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Notable Massachusetts Fires

Great Fire of 1760

1760

Ropewalk District Fire

1794

Exchange Coffee House Fire

1818

Great Fall River Fire

1843

Great Nantucket Fire

1846

Federal Street Fire

1858

Great Boston Fire

1872

Great Salem Fire

1914

St. Johns School Fire

1915

Great Fall River Fire

1928

Deer Island Fire

1929

Cocoanut Grove

1942

Hotel Vendome

1972

Malden Mills

1995

Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse

1999

Danvers Chemical Factory

2006

US History

Colonization spreads. Many new towns.

1650 - 1700

Water and wind mills are prevalent

1700 - 1750

American Revolution

1775 - 1783

Canal Age

1800 - 1850

American Civil War

1861 - 1865

Second Industrial Revolution

1867 - 1914

World War I

1914 - 1918

Great Depression

1929 - 1939

World War II

1941 - 1945

Baby Boom

1946 - 1964

Massachusetts History

Massachusetts General Hospital opens

1811

Maine annexed from Massachusetts

1820

Broad St Riot

1837

Protests in Boston against Draft

1863

City Hall is built

1885

First running of the Boston Marathon

1897

First subway in America is opened in Boston

1897

Damrell - Inner

Born in Boston

1829

Mother and little sister die

1835

Father dies and guardian appointed

1840

Marries Susan Emily Hill

1850

First child, Ann Elizabeth is born

1851

Second Child, John Edward Stanhope is born

1854

Third child, Carrie, is born

1855

Daughter, Elizabeth Ann, dies

1858

Fourth Child, Charles, is born

1859

Fifth child, Susan Emily, is born

1863

Daughter, Carrie, dies

1878

Wife, Susan, dies of cancer

1893

Buys property adjacent to son Charles in Dover, MA

1896

Dies in Boston at the age of 77 after 58 years of service

1905

Damrell - Outer

Apprentice to carpenter, Isaac Melvin

1842

Becomes journeyman carpenter

1846

Volunteers for Boston Fire Department

1846

Hired by builder D.P. Gross, becomes foreman

1846 - 1855

Elected Clerk of Cataract Engine 4

1853

Elected Asst. Foreman of Cataract Engine 4

1854

Elected Foreman of Cataract Engine 4

1855

Begins building business with James Long

1856

Elected to Boston Common Council

1857

Begins leave of absence from BFD

1857

Returns to BFD from leave. Elected Asst. Engineer of Department

1858

Elected Chief Engineer of BFD

1866

Reports on problems with hydrants and water pressure

1867

Reports ongoing concerns about water supply and inspections

1869

Building Inspector office established

1871

Travels to Chicago to investigate fire and report findings

1871

Horse disease strikes

10/1872

Great Boston Fire of 1872

11/1872

Founder and first president of National Association of Fire Engineers

1873

Commission reports on the "Cause and Management of the Great Fire"

3/1873

Re-elected Chief Engineer of BFD

4/1873

Urges establishment of national association of fire chiefs

6/1873

Resigns from BFD after reorg and establishment of fire commission

11/1873

Establishes J.S. Damrell and Son Builders

1874

Continues active leadership in NAFE

1874

Assumes position as Chief of City Department of Building Inspection

1877

Leads a coalition advocating improved building codes

1879

Reports to City Council on "Unsafe Buildings in Case of Fire"

1883

Presents Building Code Report to the NAFE Convention

1884

Founder of National Association of Building Inspectors (NACIPB)

1891

Re-elected President of NACIPB

1894

Delivers speech "The Fire Department: Past, Present and Future"

1901

First National Model Building Code is established

1905

Milestones in Water Infrastructure

Jamaica Pond Aquaduct Company established

1795

Lake Cochuitate and Aquaduct are built

1848

Ceremony in Boston Common

1848

Mystic Lake added to system

1864

Sudbury system adds 7 additional reservoirs to system

1872

Echo Bridge Aquaduct crosses Charles River

1878

Period severe drought

1880 - 1884

Board of Health study leads to formation of MDC in 1919

1895

Wachusett Reservoir construction begins.

1897

Will be largest reservoir in the world.