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Title [Castleton Fire Patrol No. 1 with vehicle]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date ca. 1895
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description Original B&W print on cardboard mount. Diagonal front and side view of a horse-drawn fire wagon on an unpaved street; the wagon is drawn by two horses. Eleven firemen in dress uniform are aboard the wagon and all look toward the camera. Two firemen are seated up front, with one holding the reins. The others all sit or stand on the wagon, which has painted lettering on the side: "1 / THE CASTLETON FIRE PATROL 1". One of the firemen stands on a running board, holding a speaking trumpet under his left arm. Bare trees are in the background. A piece of tracing paper with handwritten names and numbers was found with the photo (it was originally attached to the mount); it gives the names of several of the firemen, but part of the paper (the part with the corresponding numbers) is missing so most names can't be connected with faces. The names are: "Wm Fink [with a number indicating he is the driver] / Jack Schell [with a number indicating he is seated next to William Fink] / Daniel Regan / Herman Rossbach / Clarence Simpson / Sam Morse [or Moore] / Wm O'Neill / Fred Simpson / Wm Houseman".
(Keywords: New York, North Shore Fire Department, NSFD)
Print size 7.5 x 9.5
Acquisition Collection of the Staten Island Historical Society
Ownership and History The men of Castleton Fire Patrol No. 1, a volunteer company, wear their dress uniforms for this photo portrait. The man holding the reins is William Fink, born in West New Brighton, Staten Island, in 1872. In addition to his profession as a hotel manager, Fink was active with several fire companies as well as serving in local government. In 1905 he was elected Chief Engineer of the North Shore Fire Department.

The Castleton Fire Patrol's new patrol wagon was described in the February 2, 1895 issue of the Staten Island Independent newspaper: "The wagon is all white, very handsome in appearance and is thoroughly equipped with all the latest appliances."
Earliest Date 1895
Latest Date 1905
Subjects Fire fighters
Fire fighting
Fire engines & equipment
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Fink, William
Catalog Number PH01.0101
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, November 2015.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.