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Object Name Certificate, Membership
Date 1862
Description Fireman's membership certificate with lithograph illustration of firemen extinguishing a building fire. A printed inscription, filled in with handwritten names, reads: "TOMPKINSVILLE FIRE POLICE / COMPANY / This is to Certify / that Charles h. Stebbins. / was duly elected a Member of the / Tompkinsville Fire Police Company / on the third day of May 1862. / [signed] Ben Wood [?] / Captain."
(Keyword: Firefighter, New York)
Ownership and History C. H. Stebbins was listed among the founding members of the Tompkinsville Fire Police Company in "An Act to incorporate the Tompkinsville Fire Police Company" (Laws of the State of New York, 1862).

The legislation stipulated that among their duties, the company "shall be ready at all times to save and protect property at fires, have the custody of the same during and until after any fire, and to arrest all depredators upon such property, and take them before a magistrate to be dealt with according to law."
Earliest Date 1862
Latest Date 1862
Subjects Fire fighting
Fire fighters
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Stebbins, Charles H.
Catalog Number X93.2540
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
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