Historical sketches of the formation and founders of the Philadelphia Hose Company: being the first hose company instituted in the City of Philadelphia, December 15, 1803 : taken from addresses delivered before the Company : together with the proceedings of the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the Company's organization, December 15, 1853 : to which is appended a list of members (Google eBook)

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Prepared by order of the Company, 1854 - Technology & Engineering - 93 pages
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Page 25 - In 1848, he was elected to membership in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The State of New Jersey, the home of his ancestors, in the year 1851, elected him a member of the State Society of Natural History. Thus, as a man of scientific attainments, Mr.
Page 34 - ... home with his buckets on his arms, with soaked shoes and muddy stockings, conscious that he had performed a voluntary task, made light by the knowledge that he was one of the many in like condition. The picture is a faithful one. He was the first of that noble band known as the Philadelphia firemen. The necessity for a prompt supply of buckets induced a bucket company to be established. The first consisted of about twenty young men, who agreed to unite for the purpose of prompt delivery of these...
Page 59 - ... following historical paper : " At this season, when we are assembled at the festivities of the fiftieth anniversary of the formation of this institution, I am desirous of commemorating the names of the two original leaders in the respective departments of our voluntary fire associations the engine and hose companies. "On December 7, 1736, the first engine company was established in this city. It was organized by twenty individuals, among whom was the celebrated Dr. Franklin, and an impression...
Page 34 - Let us imagine for a moment in those early times, the alarm of 'fire' given on 'First-day;' when out of each pentroof door in Front and Second Streets and perhaps as high up town as Fifth Street, in Arch and Market and Chestnut Streets, the Quiet Quaker in his plain, neat First-day suit, his broad-brim, his breeches, and buckle shoes, and yarn stockings, with three or four of these fire buckets on either arm, proceeding in an excited gait to the nearest pump, to stand in line to pass on the water,...
Page 23 - Philadelphia manufactures, suitable for every season of the year, viz., Jeans, Fustians, Everlastings, Coatings, &c., to be sold by the subscriber, at his dwelling-house and manufactory, which is now standing in South Alley, between Market Street and Arch Street, and between Fifth and Sixth Streets, on Hudson's Alley.
Page 59 - But this is by no means the case, for his name is found seventh on the list. At the head of that list an illustrious list, gentlemen, as the commencement of that long series of patriotic men who have for a hundred and seventeen years so nobly devoted themselves to this laudable purpose stands the name of Joseph Paschall, and, let it ever be remembered, through many successive generations, as the name of the first volunteer fireman of the city of Philadelphia. Think you that if Dr. Franklin...
Page 34 - A's roof had been rid of the fire, returning home with his buckets on his arms, with soaked shoes and muddy stockings, conscious that he had performed a voluntary task, made light by the knowledge that he was one of the many in like condition.
Page 34 - Let us imagine for a moment, in those early times, the alarm of ' fire ' given on ' First-Day,' when, out of each pent-roof door in Front and Second streets, and perhaps as high up town as Fifth street, in Arch and Market and Chestnut streets, the quiet Quaker in his plain, neat First-Day suit, his broad brim, his breeches and buckle shoes and yarn stockings, with three or four of these firebuckets on either arm, proceeding in an excited gait to the nearest pump to stand in line to pass on the water,...
Page 60 - Human nature is the same in all ages, and we should render the same homage now to the founder of any institution. ' There is not the slightest evidence given, in a careful revision of all the proceedings of the Union, that Dr. Franklin did more than any other member either toward its original formation or subsequent management. Indeed, his political character called him more away from the meetings of the company than the other members.' " I need not dwell, gentlemen, on the name of the great leader...
Page 59 - James P. Parke, the oldest member present whose name stands fourteenth on the roll, and who was elected seven days after the institution of the company read the following historical paper : " At this season, when we are assembled at the festivities of the fiftieth anniversary of the formation of this institution, I am desirous of commemorating the names of the two original leaders in the respective departments of our voluntary fire associations the engine and hose companies. "On December...

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