Irish Night is Back for 2022!

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 Friday March 11, 2022 beginning at 7:00 pm, the Larchmont Historical Fire Company – a committee of the Larchmont Historical Society – will host its traditional Irish Night celebration at the American Legion Hall in Flint Park, Larchmont, NY. This year Irish Night will celebrate the 100th Birthday of Engine One, and also honor Former LFD Chief and Historical Fire Company Vice President Donny Keck, who passed away this year.

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 show of traditional Irish dancing.

Mask Rules: We are following the rules of the American Legion Hall that masks are optional. If there is a change in rules we will post them here and email ticket purchasers.

Faded Vinyl

Faded Vinyl

Music by Faded VinylFaded Vinyl is comprised of veteran musicians from many successful Central New York bands: the Custom Taylor Band, PEP, Critics and the Primetime Horns, Unsung Heroes, Hideaway, and Wits End.

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.

 

Happy 100th Birthday Engine One!

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Larchmont’s Engine One is turning 100 next year! Help us celebrate by donating to keep the pumper running for the next 100 years. Click here to help! firedonation.larchmonthistory.org

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 2932.

 

Mystery of the Purloined Pumper!

It started with a recent call to the Historical Society Archives from the Division of Motor Vehicles. A Senior Investigator needed to inspect Engine One! Someone in New Jersey was attempting to register a America LaFrance Pumper with the same vehicle identification number (VIN). Had Engine One been stolen? Was Engine One the victim of identity theft? Was LHS going to get a ransom note?

A quick check revealed that Engine One was ready for service, no parts missing or broken, in the Historical Fire Company Barn.

The DMV investigator was determined to solve this unusual mystery.

The Historical Fire Company went to work as it would responding to any emergency. We produced the 1922 order for the Engine, the factory assembly records, the original Larchmont records of purchase, and a complete chain of ownership custody records including the title from Washington State containing the VIN number that was used to transfer the engine when it was brought back to Larchmont from the west coast.

While the investigator was convinced that LHS owned the vehicle we had, and that it was the original Larchmont 1922 pumper, why did another 1920s American LaFrance pumper have the same VIN number? Maybe this was a factory error – like mistakes on stamps and coins – that always add enormous collector’s value to the items involved? Was Engine One a clone? Did it have a long-lost twin brother? If there was an amazing mistake, LHS and the Historical Fire Company could suddenly be fabulously rich!