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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 4., Incidents and reminiscences of the Fire Department of Medford. (search)
oseph Wyman, Jr., Isaac Floyd, Isaac Brooks, Leonard Bucknam, Samuel Teel Jr., Daniel Wier. In their records the engine is sometimes called the Western Engine Company. They held their meetings the first Monday in every month at the houses of the members or at the hotels in the town. In January, 1820, the Selectmen appointed the following persons as members of the company, viz.: William Butters, Ebenezer Putnam, Cornelius Bigelow, Abial Butters, Henry Woodwarth, James T. Floyd Jr., Benjamin Floyd 2d, John M. Kuhn, Oliver Wyman, William E. Otis, Marshal Symmes, Sewall Pierce, Thomas Calf, Edward Hudley. Thus it seems that the Selectmen, with the approval of the engineers, appointed new men every year or two which was in accordance with the act of the General Court. This company voted to disband on the twenty-second day of December, 1859, and so notified the Board of Engineers. Engine No. 4, J. Q. Adams, was located at the Ship Yard nearly opposite Park street, and having
Mr. John Bishop, Richard Hall, Major Wade, and Samuel Kidder still wore small clothes. In 1820 Major Wade was charged for seating and repairing small clothes 37 It is said that Major Wade was the last man in Medford to wear the ruffled shirt, small clothes, and shoe buckles of the colonial period. Mr. Blanchard's price for making a surtout coat was three dollars. In 1815 a great coat was provided with silver hooks and rings. Dr. Swan's had a large cape and velvet collar. In 1816 Mr. Benjamin Floyd, 3d had a swelled edge coat, and a pair of trimd pantaloons. Making a bound vest cost twice as much as a plain one. When pockets were put into coats there was an extra charge made. Breast pockets were mentioned in 1817. Vests which were buttoned were especially noted. One set of buttons often did duty on several coats. thrible gilt buttons @ 4 shillings a dozen would wear out more than one. Hooks and eyes were first mentioned in 1817. Rev. Converse Francis in 1818 is ch