1910-11-25: Captain George Hyland

Before and after Photoshop touch-up by Phil Hayes George Hyland joined the Stamford Fire Department at age 29 on August 1, 1888. He was promoted to Captain on November 25, 1910. He retired just nine years later on March 1, 1919. George died on May 14, 1931 while marching in [...]

By |2021-05-05T11:56:22-05:00May 5, 2021|Categories: 1910-1919, Fire Captains, Portraits|Tags: |Comments Off on 1910-11-25: Captain George Hyland

1910: Company Photo at Luther Street Fire Station

This photo was taken in front of the Luther Street Fire House. Since the new Central Fire Station was not opened in July 1915, the evidence suggests this photo was taken circa 1910. According to Daniel Burke, who provide the original scan of the photo from the Stamford Historical Socirty [...]

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1911-12-20: An article About Stamford’s First Fire Engine Trial

On December 20, 1911, Fire & Water Engineering Magazine (now Fire Engineering) published an interesting article about the trials of Stamford's first motorized pumping engine, an American LaFrance.   Lots of out of town guests participated in the trials. After witnessing an exhaustive demonstration of the powers of the new [...]

By |2021-06-19T01:01:01-05:00June 19, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1910-1919, New Apparatus, Timeline|Comments Off on 1911-12-20: An article About Stamford’s First Fire Engine Trial

1913-03-23: Beehler Hat Store Fire

The following was published in the Stamford Advocate on March 24, 1913. $25,000 Fire Damage in Fessenden Block Blaze in Cellar Ruins Big Stocks of Merchandise on Easter Day BEEHLER'S LOSS, $12,000; H.NEWSTAD's, $6,000 JK Lawrence suffers $2500 loss; Royce and Judd, $200, and building damaged $3500 — tenants driven [...]

By |2021-05-03T21:22:40-05:00December 2, 2016|Categories: 1900's, 1910-1919, Commercial Building Fire, Timeline|Tags: , , |Comments Off on 1913-03-23: Beehler Hat Store Fire

1913-06-12: Major Train Wreck in Stamford Results in the Deaths of Six People

On Thursday, June 12, 1913, the second section of the Boston Express crashed into the first section near the Canal Street Bridge in Stamford. Six people lost their lives and another twenty were sent to the hospital with a wide range of injuries. The Stamford Fire Department was called to [...]

By |2021-11-25T03:27:31-05:00November 25, 2021|Categories: 1910-1919, Train Incident|0 Comments

1914-01-13: Stamford Yacht Club on Shippan Point Up In Flames on a Cold Winter Night

By now Retired Firefighter Joseph Lombardo IV If you were a brave Stamford resident that ventured out on the cold afternoon ofJanuary 14", 1914 for a copy of the Advocate your two cents would have bought a frontpage of report of the S.F.D.'s fire duty from the day before. In [...]

By |2021-05-12T01:58:50-05:00May 12, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1910-1919, Commercial Building Fire, Timeline|Comments Off on 1914-01-13: Stamford Yacht Club on Shippan Point Up In Flames on a Cold Winter Night

1914: Stamford’s “Auto” Fire Department Postcard

This picture is a high resolution scan of a mint condition colorized postcard from roughly 1914.  It depicts the motorized apparatus of the Stamford Fire Department in front of the Luther Street Fire Station.  With the first motorized Pope Hartford Chief's Car being bought in November of 1913 (shown as [...]

By |2021-06-14T13:20:01-05:00June 14, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1910-1919, Timeline, Views|Comments Off on 1914: Stamford’s “Auto” Fire Department Postcard

1916-01-26: Kenneth W Carter Abandons Wall Street to Join the SFD

This is an interesting story that nobody in Stamford seems to know anything about.  I asked some old timers about it and found nobody that was familiar with this story. The following article was published in the New York Press on January 26, 1916 Abandons Wall Street to "Save the Chee-ild" [...]

By |2021-05-03T21:22:40-05:00December 2, 2016|Categories: 1900's, 1910-1919, Personnel, Timeline|Tags: |Comments Off on 1916-01-26: Kenneth W Carter Abandons Wall Street to Join the SFD

1916: A Stamford Parade

This is most likely the Memorial Day parade, but it could also be the parade to kick of the Elks Carnival. The view is of Main Street, heading towards the Central Station near Elm Street. Moyes Billiards and the Hotel Carlton can be seen on the left.

By |2021-05-31T12:36:15-05:00May 9, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1910-1919, Parade, Timeline|Comments Off on 1916: A Stamford Parade

1917-07-31: SFD Acts Swiftly To Contain Explosive Fire At Southfield Avenue Factory

An explosion at the American Synthetic Color Company,  caused by acids or some other chemical occurred at 5:30 in the evening on July 31, 1917.  Firefighters from the Westside and Southend fire stations responded to the blaze at Sunnyside and Southfield Avenues.  The alarm reportedly caused more than $50,000 in [...]

By |2021-06-17T22:35:49-05:00June 17, 2021|Categories: 1900's, 1910-1919, Commercial Building Fire, Timeline|Comments Off on 1917-07-31: SFD Acts Swiftly To Contain Explosive Fire At Southfield Avenue Factory
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