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Carlisle Fire Company 615 NW Front St

PO Box 292 Milford, De 19963
Phone: (302)422-8001
Fax: (302)422-2146
Webmaster@carlisle42.com

 
 
 
 

This Day in Carlisle History

Tuesday, September 30, 2014  On this date in 1883, about half past two Sunday morning a fire that is thought to have been of incendiary origin broke out in the sheds of the James W. Abbott & Co's., ship yard and consumed the same with contents. In the roof of this shed was stored the patterns and ship moulds of the company and amount these fire was kindled. In response to the alarm of fire, a large portion of the citizens of the town repaired to the yards and saved the vessel on the stocks, but we're unable to save the shed or any of its contents. James W. Abbott & Co. lost about $400 in timber and patterns; J. Henderson foreman, lost chest of tools valued at $35; Edward Hall, John Eddington, J. Deputy, Samuel Clendaniel and Nathan Hickman each lost a chest of tools. There was no insurance.

Source: Milford Chronicle


   
 

This Day in Carlisle History

Sunday, September 28, 2014 

On this day in 1904, at the launching of the four masted schooner “Charles J. Dumas” at the Abbott’s Shipyard on Mispillion Street between Marshall Street and Columbia Avenue. The scaffolding that many on lookers had occupied collapsed killing a nine year old boy and injuring 10 other people.




Source: Milford Chronicle





   
 

This Day in Carlisle History

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 

On this day in 1962, a fire of unknown origin destroyed the Acme Supermarket on South East Front Street east of South Washington Street. Damage estimates totaled between $200,000.00 and 250,000.00. The blaze began about 5:00 pm and was brought under control shortly after 7:00 pm. Immediate evacuation of the building prevented any injuries among the store’s customers, but Houston fireman, Ralph Wilson suffered a cut hand and was treated at Milford Memorial Hospital. Acme manager Robert Wink was alerted by customers and employees that the roof and shed used for trash disposal were on fire. Flames spread to two adjoining businesses, the “Chatterbox and a laundry. Although there was smoke and water damage, the fire damage was confined to the roofs of these two businesses.

 

Source: Milford Chronicle




   
 

This Day in Carlisle History

Sunday, September 7, 2014 

On this date in 1935 the remnants of the Great Labor Day Hurricane deluged Milford with a record 10 inches of rain on that day. Many locations throughout downtown were severely impacted from flooding. A major contributor to the flooding throughout downtown was the torrent of rain that fell resulting in the eventual failure of the Maple Avenue dam. Members of Carlisle along with many citizen volunteers work desperately to save the Maple Avenue dam however, tremendous water pressure resulted in the dam collapsing adding to the flood waters that occurred during the storm. The failure of the Maple Avenue dam resulted in the Caulk Company offices and manufacturing plants to flood two floors of their facilities.  A combination of rainfall and the Maple Avenue dam failing resulted in high waters throughout downtown and forcing the Fire Company to abandon the firehouse and relocating equipment until the waters subsided. Accounts from the Milford Chronicle indicated Carlisle responding to numerous calls for assistance throughout the event.


Source: Milford Chronicle



     

 

This Day in Carlisle History

Sunday, September 7, 2014 

On this date in 1888 a farmhouse on the estate of Thomas Carroll, about two miles south of Milford, Del., took fire about midnight, and William Hopkins, 50 years old, and his little 5-year-old daughter perished in the flames. Hopkins three other children and his housekeeper escaped from the burning building.




Source: The New York Times, New York, NY




   
 

This Day in Carlisle History

Monday, September 1, 2014 

Archived records as well as numerous articles from previous editions of the Milford Chronicle recognized the annual fireman’s parade and carnival as the primary fund raising event held each year in September to benefit the volunteer fire company. The circus arrived via the railroad and exotic animals were paraded down “Main Street” to generate enthusiasm for the carnival normally held at the baseball park on Southeast Fourth and Montgomery Streets.  The picture to the left details the annual parade of the circus and the picture to the right is the first piece of motorized apparatus purchased in 1916 along with the first recorded purchase of Dress Uniforms for the Department.  The annual parade and circus occurred over a thirty year period.  Over that time period proceeds accounted for additional equipment purchases as well as the construction of the “Community Building and Firehouse” located at Church and Southeast Front Streets.





Sources: Carlisle Archives, Milford Chronicle





     

 

This Day in Carlisle History

Monday, August 25, 2014  On this date in 1882, M. H. Davis & Sons' evaporator in Milford burned destroying 500 pounds of dried and 300 baskets of undried peaches. Loss at the time of publication not ascertained however, the business was insured for $3,800 by the Queen of England and the Manufacturers Insurance Co', Boston, MA.

 

Source: The New York Times, New York, NY 26 Aug 1882

   
 

This Day in Carlisle History

Friday, August 22, 2014  On this date in 1883 providence smiled upon Milford again and gave another pungent reminder of what must be expected at no distant day. At about 11:30 PM an alarm of fire startled our citizens, and looking toward the north of town, it appeared as if the entire northern part of town was blazing. It was soon discovered to be an old stable, part of the W.N.W Dorsey estate, located near the centre of the most compactly built square in Milford. The heavy rain had soaked the roofs of the surrounding buildings, and to that alone was due to saving of a large conflagration. No buckets, axes or ladders were available. A new carriage owned by Wm. Powders was consumed by fire. At 4 o'clock AM, as Mr. Geo. Postles who was one of the watchmen over the ruins, was making his round, he discovered a pile of waste paper in an out building on Jas. R. Lofland's premises, that was just commencing to blaze. This would indicate the work of an incendiary.

Source: Milford Chronicle


   
 

This Day in Carlisle History

Friday, August 22, 2014 

On this date in 1885 the wife of the Rev. J. S. Willis, of Milford, this State, died early this morning from burns received by an explosion of a coal-oil lamp. She was alone in the house at the time. Her daughter had been to a party, and returning home found the room on fire and mother lying on the floor so badly burned that she died in four hours.




Source: The New York Times, New York, NY 23 Aug 1885





   
 
 
 

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