Updated October 24th, 2009

EDGEWATER PARK VOLUNTEER HOSE CO. NO. 1

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 SHAW MONUMENT UNVEILING
The unveiling of the Shaw Monument in May of 1998.

Photo- Bill Twomey

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In 1924, the summer bungalow colonists in Edgewater Park lost no time readying their own volunteer firefighters.  The men hauled this wagon, learned fire regulations, and even had a "boys brigade."  The little mascot on the front seat, next to Chief Donohue, is Freddie Aram.

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This mid-30's firetruck must not have lasted too long. It was probably replaced by the 40's GMC duece and a half below after WWII. Note the bell and 2 spotlights that were also on the Model-T in the above photo.  Also note the fender of this truck in the Model-T photo above. 

Photo - Bill Twomey.

 

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The Duece and a half. Ken Banker says the duece and a half was a 1942 Dodge. We got it after WW 2, it was brand new, never used. It was going over seas in WW 2 but for some reason it never got there.

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 The 1919 Fourth of July Parade led by Sarah Joffre.

Photo- Bill Twomey.


 

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 This Super Rope

WILL SAVE LIVES!

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Known as Spectra, every Fireman should have it!

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You cut it with a regular knife!

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Hard to believe, huh? 

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 Going..., going...,

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Gone!

The strength to lift and hold five cars. Incredible!

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Now, if this rope saves 1 Fireman, isn't it worth it? 

   


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New! ThermoGel saves property. Absolutely, positively!

 The end of fire damage!

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This stuff creates a barrier that fire will not pass beyond! It also comes in containers for personal home use. Read about it.

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This stuff has been used to save houses and vehicles. Whatever it's sprayed on will be saved from the fire. Absolutely, positively. Water is finally on it's way out as the number one fire fighter. It's long overdue! Do a Google search on ThermoGel.

 


   

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Jerome DeCanio (right) and George Morstatt (next to him).

In front of the old Duece and a half. These guys were part of a big fraternity. They worked tirelessly towards getting it right because their friends and neighbors depended on them. They did alot for the kids too. In the winter they would flood the A-Section playground so we could iceskate. On the 4th of July they would have a big parade and hand out icecream to the kids. Together with the Girl's Band and the Woman's Auxiliary, there were alot of parades. And alot of good times. Edgewater was like a big extended family.

George Morstatt died in '07 and his wife just died recently, around Jan. '08. 

 

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The Ladies' Auxiliary

The Ladies' Auxiliary was part of the Firehouse and they did alot for Edgewater. They were wife and mother. They were why the kids of Edgewater were so well balanced. This was back when men and woman had different roles in life and one day we'll all find out, as many of us already know, it was better that way. This was one way the women kept up with current events in the Park. The many events put on by the Fire House could not have been done without them. They were great organizers and hosted many events. Most woman were home during the day, raising kids and this was their social connection.

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 Russell says: Back row middle with sunglasses is Margaret Brown, holding American flag on right is Mrs. O'Rourke, front row right is Mrs. Morstatt, who just died in Jan., '08. Next to her is Mrs. Decker. The others I can't remember.         

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Girl's Band E-Section 1967.- Photo Russell Brown

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Lorreta O'Brien with the rifle on the right.- Photo-Lorreta, about '67.

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Passing Stores-1963- Photo Russell Brown

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Fire House now.

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Edgewater Firehouse June 1965.- Photo Russell Brown. Ken Banker says the middle truck was a 1964 Jeep. It was a jeep special made in N.J. The company name was Howes. Not many were made, ourís was used at the World Fair, they made them to get around the exhibits.They were made to whatever met your needs. There is even a site for collectors.

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Model T Fire Truck - Photo Russell Brown (1965)

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Tim Brown-age 2   John Chester from E-sect     Charles Brown-age 4

West Hamilton Beach is in Queens by Howard Beach.-1975

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Winoski brothers?   Karen Scheffold -E sect    Tim Brown

There were trucks from Departments in Westchester and Queens.-1975 

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Jim Brown sitting with dog. Above the dog is Doug Hall, second from right is Billy Stoltze - Photo-Russell Brown 1963

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PARADE FOR SHAW MONUMENT
The start of the parade for the unveiling of the Shaw Monument in May of 1998. Billy Dunphy driving the Model T.

Photo- Bill Twomey

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New Fire Truck - The Jeep.- Photo Russell Brown

Chief Ray Coulter getting keys to new truck.  On left is Bob Brown,the man on the right in uniform with the shadow on him is Vincent "Vinny" Borucinski. He lived at 89-C where his daughter, Doris Borucinski DeCicco, still lives.
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Latest Edition.

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The Wrights and the Halls lived in Edgewater in 1930. Dougy Hall and his brother Steve, lived in the same house his father and grandfather had. Steve, who was a Volunteer Fireman, and edited the "Alarm", the magazine put out during the summer each year, would die very young.

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 Herman O'Neil. I didn't know him but I know he lived by the Crowe's; Richy and Eileen (Banker) and he was a member of the Firehouse. He lived here in 1930. Bill Twomey told me he also ran the Candy Store back in the 30's.


THE RAGAMUFFIN PARADE-FROM YEARS AGO.

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Fran Manerly, who grew up in 80-A in Oriental hat behind the guy with her mother behind her.

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The Ladies Auxiliary ran a Ragamuffin Contest each year.  This photo was taken on November 17, 1984 and the three judges are: Amy Scolaro, the president of the St. Frances Rosary Society; Bill Twomey of the Bronx Times Reporter; and Rev. Karl Bauer of the Fort Schuyler Presbyterian Church.

Photo- Bill Twomey


 

 Below, in the album, are pictures of the last Ragamuffin parade.

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Click on photo for album. Thanks to John, Cheryl and Lisa Steel of 101-C.

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