Empire Hook and Ladder Company, 1856-1892

Call Number: MG-519

1 box     5 folders     .5 cubic ft.

Repository: LancasterHistory.org (Organization); PV7

Shelving Location: Archives South, Side 11

Scope and Content Note: This collection contains the records of Empire Hook and Ladder Company of Lancaster, PA. Among the records are minutes, a committee report, a list of responsibilities of the directors, a promissory note, a reunion and banquet menu, a ledger book and roll book.

Creator: Empire Hook and Ladder Company (Lancaster, Pa.)

Conditions for Access: No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions: Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language: English

Source of Acquisition: The minute book in Folder 1 was a gift of Barry Dusel, February 2003. The records in Folder 2-5 are from the Lancaster City Archives.

Administrative/Biographical History: The Empire Hook and Ladder Company was formed in June 1856 and incorporated in March 1861. (Ellis & Evans, 391-392)

Custodial History: The volume in Folder 1 was transferred from MG-266 Daybook and Ledger Collection, Series 4 on 10 March 2009. The records in Folder 2-5 are from the Lancaster City Archives and have been placed in this collection to provide easier access for researchers. LancasterHistory.org cares for and provides access to the historic records of Lancaster City.


Folder 1 Minute book of the Empire Hook and Ladder Company, Lancaster. 1856-1865.

Insert 1 Report of Committee on Constitution and By-laws for Hook & Ladder Co. Duties of Directors. No date.

Promissory note to John Waters, janitor. [1873].

4th Annual Re-Union and Banquet menu, with list of members. 24 February 1892.

Gift of Barry Dusel, February 2003.


Folder 2 Ledger book. 1873-1884.

Folder 3 Roll book showing active members, 1866-1883 and honorary members, 1867-1881. (poor condition, loose boards)

Insert 1 Resolution regarding the death of member, Harry C. Hoffman. No date.

Folder 4 Minute book, including the constitution and by-laws and a list of active members. Handwritten transcription of a few pages at the front of the volume. Loose papers interleaved and newspaper articles pasted at the back. 1865-1876.


Folder 5 Minute book. 1879-1884.