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Monday, August 31, 2009

Contest in 1891 To Determine Which Steam Fire Engine Company Could Throw a Stream the Greater Distance

A brief, but interesting item appeared in the August 1, 1891 issue of the New Rochelle Pioneer.  It announced a contest to determine which steam fire engine company could throw a stream of water the greater distance.  The event included an offer of interesting prizes.  The entire item is quoted immediately below.

"To Contest for Silver Trumpets.

The proprietor of Belden's Point, City Island, has offered as prizes two silver trumpets and a silver cup, to any local steam fire engine company throwing a stream the greater distance through 1,000 feet of hose.  The contest will take place next Monday afternoon, at 3 o'clock at this resort:  The following companies have decided to compete:  Minneford, City Island; Relief, New Rochelle; Steamer Company, No. 1., Mt. Vernon."

Source:  To Contest for Silver Trumpets, New Rochelle Pioneer, Aug. 1, 1891, p. ?, col. 3 (the page number is not printed on the page).

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