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Catalog Number 2005.004.040
Object Name Minutes
Title Record, Mechanics Fire Co. No. 8
Scope & Content Hardcover book containing the handwritten minutes from the meetings of Mechanics Company No. 8, as well as its constitution and by-laws, brief accounts of several fires, and some financial records spanning its founding on December 6, 1848 to its dissolution on April 14, 1856, in protest of an ordinance that forbid the company from pulling their hand-drawn fire apparatus along sidewalks. The passages are attributed to the group's secretaries--in order--C.F. Morris, H. Willson, Alexander Lambie, D.C. Whitman, E.P. Warden, John McNamara, Thomas McWilliams, James Cavanagh, and Isaac C. Wallace. The pages following the dissolution of the company include math problems and multiplication tables, the lyrics to the ballad "She Was Bred in Old Kentucky," a drawing resembling a plumbing diagram, the outline of several pressed leaves, and several geometric sketches. The book is bound in a brown cover and "Record," and "Mechanics Fire Co. No. 8," are printed on the its spine. A handwritten inscription on a front flyleaf reads, "April 12, 1856, This book is presented to Isaac C. Wallace by Mechanic Fire Company No. 8."
Date 1856
Year Range from 1848
Year Range to 1856
People Morris, C.F.
Willson, H.
Lambie, Alexander
Whitman, D.C.
Warden, E.P.
McNamara, John
McWilliams, Thomas
Cavanagh, James
Wallace, Issac C.
Extent of Description 8.75" x 14" x 1.5"
Collection Fire Department
Search Terms Detroit Fire Department
Mechanics Company No. 8
Fires