Galveston Daily News article
A.H. Belo & Co., Proprietors
Saturday, April 22nd, 1876
The Day We Celebrate.
Military and Civic Display Yesterday.
The City Honors San Jacinto Day.
Decoration of the Engines of the Fire Department
Military Review on Broadway.
Collations Given by the Lone Star Rifles and Veterans.
Terpsichorean Pleasures at Night.
Island City No. 2.
Island Steam Fire Engine Company, No. 2, was organized May 5, 1856. It’s officers are: Foreman, H. J. Lausen; First Assistant Foreman, Wm. Oldernberg; Second Assistant Foreman, Peter Muller; Secretary, P. Jensen; Assistant Secretary, Frank Solomon; Treasurer, Julian Bose; Steward, Geo. Risenbeck; Engineer, Henry Schroeder; Driver, Wm. Morgan.
This company was out in full ranks – 22 men being on the ropes. At the head of the line wqas the company banner, borne by a member. Tje engine, which was drawn by two large bays, was devoid of decorations of all kinds, and was shown in its regular condition for fire duty, every portion of the metallic work, of which the engine is almost entirely built, being polished until it was really painful to look at it in the sunlight. Following the engine came the hose carriage, which was also in condition for service, the wheels, tongue and wood work having received several coats of paint, giving it a very new appearance.
Star State No. 3.
Star State Fire Company No. 3 was organized March 22, 1860. It’s officers are: Foreman, C. W. Koester; First Assistant Foreman, J. Macera; Second Assistant Forman, Fred Schmidt; Secretary, W. H. Moeller; Assistant Secretary, J. H. Frisby; Treasurer, H. Reybaud; Steward, F. Balliman; Engineer, Ed. Ryan; Driver, David J McCracken; Driver Hose Carriage, James Ketchum.
This company turned out with 53 members in the line. At the head of the company a member bore the banners, while immediately behind him came what may be termed the juvenile corps, composed of sons of the members, dressed in the company uniform. These little fellows tramped along the whole route of procession, and evidently thought themselves an essential part of the day’s proceedings. Within the rope were the company’s gray span “Henry” and “Adoph,” which, having served the company the allotted time – nine years – are now exempt; but they showed by their noble bearings and spirited ways that they have not lost much of the old fire with which they were wont to respond to the call of duty. The steamer was drawn by four bay horses, and was very tastily dressed with flowers, arranged in baskets, bouquets and wreathes, the gift of Mrs. A. P. Lufkin, Mrs. Isador Dyer, Mrs. Verona Trube and others of their lady friends. Although the steamer is one of the oldest in the city, the beautiful dressing gave it a very new appearance, and this effect the boys seemed to strive to create, for the old suction, which is badly worn in places, had a generous sprinkling of gold stars, which so dazzled the eyes of the multitude as the procession moved through the streets that the defects in it were completely hidden. The company’s motto, “Try Ys,” was conspicuously displayed on a floral shield pendent from the top work of the engine.