NOTES OF MEN AND THINGS

NOTES OF MEN AND THINGS

West Indianapolis, Ind , is negotiating with the Gamewell Fire Alarm Company for a number of alarm boxes and all the equipments to make its fire alarm system complete.

The new steam fire engine furnished by the Clapp & Jones Manufacturing Company to Paterson, N. J., was last week accepted by the city, having been tested and found according to contract in every particular.

H. K. Wicker, chief of the fire department of Lockport, N. Y., writes to General Smith, the manager of the Bangor Extension Ladder Company: “The department had one trial of the Bangor extension ladder; it worked satisfactorily and will no doubt prove to be all that is claimed for it.”

The Deane Steam Pump Company of Holyoke, Mass., has just completed and is about to deliver three large pumps to Durham, N. C , each having a daily capacity of about 2,000,000 gallons. That company is also building a 7,000,ooo-gallon pump for Birmingham, Ala., and a 5,000,000gallon pump for Youngstown, O. The Deane people furnish a large number of fire pumps to manufacturers for factory protection or wells, or to cities and towns for water-works and for sanitary purposes. They also build numerous boiler feed pumps, artesian and vacuum pumps, etc.

The Ahrens Manufacturing Company of Cincinnati, O., have just shipped fire engines to Lebanon, O., Portland, Ind., and Los Angeles, Cal., and within a few weeks will forward others to St. Louis, Mo., Deshler, O., and Phoenix, Ariz. The company now has enough orders on hand to keep its works running at full capacity for three months.

The following from The Omaha Daily Bee of March 7 explains itself:

Another test of the new fire truck, recently added to the equipment of the fire department, was made yesterday morning. The trial was made for the benefit of several of the councilmen who were not able to be present when the first public test was made. M. A. Bruegger, representing E. B. Preston & Co. of Chicago, superintended the test, which clearly demonstrated the incalculable value that the apparatus will prove in case of a fire in any of the big blocks of the city. The truck was built in the Preston shops under Mr. Bruegger’s direct personal supervision, and he is excusably proud of the fact that the machine more than fulfills every guarantee that was made for it. President Bechel and other members of the council who witnessed the test, expressed themselves as more than pleased with the workings of the machine.

T. Mcllroy, Jr., for many years past manager of the Canadian branch of the Gutta Percha and Rubber Manufacturing Company at Toronto, who resigned his position some time since, has now established himself in business in Toronto at No. 28 King street west, as the Toronto Rubber Company of Canada, T. Mcllroy, Jr., & Co., proprietors, and has accepted from the Eureka Fire Hose Company of New York, as noted last week, the sole agency for Canada of their Well-known brands of fire hose, “Eureka,” “ Paragon ” and “Red Cross.” With Mr. Mcllroy’s large acquaintance among Canadian officials and the splendid reputation which the Eureka Company’s fire hose enjoys there, the sales of their brands will doubtless be largely increased.

There is an increasing demand for hose wagons for use in fire departments. Some fire chiefs express their preference for hose wagons to hose carts, and strongly recommend their introduction. Manufacturers have vied with each other in building a style of wagon best adaptable to the fire service, and improvements have been made over the form which was formerly used. Messrs. Fenton & Dunn, carriage and wagon builders, at Holyoke, Mass., have in the past few years made special endeavors to turn out a first-class vehicle for carrying hose and general fire appliances, and they have built wagons for various places in New England. Lightness, strength and durability are combined in the apparatus turned out by this firm, and the h ghest standard of work is guaranteed. Hose wagons are built for either one or two horse draught, and a novel form of wagon affords facility for carrying ladders, the vehicle thus combining the uses of a hose and hook and ladder truck. Fenton & Dunn arc now building one of these wagons for the New Haven Fire Department. It is designed to carry 100 feet of ladder, the general paraphernalia of a hook and ladder truck, and the usual quantity of hose carried by hose carts. Three wagons have also been built by them for Holyoke, Mass., and one each for Meriden, Conn.; Fitchburg, Mass., and Biddeford, Me. A cut in our advertising columns shows the extensive works of Fenton & Dunn at Holyoke, the flooring of which covers 30,000 square feet. This firm has been in business for fifteen years, and has gained a reputation for doing first-class work.

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More than 250 cities and towns already have the Gamewell fire alarm system in use.

Newark, N. J., has received a new hook and ladder truck from the manufactory of Rumsey & Co. of Seneca Falls, N. Y.

The new extension truck building by the Fire Extinguisher Manufacturing Company of Chicago, for New Haven, Conn., will be ready in May,

H. F. Wheeler, president of the Fabric Fire Hose Company of No. 5 Barclay street, N. Y., has been in Chicago several days recently, looking after the Western business of the company.

Junius Schenck, general agent of the Eureka Fire Hose Company, was in Chicago and St. Louis last week. He intends to make a trip to the Pacific Coast before returning to New York.

The La France Fire Engine Company last week shipped to Lynchburg, Va., a Hayes extension ladder truck of third size. It is adapted especially for use in small towns and the hilly portions of cities.

W. A. Attersall, chief of fire department of Winchester, Ky., has placed a duplicate order for hats, coats, lanterns, etc., with the Smith Manufacturing Company, P. P„ of No. 123 Fulton street, New York.

The Galvin Brass and Iron Works of Detroit, Mich., will make large additions to their works the coming season, which their growing business demands. Their water-works specialties are meeting with a large and increasing sale.

The well-known house of James Flower & Bros, of 30 Brush street, Detroit, Mich., is meeting with good success in its line this year. The fire hydrants made by this concern are of the latest improved patterns and are very highly spoken of.

In a pamphlet recently issued by the Bangor Extension Ladder Company of Bangor, Me., twelve pages are devoted to testimonials from chiefs of fire departments and to opinions from the press, indorsing the value of the ladders made by the company.

Canadian fire department officials in want of hose will do well to remember that the Toronto Rubber Company of 28 King street, West Toronto, are agents for the sale of the Eureka, Paragon and Red Cross brands of seamless, rubber lined hose, manufactured by the Eureka Fire Hose Company of New York. The Eureka Company’s hose has been in use for years in the leading fire departments of the Dominion, and numbers of chief engineers testify to its reliability and lasting qualities.

West New Brighton, Staten Island, has added a fifty five-fout Bangor extension ladder to its fire department apparatus. Chief Engineer Vanderbilt is to be congratulated upon the acquisition. The ladders of the Bangor Company give satisfaction wherever they go.

The J. P. Donaldson Company of 23 and 24 Woodward avenue, Detroit, Mich., have been appointed Michigan agents for the Fabric Fire Hose Company’s hose, and will push business in that State. Frank S. Draper, the secretary of the Donaldson Company, is well and favorably known to the firemen of the West. The Fabric Company are to be congratulated on the relations thus formed.

In transferring the new hose carriage for the Austin Fire Department from the steamship to the railway, it was so badly smashed it had to be returned to New York. This created much disappointment, as the “ Silsby” was one of the finest carriages now made, and the company for whom it was intended were waiting for it in order to reorganize. A duplicate will, no doubt, soon be sent.— Texas Tidings.

The Western Fireman of Chicago says: “There is no street in any city where the fire apparatus and hose trade is so fully represented as upon Lake street, this city. Indeed, it is beginning to be called “ Fire Hose avenue” by those whose business gives them occasion to notice the extent and variety of the fire supply trade conducted on this street between Clark and Franklin. Since the Chicago branch of the Gleason & Bailey Manufacturing Company removed to Lake street, which occurred last week, the representation is still more complete. The Lake street directory now stands about as follows :

“ Hamilton Rubber Company, 131 Lake street.

“ Eureka Fire Hose Company. 131 Lake street.

“ Fabric Fite Hose Company, 139 Lake street.

“ Dunlap. Roberts & Hall, 146 Lake street.

” R. T. Whelplev. 141 Lake street.

“ E. B. Preston Co., 151 Lake street.

“ American Fire Hose Manufacturing Company, 154 Lake street.

“Caswell, Churchill & Co., 154 Lake street.

“ Gutta Percha and Rubber Company, 161 Lake street.

“ Goulds & Austin. 167 Lake stteet.

“ C. G. Carleton & Co., 206 Lake street.

Boston Woven Hose Company, 222 Lake street.

“ Gleason & Bailey Manufacturing Company, 233 Lake street ”