Members of the Humphrey Drum Corps next to the Humphrey Fire Station (Photo courtesy of the Hamden Historical Society)
This photo of the Humphrey Drum Corps was found in the archives of the Hamden Historical Society last week. The members of the corps, pictured above next to the Humphrey Fire Station on Circular Avenue, were probably affiliated with the Humphrey Hook and Ladder Fire Association, although the bass drum states "HIGHWOOD." The members appear to be wearing typical marching band uniforms of the era, which also look a lot like fire department dress uniforms. The exact date of the photo is not known, but it could have been taken as early as 1913, when the fire station was built.
ROB CALLAHAN is the son of the late Robert "Ace" Callahan (HFD, Ret.) and current HFRA honorary member Nancy Callahan. We have just learned that Rob is suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
Rob is a musician. His many friends in the music world have scheduled an all-day benefit concert in Hamden on Saturday, May 31st to help Rob and his family. We hope that our website visitors will spread the word about the concert among their friends and perhaps lend some support.
This pre-WWII automobile was already ancient when it flipped over on West Todd Street 50 years ago this week. Lt. Bill Hines examined a piece of the auto while Ff. Gil Spencer rummaged around inside the car, possibly to ensure that the gasoline tank was not leaking.
In the dim dark days before mandatory seatbelt laws and airbags, it's amazing the six teenage passengers survived. The car did not.
By 1964, this late 1930s car - it looks like an Olds - was just an "old car," probably worth fifty bucks. But if you ran down to Bradford Ford that week fifty years ago, you could have picked up one of those new Ford Mustangs for only $2,368.
New Haven Register, Sunday, May 3, 1964 (Courtesy of Chan Brainard)
40 Years Ago
Faulty pumper injures North Haven fire chief; results in mutual aid from Hamden
North Haven firefighters had their hands full early Monday afternoon, May 6, 1974, while fighting a working house fire at 46 Mountain View Terrace, which runs east off Whitney Avenue near Spring Glen School.
According to news accounts, West Ridge Co. 4's brand new apparatus was in pump gear and pumping water when it suddenly jumped back into road gear. The pumper lurched forward and crashed into Chief John Rosadini's car as he was removing his gear from the trunk. The chief sustained a knee injury and was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Hamden's Engine 3, Engine 4, Ladder 2 and Rescue 1 were dispatched to the scene to assist North Haven.
The New Haven Register, Tuesday, May 7, 1974 (Courtesy of Gil Spencer)
At right, Hamden's Ladder 2 can be seen in the background as North Haven Fire Chief John Rosadini is wheeled to the ambulance. The chief, who narrowly avoided serious injury or worse, was treated for a knee injury.