Boston-Veteran Badges

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BFD Veteran Badge #67 (Hallmarked-Mitchell Mfg. Co., Boston) belonged to Edward A. Perkins. According to published biographical sketches of Edward Perkins, he began his firefighting career in 1843. Over the years he served in South Boston on “Suffolk” Engine Company No. 1, “Perkins” Engine No. 16, Engine No. 2, and “Hancock” Hook & Ladder No. 5. He was discharged from H&L No.5 at the age of 61 on November 11, 1887. (see photo of badge back and also “A Complete History of the Boston Fire Department” by Brayley (1889) at p. 521). In the 1870 BFD Annual Report he is listed as a “Member” of H&L No. 5, having badge No. 725. His listed occupation in the late 1800s BFD Annual Reports was that of a “Cooper,” not a full-time firefighter. Edward Perkins was apparently part of the large group of working citizens that also comprised a major portion of the Boston firefighting force that was “on call,” on duty only at fires. The HISTORY AND BY-LAWS OF THE BOSTON Veteran Firemen's Association, From 1833 to 1898 by Samuel Abbott, (1898) lists Mr. Edward A. Perkins among the “Active Member,” admitted in April 1878.
 

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Boston Veteran Badge #155 (Hallmarked-Mitchell Mfg. Co., Boston) belonged to George R. Williams. Although this badge and that of Edward A. Perkins (also pictured on this page) were both made by Mitchell there are a couple of differences in the making. Most notably, the Williams badge has his name in the banner above the badge number. And there is an F.D. stamped inside the City Seal area since the words “Fire Dept.” had been replaced with Mr. Williams name.
According to the Boston Fire Historical Society Web Site, George R. Williams was a “Hoseman,” serving 39 years on the Fire Department from Feb. 1, 1868 to April 8, 1907 (when he retired at age 67). In the 1870 BFD Annual Report Mr. Williams is also listed as a “Hoseman” on “Amory” Steam Engine No. 7, wearing badge #129, and as a grocer by trade (another one of the many fire department call-members of that period). According to “A Complete History of the Boston Fire Department” by Brayley (1889) at p. 609, Mr. Williams was promoted to a permanent member on July 25, 1873 and detailed as “Driver” of the hose-wagon until April 13, 1888 when he was transferred to Chemical Engine Co. No. 3 where he is there also listed as a driver. Brayley also recorded that George R. Williams was a director of the Firemen’s Relief Fund for District No. 5 and a member of the Firemen’s Charitable Association. George R. Williams died in 1927.
 

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paulromano

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Don't know if it is true or an "Urban Legend" but I was told some time ago that these "veteran" badges were issued to members that were active during the Great Fire of 1872. Truth or Legend? Dave R.--any input???
 
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