nashville, Tenn., and a soldi.r in the First Tennessee cavalry and in Battery No. 8, First Illinois artillery, during the war. His first Company in this Department was Chemical No. 2, of which he became a member November 15, 1878, and was transferred to this Company December 2, 1879. William Shubert, Pipeman, was appointed Truckman on Hook and Ladder No. 2 on July 3, 1874. He became a member of Engine No. 3 on February 9, 1879. John Michels, Engineer, served as Assistant Engineer for six months on Engine No. 3, from March 26, 1869, when he was transfeired to Engine No. 3, being promoted to Engineer December 12, 1872. Frank Michels, Assistant Engineer, was appointed to that position on this Company on August 14, 1874, where he has been since, except a short time in which he was at .lie Department Repau Shop. David Cowing, Driver of Steamer, was appointed July 14, 1878, first to Chemical No. 2, and transferred for a short time as Driver of Supply Wagon No. 2, and lastly to Engine No. 3. J. R Home, Driver of Hose Cart, was a Volunteer Fireman in Alba, y, N. Y., and a soldier in the Third New York Cava’ry. He was appointed Driver on this Company on July 16, 1874. William L. Hcartt, Driver of Supply No. 2, was assigned to his position on April 3, 1879, having previously been on Engine No. 17 as Driver from June 11, 1875. He was in the First Illinois Volunteer Regiment during the war and did good service, although he was early taken prisoner and confined at Andcrsonville.


is located at No. 38 Chicago Avenue. This Company has been very fortunate in its Captains. Organized April 15, 1861, it was first in the charge of Captain D. S Swenie, the present Fire Marshal. After him came Captain I’eter Schnur. It was first called the Liberty No. 7, but on February 6, 1867, it was changed to No. 14. The apparatus consists of a second-class Amoskeag Steamer and a four-wheeled Hose Carriage. Captain Peter Schnur was originally a member of this Company when it was called Liberty No. 7, and afterward as No. 14. He received bis appointment September 5, 1864. On April 1. 1872, he was transferred from No. 14 to No. 10. From the latter be was promoted to Foreman of Hook and Ladder No. 2, remaining till called to take charge of this Company when Captain Swenie was promoted to Assistant Marshal. He served in the First Illinois Artillery Company B, from April 29, 1871, to July 12, 1864. Lieutenant H. E. Taylor is son of Colonel Taylor of the “ Taylor Battery ” during our late war. His service as a Fireman was rendered as a bucket boy in the Volunteer Department. He was appointed a member of the Paid Department on May 17, 1,873, on Engine No. 11, and from there was transfeired to Chemical No 4 in 1874, to Engine 17, April 10, 1877, to No. 26, June 30, 1878, to No. 8, November 15, 1878, and to No. 17, December a, 1879, having since November 24, 1875, served in the capa-ity of a Lieutenant. Peter Lawsin, Pipem r , has been in the Department since 1869, first on Huek Hose and here since April 1, 1872. Henry Greenhoff, Pipeman, was assigned to the Little Giant No. 6 in 1872, and has since served on Engines Nos. 25, 27, 17, 13 and 14. He was app inted here December 9, 1879. Between the time he went from No. 17until he went to No. 13, he was out of the Department for nine months. Theodore G. Bernhardt, Pipeman, was in the Dcpa tment on Engine No. n from May 28, 1872, until May 15 the next year and resigned. He was re-appoin ed September 15,1873, and assigned to this Company. John J. Berry, Engineer, has never changed Companies, c ming here on July 25,1866, as an Assistant Engineer, when it was called the Libeity and remaining since. He received his promotion to Engi cer January 1. 1870 David Busch, Assistant Engineer, commenced on the D pertinent on September 15, 1872, as a Truckman on Hook and Tadder No. a, where he was later an Assistant Foreman. He was transferred from there at his own request to Assistant Engineer of this Company March 20, 1874. F. W. Stevens, Engine Driver, was first under Captain McLean on Engine No. 3; from there he was tmnsferred to Engines Nos. 11, 22 and 14. He received his appointment April 3, 1873. and came to No. 14 on February 22, 1875. John E. Irving, Driver of Hose Carriage, was a Driver of Huck Hose from Apiil 13, 1874, until assigned here, July 3, of the same year.


was organized December 7, 1872, under the Captaincy of the ” Holy Ginger,” J. J. Walsh, The Hou e was firs! occupied by the Self-propeller, but the present Steamer is a rotary Silsby of the third-class. The Hose Cart is two-wheeled, and was built by Ge rgc W. Hannis. The building is a frame one, located at No. 39 Raw-011 street. Captain George L. Taylor wax first connected with Atlantic No. 3 from February 1, 1864, until he resigned April 1, 1866. In 1871 he returned to the 1; pertinent and was assigned as Pipeman ol Engine No. 4 Then he was transferred successively to Hose No. 4. Engines Nos. 14, aa, 27, 11, and Chemical No. 1. He was promoted to Lieutenant on September 27, 1873. while on No. 17, and afterward on Chemical No. 1, where he was acting Captain, lie came lo Engine Company No. 11 on November 15, 1878. Last May lie was transferred to this Company, and on July 31 he was transferred to Engine Company No. 11 as Captain and was succeeded by Captain Charleston. A ske ch of him was given as Cat tain of Engine Company No. 27 in a previous mention. Lieutenant W’illiam Fries is one “who fought and bled ” for his country, but did not die, during the war ot die rebellion, having served in the Fifty-eighth Illinois Infantry for three years. He was first known as a Fireman on April I, 1866, on the Island Queen, and from there he was transferred successively to Engines Nos. 11 and 4, and Hook i.nd Ladder No. 1. He was then nude Assistant Foreman and transferred to Hook and Ladder No. 3, and later to Engine No. 22, wfierc he became Lieutenant in D. cembcr, 1877, and last May he was transferred to this Company. Clemens Moiinger, Pipeman, was appointed April 14, 1873, to Engine No. la, and from that Company he was transfeired to Engine No. 11, and from ihcre first to No. 4. then to No. 11 again, and to this Company on April 11, 1877. He was in the F’irst Illinois Volunteer during the war. William H. Schwartz, Pipeman, has been found to be a daring Fireman, and has received a good many injuries on ihat account. He was appointed May 12, 1873, to the famous Engine No. 6. formerly known as the ” Little Giant.” From there he was transferred to No. 11 in October, 1868, but on July 15, 1874, he was so badly injured that he was laid up for five months. On his return from the sick list lie was assigned to Engine No. 27, from thereto No. 22, where he was again injured on February 22, 1876. He became a member of this Company on July 14, 1877. While in the army he was in Company, Twenty-fourth Illinois Volunteers. He also served three years in the regular navy. William H. Sampson, Engineer, joined the Department in August, 1873, on Engine No. 5, and was transferred fo Engine No. 24 as acting Engineer, where he remained for about three years and a half. He was then transferred successively to every Company in the Department except one. About five months ago he was transferred as sub-Engineer to Engine No. 12, and two months ago was promoted and transferred as Engineer to this Company. Assistant Engineer, Raphael De Clercy, has been lately appointed to this position. John Fow ler, Hose Ca-t Driver, has been in ihe Department for over 20 years, and has held various positions with honor and credit. He is known as one of the most practical jokers in the Department, especially on telephones. Timothy Clifford, Engine Driver, has been in the Department for a number of years, and is considered one of the most careful Drivers in the Department.

—An American arrived the other day at a little hotel in a French provincial town. Tired and dusty w th travel he demanded a room and plenty of water to wash in. Water I We have r.ot a drop,” said the landlord. Muttering expressions of dissatisfaction he reached his room, and immediately began bellowing, in a voice that could have been heard a mile, ” Fire ! fire! fire!” A dozen servants rushed up stair; , and into his room, bearing in their hands vessels of all sorts filled with water with which to extinguish the flames. “Ah,” said the guest composedly, ” you may leave the water. Thank you, that is all.”