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j I : I j ( j Fireman in Early Days. Besides having been a war veteran, Mr. Lawrence nlso was a veteran fireman. When he was barely of legal age Mr. Lawrence joined old Engine Company 5, which was housed in Main street, east of St. I'auT street. In a fire that burned half one side of Front street about 1S4J he contracted a clod which the doctors thought would be fatal, but he recovered in three or four days. After the illness that followed the Front street fire, Mr. Laurence joined Engine Company 4, then Iocs lei I near Buffalo bridge, lie was secretary of this company for seven or eight years, or until he left the city in 1X."i7 or 1K."J to go to Niagata Falls, and with that removal his connection with lire fighting companies ended. In telling of the early days of the Fire Ilepartnient a year or two ago, Mr. Lawrence recalled the story of the immense cheese that was presented to the lire fighters in the '40s and which was cut up into small portions and sold about the city. These sales netted $000, which was the nucleus of the firemen's pension fund which has now grown to an amount never anticipated by firemen of those early days. Afterward, whenever money was given to the men after a fire as a token of appreciation of owners of property, it went into that fund a a volunteer effort of the men to take csre of thoM of their kind who might in future heiume disabled or otherwise need the assistance the fund could give. Since then, a state law made this disposal of donations obligatory. J Once a City Cadet. Mr. Lawrence also in his youth was a member of the Hochester City Cadets, a military organization of the young men of the city. Mr. Lawrence leaves bis wife, Louise liwrence, and four children, the oldest of whom is more than 70 years old. They are: Edwin. Charles and Samuel l-a-rence. nil of Chicago. He also leaves eighteen grandchildren and tweuty-two great-grandchildren, as well aa several nephews and nieces.