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Title [Disosway brothers as members of Zephyr Hose Co. No. 4]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date ca. 1865
Description Original B&W photograph with color added, on a cardboard mount. Group portrait of four men; all are wearing uniform of red firefighter's shirts and belts with buckles inscribed "4.". Two of the men are standing and two are seated in chairs. There is a small table which holds a speaking trumpet; another speaking trumpet stands on the floor. There are 4 fire helmets, each with inscription "4". A helmet on the floor in front of the table has inscription "ZEPHYR / HOSE / 4 / CDD" [for Cornelius Doty Disosway]. Identified by an inscription on the reverse as members of Zephyr Hose Co. No. 4; from left to right: Wilbur Fisk Disosway (seated), Richard Henley Disosway (standing), Cornelius Doty Disosway (seated), and Mills Riddick Disosway (standing).
(Keywords: New York, Firefighter, Occupational Clothing, Work Clothes)
Print size 15 x 12.875
Ownership and History These four brothers served as volunteers with the Zephyr Hose Company No. 4 of Port Richmond, Staten Island. The fire company was organized in 1861 and incorporated by the New York State Legislature in 1862.

Wilbur Fisk Disosway (1836-1905), seated at left, was the foreman. He was also elected as the first secretary of the North Shore Fire Department when it was organized on April 2, 1874. See record X97.0814 for a fireman's trumpet that was presented to Wilbur Fisk Disosway in 1863.
Earliest Date 1863
Latest Date 1874
Subjects Families
Fire fighters
Fire fighting
Group portraits
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Disosway, Wilbur Fisk
Disosway, Cornelius Doty
Disosway, Mills Riddick
Disosway, Richard Henley
Catalog Number PH01.1082
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, July 2016.
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.