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Franklin Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 Records

Franklin Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 Records

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FRANKLIN HOOK AND LADDER COMPANY NO. 1 RECORDS, 1832-1908





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Franklin Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 (Salem, Mass.)
Title:Franklin Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 Records
Dates:1832/1908
Quantity:1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Abstract:The Franklin Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 records record the activities of this Salem, Massachusetts, organization from 1832 to 1908.
Collection Number:MSS 285

Series List


SERIES I. Record Books
SERIES II. Alarm Books
SERIES III. Treasurer's Books

Scope and Content Note

The Franklin Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 records record the activities of this Salem, Massachusetts, organization from 1832 to 1908. The collection is divided into three series.


Series I. Record Books documents the minutes of regular and special meetings, constitution and bylaws, lists of members and equipment, and reports of social activities. Some loose blank forms and other miscellaneous papers have been removed from Record Book Volume 4 and placed in B1 F5.


Series II. Alarm Books includes reports of fires and their causes, fines to members for being absent from fires and meetings, and some newspaper accounts of fires, which have been pasted into the books. Alarm Book Volume 1 also includes records of meetings. Newspaper clipping have been removed from Alarm Book Volume 2 to B2 F3.


Series III. Treasurer's Books includes expenses of the organization and fines and assessments to members. Volume 2 records cash received from the City of Salem and payments to members. Material removed from Volume 2 consists of invoices, receipts, attendance sheets, and payroll lists, which have been place in B2 F6.


Historical Sketch

The Franklin Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 was founded at a meeting held at the Salem Town Hall in September 1832 for the stated purpose of "benefitting our fellow citizens." Twenty members subscribed and officers consisting of a Foreman, First Assistant, Second Assistant, Secretary, and Treasurer were chosen. John Kinsman was the first Foreman of the organization. A constitution was written including 17 articles. The company was to consist of not more than 25 members. Members absent from meetings were fined.


Early equipment was a carriage, probably transported to fires by manpower.


A meeting was held on April 1, 1867 at which bylaws were adopted. Officers, including a Director, Assistant Director, Clerk, and a standing committee were to be elected at the annual meeting. On December 3, 1873, a revised constitution and bylaws were adopted by members.


Many social activities were enjoyed by the club, such as dances, suppers, excursions, fairs, and parades. Playing cards were a popular item purchased for the club. In 1881 funds began to be received from the City of Salem to pay firefighters. At a meeting on August 20, 1895, an agreement was reached to turn over the records of the company to the City Clerk.


On October 3, 1895, Hook and Ladder No. 1 became Hook and Ladder No. 2 under Captain A. W. Ober, and Hook and Ladder No. 1 was placed under E. C. Lee. Subsequent records in the collection are for Hook and Ladder No. 1 George L. Goss was elected Foreman on May 11, 1896.


The Salem City Directory for 1897-1898 shows Hook and Ladder No. 1 and No. 2 at Bridge Street. As of 1901, Hook and Ladder No. 1 was located at Essex Street opposite Boston, and Hook and Ladder No. 2 was at 178 Bridge Street.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Account books--1871-1895
Account books--Massachusetts--Salem
Clubs--Massachusetts--Salem
Fire alarms--Massachusetts--Salem
Fire clubs (Cooperative societies)
Fire departments--Massachusetts--Salem
Fires--Massachusetts--Salem
Salem (Mass.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Franklin Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 Records, MSS 285, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated by Howard C. Kimball on April 8, 1927.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Marion Clark, July 1996. Updated by Tamara Gaydos, December 2015.


Related Material


Sampson, Murdock, & Co., comp. Salem Directory. Vol. XXII. Salem, Mass.: Sampson, Murdock, 1886. pp 415.


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