New York: n.p. 1902-1904. , 800 pp. Folio. Brown cloth and leather. First edition. Binding fair to good-only, spine mostly chipped, backstrip loosening, leather mostly worn with large chips at corners and along spine; very good clean contents, leaves just browning at edges, a few leaves with creased corners. Item #43028
Four hundred daily reports on fires and other actions of Engine Company 126, running from December 9, 1902, through May 23, 1904). Engine Company 126 (originally No. 26 and currently No. 226) was located in Boerum Hill at 409 State Street in a 1889 simple brick building embellished with corbelled brick and a cast-iron crest (AIA Guide to New York City, B16). It consisted of one engine and one hose wagon and was part of the very overworked and understaffed Brooklyn and Queens Command which had experienced a 13% increase in fires without any additional staff. No. 26 covered "Long Island College Hospital, all of the stores in the shopping district, Packer Institute, Polytechnic Institute, the court houses and City Hall, and several other schools, asylums and orphanages, and other civic, commercial and private buildings. They were also responsible for the huge grain elevators on the shores of the Erie Basin.... With all of the important buildings in the area, this engine company was busy and on constant alert. On the night of December 26, 1902, the engine responded to a call about a fire at the Arbuckle Cooperage, at 214 Plymouth Street, in what is now Dumbo. Three firefighters lost their lives when a wall of the building collapsed on them. The cooperage made barrels, and was surrounded by other factories including those that manufactured paint, a cork factory, a brewery and a machine shop, all of which had flammable materials and could have easily also caught fire and exploded. Two of the men were from other firehouses, but Engine 26 lost Lt. William Jeffrey, who was crushed in the collapse," (Brownstoner, Blog of 1/2/15) The fire and the death of William Jeffrey is reported on pp. 41-42 of the logbook. Less than a month later an act of heroism in Engine Company 126 stood out and was noted in the Fire Department's Annual Report: of the dozen or so Roll Of Merit mentions for Rescues at Personal Risk, in Line of Duty. "January 13, 1903—By Foreman Thomas F. O'Connor, Engine Company 126. At the fire at No. 486 Atlantic Avenue, at 2.17 A. M., Station 57, Foreman Thomas F. O'Connor, Engine Company 126, rescued Miss Jennie Rakestow, age fourteen years; Miss Lottie Rakestow, age sixteen years, and Mrs. Emily Rakestow, age forty-eight years, from the third floor front room, by scaling ladder. On the arrival of Engine Company 126 the fire was under good headway in the building, and exit by stairway was impossible. Screams were heard coming from the upper portion of the building, but no persons could be seen from the street, on account of the dense smoke from the fire. Foreman O'Connor ascended the scaling ladder to the third story window and discovered the above-named persons being rapidly overcome by smoke and heat. The window casings were frozen, and the inmates were unable to open them. They had broken one of the windows to obtain fresh air. The Foreman broke the balance of the glass in the framework of the window, and carried them down the scaling ladder to the street with considerable difficulty, for the reason that they had become somewhat hysterical, causing the ladder to sway from side to side. Were it not for the bravery and good judgment displayed by Foreman O'Connor the rescued persons might have been seriously injured by falling from the ladder," (Report of the Fire Department of the City of New York for the Year 1903, pp. 232-233). O'Connor would receive a gold metal for this action. The fire is reported in the logbook on page 62, and the details of the rescue on page 63 under additional comments. The building, then the home of Hyman Rose's clothing store, was saved and is currently the location of the Dar Us Salam Bookstore.