June through December Series published in Morning Call
Note: Throughout the series the Morning Call writer (Eric Opel) has some of the historical facts wrong. There also can be confusion relating the company numbers used in 1953 with the corresponding companies in the per 1890 Volunteer Era. The photos used in the news clips were also used in the 1954 FMBA ball book
Even though the article below talks about the new equipment (Seagrave Pumper) of Engine 2, the photo below is of the company assembled in front of their old Ahrens Fox pumper.
L-R: Captain Frank Semento, William Leonard, Fred Armona (made Supreme Sacrifice April 1975), William Werher, Joseph Bushnauskas, Patsy Fusaro, Captain Christian Glasser, Neil Vander Linden, Paul Hartley & Captain Frank Spagnoula.
The article below is erroneous in that the original Engine 6 firehouse in Volunteer era and first 5 years of paid era was at 304 Market Street, which was very near Straight Street. The house shown above at Market and Pennington Street opened in January 1895.
Note the erroneous facts in the article below - The idea for establishing Engine 10 did originate in 1895 and the plan was for it to be on Gould Avenue: instead PFD transferred Engine 7 to that firehouse. The quarters on 17th Avenue discussed in this article for Engine 10, were designed and constructed to house a motorized fire engine. No stables were ever in the building.
Back row L-R: Captain John Hoffman, George Reinhardt, Thomas Holmes, Jesse McCavitt, John F. Lysaght, Daniel Dowd, Captain Frank Coppo. Front row kneeling L-R: Thomas Ottavino, Richard Shortway, Edward Holloway, Gustave Vineis. Ahrens Fox aerial (#2058) in background.
L-R: Captain James Coyle, Robert Fisher, Nicholas D'Amico, Joseph Christensen, Paul Ferraro, Thomas Ingram, John Feeney, Carmen Grossi, Angelo Contini, and Captain Joseph Nardella. Their 1932 Ahrens Fox aerial is behind the men in its bay.
Chiefs aides outside headquarters at 115 Van Houten Street. Left-right: Mario Colatarci, Joseph Leitner, John B. Murphy, Edward Westhoven, Edward Hancock, William Evans, Charles Wullard, William Comer (future Chief Engineer), James Kelley, Raymond Carr.