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George and Rhonda Andreadis Collection of Lancaster City Records, Series 2
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George and Rhonda Andreadis Collection of Lancaster City Records, Series 2
The documents in MG0545, Series 2 represent the business of the City of Lancaster related to the fire department, which was established in 1881 by consolidating the private fire companies in the city. These nineteenth century documents are primarily invoices for engine and hose parts and repairs; horse tack, feed and stables; alarm boxes; salary payments; supplies; and engine house maintenance. A few invoices are for the earlier volunteer fire companies.
Admin/Biographical History
"A radical change in the method of providing protection against fire was brought about in 1882, a paid city fire department being substituted for the volunteer fire companies. The old system had to some extent fallen into
disrepute and become inefficient. The ordinance creating the new system was approved Dec. 21, 1881, and actual organization was commenced in February 1882 by the appointment of Henry N. Howell as chief engineer.
The engine-houses, engines, and hose-carts of the American and Washington Fire Companies were purchased, and also the engines of the Union and Sun Companies and the house of the Humane. The department was in working order in April 1882 and has since then been constantly undergoing improvement."
Ellis, Franklin and Samuel Evans. History of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Philadelphia: Everts & Peck. 1883.
Custodial History
Note: These documents are mostly administrative records, not permanent records, and were likely purged by the city offices when they were no longer needed. We are fortunate that they survived as they contain details about Lancaster's past.
Collection was organized and rehoused by PH, Summer 2011; finding aid typed by HST, April 2012.
System of Arrangement
This collection is organized into series by subject:
Series 1 Market Houses
Series 2 Fire Department
Series 3 Bridges
Series 4 Railroads
Series 5 Lamps and Lighting
Series 6 Relief Fund
Series 7 Administrative Records
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Lancaster (Pa.)
Albright, Robert
Barr, Charles H.
Bateman, William H.
Beidle, John
Bihl, A. F.
Blickenderfer, R.
Brimmer, Fred
Brimmer, George H.
Brown, Daniel
Brown, George W.
Calder, George Jr.
Colvin, C. H.
Cox , Samuel B.
Cummings, W. P.
Eby, Jonas F.
Edgerley, Edward
Erisman, H. M.
Eshelman, J. W.
Faust, Jacob
Finney, W. B.
Glazier, Henry
Groff, Abraham S.
Groff, H. E.
Groff, Nathaniel
Hartman, Army
Hatz, Jacob
Hawthorn, John A.
Heinitsh, John F.
Herr, Abraham
Herr, Allan A.
Herr, J. L.
Herr, M. B.
Hirsh, B. W.
Hoch, W. T.
Huber, Joseph H.
Jacks, Samson
Jahn, Francis
Jeffries, John R.
Kitch, Davis
Kreider, Jacob S.
Martin, B. B.
Miller, Fred
Miller, H. C.
Miller, Mrs. L.
Pfeiffer, F. W.
Plitt, Edward
Pontz, Adam
Ringwalt, Amos
Rudy, Frank H.
Rudy, Philip
Schum, Philip
Shaub, H.
Shaub, J. C.
Shenk, B. M.
Shenk, Charles G.
Shindle, J. P.
Shirk, Reuben
Smeltz, Edmond S.
Steigerwalt, H. J.
Sutton , J. L.
Vondersmith, H. B.
Walker, Edward
Welchans, A. C.
Wilson, William H.
Wise, Zeb
Wohlsen, William
Wylie, William T.
Zook, Jacob K.
[Roote], G. W.
Fire departments
Volunteer fire departments
Business records
Lancaster (Pa.)
Search Terms
American Engine Company
American Fire Company
Baumgardner Co.
Baumgardner, Eberman & Co.
Baumgardners & Jefferies
Binkley's Bridge Post Office
Burger & Anderson
Business records
C. V. Rote & Co.
Centennial Pastry Board
Chambers & Palmer
Citizens' Electric Light, Heat and Power Co.
City Hotel
Crystal Ice Co.
D. B. Landis & Son
Dennison Mfg. Co.
Dialogue & Serrill
Eagle Spoke and Bending Works
Eureka Fire Hose Company
Everts & Overdeer
Finding aids
Fire departments
Friendship Hose Company
Fulton Cotton Mill
Gamewell Fire Alarm Telegraph Company
George M. Steinman & Co.
Gleason & Bailey Mfg. Co.
Gutta Percha & Rubber Mfg. Co.
Henwood Co.
Humane Hose Company
J. B. Prescott & Son
J. B. Shannon & Sons
J. M. Migeod & Son
J. P. Stormfeltz & Sons
John Best & Son
L. G. Tillotson & Co.
La France Fire Engine Co.
Lancaster Gas Light and Fuel Co.
Lancaster Planing Mill Co.
Lancaster Son & Co.
Lancaster Steam Soap & Candle Works
Lowell Harness and Collar Co.
Manchester Locomotive Works
Manuscript groups
Marion & Stoy
McLaughlin & Gesell
Miller & Hartman, wholesale grocers
Patrick & Carter Co.
Philip Lebzelter and Company
Phoenix Cork Works
Reilly Bros. & Raub
Ridenour & Schaum
Samuel Eastman & Co
Shiffler Hose Company.
Southern Electric Co.
Stoner, Shreiner & Co.
Sun Engine Company
Union Fire Company
Washington Engine and Hose Company
Washington Fire Company
[Wilfing] & Sawyer
2 boxes, 72 folders, .5 cubic ft.
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MG-545, Series 2
Archives South
Side 11
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Access Conditions / Restrictions
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Collection may not be photocopied. Please direct questions to Research Center Staff at
Permission for reproduction and/or publication must be obtained in writing from LancasterHistory.
Courtesy of LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
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