the original organization of the Fire Department in 1834 by the City Council,
the companies went through various changes. A reorganization of the companies
took place and a Fire Association was formed in 1846.
Out of the Fire Association grew these various
Olentangy Engine Company
Neptune Hose Company
Rough and Ready Hook and Ladder Company
Washington Fire Company
1857-1867- Union Company (east side)
entire minutes of the Neptune Hose Company from 1847-1857 have been located at
the Delaware County Historical Society. An original Certificate of Life
Membership for five years of service, awarded to W. E. Moore in 1855 is
included. Moore was one of the town' s early politicians and later became Fire
Chief. An original white ribbon with the inscription Neptune Hose and a receipt
for the Rough and Ready Hook and Ladder members for the purchase of one pair
pants, one cap marked "H.L.," one belt marked R. & R.H. & L.
and one flannel shirt was found with these minutes.
The first members of the Neptune Hose Company in the minutes of Jan. 5, 1847 were:
S. W. Little
C. C. Chamberlain
R. W. Reynolds
W. E. Butler,
W. D. Hein
S. S. Torance
A. A. Welch
G. T. Stayman
H. E. Howard
The Constitution of the Neptune Hose Company stated
that it would be composed of 20 men, the officers were a Foreman, a 1st and 2nd
Assistant Foreman, a Secretary and a Treasurer.
Monthly meetings were held at various locations
-sometimes in the Sheriff's Office, one time on the park bench in front of the
Court House, and in Dr. VanDeman’s office. The uniform was established to be a
fireman's hat with "Neptune Hose Co." painted in black letters, a red
flannel-hunting shirt with black leather belt. In 1855 overalls became a part of
were established for missing fires - 50 cents, missing exercise meetings - 20
cents, and not appearing at a fire or exercise meeting in uniform - 50 cents. A
member could be suspended or expelled for not conforming.
first member appearing at the scene of a fire manned the pipe (nozzle).
A Parade uniform was approved consisting of a red calico shirt ($1.37),
checkered cap, black pants and patent leather belt.
various fire companies appeared to stay in existence until 1870 when the first
full time paid drivers for the steamers, hose reel, hook and ladder were
converted to horse drawn vehicles.
called “Minute Men” supported the paid members.
members of the Neptune Hose Company were:
M. A. Root
John D. VanDeman