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In August of 1895 the City of Houston went from a Volunteer Department (since 1838) to a paid department. Below is a list of all the known fire fighters that were hired to take over 6 of the volunteer fire houses.  Looks like about 40 per cent "new hire" were among the ranks of the Houston Volunteer Fire Department. 
The above are very rare photographs were taken around 1896 .
 

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Protection Hose Co. No. 1. Located 612 Fannin

Theodore Abdie  Born-Unk  1895 - 1896  Died-Unk
     Original HFD Member 
 
Edward T. Anderson  Born 1875  1895 - 1907  Died December 13, 1909 
Original HFD Member 

Jacob "Jack" Phillip Arto Jr.  Born January 31, 1866  1895 - 1920  Died March 3, 1950  
            Houston Volunteer Protection Hose Co. No.1 1886 To 1895
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member 
  Fire Chief  From 1901 To 1905

 Edward Lee Benson  Born December 1, 1877  1895 - 1907  Died September 28, 1931  
Original HFD Member 

 John Stephen Bernius Born April 2, 1968  1895 - 1899  Died May 25, 1941    
Original HFD Member 

 Edward Bland Born September 27, 1875  1895 - 1896  Died February 15, 1955 
Original HFD Member 

 
John A. Bone  Born-Unk  1895 - 1900  Died-Unk   
Original HFD Member 
 
John A "Bob" Boyd  Born November 3, 1870  1895 - 1923  Died August 4, 1923
                        Houston Volunteer Stonewall Hose Co. No. 3 Paid Driver 1892 To 1895 
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member
 In The Line of Duty Death


Louis A. "Pinky" Bradley  February 26, 1875  1895-Unk  Died May 5, 1951 
Original HFD Member 
 
Hook And Ladder Co. No. 1. Located 119 San Jacinto
 
Aaron B. Brown
  Born-Unk  1895 - 1901  Died-Unk
Orginal HFD Member

 James Bert "JB" Calhoun  Born February 26, 1868  1895 - 1933  Died April 13, 1933 
Original HFD Member

Adam August Jacob Chaloupka  Born  March 10, 1870  1895 - 1923  Died August 15, 1923    
Original HFD Member


 Henry  Damuth  Born March 9, 1861  1895 - 1902  Died March5, 1923
Original HFD Member

 Herman Dissen  Born March 9, 1874  1895 - 1910  Died April 27, 1952 
Houston Volunteer Stonewall Hose Co. No. 3 1892 To 1895
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member 

C. A. Doherty  Born-Unk  1895 - 1897  
Original HFD Member

 
Henry Donnelly Born August 2, 1867  1895 - 1945  Died April 16, 1948 
Houston Volunteer Curtin No. 9 Paid Driver 1892 - 1895
Original HFD Member

 John R. Donnelly 
Born September 29, 1866
 1895 - 1929 Died May 3, 1929
Houston Volunteer Curtin No. 9 1892 To 1895
Original HFD Member

 
Jessie Elkins  Born-Unk  1895 - 1905  Died January 14, 1905
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member 
 
Stonewall Hose Co. No. 3  Located 408 Smith Street
 

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Farguard Cambpell Fourmy
  Born January 9, 1855  1895-Unk  Died April 23, 1931  
 Houston Volunteer Mechanic Fire Co. No. 6  1889 To 1895
  
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member 

William Edward Franks  Born 1867  1895 - 1924  Died December 11, 1924  
Houston Volunteer Curtin Hose Co. No. 9 1892 To 1895   
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member 

 Philip Eugene Graham  Born December 21, 1965  1895 - 1906  Died January 8, 1930
Houston Volunteer Stonewall Hose Co. No. 3  1894 To 1895
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member

 Frank Hayes Born February 29, (Birth Year Unknown) 1895-Unk  Died January 14, 1917
Houston Volunteer Protection Hose Co. No. 1 1892 To 1895
 Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member 

Otto Herzog
  Born May 9, 1867  1895 - 1903  Died December 24, 1926
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member 

 Edward G. Hill  Born-Unk  1895 - 1900  Died-Unk
  Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member 

  John Holliman Born-Unk 1895 - Unk  Died-Unk 
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member     

Frank Horsford  Born-Unk  1895 - 1907  Died-Unk
  
Houston Volunteer Protection Hose Co. No. 1 1892 To 1895
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member 

Mechanics Hose Co. No. 6. 144 Washington Avenue


 Herman Hundt  Born February 8, 1876  1895 - 1920  Died December 18, 1920   FG
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member 

James Joseph Hussey  Born August 1865  1895 - 1901  Died January 31, 1941
 
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member     Fire Chief From 1898 To 1901       

 Jay E. Philip  April 10. 1859  1895 - 1921  January 14, 1938
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member 

 William G. Kaule Born September 4, 1867 1895 - 1900  Died April 13, 1937
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member 

  Otto Kersten  Born July 5, 1867 1895 - 1920  Died October 9. 1932  
Houston Volunteer Hook and Ladder Co. No, 1 1890 To 1895 
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member

Charles "Charlie" Kinzbach Jr.  Born January 22, 1873  1900 - 1944  December 14, 1944
Houston Volunteer Curtin Hose Co. No. 9  1894 To 1895

 Henry Thomas Levy  Born December 28, 1870  1894 - 1932  Died March 22, 1932   FG
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member 

 W. E. Loftus  Born-Unk 1895 - 1904  Died-Unk  
Houston Volunteer Stonewall Hose Co. No. 3 1890 To 1895
 
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member 

 Otto Lutz  Born March 26, 1868  1895 - unk  Died June 14, 1911
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member 

 Thomas H.
Martin  Born February 4, 1855  1895 - 1907  Died November 26, 1906  
Houston Volunteer Mechanic Fire Co. No. 6 1887 To 1895
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member 

Washington Company No. 8. 1307 Washington Ave


 Frank W. Medlenka  Born June 15, 1859  1895 - 1901  Died November 23, 1901
  Houston Volunteer Protection 1 1886 To 1895
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member 
    In The Line of Duty Death

 John L. O'Brien  Born September 15, 1873  1895 - 1913  Died June 9, 1927
 Houston Volunteer Houston Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1 1893 To 1895
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member
 

 Thomas Andrew O'Leary  Born 1860  1895 - 1907  Died December 24, 1908  
Houston Volunteer Stonewall Hose Co. No. 3 1889 to 1895
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member 
  Fire Chief  From 1905 To 1908         
In The Line of Duty Death

 Jacob Joseph Ollre  Born April 4, 1862  1900 - 1902  Died October 10, 1902
Houston Volunteer Protection Hose Co. No. 1 1887 To 1891

Reginald Felix "Kid" Ollre  Born September 21, 1874  1895 - 1943  Died February 11, 1949 
Houston Volunteer Houston Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1 1894 To 1895  
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member 
 
 
   Fire Chief From 1908 To 1912            
 
Eugene  R. Parker  Born October 14, 1848  1895 - 1912  Died August 11, 1930
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member

Daniel Phelps  Born-Unk  1895 - 1900  Died-Unk
Houston Volunteer 1892 - 1895 Paid Driver Houston Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member

 Thomas Franklin Ravell  Born September 17, 1858  1894 - 1900  Died July 24, 1932
Houston Volunteer Stonewall Hose Co. No. 3 1889 to 1895
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member   
The First Fire Chief of the Paid Department From 1895 To 1898   
     

  Claude Rielly  Born  December 2, 1871  1895 - 1902  Died February 28, 1933   
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member
 

 
Curtin Hose Co. No. 9. 17 Commerce Street

 
 G. Watkins Scarborough  Born December 9, 1877  1895 - 1903  Died November 2, 1954
  
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member

 Edward W Shea  Born-Unk  1895 - 1916  Died-Unk
Houston Volunteer Stonewall Hose Co. No. 1 1894 To 1895
Original HFD Member


 C. A. Trowbridge  Born-Unk 1895-Unk  Died-Unk
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member

 Herman Von Haxthausen 
Born-Unk  1895 - 1897  Died-Unk
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member

Edward Wagner  Born May 28, 1878  1895 - 1897  Died July 15, 1838
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member

 William "Willie" A. Weiss  Born March 7, 1870  1895 - 1900  Died July 31, 1901
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member
Houston Police Department  In The Line of Duty Death

 John W. Williamson  Born July 31, 1870  1895 - 1903  Died February 17, 1920
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member 

   George E. Wirt  November 17, 1869  1895 - 1897  Died December 31, 1963
Houston Volunteer Houston Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1  1894 To 1895
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member 

 Benjamin F. Wolfe   Born-Unk  1897-Unk  Died February 12, 1939
Houston Volunteer Mechanic Fire Co. No. 6  1886 To 1887

Henry J.  Wooley  Born-Unk 1895 - 1904  Died-Unk
Houston Volunteer Mechanic Fire Co. No. 6 Paid Driver 1886 To 1887
Original Paid Houston Fire Department Member
 
 

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