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Object Name Certificate, Membership
Date May 17, 1887
Description Fireman's membership certificate with the words: "FIRE DEPARTMENT / OF THE / Village of New Brighton, Staten Island. / RICHMOND COUNTY, NEW YORK. / This is to Certify That Charles G. Dale Jr / is an active Member of MEDORA HOOK & LADDER COMPANY, NO. 3 / of this Village and is entitled to all its rights and privileges /...;" dated May 17, 1887.
(Keywords: North Shore Fire Department, NSFD, Firefighter, New York)
Ownership and History Charles G. Dale, Jr. joined Medora Hook & Ladder Company in West New Brighton in 1887, later serving as company foreman and treasurer. [His helmet is also preserved in the Staten Island Historical Society's collection - catalog number A36.0007.]

Mr. Dale was born in 1857 and died in 1902. He lived on Manor Road in Staten Island and had a career in banking, working as a teller, a handwriting expert, and a counterfeit detector, and later as vice-president and president of New York County National Bank.

Charles G. Dale, Jr. was the son of Cordelia L. (Katen) and Charles Gideon Dale. He married Ida Catherine Griffin in 1882 and they had two children, Helen F. and Ida Dudley Dale.

An article published in the New York Times on October 14, 1902 indicates that Mr. Dale died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 45. The article states, "At the bank it was said that Mr. Dale's accounts were in perfect shape, and the cause of his suicide are said to have been insominia [sic], due to overwork and worry."
Earliest Date 1887
Latest Date 1887
Maker E.P. Coby & Co., 93 & 95 William St., New York City, NY
Subjects Fire fighters
Fire fighting
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Dale, Charles G., Jr.
Catalog Number X93.2517
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
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