Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Abram Welch” in chapter 1 of Historic leaves, volume 8, April, 1909 - January, 1910:
... 1840 Robert A. Vinal was clerk and treasurer.
In 1849 a Hanneman tub was purchased by the town, and the department was organized with Nathan Tufts as its first chief engineer.
He was followed by Abram Welch , Robert A. Vinal, and John Runey.
A small bell was hung in the cupola of the engine house.
For years, even after the Somerville company was organized, an alarm of fire could be rung only by mea...
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