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CLEVELAND NEWSPAPER DIGEST JAN. 1 TO DEC. 31, 1852

Abstracts 683 · 692

FIRE DEPARTMENT (Cont'd)
683 · DTD June 3:3/5 - City council last night passed the report of M.
M. Spangler, chief engineer of the fire department, of the number of
men doing duty to June 1.

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684 - DTD June 5:3/1 • "On June 3 the members of fire-station No. 5 selected the following for engineerships in the fire department:

Chief engineer, J. W. Fitch; first assistant, Barney Mooney; second assistant, M. C. Whittemore, who later declined the nomination.

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685 - DTD June 8:3/1 J. W. Fitch, Esq., was unanimously elected chief engineer of the fire department yesterday afternoon. William Delaney was elected first-assistant, and John Bennett, second-assistant engineer.

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686 - DTD June 15; adv:2/4 - Members of Cataract engine company No. 5 are hereby notified that a meeting will be held at their station on the evening of June 15 at 7:30.

By order of the assistant foreman; John F. Weiss, secretary.

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687 - DTD June 17; ed: 3/1 - M. M. Spangler as old chief had command of

: the fire companies in their turnout. A little work for recreation, showing what the firemen could do, and the "old officer" with a pat speech yielded up coal, cap, and belt to J. W. Fitch, who made a happy reply.

"The occasion was a joyous one."

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688 - DTD July 24:3/2 City council last night passed a resolution that the committee on fire and water contract with W. B. Southworth to build one engine house and one hook and ladder house, agreeable to his proposals on file, on a credit of eight months.

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689 - DTD Aug. 12:3/2 - City council last night passed a resolution authorizing the committee on fire and water to contract with E. B. Lacy to build one engine house and one hook and ladder house, agreeable to his proposals.

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690 - DTD Oct. 9:3/1 The "Good Intent" fire company of Pittsburgh presented "Cataract" company No. 5 of this city with a fireman's hat, cap, and belt, also an engine wrench and a piece of silver plate.

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691 · DTD Nov. 11:2/3 City council last night passed a resolution to erase from the records an ordinance passed Oct. 23 relative to fire limits on Superior and Union sts. repealing the same.

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691-1/2 - DTD Nov. 12:3/1 - Phoenix fire company No. 4 proposes holding a fair soon for the purpose of building themselves a good home.

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692

DTD Nov. 19; adv:2/4

Members of Torrent engine company No. 2

CLEVELAND NEWSPAPER DIGEST JAN. 1 TO DEC. 31, 1852

Abstracts 693 - 701

FIRE DEPARTMENT (Cont'd) of Ohio City will hold a fair and supper at Whitman's hall Dec. 2. Proceeds will be used to buy fatigue suits.

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693 - DTD Nov. 19; adv:2/4 - Phoenix fire company No. 4 will hold a fair and supper at Kelley's hall Dec. 23. Proceeds are to apply on the purchase of a lot for an engine house.

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694 - DTD Nov. 19; adv:2/4 - Saratoga fire engine company No. 3 will hold a fair and supper at Kelley's hall Dec, 9.

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695 - DTD Dec. 15; ed:3/1 The citizens of the fourth ward are seeking contributions for the purchase of a first class fire engine.

"To one and all we say give; and give liberally to the procuring an Engine for Company No. 8, for thereby you will secure your own homes and lives.

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696 - DTD Dec. 30:3/1 - The Cleveland Mutual, Washington Union Insur-
ance co., R. T. Lyon, and five other insurance companies have donated
a total of $170 towards the purchase of a fire engine for a new company
in the fourth ward. The company is called the Hope fire company No. 8.

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FIRES & FIRE PREVENTION
697 - DTD Jan. 5:3/1 The harness shop of W. J. Goodwin caught fire
yesterday in the upper floor. The flames were subdued before much
damage was done.

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698 - DTD Jan. 6:3/1 The alcohol factory owned by a Mr. Johnson was entirely consumed by fire last night.

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699 - WTD Jan. 7:2/7 - The harness shop of W. J. Goodwin on Vineyard st. caught fire yesterday, but not much damage was done.

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700 DTD Jan. 7:3/1 - The alcohol laboratory at the foot of Seneca st. owned by Douglass and Company was consumed by fire yesterday.

Garrett and Briggs, and B. F. Mason, insurance agents, were on the ground early to adjust the loss, as the building was fully insured.

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701 DTD Jan, 12:3/1 - About 3 a. m. Jan. 10 a fire broke out in the tobacco store of L. H. Raymond on Ontario st. Extending to the carriage shop of A. W. Hurlbut it entirely consumed both buildings. There seemed to be a scarcity of water; had it not been that a good covering of snow was on adjacent buildings, doubtless much more damage would have been done. Mr. Raymond's loss was about $2,000; Mr. Hurlbut's about $3,000. A portion of the loss is covered by insurance.

Does not this destructive fire demonstrate the necessity of more reservoirs?

(3) CLEVELAND NEWSPAPER DIGEST JAN. 1 TO DEC. 31, 1852

Abstracts 702 - 708

FIRES & FIRE PREVENTION (Cont'd) 702 · DTD Jan. 16:3/1 · Fire was discovered yesterday in the cellar of the City building, directly under the store of D. Jones. Firemen worked industriously and prevented much damage. During the scarcity of water, everybody should be insured.

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703 - DTD Jan. 17:3/1 The workshop of Parrish and Knight was completely destroyed by fire last night. The loss, covered by insurance, is estimated at $3,000.

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704 - DTD Mar. 26:3/1 The grocery and provision store near the corner of Seneca and Canal sts. was damaged by fire at ten o'clock last evening. The amount of damage and insurance has not yet been learned. (3)

705 - DTD Mar. 30; ed:2/3 Some time ago we supposed Phillip's invention, a fire extinguisher was a failure. We heard him lecture in Bos. ton the other day, and became satisfied that it must prove, in every respect, eminently useful.

His error, and the error of his friends, was in claiming to much for the fire annihilator. Had he, or they, presented the views set forth in Mr. Phillip's lecture, a wide assent would have been given to the correctness of his reasoning and the utility of his invention.

Phillip's theory of fire is that fire, both in production and extinction, is only a chemical process and change, that the most dangerous part is the flame, and that the flame is the consumer, creating heat, and extending the conflagration. He spoke very conclusively of the effect of water upon the flames. It is powerless. Water could only be effectual in extinguishing the source of the flame.

Here the annihilator was the master. Its vapor reached the flame itself instantaniously. In both Boston and New York a determination was expressed to give the annihilator a chance.

"This is the true course, and when persued, we shall know how far it may be successfully used."

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706 - DTD May 13:2/3 - "We hope there may be some exaggeration in the
report brought by the schooner MARY in regard to the fire in the town
opposite to us in Canada." More than half of Port Stanley is said to
be in ashes.

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707 - DTD May 17:2/1 - Yesterday morning two buildings on River st. burned. The loss was not determined.

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708 - DTD June 1:3/1 - The alarm of a fire last night was caused by the burning of a stable, house, and shed belonging to a Mrs. Harnett near the junction of River and Light House sts.

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CLEVELAND NEWSPAPER DIGEST JAN. 1 TO DEC. 31, 1852

Abstracts 709 - 718

FIRES & FIRE PREVENTION (Cont'd) 709 - DTD July 14; ed: 2/2 - "The immediate effect of Phillip's Fire Anni hilator will do much to bring this invention into use. No vessel should be without one. The effect of it upon the flames in the spirit room of the Steamer MANCHESTER, was instantaneous; if so then and there, why may it not be successfully applied at all fires?"

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710 - DTD Sept. 16; ed: 2/2 - We are sorry to record the fact that Ravenna was visited by a disastrous fire Sept. 14. It has fallen heavily upon energetic men, but we know their energy will not be dampened by misfortune. They will go to work and the people will help them.

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711 - DTD Oct. 1:3/1 - A fire which started in William Hart's furniture rooms last evening consumed all the buildings except one northeast of Chittenden's stable.

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712 - DTD Oct. 15:2/4 - City council last night passed an ordinance prohibiting the erection of wooden buildings on Superior st., west of Water st.

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713 - DTD Oct. 15:2/4 - City council last night adopted a resolution authorizing the commission on fire and water to contract with Messrs. Wright, Megimby, and Meyers to build three hose carts.

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714 - DTD Oct. 15:2/4 - City council last night passed a resolution authorizing the commission on fire and water to build without delay three reservoirs in the fourth ward.

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715 - DTD Oct. 15:2/4 - City council last night passed a resolution instructing the committee on fire and water to procure a report from the chief engineer detailing the number of reservoirs in each ward and their capacity, the quantity of hose on hand and any other information needed.

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716 - DTD Oct. 15:2/4 - City council last night passed a resolution authorizing the commission on fire and water to advertise and receive proposals for making 2,000 feet of hose.

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717 - DTD Nov. 13:3/1 - The frame house occupied by a Mr. Newell on Bolivar st. was razed by fire on Nov. 11 due to the lack of water.

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Arson

718 - DTD Mar. 29:3/1 - A passing cabman discovered an attempt to fire
the "City Buildings." Wood shavings were found scattered on the floor
of the D. Denzer and Company store. This was the second attempt at in-
cendiarism in the buildings. In the first attempt a fire was started
by a turpentine ball in the silver plating shop, but it was extinguish-
ed.

(1) CLEVELAND NEWSPAPER DIGEST JAN. 1 TO DEC. 31, 1852

Abstracts 719 - 725

FIRES & FIRE PREVENTION - Arson (Cont'd)
719 - DTD Apr. 3:3/1 · In common pleas court yesterday in the arson
trial of Gustenhoover and Mullen, Gustenhoover was acquitted. Mullen
is still on trial,

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720 - DTD June 19:3/1 Joseph Mullen tells us that we were misinformed in relation to the origin of the burning of his barn on June 17. There never had been any ashes about the building.

About an hour after he had left the barn it was discovered to be on fire. It is supposed to be the work of an incendiary. There is no insurance to cover the loss.

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721 - DTD Aug. 11:3/1 · The fire at the corner of Clinton and Prospect sts. yesterday consumed four barns and one house.

The barns were owned by Messrs. G. F. Lewis, Fuller, Hall, and Ham lin. Lewis' barn was worth $1,000. His hired girl is under arrest and charged with firing his barn.

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722 - DTD Aug. 19:3/1 • The woman who set fire to Lewis' barn has been fully committed. She calls herself Miss Lydia Bushley from Bennington, Vermont. She received an anonymous letter post marked Sheburn Falls, Mass., directed to Syracuse, N. Y., and forwarded.

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723 - DTD Aug. 26:3/1 - William Mumford, a young colored man, was the
hero of the conflagration that entirely destroyed Lewis' barns. He
cut down the barn doors and escorted to safety Lewis' horses and also
saved his two carriages, valued at $400.

Today we were shown a beautiful gold hunting watch which Lewis presented to Mumford. Engraved on one side is: William Mumford; a pre• sent from G. F. Lewis. On the other side is engraved: "He that is faithful over a few things, shall be made ruler over many things."

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See also Fire Department

FIREWORKS
724 - DTD July 7:3/1 · In a letter to the editor, James Staley says:
"I have understood from a number of people that the credit of the man-
agement of the exhibition of fire works last evening was generally
bestowed upon me. I would respectfully say that I had not the honor of
being a participant in any way whatever. Honor to whom honor is due."

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See also Holidays

FISH 725 - DTD May 25:3/1 - The steamer MICHIGAN arrived from Green Bay yesterday carrying the largest consignments of fish ever received in our market. She carried 2,000 packages of fish.

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