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The Resource Lawrence, Mass., Fire Department clippings collection

Lawrence, Mass., Fire Department clippings collection

Label
Lawrence, Mass., Fire Department clippings collection, 1886-2006
Title
Lawrence, Mass., Fire Department clippings collection
Inclusive dates
1886-2006
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This is a collection of clippings or copies of clippings that document the Fire Department of Lawrence, Mass., from 1886 to 2006. The material includes information about firefighters, fires, fire stations, labor negotiations, a few photographs of damage from a 1984 fire (with letter from the Lawrence Arson squad), vehicles, alarm systems, water supply, and firefighting anecdotes. Significant fires that were covered: the Oxford Paper Mill (1973), Essex County Jail (Aug. 15, 1988), Calvary Baptist Church (Jan. 9, 1988), and the Ralph Pill Electric Supply Co. fire (Mar. 6, 1987). The most significant fire not covered was the Malden Mills fire of 1995. Occasionally clippings do not have dates on them. These were kept in the order they were received. A series of many suspicious fires starting in 1990 led to the arrest of Roland Turcotte in September of 1994. Over 200 buildings were set alight in an eighteen-month period in 1991-1992, many of them abandoned residences and industrial sites. Copies of the Lawrence Eagle Tribune from Aug. 9-11 [1984?] are in a separate portfolio. They are concerned with the Lawrence 1984 riots
Member of
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Biographical or historical data
In the mid-1840s the first fire engine house was built in what was to become the City of Lawrence and a hand engine named "Essex" was purchased by the Essex Company and stored there. Lawrence officially became a town in 1847 at which time two more hand engines were purchased and two small buildings built for their storage. The present department headquarters on Lowell St., has been the approximate location of an engine house from before 1853. The first brick fire house was constructed at Concord and Franklin streets in June 1856 shortly followed by others. By 1919 the department had 50 trained horses, four steamers, four hose wagons, one protective wagon, one double tank chemical, four hook and ladder trucks, a water tower, and nine supply and exercise wagons. Personnel included a chief, deputy chief, eleven captains, nine lieutenants, 69 permanent men, 60 call men, and 100 substitutes. The department motorized in 1922 but kept horse wagons around for several years for additional help. The town department was established in 1847. Eventually the wardens changed to having a chief. Before 1869 small fire bells were rung at engine houses and/or the city hall or in the mills. In 1869 the first fire alarm telegraph was installed and by 1923 there were 148 signal boxes.
Cataloging source
MLaw
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/collectionName
Lawrence eagle tribune
Index
no index present
Language note
Materials in English
Literary form
non fiction
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/organizationName
Lawrence (Mass.)
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fire departments
  • Fires
  • Fire fighters
  • Fire stations
  • Collective bargaining
  • Arson
  • Riots
Label
Lawrence, Mass., Fire Department clippings collection
Instantiates
Note
The material described in this catalog record is located in the collections of the Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence, Mass
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1632233
Cumulative index finding aids
Finding aid in the repository.
Dimensions
cm.
Extent
0.5 linear ft
Governing access note
Collection is open for research
Lccn
2015555664
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1632233
  • (Sirsi) 1632233
  • (Sirsi) 1632233
  • (OCoLC)930607182
Label
Lawrence, Mass., Fire Department clippings collection
Note
The material described in this catalog record is located in the collections of the Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence, Mass
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1632233
Cumulative index finding aids
Finding aid in the repository.
Dimensions
cm.
Extent
0.5 linear ft
Governing access note
Collection is open for research
Lccn
2015555664
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1632233
  • (Sirsi) 1632233
  • (Sirsi) 1632233
  • (OCoLC)930607182

Library Locations

    • Lawrence Public LibraryBorrow it
      51 Lawrence Street, Lawrence, MA, 01841, US
      42.7107245 -71.162215
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