Engine 26 was organized February 22, 1873 in the quarters of Engine 22 on Evalina Street east of 3rd Street. This arrangement lasted until 1874 when construction of Engine 26’s station at 1011-13 Pleasant Street was completed. In 1876 the street name was changed from Pleasant to Hamilton Street.
The original company roster was as follows:
Foreman Martin L. Jennens
Engineman Joseph A. Pidgeon
Fireman Thomas J. Allen
Driver Jacob B. Hess
Hoseman Edward Gampher
Hoseman William J. Delaney
Hoseman William H. Gaw
Hoseman Tulley Moore
Hoseman John J. Magee
Hoseman Byron Betson
Hoseman George W. Young
Hoseman Stephen J. Corr
During 1920, Engine 26’s station was extensively renovated. At that time the doors were reversed. The company now exited the station onto Buttonwood Street. The station was given a new address of 1010-12 Buttonwood Street.
On Saturday December 10, 1949, Battalion 4 responded to Box 3236 at Randolph and Jefferson Streets. Captain James Ford of Engine 26 was acting Battalion Chief for the tour. Acting Battalion Chief Ford died of an apparent heart attack while responding to the box with his foot on the siren. His aide didn’t notice anything was wrong until they arrived on location and the siren didn’t shut off. ABC Ford was a veteran of the Bureau of Fire for over thirty-one years. He was appointed as a Hoseman to Engine 22 on June 17, 1918.
Engine 26 was disbanded on January 2, 1964.
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