1970-07-27: “The Rockland Hotel” Suffers An Arson Fire Ending It’s Nearly 100 Year History in Stamford.
The structure at 695 Atlantic Street was built in 1876 and served as the mansion of Henry R Towne, the lock tycoon of the well-known Yale and Towne factory of the Southend. The building then became the luxurious "Rockland Hotel" proving travelers and even Stamford Residents a beautiful place to [...]
Boomerang! is a 1947 American crime film noir based on the true story of a vagrant who was accused of murder by an incompetent police force, only to be found not guilty through the efforts of the prosecutor. The film was shot mostly in Stamford after the director was denied [...]
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This article is dedicated to the numerous hard-working horses of the Stamford Fire Department. They deserve special recognition, often providing a near lifetime of service to the Citizens of Stamford. HarryHarry (2)Dick ZophGeorgeFrankHomer JimEagleBilly BoThe other unnamed Horses Stamford's first horse-drawn steam pumper arrived on February 3, 1883. But they [...]
The Stamford Fire Department has grown to fifty-eight personnel in 1922, staffing three fire stations. Chief Victor Veit is in charge. During the previous year, 1921, the Department received and responded to 94 Bell Alarms, 140 Telephone Alarms and 18 verbal calls, for a total of 252 Alarms. This is [...]
Handtub "a fire-fighting apparatus consisting of an often tub-shaped reservoir of water pumped out through a hose by means of a pump with brakes that are rocked up and down by a number of men on each side of the apparatus. ... Also called a hand pumper or hand engine [...]
On December 2, 2014, Deputy Chief Tim Conroy (now retired) presented me with a very old photograph of the Luther Street Fire Station and members of the SFD. As I remember it, he told me he found it in one of the closets at the Central Fire Station (Fire HQ). [...]