You’re Invited to the Irish Night Celebration, March 4, 2023

Members of the Larchmont Historical Fire Company Donny Keck, Ned Benton, PJ Abrahamsen and Jim Sweeney (l-r) serenade guests in 2015 with a firefighting ditty.

Members of the Larchmont Historical Fire Company Donny Keck, Ned Benton, PJ Abrahamsen and Jim Sweeney (l-r) serenade guests in 2015 with a firefighting ditty.

On March 4, 2023 beginning at 7:00 pm, the Larchmont Historical Fire Company – a program of the Larchmont Historical Society – will host its traditional Irish Night celebration at the American Legion Hall in Flint Park, Larchmont, NY.

Get Your Tickets Now: The party is open to all: tickets are $50, with discounts for members of the LHS, veterans and fire companies. Click to purchase tickets.

Irish Night, hosted for almost a century by Larchmont Fire Department’s Engine Company, celebrated the heritage of many of the firefighters with a traditional St. Patrick’s Day’s feast of corned beef and cabbage rounded out by appetizers, soda bread, beverages and dessert.

Irish Dancers: There will be a performance of traditional Irish dancing.

Music by Deep End, a new Mamaroneck band:  they will present original compositions and classic cover songs.

Firefighter Craft Beers to be Sampled: In addition to traditional fare, music and raffles, Irish Night will feature a tasting of craft beers, including those brewed with firefighters in mind.

Engine Toot and Colonel to Appear: Also making an appearance will be members of the Historical Fire Company in their parade uniforms and illuminated helmets along with Engine Toot, the newest addition to our parade fleet.

Rediscovering Mamaroneck’s Civil War Veterans

For decades, Mamaroneck’s Civil War veterans were presumed lost – no one remembered them or their sacrifices. But on Sunday, February 5th at 3:00 pm at the American Legion Post 90 in Mamaroneck, John Jay College Professor Ned Benton will present newly recovered information that begins filling some important gaps in our local history.

In 1917 Civil War veterans are honored at Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck. Third from right is John O'Neal who served in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War aboard the U.S.S. Malvern, President Lincoln’s flagship of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron.

In 1917 Civil War veterans are honored at Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck. Third from right is John O’Neal who served in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War aboard the U.S.S. Malvern, President Lincoln’s flagship of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron.

Professor Benton began his own research wondering: Why is there no memorial to Civil War veterans in Larchmont or Mamaroneck? The villages had yet to be incorporated, but in the 1860s, the Town of Mamaroneck was a thriving community. J. Thomas Scharf explained in an 1886 history; “I regret much that there is no reliable official record accessible of the names of men, bona fide residents of the different towns in the count, who enlisted therefrom and died in the service.”

“That is not the case anymore,” says Professor Benton, a member of the Historical Fire Company.

Using rediscovered documents in Mamaroneck Town and recently digitized military records available on the internet, Professor Benton and the members of the Historical Fire Company have been able to learn much about the local Civil War soldiers, retrieving 62 names.

He credits Mamaroneck Town Clerk Christina Battalia and her staff for their assistance in finding important old files. They found the town’s original record of the 1862 draft that listed all eligible young men, including those who had already enlisted.

Happy 100th Birthday Engine One!

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Larchmont’s Engine One is turning 100 next year! Help us celebrate this big birthday by contributing to Engine One’s Second Century Fund, dedicated to keeping the pumper running for the next 100 years.

Click here to help! DONATE

Or mail a check made out to “Larchmont Historical Society” to Larchmont Historical Society, P.O. Box 742, Larchmont NY 10538, and write “Engine One” in the memo section. Donations are eligible for itemized tax-deductions.

WHERE THE DOLLARS WILL GO

  • Maintain our 100-year-old Pumper Engine One;
  • Develop our Mobile Fire Museum:
  • Restore our antique Fire Cart and Chief’s Car;
  • Restore more 1908 flaming fire helmets;
  • Research our Mamaroneck Civil War Veterans — we have identified 60 of them — many were firefighters;
  • Support our Fire History archive.

WE’LL PUT IN THE TIME AND EFFORT: With your financial support, we can be ready for the next  parade or community event.

Or mail checks made out to “LHS Fire History” to
Larchmont Historical Society
P.O. Box 742,
Larchmont NY 10538.

Serving Larchmont and Mamaroneck, the Historical Fire Company is part of the Larchmont Historical Society.

 

 

Hook and Ladder Cartoon from 1932

LarchmontVolunteers32The Historical Fire Company is always searching for historical material about firefighting, in Larchmont and around the world. Larchmont and the Sound Shore was a center for the cartoon production in the earlier decades of the 1900s, and we have located a cartoon titled “Hook and Ladder Number One” produced by Terrytoon Cartoons.

LarchmontVolunteers04The cartoon features a firehouse that looks a lot like Larchmont firehouse from the 1890s including the old bell towers. At the start, a chorus sings a ditty about the members of Hook and Ladder Company.

  • We’re the Larchmont Volunteers
  • When the sirens call you’ll always find us on the go
  • We’re a gosh darn bunch of men
  • We’re as tough as any fireman at the scene
  • Every man is his own boss
  • And we fight with every fire til the day is long
  • So we give ourselves this cheer
  • We’re the Larchmont Volunteers

You can see the entire cartoon here. It begins with a short credit, but in about 30 seconds the cartoon starts. To see the video in a larger format click here: Hook and Ladder Cartoon from 1932.