Engine 35 was organized during December 1889 at 3360 Ridge Avenue. The original company roster was composed of the following members:
Foreman William C. Gibson
Driver John Birch
Fireman John Beasley
Hoseman William B. Cline
Hoseman David H. Wood
Hoseman William T. Whalley
Hoseman John Coyle
Hoseman Robert Warner
Hoseman John Warner
Hoseman John Cook
Hoseman Robert Solly
The company was organized without an engineer of steamer. Charles Vernier was transferred into the company as the engineer in January 1890.
During 1896 Engine 35 was moved to a new station at 4214 Ridge Avenue. The company was disbanded on October 18, 1916 for station renovations. They were re-organized on September 17, 1917. On that same day Truck 18 was organized and stationed with Engine 35. Truck 18 was relocated to Engine 59’s station on July 7, 1930.
Engine 35 was disbanded once again on June 30, 1958 so their station could be demolished and a new station built on the same site. The company was re-organized on May 19, 1959 in the station they currently call home at 4216-18 Ridge Avenue. On opening day Ladder 25 moved from Engine 12’s station to Engine 35’s. Ladder 25 was organized as Auxiliary Truck 12 in 1872. They became a full truck company on May 18, 1928. Engine 35 and Ladder 25 continue to serve the East Falls community from this station.
Note: Ladder 18 was organized with a 1916 James Boyd city service truck, serial number 9017. This was one of two purchased. The other was used to organize Truck 17, serial number 9016. This apparatus in one of very few that I have no photos of. If anyone comes across a photo of either of these pieces let me know.
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