Damrell Infographic - Journey

Damrell - Outer

Apprentice to carpenter, Isaac Melvin

1842

Hired by builder D.P. Gross, becomes foreman

1846 - 1855

Volunteers for Boston Fire Department

1846

Becomes journeyman carpenter

1846

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

Continues active leadership in NAFE

1874

Establishes J.S. Damrell and Son Builders

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

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

1896

Dies in Boston at the age of 77

1905