The following year, when Kinderhook Village was incorporated, a fire
company was formed and an appropriation voted for the purchase of a fire
engine. In November '38, we have the report to the Trustees that a fire
engine and hose had been purchased at a cost of $230. At the same
meeting former action of the Trustees as regards a Fire company was
rescinded, and Engine Co. No. 1 thus constituted: Homer Blanchard, P. P.
Van Alstyne, Andrew Van Dyck, B. L. P. Lillibridge, George Doak, W. B.
Shaw, G. W. Beale, William Kip, S. W. Van Valkenburgh, J. L. Whiting, W.
G. Heermance, W. W. Curtis, E. A. Dunscombe, J. V. Salmon, and C. V. A.
Van Dyck. It is a joy to think of these dignitaries, especially the
last-named (the great missionary and Aarbic scholar) as running with old
No. 1 to fires. Homer Blanchard was foreman and P. P. Van Alstyne second
The burning of the Academy Boarding-house in '54 called attention to the
fact that Fire Engine No. 1 was "unfit for service." In '55 a tax of
$500 was voted for a new one, and in '56 it appeared and was placed in
care of C. M. Van Valkenburgh, Foreman; Charles Palmer, Assistant; G. H.
Hoxsie, Secretary; George Ray, Treasurer, and these other officials,
each with special function - M. H. Purcell, Martin C. Dederick, John
Bray, Ira Mickel, and W. H. Bull. The company, organized January 14,