CINCINNATI FIRE DEPARTMENT.
THE BRIGHTON STEAM ENGINE COMPANY NO. 13
Is located on the north side of Bank street, opposite Whiteman. The Company was organised as a Hand Engine Company, April 1, 1863, and was changed to a Steamer Company, October 20, 1855. The Steamer of this Company is a first-class Latta, built by C. Ahrens and Company, of this city. It was placed in service July 1, 1869. The Hose Carriages were manufactured by B. Bruce’s Sons, of this city, and are good substantial structures. The Engine Hose is one of the largest in the city, and has in the same building Hook and Ladder Company No. 2. The Company is under the supervision of Captain U. S. Phares. He was bom in Cincinnati in 1832, and was one of the first members of the Brighton when the Volunteer Comp my was organized in 1849, but li ft the Company shortly afterwards, and did not return till in December, 1856, and was elected a Pipeman on April 1, 1857. When the Steam Company was organized he was changed to Reel Driver; on August 1, 1873, was promoted to Captain and given charge of the Company, shortly afterwards resigned and took his old position, but on January 21, 1879, was again made a Captain. Finlay Latta, Engineer, was bom in Ohio in 1818. He joined the Eastern Fire Company No. 6 in 1840, and remained a member till, in 1844, he resigned. On February 9, 1853, when the first Steamer was placed in service, he accepted the position of Engineer of that Steamer, which was located at first on Eighth street, between Central avenue and Plur.a street, and later he was transferred to the house, where Gift No. 3 is located, to ta«e charge of the new Steamer presented by the citizens to the city, and known as the Ci’izens’ Gift. On July 1, 1864. he left the Department ar d remained out for sixteen months, and then went to the Marion Engine Company No. 8 as Engineer ; from there he was, in December, 1867, transferred back to Gift No. 3, and in March 8, 1877, was placed in charge of the Steamer in th s Company. H. V. Roll, Assistant Engineer, was born near Cincinnati in 1815, was a Volunte r member of the Brighton in 1851, and remained a member till Paid Department was organized. In 1853 he was appointed a Reel Driver of this Company, in 1858 was changed to Pipeman, and in 1866 was promoted to Assis’ant Engineer. John Graham, Driver of Steamer, prefers that his record should not be known to the world. William -Henry McCloy, Reel Driver, was born in this city in 1844, and joined the Department on November 8, 1879, as Driver of Chemical Engine No. 20. for two months, and on January 22 last was made Reel Driver in this Company. Jesse Bennett and George Geiger are too modest to wish their names and records published.
ENGINE COMPANY NO. 19.
This Company is located on the corner of Vine and Charlton streets. Its organization took place on June 19, 1871. The Company’s Steamer is a third-class Lotta, built by C. Ahrens & Company. The two Hose Carriages are of the Standard make of B. Bruce’s Sons. When the Company was first organized, John Finn was Foreman, which position he held till in August, 1873, Captain Dennis Creed was made Captain. Captain Creed was succeeded by the present Captain, William H. Hadler. The House which the Company occupies is one of the best in the Department. Captain Hadler was born in Cincinnati in 1844, and was appointed an outside member of Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, in 1862, where be remained till; April, 1864, when he was transferred to No. 7 as Pipeman; when Captain Creed resigned, he was tendered his present position. Otto Raymond was born in Germany in 1830, and arrived in this country when two years old. He joined the Volunteer Department as a member of Independent Fire Company No.
2, in 1848. When the Company disbanded, in 1854 he held the position of First Director. In 1855 he was appointed an Engineer on Washington No. I, and remained there till in August, 1870, he was transferred to No. 16, and from there to this Company December, 1872. John R. Stewart, Engine Driver, was born in New York City on July 29, 1842. In December. 1874, he was appointed Reel Driver of No. 6, and two years later was transferred as Pipeman to No. 3, where he remained till, in 1877, he was injured and laid up for one month. After he recovered he was promoted to Captain of No. 17. He held this posilion for two years, and then was transferred here as Engine Driver of the Company. A. W. Roberts, Reel Driver, was appointed a Reel Driver on the Queen City, No. 6, in 1874, and two years later commenced acting as substitute. On January 1, 1877, he was appointed a running member of Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, and on September 1, 1879, he was made a permanent member of Engine No. 20. He came to this Company from the latter on May 27, 1880. (Stephen Burdge, Pipeman, was bom in Cincinnati iu 1828, and joined the Volunteer Department first as a member of the Jefferson. He joined the paid force in 1874, as Driver of Relief No. 2. Three years later he resigned. After being out of the Department six months, he was appointed a Driver on Engine No. 20, and transferred to this Company 011 October 29, 1879, and was for a short time on the Hook and Ladder located here on May 27, 1880, he was transferred to the Steamer Company.
ENGINE COMPANY No. 20.
This Company was organized as a Chemical Company on May 17, 1875, and on September 1, 1873, it was changed to a Steamer Company. The first Chemical Engine stationed here was a double Truck, built by the Champion Fire Extinguisher Company, of Louisville, Kentucky. When the Company was organized there was only one man here besides Daniel Twohig, who was Captain. On April 15,1877, Cagtain Twohig was succeeded by Pius Chambers, the present head of the Company. The Steamer now in use here is an Ahrens, and was placed in service September 1,1875. At the latter date the Company was also increased to five men. Captain Pius Chambers was b irn in S imerset, O., in 1819, and joined the Cincinnati Volunteer Dcpartnv nt on October 8, 1837, as a member of Relie Fire Company No. 2. He was a Director in that Company for 14 years, and when the paid Hand Company was organized he was appointed a Captain March 28, i860. He remained there as a Captain till April 13, 1877. He was one of the first men sworn into the Paid Department. Jacob G. Hirst, Engineer, was born in Cincinnati on March 7, 1832, and joined this Department in May, 1873, as Engineer of No. 14. He held that position till September 1, 187s, when he was transferred to this Company. E. C. Roberts, Pipeman, was born in this city in 1848, and in 1869 was appointed a running member of No. 13. Two years later he was promoted to Captain of that Company, which position he resigned two years later, and was transteried to No. 14 as Assis ant Engineer, and later as Pipeman. On September 1, 1875, he was placed here. John Tobin, Engine Driver, was born in Ireland, in 1848. In May, 1877, he became a Driver of Hook and Ladder No. 4, where he remained till sent to this Company. John F. Dalton, Reel Driver, was born in this city in 1850, and on May 28, 1880, he was appointed to his present position in this Company.
CHEMICAL ENGINE COMPANY NO. I.
This Company was first located at Cumminsvilie, where Engine Company No. 201s now. From there the Engine was transferred to the House of Gift Engine Company No. 3 in September, 1879, Milton Campbell acting as Captain, and Charles Van Hart as Driver. The Company was located at this House on Vine street between Court and Canal, on May, 1880, where No. 5 was formerly, that Company’s Captain, John Pohlman, being transferred here to take charge of this Company. The Engine is the same as described in the sketch of Engine Company No 20. Captain John Pohlman was born in this city in 1844, and joined Engine Company No. 5 as Pipeman, while Godray Ludwig was Captain of that Company. From there he was transferred to No. 10, where he was for four months and resigned, remaining out of the Department till he was appointed the successor of Captain Lee Cannon, on Gift Company No. 3. He remained there till May I, 1880, when he took charge of this Company. Peter Poland, Driver, was born in 1852, in Cincinnati, and on November I, 1878, he joined Hook and Ladder Company No. 2. On November 6, 1879, he was transferred to the Chemical as Driver. Peter Purcell, Pipeman, was bom in England in 1855 and joined this Department as a member of this Company, Apnl 28, 1880.
HOOK AND LADDER COMPANY NO. I
Is located in the same House with Gift Engine Company No. 3, occupying the hall of the lower story of that large and handsome House. The Volunteer Company of this name, dates back among the earliest in the city. The old Company was re-organized on May 28, 1853. The Hook and Ladder Truck was built by B. Bruce’s Sons, and is one of the best owned by the corporation. Captain M. L. Campbell was bom in Kentucky in 1844, and joined this Department as a running member of this Company in 1870. After 18 months of service there, be was transferred to Steamer Company No. 13, as Reel Driver, and was in 1874 promoted to Captain. In May, 1877, he was transferred to Gift No. 3, and on April I, 1880, was given charge of this Company. G. W. Ford, Pilot, was bora in New York in 1832. In 1854 he became a running member of Engine Company No. 1, and remained there till in 1864 was made a permanent man in this Company. Morris Hilhurger, Truckman, was born in Cincinnati in 1847, and joined the force in 1876, holding first a position on Relief No. 2, and in 1878 was promoted to Captain of that Company. After serving 19 months in this capacity, he was transferred to this Company as Truckman. Samuel Oakes, Truckman, was bom in Cincinnati in 1852, and was appointed a watchman on No. 14, in 1870, and in 1877, was transferred to this Company as Truckman. J trees W. Davis, Driver, was born in Cincinnati, in 1828, and on November, it, 1856, was made the Driver of this Hook and I .adder, and has held that position since. A. Baccioco, Tiuckman, was born in Cincinnati, on October n, 1855, and in December, 1859, was appointed member of this Company. John O. Keels, Truckman, received his appointment July 1, 1879; he is a native of this city. John Schuler, Truckman, was first a running member of this Company, till July 1, 1880, when he was made a permanent man. He was bom in Cincinna’i in 1849. H. Schuster was born in this city in 1855. On September t, 1879, he was a running member of this Company, and on July 1, 1880, changed to permanent. A. Cramer, Truckman, was born in Cincinnati in 1854, and on March 15, 1880, was app inted a running member of this Company, and on July 1, 1880, changed to permanent.
HOOK AND LADDER COMPANY NO. 2.
This Company was organised as a paid Company in December 28, 1861. The Company is located in the same House with the Brighton Engine Company No. 13. The Hook and Ladder Truck is one of B. Bruce & Sons build. It is a very hannsome piece of workmanship, being splendidly finished. J. N. Doran, Foreman, was born in Cincinnati in August, 1847. He is the son of John Doran, the popular First Assistant Engineer, when the Paid Department was organized. The son inherits all the good qualities of the father. He joined this Department in April, 1874, as a Pipeman on the Niagara No. 13. Previous to that time, he was a running member of Hook and Ladder Company No. 2. In April, 1878, he was transferred to Hook and Ladder Company No. 2, as Trackman, and in May of the same year was promoted to For-man During the war he distinguished himself In the 139th Ohio and 91st Indiana Volunteer Infantry. Jeremiah Bray, Driver ot Truck, was born in D laware In 1843. In 1863, he was appointed a Pipeman In Westein No. 14, and on March 6, 1866. was tranferred to the Jrffeison No. 5, and remained there for twelve years. In 1878 he was changed to the Miles Gr. enwood No. 12, and from there transferred to this Company in May, 1878. William H, Shaddinger, I ruckman, was born in Cincinnati, in 1833, and was from 1851 a member of the Deluge Independent No. 2, remaining there till the Company disbanded. In 1878 he was appointed a Truckman on Hook and Ladder Company No. t, and July t, 1880, was transfened here. Henry C. Hug, running Truckman. well-known as the Senator, was bom in this city in 1844. and in 1873 was appointed Driver on Chemical No. t. After a short time he left the Departm nt, but soon returned, and in September, 1878, was appointed a member of this Company. Fred. Mountel, running Truckman, was born in Cincinnati, March 18, 1858. In 1877 he became a member ol this Company. He is a business man, but always on hand promptly in case of fire. William Pharis, running Trackman, was born in Carlton. Ky., in 1855, and came here when a child. He was appointed a member of this Company, March 12, 1876. He is a carriage trimmer by trade. James Walsh, running Truckman, was born in Ireland, in 1829. In 1854 he was a member of Hook and Ladder Company No. I, and was there for twenty years. In 1874 he left the force, but returned to the same Company in 1878, and on July 1, 1880, was tranferred here.
HOPE HOOK AND LADDER COMPANY NO. 3.
This Company occupies ihe Engine-house on the corner of Eastern avenue and Scott street, jointly with Engine Company No. 18. This Company was organized August 1st, 1871. The apparatus in charge ot this Company is a one-horse Hook and 1-adder Truck built by B. Bruce’s Sons, of Cincinnati. The only man who belongs to the Company solely is Joseph Allen, who drives the Track, has full charge of all the surveys. He was born in Cincinnati, in 1840, and was appointed a Driver of the Reel belonging to Engine Company No. 18 in 1874. The following year he was promoted to Assistant Engine r, and in 1877 was made Driver of tills Truck.
HOOK AND LADDER COMPANY NO 4
Is located on the corner of Vine and Ch irlton streets, in the same House wi h Engine Company No. 19. The apparatus consists of a one-horse Ladder Truck, built by B. Bruce’s Sons, of Cincinnati. The first • man who had charge of this Truck was Arthur Brackett. In 1877 he was succeeded by Theodore Slocum, after him came in succession Jessie Collins, John Tobin, Stephen J. Burdge, and the present one, Dennis Creed. Mr. Creed, who drives this Track, and has sole charge, was born in Ireland, in 1826, and came to America in 1849. He joined the Volunteers in 1850 as a member of the Jefferson No. 5, and remair ed there till that Company disbanded. When the paid force was organized he was made a permanent man in the same Company; later he was transferred to No. 19 as Reel Driver, and in 1873 promoted to Captain, which position he resigned May 27, 1880, and took his present position.
WASHINGTON HOOK AND LADDER COMPANY NO. 5
was organized November i, 1877. It is located in the same house with Engine Company No. ra. The Truck is a one-horse Hook and I-adder Truck built by B. Bruce’s Sons, Cincinnati. The Company are composed of two men, Edward McLaughlin, Driver, and John Vettor, Pilot. Mr. McLaughlin was bom in this city in 1845, and was appointed a member of Engine Company No. xa, June 25, 1876, and November 1, 1877, was placed on this Truck. John Vetter was born in Switzerland in 1831. He came to this country in 1847, and joined the Union Engine Company No. 9 in 1848 as a Volunteer. After that organization disbanded in 1853 he remained with the Paid Company as a running man till August, 1856, when he was made a permanent man. On January 8, 1861, he was made a Pilot of Hook and Ladder Company No. 2, and transferred to this Company on November 2, 1877.