The Woodhouse Manufacturing Company.
Twenty years ago the Woodhouse Manufacturing Company was as much in evidence as it is today. Then it had a large warehouse on Barclay street and the present head of the firm, Daniel A. Woodhouse, managed its affairs. Gradually the concern has grown until it now occupies a large store at 50 West Broadway, Manhattan and the same genial proprietor, looking the same as twenty years ago, reigns over its destinies. Besides carrying a large and varied supply of fire appliances of the latest designs, the company is agent for the Nott Fire Engine Company, of Minneapolis; the Webb Motor Fire Apparatus Company, the Pyrene Company and other manufacturers of fire apparatus and supplies. A catalogue recently issued by the company gives a very comprehensive list of the large number of interests it represents and shows that it holds a high position as a manufacturer and distributor of fire appliances of the best designs. As the catalogue says: “The immense strides made in the manufacture of apparatus for the extinguishment of fire during the memory of many active firemen of today, are among the wonders of the world.” And further the company states: “There are hundreds of ingenious appliances for life-saving and for the suppression and prevention of fire that we have been unable to give place to, and have been compelled to select such as were, in our opinion, the best in the different departments. But we can assure you that in anything pertaining to our trade we are ready at all times to give full information and quote honest prices on best grades of standard goods, although the appliance needed may not appear herein. To those who have never before favored us with orders, we will at any time be pleased to refer them to any of the hundreds of fire departments who have had business transactions, or are personally acquainted with us and our representatives.” The catalogue contains 72 large pages of illustrations of every known kind of fire apparatus, appliances and supplies, with brief descriptions and, in most cases, the prices of each. It will well repay those interested in fire department supplies to procure one of these books. The illustration shows a corner in the fire department supplies warehouse of the company on West Broadway with the manager and the first assistant standing on the left. Since this store has been occupied the business of the concern has greatly increased and Mr. Woodhouse predicts the present year will show better results than any of its predecessors.