Patchogue Fire Department History

Patchogue Fire Department History
 
Firefighting History, Patchogue Fire Department & Its Companies
 
 
--  General

  • "History of Our First Chief Edwin Bailey"  (Patchogue Fire Department) 
  • "The firemen of Patchogue gave a grand ball in Tower Hall, on New Year's night...."  Patchogue Advance, January 8, 1883:  p. 3. -- Tower Hall later became Swezey & Newins department store.
  • "Parade and Tournament." New York Times, September 10, 1885:  p. 2. -- The last line mentions an award given to the "Patchogue Engine" [Co. No. 1.]. 
  • "Patchogue Firemen Elect Officers."  Brooklyn Eagle, March 6, 1895:  p. 2.
  • "Patchogue's Fire Department" (Latest Long Island News).  Brooklyn Eagle, July 10, 1895:  p. 7.
  • "Fire Scare at Patchogue."  Brooklyn Eagle, July 17, 1895:  p. 4. -- Mills, Hammond & Co. (on S.E. intersection of the 4 Corners, narrowly escaped incineration).
  • "The Contest at Patchogue."  New York Times, September 5, 1895:  p. 8.
  • "Patchogue Fire Department:  The Brave Defenders of Our Homes and Our Property[full text]. In [Patchogue] Argus. Picturesque Patchogue [special issue], 14(43) 1898:  [n.p.].  (Patchogue-Medford Library.  Celia M. Hastings Local History Room.  Digital Collections; Courtesy Long Island Advance)
  • "To Honor Ex-Chief Bailey."  Brooklyn Eagle, July 19, 1898:  p. 11.
  • "The Proposed Law Indorsed, by the Southern New York Firemen's Association in Session at Blue Point.  Next Meeting in Patchogue."  Brooklyn Eagle, October 17, 1900:  p. 3.
  • Flugrath, Fred J.  Historical Resume, 1880-1905, Commemorating the Quarter Century Anniversary of the Patchogue Fire Department and the Formal Opening of the New Headquarters, June Fourteenth 1905 [full text].  [Patchogue, NY:  Patchogue Fire Department, 1905.]  (Patchogue Fire Department; Patchogue-Medford Library.  Celia M. Hastings Local History Room.  Digital Archives)
  • "Firemen's Fund:  Source of Discussion in the Department:  Active Firemen Want Money Coming in from Insurance Companies -- Exempts Want It Kept in Benevolent Fund."  Patchogue Advance, March 24, 1905:  p. 1.
  • "Patchogue.  The Volunteer Firemen's Carnival from July 12 to 22."  New York Times, July 9, 1911:  p. X4.
  • "Dynamite Joker at Large.  After Causing Panic, He Blows Up Stove in a Patchogue Hotel."  New York Times, April 21, 1914:  p. 9.  -- Joseph Morris creates a blaze, then a blast at Bienhauer's Hotel, in Patchogue, disappears and calmly returns to his job in Medford, N.Y.
  • "Let Out in Fire at Patchogue Pound, They Remain with Firemen."  New York Times, December 11, 1930:  p. 2. 
  • "Brush Fire Sweeps Long Island Section:  Nine Square Miles are Burned, Over Near Patchogue, as 300 Fight Blaze."  New York Times, April 30, 1934:  p. 17.
  • "Brush Fire Halted at Edge of Town:  Long Island Flames, Raging 28 Hours, are Stopped at Patchogue Boundary; Many Houses are Saved; Farm Buildings Scorched at North Bluepoint -- Hundreds of Rabbits Flee Area."  New York Times, May 9, 1934:  p. 21.
  • "Lost Near Home 9 Days.  Man Found in Long Island Brush Suffering from Exposure."  New York Times, September 16, 1935:  p. 3.
  • "Boy, 2, Dies in Fire.  Patchogue Child Suffocates Before Neighbors Make Rescue."  New York Times, January 6, 1936:  p. 19.
  • "Would Take Tiernan Boy:  A California Couple Offers to Adopt Survivor of a Murder Plot."  New York Times, May 24, 1937:  p. 5.  -- Entire Patchogue F.D. visits boy, whose throat had been slashed by his mother, in Patchogue Community Hospital, and presented him with a toy.
  • "Charles F. Chapman [obit.]:  Oldest Living Ex-Chief of Fire Department of Patchogue, 88."  New York Times, March 7, 1938:  p. 17.
  • "7,500 Ducks Die in Farm Fire."  New York Times, December 28, 1938:  p. 24.  -- at Gallo's Duck Farm
  • "Fire in Humphrey Home:  $10,000 Damage Caused by Blaze in East Patchogue, L.I."  New York Times, January 9, 1939:  p. 12.
  • "$25,000 Fire at Patchogue."  New York Times, March 9, 1940:  p. 11.  --  58--62 West Main St. store/apartment fire; dog's barking saves 6 lives
  • "'Jurisdiction' Aids Fire:  Home Burns as Responsibility for Area is Disavowed."  New York Times, May 3, 1942:  p. 30.  -- Home of Herbert F. Austin, 295 Bay Ave.
  • "Patchogue Man Held in Arson."  New York Times, October 8, 1942:  p. 15. 
  • "Fire Wrecks Clock, Patchogue Treasure."  New York Times, January 10, 1946:  p. 25.  -- Clock "Old Faithful", in Swezey & Newins tower, maintained by the village was lost in a blaze, after 30 years as a local landmark 
  • Barry, John L., Fire Chief, as told to Craig Hazlewood.  "Village Fortunate in Having strong Fire Department:  Story of F.D. Since Founding in 1880 is a Fascinating One; Patchogue Engine Co. No. 1 Formed After Van Ausdale Bakery Fire in 1880 Threatened Entire Village; Honey Bee Engine was Firdt Piece of Equipment."  Patchogue Advance, 75th Anniversary edition (Section 2), December 5, 1946:  p. 1.
  • "Heads Volunteer Firemen."  New York Times, June 28, 1947:  p. 30.  -- Mentions election of its new president at the conclusion of the 52nd annual meeting of the Southern New York Volunteer Firemen's Association, held at Patchogue High School
  • "1781 Landmark Burns:  Unexplained Night Fire Levels Former Durkee Homestead."  New York Times, January 22, 1949:  p. 28.  -- Col. Chauncey B. Humphrey loses most of house, rescues 3, and 5 F.D.'s save valuable archives.
  • "Patchogue Oil Tanks Saved as Truck Burns."  New York Times, June 17, 1949:  p. 25. 
  • Barry, John L., Ex-Chief.  "Story of the P.F.D. Since Founding in 1880 is a Fascinating One:  Village Smoke-Eaters Can Well Be Proud on Their 70th Birthday" (Editorial Section).  Patchogue Advance, February 9, 1950:  p. 1.
  • "Fire Wrecks Patchogue Hotel."  New York Times, January 16, 1951:  p. 33.  -- Winona Hotel, 380 Bay Avenue
  • "Investigate School Fire:  Patchogue Police Officials Join in Inquiry into Blaze."  New York Times, May 23, 1951:  p. 37.  -- Fire previously declared arson by Patchogue Fire Chief, Fred Pape
  • "Dog Gives Alarm in Fire:  Patchogue Patrol Animal Barks Factory Warning."  New York Times, July 19, 1952:  p. 17.  -- Police dog "Duke," give alarm at Justus Roe & Sons factory blaze
  • "Patchogue Fire Costs $20,000."  new York Times, November 9, 1953:  p. 18.  --- Vrooman Lumber Yard
  • "$2,000,000 Fire Destroys Landmark in Patchogue Business Center."  New York Times, February 11, 1956:  p. 18.  -- Mills Building, S.E. corner of Main St. & Ocean Ave.
  • "Old Artillery Shells Upset Downtown Area."  New York Times, June 6, 1959:  p. 3.  -- That is, in downtown Manhattan, after the company moves to Patchogue.
  • "Fire Ruins Patchogue Office."  New York Times, December 11, 1960:  p. 75.  -- 2nd floor, Main St. & S. Ocean Ave.
  • "Firetruck Overturns, 4 Hurt."  New York Times, April 16, 1962:  p. 23.
  • Tappe, Marion.  "Gus Remembers When:  Oldest Volunteer Fireman in Suffolk County Reminisces."  Long Island Advance, October 7, 1971:  [n.p.]
  • "4 L.I. Firemen Hurt in Fighting Blaze at Patchogue Car Agency."  New York Times, December 28, 1976:  p. 19.  -- Leitner Pontiac, 17 Medford Ave.
  • McSweeney, William E.  "Speaking Personally:  A Love Story:  Patchogue's Rialto:  Requiem for the Rialto."  New York Times, March 14, 1978:  p. LI 19. 
  • Gilberti, Terry.  "Hearing on Patchogue Fire District Set."  Review Newspapers, August 28, 1997:  p. 2. 
  • "Fire Engulfs Church; No One is Injured."  New York Times, January 13, 1998:  p. B4.  -- Iglesia Roco de Salvacion de Patchogue
  • Sorrentino, Michael.  Photos:  Patchogue Village FD Receives WTC Steel (Patchogue Patch, August 24, 2011)
  • Ed. Note:  Smithtown Library's Richard H. Handley Long Island History Room, is listed in the New York State Historical Documents Inventory, as having, under "Miscellaneous Collections:  Long Island - Towns and Villages, 1649-[ca. 1937], a "petition to establish a fire department in Patchogue, 1837".  -- MR

---  PML Catalog Sampler:

--  Fireboat

  • "Patchogue FD Takes to the Seas:  New 28-Foot Fire and Water Rescue Boat Unveiled at Mascot Dock."  Long Island Advance, August 10, 2006:  p. 8.

--  Firehouses

  • 1st Patchogue Firehouse and Bell Tower, Side view, ca. 1890  [initial photo, and a close up, viewed from the rear of the Swezey-Newins tower (previously Fishel's Department Store and earlier, Tower Hall)]  (Patchogue-Medford Library.  Celia M. Hastings Local History Room.  Digital Archives)
  • 1st Patchogue Firehouse and Bell Tower, Served 1880-1904 (front view from Pine Street [later North Ocean Avenue]), ca. 1900 [photo]  (Patchogue Fire Department; Patchogue-Medford Library.  Celia M. Hastings Local History Room.  Digital Archives) -- if you enlarge it to 400%, you can read, "Union H & L Co. No. 1" above the doors on the left, "Engine Co. No. 1" above the doors on the right, and faintly, above the central entrance, attached to the tower supports, "Euclid Hose Co. No. 2"; note:  the fire bell in the tower is also visible
  • Bayles, Thomas R. (Brookhaven Town Historian).  Firehouse 50 Years Old (Longwood's Journey.  Footnotes to Long Island History)
  • 2nd Firehouse (Served 1904-1970) in Brick, with Wagons [photo] (Patchogue-Medford Library.  Celia M. Hastings Local History Room.  Digital Archives)

--  Engine Company No. 1 (founded 1880)

  • "Patchogue's Old Honey Bee:  Firemen of the South Side Village Celebrate the Twentieth Anniversary of Their Organization.  History of a Crack Company.  What It has Done for the Village and the Victories It has Won in Suffolk Tournaments."  Brooklyn Eagle, March 7, 1900:  p. 7.
  • "Engine Co. 60 Years Old, Celebrates."  [Patchogue Advance,] February 2, 1940:  n.p.

--  Union Hook and Ladder Company, No. 1 (founded 1887)

--  Van Guard Hose Company, No. 1 (founded 1891)

--  Euclid Hose Company, No. 2 (founded 1892)

  • "The concert on Tuesday evening for the benefit of Euclid Hose company was a success..." (Patchogue Notes).  Brooklyn Eagle, January 22, 1893:  p. 9.
  • "On the strength of the addition made to the treasury of Euclid Hose company by the recent concert the members have ordered their new hose cart.  It cost $350, most of which has already been collected..." (Patchogue Notes).  Brooklyn Eagle, January 29, 1893:  p. 4.  -- The company decided to temporarily forego uniforms in favor of the hose cart
  • "Patchogue Notes."  Brooklyn Eagle, April 16, 1893:  p. 3.  -- Wedding of Mamie Vrooman (daughter of a prominent Brooklyn builder) to J.W. Hoagland, foreman of Euclid Hose Co., No. 1, who arrived in uniform, the Co., having provided "a  handsome buffet".   
  • "The Patchogue firemen had a very good time at the state tournament at Coney Island..." (Patchogue Notes).  Brooklyn Eagle, August 20, 1893:  p. 5.
  • "When the Euclid hose company held its second annual election about a week ago, the members decided that the majority of the officers were worthy of another term..." (Patchogue Notes).  Brooklyn Eagle, March 18, 1894:  p. 5.
  • "The Euclid hose company are to have a supper in Ackerly's music hall on Wednesday evening next.  A number of pretty girls have accepted the invitation to wait on tables and the affair promises to be quite a success..." (Patchogue Notes).  Brooklyn Eagle, April 29, 1894:  p. 5.
  • "Euclid Hose to have a New House."  Brooklyn Eagle, August 4, 1895:  p. 8. 

--  Patchogue Exempt Firemen's Association

  • "The Exempt Firemen's Association of Patchogue elected officers about a week ago..." (Patchogue Notes).  Brooklyn Eagle, January 22, 1893:  p. 9.
  • "Death of Everard H. Preston, Secretary of Patchogue Exempt Firemen's Association" (The Island's Obituary Record).  Brooklyn Eagle, August 7, 1897:  p. 2.