Archive for August, 2009

Contest in 1891 To Determine Which Steam Fire Engine Company Could Throw a Stream the Greater Distance

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A brief, but interesting item appeared in the August 1, 1891 issue of the New Rochelle Pioneer.  It announced a contest to determine which steam fire engine company could throw a stream of water the greater distance.  The event included an offer of interesting

Reorganization of the Minneford Engine Company on City Island in February, 1891

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I continue my efforts to document some of the earliest efforts to develop organized fire fighting units in the Town of Pelham.  I recently ran across one of the earliest references yet involving the “re-organization” of the Minneford Engine Company on City

October 19, 1898 Report that the Tracks of the Toonerville Trolley Line Had Been Laid in Pelham

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Occasionally I have written about the “Toonerville Trolley” and its ties to Pelham.  For a few examples, see:

Wed., March 25, 2009:  Another Brief Account by Fontaine Fox Describing Trolley in Pelham Manor as Inspiration for Toonerville Trolley Comic Strip.

Fed Up with the Notorious White Hotel, Pelham Authorities Took Action in 1899

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 Yesterday I wrote about two major crimes committed at the White Hotel in Pelham in August, 1899.  The first involved a Secret Service agent on an undercover operation who was beaten and left for dead in the hotel by so-called “green goods men”.  The second

Crimes Committed at the Notorious White Hotel in Pelham in 1899

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I have written before about the notorious White Hotel that was finally shut down in the earliest years of the 20th century.  The building later was split in two in order to create two “cottages”.  The north half became 307 Wolfs Lane.  The south half became 303