By-Laws of the Star Fire Engine and Hose No. 1, of the Borough of Manheim [Pennsylvania].
Unlocated booklet for a Pennsylvania firefighting house
No copies found in OCLC, a 19th-century Manheim, Pennsylvania rarity. At hand, an ephemeral, and possibly unknown publication of the by-laws for the Pennsylvania firefighters of Star Fire Engine and Hose No. 1 in the Manheim borough.
Beneath the title-page a legend or motto reads: “We aim to be Useful when the Fire Fiend rages.” A very small cut of a fire engine is seen on the final page.
Members were not to “wear their equipments” outside of fires, parades, or approved events. Hose directors were to attach the hose to pumps and to notify the Engineers as speedily as possible. Potential members could be “black-balled” by any black balls placed in the ballot box, in which case they were referred back to committee, and those that objected to a member’s application had to state their reasons.
Of these, and many more ways, was a hose and ladder firefighting company to secure the safety of the general public in 1871 Manheim, Pennsylvania, coincidentally, the same year as the horrific conflagration in Chicago.
Description: By-Laws of the Star Fire Engine and Hose No. 1, of the Borough of Manheim [Pennsylvania].
Manheim, [Pennsylvania]: J.M. Ensminger, Sentinel Print, 1871. 16mo. 22, [2, blank]pp. Plain flexible thin cloth wrappers. Very good.