4 Aug 1953, Dunkirk, NY "The Grape Belt and Chautauqua Farmer"
Dunkirk Fire Dept. Was Organized Dec. 21,18.52 and Has Had a Colorful History Since Its Inception By Canon Leslie F. Chard With the coming of the New York & Erie railroad to Dunkirk ii. 1851, that little village became .the western terminus of what was 'then the longest railroad in the United States. From a sleepy little little 1 hamlet of scarce 600 souls, it was transformed almost overnight into a rowdy, roaring frontier town of over 3,000. Streets of one - story shacks, built of lumber from the nearby forest, were hastily thrown up. The need of fire protection was immediately apparent, and passage west, and one of them, a young man of 20, was burned to death. The monetary loss was estimated estimated at S30.000, a staggering sum for those clys. in 1857 Dunkirk's pride and joy the famous Loder House, burned to the ground. Begun in 1837, and completed shortly before the opening opening of the railroad, the Loder House was the most luxurious hotel hotel between New York City and Chicago. It was built by Dunkirk's most influential citizen, Walter Smith, and was named in honor of the New York & Erie railroad's president, Benjamin S. Loder. It fied all the efforts of the firemen to bring the fire .under control. When it finally burned itself out, every building on the east side of Center street to the Williams building, and every building on the west side of the street to the waterfront, was leveled. Citizens Hose 2 In 1871, Independent .Hose Company Company No. 3 was organized. This organization was later named Charles C. Parker Hose company in honor of Mayor Parker. In '1884 the old Loder Hose company was disbanded, and December 17, 1884, installed, the Citizen's Hose Company No. 2 was into districts, od of appointing fire chiefs, some of the companies repudiating the duly elected chief whose appointment appointment had been confirmed by the city council, .and electing another man in his place. The council stood firm, with the result that Parker Hose company and Lake City Hose company, disbanded. In December Lake City Hose Company Company reorganized, and petitioned for reinstatement. The company was readmitted to the department a-, Hose Company No. 3, Parker Hose company ceasing to exist. First Paid Drivers Out of the controversy came the appointment of paid fire drivers, John Kraiger being appointed to Hose 1 and M. J. Hyland to Hose 2. Pioneer Hook & Ladder company company had to obtain its horse from a livery stable whenever there was a fire, until 1907, when horses were purchased, and John Stoyle, Vic Rider, and William Crosman vere appointed drivers. In 1901 a fire alarm system was trained, Dunkirk's the lowest City More The city once firemen With the Hose No. and with Hose No. the fire comfortably Dunkirk owes gratitude to for the guarded the citizens'. Pat Wade, the member was volunteer reply: Volunteer's "A who is city and being divided a whistle announced hero lives swigging