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Mott street; performs duty in the fifth and sixth districts. Number of men 43.
Kr The hook and ladder trucks are all supplied with the necessary ladders, hooks, axes, picks, lanterns, &c.
Exempt engine company; Foreman, Zophar Mills --Located 202 Centre street. House in good order; engine, formerly No. 42, double brake, piano style, 10-inch cylinders, 9-inch stroke, built in 1842 by Henry Wa. terman, Hudson, N. Y.; rebuilt in 1850, by Pine & Hartshorn.
This company was organized by the Common Council, December 27th, 1854, as a reserved corps, composed exclusively of exempt members of the department, and performs duty only in case of a general alarm of fire, or when directed by the engineers.
Fifth Ward Exempt hose company ; Foreman, Robert C. McIntireLocated at 128 West Broadway ; performs duty in the fifth ward ; present number of men 30, entitled to -
FIRE COMMISSIONERS. Henry Wilson, President..
....... 31 Sixth avenue. William M. Tweed.......
........197 Henry street. John J. Gorman.............
52 Ninth avenue. Thomas Lawrence.............
...... 12 Greenwich avenue. Erastus W. Brown........
.........187 West street. Charles P. Knapp, Clerk..........
.....169 East 14th street. R. P. H. Abell, Clerk..............
.. 78 East 32d street. David Theall, Messenger.....
........ 31 Amos street. The above Commission was authorized in pursuance of the act of the Legislature, passed March 29th, 1855, which specially defines their powers and duties.
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF APPEALS. JOHN GILLELAN, President, 42 Wall street; residence, 123d street, Harlem. William Haw, Jr., residence, 174 East 27th street. John CARLAND, 6 Centre street; residence, 129 East 31st street. VINCENT C. King, 509 West street; residence, 62 Horatio street. BENJAMIN F. Pentz, 122 Bowery; residence, 92 Lexington avenue. HENRY W. LEE, Clerk, residence, 4 Albion place, 4th street.
ASSOCIATION OF EXEMPT FIREMEN. This Association is composed of persons who have served the time prescribed by law, in the New York Fire Department. They meet on the
third Tuesday of January, April, July, and October, at Firemen's Hall, Mercer street, between Prince and Houston.
OFFICERS FOR 1858. Philip W. Engs, President..........131 Front; h. 70 West Fourteenth st. Zophar Mills, 1st Vice-President....144 Front; h. 207 Madison street. A. Ockershausen, 2d Vice-President, 21 Rose street; h. 22 Rose street. Geo. W. Wheeler, Recording Sec'y.. i Centre street; n. 172 Broome st. F. Hagadorn, Financial Secretary.. 10 Wall street; h. Williamsburgh. Joseph M. Price, Treasurer ........ Oriental Bank; h. 31 Pike street. David Theall, Sergeant-at Arms..... 30 Amos street.
SIXTY-THIRD ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, 1861. To the Representatives of the New York Fire Department :
GENTLEMEN-In our Report which we had the honor to submit to your notice some few years ago, we congratulated you, as well as our fellow. citizens, on the merciful dispensation of a Divine Providence in protecting us from the evils of War, Pestilence, and Famine. Subsequently we had the pleasure of calling your attention to the opinion entertained by the public Press in regard to the members of the Department, not only in the discharge of their duties as Firemen, but in the language as expressed by one of the leading journals of this city, in the following words: “Our city has a sure protection in her military force, and, if necessity required, could summon a powerful auxiliary in the sturdy and efficient Fire Department. No insignificant powers to support and enforce the law and maintain order."
Although we have been spared the evils of pestilence and famine, it is with sorrow we have at this time to record the existence of an unnatural civil war, produced and continued by the ambitious and selfish views of political demagogues, whereby thousands of the people of this once happy Union are engaged in a deadly strife.
When the trumpet of war, over six months ago, announced that our national capital was in danger, how prompt and truly did the members of the New York Fire Department verify the opinion set forth by the public press. In ten days a regiment was organized, embracing men of various occupations, who were willing to forego all social and domestic ties for the defense of the Constitution and laws of this Republic. What a proud day was the 29th of April for the New York Fire Department, when the First Regiment of the New York Fire Zouaves, under the command of the lamented Ellsworth, hastened to the scene of danger; and whatever censure may have subsequently been applied to this regiment, it must not be forgotten that it was the first regiment to occupy the enemy's ground, and sealed the doom of a traitor to his country, even at the sacrifice of their gallant Colonel. The wide difference in the duties of a fireman, in comparison to the discipline which is requisite to make an efficient soldier, is sufficient to exonerate them from the unjust cen. sure which has been bestowed on them. Their bravery and courage have never been questioned, even by their opponents. “ They were the target for the guns of the enemy, so bitter was their hatred to the Fire Zouaves."
In the death of their subsequent commander, Noah L. Farnham, the Department mourns the loss of one of their brightest ornaments, who sacrificed his life in defense of his country. At this time a portion of this gallant band, in their devotion to the Union, are confined as prisoners of war many miles from their families and friends; for their sake, and for the many good and faithful men who have offered their lives, or have been disabled in the service of their country, we ask in their name and memory not to censure the innocent for the guilty. Not only in the First Fire Zouaves do we find those who have been, or who are now, connected with the Department. Few regiments have departed from our city without a representation from the New York Fire Department.
Your Trustees, in presenting to your notice a statement of the financial affairs of the Department, derive great pleasure in stating that the amount of moneys expended in various charitable acts for over sixty years, in the aggregate exceeds, we believe, any charitable institution in the country.
Owing to the disturbed state of the country, we have been in a measure deprived of a portion of our revenue, and at the same time we have had to provide for a large additional number of applicants for assistance; and it has been necessary to exercise a very careful distribution of moneys at our disposal, to meet all the calls on the fund. We appeal to those who are able, to assist us in our endeavors to relieve the wants of the widows, orphans, and disabled firemen with their aid ; and trust that, with the usual liberality of our citizens, we will be placed in a position to respond to their applications. In the discharge of our duties as Almoners of the Fund, we are governed by the rule laid down in the charter, to ascertain whether the applicants are in need and worthy of assistance. Parties applying under this rule will ever meet a ready response from the Trustees, and, wanting the aforesaid requirements, will meet with a firm and positive denial; for it is our duty to know and report to the Representatives as well as the patrons of the Fund, that their moneys are justly distributed among those who, from various causes, have met with reverses in life, and have to seek for succor in the hour of trouble from our noble Institution.
By referring to the annexed Report of the Treasurer, you will perceive that, at the time of his last report, there was a balance in the Butchers' and Drovers' Bank, to the credit of the Department, amounting to six hundred and eighty-four dollars and seventy-three cents ($684.73). Since then he has received, from various sources, the sum of thirty-four thousand two hundred and sixty-nine dollars and sixty cents ($34,269.60), which in the aggregate amounts to thirty-four thousand nine hundred
and fifty-four dollars and thirty-three cents ($34,954.33.) In the above sum is included eight thousand three hundred dollars ($8,300), for bonds and mortgages canceled.
The disbursements during the past year have amounted, in the aggregate, to thirty-four thousand seven hundred and sixty-nine dollars and forty-four cents ($34,769.44), including five thousand dollars reinvested in bonds and mortgages, and thirty-three hundred dollars ($3,300) in United States Government bonds. This amount is a portion received for bonds and mortgages canceled, leaving a balance in the Butchers' and Drovers' Bank, to the credit of the Department, of one hundred and eighty-four dollars and eighty-nine cents ($184.89.)
The permanent Fund remains the same as the last report, namely, ninety-seven thousand two hundred and fifty dollars ($97,250), invested as follows : ninety-three thousand seven hundred dollars ($93,700) in bonds and mortgages; thirty-three hundred dollars ($3,300) in United States Government bonds; and two hundred and fifty dollars ($250) in Manhattan Bank Stock.
We would be derelict in our duty were we to remain silent in regard to the valuable services rendered by the financial officer of the Fund, who is ever on the alert to preserve intact the great trust confided to his care, as well as affording your Trustees with the aid of his long and experienced information in relation to the financial affairs of the Department.
In returning thanks to those who have assisted us in our charitable work, we have to acknowledge the sum of twenty-seven hundred and ninety-two dollars and thirty cents ($2,792.30), being the net proceeds of the Thirty-second Annual Firemen's Ball. In connection with the efforts of the gentlemen who have from time to time comprised the Firemen's Ball Committee, it is due to them, that, through their exertions for the past thirty-two years, they have paid to the Treasurer, in aid of the Fire Department Fund, the net sum of seventy-four thousand two hundred and ninety-three dollars and eighty-eight cents ($74,293.88.)
To the honorable Common Council we have to acknowledge the receipt of the usual annual donation of two thousand dollars.
To the proprietors of the New York Herald and Sun we are indebted for the whole amount of their respective bills for printing; and from George C. Genet, Esq., Attorney to the Corporation, the sum of three hundred dollars ($300), paid to the Treasurer for penalties collected for violations of the Hoistway Ordinance.
The Special Committee to solicit donations are ever engaged in seeking resources to sustain the Fund, and at a suitable time will call on the patrons of the Department.
Your Trustees are pleased to report to you that the Court of Appeals have reaffirmed their former decision in favor of the constitution. ality of the Foreign Insurance Laws. You will perceive, by the report of the Treasurer, the receipt of four thousand dollars, being the amount due for some years prior to the time of testing the legality of said laws.
The income derived from this source, although not amounting to as much as previous years, is at present one of our principal sources of revenue.
The Committee on Fuel have distributed coal, amounting in all, as per report of the Treasurer, to fourteen hundred and eighty dollars and two cents ($1,480.02).
The Committee on Schools have distributed 1,405 pairs of shoes to the various recipients of the Department. The vacancies in the New York University still exist. It is hoped that, for the credit of the Department, they will be speedily filled. Any information relative to admission of pupils will be furnished by the School Committee.
The Committee have made the usual contracts for the present season.
At the time when your officers are looking for new sources of revenue to sustain the Fund, it is gratifying to know that your Honorable Body took the initiatory step in aiding them in their endeavors. The amendments of the By-Laws of the Board of Representatives, whereby the initiation fee has been increased, has been, and no doubt will be, beneficial to the Department, as well as in a financial sense.
The expenses of the meetings of the Representatives, which were formerly paid from the Fund, are now defrayed by the Representatives from an assessment on each Representative.
Frequent complaints have been made in regard to the delay of obtaining Certificates of Membership ; it is due to exonerate the Treasurer and Chief Engineer from all blame. The subject has been referred to a Committee of the Trustees, who will endeavor to remedy the same for the future.
In addition to the various duties devolving on the Trustees, they were selected by the Union Defense Committee for the special duty of furnishing relief cards to the families of active and exempt members of the Department who enlisted in the volunteer regiments from this city. Although Committees were appointed for every Ward in this city, nevertheless the exception was made in favor of the Department, to attend to their own applicants; a compliment fully appreciated by your Trustees, as evidence of the claims of the Department, and the confidence entertained by our citizens.
It has been our duty, on previous occasions, to call to the attention of our brethren in the active ranks of the Department, that the prosperity of the Fund depended on the estimation in which the volunteer Department was held by our citizens. At the present age, when changes and innovations on long-established customs are so prevalent, how necessary it is to keep the Department in a position whereby it can escape from this rule. That the present system can be sustained, there can be no doubt, provided that each and every member of the Department will conduct themselves, and each constitute himself a guardian of the fair fame of the Department. If this is accomplished, little fear have we to anticipate for the future.